Archive for December, 2006


China Internet usage up 30% in 2006

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“China’s population of Internet users has risen by 30 percent over the past year to 132 million, a state news agency said Friday.” reports Associated Press.

” The figure was up from 123 million at the end of June, the Xinhua News Agency said, citing the government’s China Internet Network Information Center.

It said the number of Chinese customers with broadband access has grown to 52 million.

The rapid rise in Internet use has propelled growth in China’s online commerce, advertising and games industries, the Internet agency said.

China’s communist government encourages Internet use for business and education but tries to block access to material deemed subversive or pornographic. Dozens of people have been jailed on subversion or security charges for posting political essays online. “

You do know that there are more internet users in China than all of North America combined already. Some other global stats are here.

Social Media not fully Adopted and Blowing the smoke away

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Claim: Social Media is Dead
Steve Rubel of Edelman (who’s firm has been the posterboy of how to botch up Social Media this year) proclaims that Social Media is no more. (many a juicy comment) He suggests that Social Media is moot, as nearly all online vehicles have two way mechanisms.


Community Response to Claim:

Brian Oberkirch suggests that Steve has jumped the shark on this one:

“…I use Rubel as an example all the time of someone who blogged his way into big things. Whatever you think about his views on PR & social media, he blogged and blogged and blogged and assumed a central position in the discussion. I think with his new role, maybe he’s just too busy to be as engaged, but the blog has suffered. This post is a marker of just how off the path it is.

Maybe it’s also a data point about why Edelman’s social media programs (Walmarting, the Vista outreach hullaballo, the shiny object Second Life and social media release stuff) feel so off the mark as well…”

Brian Solis shines some light on global usage and mainstream adoption.

“…Is it me, or am I the only one here that sees the blaring differences between blurred and dead? Yes, he’s correct that in 2006 most, not all, media went social. Many of the tools he described are globally deployed and utilized. But the last time I checked, only a small portion of the global population is was actually socializing using “social media tools” and, most importantly, these tools a merely creating the framework for a broader, more sophisticated social media platform for the future…”

“…So if anything, 2007 becomes the year where social media is a respected, official, and recognized media channel, but it is by no means mainstream, traditional, broadcast, etc. We still have a lot of work to do to get the rest of the world to join the conversation and what it will become is the real story here… “

David Armano provides a handful of reasons why traditional media has not fully accepted social media, so why should we?

“… I still hear journalists speaking skeptically of Social Media even though they now openly reference it in their stories. Plus, I’ve worked in Newsrooms in both print and broadcast years ago, many of the same people still remain in power at the top…”

“…Most of the people I work with are vaguely familiar with my blog (some not at all) and usually only perk up when they hear about the BusinessWeek/Boston Globe mentions…”

“…Many mainstream media outlets have their own versions of blogs, podcats etc. but this isn’t Social Media—it’s the MSM using technologies…”

“…Whether we like it or not, us content creators are still fighting for credibility. It’s getting better—but we don’t have the clout of a New York Times/WSJ piece etc. There’s a distinction there. Sorry…”

I can’t but help wonder if this is a diversionary Smokescreen in light of the Microsoft Laptop fiasco.

Jeremy Pepper elludes this is a classic PR smoke screen, if you’ve not heard Edelman is yet under fire for this latest Ferrari Laptop Microsoft fiasco where they’re been accused of bribing bloggers.  Has Steve responded yet to this mix up?

“So, you create a Maileresque statement that such and such is dead (think, oh, the press release is dead or maybe social media is dead).”

What do I think?
My focus is on Corporate deployment of Web Strategies. I promise you, Senior Management at many Fortune 1000 companies still lack awareness, strong belief in Social Media or resources a large percent of budget.

Social Media is more than adding trackbacks and comments to a press release, it’s about accepting that bottom up knowledge from the masses can be greater than top down control.

I myself am wanting Social Media to be accepted in many forms across the enterprise and up and down the ladder, but to this date, Social Media is not dead.

Hanging with Rasha Hasaneen

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I was treated to lunch by former Colleague at Hitachi Data Systems Rasha today. She was involved in the strategy group at HDS, and is now involved in the strategy department at SAP a few blocks away from PodTech.

We had some interesting conversations on how Social Media is impacting many different businesses from Enterprise Storage to even the ERP/CRM space. She’s been aware for some time that Social Media impacting nearly every line of business, politics, and information. I’m sure we’ll be talking again.

She showed me some killer pics of her most recent trip to her birthplace in Egypt, hopefully she’ll post the pics online and leave a link in the comments here. Rasha was known for being involved in the New Orleans relief process, pretty cool gal. See you around Palo Alto!

Mobile Devices get Thinner

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A new friend caught me drooling over his next gen smart phone comes embedded with Wi-Fi, letting it connect to other Mobile hotspots reports cnet. I guess this is a win for Starbucks. I hear after rebates the price for this T-Mobile Dash is a equivalent to buying 50 Grande Soy Mocha Frappa Macchiatos (a total value of $200).

T-Mobile Dash

Below: Don’t get too excited about this picture, it’s just an example of the size difference between a Treo 650 (bottom) and the T-Mobile Dash (top).

T-Mobile Dash Mounts Treo 650

Have you seen my mobile phone pics from Japan? Some have some fascinating stylish designs, while others have real time video conferencing.

Reading Sampler: Dec 29th, 2007

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Here’s some outstanding things I’ve read recently, passing them on to you, comments welcome:

-Parents find children open up using text messages than real life, enter the Thumb Generation

-Brian Solis is the definitive guide to the whole Microsoft Laptop Edelman Ferrari AMD fiasco 

-10 Minute Podcast: Scoble calls into Paul at PodTech HQ reporting live from the Edwards Campaign

-Joel analyzes Gillmore: Our favorite Software Guru tries to explain Gillmor’s re-entrance to the blogosphere

-Gartner thinks Blogging will peak next year in 2007

-Terry Chay’s tips on Buying a Digital Camera

-Tris Hussey (and our CEO) gives their opinion on Net Neutrality

-Podcast: I’m doing my best to try to understand the Social Media Press Release, Brian interviews some thought leaders

-Video: Julio comments on Ze Frank’s on How to hire a Web Developer

Image: The Future of Games, or at least what they thought in the 70s perhaps?

-Greg Narain comments on Content Packaging Sweet Spots

-Tara Hunt gets in front of Parades, serves a higher purpose