Archive for ‘social media’

December 26th, 2011

Declining vs ignoring in professional social networks

by Laurent François

Funny world: whereas we’re all pushed to connect, within 5 or 6 degrees of separation, saying “no I don’t want” does not seem to be natural at all.

I’ve said “I decline” for the 4th time on Viadeo to a Yes Man-guy, named David L. He should know, if he reads me, that we have nothing to share.

So what? Viadeo allows users to say No, whereas LinkedIn is more into “Ignoring“.

It’s not innocent: accepting the idea to refuse a contact, (and notify him), is highly different from looking down and keep walking. It’s a society issue!

Where’s the relationship if it’s only Yes-Based?

December 21st, 2011

Perceived Value, Real Value

by Laurent François

It’s funny to see how opposed Facebook values are, if you’re a marketer or a random citizen.

I add a friend because I like him, because I may like her, or because it could be worth it…

Social Currency…

December 15th, 2011

TV killed the internet stars : Anne Sinclair, Huffington Post & blogging

by Laurent François

It’s interesting to see that Anne Sinclair, DSK’s wife and ex mega TV star of TF1, is going to lead the French HuffPo.

It’s even funnier when you remember all the former debates on journalisme, information, UGC etc. But HuffPo is here to earn money.

Nonetheless, in this very tense media moment with DSK-gate, is it really relevant to cast Anne Sinclair as the head of this citizen-centric platform?

Not really sure

October 24th, 2011

When curation gets a real business model

by Laurent François

Most of people against  Pearltrees or other curation tools say there’s no cash-flow below. But they’re definitely wrong.

OpenSky a curation / e-shopping platform, has a very strong business model.

The core principle is simple: once you’ve logged in, you follow experts / stars you trust. They recommend you products or services. It’s not only following celebrities like in a bundle package; it’s really a value added as he/she curates items depending on their scope of expertize.

The curation promise is linked to other leverages:

  • social currency & social gaming : you earn credits anytime a friend joins the platform. You can also earn credits once you win or satisfy some missions. Brand content projects can be pretty numerous
  • couponing : picked items also have “deals”. It’s both addictive (as Private Outlet or Asos.com) and relevant for the consumers

One more time, “opinion leaders strength” + “recommendation power through WOM” is a good combination. The growing influence of Twitter as a business case (they’ve finally entered the entertainment business…) is decisive.

Good news for curation start-ups: filtering data and making the web more physically-manipulable is key.

October 11th, 2011

Tribes’ problems: destroying Social Media spreading and discoveries

by Laurent François

Many observers are talking about a threat in Social Media: as Mark Schaefer writes on SMT, Twitter would be dying as an information tool, because of the tribes themselves.

Affinity groups, if they have a lot of advantages in real life (solidarity, network effects, business possibilities…), also have a big problem on social web: they tend to only promote themselves.

Mark notifies some negative elements: “auto RT” for instance, propagated by communities of allies, give the feeling of a giant new kind of ad space. Auto RT helps bloggers to appear in a very competitive market; but value added is very low, as it pollutes our attention. It’s a kind of necessary thus pervert leverage, because of Google too, which focuses on live search and dismantles the access to relevant archives…

Communities filter new entrants (arent’t hashtags anoter discriminative barrage?) and also filter external sources (besides important news as a tsunami or a war…). It reduces to a certain extent the quality and quantity of information.

Natalie Rastoin et Camille François summarized the main issue of this hyper-personalization + hyper-tribalization: what I want to get as a consumer is not what is necessary to access as a citizen.

3 main examples today:

  1. the very bad coverage of the new Huffington Post in French: communities of journalists + media-related spheres polluted my timeline, without really informing me
  2. the Mashable article on the new Facebook for iPad has been RT 10 times during the last 5 minutes (I only follow 760+ Twitter users, which is already enormous for a single man…)
  3. no info on Karachi affair

2 conclusions:

  1. curation is now a kind of investigative work; it requires a huge amount of time. I’m wondering if I’m not going to leave mainstream tools like Twitter to focus more on “1 to 1″ lunch with relevant people
  2. because of Twitter becoming mainstream, and linked to its real core business, entertainment, I’m now wondering if I’m not going to dive into more “underground” or hidden netwroks