There is a lot of traffic (excitement) out there about the bias creeping in to Google Searches around the Social Landscape. This site : Focus on the User clearly demonstrates that there is – AND offers a work around with a handy dandy bookmarklet that you can install through a simple drag and drop.

When you search for “cooking” today, Google decides that renowned chef Jamie Oliver is a relevant social result. That makes sense. But rather than linking to Jamie’s Twitter profile, which is updated daily, Google links to his Google+ profile, which was last updated nearly two months ago. Is Google’s relevance algorithm simply misguided?

No. If you search Google for Jamie Oliver directly, his Twitter profile is the first social result that appears. His abandoned Google+ profile doesn’t even appear on the first page of results. When Google’s engineers are allowed to focus purely on relevancy, they get it right.

So that’s what our “bookmarklet” does. It looks at the three places where Google only shows Google+ results and then automatically googles Google to see if Google finds a result more relevant than Google+.

Watch the video.
Install the bookmark.
Done

…. or just move over to Bing – who knows what they are up to 🙂

If you are a member organisation of the MPAA and this is your public representative who’s making you look like a corrupt, Congress-buying organisation in front of the general public, you are not being an effective lobbyist and you are not solving the problems that the MPAA hired you to solve.

The words of Jimmy Wales in a recent interview.


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This is mainly a business blog – but the boundaries of pay, purpose and play are falling. This post caught my eye this morning – and in particular – number 8.

Be a friend to someone that really needs it. We all know people that seem to be going through life alone. While some people do this by choice, most don’t and have been alone for so long they just don’t know how to go about it anymore or lack the confidence. Give it a try and you just may meet someone that can help you reach your dreams while you fulfill one of theirs in the process just because you took the time to get to know them.

‘borrowed’ from ‘Ten things everyone should try’ follow the link for the full piece – you really should.

via Mind Candy.

if from a very young age, we solve our children’s problems for them, we are cutting off our supply of creative problem solvers, future innovators and entrepreneurs. People do occasionally choose to disrupt themselves, but more frequently, disruption comes because we hunger for a better life. It’s no wonder then that the emerging markets are a seedbed of innovation. Or that 52% of Silicon Valley’s start-ups during 1995–2005 were founded by immigrants. When we are satiated with stuff, we lose the imperative to innovate and disrupt.

via Battling Entitlement, the Innovation-Killer – Whitney Johnson – Harvard Business Review …. and thanks to my good friend and colleague Daniel Szuc – great article.

Hot Off The Twitter Bot: How To Train Your Newspaper To Survive The Digital Age

The New York Times recently reported a quarterly profit of $15.7 million driven, in part, by its success at drawing paying subscribers to its website. The news put some much-needed wind in the sails of an industry navigating the choppiest of waters. But to see a newspaper that may be innovating even faster and more creatively than the Times, and which may point the way toward a brighter future for old-school media outlets, one must gaze across the Atlantic at the London-based Guardian.
Ironically, the Guardian is taking the opposite approach: It’s making the open, pay-wall free approach work by being leaps ahead of everyone else in the digital space. And it’s paying off: Readership on Guardian.co.uk is up by over 40% year over the past two years.

 

Skype Winning

It doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know – but nice to see the graphic supporting it.

iMessage and BBMessenger will both be cutting into the texting world.

Reduced number of home phones anyway – since we are all on mobile.

And the costs of mobile in US in comparison are ASTRONOMIC.

I just had a £10 pay as you go in the UK for a better service – and more than enough minutes. texts – possible not data – but for one tenth of my US contract.

Things are breaking apart – and at times – not so slowly.

Skype is killing long distance, one minute at a time — Broadband News and Analysis.

I have come across most of these in my time – and definitely each contributes to the problems – but the ‘Lone Ranger’ is definitely the one that I can state categorically has messed up companies I work with more than any other.

#5 The Lone Ranger. This is the “I need to do it myself if it is going to get done right” leader.  News flash, you are NOT a leader if you are doing everything and deciding everything.  Being a leader is about making others successful and motivating them to act like an owner.  A lone ranger may feel like a rock star but nothing could be farther from the truth.  This leadership approach will chase away the talent on your team, it clearly does not scale, it is not sustainable, and it puts your business at massive risk.  We need leaders that cultivate positive results from others; a smart leader surrounds themselves with those smarter then they are.

The original post can be read here – and thanks to BNET – 5 Dimwitted Leadership Strategies

Bearing in mind that this was written in 1982 … (10 years or so before Tim gave us the world wide web) … pretty amazing predictions ….

The home will double as a place of employment, with men and women conducting much of their work at the computer terminal. This will affect both the architecture and location of the home. It will also blur the distinction between places of residence and places of business, with uncertain effects on zoning, travel patterns and neighborhoods.

Home-based shopping will permit consumers to control manufacturing directly, ordering exactly what they need for ”production on demand.”

There will be a shift away from conventional workplace and school socialization. Friends, peer groups and alliances will be determined electronically, creating classes of people based on interests and skills rather than age and social class.

A new profession of information ”brokers” and ”managers” will emerge, serving as ”gatekeepers,” monitoring politicians and corporations and selectively releasing information to interested parties.

The ”extended family” might be recreated if the elderly can support themselves through electronic homework, making them more desirable to have around. Political Power Shift

The blurring of lines between home and work, the report stated, will raise difficult issues, such as working hours. The new technology, it suggested, may force the development of a new kind of business leader. ”Managing the complicated communication in networks between office and home may require very different styles than current managers exhibit,” the report concluded.

The study also predicted a much greater diversity in the American political power structure. ”Videotex might mean the end of the twoparty system, as networks of voters band together to support a variety of slates – maybe hundreds of them,” it said.

Full Article :: STUDY SAYS TECHNOLOGY COULD TRANSFORM SOCIETY

Passed on – with thanks to :: NYTimes.com