Brands In The Social Media Suck Hole

A lot of people are looking to social media advertising to perform (myself included). And a lot of people are starting to question whether in fact it does, or ever will, perform. Hotel consutlant, Michael Hraba, is questioning. I think a lot of hotels that set up a (Facebook) page, have absolutely *ZERO* idea how […]

Yet Another Facebook Story: Where Friends Are Actually Friends

Om Malik is writing about Facebook’s fascination with Twitter and what a mistake it is to imitate the micro-messaging service. As part of his analysis, he makes a great point about the level of intimacy available on Facebook. Facebook, by its very nature, is mostly about our past, sometimes about our present, but very rarely […]

Today In Twitterverse: Make It Matter Or Make It Go Away

Spike Jones at Brains on Fire has been one of my favorite bloggers for years. Today, he posted a post to beat all posts. Here’s how it starts: Noise. Noise. Noise. You should be on Facebook. You should be on Twitter. Noise. Noise. Noise. Make a viral video. We should blog. Noise. Noise. Noise. Leave […]

Yet Another Facebook Story: Brands Are People Too

Facebook made a lot of noise yesterday, announcing structural changes to the site that will be unveiled next week. Erick Schonfeld and Michael Arrington of TechCrunch, both addressed the updates in store for FB users. Schonfeld says: One of the biggest changes is that Facebook is getting rid of the distinction between private profiles and […]

TV Takes An Interest

The Daily Show With Jon StewartM – Th 11p / 10c Twitter Frenzy Daily Show Full EpisodesImportant Things With Demetri Martin Political HumorJoke of the Day John: Why is Congress and the media jumping on this? Samantha Bee: Okay, because we’re rotting corpses grabbing for any glimmer of relevance John. Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, […]

Yet Another Facebook Story: Nauseating Smarminess

Marshall Kirkpatrick of ReadWriteWeb is saying what many of us are thinking about Facebook these days. …Ownership of content, not the lack of input on policy, was what people were upset about. Facebook appears to forget that it’s just one of many ways people use the internet. It’s wildly popular today, but just as people […]

You Get 150 Friends. Choose Them Carefully.

There’s so much noise about social networks. It’s become tiresome to say the least. Yes, I know I’m adding it to daily. I can’t help it it seems. Soc nets are transforming media, so I’m interested, despite the droning from social media experts and the love-hate fascination of mainstream media. Yet, there’s a fundamental question […]

Yet Another Facebook Story: Is Doubting Facebook Doubting Humanity?

Last year Carmen Joy King quit Facebook. Can you believe it? Why would someone do such a thing? Let’s listen. In the end, what does all this online, arms-length self-promotion ultimately provide? Perhaps it’s merely one component of the pursuit to alleviate some of the blackness encountered in the existential vacuum of modern life. As […]

Her Sponge Smells Like A Hot Dog

Virginia Heffernan is one of my favorite writers at The New York Times, along with Rob Walker and a few others. She writes for the Sunday Magazine and also keeps a blog up. Today she strolls down Facebook Update Lane. Her friend Lizzie, a poet, has a theory about this new literary form. “Unlike ALL […]

[UPDATE] Yet Another Facebook Story: The Melting Pot Stirs Things Up

Yesterday, I mentioned that I made a perfect pair on Facebook with the help of The Melting Pot’s new FB app, but that I didn’t get any kind of confirmation. A representative from Push in Orlando–the agency that developed the work–has been kind enough to step forward and describe how the promotion works. “Once you […]