Do You Speak Emoji?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Next time you are on Twitter, check out emoji search by Google. If you tweet an emoji to Google's Twitter account, Google will respond with suggestions of where to eat or what to do based on the content of your emoji. For instance, I tweeted to Google a donut emoji, ...

Content Is King in Virtual Reality

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

Virtual reality believers have had a lot to smile about lately, as Facebook and Google took big steps to make VR mainstream. On October 4, Google launched its anticipated $79 Daydream View VR headset, part of Google's toolkit to embed VR into our lives through Google's ecosystem, whether we're watching concerts ...

How Facebook and Google Are Bringing Virtual Reality to the Masses

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

When a hot startup launches a virtual reality product, influencers and investors notice. When Facebook and Google bet on virtual reality, the whole world notices. Recently these two market makers unveiled their VR visions and plans at their own bellwether events, Facebook F8 and Google I/O. Both their plans are ...

This Is the World Uber Has Made

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Uber has become so pervasive that the company is changing our vocabulary. In everyday settings, we use Uber as a verb (as in "I'll Uber to the ball game tonight"). In business settings, we use the term "uberization" or "uberfication" to refer to companies creating on-demand services such as home delivery ...

Facebook’s Media/Entertainment Roadmap

Monday, May 16th, 2016

(Image source: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times) Facebook has hit a few speed bumps lately as the world's largest social network heads down the path of becoming a media/entertainment business. About a week ago, company was accused of suppressing content from conservative news outlets in its Trending Topics news feed. Then, on May ...

The Future of Concert Live Streaming: Social Virtual Reality

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Music is the star of the annual Coachella festival, which kicked off April 15 for the weekend and resumes April 22, but virtual reality is starting to grab its own headlines. Coachella and Vantaget.tv recently announced the launch of its own virtual reality app, which allows owners of VR headsets (either the ...

How Musician Alison Goldfrapp Creates Social Media Mystique

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Recently, I was talking with a director about how artists use social media. He vowed never to use it. "Lifting the veil to your private life ruins the artist's mystique," he said. And he has a point. Sharing on social can connect artists with their fans, but social media can ...

Show — Don’t Tell

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Unveiling a new logo is like telling a joke: if you have to explain it, you've lost your audience already. That's why I like the approach that innovation consultancy BeyondCurious took recently in sharing its new logotype. Instead of publishing a self-important press release explaining the technical specifications of its logo ...

Is There Room for Brands on Ello? You Bet

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Meet Ello, the anti-advertising social network and gated community for the cool kids. Ello has already exploded in popularity by offering an ad-free network and by allowing members to use made-up names instead of their real names (unlike Facebook, which requires the use of your real name to have a ...

How Hip-Hop Legend Jermaine Dupri Writes His Own Rules

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

In the world of hip-hop mogul Jermaine Dupri, building excitement for new music means creating his own rules for using social media to engage with fans. Dupri, Mariah Carey's manager and co-producer, has been a lightning rod for criticism from frustrated Carey fans who have wanted more information about her career ...