VIRCOMM 2014 and the Science of Community

The 2014 instalment of the VIRCOMM conference was the first to be organised by up-and-coming community management consultancy FeverBee, founded by the energetic Richard Millington. The theme this year was the science of community management, rather than providing a more general view of the state of play in the area, as found in previous years, […]

Google Minus – Reporting from VIRCOMM 2013

It was highly ironic this week to sit through an entire day’s worth of conference presentations at VIRCOMM 2013, an event for online community professionals, and hardly hear Google+ mentioned at all. In fact, the service was only brought up in the context of commenting about how nobody was referring to it during the conference. […]

Radical Transparency 1

Recently, my Twitter followers were annoyed to see my feed taken over by an electronic device, which was robotically announcing my travel destinations, and occasionally (when I let it) that I’d arrived at those destinations. The device in question was a new sat-nav from TomTom called the GO 1005 World, which I was testing for […]

Why the Wisdom of Crowds is not enough on its own

Social media has been around for a few years, and has now reached the stage where people are starting to forecast its impending demise. They cite the saturation of Facebook memberships in some Western countries, and indeed its contraction in a few of them. David Cameron has led the vocal backlash against the perceived misuse […]

Welcome to the digital panopticon

We’ve had the Middle Eastern civil uprisings allegedly fuelled by Twitter, and now we’ve had the Blackberry-powered riots here in the UK. Together, these two situations show the power of social networking to amplify and accelerate a situation, whether for good or for evil – recent embodiments of Howard Rheingold‘s Smart Mobs. Already, though, some […]