Journalism is not Dead, but Newspapers are Dying

RIP Newspapers

On the heels of Infoworld’s news that it is shuttering its print version and shifting its business towards events and online publishing, Tim O’Reilly reports that the San Francisco Chronicle is also in dire straits.

Indeed, traditional journalism is a dead man walking, but don’t confuse newspapers with news. Reporting news on the other hand, is thriving in ways never before possible thanks to blogs, communities, networks, everywhere messaging, and everything else that defines the pervasive social media landscape.

Live from Under The Radar: Why Office 2.0 Matters


I’m currently at the Under the Radar: Why Office 2.0 Matters event in Mountain View. Held at Mircosoft, we’re gunning through a series of presentations and demos from some of the most promising companies advancing the Office 2.0 movement.

I’ll be providing live updates from the event via Twitter.

Check the site or the badge on this site for what’s happening at the event.

Twitter Tools – Twittervision, Twittersearch, Twitterholic

Twitter is rocking the blogosphere, and with as much heat as it has drawn, it only continues to spread like wildfire.

For better or for worse, it has quickly evolved as a micro blogging platform that lets people share much more significant thoughts and ideas, rather than their personal status (eating, going to bed, etc.).

Today, many use it has a way to spark conversations, solicit feedback, share insights, update groups of people, reference notable items, and update contacts on status.

Heather Harde New CEO of TechCrunch


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Note: see below for live updates from Twitter…

Om Malik broke the news, Michael Arrington also confirmed it yesterday.

Heather Harde senior vice president of mergers and acquisitions at Fox Interactive Media has joined TechCrunch as its new CEO.

Per Arrington, “I have the pleasure of confirming the rumors Heather Harde, currently the SVP of Mergers and Acquisitions at Fox Interactive Media, will start her new job as the CEO of the TechCrunch Network (and my boss) by the end of the month.”

New Marketing and PR Resources

I’m often asked where to go for information and commentary regarding new marketing and PR (the kind of stuff happening on the edge) – outside of the traditional pubs and industry rags.

There are simply too many online resources, from blogs to communities, to list here. But, here are a few places to get started. I‘ll follow up with a list of PR/marketing blogs that I read regularly.

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Under The Radar – Office 2.0 Event Next Week (read for a discount)


I’ll be attending next week’s Under the Radar event on March 23rd – Why Office 2.0 Matters – along with Stowe Boyd, Zoli Erdos, Ismael Ghalimi, and Rafe Needleman, among several other top tier bloggers.

If you cover this space, or, if you’re evaluating new online applications, this is the only event that will help you find everything you need – at least until Ismael’s two-day Office 2.0 conference in San Francisco this fall.

Social Media Release in the Spotlight Again

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Here wego again, but this time the discussion is finally happening among those who can benefit from the discussion the most – the PR industry. We took the conversation offlline to convince PR to be more effective with press releases first, before they can worry about the “why, how, when, and where” related to social media releases.

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twitter is the message heard around the world – so to speak or so to read.

It’s an incredible phenomenon that is spreading faster than online parodies of Snakes on a M F Plane…and in my opinion, it has to be the fastest growing social tool out there right now.

It’s everywhere, anywhere messaging so that you can stay in touch with friends, fans, stalkers, and associates whether on the Web, instant messaging, or through text messaging. Each update is broadcast simultaneously to your “friends” and “followers” so that the conversation can travel across borders and oceans faster than any blog post.

Don’t Try to Control the Conversation



John Bell recently explored the
topic, “Who ‘owns’ conversational marketing? PR, Advertising or The People” over at Strumpette – The Naked Journal of the PR Biz.

I also recently covered the subject in my post, “Community, Conversational and Comment Marketing, Will the Real CM Please Stand-up.”

Here’s my take. Nobody owns the conversation (except for the people), and therefore we should not even try to dictate its direction. It is possible to subtly influence it by providing information and discussion points that help people see things in a different light.


But, in this case, it’s easier to ask who shouldn’t contribute in Social Media because the majority people in PR and Advertising are clueless about how to engage without coming across as marketing.

Social Media Takes Center Stage – Advanced PR Forum in Los Angeles

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Bulldog Reporter, Advanced PR Forum, Olympic Collection, Los Angeles

It’s amazing how much difference a few months makes.

This past Friday in Los Angeles, I participated in a panel discussing the “Brave New World of Social Media,” along with Jen McClure of the Society of New Communications Research and Eric Schwartzman of iPressroom.

ABOUT ME

Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group, a research firm focused on disruptive technology. A digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging technology on business, marketing, and culture. Solis is also globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. His new book, What's the Future of Business (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold and flourish 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. Prior to End of Business, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.

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