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Yes, There Is An i In Team!


Thanks to It’s all about who you know… and Shel Israel’s comment on my last post, I found an i in team…iTeam! Why shouldn’t we recognize that every team has an i? Israel worked 17 hours a day for 6 months on Naked Conversations, and I initially referred to the book in my last post as if he had nothing to do with it, dismissing his collaboration with Scoble. My apologies!


i’s are an important part of the team and here is a little breakdown: Look at Facebook, a young team of networkers. Each networker created a personal account and profile, once upon a time, and then searched for Friends after his/her Facebook

skin was ready to be presented to a community of people. Without individuals, Facebook would be nothing and there would be no platform and no applications. Lucky for the network, i’s have come together to form Facebook and users like me get no financial credit. We do, however, get the privilege of creating our own groups and applications, and we’re connected to everyone on our Friends List.


Those of us who have jobs are definitely lucky. Some people use their Friends to get jobs, thinking that It’s all about who you know… Actually, the assertion could be true considering all the corporate relationships today…just look at all of Google’s Friends!


Collaborations are part of business and it looks like Signe gets the idea, since she’s on tour with a Pakistani pop-star and all. Hopefully she knows that she’s a star no matter how much exposure she gets. In a world where money consumes the minds of nearly everyone, I think we should think about the implications and responsibilities of the little tiny i. Forget about what everyone told you, I see an i in Team, don’t you? Seriously though, I see that little i EVERYWHERE.


November 15, 2007 Posted by | Blog, Facebook, Google, iPhone, Myspace, Social Network, technology, world wide web | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Get Hip: Who Needs The Old Shovel When There’s iPhone?


The buzz on the internet today is that new technology is giving individuals and companies more tools and indefinite options. 


So you know, now that I’ve got my iPhone handy everywhere I go, I feel fully equipped for today’s world.  I’ve never had a Blackberry, but I hear those are great companions too.  I’m a little frustrated with AT&T’s service—I have a strong signal when I’m at work in Greenspring Valley, where NO ONE can get reception.   But, at home I have to stand near a window and wave the phone around to catch a piece of a signal.  Anyhow, my signal doesn’t usually stop me from using my web tools, I just can’t talk on the phone (which is great because the pricing suggested a low-minute/unlimited web access plan in my opinion, so that’s what I went with).  Still, I feel strong when I have my music, pictures, videos, messages and documents clenched in my hand and my trustworthy (darn, TWO YEAR contract) Verizon Wireless phone in my purse.


I haven’t explored all the possibilities of my new little friend, because I’m still in the process of getting fully hip to iGoogle and my new Gmail account.  Google Alerts sends me D.C. news highlights all day and Google Reader feeds me new articles and blogs about my iPhone, Google, Facebook, and Wikipedia as they post. 


Getting hip to gamers is quite hard for someone who never had a Nintendo, but now I know that it’s essential to understanding personal and corporate messages.  I did have a Gameboy a long time ago, but I only played Tetris, Super Mario Bros. and PacMan.  Finally, one Christmas I got a Sega Genesis, but it was far too late.  I missed the Nintendo, so I was completely out of the loop and only mastered Sonic the Hedgehog, the game that came with Sega, because that was the only one I had.  Much later I got an Xbox and used it mainly as decoration under my television and occasionally to hurt my thumbs during Tekkon battles. 


Now I’ve been introduced to Second Life for the second time, this time in more depth, and I’m staying tuned for information about Barack Obama’s campaign in the virtual community as part of my Media Relations course at Georgetown.  When my mom first told me about Second Life, I didn’t believe that people really spent money in Second Life, for fun.  I’m still curious to know what these people in Second Life are doing and why.  And I’d like to know if there’s a secret I should know about, but I don’t have the patience to find out through my avatar, so I’ll do my own investigating.


I’m not the only blogger who is doing investigative work out here.  The Washington Post features an excellent blogger, Michael Dobbs, who aims to get to the truth of memorable, false statements in The Fact Checker.   Clear and concise, he includes a quote, an image of the speaker and identifies problematic statements.  Dobbs goes on to give all known facts related to the subject, revealing bogus quotes from political figures and others we should all be able to trust.


Now I’m off to see what else my buddy and I can dig up.

November 7, 2007 Posted by | "truthiness", Blog, bloggers, iPhone, technology | 6 Comments