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When you’re amazing it shows. Ode to a professional gangsta.

You're packin' a mean piece o' steel, Mister.

You’re packin’ a mean piece o’ steel, Mister.

I know when you read the title of this post, you thought, “Oh here he goes again!”

And on a normal day you’d be right.

I would absolutely be talking about me.

Heaping mounds upon mounds of praise on myself, crowing about how great I am at everything I do, and how the world hangs on my every word.

But today, not so much.

You see, today I’m going to heap praise on someone whom I consider a professional gangsta.

Who, I might add, bullied me into even writing this post.

Listen to me when I talk, y’all.

G.A.N.G.S.T.A.

Her name is Dianne Ramlochan.

And she’s not to be trifled with.

In the almost two years that I’ve known her, she has impressed me as one singularly bent on getting her way.

It’s her way or the highway.

Perhaps it’s the only child thing.

Who knows.

But whatever Dianne wants, Dianne gets.

Case in point, I don’t usually “friend” co-workers and professional colleagues on Facebook.

I like to keep my virtual personal world separated from my real professional one. Ya’ dig?

We can be LinkedIn, and you may get a trickle of the virtual real me from the incomprehensibly-difficult-to-disconnect Facebook/LinkedIn nexus.

Can someone pleeeeaaassssseee tell me how to decouple this bullshit?

But by and large, you’re not peepin’ my personal shit online unless you’re digging.

Somehow, though, Ms. Ramlochan managed to Jedi mind trick me into waiving that work-professional life separation.

Don’t you know I friended this heifer?

And she’s following me on Twitter.

She famously quips about how if ever she can’t reach me at my desk via landline, email, mobile phone or text, she’ll “tweet” me.

Tweet me?

How are you going to be tweeting your project manager?

Have you ever heard of anything so ludicrous?

But that’s this chick.

To her credit, when I met her, she had just been hired to the team of one of the illest executive dudes I’ve come across to date.

No nonsense Anthony McLoughlin.

This dude was like Miles Finch from Elf – except a lil’ taller.

Point was, you didn’t eff with Anthony.

If you did, it was your ass.

And D worked for this dude.

Trial by fire is all I can say.

But then Anthony left for the West Coast, and Ms. Ramlochan inherited his fiefdom of projects, vendors and responsibilities.

And turned us all into her vassals.

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What it felt like to work for Dianne.

Overnight, we went from watching Dianne do all Anthony’s dirty work, to having to do Dianne’s dirty work.

I still get cold chills thinking about the day Dianne took over…

Homegirl is relentless.

RELENTLESS.

She had one word you never wanted to see come across your email.

“Unacceptable.”

That’s all she’d say.

Unacceptable this.

Unacceptable that.

Unacceptable the other.

Unacceptable, and cats would gets to steppin’!

Chills.

But we worked it out.

And in the process, she pushed through a few apps, next gen mobile web, iPad kiosk update, a couple of mobile web and app-specific pilots, and a tablet web project.

She had help, of course (=your’s truly), but it all went down under her watchful eye.

And now, she’s leaving the nest – where she truly learned to abuse fly – to new shores.

Those of Saks Fifth Avenue – heaven protect you (said in a whisper).

To leave a wake of psychologically traumatized victims forge new trails.

Anywho, on the last day of our professional lives together, I bid her adieu in the best way I know how.

Memorialized in my blog.

There, D. I’ve made you famous.

PS Congratulations on your new job!

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A LinkedIn endorsement is crap. Recommend me. Please?

Look who has endorsed me!

Look who has endorsed me!

As of late, I’ve been receiving numerous ‘endorsements’ from folks I’m linked to on LinkedIn.

Now ordinarily, I’d be flattered to be recognized by my professional colleagues for my undeniable talent and skills.

One of the inherent values of LinkedIn has always been the ability to be objectively assessed, not by what you say you’ve done, but by your affiliation to other people.

The assumption being, of course, that your connection to other professionals is a form of vouching.

But LinkedIn also provides a more direct method of vouching: recommendations.

Do an exceptional job, and you’ll often receive a written recommendation that serves as a testimony to just how nice you are at this thing or that.

Not to brag (I lie) but I’ve chalked up a couple of recommendations in my day.

Once upon a time, a recommendation was all you could do in LinkedIn to acknowledge someone’s exceptional work or service.

