Andrea DiMaio

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Government IT Cost Optimization: What Has Changed from the GFC to the Fiscal Cliff?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 31, 2012  |  1 Comment

With an agreement between Democrats and Republicans to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff not yet in sight despite a fast-approaching deadline, it is fair to assume that government CIOs and IT leaders in the US federal government will have to deal with cost reductions as a key priority. The long tail of the fiscal cliff, […]

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Should Companies Escape from Facebook or Escape from (Self-Proclaimed) Social Media Experts?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 19, 2012  |  1 Comment

A few days ago Italian web pundit and entrepreneur Marco Camisani Calzolari published “Escape from Facebook“, which was widely announced on social media and presented, in its Italian version, at the Lower House in Rome. Camisani Calzolari has been recently in the international news for his research on fake followers, which raised substantial interest as […]

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Hurricane Sandy Confirms the Tactical Nature of Social Media

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 31, 2012  |  6 Comments

Like many natural and man-made disasters before it, Hurricane Sandy has shown once again the power of social media to keep people informed, to coordinate rescue efforts and ultimately save lives. There are countless stories already about how Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms have helped people in need, reassured their relatives that they […]


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Why Bother If Social Media Communities Die?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 24, 2012  |  2 Comments

Earlier this morning I had a session on “Should Social Media Be Enterprise or Personal Tools” at Gartner Symposium in Orlando, where I made the point that social media endeavors can provide sustainable values only by blending personal, enterprise and community purposes . One interesting comment from the audience was that quite often communities created […]


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The Downside of Taking Ourselves Too Seriously on Social Media

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 9, 2012  |  5 Comments

Yesterday I had an interesting and revealing experience about the dynamics of social media. One of my contacts in Facebook, a consultant in the Italian banking sector and a mercurial blogger, posted about a device that he connects to the TV set and emits a quite bright blue light even in standby mode, which is […]


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Do Internet Gurus Need Only A Virtual Education?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 30, 2012  |  5 Comments

Over the last few weeks, in my financially beleaguered country, Internet and Web 2.0 experts have been debating about a controversial research on the real nature of Twitter followers. As I wrote at the time, this research is hardly substantiated so far, but the debate took a political spin as its author applied it to […]


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The Unbearable Lightness of Openness

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 4, 2012  |  2 Comments

Over the last ten years I have come across countless consultants and advisors to government and the broader public sector who have been asserting the unquestionable benefits of anything preceded by the term “open”. Open standards, open source, open data, open government, open innovation, and so forth. Those who are younger in the business may […]


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The Essence of Collaboration Is Selfishness

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 28, 2012  |  16 Comments

The tons of virtual ink that are being used to discuss e-participation, e-democracy, social organizations, enterprise or government 2.0, social media and collaboration seem to assume that everybody is moved by an unstoppable desire to collaborate with others. Vendors, consultants, social media gurus, politicians, communication professionals and amateurs all depict a compelling future where the […]


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Torturing the Data Long Enough Will Make It Confess Anything

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 12, 2012  |  18 Comments

Last week Reuters, Financial Times and the Huffington Post referenced a rather sensationalistic outcome published by an Italian entrepreneur and contract university professor who is well known in Italian social media circles. His research allegedly showed that “up to 46 percent of Twitter followers of companies with active profiles could be generated by robots, or […]


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Web Site Ranking of US Cities Suggests that Gov 2.0 May Be Stalling

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 4, 2012  |  2 Comments

The University of Illinois published an interesting report about Civic Engagement and Local E-Government: Social Networking Comes of Age, where 75 largest US cities and 20 largest Illinois cities are ranked by how good their web sites are at providing information services and participation to residents. The same study had been conducted two years ago, […]


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