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#FollowMonday: Week of 19 November 2012

Added on by Leon Jacobs.

This week, #FollowMonday gives you these follow ideas:

  1. Diana Moss
    Ms. Moss is a Cape Town designer and curator of all things beautiful. Her blog is rather beautiful and she finds the best stuff. She appears to suffer from some lung issues as "her chest bumps like a dryer with shoes in it." This doesn't seem to affect her work though.
  2. Anton Crone
    When we worked at Hunts, Anton was one's art director. And regaled one on many tales of when he lived in Zimbabwe - or as it was called then - Rhodesia. Ant is too grown up for advertising these days and is applying his depressingly good writing talent and keen visual sense to telling multimedia stories about The Bright Continent over on his blog - and other old and new world media outlets. When he is not shooting or writing, he can be found in sidecars of motorcycles or navigating Smart Cars across the Serengeti.
  3. Tokyo Sexwhale
    Yes. That one. Not this one. His illustrations are delightful.
  4. Leo Babauta
    Leo writes two awesome blogs. ZenHabits and Mnmlst. Both are essential reading for anyone who wants to make sense of this world we live in, and how to survive it and its consumerist ways.
  5. Dave Duarte
    Dave is a digital specialist and widely credited for Ogilvy Cape Town's recent successes in integrated campaign development. If you're interested in how the oceans of media flow, and let's face it, who isn't ... then follow Dave!

That's it for this week, from the #FollowMonday desk. Tune in again next week. To see if it will happen again.

If Dalton Caldwell is right, I want to be wrong

Added on by Leon Jacobs.

Dalton Caldwell has just painted a very dark and apocalyptic future for micro-blogging service Twitter.

He has taken one tweet by new Twitter board member Peter Chernin and extrapolated this future in the same way biblical scholars take one sentence from an ancient text and create libraries of dogma. Or the way paleontologists fashion a dinosaur from a tooth.

If Mr. Caldwell is right this would mean a depressing future for the Internet as a whole. The web has transitioned media from pure one-way broadcasting to the many, to enabling the many  having conversations in multiple directions. Mr. Caldwell argues that Twitter will become mainly a broadcast medium, catering for those users who tune in and receive feeds, instead of remaining the basic platform upon which multiple services can be built, limited only by the imaginations of our collective minds. Twitter would be about mainly about discovery, and undoubtedly discovery would be moderated by those who have the media dollars to invest.

Here is the really worrying part: Twitter has always been a metaphor for the web. Unlike Facebook which lets you create and share content in the way they like, Twitter is basic enough for you to make it what you want it to be. Perhaps a Lego analogy would be useful here. Facebook are those Lego sets with which only one toy can be made. Twitter is the bucket of basic building blocks with which anything is possible.

The difference between Facebook and Twitter explained with Lego

The difference between Facebook and Twitter explained with Lego

Mr Caldwell is suggesting that Twitter is now pivoting into a one way broadcasting medium. He is suggesting Twitter will soon be available only as the Death Star, or a fire station - to continue the Lego analogy.

If he is right, what would be the implications for the Web. Is the era of engagement over? Did we over-estimate people's need for creating content.

I hope not. I fundamentally believe in the everyman's ability to express the genius in him or herself. The unbound Web finally helps us find the ideas and concepts that could be hidden in even the remotest parts of the world, mashing them up with other ideas on the other side of the planet and letting them live. 

Perhaps Twitter is struggling to monetize itself. But I always thought they had immense potential in monetizing their search and data they generate.

If Twitter disappears in its current shape, let's hope it is replaced by something that still taps the human potential Twitter does now.

Follow Monday (week of 5 November)

Added on by Leon Jacobs.

Here, with another riveting instalment of Follow Monday, a choice of twittterers to follow, along with the reasons:

  1. Russell Davies
    Russell is the creative director of the UK government unit that oversees the mechanism through which citizens interact with the organs of government. He is a speaker at conferences, and column writer in publications. He likes breakfast.
  2. Taxi Driver Sipho
    Sipho, whether parody or real, drives taxi for bra Tiger and fixes "geeza's" in his spare time. He will give you a real insight into the life, mind and times of a typical South African minibus driver. You already follow him in his dust as he shortcuts on the shoulder of the road, now follow him on "twitta".
  3. Jim Behrle
    He will tickle the funny bone.
  4. Jodi Ettenberg
    Jodi is a Canadian lawyer, who one day, went on a little trip. She never really returned and became the "legal nomad". Her blog has spawned into a career and she has just published a recipe book. She tweets the best links.
  5. John August
    John is a Hollywood screenwriter and something of a digital pioneer. He really puts the effort into his blog and his movies are damn good too.

Follow away!

Screw #FF

Added on by Leon Jacobs.

On Fridays users of Twitter (used to) recommend to their followers who to follow by appending their @handles with the hashtag #FF (follow Friday).

Today, starting this Monday (in a first of what will undoubtedly not become a convention), I spit in the face of this tradition. And besides, I will do more, I will tell you the reason why you should be following these fine tweeps (shudder).  

And here they are, in no particular order:

  1. @purplesime
    Simon White is a fine creative strategist, copywriter and digital thinker, based in London. He tweets super links and resources. Smart cat.
  2. @ivovegter
    Ivo is a contrarian and one of the smartest people around. He writes op-eds for a variety of publications and likes to get climatologists hot under the collar. Ivo has just published a book about environmental terrorism. You may disagree with him (as I sometimes do), but when you take him on, come armed with your well-researched facts because this Vegter does his homework.
  3. @maroonedinW14
    Advertising creative team, somewhere in London's W14 area (one presumes), stranded on a chair at a desk, floating funny tweets in tiny virtual glass bottles on the Twitter Ocean.
  4. @greatdismal
    The one and only William Gibson, author of much cyberpunk goodness. Tweets random brilliantness that comes his, and Mrs. GreatDismal's way.
  5. @pepemarais
    Founder and CCO of Joe Public in Johannesburg. His enthusiasm for life is infectious and his purpose of promoting education is inspiring.

That's it for this week. And because I follow many more fine generators of content, I get to choose another five next Monday.