Unleash your curation creativity: 4 cool storytelling tools — SocialFish

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I’ve been playing with a slew of storytelling tools lately.

These are curation tools for publishing – in other words, not just curation as in filtering information for yourself, but curation in order to blog about some particular “story” or present content in a visually interesting way for other people to look at. For all of these tools, you pull content from your social streams and arrange them in a particular way, like…
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Girls in Tech DevForum 2008 — Video of Panel

Well I’m just another guy in tech — my day job draws me inside Intel and the rest of my life, family and beyond is more an more tech infused every day.

I wasn’t my first choice when hi5’s Adriana Gascoigne asked if Intel could participate in the Girls in Tech DevForum 2008.  Inside Intel there are tons of talented girls in tech…and most everyone I reached out to just couldn’t make it to San Francisco on November 19th.

As fate would have it, I was was fortunate to be on a panel with some talented and good humored rising tech stars who shared their insights with a room full of women entrepenauers and even a group of tech guys, especially the vocal group visiting from across the pond.

I brought my camera (surprise!) and was able to set it up on a tripod then slip in front of the camera to join the other panelist.  I enjoyed how everyone kept their storytelling light and anecodotal with just enought geek speak to keep it real and substantial.

The panel was moderated by Paul Linder, hi5.

The panel featured:

Adriana is a wonderful, classy host.  I’ve seen her host many gatherings — inside clubs as well as conference rooms.

I did get to meet up with the creative team behind the cool VortexMe widgets, which we created for our Intel Insiders social media advisors.

Regrettably I could only stay for the first part of the day — I’m playing Mr. Mom these days — but here’s rest of the agenda that I missed:

  • It’s an OpenSocial Generation; learn more about the platform framework, benefits, and analytics: Raymond Chan, Architect, RockYou
    The Power of the Social Web: Ami Vora, Sandra Liu Huang Product Managers, Facebook
  • DSLs: One of the Hottest Trends in Software: How to Use it For Your Business: Anda Ambrovici, ThoughtWorks
  • Building Applications Based on User Behaviors/Interests: Holly Liu, Product Manager, Watercooler
  • Beyond Maps: The Future of the Geo-Web: Brittany Bohnet, Product Marketing, Google
  • How to Develop, Market and Monetize Widgets: Jeff Whitehead, Gina Satomi, VortexMe, RealTimeMatrix
  • GLAM product launch announcement with Sasha Cagen, Product Engineer, GLAM
  • Cocktail mixer and apps, sponsored by ThoughtWorks

Here at InterAct 2008 with My DC Social Media Posse

Here is some great news I got recently from InterAct 2008 — dubbed “interactive media event of the year, merging creativity with technology”:

“You are currently confirmed to speak on the “Grow Your Business Through Social Media” panel, scheduled for Tuesday, September 3o…in the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center Atrium Ballroom at 1300 Pennsylvania Aven NW, Washington DC.”


I get to join an awesome cast of mostly east coast masters of social media.  In fact, there are two Intel Insiders:  Brian Solis (my West Coast posse) and Somwhat Frank Gruber (East Coast boy at large).

Here’s a look at the panel:

Look for some lots of creative ideas mixed with grounded perspectives for how to help your company leap into this era of “opening up,” “connecting” and “growing together.”

Frankly, I’m fired up to be back in DC…although it’s the first time I’ve been here on a Sunday and downtown and the Mall is DEAD quiet, and so many stories are closed.

I dig the megalomania DC architecture, with one not-so tall, but grandiose building next to another trying to stand more more than its next door neighbor.  The architecture is magnificent, with no building higher than the tip of the robust Capitol building.  DC’s nowhere as awesome as Rome, but the knock off columned monuments and museums make Las Vegas look like a movieset.

I did get to spend time catching up over brunch with a great guy and mentor, Rohit, who’s another creative treasure of DC.

I’m looking forward to meeting Jesse and Jim.  And spending the afternoon with Rohit, Brian and Frank, three guys who I don’t (I’m not the only one who doesnt’) get to see enough.  A big thanks to Leslie Bradshaw for helping me get here.

Follow the InterAct2008 blog to get a flavor what what’s cookin’ in DC this week.


Authors-Action Heroes at Web 2.0 Expo, SF08

There were many highlights from the Web 2.0 Expo:

  • Meeting Chris Brogan and the Radian6 crew
  • Experiencing the creative vibe inside Blogtropol.us social media room
  • Seeing how Twitter intrigue continues to drive new reasons/ways for live microblogging
  • Learning about SEO and trends for application developers — I see these trends are not locked into developers but also apply to communications pros. This is something I hope to explore in a near future post, building on notes I took from the two sessions I attended on Day One.
  • Seeing for the first time IBM‘s great slogan “Talking identifies limits.  Doing transcends boundaries.”
  • Seeing the Schwaggin’ Wagon posse in action — they drummed up lots of media buzz with by doing something many have talked about, but never did: take the exaggerated efforts of an event like Web 2.0 Expo and share the spoils with those who are more in need. This I’ll explore more in an upcoming blog post where I can share the photo I took.

