There are many photography social networks to participate in. Here is a short review of the five I have participated in the most.

This bicycling oddity took place at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA. It’s a six person bike.

This photo is Waterfall Way, taken in Crystal City. It is also one of 12 Google+ Headers I am giving away to say thanks to folks who follow my photography. Thank you!

Enjoy 12 free Google+ header images from the 365 Full Frame Project.

Market indicators show a business-wide movement into new Internet trends beyond social media.

“My success is built on a mountain of failures,” said Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone. Read more for additional insights.

House of Cards may be the king of buzz, but it’s not translating to viewers and word of mouth, at least not yet.

The human application of technology is a worthwhile discussion. Without foresight, it can become quite destructive.

Google pushes the boundaries of fair data use. Whenever it changes its algorithms, it creates tidal waves of changes across the media industry, and directly impacts every single business with an Internet presence.

Everyone wants to know the most important trends of the new year for their marketing program. After reading thousands of posts and reports and sifting through corresponding data about marketing, these are my five bold predictions for 2014.

Happy April Fool’s Day! We now resume our regular programming… Five weeks ago at xPotomac, nine speakers and one emcee delivered speeches and conversation starters that sparked 25-30 minutes of questions and answers each. The following nine videos are listed in the order of presentation. Special thanks to my client Vocus for providing videography services. Vocus is hosting the Demand […]

Well, the RSS apocolypse is upon us thanks to Google’s planned sunsetting of Reader. Now that my Reader has been scheduled for termination, expect a pivot. Of course, the sunsetting of Reader disrupts my and many other bloggers’ daily link sharing on Twitter and Google Plus, which causes change. Since xPotomac and SxSW have passed (creating more time), I plan […]

The rush to become officially integrated into the Google Author Rank system or has begun. It’s unfortunate, because Google Authorship forces weighted search rankings that favor popularity and SEO skills over substance. If content creators want to optimize our chances of being read, what choice do we have but to implement the system? Our search results depend on it. There […]

Thomas Jefferson’s home Monticello, a must-see in Charlottesville During my winter holiday in Charlottesville, every meal we enjoyed at a restaurant was at a well recommended Yelp venue. Similarly my colleague Chris Pilbeam remarked that every venue he visited on a recent trip was suggested by travelers on TripAdvisor. I guess the old adage should be revised: When in Rome […]

I will be speaking at xPotomac this February 25. Co-organizer Patrick Ashamalla and I are presenting together on Google Project Glass and augmented reality. Here’s a sneak preview of our session. Google Project Glass promises to take ubiquitous mobile Internet access and layer unprecedented information into our day-to-day existence. While Google doesn’t like the term augmented reality, wearable computing could […]

Sometimes I think Google deserves more credit. This is not a defense of Google+, anti-trust issues facing the company, or the apparent sunsetting of Feedburner. Rather, more admiration for the company’s overall approach and success online in recent years. When I learned Google had scrapped its facial recognition technology because the negative uses outweighed the good, I felt they were […]

BlogPotomac, my old social media conference, returns on February 25, 2013 under the new name xPotomac. The opening salvo in the xPotomac series features seven new media technologies impacting businesses and marketers now and in the immediate future, hand-picked by myself and conference partner Patrick Ashamalla. We’ve already got our keynotes and emcee lined up, too! To distinguish xPotomac, the […]

Image by dennoir Everyone wants to talk about tomorrow’s iPhone 5 announcement. Why bother trying to compete? Instead, let’s “newsjack” the iPhone 5 reveal with a fun post lampooning the most common forms of Apple link bait! Here we go: 1) Find a “Lost” iPhone/iPad Prototype “We found this prototype iPhone in the restroom of a Palo Alto bowling alley.” […]

Check-In with Your Face from redpepper. There’s a new attack on privacy: Facial recognition-driven advertising. Facial recognition marketing uses cameras in stores and kiosks to take an impression of your face. It then estimates your gender and age, and serves you ads that are most likely to appeal to your demographic. For example, a camera at a train station diorama […]

Image by cleonleclerc Consider how companies integrate agencies and consultants into the modern, multichannel marketing environment. Contrary to today’s blogosphere conversation, CMOs, other C-level business executives, and their marketing lieutenants still drive marketing strategy in organizations. Agencies and consultants vary in role from strategic partner to tactical provisioning.