Today, however, LinkedIn offers ‘endorsements.’

What’s an endorsement?

Good question.

Simple answer: an endorsement is crap.

Hot, steaming, meaningless crap.

Why, you ask?

That’s also simple: because you can receive an endorsement from someone who knows nothing about your skills and expertise or what it is you do or that they’re endorsing you for.

Case in point: I have a colleague with whom I worked with years ago in a project management capacity. I was producing a series of music workshops with international performance artists and musicians, and he was among the US artists I brought in.

Despite the fact that he knows nothing of the mobile Stephen, recently he’s been endorsing me for mobile, mobile marketing, apps, iOS, Android, etc.

And it’s not to say that I’m not the Don Dada in all of these areas, but how would he know?

We’ve never worked on a project where he had first hand experience of my mobile prowess.

Sure, he could be following my professional development, or reading my blog and gleaning that I’m a mobile Jedi master, but his knowledge is indirect at best.

And more importantly, its not based in fact.

Mind you, he’s not the only one engaging in this behavior.

I’m sure we’ve all received these email notifications from LinkedIn, advising that we’ve been endorsed for one thing or another by one of our colleagues.

At first, I’m sure you were excited, like me.

But as you looked into these endorsements, and were prompted to endorse folks back, you realized that endorsements weren’t all they appeared to be.

Look at all the pretty thumbnails!

Look at all the pretty thumbnails!

It’s a carefully introduced scam, dressed up as a legitimate form of vouching.

All it takes is a click and viola! You’ve endorsed someone.

No muss, no fuss.

And now your colleague has been endorsed in turn.

Great right?

Wrong!

Where’s the value in that?

There’s no context to an endorsement.

Nothing to put anyone who comes across your profile on notice of just how awesome you are.

Sure, a whole bunch of thumbnail images of colleagues endorsing you for one skill or another looks impressive.

But does the absence of these boxes mean you’re not skilled in an area of your professed expertise?

And what’s the value of an endorsement really?

Unlike a recommendation, which requires that the author have a basis of knowledge before penning a recommendation, an endorsement has no such prerequisite.

Something that’s as simple as checking a box next to someone’s picture can’t be anywhere nearly as valuable as a penned (or typed) recommendation.

In this age of snack food style instant gratification metrics – likes, followers, fans – it’s no wonder that LinkedIn has added (rather meaningless) endorsements.

And while there are probably many profiles on LinkedIn who are legitimately as adept at the skills and expertise that the number of related endorsements seem to suggest, I’m sure that there are many more whose endorsements grow from popularity, reciprocity and boredom.

So if you know someone and think they do great work, take the time to write a recommendation.

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Peer-to-peer. The (past and) future of social.

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Do you remember Morpheus?

How about Bitorrent?

Who can forget Napster?

Why am I asking about obscure software companies?

Peer-to-peer, that’s why.

These now mostly-defunct software companies were trail blazers, the precursors to modern-day social media networks.

What’s peer-to-peer?

Only the most important thing in the world, that’s what!

Wikipedia describes peer-to-peer networks as follows:

peer-to-peer (P2P) network is a type of decentralized and distributed network architecture in which individual nodes in the network (called “peers”) act as both suppliers and consumers of resources, in contrast to the centralized client–server model where client nodes request access to resources provided by central servers.

In a peer-to-peer network, tasks (such as searching for files or streaming audio/video) are shared amongst multiple interconnected peers who each make a portion of their resources (such as processing power, disk storage or network bandwidth) directly available to other network participants, without the need for centralized coordination by servers.[1]

When you think peer-to-peer, it probably conjures up images of networks of interconnected servers, passing digital files between them.

And you wouldn’t be far off.

The internet did start off as a collection of interconnected computers, sharing data, after all.

But I’m not talking about the hardware (or software) itself.

There’s more to social media than file sharing.

Don’t get it twisted.

Social media is about sharing.

Whether its a gif, photo, video, song or simply information, social media is THE way information gets disseminated online.

But that’s just one part of the equation.

The bigger issue are the peer networks – the underpinnings of social.

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At its core, social media relies heavily on peer networks.

Nodes exerting influence on and over one another.

Without the cooperation necessary to allow one computer to access another, peer-to-peer networks would never have come to be.

