Mike Arrington interrogates Mark Zuckerberg @ the crunchies awards
Do you too ? Wikimedia foundation has been requesting for donations for several years now. They have been success in raising considerable amount of money too. Today I thought of spreading the word in my own way. If you feel like giving today you can go and donate some money to wikipedia. Not sure if you are a contibutor on community there but this can be an easy way to give.
Just came to know in the morning about International Consume Electronics Show happening at Las Vegas from Jan 7-10 2010. The keynote lineup can be seen here . I might visit on last day but today i did explore their website. The few sections of website that I liked are captured on the screen cast as seen below . Enjoy!
My friend, mentor, employer ;-) Ted McGrath is a great visionary. People who know him will agree with me. Ted is beginning his first conference call for 2010 by inviting everyone to share their vision on an interactive teleconference call. The very fact he is not interested in New years resolution makes me so excited about this teleconference call. In other words the approach is create your vision first and then set your goals to realize the vision. There won’t be any place for these god damn resolutions then ;-) . Here is Ted’s personal invitation —
New Year’s VISION: I have 4 Incredible things I want to share with you, for 15 mins on this Tuesday’s Teleconference at 5:30 pm pst/8:30 pm est.
And, I want YOU to share the same 4 Incredible things from your perspective after my 15 minutes are up. Sharing is optional but highly encouraged.
In which I take the uncharacteristic position of defending 15,740 idiots with stupid job titles.
In May 09 when we first used Tweepsearch to count of the Twitter bios of self-proclaimed social media gurus, experts, superstars and ninjas there were 4,487. A mere seven months later, we were shocked to see that there are now nearly 16.000. They are multiplying like rabbits.
There are 15,740 social media gurus on Twitter and for some reason, that’s surprising.
The only shock here is that anyone gives a shit. There are three points of contention, as far as I can see:
The sheer volume of self-proclaimed experts
The necessity for social media experts
The ridiculous nomenclature
Whenever something new rolls around or becomes popular, the masses flock to be an expert at it. Just like how when you saw web design/x programming language/the latest emerging medical field/etc becoming in vogue, you decided to become an expert, and joined probably thousands of others. And in a lot of these cases, you decide when you’re an expert, rather than, say, having to complete an exam to prove it, or log a certain amount of hours on the job.
And social media is easy to become an expert on, because immersion in the field (insofar as you can call it a field) is easy. It’s the same reason there are millions of budding NFL coaches screaming at their TV sets (and Twitter) every Sunday, and the reason there are millions of half-assed movie reviews on the web. We all know who the true experts are — Jim Caldwell and Roger Ebert — but there will always be a queue a mile deep of people that think they know better, just waiting to take over.
But they don’t take over. They sit on their couch and they call Caldwell an idiot, bash out 500 words on Paranormal Activity, and retweet some stupid shit on Twitter, among thousands of other people.
On Twitter, there are:
26,822 coaches (of which 4,521 are life coaches).
15,740 social media gurus.
What’s the difference? Not one of the job titles listed above needs any kind of education, certification, or training to be successful at. Just practice (10,000 hours of it, if you’re among the seemingly marginalised few that don’t think Gladwell is an idiot), experience, determination, and perhaps a little luck.
And there’s no question about whether or not we need social media people, because we do. Make no mistake: this is a thing. Social media is becoming increasingly ingrained in daily life, and the sooner experts start popping up (real experts, I mean), the sooner we stop hearing about things like retweet decision models and spam on the Skittles homepage. Because people are really stupid; this social media stuff is common sense to us, but thousands of people daily are getting phished, revealing just a little too much on Facebook, trying to use Twitter to connect with an audience, or just trying to figure out what the big fucking deal is. Common sense to you and me, black magic and voodoo to Average Joe. (Quick: how many people do you know that refer to Facebook messages as e-mails?) And you know what, if Merlin Mann can be an expert in answering his e-mail, and U2 in using distortion pedals, and Topherchris in putting capital letters on images, then why not let some people try to be experts at social media? We let far more than 16,000 people get away with much sillier sounding stuff, every single day.
The same thing that always happens will happen: the people that are good at it will make it not sound stupid and then prosper (or merely eke out a modest living, at least), the rest will not. Just like everything else in the entire world. For now, we’re in the stage where everyone is trying to make money from something new. Soon, we’ll be in the stage where X mid-sized business needs someone to tell them how to manage their online presence, or Y business will want to replace their homepage with a Twitter search feed for mentions of their name, and will need someone to tell them fuck no, that is a terrible fucking idea.
As for the nomenclature, well, why not? It’s stupid, it’s somewhat unprofessional, and it’s probably a lie in most cases (one cannot simply declare one’s self a guru), but it’s a new area where, for the most part, you make your own job title. Why not have some fun with it? (Just don’t call it science unless it’s actually science.) Not that I am in any way defending calling yourself a “rockstar” or “ninja,” just that we should give them enough time to realise that calling yourself a rockstar anything, unless you are in a band, is ridiculous.
The only “news” is that people are flocking to a new field, where a lot of people desperately need help, and if anything, that should probably be looked at as a good thing, right? There will always be unimitable idiots, scam artists, and teenagers looking to make a quick buck. There will also be super-smart people that genuinely want to help, and will be able to make a difference. Statistically. Maybe. Hopefully.
Everyone thought people that called themselves web designers were fucking tools at first. And any veteran web designer probably has stories about the blank stares their job titles receive, even now.
I have been on blogosphere for good 4 years now. I have been reading blogs, creating blogs ( for clients ) , managing blogs , promoting blogs …………. but never I seriously thought of writing on my own (personal) blog. What stopped me? nothing…….. just procrastination . So from today onwards I will diligently try to write on my blog about things that I would love to share with others.
I begin today writing about something hilarious ( I feel it is ) related to my most admired organization on this planet Earth - Google Inc. This story goes back to my Country - India. I recently learned about this Ice Gola ( click here to understand what’s Ice Gola ) vendor by the name Gogola .
Check out their website here . Clearly Inspired by Google they have tried to imitate the company’s logo to colors to name.
I found the entire concept to be funny. Not sure if the founders of Gogola are truly inspired by Google or are just trying to leverage the name Google to sell their Snow Cones.