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Facebook Map of Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Status Updates

March 14, 2011

An interactive map of how the news of the earthquake has spread through Facebook is now available. Many of the maps show the majority of the buzz about the horrific tragedy took place on the west coast of the US followed by the east coast, Hawaii the UK and finally Japan and other parts of Asia. Chile and Argentina too seem to have fairly large circles (denoting more news) on the maps as well. If you scroll through the photos, you see the circles grow with respect to time of day in various regions.

Sample Facebook map of Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Status Updates



It is unclear if the bubble sizes on these maps correlate to numbers of relatives of those in affected areas, or whether they represent people who have a higher likelihood of using Facebook. Hopefully those spreading the news via pictures and videos will increase awareness and subsequently donations which will help people dealing with the aftermath of numerous disasters from earth-shaking to massive waves and potentially nuclear.





Destress and Boost Productivity With Less Notifications

March 11, 2011

If you are a knowledge worker, there is no doubt getting frequent notifications is a mixed blessing as you make sure you are on top of everything without having to search for what's new. My friend in Sardinia, Luca Filigheddu explains how much stress you can relieve by turning off all the notifications and in general I agree.

I get an email every few moments it seems so I do not use email alerts but I do have alerts for some Twitter and Facebook functions as well as news alerts for a number of news apps on my devices. Perhaps I should turn them off - as they do get annoying and they show up on all my mobile devices.

The one certainty is as we keep installing more apps - the opportunity for us to turn on notifications increases and if we aren't careful, we slowly decrease our productivity as interuptions are the enemy of concentration.

Avaya's Phil Edholm told me years back that your brain can adjust to multitasking and excel at becoming interrupt-driven. In other words, ADHD can be induced.





Does Sprint Merging with T-Mobile Make Sense?

March 10, 2011



As Tammy Wolf reports in the TMC Newsroom, Sprint and T-Mobile may merge, allowing the weakest national wireless carriers to merge resources and become more credible against the threat from AT&T and Verizon. If there is one thing the wireless industry has learned these past years is network quality is the largest differentiator from a marketing perspective and as these wireless companies all will support LTE and most likely many of the same devices, carrier's likely can't count on an exclusive killer device as much as they did in the past.

In other words, if Verizon and AT&T had both used the exact same network technology, we may have seen Apple support both networks earlier on. Moreover, if there is a merger, all three providers will likely be about the same size in terms of customers meaning better negotiating power with device manufacturers - not to mention equipment providers.

Carl Ford, co-founder of the 4GWE conference thinks the fact that there are relatively new CEOs at Sprint, T-Mobile and Clearwire bodes well for a deal which is currently at the rumor stage. I tend to agree.

It seems to me that the need for these companies to get together is predicated on the fact that there is a perception issue in the US that Verizon has the best network and the others just aren't as good.







How YouTube Takes Consumer Time from TV

March 10, 2011

In the past I have discussed how TV disruption may happen more slowly than you think because of the tens of billions of dollars in affiliate fees changing hands. But this doesn't mean there aren't brilliant innovators out there using YouTube and other sites to become stars.

Consumer warning: Craziness, profanity and catchiness below


For example I was sent this Charlie Sheen Winning music video today and it is quite catchy. I found it playing "itself" in my head at lunch. Its a Songify This creation by the Gregory Brothers and a look at some of their top videos shows views in range of the many millions - about 60 million "season one" in fact.

So the challenge for TV is not only new methods of delivery but competition for the viewer's time.






Lifelapse May be the Livestreaming System of the Future

March 10, 2011

Recently at ITEXPO I explained to many at the 4GWE speaker dinner that the future of the web is livestreaming from mobile devices onto social networks. A lanyard would be developed to hold your iPhone in place as it records everything that happens and the information would get posted directly to Facebook accounts.

Dave Burstein of DSL Prime told me that carriers wouldn't be able to keep up with the traffic from all these HD streams (he is probably right) - but as I argued with him - this won't stop users from doing it. It's a logical progression from sharing text to pictures to video clips to live video streams and all we needed to make this a reality is the proper way to hold our phones in place so they see the same view we do as we go through life.

I just came across the Lifelapse Experiment and it is a lanyard around a person's neck which holds up a cellphone along with software to livestream your life. Its all very new and you can sign up for the Beta program now if you wish.

