Jeffrey Mann

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New Years Anti-Resolutions for 2011

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 1, 2011  |  5 Comments

For the last two years, I have done blog posts on what I call my anti-resolutions for the year. Many bloggers publish their predictions, personal resolutions and highlights around the end of the year. So I won’t. If lots of people do something, that usually is a good enough reason for me not do it. [...]

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KLM Shows How to Use Social Media During Ash crisis, and Air France How Not to

by Jeffrey Mann  |  April 18, 2010  |  26 Comments

I spent a good part of the weekend surfing web sites to find more information about how the volcano eruption in Iceland is decimating travel in Europe; partly because it is a fascinating event, but mostly because my wife is in Canada and wants to get home. I booked her tickets using points on KLM.com, [...]

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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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PCC London 2009

by Jeffrey Mann  |  September 20, 2009  |  6 Comments

As well as the Enterprise Architecture Summit, I had the opportunity this week to present at this year’s European Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit conference in London.  This is my “home” conference, since these are the topics I normally write on and talk with clients about as pat of the collaboration and social software team. [...]

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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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Declaring Things Dead Is So Dead

by Jeffrey Mann  |  May 7, 2009  |  6 Comments

Every couple weeks, some industry observer or blogger declares that something that most people know well is dead, and generates a lot of page hits. Whether it’s the iPhone, Microsoft, the mainframe, or Paul, this is a popular meme. More power to them, but I find it getting kind of old. Technological stuff rarely completely [...]

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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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Non-Blog Post on Twitter, @aplusk, etc.

by Jeffrey Mann  |  April 19, 2009  |  Submit a Comment

I intend to say nothing about Ashton Kutcher, Larry King, Oprah or Twitter this week. Well, almost nothing. This has already gotten too much attention. Mosey along now; nothing to see here.

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Twitter’s Future

by Jeffrey Mann  |  April 8, 2009  |  6 Comments

Last week saw fevered speculation about an impending acquisition of Twitter by Google, and just as much fervent debunking of those rumours. I don’t pretend to have any inside information, so I won’t comment on whether this will happen or not. We don’t like commenting on rumours anyway. But I do have some ideas about [...]

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The Social Media MacGuffin: A Volume-based Business Model for Twitter

by Jeffrey Mann  |  March 27, 2009  |  6 Comments

Twitter famously has no visible means of financial support, aside from the money it has raised from venture capital firms. A viable business model for Twitter has become the elusive MacGuffin sought by many observers of social media, like the statuette in the Maltese Falcon. Fairly vague comments from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone have ignited [...]

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