Dozens of you left comments, blogged, or tweeted that you donated, and I am thankful.
In the last week, I’ve been doing something I’ve never done before, using my platform to help non-profits to help China during this horrific disaster. I felt pictures (positive ones, to inspire, not make you feel guilty) would be more emotional than anything else.
If you read the comments from the link above, you’ll see all those that lent a helping hand. I know many others don’t feel comfortable saying they did in public, so thanks to the silent donations as well.
Despite the warm and fuzzy pics, the reality is bleak, with 30,000+ dead, an expected 5 million homeless, and the concern over disease and infrastructure collapse still an issue, the work is not done. You can help by making donations to charitable organizations, I’d recommend starting with the Red Cross a long standing organization that I donated to.
You are great, thank you all for being global citizens.
Oliver Ding (Blog, Twitter) has created this slideshare showing how the images inspired others. Please note, this isn’t about me, and I’m not trying to be self-serving, so thank you Oliver, it’s great to see how the web community comes together
In one of my recent posts, I encouraged others to donate, it actually worked, I know of at least 3 people that donated, I doubt I was the cause, as they had it within them to help. I’m sure many others donated, but didn’t want to say anything.
CNN reports that: “The government estimated death toll rose Thursday to around 20,000 but could eventually top 50,000, Xinhua reported.” as of Thursday, so I fear that things will get worse.
I’ve donated again, this time, my donation was more sizable than the first time around.
You know what to do, consider not going out to that nice dinner, and donate that money to the Red Cross, it would mean a lot to me if you donated, if you don’t have money to spare, blog it, tweet it, Facebook it, spread the word, that means just as much.
I’m Chinese, and have been to China a few times, here’s some of my favorite pictures compiled over a few trips, I hope they inspire…
My wife and I, newlyweds, celebrate our wedding with her family in Zhongshan, China.
Did these photos brighten your day? Consider donating to the Red Cross China Effort, there a lot of suffering, even $20 significantly support this effort.
What’s the impact of these photos? See the comments below, one in particular is really striking:
“your photos are beautiful. you’ve made me stop thinking ‘I should’ and get on and donate”
Thanks Rachel, that’s fantastic news.
I realize that this is completely off topic from the Web Strategy blog, but I’ve a loud voice, and there’s many well to do readers of this blog, so this is one of the best ways I can apply my resources.
I’ve got earthquake supplies in my closet and garage, I know the ‘big one’ is going to hit us someday in Silicon Valley and it’s going to be pretty bad, I’m expecting at least a week without proper aid or food. I’m sure that things are much worse in Burma and China, so I’m somewhat sensitive to this disaster.
Cyclone at Burma: Over 34,000 dead, Updated May 13th
Earthquake in China: Over 12,000 dead Updated May 13th
Update Wed: Over 60,000 are missing, death toll could rise.
I donated some money, although not enough to turn the tide. I’m curious, what are you doing out there? Leave links to organizations that are helping, in particular those that are using the internet to do good.
You can start by donating to the American Red Cross, or World Vision.
Update: over 1000 students are injured, not good.
Update 2: Yo Scoble, I see you’re talking about Twitter and the earthquake, why not do a blogpost pointing to the redcross or some other org that can help? You’ve got 3 times the juice I got. Do something with it!
Update 2.5: Scoble came through and told 22,000+ people on Twitter, thanks!
Update 3: Eric Gonzales, who I’ve known since 2000 has donated and is spreading the word. Daniele has posted that he donated as well, thanks. Eric of CN reviews is posting up pictures, videos, and live reports, staggering. Len Devanna, EMC’s Web Strategist has also donated, he’s someone worth knowing, I’ve met him several times.
Update 4: Tuesday morning, I feel a snowball effect happening, this is great
Update 5: Wednesday Morning: Damon Billian of the mint (and someone I’ve known for a few years) has donated $100, see comment 34. Elliot Ng has put together a list of ways you can donate, not just to the Red Cross.
Update 6: Wednesday Morning: Alright, now we’re getting traction, Sarah Lacy has donated money too!
Gen Kanai, Mozilla’s (makers of the Firefox Browser) marketing manager in Japan shares with me how mobile has impacted the culture of Japanese. From communications, payment, media consumption, and internet usage, Japan’s mobile culture is unique. Gen also blogs at the Mozilla Asia blog, where you can see how they specifically serve their Asian market.
Recently, I was checking out Forrester’s Jonathan Brown’s blog he focuses on the web and user experience in Japan, a related read. The sound on the video wasn’t that great, just to let you know in advance. Ironically, during this conversation on mobile marketing my cell phone starts to ring.
I met up with Kaori at Mozilla’s headquarters (kicking off a discussion), she was in town from Japan, and I was able to ask her some questions on how community marketing is done in Japan. Learn from her how Mozilla (a company known for giving power to it’s member) has successfully used voices of the community to lead.
Kaori shared with me how Mozilla listens to what users customers and the community have to say –and how it impacts events and future products.
Firefox regionalized their brand experience in Japan, and created this cute and appropriate anime looking Firefox persona, see Foxkeh.
