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The world is changing. Showing how is part of what I do. I travel a lot (less than I used to). G+ is my home in more ways than one. In one way or another, all of us here, are part of a vanguard that "gets" the change that's happening.
In my posts, interviews and podcasts I add pieces to the puzzle. I explain how each one fits in a bigger picture. How that bigger picture then makes sense.
Sensemaking changes everything.
In my offline time I indulge a lifelong passion in martial arts, I run, hit the heavy bag and try to find the limits at which we can go without sleep and still function. I also visit as many museums and cafes as possible. Funnily enough I regard what can be found in both museums and cafes as brain food.
- SEO in the Sun (SEO & Introduction to Social Media)
- Manchester SES (SEO)
- Business Group Digital Conference (SEO & Social Media)
- Rutgers University mini-MBA (SEO and Social Media Crisis Management)
- Shanghai APAC executive SEO & Social Media Crisis Management training.
- MxDE Senior Executive Program, Zug (Piercing the Search Bubble).
- SMX East (keynote speech on Entities in semantic search)
- Semantic Technology & Business Conference panelist
- SMX London
- SEO Help: 20 Semantic Search Steps that will Help your Business Grow
- Google Semantic Search: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Techniques That Get Your Company More Traffic, Increases Brand Impact and Amplifies Your Online Presence
- Google+ Hangouts for Busines
- SEO Help: 20 steps to get your website to Google's #1 page
- Online Marketing Help: How to promote your online business using Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social networks.
- The Social Media Mind: How Social Media is Changing Business, Politics and Science and Helps Create a New World Order
- Getting to No. 1 on Google in Simple Steps
- Brilliant Search Engine Optimisation
- Working on a writing project about which I can't yet say anything. (Sorry)
- DavidAmerland.comme, present
The transition from "strings to things" that marks the evolution of search towards semantic indexing requires data. Data is never neutral, it is 'colored' by relationships, content, context, density and its ability to bridge the online/offline divide.
Because none of us operate in a vacuum or lives off-planet, everything we do is a potential signal. The 'noise' of our existence, indexed, is waiting to coalesce at just the right moment.
Because semantic search is a network, relational analysis model its approach is similar to the Interactional View in communication developed by Paul Watzlwick (http://goo.gl/TQAPVW) to help explain communication patterns within familial family networks.
Search, a code-driven, computer-based approach to indexing and discovering information has now become virtually identical to how we use information to engage and interact within personal networks. Not only are the divisions between online and offline disappearing but search is now reflective not of what we think, but of how we think.
It is this change that begins to affect everything, from the kind of information we decide to place on a website to the kind of sharing activity we engage in a social network. In many ways, Google is inside our heads.
Through search the world becomes smaller and its impact much more immediate. Last week's tension over Greece, culminating in the referendum held today generated countless Google searches, globally.
I know, I know, from a certain perspective I should be seeing the whole stars & banners flag waving things as high treason. :) But, we live in more enlightened times and besides, this is a message that Nike (https://goo.gl/wDw7Mt not the sports shoe company ;) ) totally approves of! :D
Let’s face facts here for a minute: the moment you have a Jurassic Park that goes tragically wrong and people get eaten there is simply no way you’re going to have an encore every few years where the dinosaurs are bigger, the setting glitzier and the attraction …well, more attractive. Which is to say that the only reason you have for watching Jurassic World is the obvious one: the expected moment when things go wrong and children get chased by big things with big teeth and the adults who are responsible for it all have to put themselves in harm’s way to save them.
OK, that takes care of the plot of Jurassic Park I, II, and III and it’s the same plot it Jurassic World which basically makes it Jurassic Park IV so why see it? Because it’s summer, because there is something about imagining what it’ll be like to share the planet with other apex predators, we can’t turn away from and because it requires no thinking.
I know, I know. I usually say “Thinking is good. We need to think more. Then things will be better” but you must admit there are moments when you just want to sit back, reach for the popcorn and put your mental gear on Park. Well, if you happen to crave 124 minutes spent like that (and you will never get them surfing G+) then this is the perfect movie for you.
