New media and its powerful “tribes”

We all can agree that social media is a place for conversation.  To blogger Seth Godin, it’s a place where people can come together, tell a story, connect a “tribe”, lead a movement and make a change.

Throughout the above TED talk, Godin outlines the importance of these tribes and calls it “a new model of leadership” in which “people on the fringes can find each other, connect and go somewhere.” He compares it to marketers using demographic information to most efficiently target a specific audience,  just as tribe leaders use their own passions t0 do the same.

Conversation over the internet is effortless and instant, regardless of distance.  A tribe can be created while its supporters are in different places all over the world.  This can make a group of people extremely powerful, and Godin is encouraging it.

He says tribe leaders, like those of the past, must share common qualities such as “challenge, culture, curiosity, connection and commitment.” Through the use of these qualities, a tribe leader can effectively change a part of society that they believe could be better for the overall good. Godin repeats that it’s not necessary to create a problem, as he says, “The Beatles didn’t invent teenagers,” but instead, that those experiencing a similar problem just need someone to lead them into making it better.

New media is bringing people together in more ways than one. If it’s this easy to find supporters for a certain cause, what will tribes use its power for next?

 Think about it.


Facebook becomes even more mobile-friendly; others should too

As if Facebook isn’t everywhere already, it is now available on the home screen of your cell phone.

On April 12, HTCreleased an android phone called “HTC First” on the AT&T network.  This is the first phone to come fully equipped with Facebook “Home,” the social network’s new Android app that replaces your home screen with Facebook photos and notifications.

Facebook’s Home brings a user’s news feed, messages and notifications to your lock screen where they can respond to people on their friend’s list without opening an application. From there, other apps can be accessed too.

Upon announcing the new app, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg referred to a study that found smartphone users check Facebook nearly 14 times a day and look at their phone around 100 times a day. He said the company developed Home in an effort to give users more value in the quick moments when they glance at their device.

It might not be entirely necessary, but it’s smart.

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Resuming media activity after a tragedy: How soon is too soon?

Monday afternoon, tragedy struck Boston.

Following the news that two explosions had gone off near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, everyone seemed interested in what would follow. In a lot of ways, conversation did.

Many took to social media to express their feelings, ask questions or post recent developments in the story.  It seemed to stay like that for awhile, too.

Once I started to see posts and tweets not regarding the situation in Boston, I felt uncomfortable. It felt wrong.

I started to think; when is it too soon to change conversation following a tragedy?

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Media professionals will benefit from “the art of asking”

Don’t make people pay for music, says singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer.  Let them.

Palmer proved this to be possible by placing her plans on Kickstarter, a website created to help people host and fund their creative projects.

While on tour, Palmer would often use Twitter to ask fans for anything she needed (housing, food, clothes, etc.) in exchange for hugs, merchandise, music or beer.

After signing with a major label, Palmer disagreed with their plans for her music.  She left the label, choosing to instead use the same approach she used on other social media websites and ask for donations from fans so she could continue to make music.

Her goal?  $100,000.  At the end she found herself with nearly $1.2 million in donations to fund her next music project.

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