Jeffrey Mann

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Describing the Engagement Initiative

by Jeffrey Mann  |  February 17, 2014  |  Submit a Comment

Last month, I had the chance to describe the Engagement Initiative in a series of one on one meetings. After doing it about 30 times, I kind of got good at it. Here is the cheat sheet for understanding what this important area of coverage at Gartner is all about. Gartner’s Engagement Initiative brings together existing areas [...]

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Is There a Dropbox Effect?

by Jeffrey Mann  |  November 12, 2012  |  4 Comments

A columnist at VentureBeat recently wrote about the supposed Dropbox Effect and whether it is real or not. I think it is, but not the way most people seem to be using the term. I see three aspects the supposed Dropbox effect: What the people saying it think it means What it really means What [...]

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The Internet’s Eccentric French Uncle Passes from the Scene

by Jeffrey Mann  |  June 29, 2012  |  Submit a Comment

Ah Minitel.I always had a soft spot for this strange, pre-HTTP online service. It was kind of like the Internet, except for most of the things that make the Internet so compelling. And now it is finally going away. To be honest, I didn’t realize it was still around so its continued existence was the [...]

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Cannes Symposium 2010

by Jeffrey Mann  |  November 19, 2010  |  1 Comment

Symposium is usually an intense experience, and this year was no different. This year 3300 attended the event, a 21% increase over last year. It was the biggest EMEA Symposium in the last ten years. Close to 100 analysts did 200 presentations, almost 2200 1on1 meetings, and about 40 user roundtables. Personally, I did 26 [...]

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Hyves Sells Out to Telegraaf Newspaper: Is There a Future for Local Social Media?

by Jeffrey Mann  |  November 1, 2010  |  2 Comments

Today’s announcement that the Telegraaf Media Groep has acquired the company behind the Hyves social networking site is another troubling sign for locally-oriented media sites. Hyves has achieved quite good penetration in the Dutch market, with almost 11 million Dutch users, over half the total population. Despite its efforts, it hasn’t succeeded much in growing [...]

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Talking Social at United Nations Agencies

by Jeffrey Mann  |  June 20, 2010  |  5 Comments

I haven’t been blogging or tweeting much in the last couple weeks. I’ve had my head down while getting the magic quadrant for externally-facing social software ready for review and finishing the bulk of work on the Cannes Symposium agenda. Neither of these are completely finished yet, but both are close enough for people to [...]

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Have a Happy Safer Internet Day

by Jeffrey Mann  |  February 9, 2010  |  1 Comment

You may not have realized it, but today is the third annual Safer Internet Day, a day to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially for children and young people around the world. The awkward name, doofy logo and stiff language quickly identify this as a government initiative (with [...]

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Twitter growth leveling off? Really? And if so, does it matter?

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 21, 2010  |  1 Comment

The Internets are agog with speculation on numbers showing that the previously meteoric growth in Twitter users is beginning to sputter and slow down. Is this the end of the road for Twitter as the media darling? I’m not so sure. First, Hubspot’s measurements show that the rate of growth is slowing, not that Twitter [...]

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Of Microblogging, Twitter and Hype Cycles

by Jeffrey Mann  |  August 19, 2009  |  14 Comments

This is Hype Cycle season, which always leads to lots of comments on blogs and other social media sites. I wrote the Microblogging technology profile, and have been alternately bemused and amused about the reactions to its position this year. Talking about Twitter always generates reactions, especially on Twitter. This year, Microblogging (which includes the [...]

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Can Facebook Out-Twitter Twitter?

by Jeffrey Mann  |  April 28, 2009  |  2 Comments

It’s odd to see a powerhouse like Facebook scrambling to become more like Twitter, a relative upstart with no visible means of revenue. The reported rejected acquisition bid could play a role in a “If you can’t buy them, copy them” way. But clearly, this is what is happening. First Facebook changed its user interface [...]

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