A collection of information, thoughts and insights on how individuals and businesses connect to people, experiences, ideas and opportunities.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
How Kevin Bacon Cured Cancer
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Online or Offline? Neither - it's 'Inline'
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Obama Connection - every picture tells a(n online) story
- According to Hitwise, he regularly attracts 68% of all weekly presidential campaign-related web traffic.
- According to data marketing company Compete, he regularly generates 2.6 million weekly unique visitors to his official website.
- He has 740,000 MySpace friends.
- He has over two million Facebook fans.
- He is ranked the 15th most connected individual on business online network, Linkedin which numbers 26 million users, predominantly US senior business professionals and executives.
- He has 105,000 followers on online networking platform Twitter.
- A hip-hop music video set to an Obama “Yes We Can” speech was posted repeatedly on YouTube with the top two postings alone being viewed 10 million times.
- According to techpresident.com, he had 31,192 subscribers on Youtube compared with 2,844 for his rival, John McCain in February 2008. One of the most popular Senator Obama videos is a clip of him tripping over a roadside kerb while reading a message on his Blackberry device.
- In the last few weeks leading up to the campaign, itwire.com reported that the Obama camp launched an iPhone software application called Obama ’08, that provides the user “instant access to Barack’s positions on important issues, as well as local and national campaign news as it happens”. The application promised “comprehensive connection to the heart of Barack Obama and (vice presidential running mate) Joe Biden’s campaign”.
Friday, October 17, 2008
The Business Card Connection
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The 4 P's of Online Networking
I wrote this article for Professional Marketing magazine, October-December 2008 edition. You can download it by placing the pointer on the image, right clicking to show the sub-menu then choosing "Save Picture as.." option to download to your computer.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Connection Survey Results: When you hear the word “connect” or “connection”, what image or picture comes to mind?
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The Sydney Connection
Monday, September 22, 2008
Missing a Connection - Just a Pain or a Costly Loss?
Monday, September 15, 2008
Why You Need to be Using Online Networking
Thursday, September 11, 2008
The Astrology and Car Accident Connection
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
The Car Connection
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Better Managing Interruptions (like this one)
Monday, August 18, 2008
Moments of Learning
Creative Leadership Forum Moments of Learning are 2 hour monthly programmes designed as short introductory learning experiences offering managers a taste of new trends, new thinking and new leadership and management styles in the creative leadership, creativity and innovation space.
"Moments are not chalk and talk. They are short low cost high quality learning experiences" said Ralph Kerle, Chief Executive Officer, the Creative Leadership Forum."We have priced a Moment at $110 so rather than managers denying themselves the opportunity for professional development because of uncertainty of value or suitability of content, managers can use a Creative Leadership Forum Moment to quickly gauge whether the content is of practical use and then make a decision later to invest further in professional development either personally or with organisational involvement. Through these moments also, the Creative Leadership Forum gains a better understanding of what managers are seeking in the way of professional development. A win-win situation for everyone!!"
Upcoming Moments of Learning include the Theatre of Marketing, Creativity and Online Networking (Iggy Pintado) and the Experience of Invention.
September 2008's Moment of Learning
The Creative Leadership Forum, BNET Australia and Deloitte present:
The Sound of Leadership - featuring Dr Louise Mahler, Managing Director, Art of Business and Ralph Kerle, CEO, Creative Leadership Forum
Date: Sept 2, 2008
Time: 5.00pm - 7.00pm
Venue: Deloitte, 9th Floor, 225 George Street, Sydney
A 2 hour fun filled participatory workshop led by an international renowned opera singer and theatre director. Make your presence felt through sound. Hear yourself become a leader. Be aware of the sounds others are making when they communicate. Learn to lead through the sense of sound!!
The workshop will offer a powerful leadership development experience in which you will discover your own voice; learn to use it effectively to lead and to experience the application and importance of voice in storytelling, presenting, influencing and being heard.
Book Your Ticket Here!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Connection Chips and Missing People
Monday, August 11, 2008
Online Networking - Good for Business
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
That's 6.6 Degrees of Separation - according to Microsoft Research
A Microsoft research team has studied 30 billion instant messages sent by 240 million people in June 2006 and found that any two Instant Messenger (IM) users could be linked in 6.6 steps.
The research supports the famous 1969 study by Millgram and Travers that proposed that any two strangers are connected by only six degrees of separation. The theory inspired a play, a film, a game, and the sixdegrees.org website launched by actor Kevin Bacon.
"We've been able to put our finger on the social pulse of human connectivity - on a planetary scale - and we've confirmed that it's indeed a small world.'' Microsoft researcher Eric Horvitz said. "Over the next few decades, new kinds of computing applications, from smart networks to automated translation systems, will help make the world even smaller, with closer social connections and deeper understanding among people.''
Full Story in news.com.au: http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,,24130825-5005962,00.html
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Social Networking LIVE - Where the Hell is Matt?
I've come across some great YouTube videos in my time but this one really encompasses what I think the power of social media and social networking is all about. As at this posting, it's been viewed 8.3 millions times.
