During my undergraduate years, I paid my bills working as a security guard (a.k.a., crowd manager) around town. Much of my job involved ordering, directing and containing large crowds of people. And it was on this job that I discovered how much providing a simple reason can establish loyalty and respect with an audience. Continue reading
The social web has become very good at simulating the offline social experience, with one powerful exception. Until recently, most social networks have been driven by the false assumption that people want to share everything with everyone in their networks.
Enter Paul Adams, the former Senior User Experience Researcher at Google. Adams systematically analyzed the way that people share things online and offline. His research (or his team’s research, as he humbly states) has become very popular in the marketing and sociology communities, laying the groundwork for Google+’s circles, among other things. But the finding that is most relevant to my point, and perhaps the most intuitive, is this: People don’t naturally share with everyone in their social sphere. They share specific things with specific people and groups. Continue reading
I’d like to take this opportunity to state–clearly and concisely–why I believe there is a need for Flames On Fifth Avenue. Having published topics ranging from Tunisia to Martial Arts to Rebecca Black, I think that it’s time to thread these all together with a concrete explanation of what The Avenue’s purpose and goals are. Continue reading
I didn’t go into the martial arts anticipating that I would obtain a whole new perspective on communication. The art that I became involved in years ago, Aikido, taught me that the martial arts are, in many ways, similar to everyday communication. Continue reading