Could Clinton Win Presidency in ‘Fifth Estate’ Age

If Governor Clinton had been up to his shenanigans in the "Fifth Estate" age, do you think he could still win the U.S. presidency? Or would the citizen media's ability to document indiscretions and spread them virally have squelched his political ambitions? It's hard to say for sure. But without a doubt his successful message control strategies wouldn't work today. As Geoff Livingston, Zoetica cofounder, emphasizes in his new book, Welcome to the Fifth … [Read more...]

Top 12 Blogs to Help You Change the World

If you want to use social media and mobile applications to make the world a better place, a number of blogs can help you chart your way, even as technologies change. Among the many strong ones out there, here are my favorite 12: Beth's Blog—one of the most popular and useful blogs for nonprofits (and anybody else interested in making a difference)—provides the latest insights into social media, online networking, and transparent organizational management. Its … [Read more...]

Future Is in Creating Strategies, Not Copying Tactics

How not to react to social media is found in a famous exchange between Alice and the Cheshire cat in Lewis Carroll's Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: “One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. Which road do I take? she asked. Where do you want to go? was his response. I don't know, Alice answered. Then, said the cat, it doesn't matter.” It might seem obvious that you must know where you’re going to get anywhere. But because social … [Read more...]

Replacing Silos with Hives: Creating a Social Culture

This week I ran across a Geoff Livingston post with a brilliant bee metaphor explaining how organizations need to create a social culture to exploit social media's full potential (readers of my blog know I love social media bee metaphors): "The basic nest architecture for all honey bees is similar: 'Honey is stored in the upper part of the comb; beneath it are rows of pollen-storage cells, worker-brood cells, and drone-brood cells, in that order. The peanut-shaped … [Read more...]