Category Archives: Social

Why I love: Spotify

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Spotify has been around for a while yet it only launched Down Under a month ago. I use it every day on my iPhone during my daily commute, via my WDTV in the living room (which is now basically my home stereo), at work (weirdly configured with Sonos to play music throughout the office) and, if I want to crank the Spice Girls, on my work PC (with my awesome new Beats by Dre Monster headphones). I’m using it now while I write this blog post on my iPad. Bobby Womack’s new Bravest Man in the Universe in fact.

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KFC Big Bash hits a six with Social Media

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I went to my first Twenty 20 match last night. It was loud, fast and fun. The tournament is currently leveraging social media to drive fan engagement and awareness.

All the teams have twitter accounts and use them for match updates and promotion. Clever hashtags like #smashemsixers are used for twitter conversations which I’m sure other sports will look to adopt in 2012. Selected tweets from fans scroll across the big screen at the ground. The Sydney Sixers should look at including user handles as this would increase the ‘reward‘ for fans supporting their team.

Facebook pages have become great places for fans to show their support for their teams and players. Users from the West Indies, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India are using social media to support their fellow countrymen as they play in the Australian tournament. For many, social media and the internet is the only way they can connect to the game.

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All the teams have template based and multiplatform friendly websites. Fox Sports holds onto highlights for a little too long (for example highlights from last nights game are only available on the flash riden foxsports.com.au and not on the team websites or YouTube).

It’s the social media presence that I’m most impressed with. The Big Bash is a new competition trying to succeed in a sport saturated market. The organisers have understood the power of social media and are harnessing it to both market the game and empower fans.

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Is Social Media narcissistic?

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“Some of the youth of today have a higher level of narcissism than perhaps the youth of the past, but one needs to take into account the developmental context to this…Narcissism is a normal stage of life that people often grow out of and it’s not the end of the world if children or youth are going through a narcissistic stage” – Dr Ranil Gunewardene

Watched a pretty interesting episode of Insight last night about narcissism. As a father-to-be and a Digital Producer it raised several interesting questions about parenting and social media.

Social networks are often referred to as been narcissistic. Users can portray themselves in a much grander, more positive but delusional light. I’m sure everyone follows someone who over shares ‘look at me’ photos, checkins or status updates that are nearly always of them having a great time or boasting about their successes. I may even be guilty from time to time.

Surely the positives of social media out way the negatives. One person on Insight suggested that Facebook is sometimes the only social interaction for people who work in offices. I know without Facebook I’d have no idea what my brother was up to in Munich. Arguably, without LinkedIn, I wouldn’t have my current job. Twitter is such a convenient way to stay up to date with the latest news and I use FourSquare to find/share good coffee shops and restaurants. Social media is about prioritising the good stuff from all the crap on the net. Yes it can be used for evil in the wrong hands but most of the time it’s a great lifestyle enhancement tool.

The picture above is from a T-Shirt design that you can buy from Despair.

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Is Facebook Open Graph Doomed?

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Facebook recently announced a raft of take-over-the-internet updates at their yearly conference – F8.

A significant update is an auto-share feature that will mean everything you read on certain sites will be shared with your Facebook buddies. Instead of selecting the Recommend or Like button on every SMH article that you want to share you will just tick once the Add to Timeline button. It will share anything you do on the site like comment, watch videos, listen to music or any other interaction.

This has a few potential issues including the embarrassment of viewing articles you probably shouldn’t. My beef with the feature is that social media isn’t about sharing everything – it’s about sharing the best stuff. Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Last.fm, FourSquare, Yammer, Google+ shine light on what your network likes. This is the underlying strategy behind the Google +1 button and Facebook’s social ads and sponsored stories. Turning Facebook into a stream of people’s entire online activity will dilute it’s value.

Auto-sharing won’t do Facebook any favours in winning over privacy skeptics either. Who wants to be thinking – is this site on my timeline? Have I shared this article already? What if I want to add a comment to a story I’ve already shared automatically?

What do you think? The Like button is possibly the most passive/meaningless way to share content but is auto-sharing going one step too far?

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