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.
These are nice, cute ideas turning screenshots from Digg, de.licio.us and other social media sites into love notes, such as this StumbleUpon bit:
However, I think they missed a few sites. My unsolicited contributions:
3) Amazon.com 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.
5) The iPhone is ready for the enterprise. Executives will next force IT blessings on: