Links of the day

Hack Day tools for non-developers

apophenia: Would the real social network please stand up?

From Corporate to Personal: A Breakdown Of The Four Types of Twitter Profiles « Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing

Yahoo committed seppuku today « The Jason Calacanis Weblog – I couldn’t have said it better myself

Online usage has flat lined. And why that doesn’t matter. | Econsultancy

Journalism.co.uk :: How to: write the perfect press release for journalists

imc²:Twitter location mashup – like Twittervision but you can put in search tools

FeverBee: Never Be Afraid That Nobody Will Join Your Community When You Launch

Oprah Time: Clever: Leading Your Smartest, Most Creative People by Rob Goffee & Gareth Jones

Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones have addressed the fact most management books have only just about come to terms with the knowledge economy. Instead of workers being on the production line, they now toil away in front of PCs.  But most management books don’t acknowledge that many businesses are now based around the efforts of talented creatives, be they research scientists, designers or even digital strategists <^_^>.

Clever: Leading Your Smartest, Most Creative People is supposed to explain to managers how their management style should adapt to dealing with creative professionals, however it is as much a business book explaining how creatives influence and create wealth for their organisations.

Style-wise the book is mercifully thin, Goffee and Jones aren’t of the school of thought that a book has to be dense to deliver a thought leadership platform. If it has any weakness, it is that some of the case studies are sycophantic rather than objective in nature.

Links of the day

Web 2.0 Asia :: A Glimpse into SK Telecom’s App Store – interesting that this is PC-side loaded apps rather than OTA (over the air)

Snapshot of Social Networking in Malaysia – some interesting metrics here, you can see the way Friendster is now losing out to Facebook in a previous stronghold market as Facebook has reached a global tipping point. Flickr is surprisingly popular as well.

The three biggest reasons music magazines like Vibe and Blender are dying. – By Jonah Weiner – Slate Magazine – or how the long tail and the record labels have killed the music press

The Importance of Social Media Audits « Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang

What Everyone Made from the Zappos Sale – following on from this post last week, this article put it into context. Salim sent me this article through which adds further insight: Zappos Earned $11 Million On $635 Million Of Sales Last Year (AMZN)

With Jobs Scarce in Japan, Women Become Professional Flirts – NYTimes.com

Richard Edelman – 6 A.M.: Huffington Post; Taking the Next Step

Stay Tuned for Bluetooth on Your TV

Has social media paid off with improved customer satisfaction?

Revenue Drop the Beginning of the End for Microsoft, Say Some Pundits – ‘the end’ is an exaggeration but there is some fat that can be trimmed like online services. With the inevitable drop of Win 7, Microsoft will pick up again. I think that the clear difference is that Microsoft has moved from a growth stock to a value stock. This however has been on the cards for a while: Unlimited Potential reminds me of the stoner who checks down the back of the sofa for overlocked weed or pocket change.

Starting Up in a Down Economy – Inc. magazine – interesting perspective recommended by Salim

Jargon Watch: Galápagos syndrome

When Darwin arrived at the Galápagos islands, he came across species that had fantastically evolved from their counterparts elsewhere due to their prolonged isolation. Galápagos syndrome is used by Japanese telecoms executives such as Takeshi Natsuno, who developed the i-Mode system and now teaches at Tokyo’s Keio University  to describe the Japanese handset market and development. A combination of differing technical standards, culture, hardware sophistication and a lack of user-experience expertise has left Japan with a handset ecosystem which is highly evolved and differentated from the rest of the world. However they are also struggling to compete on the international stage.

Kudos to: The New York Times Online: Why Japan’s Cellphones Haven’t Gone Global By Hiroko Tabuchi (July 19, 2009).

Links of the day

latest statistics for digital china | Digital China Guide

SoftBank – gobsmacked at some of the cool looking handsets that Softbank pack, though the specs on them often don’t live up to the cool design

Oprah Time: Miyamoto Musashi: his life and writings by Kenji Tokitsu

I read Go Rin No Sho (The Book of Five Rings) a decade and a half ago, it is a great book but lacks of the clarity in translation that Sun Tzu’s Art of War has. Kenji Tokitsu manages to fill in many of the gaps by providing a better understanding of the man himself and how the concepts he discussed in Go Rin No Sho changed over time with Japanese society.

