Doug Haslam

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Social Media Top 5: Cleaning up after SXSW Interactive

Time for the weekly Social Media Top 5, a collection of japes, jeers, jerks, and general thoughts about social media, real and imagined.

1) First up, the big buzz at SXSW Interactive this past week was the keynote, in which Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was interviewed by BusinessWeek’s Sarah Lacy. Much of the crowd didn’t like how the interview went, and ended up revolting, expressing themselves vocally and through backchannels like Twitter.

(Photo is of a comparable event, the riot during the premiere of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”)

Judgements about the interview aside, I see a new trend developing: audiences changing interviews in real time. I dreamed up a few examples of how this mob-action could have changed a few notable interviews and speeches:

    A heckling audience of kilted caber-tossers intimidatesThe Scotsman’s Gerri Peev into agreeing to leave Samantha Power’s “Hillary is a monster” comment “off the record.”

    The backchannel during Dan Rather’s 2003 interview with Saddam Hussein causes the Internet to crawl to a halt for a full week.

    British Prime Minister is heckled into changing his 1938 speech on Czechoslovakia: “Ok, not ‘peace in our time.’ Peace to buy time? No?”

Seriously, it will be interesting to see if audience empowerment extends to other types of conferences.

2) Love 2.0 Cards hit the web (hat-tip to Blonde 2.0).

These are nice, cute ideas turning screenshots from Digg, and other social media sites into love notes, such as this StumbleUpon bit:


However, I think they missed a few sites. My unsolicited contributions:


Twittr Luvr


3) launched a new Facebook application, in an attempt to give Facebook members a taste of services they can’t find anywhere else– except on the public Internet.

4) AOL buys social network Bebo. AOL, where venerable Web brands go to die.

5) The iPhone is ready for the enterprise. Executives will next force IT blessings on:

6 Responses to Social Media Top 5: Cleaning up after SXSW Interactive

  1. Dave Barger says:

    #4 is great and totally frameable! I enjoyed being on Bebo. For whatever reason, I just used it as a place to find/enjoy a variety of music. I’m sure that AOL will be “upgrading” it.

    I wonder if they’ll have a little exodus. I’ve deplored AOL since 15’ish years ago when they charged by the minute for access. I’ve got a feeling I’ll closing my Bebo account soon.

    Nice Top 5. Cheers!

  2. sam casuncad says:

    Thanks for this one, I’m going to sphinn it!

  3. Keith Cash says:

    Interesting post Doug

    Some good info. I thought AOL was going out of business?

    and thanks for the heads-up on the launched a new Facebook application info


  4. Doug Haslam says:

    Thanks all!

    People are getting actual info from this? Could be a new direction …

  5. Nice one! The photo of the Stravinsky Riots it’s perfect to illustrate what was going on at SXSW!

    Heh… that interview really makes me think ‘why didn’t she ask people some suggestions?’ Maybe a week or two before…with a simple post on her blog or twitter!? It would have been perfect… The conversation generated by the audience could have actually gave some really inspiring points of view.


  6. Love your contributions Doug! :-)

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