Facebook, you want pre-teens? Do more to stop bullying.

Grab from video Amanda posted on youtube

If you were disturbed by 15 yr old Amanda Todd’s suicide by bullying on facebook; you were probably disgusted by the fact that the bullying and justification for her suicide continue, even on Facebook pages dedicated to her memory.

While the sane among us, now go through the predictable soul searching and assigning blame on Amanda’s parents, teachers, bullies, immature teenagers, sadistic predators etc., maybe it is also time to demand more from Facebook itself. […]

Embracing your creative dark side

Dark Knight AvatarThe morbid lineage of Nike’s ‘Just do it’, is just one example of creativity being inspired from darker realms. Murderer Gary Gilmore’s final words ‘Let’s do it’, in front of a firing squad, were playfully paraphrased to Nike’s trademarked slogan by Dan Wieden of Wieden and Kennedy. […]

ROInfluence: Overestimating the impact of social scoring

Social Scoring as a toolIf you read my previous opinions on social scoring, you know I’m skeptical on the viability of  ‘influence metrics‘. However, when Mark Schaefer (of the engaging marketing blog {Grow} ), mentioned me in his latest book  ‘Return on Influence‘,  I decided to give the concept another look. […]

A billion users and a trillion dollars. The last hurrah of Facebook and Apple?


Apple and Facebook ride off into SunsetSergey Brin recently listed Apple and Facebook among threats to the open web. While Birn’s comments could be a case of sour grapes, there is not much of an argument that both Apple and Facebook do operate behind walled gardens. Brin noted that Google would never have come into existence if Facebook were dominant. […]

Your digital life and the digital divide

Digital DivideA project I am working on, has me wondering about the disconnect between the digital haves and have/want-nots and the impacts of this digital divide. This higher-ed marketing project requires me to contact academics and institutions throughout the world.

An educator in Iraq confessed

… in my country  this service ( buying books from internet ) not exist…

This is understandable, given the turmoil in that country. The infrastructure is obviously in disarray. […]

The Birds! Failwhale version

Before Angry Birds and Twitter there was Alfred Hitchcock’s classic ‘The Birds‘. Perhaps, newer generations will learn of these films only via passing references like this one.  In any case, I’ve now completed the third installment of my Halloween, Hollywood inspired content series. p.s: It’s all fun and games until a whale gets hurt. Do Read more about The Birds! Failwhale version[…]