Internet killed the conference

The reasons we attend a conference haven’t changed since the 1990s. Much else has. Will conferences survive the squeeze? Ross Dawson, Chairman of Future Exploration Network and CEO of Advanced Human Technologies, has some thoughts. I do too, but they’re more from a marketing technology perspective. That means I’m more interested in the environmental changes …

Communities have laws; Facebook is no exception

Do you find this as interesting as I do? Look at the box at the top of this screen capture, from Facebook: Sometimes we forget that Facebook is more of a community than some physical neighborhoods. Folks know each other (on Facebook, most everything is only viewable by ordained “Friends”), and people care about how …

Intuit to push their tweets via Google’s ad network

More than two years ago word spread of a new type of ad unit. It was called Hosted Conversations, a creation of Edelman and Newsgator. I’ve periodically checked back on the concept and to my disappointment, it seems to have fizzled. The subsequent silence was deafening. Then, yesterday, it was announced that Google was going …

Prediction: The best Twitter ploys of 2009 will involve physical events

Twitter is approaching a critical mass in users, and they’re a mobile bunch. These two factors, substantiated in a recent Pew Internet and American Life report, make 2009 the year when place-based events finally get a strong boost from Twitter. A recent report by the Pew Internet and American Life project shed some light on …