Andy on Twitter

  • The irony of NSW having double the cases of Victoria today but imposing the most draconian and inhuman limits on Vi… ,
  • More nothing announcement from Apple. Yawn. Seriously, this is the best they could do? And why not get rid of light… ,
  • Rage against the regime, end lockdown ‘torture’ - AND- Rage against the staggering border controls in place. Having… ,
  • If you want to see Kafkaesque government bureaucracy in action, just fly in through Sydney airport at the moment -… ,
  • The demands from Business and Federal leaders to reopen Victoria is clear. What is absent is the need to open at le… ,
  • Spot on. Instead of Dictator Dan’s endless ramblings he should be updating us on what the Govt has improved. Vict… ,
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  • Gosh is awful. Just terrible. DHL can deliver packages in a week from the US. can't g… ,
  • Anytime I see a package is being delivered by I basically resign myself to not getting the package. Curren… ,
  • Think mike missed the key point of blocking and bridging which is that you still have to answer the question.... ,
  • This is one of the most absurd waste of public money. Ridiculous. ,
  • Love how research gets announced as evidence without providing the research or links to it. Just don't buy that thi… ,
  • The time has come for the Federal Govt to set a common standard for hot spots and get the State Govts to align with… ,
  • how other states can declare all of Melbourne a "hot spot" is nothing short of draconian and ridiculous. When will… ,
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You Are Not A Gadget

Once every year I rewrite my core speech, updating my thinking and ideas. This time round I’m giving it another degree of thought as I want to use it as the foundation for a book.

For the past ten years or so I’ve been a huge advocate of all things social. That’s not about to change. What I am becoming more cognizant of are the effects of social media. Jaron Lanier’s You Are Not A Gadget lit a fire under many of my thoughts and provided a refreshing perspective on what we need to do to thrive in the social age. I strongly recommend reading it.

Years ago, a CEO I worked for said “anonymity breeds irresponsibility”. Jaron is right, don’t post anonymously unless you are really in danger. I wonder how many community managers are really looking at the identity of those posting on their sites. Systems for accountability need to improve.

We need new ideas and thinking for rewarding creators. We need to make more time to create and craft – and not confuse that with expression. Posting photos to Twitter is not the same as creating art. Jaron’s idea that we “post a video once in a while that took you one hundred more times to create than it takes to view” drives home the idea that we need to create, not just transmit.

As I glanced through my Twitter feed looking at the brands I love and follow, I was surprised how much of the communications were trivial. Jaron suggests we “write a blog post that took weeks of reflection…”. Again, authentic communications – the stuff we want — shouldn’t be trivial.

You Are Not A Gadget enforced for me how much work brands have ahead of them to connect with customers through social. And how big the issues are for all of us living in the social sphere.

Love to hear your thoughts if you’ve read the book.

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