Some stuff I'm reading this week...

Open (finds, minds, conversations)...: Virgin America's social media fight to exist

Open (finds, minds, conversations)...: Virgin America's social media fight to exist

Virgin America an internal airline in the US, owes its existence in part to the power of stirring up customer demand via social media (disclosure: my company iCrossing works with some Virgin brands in the UK). In short, it would seem, there was a great deal of resistance to Virgin's attempt to set up a US domestic service, with a lot of the lobbying by rivals focussing on the fact that the company is, well, foreign.

Interview: Flickr co-founder gets ambitious News - PC Advisor

Interview: Flickr co-founder gets ambitious News - PC Advisor

We have a concrete vision to be the eyes of the world, the primary source for sharing and discovering what people see all around the world.

The Fail Whale Fan Club

The Fail Whale Fan Club

FailWhale.com is the groupie | PR | Fan Club for one of coolest whales we know... you know... the cute whale and his birdie entourage who show up occasionally on Twitter to let you know that it's time to push back from your keyboard and to go take a break. Ya! that one.

Better Than The Van | Home

Better Than The Van | Home

A community of free places to stay for bands on tour.

Instant coworkers

Instant coworkers

They also have sought plenty of advice from a growing online co-working community that communicates in a Google Groups discussion forum. Conjunctured and LaunchPad have both benefited from the experiences of other co-working sites in other cities, many of whom have shared their advice and business plans.

The art of seduction: or when to call a rake a rake | Sunday Herald, The | Find Articles at BNET

The art of seduction: or when to call a rake a rake | Sunday Herald, The | Find Articles at BNET

The rake describes the kind of cad who, when he desires a woman, "will go to the ends of the earth for her". Then just when she thinks she's got him - wham, he is "disloyal, dishonest and amoral".

Jamaica Gleaner News - Tackling crime at its roots - Sunday | July 6, 2008

Jamaica Gleaner News - Tackling crime at its roots - Sunday | July 6, 2008

The issue of capacity - whether we can really fund a meaningful social intervention programme to make a dent on crime - is all the more troubling, considering the structural weaknesses in our economy, our small size, import-dependence, tribalism, low social capital and global economic crisis. One thing is sure: There is no easy way out of his crime maze we have found ourselves in.

globeandmail.com: Development needs to reflect new social fabric

globeandmail.com: Development needs to reflect new social fabric

"No municipality is really addressing the issue of inclusionary planning. Urban planning does not explicitly identify issues of diversity, and how families and groups socialize and do business in a contemporary city. That needs to be addressed, so you can leverage the social capital that exists in the Toronto area, and have new, recombinant urban forms."

Free up the workspace in your mind - Telegraph

Free up the workspace in your mind - Telegraph

Co-working or co-location is an idea that has evolved as parts of the economy have become increasingly project-based. At its most basic, it refers to people sharing business premises and other facilities, frequently using the presence of other organisations and individuals on site to grow more quickly than would otherwise have been possible. Jennifer Brooke is executive director of the Business Centres Association and confirms that despite an apparently contracting economy, more companies are opting for shared premises.

Dopplr Blog » Blog Archive » New ways of getting your trips into Dopplr: Twitter, SMS and Email!

Dopplr Blog » Blog Archive » New ways of getting your trips into Dopplr: Twitter, SMS and Email!

Today I’m really happy to say we’re taking the wraps off a number of new ways to get your future into Dopplr and share your travel information with those you trust: Dopplr by Twitter, SMS and… Email!

Houstoned Rocks - SugarHill Studios Moves to Caroline Collective

Houstoned Rocks - SugarHill Studios Moves to Caroline Collective

Temporarily, anyway. The long-running Houston recording studio, normally headquartered at 5626 Brock, is shifting all its operations except for previously scheduled recording sessions to the Caroline Collective, 4820 Caroline, between 2 and 6 p.m. this afternoon. SugarHill president Dan Workman will be handling his usual editing and mixing duties from one of the Collective's co-working stations, and the public is invited to drop by.

Techdirt: Politician Using Twitter To Ignite Misleading Partisan Fight Over Politicians Posting To Twitter

Techdirt: Politician Using Twitter To Ignite Misleading Partisan Fight Over Politicians Posting To Twitter

It's really disappointing to see someone who had embraced the technology use it to try to whip up Twitter users into a frenzy, while misleading them to do so -- and then not using the tools to respond to actual criticisms. The problem here is that the existing rules for Reps is problematic. It's not this new effort to loosen the rules, other than in the fact that the loosening of the rules might not go far enough.

Social Media Club Forms Interim Board To Chart Strategic Direction and Advance Its Goals | Social Media Club

Social Media Club Forms Interim Board To Chart Strategic Direction and Advance Its Goals | Social Media Club

The Social Media Club (SMC), a new media and advocacy organization focused on social media, today announced that 42 well-regarded industry leaders have volunteered to form an interim Board of Directors.

NxE’s Fifty Most Influential ‘Female’ Bloggers at Weekly Articles About Blogging - NxE

NxE’s Fifty Most Influential ‘Female’ Bloggers at Weekly Articles About Blogging - NxE

As it is often the case with technology, blogging can seem like a boys’ club to many, but the average blogger is no longer (if they ever were) a geeky, twenty-something man from the US. Strong, interesting women are taking over the blogging world. They have the passion, they have the skills, and they are here to stay. Today, we’re listing fifty most influential female bloggers at the moment.

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