My life online is – mostly – as real here as it is anywhere else

Thursday, 29 July, 2010

The term “in real life” – or IRL – has always bothered me – personally I prefer say I’m either online or offline (where real/reality is seldom a part of either domain…) – but I really cannot fathom how online activity is any less “real” than what we do offline.

If we still refer to the offline world as “real life,” it’s only a sign of deep denial – or unwarranted shame – about what reality looks like in the 21st century. The Internet’s impact on our daily lives, experiences and relationships is real. Our world is deeply affected by networks. From the moment you wake up to news that was gathered online to the minute you fall asleep listening to a podcast, the Internet shapes how you experience the world around you. From the lunch date you make with your BFF (“r u free 4 lunch 2day?”) to the colleagues your company recruited online, the Internet shapes who you interact with. And from the boss who fills you in on a Twitter rumor to the kid who fills you in on her Facebook activities, the Internet shapes how you interact with them.

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I wanted to be with you alone and talk about the weather

Friday, 14 August, 2009

10 Levels of Intimacy in Communication by Ji Lee. If ten is the best “score” on the scale then talking face to face ranks as the most intimate communication form.

Twitter, and the other social networks, aka “the death of our ability to be alone” are at the other end of the scale.

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Unconferences are the future of conferences

Thursday, 19 February, 2009

Ross Dawson: conferences as we know them are dead, long live unconferences.

Offering many opportunities for people to keep up to date on new trends and ideas, plus benefit from being able to connect with their peers. I believe and hope that traditional conference formats will struggle in coming years. Traditional event formats are dry and stultifying. People like interacting and conversations. Unconferences create unparalleled opportunities to meet and engage with like-minded people.

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Just one per cent of people are movers and shakers

Tuesday, 2 December, 2008

A useful dissection of the 90-9-1 principle:

Interested to hear how the 90-9-1 Principle plays out in the real world? A very simple example is a cocktail party. Think about a group conversation at a cocktail party. Typically there are 2 or 3 people having a bulk of the conversation, a few more than that who are also pitching in small parts of the conversation, and the bulk of the group standing and listening to the conversation.

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