It made my day today and hope it makes yours. I think the whole world should see it at least once. Enjoy.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Web 2.0 - Simply Explained
I've been doing some reasearch on the internet for the book I'm writing. I get frustrated when simple concepts aren't explained in language everyone can understand. Take "web 2.0" for example - google it and you'll get a kazillion hits. As for Wikepedia, here's the first line of their huge entry on the subject:
" Web 2.0 is a term describing the trend in the use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aims to enhance creativity, information sharing, and, most notably, collaboration among users. These concepts have led to the development and evolution of web-based communities and hosted services, such as social-networking sites, wikis, blogs, and folksonomies. "
OK - here's my simple explanation (for simple minds like me!).
Web 1.0 - ONE WAY communication. Usually, a static web page that allows you to read content on a web page. Minimal to zero capability to respond.
Web 2.0 - TWO WAY (or more) interaction. The ability to communicate back to other users and systems by searching, sharing, creating, collaborating, messaging, networking, blogging, poking, voting, 'digg'ing, etc. All about interacting with the people, messages and ideas presented.
Voila...and easy to remember too! You heard it here first....
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Small Businesses missing out on online business opportunities
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Just when you thought iPhone was it - here comes the Nokia E71
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Businesses prefer Facebook...but do they know how and why?
Young Republicans, Web 2.0 and a Road Trip
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Fortune Brainstorm TECH: The Internet for Business
From the 21st-23rd July 2008, Fortune held its Fortune Brainstorm TECH 2008 conference in Half-Moon, California, USA. The purpose of the event was for business executives to better understand how technology will be a determining factor in their company's future sustainability.
In the opening session, moderator David Kirkpatrick asks the question, "Is tech making the world a better place?"
Michael Dell and Mark Benioff of Salesforce.com, opened with the changes in business, stating that the web gives companies a communications connnection with customers. "We put big ears on," Dell said, referring to customer feedback systems that Dell uses. Benioff added that "Our customers are ganging up on us," and "our product managers have less to do. The Internet is the great accelerator."
Author Gary Hamel strengthened the argument with "The great scandal of management is that, most workers are disengaged. The Internet is great at harnessing customers' imaginations more than employees. It's going to make a lot of traditional executives very uncomfortable." From a society perspective, he also said that the web is "empowering people to create like never before in human history. We are emancipating human imagination."What's the learning from this? The customer is King - more than ever before - as they become more web-savvy. Businesses need to reconcile their traditional planning and marketing management with the smarter and increasingly connected customer.
Extract from: http://www.timeinc.net/fortune/conferences/brainstormtech/tech_home.html
Monday, July 21, 2008
Cisco Telepresence 'on-stage' holographic video conferencing
Unlike McCain, many seniors depend on the web
Sunday, July 20, 2008
The car of the future has an extension cord and a great big laptop battery.
"It all boils down to the three ways electricity is better than gasoline," says Felix Kramer of Cal Cars, a plug-in advocacy group. "It's cleaner, it's cheaper and it's domestic."
Advocates say plug-in hybrids are the best chance to address global warming and wean the nation from oil. Consumers remain unsure about electric vehicles. Ethanol's a shaky proposition because of the food-for-fuel debate. And it'll be decades before hydrogen is a viable option. That, advocates say, leaves plug-ins as the best option.
It all starts in 2010. General Motors promises to have the Chevrolet Volt rolling into showrooms by then. Toyota says it will roll out a small fleet of plug-in Prius hybrids to see how they do. Volkswagen has similar plans for its plug-in Golf. And Fisker hopes to have a few dozen pricey Karma sedans in driveways within 18 months. Ford and others are moving more slowly, aiming for 2012 and beyond.
Automakers know plug-in hybrids are their best shot at meeting tightening federal fuel-economy regulations. They're also responding to a seismic change in the market as record-high gas prices have consumers, fed-up with paying through the nose for gasoline, joining environmentalists to demand fuel-efficient cars.
Both Barack Obama and John McCain have hailed plug-in hybrids in general -- and the Volt in particular -- in recent weeks and promised to spur development of such cars if elected.
"We have the plug," he says. "The cars are coming. All we need is the cord."
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Ledger's Joker the most exciting movie villain of the decade
Friday, July 18, 2008
Talent as a Competitive Differentiator in Business
Social Networking: Party On Dudes
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Personalised Web Services Online
Facebook Experiment - Telstra Fan Page April 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Internet responsible for rise in sexual disease?
Japanese developing 3D display in your hand
Net could be 100 times faster: Sydney Uni Scientists
iPhone 3G Launch: One Million Sold in 3 Days
The phone went on sale in 21 countries - Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Britain and the US - on Friday 10th July and will go on sale in France on Thursday 17th July.
"iPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend," said Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive. "It took 74 days to sell the first one million original iPhones, so the new iPhone 3G is clearly off to a great start around the world."
Glitches caused when an Apple server designed to let users activate their gadgets
crashed under the load of existing iPhone owners trying to upgrade to new software that was released at the launch of the iPhone 3G. Most of the glitches appeared to have been solved by Monday morning, but the problem was a severe embarrassment for Apple that prides itself on maximising ease of use for its customers.
Microsoft, Netflix and Social Networking
Monday, July 14, 2008
World's oldest blogger has made her final post - aged 108.
Olive's musing live on at www.allaboutolive.com.au and more recently at http://worldsoldestblogger.blogspot.com/.