1. On Scoble, Facebook and whether European Privacy Laws Stifle Innovation
The fine and upstanding Thomas Otter (also of the DFOF fashion blog, to which I occasionally contribute, unlike some people) makes, and backs up, the case that Robert Scoble, in his recent dust-up with Facebook, may have violated European privacy laws. Scobleizer: champion or showboat? You decide. (49 comments and counting…)

2. A Plenitude of Twitter Apps
New apps are beginning to offer business an opportunity to parse out valuable data from the firehose that is Twitter. A few of my favourites: PoliTweets tracks mentions of politician’s names on Twitter. Twittertale tracks swearing (you kiss your Momma with that mouth?) but of course could be configured to track anything, and Terraminds Twittersearch has indexed all public tweets. I actually find it to be more reliable than Twitter’s own “replies” function.

3. Whuh? You should pay attention to what bloggers say about your company?
This excellent, excellent roundup of why it’s important to pay attention to your reputation online from The Viral Garden is probably the best (and most thorough) summary I have ever seen. Read it. Understand it. Use it to make your case (hat tip to Todd Defren via Twitter)

This isn’t very social media-y, but still of interest:
4. Introducing the $27,000 Mac Pro
Apple announced their new, faster-than-ever Mac Pro yesterday (I know someone in our office who’s probably got their eye on one already). They start at $2799 US, but with a little imagination you can configure a machine that will not only process at the speed of light, but also heat up your dinner (hat tip to Steve Mann).


  1. Maggie thanks so much for mentioning my post on The Viral Garden. It still stuns me that so many companies are not monitoring the blogosphere, even when it is painfully easy to do so. Hopefully it’s just a matter of many not knowing just how easy it is to see what everyone is saying, thus the reason for my post.

    Thanks again, and thanks for following me on Twitter!

  2. I am a strong supporter of online social media but I am fed up with the amount of noise that has evaded the internet in recent months. Many who trumpet or glorify online social media as the saviour of mankind are doing an injustice to a medium with so much potential

    The online social space has become the “Wild West” with uncorroborated predictions that the majority of the world’s online population will be socially wired. Not only do these pundits predict this massive shift to online social websites but they would like us to believe that businesses will not survive unless they are plugged into these websites.

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