Similarly, social networks work because of the inherent trust that exists between people.

Even if only loosely.

For the most part, being connected to someone (in a social media context) is like being vouched for in the Mafia.

You’re vetted by who you’re connected to.

The more connected you are, the more trusted you’re perceived as being.

Sure, social media is (somewhat of) a popularity contest.

But online, this popularity translates into trust.

Or credibility, rather.

I feel like I’m rambling.

There was a point to make in there somewhere…

Oh right!

Social has its origins in peer-to-peer networks.

Think about Facebook.

It was originally designed as a peer-to-peer network of Harvard students.

Now it’s a collection of numerous peer networks.

And all other social networks work in much the same way.

LinkedIn. Twitter. YouTube. Instagram. Pinterest. Google+.

As soon as you set up your account, what do you do?

Find and follow all your friends.

The folks most reach out to first are invariably people you already know.

Not to say that we don’t extend our virtual reach beyond the safe confines of people we know.

But when we do, there are usually less than six degrees of separation between us.

What was the point I was trying to make again?

Oh yeah…peer-to-peer networks are the underpinning of all modern day social networks.

If you’re interested in building a successful social network presence, focus first on your peers.

Those people closest to you, who you can rely upon to follow you, like your content and share.

Without a whole bunch of cajoling, bribery and/or sexual favors.

Once your peer network is in place, the sky’s the limit.

Or at least getting that next batch of friends/likes/followers won’t be quite as difficult.

Note: If this post comes of as rambling and incoherent, that’s because it is. But read it, re-read it, and re-read it again. It will eventually make sense.

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Like to blog? Get Blogsy.

It’s been a while since I reviewed any apps.

So today, I decided to take a look at the apps I have on deck and talk about one of them.

Checking out the apps on my iPad, the choices are many.

I’ve got them arranged (roughly) by category: productivity, social networking, entertainment, finance, etc.

Since I find myself opening up my social networking dash quite often, I figured I’d write about one of them.

I’ve got nine apps designated as social networking: AIM, Facebook, Blogsy, WordPress, Find Friends, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn and Hootsuite.

Now which to write about…

With the exception of Find Friends, each of these bad boys gets run.

And since I’ve already written about WordPress on at least one occasion, that brings us down to seven.

Hmmmm…

I guess I’ll do this scientifically.

Eenie, meenie, miney, mo…

Blogsy it is!

So Yoda put me up on Blogsy a minute ago.

If you’re not up on it, Blogsy is a blogger’s dream app.

In one spot, you can create blog posts, tag them, drag & drop photos and video, and post to virtually any blogging platform.

Sounds too good to be true right?

But it is!

Blogsy has a powerful dashboard that lets you access any of your supported accounts, including YouTube, Vevo, WordPress, Tumblr, Instagram, Picasa, Flickr, and Facebook, all from within the app.

You can configure all of your accounts in Settings, and access them in the handy drawer conveniently tucked away on the right side of Blogsy’s main window.

In addition, its got a built in browser, that lets you find and grab content from the Internet and drop it right into your post!

I initially started this post in WordPress (force of habit) before switching over to Blogsy to complete it.

What better way to demonstrate how something works?

So here is a shot of me launching Blogsy in the built in browser.

And here’s a preview of this post inside of Blgsy.

And here’s a video from YouTube.

In addition to being able to grab stuff from virtually anywhere, you can also publish directly from Blogsy to any of your blogs.

Case in point: I published this right from my iPad.

Or save your drafts locally or in your platform of choice.

It’s really a complete, well thought out and super convenient app, and I highly recommend it if you’re a power blogger like me (not really).

Not that there aren’t some glitches.

For example the drop and drag function is a bit wonky.

Placing an image or video exactly where you want it to go can be…challenging.

Your text goes all haywire and its hard to know where your image or video is going to end up.

If you’ve got multiple blogs, like I do, figuring out which one you’re in and making sure you’re posting to the right one is a chore.

And getting around the app take a bit of getting used to at first.

But I found that messing around a bit will help you to not freak out and figure out how things work.

Anyway, I dig Blogsy a lot.

And I think you will too.

So get out there and blog(sy)!

Note: I am not being paid by Blogsy to endorse their product. But if anyone from Blogsy wants to cut a brotha a check, I’d be much obliged.