Oh, and if you’re new to my videos, click on the ‘video’ category on the right nav, or ‘web strategy show’ to find others. I’m known for spinning the camera around, so you can both see me, the environment, and then focus in on the guest, I want you to try to experience the moment.
(Left: Clever HR ploy or relaxed place to work? Mozilla’s “Beach” must keep vacation requests to a minimum)
Update: My host, Seth has responded from his community blog.
I’ve been an observer of the browser market for some time, since I live much of my awake live within one, and have been privy to interview the IE7 team on their launch, and also have been recently got a demo from Flock’s CEO (my thoughts on the opportunities).
Seth Bindernagel, of Mozilla’s Evangelism team invited me to swing by the Mountain View headquarters, I was in luck, as there were folks from out of town like Gen Kanai (Japan) that I’ve been wanting to meet for quite some time. As soon as I walked in the door, it was apparent these was a very, very savvy web team, so I wasn’t sure how much value I could add. Seth and I discussed in advance that success would be to get the teams to talk about the globalization of the web, how different users share products, and how social media impacts product adoption. You see for Firefox, and other Mozilla products, adoption is often done by customer word of mouth and referral –and blogs empower much of this.
There were a few main topics we hit: From Technographics (how different people use technologies depending on their needs) Early adopters vs Laggerds, and how Marketing and Product teams can improve to listen and talk. For most of these topics, each of the respective teams (Executives, Marketing, User Experience, Analytics, Engineering) had a response, so they were for the most part moving forward.
Each culture shares differently online, and when you’re applying social media products (which encourage sharing) you need to be sensitive to understand if they are: creators, joiners, critics, collectors, consumers or inactives. Will internet users that just consume the web, and just visit a few websites a week be interested in the advanced functionality of Mozilla products?
The web is a fascinating medium, many companies think that by slapping on a .cn or a .de, doing some navigation localization will be enough to get product adoption…rarely is that the case.
Early adopters to laggards
For Firefox, many of the early adopters are the ones that are ‘sneezing’ the product to others, and Mozilla has been great reaching to those folks. But what happens when the early adopter market becomes saturated with Firefox and now the focus has to shift down the adoption curve. Should Mozilla rely on ‘traditional’ marketing and advertising?
Stay tuned, I did a couple of web strategy videos talking about social media, marketing in Japanese and European perspectives, and even how to improve products with community, so stay tuned over the next few weeks for those.
Oh, and one of the employees (was it John?) made some funny remarks how Firefox was the greatest thing for IE6 innovation, do you agree or disagree?
Lars Schwenk, General Manager of Cyworld Europe shared with me what it takes to be a community, we were at Forrester’s Consumer forum in Barcelona.
If you’re not familiar with Cyworld that have heavy penetration in South Korea, (50% of Koreans is a member — and that 95 percent of its target youth market is active -Marketwatch) where it was birthed. Find out his four components of community: Communication, Collaboration, Self-Expression and what he calls “Peeping”. Something I swear I’ve never done.
I asked my Twitter network (over 1700 of them) what questions to ask Lars, and David Berkowitz wanted to know what we could learn from Asia’s deployment of Cyworld and what it means to the United States. If you’re interested in social networks in Asia, I was recently in Singapore and asked their top bloggers (video), two months ago I was in HK and talked to many of the web leaders, check out this four part series.
Cyworld launched in North America yet adoption has been very low, I learned from my travels that social technographics vary by culture, so to simply re skin a website for regions doesn’t work. Web Strategists must understand the people who they want to serve first, one size does not fit all!
I interviewed Maneck Mohan (who works for Recruit.net, an Asian job aggregator) to find out what skills are needed for the technology industry, his perspective, from Asia and specifically Hong Kong. Are you surprised by his answer? I’m not. How do people find jobs, and what would be more efficient?
I know I’m a rare case, but I’ve got my two last jobs primarily from blogging. Social media impacts the recruiting process, I saw a stat that indicates that 35% of all employers do an online search about their candidates. I know I do and encourage everyone else to “Google them” and see what comes up. You can learn a lot (aside from the personal stuff), how do they think, how do they write, how do they interact with others, how do they self-represent themselves and their employer.
Yusuf Goolamabbas shares with me from the Oublaze offices in Cyberport (see pics), in this short clip we cover a lot of ground. In the time I spent with him, I learned that he sees the web from a very strategic point of view, and shares his views on the state of the web industry in Hong Kong.
You’ll find out:
1) What’s his view on the web industry in HK?
2) How can 150% cell phone penetration be accurate?
3) Bloggers: creators vs readers
4) Social Networks in Hong Kong, why is Facebook hot, but yet a fad?
Yusaf, wishing you and the rest of the folks over there good wishes, hope all is going well.
Hong Kong University professor Rebecca MacKinnon shares her insight on online journalism and recent censorship that MSN did for a blogger. She discusses her online debate with former Microsoft Evangelist Robert Scoble, you can read her analysis, his response, and her response.
Rebecca is clearly knowledgeable about this topic area, but I ran out of memory, so the best way to learn more is to subscribe to her blog. Oh, and she certainly impressed me with her ability to handle very spicy food.