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The Difference Between You and a Media Company

(From ICanHazCheezburger)

Sounds a bit like a lead-in to a joke, doesn’t it? Like the difference between you and a media company is that you haven’t laid off half your staff, or the difference is that the media company has likeable characters, or . . .

Actually it’s a great blog post by Joe Pulizzi – The Difference Between You and a Media Company:

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Blogging on and off the corporate domain

Always delightful social media guru practitioner (and north shore Massachusetts neighbor) Chris Brogan has an excellent post on the overlap/conflict between personal brand and corporate brand: “The Big Risk for Corporate Trust Agents.” I started writing this as a comment on that post, but realized it was really a post in its own right.

Key question: What do you, dear reader, think about cross-posting to multiple blogs as a solution to the challenge of maintaining both a personal and a corporate presence?

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Checklist: Thinking about white label social networking?

Via High Touch I came across Jeremiah Owyang’s: A Checklist: Before you select that White Label Social Networking Site

It ought to be required reading for every marketing exec or entrepreneur thinking of starting a “myspace for _____” or “facebook for _______.” (OK, maybe not fair to pick on marketing there – any exec thinking of doing such a thing).

Key questions he provides:

  1. What business problem are you trying to fix? What’s broken? What does success look like (without mentioning features)
  2. There are different tools for different problems, Are you sure a Social Networking site will fix this?
  3. Where are your community/market/users currently?
  4. Not sure? Then look again, don’t proceed farther until you find them.
  5. Have you considered joining that community before creating your own? You know of the Walmart 10 week fiasco right? Trying to recreate MySpace doesn’t make sense because it already exists.
  6. How open/closed to you want your community? Think about long term, does it scale?
  7. What incentive are you creating with this SoNet that will drive users to your site and share?
  8. How do you plan to kick start your community, you know that just because you build it, doesn’t mean they’ll come
  9. Consider joining the Web Strategy Group in Facebook to meet other web decision makers, you’ll be able to ask questions in the forum.
  10. Leave a comment below if you’ve suggestions.

OK, so numbers 4, 9, and 10 aren’t really questions, but 1-3 and 5-8 are dead on.

A few I’d add:

  1. What is your plan to manage / moderate the community’s activities assuming a large community arises? What terms of service / acceptable behavior guidelines will you rely on, and how will they be enforced / cultivated?
  2. How will you involve people outside your organization but from within the target community? What will you do to actively recruit, encourage, and even potentially incent “good” user behavior from your target community?
  3. Consider assembling the community on a platform of open source software rather than licensing a commercial package or renting a service. You’ll get the rapid time to market of buying or renting but also the ability to customize in order to create a differentiated experience.

Ok, maybe the last one’s a bit of a pitch . . .

More on Moglen v. O’Reilly

Last week, during the O’Reilly Executive Briefing at OSCON, I blogged about the Moglen O’Reilly interview – “Eben Moglen – Putting the F back in FOSS.”

Although the video hasn’t yet surfaced, some interesting commentaries have.

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Liveblogging like a pro

I’ve written before about the (controversial in some circles) phenomenon of liveblogging: posting notes in near-real-time from a conference.

On Friday, Ethan Zuckerman posted The 5-4-3 double play, or “The Art of Conference Blogging”, including an extensive set of tips on how to do blog from conferences more effectively. As one might expect, it’s a comprehensive list that makes me realize just how underprepared I’ve been in the times I’ve tried to do it.

The highlights:

Although I’m reading these points after OSCON, not before it, I think my approach was much closer to what Zuckerman describes than my own previous liveblogging from Enterprise 2.0.

In a few sessions I took some live notes (see posts tagged OSCON), but in most sessions I just felt like trying to liveblog was getting in the way of enjoyment for me. I posted a few key notes to twitter (as when the OSI announced approval of the CPAL) but didn’t try to keep up with any of the other OSCON twitterers in terms of detail or frequency.

But I did have fun.

Look for some digest / summary / follow up posts over the next few months.