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Ummm FBI…what are you doing with my UDID?

When I first heard about the recent hack of 12 million Apple device UDIDs, I wasn’t too concerned.

I caught a sound bite on Fox 5 News, on my way out the door, so the details were necessarily sketchy.

But hackers hack.

So what?

In my mind, the 12 million hacked UDIDs was a drop in the bucket relative to the total number of Apple devices out there.

I felt my nonchalant attitude was warranted.

But then I learned that these IDs had allegedly been lifted from a FBI laptop that hackers had somehow gained access to.

And then I started to be a little more concerned.

Why is the FBI just leaving laptops with sensitive information laying around?

And why the hell does an FBI laptop have 12 million UDIDs on it?

What legitimate purpose could the FBI possibly have for acquiring the UDIDs in the first place?

And then I learned that it wasn’t just random UDIDs.

The laptop allegedly also contained specific information about the users connected to those device IDs, including their names, email addresses and credit card information.

And now I’m concerned.

My colleagues, in the office, were following the story and passed around the link to the site where you could check to see if you were among the victims of this latest digital security breach.

We joked about how not being on the list didn’t mean that you were any more secure, than if you had been.

All jokes aside – I immediately checked to see if any of my devices were among those compromised.

Luckily they were not.

But despite my relief, I can’t help but be a tad ticked off.

The infamous hacks and blatant privacy policy violations of Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Chase, et al, can leave no doubt that ‘online security’ is a misnomer.

With this latest gaffe, we’ve learned that even the Feds are in on the chicanery.

And although both the FBI and Apple have denied that any such leak occurred, in light of the frequency with which hacks occur it’s hard to believe either of them.

It seems like every other day, we hear about some major leak of private or secure data.

And if it’s hackers, doing their thing, then so be it.

Hackers serve a legitimate role in keeping these corporations, who have a fiduciary duty to safeguard our information, on their collective j-o-b.

Without hackers exposing the flaws in corporate firewalls and security protocols, our shit would be a whole lot less secure than it is.

On an aside – I’m waiting for September 29th – the day after hackers have threatened to release Romney’s tax returns.

I digress.

This latest incident has exposed a reality that few of us really consider…

That online information is inherently insecure.

Each time you fill out an online form, use your credit card to make a purchase from your mobile phone, or create a digital profile on some site, you compromise your data.

And in this increasingly digital world we live in, this compromise is virtually inescapable.

Of course, most many some a few of us take steps to safeguard our information online.

We use services like 1password to avoid the trap of using common passwords for all of our online accounts.

We change our passwords frequently and don’t share them with anyone.

We do whatever we have to do to avoid having our private info floating around in cyberspace.

At the end of the day, I pray that these cats get their acts together.

And despite the denials, if this hack is real, then Apple and the FBI, you’ve got some splainin’ to do!

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Tired of having your info compromised online? 1Password is the solution

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As many of you are by now probably aware, LinkedIn was recently hacked, adding another notch in hackers’ belts globally.

The chances are extremely high that yours is among the more than 6 million LinkedIn passwords that were posted online by the Russian hacker who accomplished the feat.

In an effort to mitigate damages, LinkedIn, and a number of different online advocacy groups, have urged LinkedIn users to immediately changes their passwords.

If you haven’t yet, WTF are you waiting for?

But rather than simply use one of your standard passwords (birthday, wife’s name, favorite team, abcd1234, etc.) users are encouraged to utilize password protection and generation services like 1Password, which afford greater security than creating a password yourself.

Most folks use the same passwords over and over again, whenever they create a new online account.

If they don’t use the exact same password, they use some slight variation.

But the reality is that most people don’t really employ the type of password generation and variation strategy online, that would keep any of the sensitive data we routinely share online, particularly secure.

I’ve been using 1Password for a minute now, and I was pleasantly surprised to see it offered as a viable solution to LinkedIn’s present crisis.

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If you’re unfamiliar with 1Password, it’s a service that allows you to store all of your online passwords and accounts in a secure environment.

It also generates unique complex passwords, that are difficult to crack.

But what I’ve found particularly appealing about 1Password, is the fact that it synchronizes between your devices, allowing you the flexibility to access all your accounts and associated passwords from the convenience of your desktop, mobile or tablet device.