Go Rin No Sho is valuable because of the insights that it provides into strategy and strategic thinking, Tokitsu has done a wealth of research and cites a comprehensive range of sources to provide as accurate a picture as could be obtained of Musashi’s life. Though he still manages to make the book easy to read rather than weighing you down in the minutae of his research.

I would recommend Miyamoto Musashi his life and writings as an ideal companion to reading Go Rin No Sho.

Links of the day

Shiny Unhappy People – UK’s Shiny Media Blog Network Engulfed In Chaos

How HP Integrates Digital and Social, Kathy Durham, VP Marketing « Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing

Apple has 91% of market for $1,000+ PCs, says NPD | Betanews

Coca-Cola: A social media case study / we are social

The definitive UK Facebook audience breakdown | blending the mix

ホワイト家族24 | SoftBank family – I love these ads pure genius

Web-Based Experiments for the Study of Collective Social Dynamics in Cultural Markets | Yahoo! Research – PDF

Walt Mossberg On The Horror Of Migrating To Windows 7

YouTube Insight: Detailed Stats for Your YouTube Videos

Who Buys Virtual Goods? It’s Not Who You Think « Viximo Virtual Goods Market Blog

What the Cool Kids Can Teach Us About Selling Out – social media ethics good examples from Sanyo and Ford Motor Co.

Guzzle.it – Latest news about stuff you care – interesting monitoring service

Smart Talk at Smart Design – BusinessWeek

100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About | GeekDad | Wired.com

Zapping of Zappos

I woke this morning to find that Amazon had acquired US shoe e-tailer Zappos. Zappos is a business that is respected for its corporate culture and customer service levels. ZDNet has a write up of the deal here, a key take out from their article as their surprise at the apparent low value of the deal. The deal is on the face of it worth less their reported revenue for 2008. This was a puzzle to me so I raised the question via my Facebook and twitter feeds.

This is what I got back:

Zappos discussion

Salim is a fellow former-Yahoo who knows much more about these things came back to me. As a bit of colour, he is an economist by training and has worked as a management consultant, an analyst at Merrill Lynch and is currently a founder at Wahanda: a health and wellness experience portal: a smart business to be in with consumers craving authentic experiences. As you may have guessed he’s a smart guy and I thought his insights were worth sharing with you.

Oh, and Heather is hottest interior designer in the Bay Area. Back in the late 90s we were pod neighbours at the first agency I worked at in Covent Garden where we promoted overrated technology, telecoms and internet companies; which either no longer exist or are worth comparative pocket change from those heady times.

Links of the day

Lufthansa readies to reignite Connexion

Social Media Statistics wiki

Top 100 Follow Friday Twitterers in Youth Marketing & Trends – great resource to find interesting people to follow on Twitter by Graham Brown

Yahoo Buys Email Startup Xoopit (YHOO)

MySpace To Launch MySpace Mail This Week (NWS)

Yahoo! in aggregate second only to Facebook for sharing links online – busterbuster’s posterous

Burberry and the Next Big Brands to Come From the East | The Green Room | Fast Company

Introduction to Google Forms | Matt Silverman

Communities Dominate Brands: Who Told You First? Now Apple confirms musicphones cannibalize iPod

New Study Finds Correlation Between Social Media and Financial Success

The battle for authenticity

I was struck by this post on Japanese streetwear label Neighborhood’s blog for a ‘Vietnam-era’ Zippo lighter. The lighter has a burnished finish, wear marks on the edges like you would have from prolonged use and the kind of design that may have been carved by a talented soldier or to order by an engraver.

Neighborhood 'Vietnam' lighter

I found this craving for authenticity facinating. Even the designers own styles illustrate that: look at DJ Nigo of BAPE and Tetsu Nishiyama, of WTaps in this picture on SwaggerDap. Nishiyama is sporting what looks like a Rolex Submariner with a military strap aping the old pattern of watch that Royal Navy divers would have worn and both of them sport car coats that are straight out of American Grafitti.

Now lots of people hark back to other eras and styles. I love to listen to everything from 1960s and 70s country music to electronica, I see rockabilly types on the tube every so often and there are the  famous groups of rockers who dance in Tokyo’s Yoyogi park to 50s rock music.

Yoyogi Park #2, originally uploaded by Guwashi999.

What struck me about the lighter is that they were trying to embue the experiences of the object, the memories that would be tied up in an original item: a kind of voodoo version of the science fiction swapping memories stories like Strange Days, Blade Runner or Total Recall.