Any financial analyst focusing on the wireless market who isn't taking into account the pent up desire for consumers to livestream is simply out of touch with the future.





Competing Effectively in a Facebook and Google World

March 9, 2011

With a sky-high valuation over $70B Facebook has to be super-aggressive to ensure they can support a valuation which seems to grow by the tens of billions every few months. And with the ability to hire some of the best and brightest engineers it is obvious the company should be exploring a range of new ways to justify its lofty valuation which is worth about 75% of Cisco Systems.

This past January I listed the 11 Things Facebook Should Do With Their New $1.5B and number two on the list was competing with iTunes/Netflix.  Specifically, this is what I said:

Salesforce.com Cloudforce 2011 Live Blog

March 3, 2011



I am in New York today at the Salesforce.com Cloudforce 2011 event and it kicked off with a conversation with a user from SunTrust Financial and Forrester Research - so far the event is heavily Twitter, social and smart device focused.




Kelly Services is using Chatter for about 9,000 people to help with information sharing and discovery of other related people in the organization - and using it to discover talent and engage with customers.



Demos of Chatter:




Cloud needs principles, not standards. Companies are using social networks as a sales/marketing tool.

Audience enjoying a presentation on the growth of social networks and mobile devices - China, Facebook and Twitter prominently featured. What, no Charlie Sheen??

Mark Benioff takes the stage - says 5,000 people registered for the event. 3,000 people showed up and 6,000 are watching remotely - 43 demo stations, lots of partners etc.




Talk of how fast the company is growing - massive cash and $1.8B run rate.

2,000 PCs at Salesforce.com are the equivalent of 200-300,000 computers that customers would need.


























Is Facebook Becoming the Internet?

March 1, 2011

In the past, I have discussed the concept of splinternet (a term Forrester researchers say I may have invented) - where the Internet splinters into app stores and websites such as Facebook - a world where developers have to constantly spend their time optimizing their content for platform after platform.

For example to be a successful developer today you have to build an iPhone app as well as one for Android and Blackberry. Then perhaps a PC app, a Mac app, a web version, a Facebook app and perhaps a version for gaming consoles such as Xbox and you should consider building a widget for a number of the TV manufacturers out there.

But as Facebook has grown in power and influence, it is becoming a more important slice of the pie and as such developers are looking to it as a platform to start developing on first. Certainly Zynga - the company behind Facebook games such as FarmVille and CityVille being worth about $10B hasn't put a dent in this idea.

But it isn't just the developers moving to Facebook, one newspaper, Rockville Central has decided to move all of its content to the social networking site and it will cease putting fresh content on its own site entirely.

Erik Ledbetter a Facebook user was a bit concerned about the move mentioning he uses facebook but doesn't like to have a news source intertwined with his friend updates because his mental space is now being intruded upon. This is an interesting point because I have a mix of friends, relatives and business contacts on the social networking site and I generally post mostly work-related content - meaning my non-work connections have to deal with the same issue each day.







Building Communities Online: Boost Sales, Search and Social Initiatives

February 22, 2011

Over the past decade, hundreds of companies have benefitted from TMC’s Community program, attracting a laser-targeted group of potential customers who are looking to learn about a specific topic area. TMC populates these communities with thousands of articles per quarter – which in turn attracts millions of interested viewers a year to our sponsors.

Sponsors can then offer these viewers more information about themselves – offer them coupons, a chance to visit them at a trade show or road show or whatever else they are looking to communicate to this group.

The most common question I am asked lately is how to build online communities and moreover companies in many new industries ask constantly about how TMC can help build these content-generated microsites for them.

Should Social Media Get Credit For These Demonstrations?

February 20, 2011

Demonstrations are breaking out all over the world and are being aided by Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. Many are saying Silicon Valley deserves little to no credit but this is lost on Egyptians who think enough of social networks to start naming their kids Facebook.
The US has been a positive force in pushing for human rights worldwide and while the country is far from perfect, no other shines a beacon of freedom and democracy.


It is exciting to see how new technology is enabling people to rise up in an effort to move towards more representative forms of government.

It seems the gap between the middle east and west may be closing thanks to the use of western tools which are helping a new generation of oppressed people become liberated from their unelected governments.

See how the talk of protests is now spreading to China.







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