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Stay tuned for my forthcoming Webcast with no other than Aaron Strout, co-author of Location-Based Marketng for Dummies. W00t!


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Je lisais dernièrement que Facebook n’autorisera plus les marques à supprimer les commentaires qu’elles jugent inacceptables. J’ignore si cette politique est entrée en vigueur mais je peux déjà vous dire que ça posera problème. Je m’explique.

Force est de constater que ce n’est pas parce que les entreprises ont franchi le pas en créant une page Facebook ou Linkedin que ça y est, tout roule! Bien au contraire, ce n’est que le début du cours.

C’est pourquoi nous sommes entourés d’une myriade de consultants et d’experts dont leur mission est d’éduquer les entreprises sur ce changement de paradigme : la transparence, l’intégrité, ce qu’il faut dire, ne pas dire, comment répondre aux commentaires” Bref, les politiques éditoriales et la charte de conduite en ligne pour faire court. Si les entreprises n’ont pas été initiées à ces principes et qu’elles apprennent que FB leur interdira de supprimer les commentaires, savez-vous ce qui va se passer?

Il n’y aura plus personne. Les entreprises canadiennes ne sont pas au stade de maturité sur le plan des réseaux sociaux, elles sont plutôt en phase d’apprentissage. Mon avis : Facebook pourrait faire preuve de patience et attendre qu’une majorité des entreprises aient atteint un niveau “avancé” de gestion de leurs communautés avant d’enclencher des mesures qui pourraient être perçues comme draconiennes.

Qu’en pensez-vous?

En savoir plus sur le Facebook QI

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I have enormous respect for Malcolm Gladwell and having not read Isaacson’s biography, I will prevent myself from drawing hasty conclusions regarding his book review that was published in The New Yorker this morning.

I suppose [Steve] authorized the content of his biography yet, why is the media focussing on his shortcomings? Have we already forgotten his drive to perfection and delivering flawless products over and over again? Wether he was a tweaker is besides the point.He saw opportunities, turned them into ideas and the rest is history. Having read the entirety of this review, I was struck by the constant bashing of a man that is no longer here to respond. I’m hoping that the book conveys a more positive note.

For a nuanced analysis of the Man’s biography see Fox News “He was an innovator…we used to promote success and if they [Entrepreneurs] put in hard work they could benefit from whatever they made..”.

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Google minus

All things considered, I’m an irregular blogger with writing peaks followed by a looong silence.I guess changing continents last year, settling my family in their new environment can explain this, in part.

My reading/posting/commenting habits are, however, regular. Great bloggers and experts inspire me and I faithfully read their posts. To name a few @aaronstrout, @missrogue, @chrisbrogan, @ygourven.

I enjoy exploring the latest sharing platforms but sooner than later, I end up focussing on 2 or 3. A word on Google plus, or rather Goo minus. From the outset, I was very excited to try out this platform which was a way to help us forget the buzz flop. Soon after, my excitement wound down. Who wants to manage circles or subsets of subsets of subsets in..your free time? I remember giving up on my Twitter lists some short time after it was launched. Isn’t it challenging enough to manage your life balance between work, family and friends? Adding on the task of granular tagging just makes engaging less attractive.

My Sharing Pattern on G+

On G+, I now accept most people as contacts after a “background” check (respectful posts, no profanity, etc..). I created a “public” tag and my posts run through that pipeline. That’s it, that’s all. After all, like most of us, I embarked on social networks to engage in conversations and see what’s cooking here and everywhere around the world, to get the knowledge curve growing.

Thanks for reading and feel free to drop me a note!

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Jobs :

The passing away of Steve Jobs has left a void for me, personally.I salute his love for making products with customers in mind, for taking technology out of its silo, for making it clear that tech is no longer for the privileged few, for being stubborn, rigorous and light-hearted all at once.

I looked back at his Stanford’s commencement speech in 2007 and remembered where he got his thirst for improving our lives through innovation. Having been brought up in a middle-class household (the story of his adoption is incredible), he had a strong sense of survival and the unwavering willingness to reach for a dream.I’m taking a short-cut here but I’m convinced that his street-savviness was key.Improving the world is how he sums it up.

I was not an Apple fan back in the 80’s.I had my first computer in 1983 with a DOS interface and that’s where my tech knowledge ended.I remember one of my summer jobs working with designers who were sworn to Apple where I would pick fights with the mouse.Lap tops were not common currency at the time. Then, I went on to other things and banned Apple from my life. In the late 90’s, I began seeing macbooks everywhere I went, airports, cafés and I remember thinking that the users didn’t “look” like mac users, me and my misconceptions.

Technology For the Average User

Working with R&D teams on web projects in Europe, my daily mission consisted in ensuring that the customer voice was heard and that it translated well into the products or services. In other words, I challenged and challenged: “is this feature in line with what customers expect/want/need?” “do you think the customer will want to fill in 8 forms in order to register?”, etc.. Some days were more difficult than others.Some wanted to develop the feature because it was so innovative technologically even if it did not make sense from the customer viewpoint at that given moment.How many times did I hear “It’s not made for the average user” or “the customer will eventually learn and grow to love it”? Progressively, we began engaging the customer into the development phase and that did wonders. Developers realized one important thing:customers and they do not always agree on what makes a product great.

Then came the iPhone. A moment in history. A proof of concept that simplicity, performance and innovation can come together to make a perfect product. I remember thinking : “hey, he [Steve] put himself in customer’s shoes, heck in my mother’s!”. His thinking was intuitive and that was missing in IT. As VCs and start-uppers were trying to find the next best thing, he was walking in my mother’s shoes.

Thank you Steve for making this possible and for crushing the belief that technology is made for technologists, and that technology made simple is absurd. Thank you for the mac-pc ads, thank you for that talk with B Gates, thank you for sometimes throwing a tantrum in front of inconsistency. I’m hoping the next generations will keep that drive, that your successor will do you proud. IMU.

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Audio excerpt taken from an interview with Jacob Share. Gary V goes personal.
Gary Vaynerchuk: How To Use Your Passion To Attract Jobs

Jacob is a young e-trepreneur, founder and SVP of Share Select Media, a company focused on empowering quality bloggers and blogs such as Group Writing Projects.

The first 15 mn is perhaps the most interesting as I’ve come to discover the other side to Gary, the pre-wine Gary, the one less marketed on his roadshows. His upbringing, his credos growing up. Though the interview may lack vitality at times, hang on. Gary assesses his life success without pitching, which is a nice change. Allowed me to appreciate the individual first, hence explaining the consecutive successes. In short, Gary’s thrill in life is being at the bottom of the mountain and finding the means and processes to make it up there. Once that’s achieved, on to the next. Amen.

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