Sunday, July 26, 2009

The ultimate business card - TAT Augmented ID

This is a fascinating concept that I read about on Greg Verdino's Marketing Blog this morning.

Meeting people who share (or challenge) your interests at conferences has never been easier thanks to twitter. By listening in on a conference's tweetstream using a hashtag and a twitter client tool like Tweetchat or Tweetdeck, you can easily see who's saying what about the conference. But often, you can't connect with the people who are actually presenting - because they're usually not on twitter while they're on stage (otherwise, why be on stage at all?).

However, a Swedish design firm called TAT has released a video for a new "augmented ID" concept that would recognize the face of a person, and then visually show whatever networking info that person wanted to have shown at that time.

But what's really interesting (to me, anyway) is what other contexts this might work well in. What are the potential applications for gaming, for example? Imagine an alternative reality game (ARG) that was able to display characteristics about the gamer in real life - that would be amazing.

Anyway, it would appear that this TAT product is still in concept phase (rather than an actual product), but when it does hit the streets, it'll be interesting to see how people use it.

What do you think about using a tool like this? What new applications would you have for it? What concerns does it raise?

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Geeking out with new social tools | (beta)

Geeking out with new social tools on

As usual, I like keeping abreast of interesting tools for helping people interact and collaborate. I've been hearing about for a while, but was finally convinced to explore it more deeply after hearing about it on the Quick and Dirty podcast with Aaron Strout and Jennifer Leggio.

12seconds, which allows you (surprise) to record or upload no more than 12 seconds of video at a time, is being billed as "twitter for video." I'm not entirely sure that I buy that description, since one of the main attractions of twitter is that you can actually move pretty robust content over the web quickly, from anywhere, with limited effort.

Recording 12 seconds of video from a webcam isn't exactly difficult, but how would I embed a link for example? Now, if there was a way to attach a link over the video, THAT would be cool.

How are you using 12 seconds? If it's an interesting platform, what would put it over the top in terms of features or usability?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

hallicious » Can “Free” Work for Enterprise Applications?

If the data is important enough, there really isn’t a mitigation plan in the world that will appease decision makers who are concerned about this risk. Deferring the costs of owning, operating, maintaining and upgrading software and servers sounds awesome, no arguments there. However, transferring the risk of catastrophic failure to a start-up or even a company the size of Google, with limited to no recourse, sounds unfathomable to most large organizations with a need to control…

It's amazing the transformation that can occur when people have a voice ... which is one of the reasons I've become so passionate about the revolution that social media is engendering in our lives and in our work.

By finding that voice - and a chorus of new voices that push, challenge, support and oppose that voice - a new kind of growth is happening. I see it in myself. I've never been one to thrive on connectedness, and had always maintained pretty intense levels of privacy.
But ever since I decided to "put myself out there" I've discovered tremendous value from connecting with others. They inspire me, they push me, and sometimes they even make fun of me. But the experience has definitely changed me in a positive way. The link you see on this post comes from a guy I work with - Chris Hall. He came to the Innovation Center as a project manager a little less than a year ago. And in that time, he has (through tireless pursuit) become a really, really good social media thinker. In fact, the way that Chris has grown over the last year has made me think differently about how people work - and how vital it is to pursue your passions.
What has pushed you to grow? Does riding the waves of "social" inspire your growth as it has for Chris and I?

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Greg's Summer Classics Reading Program

Our modern lives sometimes feel lacking in the adventure department - or at least mine does. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. And I certainly have plenty of drama - just not enough adventure, in the classic literary sense.

I've also become aware that, as a professional, I get jam-packed with reading from business books, blogs and magazines. And I'm in the midst of an intensive 21-month bible study program at church that involves 4-5 hours of study (I hate to call it homework) per week. When you throw bi-weekly Baseball America in there, there's not a lot of room for pure leisure reading.

So I decided to kill two birds with one stone by creating Greg's Summer Classics Reading Program. I kicked it off last May with 3 books that I'd never read, but now absolutely love. [I should point out at this juncture that I had failed in this experiment in the summer of 2007 by starting with Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. While I may one day share the common opinion that this book is a wonder, its density caused me to slowly grind to a halt somewhere around the 4th chapter. EPIC FAIL!] Anyway, the 3 books I tackled in the summer of 2008 were:

The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
The Scarlet Pimpernel - Baroness Orczy
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

I absolutely loved all 3 of these books . . . and incidentally, they helped me to understand Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn a lot better. Tom had clearly read all three when he decided to break Jim out of prison! They're fast-paced, have great characters and twisty plots, and can be read while drinking a Manhattan on your porch [trust me, I can verify this fact].

The program was such a success last summer that I decided to give it another shot. My 3 selections for this summer are (DRUM ROLL):

Cyrano de Bergerac - Edmond Rostand
The Last of the Mohicans - James Fenimore Cooper
Dracula - Bram Stoker

I'm halfway through Cyrano, and am loving it. Cyrano's character is brilliant (in fact, one of his oratories will be the subject of an upcoming blog post at

What books are YOU reading this summer? What adventure classics do I need to add to my list? Your comments are welcome . . .

Social Business Design

Social Business Design
Originally uploaded by David Armano

Not only am I pretty intrigued by this visual rendering of the Social Business by David Armano, I am trying to figure out how to embed flicker images in blog posts (thereby clearly adding value and attribution to the image creator) rather than just downloading the image and reposting it.
I'm working on a blog post now for in which I hope to use this image.