@DaveWiner Blocked Me

As a reader of this blog – you might know that I follow and agree with Dave Winer (who I do not know) .. a lot. In fact, a quick search on Beyond Bridges posts reveals 12 separate posts mentioning his name alone.

A couple of weeks ago he posted this on his blog, where he was celebrating the return of Robert Scoble to the world of blogging and RSS.

I had already been looking at this when Robert first announced it, commenting to him through Twitter that since I don’t use Facebook, I couldn’t comment on his blog. A short flurry of exchanges ensued, including being followed by the man himself. Honored, though I suspect that I might need to work hard to have him be a regular listener !
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But back to that post by Dave. I popped over to Twitter to share this with Dave – and lo – I discovered he had blocked me. Blocked mind you. Not muted, but blocked.

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In light of another one of his posts, I was a little surprised. He concluded his post thus:

I’d of course add my favorite (that doesn’t actually exist) — mute-with-timeout, which would allow me to turn off messages from people who might have a reason right now to be angry, but who I’d like to automatically give another chance to communicate with me, after having a chance to cool down.

This suggests that I had obviously done something really really bad.

Sorry Dave. Maybe I ‘@ called you’ a little too much on Twitter, maybe I said something that upset you. My mistake. Apologies. And don’t worry, no need to unblock me, I have other accounts if I really want to see what you are saying on Twitter, but I don’t. Most of my interest in your work lies on Scripting.com anyway, which I still receive through my RSS feed in Feedly – I just won’t @ Call you anymore, because that is the only reason I can come up with as to why I am blocked.

Yours
A Confused Fan

 

Robert Scoble Should Pay Attention To Dave Winer

… and not just pay lip service.

On August 6th 2014, Robert Scoble wrote …

After giving it some thought I have completely moved to Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

I am putting TONS of great content into there. If you aren’t on Facebook, I’m also on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/scobleizer or on Google+ at https://www.google.com/+Scobleizer

Someday I might come back to the blog, but the world has moved and it is on social media.

And then nothing, until December 11th 2015, when he wrote Continue reading

A Share Is Not A Complement

I was trawling my own blog this morning and came across this post, which in turn referenced this post. As I have previously intimated, the prime focus of this blog for me is not (currently) to garner readership, though I am beginning to work up to that. Rather its purpose is to collect my thoughts and ideas in a single space. I use it to practice my writing. To get my rhythm. And. Bit by bit. I am building the courage to promote it more.

So I am constantly surprised to discover that people are actually reading it. At all. I mean, it is there to be read, but I don’t analyze the data to see who is visiting, it isn’t that kind of space. But still, I do get comments and I do pay attention. It’s nice. And to those people. T H A N K Y O U.

What prompts this post is a slightly different thought. I also publish things on LinkedIN from time to time. Again, primarily practice, but things I write are more likely to be seen because of the stream that is embedded in LinkedIN.

Last week I posted this onto LinkedIN. So far, 5 days later, it has received 48 views and 3 likes. Not exactly ground breaking stats, but again, not the point. Separately, behind the scenes, I have received 7 email / LinkedIN messages from people telling me how much they enjoyed the piece, that I should keep my stuff coming, do more etc etc. Not one of those people are one of the three people who liked the post on linkedIN. They liked it enough to write and tell me so, but not one of them elected to like it on the page, nor to share it. I wonder why ?

From my perspective, the personal note to me complement or suggestion for improvement, I find the best. That someone takes the time in their day is sooooo much better than a quick up / down like. I am just wondering what the real difference is here.

Any thoughts ?

 

Stop Calling It Social Media

We should really be calling it social business

[ Source : Accounting Today ]

Ok – been saying this for a while, in various ways – here and here – and actually even my very first post nearly 5 years ago – that I recalled earlier today …  find the original here. But what I am highlighting this time is the source. Accounting Today. Maybe it is just me – but I never really see the accounting profession at the vanguard of modern communications – but they seem to be getting it a lot more quickly than the social media pundits out there – oh wait …. “Follow The Money” !

Rock Stars Days Are Numbered

The sad thing is that I can see a few companies that fit this model … IBM and HP to name a couple … but there is another that has recently hove into my particular orbit that is going to hit this wall soon.

For decades, we’ve tried to motivate people with money, even though we’ve got a vast amount of research that shows that money erodes social connectedness. Now, we need to let people motivate each other. And for years, we’ve thought that leaders were heroic soloists who were expected, all by themselves, to solve complex problems. Now, we need to redefine leadershipas an activity in which conditions are created in which everyone can do their most courageous thinking together.

The Future of Facebook

BenjaminAnother excellent article from Ben Thompson at Stratechery. But couldn’t help but notice his comment “Everyone loves to mock Paul Krugman’s 1998 contention about the limited economic impact of the Internet:”

The growth of the Internet will slow drastically, as the flaw in “Metcalfe’s law” – which states that the number of potential connections in a network is proportional to the square of the number of participants – becomes apparent: most people have nothing to say to each other!

I think there is nothing to mock – and Krugman was spot on. People generally do have nothing to say to each other. Check out most of the pages on Facebook – banality and ‘check out this’ tends to be the order of the day. True – Ben goes on to say

Was Krugman wrong because he didn’t appreciate the relative worth people put on what folks in their network wanted to say, or because he didn’t appreciate that people in their network may not have much to say but a wealth of information to share?

… so he does recognize that really what is going on is sharing – and amplification … rarely interesting conversation (I set the FB group world aside on this) is rare.

So is Facebook destined to simply become a mass media amplification system ?