I donâ€™t think anyone would disagree with the age-old adage â€œItâ€™s not what you know, itâ€™s who you knowâ€??. It applies across our business and personal lives- the one who connects the best wins. Using a network of people to your advantage is as old as business itself- a strategy that hasnâ€™t changed much over the years. However, just recently, the networking landscape has changed significantly. The same principles of trust, communication and relationship building still apply, but the... Continue Reading
The Pew Internet and American Life Project releases studies every so often that provide great insights into the ways that the Internet is affecting American life. The most recent one focuses on the ways people are accessing health information on the Internet. This study shows that Americans are using Internet to find health information and support at generally increasing levels. Particularly interesting to me, the study shows that online communities and email support groups based on health... Continue Reading
Discover.com: A Chat Room Like No Other I don't think there will ever be a replacement for good old fashioned face-to-face encounters, there are some online "worlds" out there that are getting closer and closer to the social queues that we depend on for really understanding each other in communication. There.com is in beta testing now and it's supposed to take the interaction in virtual worlds to a new level. When your on-screen representative frowns, his shoulders sag along with the... Continue Reading
Clay Shirky: A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy I'm a big fan of Clay's and he always enlightens me with each writing. This one is a transcript of a keynote he did on April 24th at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology conference. It's long, but it provides some juicy insights into the behaviour of groups who gather online. Like me, he believes that a revolution is underway in the use of the Internet as a social tool.