Twitter Flutters into Mainstream Culture: The New Competition for Attention Starts with You


Following the solo media vs. traditional media race that led Twitter into both relevance and irrelevance, the result is that the carefully guarded community and its unique culture are now permanently altered – for better or for worse.

According to estimates sourced by Engadget Editor-in-Chief Ryan Block, Twitter grew by 1.2 million users simply as a result of the “Oprah-effect.”

TechCrunch’s MG Siegler also explored the process for estimating Twitter’s path into the mainstream.

Online Reputation and Brand Management Starts with Identity

As I’ve written over the years, in the era of the Social Web, we are all brand managers. While I spend a significant portion of my time sharing the importance of listening and observing to noteworthy conversations and the enveloping cultures that define relevant online communities. When it comes to participation and engagement however, identity is often an afterthought by most companies.

The Social OS, The Battle Between Facebook and Twitter is the New Mac vs. PC

As Twitter and Facebook compete for your attention and social status, there’s another story that serves as the undercurrent for something much more important, a fully pervasive and functional social operating system (OS) that serves as a open platform to connect you, your content, updates, and activity to your friends, peers, and followers across your social graph, regardless of network, browser, or device.

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Gary Vaynerchuk on Putting the Public Back in Public Relations

If there’s one person who has rocked the Web to create their own destiny, Gary Vaynerchuk would rank among the top of the list. Best known as the host of WineLibraryTV, he is also a world renown motivational speaker as well as the director of operations at Wine Library. He helped the family business grow from $4 million to over $50 million in revenue per year.

The Race to 1,000,000 Followers Sends Twitter and Social Media into Relevance and Irrelevance



It started as a simple and seemingly harmless contest. Who would be the first person on Twitter to reach 1,000,000 followers?

This wasn’t yet another follower push open to just anyone on Twitter however, not even the Weblebrities who helped propel the popular micro community to an emerging, iconic pop culture status; it was (and at the moment, still is) a race between the world’s most visible celebrities and prominent media brands.

The Domino’s Effect

Domino’s brand cultivated over 49 years…damaged in 30 minutes or less.

The latest viral video on the Web today isn’t related to an upcoming summer blockbuster, nor the next Chocolate Rain sensation or even the next Obama Girl. Today’s social video frenzy is a real time case study of what happens when the employees of a franchise use online video to inadvertently cause a global domino effect that financially and emotionally impacts other franchises, employees, customers as well as bruising the corporate brand overall.

The Conversation Index

I admire the work of Valeria Maltoni. Over the years, we’ve shared our individual ideas and vision for discovering, monitoring, and measuring relevant conversations in order to effectively chart the corporate landscape and identify opportunities for mutually beneficial engagement and learning. We’ve decided to collaborate to weave our experiences and advice into one post that we hope helps you unravel the confusion stemming from value over hype when evaluating Social Media as a channel for presenting, interacting, and observing.

Social Media Influences Buying Decisions

On the heels of my recent post, “Is Social Media Recession Proof,” Forrester released new details associated with its latest research survey that links business buyers and their process of researching solutions to Social Media.

Forrester interviewed business buyers to learn about their social activity, in this case, more than 1,200 technology buyers in the U.S., Canada, France, Germany and the U.K. with 100 employees or more in seven major industries.

A New Alternative to Twitter Search: Identifying Tweets, Trends and People Related to Your Keywords

Twazzup, a new search for Twitter, debuted recently and it just may replace you’re activity on for the time being (thanks Louis Gray).

As Twitter vies for its place as your online attention dashboard, keyword search and the ability to link those discussions to real people becomes the key to relevant engagement and intelligence.

Can the Statusphere Save Journalism?

What follows is the unedited version of my latest post on TechCrunch, “Can the Statusphere Save Journalism.”

Earlier this month, I enjoyed an invigorating conversation over dinner with Walt Mossberg. Friends surrounded us, but for the majority of the evening, we were immersed in a passionate discussion that dismantled and rebuilt the potential future of media and communications.

It took me several weeks to deconstruct the essence and impact of our dialogue in order to share the experience with 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. More so, he humanizes technology’s causal effect to help people see people differently and understand what to do about it. He is an award-winning author and avid keynote speaker who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation and innovation.

Brian has authored several best-selling books including What’s the Future of Business (WTF), Engage! and The End of Business as Usual. His blog,, is ranked as a leading resource for insights into the future of business, new technology and marketing.

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