The Inevitable Pinterest Post

Image by Social Graphics Sigh. If you are a social media pundit, you had better be posting about Pinterest these days or as Ike says, you’ll have your expert card pulled (the horror). So here it is, my inevitable Pinterest post. What Pinterest has done right is significantly change the way we interface with social media. By making posts picture-centric, we see ideas and concepts rather than have to read about them. In a mobile, portable media world dominated by tactile input methods (touch screens), this is an undeniable future. This movement towards visualizing information is also typified by Instagram and Tumblr. You can point to the popularity of Facebook pics, Facebook’s new timeline interface, and Twitpics as further evidence. […]

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Infographics: Art or Porn?

Infographic by Isaac Pigott They say a picture is worth a thousand words. They convey stories in ways complex narrative content. When people try to shove 10,000 words into one infographic, pictures create headaches. And so we have the debate of whether most infographics are well-designed art or cheap info porn. What used to be a clever art form from the likes of USA Today and the Onion (hat tip: Brian Blank) has now become the social web’s equivalent of media snacks. But Pop Chips are not hors d’ouvres as we have learned, and these infographics have become painful in length and the amount of complex data they try to convey. Some require three, four or more screen views to […]

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10 Wishes for the Baby New Year

Image from Rudolph’s Shiny New Year With the Baby New Year about to be born, it’s time to reflect on resolutions and wishes for the next 365 days. Here are 10 wishes for the online communications space in 2011: 1) Instead of running to lynch Julian Assange, the market needs a deeper analysis of Wikileaks and its role in the 21st century media environment, good and bad. The implications will be far reaching for all Fifth Estate participants, bloggers, pseudo journalists and social network voices, alike. 2) Ethics, what are those? It’s time for the Wild West known as the blogosphere to look deeply at practices like affiliate marketing, Perks and other interesting forms of compensation. 3) That the market […]

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Down with the Teflon Revolutionaries

Co-author’s Note (11/20): Trackbacks on this post have been turned off.  Links/SEO were not my objective. The following is a joint manifesto. (Cross posted with Ike) Please follow along with: Geoff Livingston… and… …Ike Pigott. (Audio link.) With pitchforks and torches, the mob brought down an unresponsive and paternalistic media, that had used decades (broadcast) and centuries (print) of scarcity and monopoly to own the agenda. In record time, the mob has learned that you can’t dethrone the king without leaving a void under the crown… and lacking the sophistication to kill the Monarchy instead of the King, they have assumed the throne and become the very thing they revolted against. We live in a real dangerous time right now. […]

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The Desert of Community Building

The following is draft material for my next book, Welcome to the Fifth Estate (the follow up to Now Is Gone, which is almost out of print). Comments may be used in the final edition. You can download the first drafted chapter of the new edition — Welcome to the Fifth Estate — for free. One of the most crystallizing moments of my online career was when Ike Pigott said social media was an organic process. This analogy struck me as inherently true, in large part because of the significant amount of time and care one has to invest in building an active community. Like a farmer who invests love and labor day after day watching her/his fields slowly yield […]

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How a Blog Reader Titled My Next Book

When I announced the revision of my book Now Is Gone, I published a draft of the first chapter, “Welcome to the Fifth Estate.” A reader, Ike Pigott, who is very familiar with the first book, thought the primary theory and content was so different from the first one that it should be retitled. Here is Ike’s comment on the Fifth Estate post: Geoff – maybe “Welcome to the Fifth Estate” would have been a better title for the book. After all, it appears to be such a substantial rewrite, with all new case studies, that it would go beyond Second Edition status. In actuality, Ike’s comment is very correct. More than 50% of the book is new, and of […]

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