5 Powerful Social Media Tips to become a Thought Leader!

As I have written about elsewhere, I strongly believe social media is an essential communications tool for organizations. Today’s platforms offer a powerful and cost-effective way for you to establish yourself and/or your organization as a thought leader in a specific topic, and so raise awareness – and gain important credibility – for your product or service. The trick is leveraging these platforms in the right way. Here are some of my tips. Tip 1: Map your product and service to an innovation... Read more →

How Social Media Helped Defeat the Turkish Coup

The attempted coup d’etat by a faction of Turkey’s armed forces on Friday failed for many reasons, including divisions among the military and repeated missteps by the plotters. Social media and mobile communications also played an important role. And it wasn’t the first time this combination has enabled citizens to express their will and have a say in deciding who governs them and why. Judging from available information, the rebellious faction of mid-level army officers sought... Read more →

A Still, Small Voice

Isn’t it strange how deeply we mistrust quiet these days even though silence and solitude are widely held values in most mythological and spiritual traditions? Here’s one of my favorite examples: the biblical story of Elijah. Elijah the Prophet is running for his life. He’s just destroyed a cult run by the evil queen Jezebel, and he did it by staging a loud and spectacular piece of stagecraft designed to showcase the one true God. Now Jezebel seeks revenge. Elijah flees for the wilderness,... Read more →

9 Terrific Movies that Always Make Me Feel Happier

If I’m in a blue mood, one of the best ways to distract myself, and give myself a quick shot of cheer, is to watch a laugh-inducing movie. I posted about 7 great movies about the nature of happiness and love. These are wonderful movies; they’re transcendent, but not in a laugh-out-loud way. It’s a Secret of Adulthood: Happiness doesn’t always make you feel happy. A mystery. Here, though, are nine movies that always put a smile on my face: Shrek — I’ve seen this movie countless times,... Read more →

So your AI bot went haywire, should you care?

A Microsoft chatbot went rogue on Twitter and started spewing Nazi epithets. It is a helpful case study in outlining some of the key issues around the application of machine learning and AI to everyday tasks. What is interesting is not that Tay, the bot, was taught to say rude things by Twitter users. What is interesting is what this tells us about designing AI systems that operate in the real world and how their learning can be hacked. Tay didn’t have a sense of decent or indecent, wrong... Read more →

Four days off social media

Monday I started my 100-day retreat from social media and it’s been wonderful for my productivity and longer-form writing. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/taUal ] Here is what I’ve done to keep myself from accidentally checking my social: I took Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram and put them on the last page of my iPhone apps, inside a folder — out of sight, out of mind. I turned off desktop notifications and logged myself out of Facebook and Twitter. I’ve... Read more →

How Virtual Reality Will Transform Facebook And Social Media

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are real hot potatoes at the moment, and understandably so. They undoubtedly have the potential to revolutionize the way that we interact with each other, and with machines, in the digital world. Facebook’s $2bn purchase of Oculus, one of the leading developers of consumer VR headsets shows the confidence and high expectations opinion leaders have of this emerging technology. Up to now, other than the strong vote of confidence a £2bn investment... Read more →

How to Create and Use Snapchat’s New Custom Geofilters

Less than a month ago, Snapchat opened custom on-demand geofilters to everyone. Industry news was excited, but for how amazing of a product they are, custom Snapchat geofilters have remained stunningly under the radar. In case you’re just getting into Snapchat, a geofilter is like a normal Snapchat filter: a design you can overlay onto a photo you take in the app. But geofilters are different because they are only available when you are in a certain location. For example, when you are standing... Read more →

THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT: ARE ENTREPRENEURS BORN OR MADE?

We have just lived through the greatest era of fake entrepreneurs. It was a second-wave dot-com boom that lasted five to six years, when money was so readily available (many have referred to it as the Age of the Unicorns) that it felt like anybody could get in on the “become-an-entrepreneur” game. People believed that raising several millions of dollars for a business meant that they were a successful entrepreneur. But the fact is this: so many of these businesses are not going to succeed, and... Read more →

10 Women in Tech to Watch in 2016

Hey, I’ve been working some within the women in tech community, supporting women-led startups and code programs for women and girls. Lots of times, the folks in this community don’t get the recognition they deserve. My team and I compiled a list of some women who are real changemakers in the tech space, but this is a list that could be much longer… 1.  Yoky Matsuoka, Vice President of Technology at Nest and Founder/President of YokyWorks Matsuoka is in charge of the user interface... Read more →
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