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George Zimmerman is the Latest Case Study of Radical Transparency – the MySpace Page

May 2, 2012 Leave a comment

George Zimmerman's MySpace Page

Online nothing goes away, and anything can come to light if enough time and pressure are applied.

George Zimmerman is about to find that out because the Miami Herald found his MySpace page.  I’m kind of surprised this didn’t come to light sooner.  In a bit of dark humor, he was just awarded the “In the Spotlight” badge because people are flocking to pore over his updates for clues.

We can’t undo the advances into the era of Radical Transparency, we can only adjust to it.  That isn’t a bad thing.

Just as social media can have a negative impact on someone’s life, it can also have a positive impact.  It depends on how much of a person is positive or negative.

Social media is only a tool – it has no inherent qualities.  It can only reflect those who use it.  The same social media platforms that are providing fodder to back up the allegation that the shooting of Trayvon Martin was a hate crime motivated by mistrust of a race are ALSO raising funds for Zimmerman’s defense fund and spreading the message of his fervent right-leaning defenders.  Con artists on both sides of the case have faked content to support their side – and virtually all have been caught and debunked.

Right now the big headlines are the racist missives against Hispanics that the MySpace profile contains, as well as some allusions to criminal behavior.

That won’t be the only headline, and a fuller picture of Zimmerman is already being illustrated in the news media as we all endeavor to learn more about him and his motivations.  The Herald noted that he has a racially-diverse group of friends (as depicted by his photos).  Likely there are other positive features of Zimmerman which will come to light.

I tend to think anything that helps make us more aware that the world is a complex, gray place with few (if any) absolutes is a benefit to us all.

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Six Reasons Why the Facebook IPO is the Beginning of the End

February 13, 2012 7 comments

Facebook's IPO Will Monetize the Goose That Laid the Golden Egg

By now everyone with access to the Internet (and even a lot of people who don’t) are aware that Facebook filed for an Initial Public Offering.

If every other social networking platform in the history of the web is a guide, this signals the beginning of the end for Facebook.  Private corporations are freer from the pressure to drum up wads of cash in the short term than publicly-traded companies.  They are also more resilient in the face of economic challenges than private companies because they can absorb a period of shrinking profits instead of scrambling to implement drastic measure (like mass layoffs) to quickly cook the books for a pennywise short term jump in profits.

Here’s why Facebook will suffer from the rush to monetize the gigantic community of users it has amassed: Read more…

Muskegon Public Schools New Social Media Policy an Unenforceable Slap in the Face to Employees and Students

November 29, 2011 2 comments

The Muskegon Chronicle (“Personal drinking photos could get teachers fired in Muskegon”) and Michigan Education Report (“More districts eye social media policies”) have reported that the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District has adopted an extraordinarily-restrictive new social media policy (available here courtesy of the Muskegon Chronicle).

The policy implies consequences (ie firing) if any content appears online that shows “use of alcohol, drugs or anything students are prohibited from doing” (students are prohibited from using profanity – so apparently if you tweet the F-bomb that can get you canned). The policy was crafted and adopted at the advice of at the advice of the MAISD legal counsel (which should be the first sign that the policy is problematic; lawyers and social media don’t mix).

Here are some specific problems with the policy (which is very reminiscent of the ban on contact that the Missouri Legislature just repealed):

1. We Don’t Control What is Posted Online Read more…

Open Integration is the Future of Social Networking

November 29, 2010 2 comments

Myspace Offers Facebook Connect

If you haven’t noticed, virtually any social media service that hopes to survive invariably has to integrate with the big players (Facebook chief among them).  Nearly a year ago, MySpace succumbed to the pressure and permitted some limited integration with Facebook; this month they enabled Facebook Connect (allowing its users to log in with their Facebook credentials).

Seamless integration is increasingly central to social networking platforms, and there are any number of tools from Digsby to Hootsuite to TweetDeck allow users to seamlessly manage their disparate social media presences.  This is a leap from the olden days of social media when your profile and content were locked into a proprietary database and leaving meant starting over from scratch, clumsily cutting and pasting text and re-uploading photos and video into a new site (I remember that mind-numbing process going from CollegeClub to MySpace).

As the tools that enable integration continue to improve, how will social networking platforms retain their users?  That is to say: when your identity is completely portable and you can manage it how you choose, jumping from platform to platform with little difficulty, why would you tie yourself down to any one service that might limit your capabilities?  Whatever happens – the end user will be the winner (as they’ll be able to hold the threat of leaving over any platform to demand better treatment).

It would be great to see what social networking sites could do sharing data and working on concert as opposed to competition.

Eight Social Media-Themed Halloween Costumes

June 24, 2010 Leave a comment

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The Linkbait Generator suggested this title for a blog post and it was too good to pass up.  Fortunately there actually are a lot of really great examples of Social Media-themed Halloween costumes crafted by some very creative people.  To wit:

  1. The “Fail Whale” Costume
  2. The Facebook Profile Costume (not to be confused with Jim Halpert’s “Facebook” Costume)
  3. The iPhone Costume (and the Blackberry Costume)
  4. The Rickroll Costume
  5. The MySpace Profile Costume
  6. The Youtube Costume
  7. The Chris Crocker “Leave Britney Alone” Costume
  8. Foursquare Merit Badges

Bonus:

  1. The Digg Costume
  2. The “You Like This” T-Shirt (also the “Poke” T-Shirt, and “Add to Friends” T-Shirt)