Image by CNN By all accounts, 2012 will be the year that Blackberry’s decline dramatically increases. Most analysts and even parent company Research In Motion’s SEC filings see Blackberry dropping out of the top tier of smartphones, surrendering the market to the Apple iPhone and the many Google Android operating system-based phones. Because Blackberry has been a very strong brand, […]

Marketing extends beyond stakeholders and organizations. Although companies and nonprofits like to pretend they operate alone in an industry, competition exists even if its just for the stakeholder’s time and money. If a marketer does their job well, and the product, service or solution is met with a warm reception, invariably the competition responds. Moving forward, there are some common […]

Image by Monkey at Large Many social media wonks bash Google+ at social media conferences and in online conversations. Doubting the new social network is the fashionable thing to do. Yet you have to wonder if this absolute negative view is professionally smart. While the network has not surpassed Facebook and to date lacks the business impact of established networks […]

From left to right: Shannon Paul, Brian Clark, Jason Falls, Zena Weist, Derek Halpern Most of you already know the top-ranked blog Copyblogger. Founder Brian Clark started the company as a blog in 2006, and has expanded it to become a media company that helps businesses grow through social media and online marketing. A mainstay in the sector, Brian is […]

Image by LOLren Oh yes, there are many changes afoot amongst the social networks. Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, oh my! And of course, the social media punditry has ratcheted up with the competition. Could it be more meaningless and boring? Seriously. New feature social network roll-outs are about as exciting watching the fall line-up of TV programming getting announced. Interesting? […]

Image by jdhilger Just as individual web site owners use affiliate marketing, small and large companies and nonprofits are engaging in teams — coalition marketing — to reach common stakeholder groups. Modern Internet tools have made coalition marketing incredibly simple. It’s easy as setting up a web site and providing the common offering or cobranding. Coalitions take several forms. Often […]

Image by renaissancechambara In Washington, polls and surveys drive policy decisions, particularly around campaign season. For a presidential election, Gallup polls are considered accurate within four points, and this has yet to be proven wrong. However, several online polls and surveys last week did produce highly questionable results, and in once case, was outed as a hoax tarnishing the Microsoft […]

In the past three days, Chapters 6 and 7 of Welcome to the Fifth Estate have been podcasted, completing the reading of the book. Welcome to the Fifth Estate is now available for listeners in its entirety for free. Below please find a list of podcast episodes. In addition to making the book available for free, the next few weeks […]

Image by Sean MacEntee Chatter about Google+ for business is abound, but other than the SEO benefits, arguments for a pro offering have not been compelling. In reality, there is no formal business offering yet. While Google+ is at or close to 30 million members, they are distributed globally, and are largely technologists or social media wonks. At this early […]

The following is an excerpt from Welcome to the Fifth Estate, Chapter 7: Sustaining Your Community Over Time Who in their right mind would predict the death of Facebook, given its ever-increasing dominance? But everyone always asks, “What’s next?” One thing long-term Internet citizens have seen over the past 30 years: Communities and social networks get large, even as dominant […]

Image by ssoosay It’s summertime and with the heat comes play, even for social media geeks and bloggers. Here are five fun things to watch and play with this summer: 1) Spotify: It finally arrived in the United States last week, and boy it’s fun. As an old person who hasn’t listed to pop radio for more than a decade, […]

Last week Mark Zuckerberg revealed video chat (see above video), the first of many new features in what will be called, “Launching Season 2011.” Yet, this announcement (conveniently timed one week after Google+ launched) only seems to add to the problems that Facebook has. First and foremost, Facebook’s nightmare user interface offers a plethora of features, many of which don’t […]

Pre-order Geoff Livingston’s Welcome to the Fifth Estate today! There are times when a cause campaign is not about mutual reward for brand and beneficiary, rather responsible citizenship. Disasters are such times. There’s no greater example of this than the current triple crisis of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan. Using online tools, it’s easy to participate in charitable […]

Yes, you did read the headline correctly. One of the most annoying flavors of kumbaya in social media circles remains the idea that we should all get along. These voices leave no room for public competition. Meanwhile most of the folks singing this tune don’t run businesses, and are bloggers and their fans. They are clueless about winning market share. […]

On today’s District of Corruption podcast (with co-host Aaron Brazell) we talked about: Geoff’s "tat-gate" scandal at Blogger Social. Aaron says Facebook is done, and removed his profile. We discussed whether the social network has peaked, and the value of presence marketing. Chris Suspect called in to talk about Facebook, and said MySpace is better now Silly Valley: Google is […]