I don’t count myself among those whose passwords were compromised, but if you weren’t like me and find yourself racking your brain for a unique password, I suggest you take 1Password for a spin.

And “No” I don’t work for 1Password, nor am I being paid to endorse them.

But if anyone from 1Password catches wind of this, feel free to break a brotha off!

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The New Face of Africa. Face2Face Africa

I’ve just been invited to a launch party for F2FA magazine, a globally distributed print magazine published by Face2Face Africa, launching in the spring of 2012.

The launch party is next weekend, March 30th at Pranna Lounge, and I’m more than a little excited.

F2FA or Face2Face Africa, is the brain child of Isaac Boateng and Sandra Appiah, two Ghanaian-born entrepreneurs, who wanted to put a new face (pun-intended) on how Africa is perceived.

Per their mission statement “Face2face Africa is a powerful, riveting, and refreshing media force that serves as the voice of Africa and represents Africans positively on a global level.”

And Sandra’s Linkedin profile describes Face2Face Africa as follows:

Face2face Africa, an online magazine launching in the first quarter of 2011 with a mission of Restoring Africa’s Image. The initiative was started by young Africans residing in the United States who realized that it was their time to make a difference in Africa.

From my interaction with the founders, F2FA impressed me with a singular focus on their mission of reframing the perception of Africa and Africans.

When I spoke to them a few months ago, during their search for the right person for their first cover, they described the F2FA magazine as a vibrant, multi-niche, high-end magazine.

They wanted the magazine to be the vehicle which used creativity to explore the many facets of African politics, culture, entertainment, fashion, lifestyle, and the different methods Africans were employing to inspire change, progress, and development on the continent.

That’s a mouthful!

Their online magazine currently features stories about African artists, musicians, designers, authors and standouts from all walks of African life.

And if their online version is any indication of things to come, I’m confident that the print version will equally impress.

The launch party next weekend promises to be a star-studded affair.

Not that I’m in to celebrities.

But we (my partners and I) were instrumental in getting the personality that graces the inaugural cover (I can’t tell you who it is, but they’re reeaaalllyyy popular), so I’m also excited for that reason as well.

Although some would question the wisdom of publishing a print magazine when the big boys are folding and closing up shop, opting for digital subscription models, F2FA believes they’ve got a niche.

And they are planning on releasing an app to satisfy readers who want to access F2FA magazine from the convenience of their mobile or tablet devices.

So they’re definitely looking to cover all bases.

If you’re interested in attending their launch event, follow this link to get your tickets.

But you’d better hurry, they’re going fast!

And make sure you stay up on F2FA…they’re the new face of Africa!

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When Good Apps Go Bad (aka Bump You’re Obsolete)

Does anyone bump anymore?

Remember Bump?

Bump was the app that let you literally ‘bump’ your iPhone with another user to exchange contact info.

When it first came out, I thought it was the most ingenious app ever!

So, of course, I downloaded the app, and was ready to bump with all comers!

Whenever someone asked me for my contact info, I pulled out my phone and asked if the person wanted to bump.

I would push my phone furtively at them, grunting ‘bump, bump’ incessantly.

Usually, all I got back were quizzical stares.

I guess I was one of the very few who actually got bump, because I wasn’t really bumping with anyone.

Whenever I was in a position to use bump to exchange info, the other person didn’t have Bump.

The few that had it, didn’t know how to use it.

The ones that had it installed, didn’t have their contact set up and thusly, couldn’t bump with me.

After a few (too many) instances of bump fails, I just stopped using it.

It was too frustrating.

How many times would it take for me to realize that Bump just wasn’t that joint?

I don’t think I’ve used it in over a year.

I haven’t been asked by anyone to ‘bump’ in even longer.

But for some reason, I’ve still got it on my deck.

So I opened it up today, to see what (if anything) I’ve been missing

Apparently, you can use Bump to share pictures and music too.

You can connect with Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin now as well.

And there is a messenger function, that lets you message other Bump users remotely.

I did a Google search for Bump recently, and they’ve also got an Android version of the app.

The new Bump logo.

Does anyone even bump anymore?

There are a heck of a lot of ratings in the iTunes store (over 300,000), but are folks really using Bump like that?

I doubt it.

But hey, what do I know?

Do you have an app that you were once ga-ga over, thanthat now, you treat like a hump-backed stepchild and you don’t even look at?

