My Crazy Prediction?

In September 2008 I made a prediction, that email as we know it today will no longer exist in 10 years time.

Read The Death Of Email by 2018

Will I be proved to be a:
or Fool?

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What's Hot In Social Media III (#SWChat)


The previous What's Hot in Social Media events have proved to be very popular, so we have decided to make this a regular occurrence on #SWChat.

This event discussed what is hot right now in the world of Social Media (from social technologies / platforms to conferences, to mobile apps to the very latest acquisitions etc...). No topic is taboo....

Event Questions

Q1) Prince Harry deletes Facebook account over nude photo scandal - Is FB a security risk for Royals+Celebs?
Q2) Man Arrested For Racist Tweets To Soccer Star - Should people be arrested for what they say?
Q3) How To Complain About Your Boss on FB And Not Get Fired -How should people protect themselves?
Q4) Winklevoss's invest $1M in niche SM Network for prof investors -Are niche SM networks the future?
Q5) How has social media changed in the last 12 months and how have you adjusted to this change?

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Spreecast Social Video Channel

Participants: Jenn Emerson, Colin Hope-Murray, Greg Lowe, Mark Moehlert

Producer: @LizCpher

Playback: (see below)


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Do you suffer from Social (media) Anxiety Disorder (S.A.D)?

Message to readers,

Updated post due to the fact I didn't know Social Anxiety Disorder was actually a real medical condition (whoops!). I'm hoping now that the changes I've made will make it clear that it is a "tongue-in-cheek" post and will stop me receiving any more requests for interviews / guest articles on how to deal with the medical condition Social Anxiety Disorder.

Apologies to the confused or the offended...

warmest regards,
David Christopher

Have you ever been down the pub with a group of friends and interrupted a flowing conversation to answer that beep from your smartphone informing you that someone has commented on your latest Facebook status?

Maybe you have been having dinner with your family at a nice restaurant and excused yourself for the fourth time blaming it on a weak bladder because you needed to check what has been happening in your Twitter stream; a weak bladder that only manifested itself at the same time as getting your first smartphone?

Or maybe you were watching a film at the cinema and noticed a flashing coming from the hand where you are gripping your smartphone tightly, whilst your girlfriend squeezed the other hand harder and harder giving you that "don't even think about it" look?

If any of these sound familiar to you then you could have Social (media) Anxiety Disorder (or S.A.D for short).

S.A.D is a serious disease that is spreading fast around the globe and now starting to spread to the workplace as companies start to adopt social technologies to collaborate.

If we don't act now this could turn into a worldwide epidemic!

If you already do any of the following then it could already be too late for you....

  1. You cannot resist the temptation to text, instant message, tweet, or generally converse via your smartphone than watch the 238 slide PowerPoint presentation on how this weeks strategy could increase the company margin tenfold
  2. You give colleagues your twitter username when they ask for your email address
  3. You suggest "I'll Friend you on Facebook" when you meant to say "lets do lunch"
  4. You restrict your emails to 140 characters
  5. You keep a running count of the colleagues you know
  6. You host twitter chats instead of telephone conferences
  7. You prefix forwarded emails with RT
  8. You spend 10 minutes trying to find the Like button of a document uploaded onto your intranet site
  9. You refuse to talk to a colleague you don't know without a verbal introduction from one of their team members
  10. You first hear that your boss has left the company via their updated LinkedIn profile

For me it's already too late....but hopefully my suffering hasn't been in vain and this blog post helps you identify the signs before Social (media) Anxiety Disorder (S.A.D) takes another life.


Social Project Management (SWChat)

Thanks to everyone who took part in this weeks Social Workplace Twitter Chat event (#SWChat).

Social Project Management

This weeks #SWChat was a Guest Event with Liz Pearce, COO of Liquid Planner

Liz is COO of Liquid Planner and a keynote speaker at the Social Workplace Conference 2012 in London on May 24th.

