The value of a signal is inversely proportional to its frequency

In recent months, a host of startups have arisen that help keep me informed about my friends’ information habits. We’ve gone far beyond the days when we could simply follow people via RSS or Twitter…now our RSS readers and Twitter homepages are so choked with information that we generally only view a tiny subset. I … Continue reading The value of a signal is inversely proportional to its frequency

The content continuum and why I’m worried about the direction of the online world

At the risk of sounding (even more) like a crotchety old man, I feel like the online world is moving in exactly the wrong direction. I would argue that there is a direct correlation between the amount of effort a creator expends and the quality and value of that creation. For example, I listen to … Continue reading The content continuum and why I’m worried about the direction of the online world

Is There A Social Media Bubble?

Of course there’s a social media bubble. All over the map, everyone ranging from seed-stage investors to the public markets are paying inflated prices for social media assets. But while the current frenzy is a bubble, it doesn’t even come close to the magnitude and madness of the Dot-Com bubble. Back in those days, “eyeballs” … Continue reading Is There A Social Media Bubble?

Does Social Media make people miserable?

One of the unexpected effects of the rise of social media may be its impact on the perception of inequality. We know that the perception of inequality can have a negative effect on happiness. Comparing oneself to others is a potent and dangerous temptation. Indeed, studies show that most people would prefer a situation in … Continue reading Does Social Media make people miserable?

Is Social Media Marketing A Crock?

I recently had the pleasure of attending a dinner for startup VPs of Marketing. I had a great time chatting with peers and laughing about the unrealistic demands we all face. “Get me in the Journal and fill the pipeline–but don’t spend any money.” The most interesting and worrisome aspect of the evening was the … Continue reading Is Social Media Marketing A Crock?

Why Getting Social Is Necessary (But Not Sufficient) For Business

image courtesy of HubSpot There’s a lot of social in the air these days. I was chatting with Jeremiah Owyang of the Altimeter Group, and he said that there was even talk of scrapping the term “Enterprise 2.0” in favor of “Social Business”. While I do believe that social is necessary, it’s definitely not sufficient, … Continue reading Why Getting Social Is Necessary (But Not Sufficient) For Business

MTV Hits Home Run With Backchannel

It’s seldom I have anything good to say about MTV, but their latest move is sheer genius. Here’s the scoop from NewTeeVee:Launching today, MTV’s Backchannel is a very cool-looking social game synergizing a very silly product— specifically, the network’s “reality” show The Hills. As the title suggests, Backchannel’s a chat interface that runs live online … Continue reading MTV Hits Home Run With Backchannel