The best part was getting to hang out with people like Rohit Bhargava and Tim Ferriss. Sure they’re authors (Rohit’s new book “Personality Not Included” and Tim’s 52 week NY Time top seller “Four Hour Work Week“), sure they’re idea guys…but they’re livin’ life and sharing ideas and best known methods with those who care and want to learn.

Web 2.0 Expo is not just about social media and the technologies behind it…it’s about the people and how they’re using the technologies to lead they way. And they way things are going, human behavior and personality is changing for the better as we share more, try more, do more of the things we’re passionate about.

John Cass and Chris Brogan @ Web 2.0

John Cass and Chris Brogan, originally uploaded by David Alston.

John Cass had some great lunchtime stories up in Sonoma County during my visit to the New Comm Forum on Thursday. He’s got a cool project looking at Fortune 500 companies and their blogging efforts. I’m looking forward to learning more from his work…and his Twitter tips!

Looks like John and Chris Brogan explored some shocking territory at Web 2.0 Expo — check out this review of Web 2.0.

Chris Brogan and Tim Marklein @ Web 2.0

At the Web 2.0 Expo and New Comms Forum this week, I got to hear many great stories and the stortellers behind them.

During a panel I was on at the New Comms Forum on Thursday, Weber ShandwickPR guru Tim Marklein asked the question that hit home for me: money resources are moving to social media, but what about people resources? For Intel, it started as little money and a small community of passionate employees trying new things and sharing experiences. Then marketing put more resources and helped build tools we could all use. Now advertising is in the game…and I believe we might benefit from having more people resources our connecting with others through social media…and integrating and leveraging what others inside Intel are doing. We’re all still building, but we have lots more experience and resources in the social media world. So much more to learn from others.

After lunching with Tim, Tom Foremski and others at the New Comm Forum, my “Personality Not Included” guru Rohit Bhargava and I hit Web 2.0. That’s where I finally met Chris Brogan, David Alston and Richard McInnis. What a great bunch of energy and wit. I got to learn more about Radian6‘s online monitoring magic.

I’ll share more details in posts this weekend. Met lots of new people, enjoyed story sharing and got inspired for what’s to come. What a week!

Groundswell’s on My Bookstack

Groundswell Books, originally uploaded by Forrester Research, Inc..

This photo was taken at the Forrester Research Marketing summit this week — really wish I could’ve been there. But I did follow some of the action Jeremiah Owyang shared on his blog.

Forrester shared a copy with me — it arrived from Boston a few weeks ago. I gotta get into it. My Intel buddy Neil is approaching chapter three and he gave me the thumbs up.

I got to help Charlene Li connect with some Intel social media pioneers, including Josh Bancroft, who told how he created Intel’s first company Wiki called Intelpedia.

Charlene Li at Forrester\'s Marketing Summit in APril 2008, about a month after the release of \

Let’s Hook Up @ Blogtropol.us, Web 2.0

Blogtropol.us @ Web 2.0 Expo in SF 4/23-25/2008

Social media sense-maker and people motivator Chris Heuer and the great team of the Conversation Group are hosting a cool gather-create-share spot at the four-day Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, April 23-25.

I’ve been working behind the scenes trying to help get my social media posse there. I’m trying to be there on Tuesday and Friday, and I’m looking forward to particpating in the action, seeing my old and making new my social media posse.

If you’re there on Wednesday, check out two of the wisest, generous from my posse — Forrester Research’s Jeremiah Owyang and Intel’s Bob Duffy.

Here are Blogtopolo.us details from Facebook.

CONNECT: Free bandwidth, power, workstations and superior Internet connectivity provided
RE-CHARGE: Food, refreshments, beverages, and afternoon happy hour
RELAX: Daily yoga sessions and chair massages
FOLLOW: @blogtropolus on Twitter to keep up with all of the Blogtropol.us and Web 2 action, as it happens

Blogtropol.us is brought to you by: Snap, Mzinga, Something Simpler Systems, BottleNotes, Pandora, drop.io, Socialtext, Radian6, Elephant Pharmacy, and CNET Webware.

In order to participate you must have a Web 2.0 Expo Pass or conference pass AND you must register for the lounge at – http://blogtropolus.eventbrite.com. Space is limited!

Also see CNET’s Webware 100 Awards at the gathering.

Intel’s Bob Duffy on Stage at Web 2.0 Expo in SF

My pals inside Intel are looking forward to Web 2.0 Expo, April 22-25 in San Francisco — follow the event blog here.

I’m hoping many (at least those based in or near the Bay Area) get to be on the scene. For sure, one great Intel community guy will be there — Bob Duffy.

