Upcoming whereabouts…where will you be?

People have asked me if I’m still available to speak, moderate, participate, etc. in meetings, conferences, and strategy sessions.  Of course.  There’s no substitute for connecting in person.  (I’m always intrigued when meeting social media-types in the flesh, as some stay true to their Kerouacian-fireworks cyber-personas while others reveal themselves to be Young MC’s Poindexters). …

Utility vs. Serendipity

Last week I posted about social networking and the ego trap. The catalyst that got me thinking about this was a Twitter issue which caused some people’s follower counts to appear lower than they should. Many people complained. I thought this was odd. It’s not as if people were materially effected, as if eBay had …

Applying game mechanics to social media

In my last post, I talked about falling into the ego trap.  So what happened?  I got caught up in watching the numbers, becoming a full participant in the game mechanics underlying social media. Everyone likes games – your preference might be for the simple, like Solitare, or complex, like World of Warcraft.  If you …

Social networking and the ego trap

My first business card  Originally uploaded by Pete Kim. I received my first "real" business card during an Arthur Andersen internship.  I didn’t have many people to exchange them with, but I did have hundreds of embossed heavy-weight scraps of paper that made me feel important. Last week, I was sorting through handfuls of business …