Twitter – ‘I have the conch’… ‘no I have the conch’.

Has Twitter become Lord the Flies (that's flies - not fries)? That's the question that came to my mind during the week watching for some reason, a certain cricketer sledge an opposing team. At least this time he wasn't having to be beeped out. Having been on Twitter for a few years now, I think it's changed. I know I've changed my habits with it - (lists on Tweetdeck!) but recently I wonder if people on Twitter have been drinking some extra cranky juice? Simply put, I'm not getting the ...
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693 reasons why MTR was always up against it

Melbourne Talk Radio, or MTR 1377, is no longer. The fact that the station hasn't worked is hardly a surprise when you consider that in the Melbourne radio market, history repeats itself. Firstly, let's recognise that as the station closes, people lost their jobs and any reflection about the station isn't about their work or their abilities. This post is about about, well, beating 3AW by trying to sound like 3AW. As history has proven, many have tried - and in my radio listening life (30 plus...
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Reviewed – High Wire Act: Ted Rogers, by Caroline Van Hasselt

Where to start in reviewing this 520-page tome? WHAT a book. This book is not just a biography on Canadian media / technology owner and magnate, Ted Rogers, although that's what I bought it for. It is much, much more than a biography, providing detailed insights into the personality and drive of Rogers, whose name adorns cable, sports, wireless and many other businesses in Canada. As well as the personal history of Rogers, the book goes into at times excruciating detail into junk bonds, merg...
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Seagulls can’t eat chips if you don’t take the chip out of the bag!

This post is prompted by a discussion last night on Channel 10?s Before the Game and the conversation around a footballer’s recent tweet. My friend Trevor Young (@trevoryoung) and I were having a natter on Twitter about what had happened and that the media, days later, were still talking about it. The issue and content of the tweet is irrelevant – it’s the lesson that can be learned. Trevor rightly said The ultimate irony of course is the media loves this controversy – gives ‘em someth...
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If my grandma could, she’d offer some advice

This week I’ve deliberately taken a bit of time out of Twitter, both because of uni commitments and also because sometimes it gets very addictive! In stepping back and reflecting, I’ve come to the realisation that when it’s used really effectively, Twitter is a great place to share information, news, and build a community. We’ve all got our own favourites who we instinctively look for in our Twitter stream or have in our own lists – the people or organisations who we know really offer themselv...
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CEOs – leading – or waiting for the press clips when it’s too late?

Some months ago I posted the article below and for some reason it's come up as one of the most read pieces on my blogs in the last few weeks - I'm not sure why, but it has. It's a long article but some months later, I think the issues it raises are just as valid as even, if not more. Even in the last six-eight months since the Media140 conference in Canberra, Twitter has become more important for the dissemination and positioning of critical information, which if led properly and imp...
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Twitter – just a modern-day town square. Or whatever you think it is.

Okay - here's a suggestion, an idea, a challenge - something that's sure to raise the ire of some people: There are no great secrets about Twitter - no world-changing mass movement of communication, no new age of Twitter- aquarius. It's just a thing we use to talk - briefly - and pop out our thoughts (and occasionally - links). It's not the first, or second, or third or whatever - coming of a better world - and no matter how much you may wish for the good old days of Twitter before those horr...
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Lead or respond – why Twitter is a must-have for NGO CEOs

Having been in non-government organisation (NGO) management roles now for six-ish years (with a period of speechwriting in between my first and second gigs), a comment I had from a colleague the other day stunned me. It was a relaxed, note-swapping chat over a coffee; a relatively young NGO head talking with a far more experienced private sector colleague about organisational values and the mechanics of a new leader coming into an organisation. We were talking about how the organisatio...
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Do CEOs often miss the point of social media? – it’s so much more than a ‘Gen Y’ thing

Is it me or do people in management roles often miss the point of social media? Let me explain after that extremely broad generalisation. In the past few months as I've made my way through various meetings, one of the things that's struck me is that people are either aware of social media and embrace it - or - they essentially fob it off as a 'Gen Y' thing. I'm the first to admit that until it was properly explained to me, I thought Twitter, in particular, was a 'faddy' toy, something you l...
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Maybe we just follow people we want to be like on Twitter – and our parents on Facebook?

Earlier this week, I attended a function here in Melbourne where I got to meet a bunch of people I follow on Twitter; many of whom I’ve chatted with online, but also a number who I hadn’t but knew of them. In the year now that I’ve been on Twitter, I’ve gone from following journos and some politicians (mainly Australian), along with some TV types (mainly Australian) – to journos (from Australia and overseas), more politicians (from Australia and overseas), and – yep – more TV types (from Austra...
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