After a week off for a little family vacation, imagine how relieved I was to find out that I still had a job as a cohost of Quick-n-Dirty podcast. Apparently, Kyle Flaherty, did an admirable job filling in for me but my partner in crime, Jennifer Leggio, decided that he’s more fun to make fun of than me so he was the odd man out (sorry Kyle).
- Featured Social Network: Friendfeed. To be honest, we focused more on the contraversy surrounding Friendfeed that came up a couple weeks back when blogger/uber Tweeter, Aaron Brazell pulled the plug on his FF account. Friendfeed evangelist and big time tech blogger, Robert Scoble was less than pleased because when Aaron pulled the plug, it wiped out all of Scoble’s comments. Rather than take my word for it, read Scoble’s and Brazell’s accounts of the story.
- Special Guest: Michael Feferman, director of digital for C3. No, we didn’t just have Michael on the show because his name is fun to say. But we did invite him on Q-n-D because he works in a job where music meets digital, and in particular, social media. What I liked most about our interview with Michael was his candor around the music industry’s need to embrace some of these new ways of embracing their communities.
- Case Study: EMC thanks to friend, Len Devanna. During the show, I shared the following bullets with the listeners:
* About 18 months old now.* Greater than 50% adoption across a global workforce of about 38k.* It’s been instrumental in breaking down internal walls (geo, divisional, organizational, etc.)* Among initial intent was to drive proficiency with E2.0 across global workforce. I’d say we’ve done that in spades. Many of our current public bloggers honed their voice on EMC ONE pre going public.* We’re seeing more and more movement away from traditional processes and migration to online collab via wikis, etc.
- Featured Twitterer: Ryan Kuder. What was cool about this is that both Jennifer and I know Ryan (her IRL and me via Twitter). I think Ryan was one of the first 250 people I followed on Twitter so he of course has a special place in my heart. What is particularly cool is the fact that Ryan was one of the first people to publicly tweet about his experience of getting laid off from a major company… in this case, Yahoo. If you don’t follow him yet, make sure you do because he’s smart, funny and always helpful.
- Point / Counterpoint: Sponsored blogging. Yeah, don’t get us started on this one. To be honest, neither Jennifer nor I am a huge fan of sponsored blogging. I am a little softer in my stance around sponsored Tweeting — something Jennifer has very little tolerance for. One interesting point that Jennifer brought up that I liked a lot was that if companies want high profile folks to talk about their company/products, they’d be much better off hiring subject matter experts — paid or unpaid — to support their brand. We didn’t mention this but certainly Wal-mart’s Eleven Mom’s program would fall into this category.