A Collection of Thoughts & Discoveries

Technology, Business, Giving, Etc.

  • “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” Ernest Hemmingway
  • “Judge each day not by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” Gandhi
  • “Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.” Blaise Pascal
  • “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” Ayn Rand
  • “If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” John D. Rockefeller
  • “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “Sense shines with a double luster when it is set in humility. An able yet humble man is a jewel worth a kingdom.” William Penn
  • “There is a great satisfaction in building good tools for other people to use.” Freeman Dyson
  • “You don't know what you can learn until you try to learn.” Ronald Coase
  • “Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.” Mark Twain
  • “Create more value than you capture.” Tim O'Reilly

FOMO and Social Media by Caterina Fake

Caterina Fake has published a thoughtful post to her blog addressing FOMO, or the “Fear of Missing Out”, and how it affects the way people interact with, and by means of, social media.

FOMO is a great motivator of human behavior, and I think a crucial key to understanding social software, and why it works the way it does… Social media has made us even more aware of the things we are missing out on.” Caterina Fake

One need only look around when in public to see so many eyes locked on to mobile devices, thumbs pounding away at texting and tweeting or checking their Facebook, rather than taking in the scenery or talking with a companion, to see her point.end of article icon

Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 in Technology


1. Posted by Richard on March 15, 2011

Between FOMO and constructed competitions like flickr explore and social media popularity there’s not a lot of brain time left for analog stuff (like taking in the scenery).

I’m always amazed when someone makes me a contact on twitter and I notice that they have thousands of contacts already. As if they could keep up with what all of those contacts are saying… if they tried they’d have no analog life at all.

2. Posted by Dale Allyn on March 15, 2011

Richard, much of social media is about popularity contests and leveraging insecurities of users. That, and those who really enjoy the “sound” of their own voices (some would call “exhaust”). It can be fascinating to watch.

I liked Caterina’s post because it draws attention to the problem (obvious as it may be) and encourages fortification against falling prey to it. Taking an entirely analogue path has its merits, but can leave one missing out on certain benefits of the digital side of things as well–like connections with people from other parts of the world, etc. Balance is a worthwhile goal.

3. Posted by Brand Reputation Management on July 04, 2011

With social media being a prominent mode to gain popularity, companies streamline their efforts to build an entire presence through twitter, facebook & other popular social media outlets.

Talking about ROI, it is indispensable to form parameters before measuring the profits for a company.

Hence, business and marketing professionals who embark on the journey of social media should define what they want to achieve from using social media outlets.

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.