The Neighborhood lighter is not an isolated product class, Japanese apparel company Buzz Rickson prides itself on providing garments with a fanatical attention to detail, even down to getting exactly the right amount of tension in the thread. The clothing is based around US Air Force jackets and other clothing from the mid-20th century. This isn’t just borrowing from history but stealing it wholesale.

My friend Graham Brown focuses on providing counsel and research findings on young consumers to the mobile sector. He recently did a presentation called ‘The End of The Pepsi Generation‘ and the allusion in it is that young people will no longer be marketed an image, they want a product that is authentic. As the slide asks ‘Are you marketing to or Are you marketing with?’

I don’t think that this hunger for authenticity is just something for young people. They definitely couldn’t afford a Buzz Rickson jacket and Neighborhood as a brand is definitely aimed at people in the creative classes and ‘in the know’.

If we are looking to the past for these authentic memories, what does this mean to the future?

Bruce Sterling and William Gibson have been giving it some thought with their theory of atemporality, is the authentic memories meme a way of running away from our non-future?

Event: Mobile Monday London – mobile entertainment part two

Following on from my introductory post last night here is the notes that I had made from the presentation by GetJar’s Patrick Mork  and the subsequent panel discussion. I have scanned in my original notes showing linkages etc which I thought may be more useful than re-writing them in a more linear manner.

Patrick Mork

Mobile Monday London notes part one

Patrick talked a bit about the GetJar business including the business model. This presentation then set up the debate in the panel around:

  • Which is better applications or web short cuts?
  • How do you make money?

J2ME was still the pre-eminent platform of choice for downloads at the moment as GetJar caters for 1,500 different models of handset worldwide.

Panel Discussion

The panel moderated by David Murphy of Mobile Marketing magazine was Daniel Appelquist – Vodafone, Patrick Mork – GetJar, Andreas Constantinou – Vision Mobile, Joachim Hoffman – Fjord and Mark Curtis – Flirtomatic.

Mobile Monday London notes part two

Flirtomatic was held up as an example of a successful mobile entertainment business and Mark Curtis explained about their business in a bit more depth.

Mobile Monday London notes part three

Panelists discussing the future of mobile entertainment focused largely on technological change when talking about the future of mobile entertainment. Reposted on my work blog: dot comms.

Event: Reputation Matters, London

I was part of a panel discussion hosted by VeriSign at the Century Club on Shaftesbury Avenue. The event covered factors that affect consumer trust in online gaming. Verisign had done some very interesting research around trust and how it relates to authentication in advance of the conference. I was there to talk about what social media can do to help engender trust. They should be sharing content from the event over the next few weeks at this site.

Links of the day

JeanSnow.net — The Otaku Encyclopedia

AT&T Park leading the way in digitally enhanced baseball – SiliconValley.com

The Anatomy Of The Twitter Attack – more details on the TechCrunch Twitter scoop than you will ever need

What we can learn from Poken

Social network analysis and PR « Much ado about nowt – some interesting stuff here from Tim Hoang and something that I will look to revisit when I have a bit of time

bork.ca : canadian sixx mixx archive – archive of Party Ben’s famous radio mixes

Italian Bloggers Strike Over Proposed Comments Law

Is Twitter Sending You 500% To 1600% More Traffic Than You Might Think?

Economics: What went wrong with economics | The Economist 16th July 2009

“The Not-So-Hidden Politics of Class Online”

Su Fei’s Diary and China’s Branded Entertainment

TrickLife.com – some interesting stuff in the midst of the vast majority of bizarro content

Event: Mobile Monday London – mobile entertainment part one

I got to go along to Mobile Monday for the first time in ages. This evenings event was about mobile entertainment and I had a few pages of mind maps based on the content I got from the presentation and panel discussion. I will get these scanned in, posted up and commented on over the next few days.

Mobile Monday London: Mobile Entertainment


In the networking bits of the event I got to see:

  • Alfie Dennen whom I hadn’t caught up with in a good while
  • Daniel Appelquist of Vodafone who as well as helping to run Mobile Monday London is also organising an event on September 25 – 26 called Over The Air. It will involve programming, art, mobile, presentations etc
  • My former colleague Mark Barlow who used to work at Yahoo! in the search business is now over at Flirtomatic and seems to be doing very well indeed
  • David Murphy, editor of Mobile Marketing chaired one of the panel sessions and it was good to catch up with him. I hadn’t seen him since we both spoke at the last Mobile Youth conference last year
  • Wes Biggs of mobile advertising company Adfonic