Twitter Launches Moments

Twitter has launched the clever “Moments” interface. The tab allows users to follow trending news and updates within a particular event. The simple tab is very accesible and intuitive for both newcomers and Twitter long-timers. While Moments is primarily an attempt to welcome new users who currently find Twitter unwieldy or unnecessary, it is also an example of a trend toward so-called “distributed content.” … When users follow a “moment,” like a football game or…

No Innovation at WWDC 2015

Steve Jobs is dead and apparently so is the culture of innovation at Apple. Yesterday we experience one of the few WWDCs with absolutely no innovation and only incrementalism. Larry Ellison said it best when he referred to Apple’s future without Steve Jobs: Let’s go over some of the major announcements: Apple Music is the result of Beats acquisition and Apple’s new play in music  streaming to counter stagnating music downloads. This is a new…

Experience Meerkat and Periscope

The Meerkat home screen is friendly and simple. The future of online streaming is here. Both Meerkat and Periscope provide nice ecosystems so film and live stream your life over mobile devices. My experience with Meerkat a couple of days ago was simply amazing and I very much prefer it over Periscope. These two platforms are riding a new wave of innovation that will prove crucial to social media. Citizen journalism, real estate open houses,…

True Key Might Literally Change the Face of the Internet

True Key Security Exhibit 1 – Photos by Intel Security Intel Security has just opened True Key testing for select customers and, my initial impressions of the product are pretty favorable. Considering the bundling power that Intel has, its brand equity and industry clout, True Key might be the way we all log in to web sites and apps in the next few years. Your passwords and wallet data are encrypted and decrypted locally, on…

How I Reached 14 Million Viewers Using Twitter

Reach Millions of Users via Twitter for Free This is the graph of my mention reach from the last six months.  A nice number considering I don’t have millions of Twitter followers of a TV program. But the truth is you can gain fair exposure using Twitter just by consistently posting high quality content. The tool I use to manage my Twitter metrics is called SumAll, it’s free and very practical. Aside from that, I…

The Hyperlocal Graveyard

Civic networks have eluded the imagination of every major consumer Internet company. Secret has thrown the towel and recently announced they will close their doors and return the remaining money to its investors. It’s a major loss for the hyperlocal ecosystem and a major win for Yik Yak. However hyperlocal remains a painful graveyard filled with broken dreams and shattered hearts of dozens of remarkable entrepreneurs. Let’s go over some stories: Sonar They folded operations…

Get on Yik Yak Now!

A Yik Yak screen shows a real time private conversation What is Yik Yak? Well, it’s a one year old social network that allows you to talk to nearby people. You post anonymously and engage with people over a 10-mile radius or closer. This is tremendously powerful. You can leverage nearby people to solve a wide variety of problems. For example, you can ask local questions, figure out which are the best brands or places…

Of Bodybuilders and Supermodels

I can assure you, with complete certainty: those beauty queens were not born like that. They were born covered in nasty mucus, crying and completely naked (yes they were born naked!). Furthermore, their dresses are not sold by Sears, Kmart or Target. Quite possibly, you might have to scrape 50K for one of those babies (and the shoes run in the thousands as well). Yes, even beauty queens and supermodels have their tricks. Heels, dental…

Smart Watches: To Wear or not to Wear?

The new Android operating system for wearables looks great. And, apparently, is a clear signal of new things to come in the industry. Android Wear might become the next new and shiny toy for your teenagers but it won’t move the needle for businesses in the next couple of years. Why, you might ask? Well, in this new device class the monetization king will be micro content (a.k.a notifications). And no social network (except perhaps…

The Case for a Global Civic Network

At this point a sizable percentage of the world’s population is familiar with social networks. After the uprising of social networks our lives have become a little bit easier as we now enjoy greater connectivity and have an easier time networking with the people we care about. However that is both the curse and blessing of social networks: they keep us confined to our natural and social silos. When Twitter came out, one of my…

Connected But Lonely?

This is a guest post and TED talk about social change in the social network era. Just a moment ago, my daughter Rebecca texted me for good luck. Her text said, “Mom, you will rock.” I love this. Getting that text was like getting a hug. And so there you have it. I embody the central paradox. I’m a woman who loves getting texts who’s going to tell you that too many of them can…

Facebook 2.0 – The New Timeline

Facebook Timeline = Facebook 2.0 The changes in Facebook ratify that on the Internet, it’s all about momentum, and Zuckerberg has plenty of that. How can the Internet’s second biggest juggernaut make such impressive changes to it’s core business and have no one notice them? Not only did the Facebook Dev Team execute a marvelous job, but also they did so with high touch and huge secrecy. The timeline will increase Facebook’s visits, deepen customer…