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Published: August 27, 2007 at 09:34 PM GMT
Last Updated: December 1, 2009 at 09:34 PM GMT
Originally published August 27, 2007
Who's Your Friend and Who's Not? Facebook Users Can Get Rude Awakening.
Communications opportunities proliferated by new media technologies are simultaneously relationship threats.
Since publishing our three-part series on Facebook in mid-June, I've been personally addicted to building a network and exploring the applications offered in the Facebook social community. At the same time, the number of LinkedIn relationship requests I'm receiving has increased exponentially. Suddenly, I'm immersed in social networking, a phenomenon I've been following closely, but until now considered the domain of the 12 to 24 demographic.
What has stunned me is the breadth and depth of corporate executive participation in Facebook. As we reported in June, and Advertising Age more recently pointed out, Facebook is clearly no longer exclusively for the .edu crowd. The implications for executives, however, extend well beyond the obvious connections and networked links. Facebook, LinkedIn and other executive social networks are redefining relationships, self-perceptions and the very nature of friendship.
I've been surprised by the quality of relationships I can initiate and foster on Facebook. Bob Kerrey, former Senator and president of the New School; Wagner James Au, who I quoted in my new Virtual Worlds book; Procter & Gamble interactive marketing executives Vivienne Bechtold and Ted McConnell; AOL founder Steve Case and his wife Jean; Craig's List founder Craig Newmark; CNBC host Jim Cramer; Google's Tim Armstrong; Mark Cuban; Don Graham of The Washington Post; Jason Calacanis; YouTube founder Chad Hurley; CBS interactive chief Quincy Jones and his CMO Patrick Keane; Lachlan and Elisabeth Murdoch; AOL's Ted Leonsis; Bob Pittman; Steve Newhouse; Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales; Steve Wozniak; Carat's David Verklin and Sarah Fay; Zenith Media's Peggy Green; Sean Finnegan of OMD; Strauss Zelnick.
Equally interesting are those who have not yet become complicit in the Facebook revolution. The interactive heads of many media agencies; network executives; agency media executives. While a who's who of interactive media is engaged with Facebook, most of the traditional media community is still…well, traditional.
Through Facebook, I've reconnected with Jarl Mohn, who I haven't seen since he retired from Liberty Media years ago; exchanged e-mails with former AOL programming chief Jim Bankoff and ex-NBC entertainment president Scott Sassa about my new JackMyers.com website, which they learned about through my Facebook profile update. I've found and "friended" Jaclyn Myers, a Purdue student; Jackie Myers, who graduated last year from Salisbury College; Jacqueline Myers of London, Canada; Jack Myers of London, England; Jackie Myers from Kansas; Jack Myers of Michigan State; Brian Myers of The Boston Consulting Group; Jonathan Meyers of Forbes; Al Meyers of Turner Broadcasting; and Ashley Meyers, a hostess at Les Deux in Los Angeles who "gets paid to party."
Even spending a few minutes on Facebook, you find people you know. Join and do a search for Jack Myers. You'll find me and while you can't immediately access my profile page, you can access my listing of nearly 700 friends. Among them, you're sure to find some people you either know or you'd like to know. Simply send them an invitation to become your friend. "Friend" me first so you'll have a mutual friend and up the odds of having your invitation accepted.
It get's interesting when your invitation is either accepted or ignored. Why is someone who I thought was actually a friend and colleague ignoring my invitation? Is he simply not paying attention, or is he consciously "dissing" me? What will I say and how will I act next time I see him? Should I ask why he didn't accept my invitation? Should I simply avoid the topic? The rules of business friendships and relationships are being changed by Facebook and other social networking sites. A new layer of business judgment is coming into play that we did not anticipate and that most of us are not prepared to manage. You better not sign up for Facebook unless you plan on paying attention. But you're making as much a statement by your non-participation as you are by your presence.