Bob’s in my social media posse, and he has been helping Intel move from blogging into communities and helping experts get more involved off of Intel sites, where IT pros, consumers and other tech lovers might be asking for insight that Intel can share. He helped compile data, tools and experts to legitimize Intel’s branded community for IT Pros called Open Port. He’s now climbing the ladder to get a better view and help other groups and community minded managers benefit from best practices, and to integrate with existing and ongoing community efforts. For me, he’s in the right place in the right time — for him and for Intel. He’s a listener, participant and skilled at crystalizing powerful notions blended with data to help teams break down silos, harness expertise, ignite interest in activities beyond those inside Intel… He helps us move ahead because he’s thoughtful, inclusive, he’s involved online and takes time to meet and share interests and insights offline.

Sometimes, I see Intel trying to create products or solutions that will meet future demands. There may not be a huge need today for “Dunnington” 6-core processors because many applications are even multi-threaded to take advantage of dual core processors — but there’s tons of working going on to help get software to work ever better with new hardware. On the other hand, things like data security defense and power efficiency needs are top of mind, but often many don’t know that Intel engineers and products can help. New features are being built right into the latest chips at a faster, more predictable rate than ever before (i.e Intel’s “tick-tock” method of new chip design followed by new cycle of product process improvements followed by new chip design…).

This is where Intel marketing teams can step in and help. Finding the right communication tools and identifying pools of conversations can connect Intel technology experts with the growing number people and companies who might benefit from what Intel insiders are working on.

Here are some examples of IT stories and topics Intel experts are exploring on Open Port.

Here’s Bob talking in August 2007, just before the virtual doors were opened at Open Port

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Bob will be joining the social computing wiseman, Forrester Research’s Jeremiah Owyang, on this day two panel:

8:30am – 9:20am Wednesday, 04/23/2008 “Community Building: Good, Bad, and Ugly

Dawn Foster (Jive Software), Jeremiah Owyang (Forrester Research), Bob Duffy (Intel), Kellie Parker (PC World & Macworld). A great community requires considerable forethought, attention to technology, and a dose of know-how to manage the unruly. Read more.

Full schedule of Web 2.0 sessions here.

During Web 2.0 Expo, I’m also looking forward to seeing the winners of CNET’s WebWare 100.

Hope to see you at the expo Tuesday or Friday. That week, I’ll be joining Ogilvy’s Rohit Bhargava at the New Communication Forum April 24 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Rohit is moderating a panel called “Future of Marketing and Advertising.” More on the New Comm Forum in a future post. I’m looking forward to catching up with Rohit after giving birth to a timely book called “Personality Not Included — Why Brands Lose Their Authenticity and How Great Companies Get It Back.” Learn more on his great blog.

Hey, Mom…I’m on GlobalNeighbourhoods.TV!


I’ve spent most of my career behind the scenes helping others get in the the groove for appearing on TV and radio.  When it makes sense…I’ll step in front of the camera and share things I know.  So after helping Shel Israel get time for a video interview with Intel CEO Paul Otellini, my Intel pal Laura and I got to spend time with Shel showing him the Intel Museum and sharing some of our favorite stories about Intel…the 40 year old company that’s still a disrupter, still bustin’ out innovation from every core.

Shel wanted to learn from Paul if internal blogging was having any change agent impact inside Intel.  He learned that it was, and we got to hear Paul share some personal stories — past and visionary — about the evolutionary impact of new technology on human communication.  From the days before companies had computers, faxes, even phones…to the unleashing yet connected work-lifestyle brought on by laptop computers.  What’s next?  The 3-D virtual worlds where people and things can interact together from almost anywhere, anytime.  Paul was really into the conversation, and inspiring!

What I wanted to do wanted that day?  To get to know Shel better, and champion the grassroots social media activities of some great Intel pioneers like Josh Bancroft…and to share the groundswell momentum today we see as more employees are participating with social media and social networking.  And we’re all — pioneers and newbies — still learning tons and sharing nuggets of knowledge with our growing social media posse every day  (a recent post and some photos of my Social Media Posse).

Several years ago, when I first started hearing about blogging, someone pointed me to Shel Israel’s site.  I immediately enjoyed the topics he covered with wit, insight and a conversational style.  Then I had the pleasure of attending a social media session in 2007 hosted at SAP — that’s where I first got to meet Shel.  I kept checking into his blog every once in a while and was curious when he started his SAP Global Survey about the use of social media around the world (see Shel on “Marketing Voices” with PodTech’s Jennifer Jones).  Note to self:  submit my answers to the survey!!

I was unable to embed the videos here, but click this link to Shel’s post where you can watch the first three videos he produced for the new FastCompany.TV.
Shel describes his Intel segment like this:

If you think of the universe of technology—and for that matter-social media, Intel seems to be constantly at the center of it. The devices we use, what we see on them, the companies that provide them, almost completely depend upon Intel for the processing power needed to make it work.

I spent some time with Paul Otellini, who became Intel CEO, after moving up the ranks for 30 years, and with Ken Kaplan, one of Intel’s most passionate social media enthusiasts.

This clip will give you some idea of how Intel is using social media internally and at least a hint of where Otellini thinks it will go during his daughter’s lifetime.

Person Josh Bancroft
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