The Quest of the Netiquette

As an avid addict to agogics, the science that studies inter relationships and social interaction, I am fascinated by the incredible way social and digital media sweep most of our know standards under the carpet. For ages a carefully constructed framework of rules, do’s and don’ts, etiquette and ancient wisdom has been keeping our relationships …

Take some air, have a minute AFK

Walking through #SXSW you meet an interesting variety of people who have one thing in common: Social Media. And to be fairly honest, after being immersed for a full 48 hours in this digital Mekka:  most of the tweeps around here are useless :-). Maybe I should blame my jetlag, or is it my down …

#SXSW …. And this year with me ;-)

Arrived in Austin, Texas, after a stormy, bumby and hellish journey of just under 20 hours. Bit broken, bit beat, bit grumpy, way tired but nothing a Texan stake and some Mexican Tequila-enhanced beer can’t cure. Arriving on Austins friendly airport always makes me smile: deep-rolling Texan accents and real-blue jeans. A cabdriver with a …

It’s news Jim, but not as we used to know it (bis)…

I must say that this weekend’s Social Media stream on natural disasters triggered very mixed feelings. I followed both the devastating earthquake in Chile, and the brutal storm over France live on social media. Twitter and YouTube proved to be way faster than CNN and even the local French news desk. The social media warrior …

Follow me! (if you can :-))

I spend more time on the road than I care to compute. A formidastic part of my life seems to consist in trying to get from point A to point B while on point C yellow clad pointy haired entrepreneurs put obstacles on the road because they want to make it better. Or something. Too …

Five tiny fish count more than a Big Whale

It´s giving me a burning headache. If you look at the coverage on social media, there seems to be a frenzy around numbers. Big numbers. When people talk about Twitter-VIP´s, they add the magic number of followers almost reverently. Oprah has more than 1,8 million followers now, BritBrit 2,4, Barack´s ghostwriters1,7 million. Connecting to these …

Michael Jackson beats it

I´ve been watching my Twitter account and my Facebook updates with a suspicious eye lately. First Yasmine, a lovely Belgian singer died. Though all my sympathy goes to her relatives and friends, the internet frenzy that followed was crazy and horrifying. Not only were all the sinister details of her suicide smeared all over the …

Crowdsourcing: don´t squeeze the lemon!

It was predictable. With more people on social media channels like Twitter or Facebook than I´d care to feed, sooner or later those networks had to be tapped in to. After the spread of silly adds, desperate people trying to boost traffic to a usually ridiculously bad website, or smartasses phishing around for logins and …