Thursday, March 05, 2015

If It's Digital, It's Not Anonymous

Here is a truism of online life:

"I love [SERVICE] because I can say what I want."

Guess what?  Fill in that sentence with anything -- and it simply is not true.

SnapChat? Nope, they were caching all along.  Screen names? Ask GeauxJudge about that.  Text messages?  Check in with B. Petrino.

Today, the latest epic security fail:  the conviction of a Michigan State student for his bad behavior on the supposedly anonymous YikYak.

Here is the important note from the Lansing State Journal:

He is among at least a dozen college students across the country who since September have been charged with using Yik Yak to post threats, according to news reports.

I do enjoy these I told you so moments -- digital assets are easily copied and extremely transportable.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Send This Link to Every Student-Athlete You Know Now

"This is not Twitter’s fault or the Internet. That’s like blaming Ford for someone being run over. This is people."

Truth spoke by enraged father Curt Schilling in USA TODAY talking about his online revenge campaign against the unwarranted assault on his daughter's commitment to play softball for an East Coast private college.

If you want to see the unexpurgated worse Tweets, of course, Deadspin has them all.

So far, cost the jobs of a part-time Yankees ticket taker and a part-time sports talk host who was a community college student suspended from school.

But the mind-blowing part of this isn't that guys say cruel, misogynistic, heinous things about famous (or in this case, the children of the famous) women.

No, it's that at least a couple of the haters are strongly rumored to be future fellow student-athletes at the college where Schilling's daughter was about to attend.

Let that sink in.

As the former BoSox pitcher himself said:

“It’s idiotic on their part. I know how hard they had to work to get there. They’re going to use 140 characters and let it cost a $140,000 scholarship.”

What was a minor Twitter-Meme among athletic departments late last year, just became real life.

Go.  Go now.  Grab your athletic directors, your coaches, your student-athlete support staffs.

Put this story in their face and dare them to think it couldn't happen here.

Because it can.

To my fellow blogger and father of a high school senior at 38 Pitches, kudos.  Take a moment to read Schilling's dad-rant.  It is angry.  It is in the face of anyone who doubts his point of view.  And on
many, many points -- especially how this kind of digital wilding can lead to teenagers doing physical harm to themselves -- he is spot on.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Storytellers

The Brothers Grimm captured the concept centuries ago: a truth told through story.

This is a timeless principle.  But since we find ourselves in a world in constant need of reinvention, here's two links to articles that relate the social to the storyteller.

Edelman's quick read on Storytelling in the Age of Social is a great starting point.  Social Times adds some tactics to the strategy with 8 Ways to Become a Better Storyteller.

And as always, you can just apply the Facebook Five to any platform.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Shocking News: People Like to Interact

It's good to have your notions confirmed by research.  You'd think it was obvious, but this article provides some numbers to back the belief that companies and organizations that interact with their fans and followers fair better than those that don't.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Long Time, No Rant; Well That Changes Today

2015 belated greetings, my friends.  What is the one of the longest standing lessons from this space when talking social?

Know the platform, don't automate.

From the "I Told You So" File today, a slice of advice on how to get your inner Taylor rolling.  The highlight quote from this DigiDay story (courtesy of our good friends with the daily PRSA email).

#EachSocialNetworkIsDifferent, or, learn the difference between platforms
The audience on Twitter is different than the audience on Tumblr, which is different than the audience on Facebook. This truism is regurgitated over and over in countless articles on how to achieve social media success for your brand, and yet we continually see the same content cross-promoted on brands’ social networks. If your social team isn’t creative enough to take one piece of content and craft that story differently on each platform, then you need a new social team.

OK, my bold and under at the end.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Cautionary Study, 2014

They come around with regularity, so I offer up the recent edition of "I told you so" for colleagues related to social media policy and preparedness.  Good friend C.K. Syme makes The Chronicle of Higher Ed's newsletter this week with her summary of a CoSIDA study on best practices for college athletics in social media.  Check out the link here.

The question for you, dear readers, is which side of these numbers are you on?  Perhaps you've got administrative and/or legal constipation that prevents you from formalizing a policy?  Might be time to share some of these kind of surveys with them in hopes of loosening the log jam.

Cause it's not if, but when, the social media monster visits your campus.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

History Made by President

At lunch today, President Obama released a statement teasing his announcement regarding immigration.  Granted, the President can command the airtime from the networks, but he went to his Facebook page to make a video pitch.  OK, that's happened before -- classic be the media work.

CNN ran the video clip in its entirety.  And they didn't say a word.  No complaints about access.  No raising questions about the validity of the President going direct to the people.  No editing of the video or using it as b-roll.

THAT is a change that should be noted by all.