Highlights from the Archives

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As I work on some new posts, I wanted to point you to some of my best old ones; many of these I’ve reread and found to be useful recently myself.

How to Add Value to a Discussion

Join the conversation!, the Cluetrain Manifesto said. And every year new businesses / bloggers / young professionals hop eagerly aboard, charging into your blog comments / presentations / conferences to say:

“Hi! Great post / talk / point. Could you answer a question you already answered in it? Here’s something you said, restated in a slightly different way. Now, could you

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Another Successful Prediction!

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Another prediction here at Social Strategist has proved true. From my Platforms of the Web post in July:

Google Earth already is capable of rendering real-world buildings in 3D. People skilled in image manipulation are taking thousands of photos of a location and combining them to create a full 3D view of it. What happens when we take these creations and make them into a virtual representation within a Second Life-like world[…]

CNET News reports that Multiverse Network, a virtual world developer and competitor to Linden Lab’s Second Life, has partnered with Google to provide virtual world builders recreations … [Read the rest »]

Returned and Ready

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I’m back from vacation, and busier than ever catching up on everything I missed while away. Between work, feeds, e-mails, and other writing, it’s a wonder I have any time to be thinking about what to post. But this weekend will give me plenty of opportunity to create a worthwhile read, and by Monday I’ll have it finished, with hopefully a few lesser commentaries as I’m catching up over the weekend.

Amazingly enough, according to my Feedburner stats I’ve actually _gained_ subscribers while away(maybe I should shut up more often?), so thanks to everyone reading, and especially to those who … [Read the rest »]

Quick! Distraction!

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I’m crafting a visualization and brief post for Monday, in the meantime I present you with an amusing distraction and a challenge.

From i can has cheezburger?, the best LOLcat ever.

Your challenge: Identify which web company/service the cat is, and which one the mouse is.… [Read the rest »]

Social Strategist and Follow-ups

Today is Independence Day in the U.S., and since it’s still too early for me to try and out-do Monday’s entry about web platforms, this entry is mainly site business and past entry updates(still worth reading for some brief, interesting news).

Site News

You may have noticed the redesign I did a couple of weeks ago, it’s just an initial effort to make things look a bit better. I’m planning on doubling the width of the sidebar, thus making the entries area narrower, which I think will make the text look a little more readable, and give me room … [Read the rest »]

Social Strategist Updates and Google Blog Feeds

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I’m currently working on a few post ideas, one of which is a round-up/comparison/analysis of social lending tools, which is taking a while to write due to extra research into the financial aspects. If you have personal experience with these tools or if you’re a master(or even journeyman) of financial knowledge, please leave a comment if you’d like to help out.

I’m also doing more work with RSS editors. The very kind Paul McDonald, a product manager at Google, sent me an invite to try out Google Mashup Editor, and so I’m learning how to use that tool while still … [Read the rest »]

Occasional Links: May 21, 2007

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“Facebook Adding Open Platform”:http://www.paidcontent.org/entry/419-facebook-moving-to-an-open-platform-strategy/ – PaidContent has the essential summary of the biggest social networking “news”:http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB117971397890009177-wjdKPmjAqS_9ZZbwiRp_CoSqvwQ_20070620.html?mod=fpa_editors_picks since MySpace’s acquisition. By letting other sites leverage the Facebook network, Facebook substantially increases the value of using it instead of another network. We can also expect to see some much more useful services than what can be accomplished with just an API (which are still pretty nifty, as my friend Adam “has shown”:http://mashable.com/2007/05/02/10-awesome-things-built-on-the-facebook-api/ at Mashable).

“Rental Car Company Adds In-Car Wireless”:http://www.betanews.com/article/Avis_to_Make_InCar_Internet_Available/1179764008 – I’m starting to follow the rise of mobile internet access in a context outside of cell phone usage. While _that_ mobile … [Read the rest »]

Occasional Links: April 18th, 2007

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I’m happy to say I’ve gotten a job, and unhappy to say that these past few weeks it has sucked away virtually all of my free-time. I’m in the process of transitioning to a part-time position, but until then I’m unable to work on feature-length entries for longer than an hour at a time, making it difficult to really get into a workflow. This will hopefully be remedied soon, and until then, I’ll keep links coming to keep you interested.

Google Presentations – Nathan Weinberg at the Web 2.0 Expo brought to my attention a demo of the TonicPoint presentations … [Read the rest »]

Occasional Links: April 4th, 2007

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Because this week’s feature requires more research, I’m using the opportunity to return to my originally planned update schedule, weekly on Mondays rather than Wednesdays. In the meantime, this edition of Occasional Links provides some insight into an upcoming feature about the place of ‘Old Media’ in a ‘New Media’ world. While others are predicting the death of newspapers, magazines, books, and all other kinds of print content, I believe that the right kind of printed word will survive for decades to come. Read through some of the following links, and feel free to share your own thoughts on the … [Read the rest »]


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Hello, and welcome to the Social Strategist blog. My name is Jay Neely, and I’ll be your author for the next five to ten years. I’m a young man interested in communications technologies, how they’re used, and the people who use them. I will do my best to regularly inform, illustrate, and inspire you about a technology, a concept, or a person within the field of online communications. I’m doing this because I’m passionate about learning, I enjoy helping others, and I have a strong belief that communicating is the most essential piece of living and succeeding in the modern … [Read the rest »]