It is fun. It has spills and thrills. There is, essentially a self-referential recreation of the plot of the original (and its other two sequels) without it being so obtrusive that you need to have seen them, or even remember them, to enjoy this one and the CGI work is top-notch.
Chris Pratt is the main attraction not least because he may truly be psychic (http://goo.gl/te7HXG) or he did indeed invest everything he made prior to this in gift baskets to Spielberg. The rest is predictable, derivative and unsurprising. Unless you have a 50-inch plus 4K TV at home, renting it later will probably not be quite the same in terms of SFX, but if you only want to see it so you don’t miss out on pop-culture references later, save your loot and wait until it’s out on rental.
I haven't seen the movie, but it's clear that they did a better job than anyone else, and until they decided to intentionally make a more dangerous dinosaur they seem to have kept them all under control. Plus, there's a lot of money to be made from it, and that tends to make people forget safety concerns.
It only takes a "flat Earth" proposition to clearly define the limits of my 'power' :) Yet, on things that are not quite so clear-cut content I (and others like me) share inevitably creates an impression of the trends that affect our world.
Is there a danger that this kind of activity skews perception? yes, and it's not new, either. the scale, obviously is different to the real-world. But consider this also. I am discussing it openly here, aware that by drawing attention to it I am, in a sense, inoculating the network from some of my ability to unduly influence it. Truth and connections that really matter, matter to all of us, regardless.
I just never say anything and simply press +1, as I don't know many original ways to say "great post, I absolutely agree " :)
I know, it's Monday. The EU has been in the news all weekend in one form or another and most of last month. It'd be brilliant to start the week with something like "EU Proposal Puts Focus on Faster Tech Development As A Means of Powering Up Member Countries' Economy" but that, really is too much to hope for right now. Clearly.
This past week two events could not have been further apart in either history or effect. The US celebrated America Independence Day with the customary 4th of July celebrations and Greece entered a watershed moment in European history: http://goo.gl/zzXg9C.
Considering the broad complexity of what social critic Anna Deavere Smith would call “the American character” (https://goo.gl/CV3sCD) and the far from clear, emergence of a European identity: http://goo.gl/l3rJI3, it would be inconceivable to think (http://goo.gl/PP8BQb) that there is anything but the most abstract of connections between the two peoples, divided by an ocean and living in different continents.
Yet, both are in the grip of a devolution of sorts, their sense of solidarity waning (http://goo.gl/I8U2B4) as each withdraws into an increased polarization of views (https://goo.gl/7UalmA) based upon ideology, rather than practicality or, even, common sense.
In a world where ‘conversation’ is a constant and narrative is seen as something that can be analyzed and discussed, polarization, a communication issue (https://goo.gl/4LYrnv) appears to be winning. The inevitable “why?” may be answered with, perhaps, the issue of identity: http://goo.gl/PP8BQb which is as core to the European problems as it is to the American ones: http://goo.gl/V8KFgx. It seems counter-intuitive to suggest that after a good, sound, discussion we all end up having wackier notions and ideas than before: http://goo.gl/F12pO6, but that seems to be exactly what’s happening.
There are several important points here. When polarization occurs, politics becomes more entrenched (https://goo.gl/Z4hyMl) and its effects more severe: http://goo.gl/tdm2X5. The middle ground, moderation, becomes no-man’s land, with fewer and fewer people tending to stray there (http://goo.gl/4cvIXz), and each camp, launches upon an escalating trajectory of vilification of the other until the perception that remains is that of the chasm dividing each side, rather than the similarities that might bring them together.
Those of us who inhabit the digital space may think we are above all that. Politics and ideologies matter less to us than the commonality of the human condition and our willingness to listen to others’ points of view, but that is not entirely true. Politics, in the 21st century, touches everywhere. Points of view on subjects that may appear to be ideological and therefore abstract, translate themselves into actions (http://goo.gl/W8VT2b) that have real-world impact.
And that’s just it. In the real-world no one lives in a vacuum even if geographic distances and context may differ sufficiently to impact upon what is only important to each group: http://goo.gl/EFhMtp. What each of us does defines the world we want to see and the world we deserve to get for everyone else. In a connected world we’ve all become each other’s keeper and it’s happened as part of the unintended consequences of connection and interdependency, rather than planning.
