Patel Grows Tired of the Check-In, LBS

[Editor’s Note: This article was originally written for Emerson Social Media] Before you go throwing some sort of tirade, let it be known that the above title is in no way an indication that AdAge writer Kunur Patel is overweight. No, the LBS above refers to location-based services – those such as Foursquare, Gowalla and SCVNGR. Patel’s latest article … Continue reading

Twitter Won’t Be Sold for $5 Billion

[Note: This article was originally written for Emerson Social Media] No, I’m not suggesting that Twitter is evil – I simply want you to envision Dr. Evil saying, “one billion dollars,” as we discuss the more pressing issues at hand – like Twitter’s current valuation and potential buyout. There has been recent talk about Twitter’s … Continue reading

Thanks & Giving

I’d like to begin by wishing you and your families a safe and happy Thanksgiving (or Thursday if you happen to not be celebrating). Surely you’ll be spending quality time with your friends and families today, catching a game of football, cooking, and eating lots of delicious food. This is important and I encourage you … Continue reading

Picking the Brain of a Trust Agent

Just yesterday, the Emerson Social Media class had the pleasure of Skyping with none other than Julien Smith, one half of the esteemed social media duo behind Trust Agents (along with Chris Brogan). Each student in the #ESM class was asked to come up with at least one question for Julien, with the hopes that … Continue reading

Why Facebook’s Attempt to Rule the World is a Good Thing

I can’t begin to tell you the number of times I’ve heard people discussing how upset they are with Facebook. Statements such as “I can’t trust Facebook,” or “Facebook is on a power-trip,” have become all too common. Mark Zuckerberg, in many circles, has been positioned as some sort of heartless dictator (The Social Network … Continue reading

MassTalent Brings Out the Best and Brightest [Videos]

Millennials, Gen-Y, Generation Next, Echo Boomers – my generation has amassed a plethora of nicknames, many of which carry certain connotations (not always positive). However, regardless of what you choose to call us, one thing is clear – my generation has the talent, drive and digital intelligence that is driving our society forward right now. … Continue reading

Ew! Do You Have an STB?

[Editor’s Note: This article was originally written for Emerson Social Media] Okay, so maybe it’s not as gross as it sounds. An STB, according to SCVNGR’s Nick Herbold is a Socially Transmitted Badge. SCVNGR has created the latest STB in its Zombie Badge – a badge that can only be received after performing a social check-in with … Continue reading

Under The Influence: Cision Talks Social Influence

Thanks to my current PR firm Blanc & Otus, I got to sit in on a Cision webinar on social influence last Thursday, called Under The Influence. You likely already know about Cision as one of the leading online databases for all things journalists. PR people use Cision to find the proper contacts for journalists, … Continue reading

Advice on Success From a FearLess Genius

I wouldn’t usually do this, because I realize that it goes against the entire idea that I want to keep you on my blog, but before you read this post, I’d like to you at least glance here. Okay, so for those of you who didn’t click the above link, creative mogul Alex Bogusky wrote … Continue reading