Another illustrated quotation

Coolidge Persistence

Fairly well known, but for reference, here is the quote:

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”

— (John) Calvin Coolidge


Dear Photograph

Goodbye Grandpa

Dear Photograph:

A wonderful site where people post photographs that feature locations along with old photos of people in the exact spot and held at an angle that mimics the original setting. Each photograph is accompanied by a brief caption that states its significance or story to the contributor.

I am so excited by what the internet and sharing are doing with Photograpy as well as opening the floodgates and turning on all the taps…

The Social Graph is neither…

Rdf hell

Put simply, my most shared/forwarded article of 2011 although coming late – Nov.

I’m a big user of pinboard and a fan.

Let’s just say it’s a must read.

It’s not a graph – “When you start talking about building a social graph that transcends any specific implementation, you quickly find yourself in the weeds. Is accepting someone’s invitation on LinkedIn the same kind of connection as mutually following them on Twitter? Can we define some generic connections like ‘fan of’ or ‘follower’ and re-use them for multiple sites? Does it matter that you can see who your followers are on site X but not on site Y? … This is supposed to be a canonical representation of human relationships. But it only takes five minutes of reading the existing standards to see that they’re completely inadequate”

Privacy is another sticking point which I think will be a massive portent of things to come

“There’s another fundamental problem in that a graph is a static thing, with no concept of time. Real life relationships are a shared history, but in the social graph they’re just a single connection.”

Declaring relationships explicitly is a social act: “Your best friend from high school surfaces and sends a friend request. Do you just click accept, or do you send a little message? Or do you ignore him because you don’t want to deal with the awkward situation? Declaring connections is about as much fun as trying to whittle people from a guest list, with the added stress that social networking is too new for us to have shared social conventions around it.”

Leaving aside the technical issues of how to implement, how does cutting ties actually work socially? Is there any way to be discreet, for example, or have connections naturally degrade over time? In real life, all relationships fade naturally if you don’t maintain them, but right now social networks preserve ties in amber until we explicitly break them.

“Social networks exist to sell you crap. The icky feeling you get when your friend starts to talk to you about Amway, or when you spot someone passing out business cards at a birthday party, is the entire driving force behind a site like Facebook.”

And my favourite : “The funny thing is, no one’s really hiding the secret of how to make awesome online communities. Give people something cool to do and a way to talk to each other, moderate a little bit, and your job is done.”

“My hope is that whatever replaces Facebook and Google+ will look equally inevitable, and that our kids will think we were complete rubes for ever having thrown a sheep or clicked a +1 button. It’s just a matter of waiting things out, and leaving ourselves enough freedom to find some interesting, organic, and human ways to bring our social lives online.”


Rise of Social Commerce

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Specifically a Supply Chain Point of View on the new channel from the rather dodgily titled ‘supply chain shaman‘. (Oh dear. Add another one to the ‘first up against the wall when the real revolution comes’ along with the Advocates, Gurus, Jedi and Ninjas (blackbelt in stupid anyone?)

Notwithstanding, a good list of what comprises social commerce:

Mobile Applications.
2-D Bar Codes.
Virtual Currency.
Shopping with Friends.
Facebook as a Channel.

As well as a good list of why supply chain should care”:

Redefinition of customer service.
New ways to sell to loyal shoppers.
Channel proliferation.
A new need for new type of supply chain transparency.

In essence a plea for departments outside of Marketing to welcome the digital consumer.

Bang your drum shaman.


Nokia blues

Nokia: Culture will out

A wonderful series of insights from Adam Greenfield (Formerly head of design direction for service and user-interface design at Nokia)

I’m even using his cheery photo through Nokia’s window.

He writes on the contrast between the daily and weekly rhythms of work in his own practice, and what he saw during two years at Nokia.

Executive summary: “Despite the omnipresent burden of responsibility, and the inherent risk of failure, there’s an excitement and pleasure in working on one’s own behalf that was for the most part missing entirely from my Nokian experience. The word I keep coming back to, in my head, is “unbound,” and it’s an unbelievably lovely and liberating sensation.”

His new experiences indicate why you shouldn’t look for innovation from large organizations. Of course its also a comment on Nokia’s recent and ongoing troubles. Read the rest of this entry »

Rapid Innovation Plan

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I’m recycling some points from this article: by Nicolas Bry, a senior VP at Orange Vallée, an Orange entity dedicated to rapid innovation (Orange Marketing Innovation Group).

I particularly like the central premise and whilst I recommend the article for a read, nothing should divert from the point that the final goal of rapid innovation is not to set-up a new entity apart: it’s to deliver continuously game-changing innovation in a faster way, without cutting down quality levels. Read the rest of this entry »

Travel is the benchmark for mobile

Iphone travel app pack
(image from Lifehacker)

An article at Tnooz from Jason Taylor, VP of platform strategy at Usablenet which outlines why the travel industry has found itself as the benchmark for mobile with early adopters among business travellers driving the overall market forward for other verticals. There’s quite a lot I would add but this exactly why I chose to work where I do!

To summarise:

Business travelers were one of the the first to rely on their mobile phones to access the Internet for productivity purposes, and importantly, this demographic was also the first that could afford smartphones – with companies subsidizing the cost of best-in-class mobile devices to keep their employees productive while on the road.

The reality of business travelers using the mobile web in large numbers resulted in travel companies being the first to optimize specifically for the channel – with airlines to hotels to all companies in the travel ecosystem devoting significant resources to develop mobile sites and apps.

Some milestones:

1. Mobile commerce – in 2006 Amtrak became the first travel company to launch an optimized mobile site that offered transactions to all Internet-enabled mobile devices.

2. Reaching a global mobile audience – in 2007 Northwest Airlines became the first truly international mobile site by introducing support of 13 Asian languages.

3. Leveraging mobile apps for increased brand loyalty – In the hotel industry, Omni Hotels was the first to offer mobile applications for the iPhone and BlackBerry – recognizing the need for dedicated native apps on the major mobile platforms.

4. Location-aware features enhance the mobile travel experience – in 2011 Expedia was among the first to incorporate location-aware features into its optimized mobile site by leveraging new HTML5 technologies – allowing features like push notifications to be more easily accessible to the traveler.
Also Expedia is innovating in location and mobile is by leveraging the smartphone’s internal GPS to offer travelers the ability to search for hotels with same day vacancies near their physical location.