June 14, 2013
Think about the thrill of a live concert, or the adrenaline pumping excitement of the final moments of a sporting event.
Now, imagine you’re witnessing the explosive finale song or the game-winning goal.
The crowd goes wild.
What makes that single moment so special? It’s a shared experience. Everyone is watching the same incredible action at the same time.
In short, timing is everything.(more…)
June 13, 2013
I attended day two of my first Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) last week and found myself surrounded by a combination of politicos and digirati. The theme was “think bigger,” and the concept was leveraging technology and, wait for it…”big data” to tackle the world’s biggest problems. Ironically, in many of the sessions I ended up listening to, the ongoing issue of diversity in tech or lack thereof (and at tech conferences) still seems like a problem that requires a human solution.(more…)
May 29, 2013
No more drama.Teens aren’t leaving Facebook, but they are spending less time there and are exploring other social platforms they deem as having less “drama.” From the report: Image source: Pewinternet.org
For Facebook in particular, while some focus group participants enjoyed using it, far more associated it with constraints through an increasing adult presence, high-pressure or otherwise negative social interactions (“drama”), or feeling overwhelmed by others who share too much.Despite the drama, Facebook is still the platform teens use the most—81 percent of teen social media users saying this vs. just 7 percent saying they use Twitter the most (the Twitter number goes up to 9 percent when you ask older teen girls). Still given that 85 percent of teens said in 2006 that MySpace was their most frequently used profile, Facebook should be paying attention to what teens are saying about the platform and where they are going… (more…)