Want a thoughtful laugh? Read these eight random thoughts from lists and distractions to Jayson Werth and the Super Moon.

More app providers and websites are providing control mechanisms in a bid to get more people to use their sites. The question is will it work?

The always-on quanitifed self created a bit of a freak-out amongst SXSW Interactive attendees. the movement towards the omnipresent Internet creates dramatic implications for society and business beyond extrapolating personal data to deliver context.

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.

Robert Scoble delivers an insightful interview on marketing, media and society as a whole. Learn about the Age of Context.

Patagonia winds whisper to me like it was yesterday. How I crave to be in the mountains walking up and down rugged landscapes, hoping to see yet another breathtaking view, some aspect of the world I never expected, and breathe in the clean cool air. To be surrounded by nothing except the stunning wilds, untethered from the Internet, no cell […]

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 […]

Image by NEXT Berlin Andrew Keen remains the most constant and prolific critic of digital media advances and their impact on society. His books Digital Vertigo and Cult of the Amateur have made him a bit of a pariah in some circles, and an intellectual hero in others. He was the ideal choice to close xPotomac on February 25, as […]

Image by tres.jolie How’s your Instagram account treating you now? Feel better now that Instagram restored some of its original terms of service, and recommitted to observing permission marketing norms with photos? It seems like every four or five months we experience some outrageous Internet drama where tech and marketing bloggers declare the death of a brand. Instagram, Chick-fil-a, Netflix, […]

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 […]

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 Misspixels Attention and reputation. That’s what we fight for online, particularly those of us vested in building personal identities and businesses through social media. By doing so we sacrifice more than we possibly imagine. We’re wild animals caught, caged and put on display at the zoo. Every check-in, status update, photo, error, and other digitized personal detail will […]