Wednesday Feb 18, 2009

Social Media Addiction

As I nursed my social media addiction this evening, today's Non Sequitur comic strip seemed particularly applicable.




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Thursday Sep 18, 2008

Super-scale Required for Digital Media Distribution

It has been intriguing for me to read over the past several months about the accelerating demand for digital media distribution and download.  In a crazy world where an YouTube video of yours truly going down a zip line Park City has been viewed over 2,750 times, it seems that online viewers have an insatiable appetite for content.  Yet videos of zip lines are but a drop in the proverbial ocean of digital media.  Just imagine when we really kick it in gear and demand that the industry provide both the ability to stream high defintion video to any device of our choice at any time we want, as well supporting our desire to generate and distribute high definition content ourselves.

This week, in an article entitled, "Deloitte Launches Initiative to Streamline Digital Media Distribution," David Rips, lead architect of the Deloitte Digital Media Framework and director in Deloitte Consulting LLP's Media and Entertainment practice, addressed the net effect of this appetite:
"... the technical scale and complexity required to deliver this demand far outstrips the capabilities and capacity of today's digital media companies and infrastructure."
The Deloitte Digital Media Framework proposes to establish a new digital media value chain that will enable the delivery of content from multiple creators, on multiple devices, through multiple carriers.
"The technology infrastructure needed to meet increasingly sophisticated media demands will dwarf anything we've seen before,"said Phil Asmundson, Deloitte LLP vice chairman and national managing partner of Technology, Media and Telecommunications.

It will be really interesting to see how this unfolds.

In the mean time, take another look at my zip line video. It had twice as many views today as it had the last time I checked. It will be interesting to see if the number doubles again.

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Tuesday Sep 16, 2008

Bloggers Send Prayers of Hope

Last week, I posted a brief article about close family friends who are recovering from a serious plan crash. The following news report, produced by a Phoenix television station, explores how bloggers from around the world are sending their hope and prayers to Stephanie and Christian.



Makes you kind of feel good about participating in the blogosphere!

Saturday Sep 13, 2008

Managing My Identity on chi.mp

I recently received an alpha test invitation from chi.mp to try out their new service: "The dashboard for your digital life," which offers "The simple way to manage your online life, on a domain of your very own." 

So, I established my own domain, "markdixon.mp," populated my profile with links to the social networking sites I frequent (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), my blogs and websites, and the instant messaging services I use.  This site allows me to provide some measure of integration among the different facets of my Internet presence, and gives me quite a bit of flexibility in exposing which details of my Identity I believe to be appropriate.

By coincidence, I met Tony Haile, the chi.mp Chief Strategy Officer, at Digital ID World earlier this week.  He has interesting perspectives to share in the DIDW session, "How Social Web will change Identity Management."  It appears that Tony and the DIDW crew are making an important contribution to this change by offering steps forward in Identity integration and personal control.

Please take a look at my chi.mp profile and let me know what you think.  I'll keep you updated as this experiment proceeds.

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Saturday Aug 23, 2008

Ziggy Podcast

When Ziggy can listen to podcasts on seashells, we know that social media has entered the mainstream of our social consciousness!



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Social Networking - the Old Fashioned Way

Earlier this week, I saw a great series of ads on the on the Boston Subway (the "T" in the local vernacular) for Dentyne chewing gum. These ad were particularly adroit in capturing the essence of our electronically connected society while firmly emphasizing the ageless quality of in-person interaction.

Thanks to a rapid email response from the Dentyne customer relations folks, I was able to enjoy the "Make Face Time" ad series again on the web. A series of six ads are available for your enjoyment.

You may also enjoy entering the Dentyne.com site via the front door and experiencing the high tech "Flavor Analyzer."

Enjoy! I feel a sudden urge to rush out and buy some gum.


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Friday Aug 08, 2008

Project SocialSite Source Code Available Today

Sun announced today that source code is now available for Project SocialSite (under a CDDL/GPL license) and the project is now operating as an open source project within the umbrella Glassfish community:

"Project SocialSite is a set of Widgets and Web Services that you can use to add Social Networking features to your existing web sites and applications. It includes a Java web application that manages a comprehensive Social Graph repository and exposes that data via an OpenSocial-based REST API. SocialSite also includes a set of Widgets that can be used to create an end-to-end UI for Social Networking, including the ability to run OpenSocial Gadgets within the pages of your existing sites."

Some Project SocialSite resources include:

Project SocialSite homepage on Java.net, with mailing lists and more:
https://socialsite.dev.java.net/

Screencast that illustrates the project concept:
https://socialsite.dev.java.net/screencasts/mediawiki_demo.html

Project blog with news and announcements:
http://blogs.sun.com/socialsite/

I'm looking forward to including some SocialSite-powered features on this blog in the near furture. Stay tuned.

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Discovering Identity was founded on blogs.sun.com in May 2005 as a means of documenting my exploration of the field of Identity and Access Management. In February, 2010, I switched to hosting the blog at DiscoveringIdentity.com. In March 2012, I began posting Oracle-related information in both places.

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