I don't know Susan Mernit of Yahoo! but she has more than 700 friends including many of my friends. Should I send her a "friend" invitation, should I wait and see if she "friends" me, or should I do nothing? I can't see her profile but I think I probably would benefit from knowing her. Doing nothing and waiting are foreign to the nature of Facebook. So I send an invitation and wait and see. (She accepts and I now know she heads the Yahoo! Personals team and is "thinking about the next release.") But I've also sent out more than 50 invitations that recipients have chosen to ignore. They include people I actually consider my business friends. Should I reconsider the relationship?
I've met Al Gore several times but he didn't accept my invitation; I've never met San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom but he's now a friend. I've met Ana Marie Cox, formerly of Gawker and now Time Magazine, and I know Abbey Klaassen of Advertising Age, but they haven't accepted my invitation. Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon and Stuart Elliot and Virginia Heffernan of The New York Timesare Facebook friends. Do I now value and measure these relationships differently? If Jeremy Allaire of Brightcove fails to accept my offer of friendship, even though we know each other, while Dimitry Shapiro of Veoh does accept, does it affect my judgment toward them and their companies?
It's fun receiving invites from those you know and those you don't know, and discovering the common links. Plus it's great to find old friends. I hadn't been in touch with Garth Ancier since he joined BBC America as its president. Thanks to Facebook, we've now reconnected. My friend Lou Borelli regularly "pokes" me to say hello, much easier and less demanding than an e-mail. I don't know Tam Bousquet of OMD Los Angeles, but we share several mutual friends as well as similar tastes in music and television shows. I value this new friendship as well as more than 100 new Facebook friends who work for companies that subscribe to my reports but who I don't know, and many who until Facebook did not know me.
Some of my invitees, like Kate Crisalli and Kristen Green, sent me a message asking how I know them and why I want to become a friend. Many in the under-24 crowd, who grew up with Facebook as part of their college experience, are struggling with the concept of this personal link becoming a business tool. It's "freaky" for a college age son or daughter to include their parents among their friends, giving them access to their personal profile pages. But how do they decline or ignore the invitation? Either a new site that remains exclusive to students will be needed, or students will need two profiles, one that's parent accessible and one that's not. Recent college graduates are uncomfortable with their bosses becoming their "friends." But this is not your older brother's Facebook. If you're young and in business, you'd better adjust and take advantage of your boss' and colleagues' contacts. They've never before been so accessible to you.
Of course, there's also the fun and flip aspect to Facebook. Catherine Zeta-Jones is now my friend, as are Michael Douglas, Haylie Duff, Sally Field, Katie Heigl, Robin Porter, Michelle Dessler's (24) sister Lizzie, The Hills' Lauren Conrad, Russell Simmons. I get the impression that Haylie might actually be maintaining her own Facebook profile, and whoever is working the Catherine Zeta-Jones page is doing an especially good job. Who knew she likes rugby, boxing and a few beers?
Social networks, led by Facebook, are altering the landscape of business communications and connections. First it was e-mail, then instant messaging and chat, and then MySpace and Facebook that revolutionized interpersonal connectivity. Now Facebook and LinkedIn, inevitably to be followed by a slew of new vertical b-to-b sites, are introducing a new virtual realm to business communications. It's a different world and those who stay away from it, stay away at their own career risk. Unfortunately, those who join up face other risks. Communications opportunities proliferated by new media technologies are simultaneously relationship threats.
Amid All the Digital Hype, Don’t Forget: TV Wins Elections!
Political campaigns are about winning. As we head into the 2016 election cycle, campaign managers and their media strategists would be well served by keeping in perspective the myriad new digital advertising platforms available to them and their utility in helping them win, because while digital tools are a great supplement to the tried and true method of reaching voters through local broadcast television, a political campaign focused primarily on digital tools risks losing if decision-makers don’t keep the facts in mind.
Here's how America's Most Popular Apps will Reshape Media
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The Rising Quality Standard for Online Video
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Agency Reviews Decided at a Cost of Millions
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"Netflix and Chill": Binge-Watching Reaches a Whole New Level
This week, on Mindshare’s Culture Vulture Live, Aimee Goldfarb talks about the evolution of Netflix in culture. TV addicts, this news is for you: Netflix is playing to the makers movement with the announcement of a connected button called “Netflix and Chill." While you can’t actually purchase the button, Netflix has published instructions for how to create this homegrown device.
