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Of Mastodon and social media ghost towns

Of Mastodon and social media ghost towns

Every year or so, a new alternative social network gets a lot of over-night buzz. The attention usually revolves around being 'anti-Facebook' or 'anti-Twitter.' 99% of the time, these 'anti' social networks fade away nearly as quickly as they rise. The latest example in this camp is an open-source, decentralized project called Mastodon. Despite commendable PR work, and an OK Twitter-ish service, the network may already be doomed. Here's why.

The 12 Dimensions of Experience-Driven Companies

The 12 Dimensions of Experience-Driven Companies

Any company can excel at one or several dimensions of the customer experience. However, to be great at all twelve of these dimensions is very difficult.

The best brands in the world - and some of today's fastest growing startups - are all experience-driven companies. They are not engineering or design-driven companies; they are experience-driven companies. This means they are exceptional at each of the twelve dimensions; and they are also far ahead of their competitors in the minds of their customers. 

Influence is a spectrum

Influence is a spectrum

The idea of paying people of influence for their time, their name, and their endorsement is not a bad idea. It's not a new idea either. Celebrity spokespeople were all huge fans of cigarettes in the 50's, for example. At least that's what Google shows when you search for 1950's celebrity endorsements. If they had had Vine back then, teenagers would've watched endless loops of Ronald Reagan raving about Chesterfield's "mildness." Who knew?

This is a post about influence and influencers. They come in all shapes and sizes. And they're not going to disappear anytime soon - no matter what Digiday and Gawker think. 

Five featured sessions I'll be attending at SXSW Interactive 2016

Five featured sessions I'll be attending at SXSW Interactive 2016

SXSW Interactive is my favorite conference + festival of the year. Every year is bigger, and somehow, it always gets better.

Whether it's your first time or your tenth, SXSW can be overwhelming. There's a lot going on at all times. To help you make sense of the madness, I've curated five featured sessions I'm planning to attend this year. 

Thoughts on national, digital and personal identity

Thoughts on national, digital and personal identity

Our modern identities are changing amidst globalization and technological shifts - and this often leaves us in personal turmoil and confusion. As someone who has immigrated to two different countries and has seen the rise of the web from a young age, the concept of identity is one I think about and wrestle with quite a bit. 

In this somewhat personal post, I explore how identity is evolving.

The beginning of the end for anonymous apps

The beginning of the end for anonymous apps

Today, Secret announced it is shutting down. Anonymity is an important aspect of the web, but it has always created challenges for companies that require it - especially when they are venture-backed. Secret rose in Silicon Valley popularity very quickly and it has fallen from grace even faster.

What does this mean for anonymous apps? 

Essence and Awesomeness: How to Win at Instagram

Essence and Awesomeness: How to Win at Instagram

Unlike other social networks and photo/video apps, Instagram is where we go to look at beautiful things. Inspiring things. Awesome things.

This is how you win Instagram.

My Favorite Quotes from Peter Thiel's Zero To One

My Favorite Quotes from Peter Thiel's Zero To One

Founders. Hipsters. Consultants. Salespeople. MBA-types. Conspiracies. Baby Boomers. China. Baristas. Lottery tickets.

These are just a few of the things Peter Thiel (and Blake Masters) wrote about on Zero to One

It's a good read. Here are some of my favorite quotes.

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