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Social Media: Mobilization, Commentary, Discourse

This weekend was quite an active one in social media: President Obama officially launched his recruitment effort for the 2012 race. Shit White Girls Say…To Black Girls created a stir all over the internet. Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos pulled out a thrilling overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

How do I know all of this stuff? Am I clairvoyant? Do I own a crystal ball? Did I have CNN on smash all wekend?

No. No. And no.

I learned all of the above through Facebook, Twitter and text.

I’m sure that most would scoff at this statement.

So what? Don’t we all get our stuff that way?

Perhaps. But the reason I’ve decided to talk about this today, is to offer a snapshot of the real impact that social media has in our lives.

Social Mobilization: Obama 2012

Late Sunday evening, I got a Facebook alert on my iPhone that a friend of mine posted a job opportunity from President Obama.

Go Team Obama!

Intrigued, I followed the link, and there it was http://www.barackobama.com/jobs

There were jobs for State Directors, Communications, Press Secretaries, State Digital Directors, Deputy Field Directors, and the like.

Each job listing identified the state (or multiple states) for which the posted position was applicable.

Clicking on the link opened a detailed job description, which led with an overview of the job, the responsibilities, the requirements, salary statement, and a link to either apply for the job or send the listing to a friend.

Of course, I threw my hat in the ring.

The great thing about the applying for the job was that the interface allowed you to either (i) upload your resume or (ii) use your LinkedIn profile (I opted for the second).

A few multiple choice selections later, my application was complete.

Bam. Give me a call, let’s talk strategy.

I was (and am) completely impressed with the way the Obama campaign is (once again) leveraging social media to grow their staff and volunteer base.

Of course, there are only so many of these positions which will actually be filled via this process.

But the database they’re going to create will undoubtedly be the envy of the 2012 campaign cycle.

Social Commentary: Shit White Girls Say…To Black Girls

Last Thursday, one of my friends posted the video Shit White Girls Say…To Black Girls on their Facebook profile.

At the time, there were 305 views of the video.

By Friday, it was over 1 million

As of this posting, there have been over 4,277,387 views of that video.

In four days, this video was viewed over 4 million times!

Mind you, this is a parody of a parody.

The original video, Shit Girls Say has garnered over 9 million views since December 12, 2011, when it was originally posted.

Despite the fact that it owes it’s inception to another video, it has clearly taken a life of it’s own, spawning spirited discussion all over the internet.

The commentary around this video has been significant, considering it’s only five days old.

But it speaks to the power of social media to get people to address issues that they might not have otherwise.

Social Discourse: Shit White Girls Say…To Black Girls

I know. I know.

It’s tres gauche to use the same example for two different topics, but bear with me on this one.

On Sunday afternoon, a friend of mine sent me a text asking my wife to check out her Facebook profile on the whole “Shit White Girls Say” thing.

Apparently, she had posted the video to her profile and invited her network to weigh in on what they thought.

As my wife is not on Facebook and generally doesn’t pick up her phone, her girl knew that the most efficient way to reach her was through me.

But I digress…

Anyway, several of her friends had opined that the video was a realistic reflection of what they, as Black women, had experienced.

But one (brave/misguided) White woman decided that she was going to take up the charge for White women, and ‘educate’ the other posters on the ignorance of their perspective.

Her opinions were, needless to say, not ‘appreciated’ and folks let her know.

The heat finally became too much, and with this final statement (and I quote) “And I will un-follow this post now. It is ending like too many,” Miss Thing was done.

What I found particularly interesting about the whole episode was how people took ownership of the discussion around the video and had an active discourse on the subject.

While everyone was not in agreement, people took an active role in voicing their opinions in a forum, where the opinions of others were important to them.

Wait a minute…what was I saying…

Oh yeah!

Social media is a powerful force for mobilization, commentary and discourse.

All of this information I’ve shared with you, I initially learned of, interacted with, and ultimately shared via social media.

I even gave my two cents in the debate via Facebook on my iPhone, while I waited in the car for the wife.

Where TV used to be the dominant medium for sharing information, it’s now taking it’s cues from the internet generally, and social media specifically.

Think about how many stories last year broke on Twitter before mainstream media even knew what was happening.

So children, what’s the moral of today’s lesson?

DON’T SLEEP ON SOCIAL MEDIA!!

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