Posts tagged ‘media’

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 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
November 21st, 2010

Social Media project has failed

by Laurent François

15 years ago, we said that the web could be this fantastic playground in which social relationships among people could free their souls & projects. A place in with the wisdom of crowds could help us shape all the criteria of success to optimize our daily lives, moreoever for our children.

Well, this project has to a certain extent failed.

4 pessimistic reasons, all linked to the building of an history (in French; “historicité”), to confirm this idea

  • the access to archives of conversations is dramatically complicated for any citizen. Here and there, you can find digital footprints, for instance in 90s-newsgroups. Nonetheless, in the 90s, the social web has first been developped on economical reasons, not through vertuous ones. During this decade, we should have implemented “curators” in order to organise the web. Some might say that thanks to monitoring solutions, it’s now possible to follow insights through the time. Maybe. But how many solutions keep more than 6 months of conversations? Very few, as this effort has a huge cost. Congrats to all the universitarians and people trying to build these histories. But we’ve lost decades.
  • How many articles, written by professionals (press, thinkers etc.) link to the past? How many media now do have the capabilities to produce long-term files? Not a lot. There should be people dedicated to these objectifs within their organizations; the problem is that the business model was not made on that but on fast news. Once again, we’ve lost decades
  • How many new ideas have been propagated on stage, in front of a huge mass of people? This nice democratic idea in which a topic or a guy could be elected by chance, and that could have an impact, a debate? In real life, you can be picked in a jury, for law. In Social Media, it’s rare to find people promoting by pure chance new talents or ideas. Actors’ strategy…Decades lost
  • How many iconoclast ideas have been perennial, in political fields, for instance? How many of them did pass the very conservative filters, even when they seem to be “cool”?

The Social Media project has to a certain extent failed: it’s now time to go back to sense & goals; in order to not only ask ourselves “who benefits from crime ?” but “why do we communicated?”.



October 12th, 2010

WTF in France #14- Ina Global, the review of Creative Industries & Media

by Laurent François

Citizens!

A great initiative by Ina: an online review around media & creative industries.

Pretty high level (but very accessible) articles, that you can read in English right here.


Lancement d'InaGlobal lundi 11 octobre 2010
envoyé par InaGlobal. – L'info video en direct.

A great resource with many reviews, like a think-tank, which tries to diffuse a certain idea of media.

September 10th, 2010

Is Social Media changing the world or is the world generating Social Media?

by Laurent François

Citizens!

According to eMarketer, “40% of brand representatives around the world felt social media posed new challenges to the integrity of their brand. More than a third said that social networking sites affected brands significantly enough to bring about changes in marketing strategy” . Interesting statements; but I guess that the following conclusions are not enough: “But with 500 million consumers reachable on Facebook, and a host of other networking sites, services like Twitter and the rest of the social web, the challenges may be worth it. More than half of brand representatives told MiresBall and KRC that social media gave them an opportunity to reach new customers

It’s like if marketers were missing a level: it’s not Twitter nor Facebook that are at stake, it’s more generally the way people lead their daily life, the way they talk to one another, the way they priorize things. At the end, we don’t really care Facebook nor Twitter (for instance, in South Korean, NO ONE cares).

Focusing on 2 trending networks cannot be a good attitude: it lacks strategic implications. For instance, if I were Uniqlo, I would probably try to see which channels can be interesting, true. But I’d start with a simple objective: why do I communicate? Once I’ve found my reasons, what’s the value proposition? And only then I’m gonna ask which supports can propagate this value proposition. Supports and not channels: because for instance, supports can also be a limited edition, a flashcode, a media partnership.

Focusing too much on Social Media is the same mistake than focusing too much on advertising or retail: all these practices are part of a same effort. It’s because the world’s changing than Social Media is changing the world.