Time again for my Social Media Top 5, a series of observations, snarks and made-up stuff about social media. My items for this week, honoring Opening Day for the Inside Baseball season:
1) Steve Rubel wants to kill “Social Media.” Is the feeling mutual?
Seriously, the horse is out of the barn on the use of this term. If it were inaccurate and pure buzz, I might agree, but it is a commonly accepted term that is making inroads to the mainstream– and is a differentiating, defining term. Not gonna change.
2) New social media site: “FreudFeed.” Like FriendFeed, it aggregates all of your feeds, and those of your friends, in one place. But rather than the actual posting, FreudFeed posts a stream of what you and your friends are really thinking. I’m not sure I can post any hypothetical examples without getting into some real trouble, so use your imagination.
3) Social Media Breakfast 6 in Cambridge, Mass. Jeff Pulver co-hosts, bringing his home-made live-event “tagging” kits with him. Cambridge Police get into the act, tagging the cars of several attendees (fascists).
4) Gary Vaynerchuk instigates “Good People Day,” or “GPD08” on April 3. spend the day pointing out good people online? Nice idea that I simply didn’t have time to participate in that day. My consolation? I’ll just point out good people on an ongoing basis every day. Here are some alternate day ideas though:
GDP08: Point out people who are being productive, contributing to the Gross Domestic Product index
LOL08: Point out the funniest people. Who makes you laugh?
NMDB08: Shine a light on your favorite New Media (expletive)s
5) Best for last: new service Chacha launches. Move over Magic 8 ball, this is where all my ridiculous questions are going from now on. The top 5 questions I asked the service this week, with the real answers
Q: What is social media?
A: Social media describes a new set of Internet tools that enable shared community experiences, both online and in person.
Good answer, good start (aside from my early questions asking for obscure baseball facts, easily answered)
Q: Is Jessica Alba the hottest chick on the planet?
A: She may be to some. This is very much opinion though. Very few scientific studies can determine such a question.
Q: What is the meaning of life?
A: Life: spiritual existence transcending physical death
I bet all you geeky readers were expecting the answer to be “42.”
Q: Does anyone actually use Mahalo?
A: Mahalo is the world’s first human-powered search engine and sure, tons of people use it.
We’re talking about human-assisted Internet services here. I wanted to see if I could raise some competitive hackles here. No dice.
Q: Is Steve Rubel kidding?
A: I hope so, but I think he is being serious
This week’s title inspiration: “Cha Cha Heels” by Eartha Kitt (with Bronski Beat)