Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via Twitter this past week.
@gapingvoid – “Marketing is not mathematics. There are no solutions, only experiments.”
@gapingvoid – “I think Twitter alone is now a bigger cultural force than Hollywood; a fact the old cultural elite isn’t quite ready for.”
@RalphMercer – “the 4 horsemen of technology adoption: trust, curiosity, leadership and culture”
The Automattic (WordPress) company creed starts with “I will never stop learning“- by @photomatt
I will never stop learning. I won’t just work on things that are assigned to me. I know there’s no such thing as a status quo. I will build our business sustainably through passionate and loyal customers. I will never pass up an opportunity to help out a colleague, and I’ll remember the days before I knew everything. I am more motivated by impact than money, and I know that Open Source is one of the most powerful ideas of our generation. I will communicate as much as possible, because it’s the oxygen of a distributed company. I am in a marathon, not a sprint, and no matter how far away the goal is, the only way to get there is by putting one foot in front of another every day. Given time, there is no problem that’s insurmountable.
When it comes to sharing information, banks are conflicted. They aim to enforce “need to know” policies and “only use bank devices for work” policies. Yet they also want to break down the silos and discover more cross-selling opportunities.
Which is it? Well, it’s all of the above. Yet, the combination of old tools combined with restrictive policies leads to a set of incoherent, inconsistent, and ineffective controls.
@MarionChapsal – Anyone Can Cook, says Chef Gusto. Can Anyone Present?
I believe, like Professor Max Atkinson and like Chef Gusto, that anyone can learn to make delicious and yummy presentations!
Organizational Hierarchy: Adapting Old Structures to New Challenges – by @orgnet
The U.S. government is currently facing a dual problem in the intelligence community:
improve accuracy — WMD in Iraq?
improve agility — stop terror attacks
One of the solutions being discussed is adding a new formal position to the intelligence community. This new box would be an ‘intelligence czar’ to which all other intelligence leaders and their agencies would report. The thinking behind this proposed solution is for there to be one aggregation point for all intelligence. Node 017 in Figure 2 represents this new position.
@tomspiglanin – On using Twitter & URL shorteners
The best practice then seems simple. Paste a link directly into a native Twitter application to share it. If a blog site has a Tweet button that goes directly to Twitter with no additional link shortening/tracking (like the one immediately below), that’s essentially the same. At a minimum, post only a full link using your app or link shortener of choice.
Larry Lessig on Facebook, Apple, and the Future of Code – via @RossDawson
Much worse (and more frustrating) are the easy problems which the government also can’t solve, not because the answer isn’t clear (again, these are the easy problems) but because the incumbents are so effective at blocking the answer that makes more sense so as to preserve the answer that makes them more dollars. Think about the “copyright wars” — practically every sane soul is now focused on a resolution of that war that is almost precisely what the disinterested souls were arguing a dozen years ago (editor’s note: abolishing DRM). Yet the short-termism of the industry wouldn’t allow those answers a dozen years ago, so we have had an completely useless war which has benefited no one (save the lawyers-as-soldiers in that war). We’ve lost a decade of competitive innovation in ways to spur and spread content in ways that would ultimately benefit creators, because the dinosaurs owned the lobbyists.