The brilliance of Snapchat


This Snapchat is brilliant. It's the next big thing right here under our noses. You may have thought it was a passing Millennial-fancy but think again. The social app is gaining popularity with 25-34 year-olds. Marketers are calling the growth to 50 million users this year "startling." And they're wasting no time rolling out their revenue … Continue reading The brilliance of Snapchat

This changes everything: Social media during a crisis


Now, every crisis explodes onto our radar in a flurry of tweets, texts and visuals. By the time the evening news is broadcast, the public already knows what is going on via social media. It’s an all-out, cross-channel, adrenaline-pumping free-for-all. So, how do you deal with the fact that most of the information about the crisis is going to be reported by a random and potentially anonymous group of citizen journalists who have little or no training, context or accountability?

The elevation of lying


“All the lies — I can't even keep them straight in my head any more.” These are the words of Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston in the television drama, "Breaking Bad." White's character is a teacher turned meth dealer whose life becomes one big illusion after he is diagnosed with lung cancer. The show has received widespread … Continue reading The elevation of lying

Fools rushing in? Legislating social media without understanding it first


The Texas Tribune is reporting today that legislators in the state have  introduced a "bevy of bills" relating to social media. According to the article, the bills stem from "concern about privacy and safety." Most of the proposed bills sound like steps in the right direction, but legislators need to tread carefully here. Social media is … Continue reading Fools rushing in? Legislating social media without understanding it first

Swing Strategies: New post on bridging the communications gap between Millennials and Baby Boomers


Boomers often resist catering to the needs of Millennials. In their eyes, the Millennials are “shallow twits suffering from attention deficit disorder who are simply wasting time, sharing too much and accomplishing very little.” When explaining this generation to Boomers, the most common reaction I get is disbelief. Read the post here: http://myswingstrategies.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/lost-in-translation-helping-boomers-communicate-with-millennials/

Twitter the clear winner in the Alberta election debate


This column appeared originally on Troy Media. Oops. They did it again. And we fell for it. We actually believed the debate was about informing Albertans of the issues prior to the April 23 provincial election. We tuned in to watch an hour-long “debate” expecting an all-you-can-eat buffet of election information and ended up ordering … Continue reading Twitter the clear winner in the Alberta election debate

Dissent not destruction: Give reason a chance


Protest is an essential part of any democracy. Rioting and destruction of property isn't. What are the dynamics of a demonstration and what can we learn from it? At a recent protest against election fraud held here in Calgary represented an opportunity to learn a few things about how to maintain civil discourse. Balancing act … Continue reading Dissent not destruction: Give reason a chance

Stop stalking, start talking


We all know that "stalking" someone is wrong. So why is that some decent political candidates start taking on stalker-like characteristics when an election is near? Time to take a step back and realize how your behaviour appears to everyone who's watching (except perhaps your most loyal supporters, in whose eyes you can do no … Continue reading Stop stalking, start talking