Liz shared the correlation between Social Project Management and Enterprise Collaboration and how to make project life more efficient, more effective and more fun - a prelude to her keynote speech at the conference

Social Project Management is the completion of projects through collaborative tools that encourage transparency, autonomy, and connectedness among team members, In Social Project Management, the planning, scheduling and updating of plans and deliverables is often distributed or decentralized, allowing virtual, remote and distributed teams to achieve more efficiency. - Liz Pearce

Event Statistics

  • No. of Tweets = 1200
  • No. of Contributors = 132
  • Reach = 369,000
  • No. of impressions = 3,000,000


Full Transcript Report via @hashtracking

FREE Prize Draw Winner

This weeks event included a FREE Prize Draw where the winner was chosen randomly from those participants who also included #SWConf in their tweets during the 1 hour event by Crexia

I am pleased to announce that Stuart Hyde, Chief Constable of the Cumbria Police was drawn as the winner.

Stuart wins a FREE ticket worth £480 (~770 USD)  to the Social Workplace Conference 2012 in London on May 24th courtesy of Crexia, the organisers of the conference.

Congratulations Stuart!

Questions Asked

Q1) How do you see project management evolving to match the needs of a social business?
Q2) What do you see as the key differentiators between standard and social project management techniques?
Q3) Do you see social project management evolving to require its own certification like Prince2?
Q4) Where do you see the correlation between business collaboration and social project management?
Q5) Social project management promotes transparency and engagement. But who embraces and who resists?
 How has social design pioneers like Facebook and Twitter influenced project management today?
Q7) In 140 characters or less, what sales pitch would you give to a CEO to evolve to social project management?

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Today's #SWChat was sponsored by:


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Next Generation Communications (#SWChat)

Thanks to everyone who took part in this weeks Social Workplace Twitter Chat event (#SWChat).

Next Generation Communications?

We are in the no-mans land of communications. The younger generation preferring social style of communication, but businesses still primarily using traditional forms like email. Is it time for businesses to start thinking about the Next Generation Communications to help bridge the gap between social and traditional, and how should it be approached?

Event Statistics

  • No. of Tweets = 1100
  • No. of Contributors = 89
  • Reach = 231,000
  • No. of impressions = 2,300,000


Full Transcript Report via @hashtracking

Questions Asked

Q1) Email is on it's way out - Agree / Disagree?
Q2) How many hours a week do you think you spend on email vs social comms for your company?
Q3) Should companies follow Atos' example of phasing out employee to employee comms?
Q4) Are social comms (e.g. IM, Twitter, FB etc...) really more efficient than email?
Q5) What advice would you give to a company making that transition from traditional to social comms?
Q6) What are the barriers for a company to move to the Next Generation form of comms?
Q7) In 140 characters or less, define a sales pitch to your CEO why they should consider phasing out email e/ee to e/ee comms

Shared Reference Material


Useful #SWChat Links

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Blogging - Why Do It? (SWChat)

Thanks to everyone who took part in this weeks Social Workplace Twitter Chat event (#SWChat).

Blogging - Why Do It?

Is Blogging a widely accepted practice for in-house communications with employees and external communications with customers, or has the age of the Blog been and gone to be replaced by more conversational type social platforms?

Event Statistics

  • No. of Tweets = 1100
  • No. of Contributors = 111
  • Reach = 375,000
  • No. of impressions = 4,000,000


Full Transcript Report via @hashtracking

Questions Asked

Q1) People only Blog to boost their ego. Agree / Disagree ?
Q2) Are social platforms like Google Plus, Facebook a replacement for standard Blogging platforms ?
Q3) Should companies replace internal email newsletters with Blogs to communicate to employees ?
Q4) <skipped>
Q5) What is the ROI  for a business to Blog and how is that measurable ?
Q6) What Blogging style works best? Passive / Factual / Personable / Controversial ?
Q7) In 140 characters or less, what advice would you give someone wanting to start Blogging ?


Shared Reference Material


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