Calling BS. Period.

Positioning himself somewhat as a “curmudgeon,” Scott Berkun launched a one-man attack on puffery of all kinds in his Social Media Club Seattle talk Tuesday evening, How to call BS on a social media guru. The talk title — intentionally provocative — suggested Berkun would zero in on inflated social media egos. Instead, Berkun gave a […]

Facebook and Privacy Tools

Yesterday it felt to me like rabbits were at work and their progeny was Facebook privacy apps. Four crossed my screen within a space of hours: Privacy Check, ProfileWatch.org, ReclaimPrivacy.org and SaveFace. The first three are useful in helping identify the types of Facebook information that have made it to the public web, but they aren’t helpful […]

Johnson & Johnson Under Fire For Recalls

According to Advertising Age, parents are turning to social media networks to lash out at Johnson & Johnson for the third product recall from its McNeil Consumer Healthcare division in less than nine months. (I found additional instances of J&J product recalls related to quality when I checked the J&J website.) Why does it look like J&J […]

TEDxSeattle: Greg Bear On Too Much Information

Using word pictures like “the pig’s blood of technology,” award-winning science fiction author Greg Bear urged Friday’s TEDxSeattle audience to be mindful of our increasingly public and digitally-archived lives. “The web that knows who you are … do you want it to?” he asked. “All of us are neural nodes” in a massive and “vast […]

A Case For TV Ads

I skip ads when I watch television. I don’t think of this behavior as “stealing” because I’ve paid to have those television signals beamed into my home*. I do, sometimes, worry about missing out on shared experiences that help bind people together. Let me give you an example. If I were to say “toy bunny” […]