Interview Jason Falls: No Bullshit Social Media

Jason Falls  (@Jason) is known for speaking as he thinks: straight, right in your face and refreshingly honest. After a couple of years being an outspoken thought leader on social media, he decided it was finally time for a book: No Bullshit Social Media. Falls gives the ingredients for  bull-free, lie-free, fluff-free, and buzzword free …

SxSW –Music is even more social, stupid!

#SxSW. The social media community is making the last preparations for the yearly high noon in Austin, Texas. For a couple of days social media will and shall be noticed in every single corner of this buzzing town. The old cabdriver that calmly cruised me to my meeting today does not like it a bit, …

If you want to be sheep, get in a flock, if you want to be wolves, form a pack

Bruce Sterling did not disappoint me at the closing of SxSW. A cynic futurist and gifted speaker, he has a tradition of naming the things exactly as he sees them, without dressing them up. While he usually writes with vinegar, he switches to vitriol in his talks. The closing speech was a 45 minute ranting, …

Brands : Stop Being, start Behaving …

One of the killer questions in the different panels and talks at #SxSW in Austin is: “… and what about brands”. Because, let’s face it: the boring internet of unidirectional websites has evolved into an online social forum, where people meet, talk and share. The net is social, and the people have taken over the …

Cali Lewis: girl power!

There are a lot of men in the Blogger Lounge. But when Luria Petrucci walks in, most of the male audience is a bit disturbed.  Better known under her internet alias Cali Lewis, the 30 year old brunette is one of the most popular American internet celebrities in Europe where her dynamic podcast  GeekBeat.TV is …

Dream up your future

Excuse me, I’m still a bit shaky.  I just encountered Michael Bruce Sterling. The Bruce Sterling. Sterling is now globally seen as one of the inventors of the concept “augmented reality”, but above all he is the author of some of the best Science Fiction Books I got in my hands. His Mirrorshades anthology placed …

The Magic of “How do you do that”…

Browsing #SxSw in Austin for content, the old journalist in me has a field day. Some of the smartest brains on the planet that are dealing with social interactions and digital media are literally  within a square mile from this laptop. An amazing amount of brainpower, egos and strong viewpoints are competing for attention. What …

You never walk alone…

While covering #SxSW in Austin is fun, educative, entertaining and generally nice… it is also hard work. The ten venues that encompass the event this year are not exactly in spitting distance from each other, and endless long hall ways, tricky stairs and Austin’s historic pavements are a pure torture for the feet. Add to …

Scan me for possibilities…

QR, AR, and good old fashioned barcodes are smeared all over #SxSW in Austin. The possibilities to scan in things are endless. With free apps to scan, connect and store the info, the scan-able coding is one of the fast “aim, click, connect, forget” user friendly tools. And you find them on the most probable …

Location starts getting real value

#SxSW in Austin still needs to officially kick off, but one thing is for sure: it is still about location, location, location. In the night and early hours before the event, you see location based tags and check-ins popping up like warm popcorn all over the city. Foursquare, Gowalla and Google Places are arm wrestling …