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.
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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” !
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 showsthat 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 createdin which everyone can do their most courageous thinking together.
Another 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 ?
Sangeet continues the drum beat of ‘Platformed’. I reference and ‘borrow’ his thinking a lot – but don’t always post here. This time I make an exception, because it clearly explains what I have been trying to get people to understand for the last two years. Bottom line, he examines the roadmap to success for Social companies in the consumer space. In passing flagging why Friendster and MySpace stalled. Then moving into the world that I remain get fixated on .. The Social Enterprise. (no – that isn’t allowing people access to Facebook in the workplace).
One of my other blogs (Just Good Music) had a minor disaster before the holidays – and it is seemingly unrecoverable – so for now – dead. Meanwhile – I am a found member of The Grid – and cannot wait to get my hands on it – so I can restart Just Good Music in a VERY different way.
Until then – I maintain a love and interest in music – – particularly the business side – and as I was cleaning up some backlog this afternoon – discovered this wonderful item. I wonder how we can help.