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Branding Issues and Australian Life Guards

by Jeffrey Mann  |  November 23, 2014  |  Submit a Comment

I’ve been in Australia for the last week or so for the Symposium event here, and was lucky enough to spend some time on a couple of the beaches in Gold Coast and Sydney. As well as being impressed by the scenery, sun and great swimming, the respect shown for the life guards was impressive. […]

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What Do You Find Creepy?

by Jeffrey Mann  |  September 30, 2010  |  3 Comments

My last post got several interesting comments, which got got me thinking about what is creepy, and what to do about it. The uncomfortable feelings that some social software implementations create can be a major inhibitor of adoption, so understanding what My colleague Nick Jones offered a potential algorithm for determining levels of creepiness, but […]


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"Watching" the World Cup, Line by Line

by Jeffrey Mann  |  July 6, 2010  |  1 Comment

Holland 0  – Uruguay 0I have lived in Europe for over 25 years, so I know that I am supposed to be excited by football (the round ball kind). But sports generally don’t interest me very much. I can however generate some interest in the World Cup, mostly because it would take too much work […]

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Recruitment Like It’s 1999

by Jeffrey Mann  |  March 8, 2010  |  Submit a Comment

I can tell that I haven’t taken a long flight or train trip recently, because I haven’t blogged in a while. That’s when I get the most reflective. In the train from Amsterdam to Brussels this morning, I saw a recruitment ad that might be the best indicator that the dark days of recession are […]

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Looking Back on Sydney Symposium

by Jeffrey Mann  |  November 24, 2009  |  2 Comments

Doing events in Sydney mean long flights for analysts who live in Europe, but it is worth it. Not to take anything away from Orlando and Cannes, but the smaller Symposium events in Cape Town and Sydney are my favourites. The smaller scale makes them more intimate, so that it is easier to make contact […]


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Looking Forward to Cannes Symposium

by Jeffrey Mann  |  October 29, 2009  |  3 Comments

Really, I am — like you wouldn’t believe. Not just because I have been working on it for months as the conference chair. Not just because I have some interesting presentations to deliver. Not just because I get to hear dozens of stories from clients about what they are doing with social software and collaboration. […]


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When Social Software Vendors Start Talking about Architecture, Something Is Changing

by Jeffrey Mann  |  June 27, 2009  |  4 Comments

I talk with a fair number of vendors every month about their collaboration and social software offerings. Usually, these briefings have a familiar pattern (the easiest to use, the most experienced management team, growing ecosystem of partners, logo slide with lots of customers…), but I’ve noticed something new starting to creep in. Rather than talking […]


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Social Software at the Japanese BI and IM conference

by Jeffrey Mann  |  June 5, 2009  |  2 Comments

I wire this on my way home from 9 days in Hong Kong and Japan. It was a great trip, partly because I love traveling to Asia. It also is a chance to get exposure to some very different markets and trends than I usually deal with when talking with EMEA and North American customers. […]


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Cisco and Jabber: Is the target Microsoft, Google, or something else?

by Jeffrey Mann  |  September 20, 2008  |  2 Comments

Big news always seems to come when I am either traveling, when there’s not much time to react. This news came, appropriately, during Gartner’s Portals, Content and Collaboration conference in Los Angeles. Plenty of chances to talk with other analysts and delegates about what it means, but it takes time on a flight to get […]


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