Archive for July, 2013
An advocate for honoring women on British currency was thanked for her efforts on Twitter with dozens of rape threats. A female writer who recently spoke out against rape jokes, almost predictably, got the same treatment. CNN’s Doug Gross asked Brian Solis for his thoughts on the subject based on his views around “Freedom of Tweet, is it a Right or Wrong?”
Following are some of Brian’s thoughts as published in, “Twitter faces new pressure to limit hate speech.”
Twitter and Facebook are under fire for the role each platform plays in unknowingly tolerating flagrant hate-fueled, public-facing obscenity and outright threats. Twitter was targeted as the result of an advocate for honoring women on British currency was deluged with sickening rape threats. Facebook too has been criticized for its molasses-like pace for contending with hate posts and groups. In the case of Twitter, its UK branch reaffirmed its position against hate by publishing a post that acknowledged complaints and also introduced new mechanisms for flagging offending posts.
The Next Web’s Ken Yeung took a read of the new ebook by Charlene Li and Brian Solis and shared his takeaways here…
In Seven Success Factors, Solis and Li follow up to their research report The Evolution of Social Business, which looked at the six stages a company undergoes to become a social business. Solis tells us they explored what separated one company from another and this is what they found:
In an era when media is largely created and broadcast by the few to the many, social media emerged to facilitate the co-creation of media in addition to creating it. While difficult to trace its origins, the philosophy of social media dates back to the mid-1990s. It wasn’t until the mid 2000s however, that businesses would encounter the idea of a new medium where brand democracy prevailed over brand dictatorship.
Noted author and technology pundit Andrew Keen invited Brian Solis to join for an episode of TechCrunch TV’s Keen On to discuss Brian’s new book, WTF.
Known as one of Silicon Valley’s smartest observers of social media, Altimeter Group analyst Brian Solis is now thinking way beyond Twitter and Facebook. The future of digital business, Solis says, is “shared experiences”.
Shared experiences. WTF?
JESS3 and I debuted versions 4.0 and 4.1 of The Conversation Prism (TCP) recently to an overwhelming response. Thank you. The initial post was intended to share the evolution of the popular infographic along with the transformation of the social landscape over all. Over the years, new startups, sunsets, acquisitions, mergers, and shifts in trends and technology have played out in true Shakespearean fashion, which has made for truly dramatic theater.Excietment and turmoil aside, The Conversation Prism is in of itself, one of the industry’s most comprehensive visual studies of how we use networks and how that changes over time.
Brian Solis, award-winning author and principal at Altimeter Group, unveiled the fourth edition of his Conversation Prism, an ever-evolving infographic that captures the state of social media, organized by how important social networks are used by professional and everyday consumers.
Viewed and downloaded millions of times over, the Conversation Prism in its various stages captures a snapshot of important moments in the history and evolution of Social Media. It’s the only research-driven map to explore the evolution of the social web dating back to the rise of social media.
After almost two-and-half years, it is with great pleasure that I officially unveil the fourth edition of The Conversation Prism. Viewed and downloaded millions of times over, The Conversation Prism in its various stages has captures snapshot of important moments in the history and evolution of Social Media.
The crowd before newly-elected Pope Francis in 2013. Photo credit: Associated Press / Michael Sohn
Brian Solis of the Altimeter Group envisions a future brimming with potential, and a key part of his vision of the future are connected customers. These people are connected thanks to amazing technologies that enable the shared experience to take center stage, and for which new measures of success highlight many big opportunities. The connected customer is the focus of this post, the second in a five-part series that I’ve devised to capture his grand vision and share with you here.
These last few months have certainly been a wonderful whirlwind. With the debut of What’s the Future of Business (WTF), a research report co-produced with Altimeter Group colleague Charlene Li (The Evolution of Social Business: Six Stages of Social Media Transformation), and the roll out of the all new Conversation Prism (v 4.0), I’ve been inspired by all of your support each step of the way. Thank you.
Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. He is an avid keynote speaker and award-winning author who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation.
His most recent book, What's the Future of Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. In 2009, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.