Archive for April, 2009

How to Save Newspapers (Or, Why the NYT Should Acquire Twitter) – Umair Haque – HarvardBusiness.org

Death of a newspaper is a frightening thought in a “free” society.

However, can newspapers evolve through the current crises plummeting readership and ad revenues?

Umair Haque posts on the HarvardBusiness.org an open challenge to the dying Fourth Estate.

How to Save Newspapers (Or, Why the NYT Should Acquire Twitter) – Umair Haque – HarvardBusiness.org.

The title says it all.

Viral Video Gone Bad

As posted on Mashable today, Susan Boyle’s wildly viral YouTube video broke all the records will see neither penny nor pound for lack of a revenue sharing agreement between YouTube and Britain’s ITV, the owners of the video.

Read Mashable’s post HERE.

Gavin Newsom’s Tweet Heard Round the WWW

The text read like this:

Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco

It’s official- running for Gov of CA. Wanted you to be the first to
know. Need your help. Check out video: http://tr.im/iOCN and
ReTweet

9:05 AM Apr 21st from txt

San Francisco Mayor Gavin took to the global internet airwaves and made it perfectly clear: he is officially running for California State Governor.

In choosing Twitter as his medium of choice, Newsom joins the ranks of @Oprah, Ashton Kutcher and @The_Real_Shaq as one of the “most popular” online twitterers.

“Disruption?” It was evident  that Newsom’s tweet had major network media all a-twitter.

“Retweeting” Newsome’s announcement, The New York Times political blog called Twitter an “untrodden political tool.”

One would think that this “denial” is even more myopic to the detriment of their business survival.

Twitter already proved how it can break stories and command larger audiences faster than major network media. Read India’s Mumbai terror attacks and James Karl Buck Egyptian arrest stories.

See his how Newsom lines up against the twitterati at http://twitterholic.com/gavinnewsom/.

Hmmm, “disruption”?

Using Twitter for Educators

David R. Wetzel presents “5 advantages for Teachers” for using twitter
for helping keep teachers stay more engaged in their profession and
in the learning business.

See his five tips HERE.

President Obama Appoints CTO of the U.S.

First it was Queen Elizabeth, then it was Pope Benedict XVI.

So how are you keeping up with the Joneses in Washington?

In his Weekly Address today, President Barack Obama announced the appointment of the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States appointing  Aneesh Chopra to “promote technological innovation to help achieve our most urgent priorities…”

…today, we simply cannot afford to perpetuate a system in Washington… where outdated technology and information systems undermine efficiency, threaten our security, and fail to serve an engaged citizenry.

Political Will
It used to be that government lacked the political will and budget priorities to actually “lead” its citizenry. It historically would allow cultural and technological change in the public sector to come at the expense of private sector investment in commercial and consumer products and services.

My how times have changed: Her Royal Highness twits and His Holiness vblogs.

Now, the U.S. has positioned itself to be managed with the efficiency of an Silicon Valley technology corporation.

Our world’s governmental leaders have adapted their communication models to better connect and serve their citizenry.

No More Fence Sitting
How will you explore today’s Web 2.0 technologies? Where does your business fit into the online community? Which social media utilities will you use to connect your business to you customer base?

No more “keeping up.” It’s time to move ahead.

Read the Full Press Release HERE.  You can hear the full audio address HERE.


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