Executive Perspectives: Jack Myers
Jack Myers is a Media Ecologist, and as such, he studies media agencies and how these agencies are choosing to spend their media money and on whom they are choosing to spend their money on. The emergence of digital video and the Internet of things (IoT) are massive industry game-changers, as marketing data can come from a multitude of sources. The data is all about the usage, the interpretation and the application of data and this is how media agencies need to position themselves in order to evolve within the industry. Myers has noticed the changes in the bigger media landscape as well. Many networks have moved from a more traditional, impression-based model to a performance-based model, therefore continuing to capitalize on all the emerging trends.
Screenvision Names John Partilla as Chief Executive Officer - Press Release of the Week
Media and Marketing Veteran's Proven Track Record of Innovation Well-Suited to Lead Screenvision into New Era of Growth
Industry Leaders React to comScore’s Acquisition of Rentrak
I have to admit that I was surprised by the news that comScore was acquiring Rentrak. While I expected more consolidation in the media measurement space, I didn't envision that it would be two big players joining forces but rather the continued ingestion of smaller companies by larger companies. This acquisition is not only a brilliant tactical move, it is also strategic: It might finally move analytics and insights in such a way that the industry shifts from the proxy metric of age and gender and into a more standardize-able cross platform measurement.
Newspaper Media Influences Key Constituents
As candidates for the 2016 presidential election declare their candidacy they are also honing in on target constituents, platforms, messaging and media choices. Even at this early stage, targeted reach and differentiation are paramount. What we can all agree on thus far is that the key voters who will “swing the election” are Millennials, Women, Independents, African Americans, Hispanics and Seniors – and, local newspaper media reaches them all in a trustworthy environment.
Give Peace a Chance
In case you missed it, Burger King placed an open letter in today’s New York Times and Chicago Tribune asking McDonald’s to come together on September 21 “Peace One Day” — cast their differences aside with an unprecedented proposition. They are asking to share resources – crew and ingredients in one single pop-up location (based in Atlanta which is neutral ground) to create, serve and sell the McWhopper with all proceeds benefiting Peace One Day” (a not-for-profit).
U.S. Media Planner Survey Takeaway: Disruption Reigns!
Every year our organization, the Digital Place Based Advertising Association, conducts a survey of media planners to take their pulse on the subject of video media and advertising. The 2015 results reinforce what we all sense, i.e., the ground is moving beneath our feet. Disruption reigns.
Not Your Father’s Tune-In -- Part 3
This continues our series probing into best practices in tune-in advertising, practices that have arisen rapidly since analysts began to study set-top box data to know what really works and what doesn’t.
How Muhammed Ali, Joe Frazier and Satellites Changed TV History
The year 1975 is notable for many reasons: The Vietnam War ended with the fall of Saigon; John Mitchell, the Attorney General of the United States, was found guilty of the Watergate cover-up; fugitive Patty Hearst was captured in San Francisco, and NBC aired the first episode of "Saturday Night Live." To many of us laboring in the shallow trenches of cable television, September 30th, 1975 was the night that changed the course of television history.
Exclusive! Meredith to Publish New Lifestyle Title, Beekman 1802 Almanac
Sometimes change happens fast. Sometimes it happens not at all. And sometimes change happens in stages, so that only when you look back do you notice how much ground has been covered. Madison Avenue -- and all of us -- will be reminded of that Oct. 6 when the media giant Meredith is to bring out a new publication, the Beekman 1802 Almanac. It's intended as a premium product, more akin to a book than a magazine, and as a contemporary version of those almanacs once relied upon by farmers. To underscore how contemporary the Beekman 1802 Almanac is meant to be, it's a partnership between Meredith and a same-sex married couple, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge (pictured above).
Q&A: Hakuhodo’s D.A.Consortium on Automation, Programmatic and TV
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