It would be great, at this stage, to think that there is a path that’s clear to us. That there is a course of action we can embark upon that will help dispel all fears and provide us with a black & white playbook we can uniformly apply to every situation. Unfortunately as we move across countries, cultures and even socio-economic groups it is our differences, rather than similarities that seem to come to our attention as social psychologist Alana Conner says: https://goo.gl/F0TPC2.
G+ sometimes seems to be such an anomaly in its ability to allow so many of us from so many parts of the world to get together and interact without much friction that hardly anyone outside it knows what to make of its culture and its impact. What this social network has mostly done is provided us with the space to engage, learn and grow and the means to do it at our own pace. Empathy, and our ability to learn it:
http://goo.gl/4jSuTS is not something we automatically employ every time we encounter differences and conflict. Increasingly, however, we are learning, by degrees, to be smarter. And in smarts lies power.
Former Liberal Democrats leader Paddy Ashdown (https://goo.gl/eh1Z3z) in a riveting TED Talk that opens with Houseman’s poem of Shropshire Lad (http://goo.gl/HqZu7l) explains this shift in power from local (where it is clearly understood and historically regulated) to global (where the rules of the game are still pretty vague). This transition comes with turbulence. Turbulence is what’s experienced in the polarization of US politics and European nationhood. Turbulence is experienced in the lack of empathy and the apparent shrinking of the middle ground of moderation, globally.
We’re experiencing an unusual combination of shifts. We’re ever more powerful and yet more afraid. Ever more capable and yet more uncertain. Ever more connected and yet struggling to understand others. But in our direct experience of turbulence there is also hope. The hope that as turbulence is normal in the context we experience it, so is its opposite. Polarization itself is part of the pendulum effect where, eventually, the sense of ideologies that guide us will have us return to a swing towards consensus, cooperation, greater understanding and empathy. How soon that happens, how well, is really dependent upon us. All of us. Each of us. The effort we’re prepared to make and the thinking we’re ready to do. And the time is now.
I hope you’ve managed to plan ahead. Coffee, chocolate cake, croissants, cookies and donuts are what power Sundays. I am beginning to think that should we fail to get all these provisions we may well adversely affect the health of the confectionery industry and the well-being of coffee growers everywhere. Have one awesome Sunday, wherever you are.
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What each of us does defines the world we want to see and the world we deserve to get for everyone else.
May we all continue to do.
a 7-min addendum to the earlier "Keep Your CRM" HOA
Some of the video didn't get recorded in the earlier HOA, so I've rerecorded the bookmarking part, since that's what was missing.
I want to thank for volunteering and being the star of this addendum.
Google Keep keeps getting better. They're still able to maintain the aura of simplicity, while being very functional (and thus - useful), something not many apps can claim.
Now if they could just open Apps Script access to the Keep via API - that would put it in a whole different league.
Microsoft Research has come up with a brilliant way of mapping the real-world, helping apps and devices learn on the go without it being prohibitively intensive in computer cycles.
There can be a gazillion real-life applications where this could work really well.
In a "back to the future" move Yahoo, who used to have search results powered by Google until 2004, is partially returning to its roots in a new deal that will see some of its results (and ads) powered by Google: http://goo.gl/SVXJJF.
The deal is important in a number of ways. First, Yahoo is admitting defeat here. It is never going to have a search good enough to compete with BING and Google. Second, it is also looking unlikely that it will have an ad product that will be good enough.
Having said that the company is finally doing the smart thing and has began to play to its strengths. While Yahoo search is a distant memory and the Yahoo ad network was a patchy affair that did not quite deliver as promised, Yahoo as a web property is still valuable. It's monthly visitor count comfortably competes with Google (http://goo.gl/1t2AXa) and outperforms Bing.
In the attention economy we live in, this is key and Yahoo is in a position to parley that power into a King-maker's role. This helps conserve Yahoo resources (which the company really needs) and allows it to focus on what it seems to be able to do well which is capture eyeballs.
There is an underlying anti-trust issue here of course, particularly on the European front where the EU Commission has focused on Google as a primary target and the Yahoo deal may give them even more ammunition - but that, I guess, will be decided on the go.
h/t who caught this. :)
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