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My original post in late June was based on two weeks of using Ulitzer and Ning.  I've added additional thoughts after two months of use. The obvious point for me is that the sites have two different objectives for the writers.  For Ning, the writer is trying to be involved in a niche social network from scratch.  For example, I have built my own social network for marketers and salespeople called BuyerSteps.  I created BuyerSteps as a way for other professionals to join in a conversation around the 21st century buyer.  So, Ning represents a way to build a community. In the case of Ulitzer, as a writer I am focused on getting readers from within an existing audience.  There are already thousands of readers coming to the Ulitzer site, so if they are interested in my topics such as marketing, they will find my articles as well as others.  Ulitzer allows the writer the ... (more)

Some Surprising Usage Facts About Twitter

Like all new markets or applications, Twitter has early adopters to be followed by the early majority and late majority of the market.  This is not guaranteed, so it will be interesting to see if Twitter can break out of the current usage patterns.  I thought this was compelling data. From Sysomos - Over the past few months, Twitter has experienced explosive growth, attracting celebrity users such as Oprah, and a growing mountain of media and blog coverage. Sysomos Inc., one of the world's leading social media analytics companies, conducted an extensive study to document Twitter... (more)

Micro-Blogging in the Enterprise

Over the next few months I hope to interview carefully chosen executives who I believe will have an impact on how companies optimize revenue. I was lucky enough to come across Socialcast, a young company based in San Francisco, California. I thought Tim Young to be patient, thoughtful and very tuned in to the topics of the day. He certainly has the disposition to be a visionary in this space. Here are the questions I posed to Tim and his answers. If I were an analyst at a major research firm, what category would I place Socialcast? Enterprise Social Messaging What’s the so what of ... (more)

The Value is in Ideas and Distributed Contribution

Control vs. Order No individual wants to believe they are under control, but society needs to have a sense of order which means we exchanged control along the way with our institutions. With that control being exchanged, we gave power and influence to a centralized few. I feel there is a collective yearning to splinter control and to no longer allow for the gross centralization of control. A belief that the risk of that power being used against us in some way goes down dramatically if that power is distributed among the many. A sense of order is more guided by the mores associate... (more)

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Grows 75 percent in 2008

Recently, Gartner reported that the overall Customer Relationship Management software business had grown 12.5 percent in 2008. But the two clear winners for growth were Microsoft and Salesforce.com at 75 percent and 42.7 percent growth, respectively. So in the middle of a downturn, Microsoft CRM grows 75 percent. If you were to take the Microsoft CRM as a separate business, you would be in revenue shock right now. How can someone grow 75 percent in this economy? The high growth is because CRM delivers the ability to get new buyers and retain existing clients. Companies are coming... (more)