Social Media – what do you not understand about this?

Social Media is a revolution the likes of which the world has never seen, it’s good, bad and no doubt in some circumstances ugly. But it is here and it is forever! – well, unless we have a devistatiing solar storm or something (which I’ll write about at some point).
But I think this video says it all, to see it in it’s full size version (recommended) just double click on it.

Published in: on 8 September, 2009 at 14:59  Leave a Comment  

Social Media, the Entertainers, the World and You

So called social media truly came of age over the last couple of years and even outstripped the internets number one use – smut.
I can’t go further without mentioning that internet shopping also became bigger than High Street shopping over the last 24 monmsn_messengerths – so, Web 2.0 succeeded.
However, most of us can remember the birth of Yahoo and MSNmessenger chat facilities and way back in 2000, it was the number one way of having a conversation from Saudi Arabia to the UK. You see, at £1.86 per minute on the phone, Messenger systems came into a world of there own. yahoo_messenger_logo
Texting had already been around for a number of years by this time, having started in the mid to late 90’s.
Ironically, the likes of MSNmessenger and Yahoo were streets ahead in this field on the web, but then the price of technologies started to fall. Suddenly we could all make half decent videos on a mobile phone and bounce it straight up to YouTube.
flickrWith the advents and arrivals of Facebook, bebo, Flickr, Twitter and oh so many blog providers, the game changed considerably. You see, many of these services (in one form or another) were already being provided through the known mediums of MSN live messenger and Yahoo, but these great giants in the www. were too generalised and not specific enough. This gave way to people providing direct topical services and indeed, specializing in them – like WordPress with blogs etc.wordpress-logo1
Based on the fact that the basic human condition is that we are very much a social animal and also the ability to have ‘that’ voice in the world that they did not have previously, lead to global networks of new found friends. Just from blogging, twitter, and other sites I have earned money and gained friends around the world I simply did not have before – andfacebook_pic lets be honest, I would have never have known these people otherwise.
We, in turn soon realise just how big the world truly is, we learn that no matter if people even if a look the same, or speak the same language – we are culturally very different. As such, a learning process starts to take shape, we develop, our perceptions change and slowly, a new way of thinking starts to creep in.
The effect of all this on the English language has been nothing short of astounding, not to mention the use of smileys and the constant shortening of words etc.twitter

Then people use the systems to gain popularity and work. Just look at the amount of Actors, Musicians and other famous people use them.. Through twitter alone you can just about talk to anyone you’ve ever heard of. And while a few people have tried to run fake identities of famous people, twitter is now verifying people from the entertainment industry so that you get to know they are who they say they are.

filmBeyond typical fan adoration, these people also get down to earth feedback on what they do. They get into and remain in the public eye, and people with an interest in a persons work, get to know the latest news without the gossip of the Tabloid Press putting a slanted angle on it all. In fact, the daily newspapers are in real decline because of all this and in time they will sadly disappear altogether.

Sometimes though, it is obvious when someone in the entertainment industry either knows little about a) the internet b) the importance of there presence or c) what it says about them when they treat this media in an ad-hoc manner, because that never works at all. It actually goes along way to discredit them and this can be sad when a person is very talented.
These are powerful tools indeed, jobs are created and destroyed with the use of social media.
Now, I would give examples here of good and bad users of social media, but to be honest, I think this would be totally unfair and probably quite hurtful.

One thing is for sure, while it has changed the way we communicate and make friends – it is also changing the face of business.
Businesses that just come on and think they can sell any old thing or an insurance policy or an ‘enlightenment’ course are completely missing the plot. They are for the most part commercial exploitation within social media and simply not welcome!iran-protest However, within industries like technology, law etc – these are huge areas with worthwile information sharing and in some case collaberation – these are very welcome.

We really are in a time of vast change, amazing change infact, yet it is happening so quickly we’re almost ignoring it. As a ‘for instance’; during the recent protests in Iran and the Israeli gazaattack on Gaza some time ago, the internet and social media brought the reality of what was truly happening on the ground more accurately and quickly that any of the main stream media services like the BBC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CNN. We could in some cases see these things in real-time via streaming webcams.

So, we’re living in great times, the recession is effectively over, the world is getting back on it’s feet slowly and we are the people who are shaping the whole thing – because if you’re reading this (despite my terribly poor English), then indeed you’re part of it.


Published in: on 9 July, 2009 at 08:28  Comments (2)  
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Media coverage & Michael Jackson

grimreaperI’m stunned!
Seriously, what can I say?!
The early morning of Friday while returning to my place of work, the radio was awash with presenters droning on and on about Michael Jackson’s death. The lack of sincerity was hilarious and Chris Moyles of BBC Radio one of the worst.   Finally, I succumbed to the user friendly device known as the ‘off’ switch.

Within hours the jokes had started, and later that night I was receiving so many jokes by text, I switched my phone off!

The media was and is, still pumping out this ‘oh how sad’ stuff. Yet social media tells a far, far different story.

Here are some of the many jokes I received, especially for the staff at the Cullompton Shell station (who give me so much grief about the validity of my MoT).
If they offend you, well, ……….theres a concept!

Michael Jackson’s ghost has been spotted at great Ormond St.Hospital. Apparently he’s still trying to put the willies up small children:)

Reports of Michel Jackson having a Heart Attack are INCORRECT! He has been found in the Children’s Ward having a STROKE!

Tributes have been pouring in since Michael Jackson’s death. Billy aged 12 said “I just don’t know who’s gonna fill this massive hole he’s left behind”.

Rumours are claiming that Michael Jackson, the living legend has died with food poisoning from eating 12 year old nuts.

Gary Glitter has bid 5 million pound on eBay for Michael Jackson’s phonebook!

Early reports say that Michael Jackson hasn’t been this stiff since McCauley Culkin stayed over.

Out of respect McDonalds have released the mc Jackson burger 50 year old meat between 10 year old buns.

Michael Jackson has just been refused entry into heaven, don’t blame it on sunshine, don’t blame it on moonlight, don’t blame it on good times… Blame it on the buggery.

Michael Jackson passed away this morning from a massive heart attack. Authorities have released a statement saying that they will melt his body down & make plastic toys so kids can play with him for a change!

Grim Reaper1So, here’s the thing – It appears to me that no one (or very few), really care that Jackson has died. Even a friend who works in a local school was telling me that the young children were cracking jokes about it.

So, media world, The BBC, CBS, Fox and the rest of you all – next time something like this happens, check to see what people truly think first, because it’s you lot that got us originally thinking this way – well, you and Michael Jackson.

Just so we’re clear on this, in the last two days I have spoken to around 60 people from all walks of life, different backgrounds and different ages/generations, on a professional, personal a family basis –  and not one offered any kind of sadness. But everyone of them had a joke, blunt comment or simply didn’t care for this guy who could have done so much, yet after 80’s and early 90’s did so very little.

I’m more sad for the loss of Farrah Fawcett


Published in: on 28 June, 2009 at 05:40  Comments (4)  
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