Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 1.44.57 PMJive is an enterprise social company getting a bit long in tooth and it’s trying a new mobile strategy in the hopes of modernizing. Today it announced it was releasing Jive Chime, a real-time messaging app it hopes will compete with the red-hot Slack. http://tcrn.ch/1bV3v5j

Graphic courtesy of Jive Software.

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4978709667_edfdce7b2a_zSocial media was burning up last week over the Iraq war exaggerations of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.

Williams is being pilloried and lampooned in equal measure because he lied or exaggerated, depending on how judgmental you are, about his involvement in an Iraq war firefight.

In the days before social media and 24 hour news cycles, Williams’ story would likely have occupied our minds for a few days in the papers, maybe been the butt of a few late night talk show monologue jokes, and likely been quickly forgotten.

Today in the glare of the unforgiving social media spotlight, his long and distinguished career is being defined by this one moment, reduced to hashtags on Twitter and Facebook memes.

Williams’ foibles have been splashed across the Internet for all to scrutinize and will now live forever in Google and Wikipedia.

Surely, Williams made a mistake or two, but It seems a shame to me that all the good things he’s done in his long career will fade to black and the great Internet filter will leave us with the distilled version — his very public shaming — and nothing more.

I don’t watch television news. Brian Williams probably wouldn’t have entered my consciousness, or dare I say that of many of the same folks damning him or having a bit of Internet fun at his expense, but today all we know him as is that guy who lied about his time in Iraq.

And that’s a pretty sad testament to the state of the Internet in 2015.

Today it’s Brian Williams who is the latest victim of social media roulette, but it could be any of us having our mistakes spread across the world.

Before you take too much glee in his misfortune, remember that there but for the grace of social media go you.

Photo Credit: Anfuehrer on Flickr. Used under CC 2.0 license.

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5761539779_ae7959face_oBy now you’ve probably heard that Facebook released a limited version of its enterprise social product today. I talked to a bunch of people about the implications of this release and what Facebook is up against as it tries to take on the enterprise. http://tcrn.ch/1yl6JWa

 

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Guest post by Ivan Serrano

It’s three in the afternoon. You’re feeling a bit drowsy and bored, so you log on to Facebook  and peer into the lives of your friends. Maybe you follow a link to Instagram and look at pictures  posted from someone’s recent holiday, or maybe you sign on to your Linkedin account to see if  anyone is advertising your dream job.

This is how many people consume their social media, but that may be changing. One of the game changers is Google Plus, formerly Google’s second-hand version of Facebook. Google  is now using Plus to incorporate social signals into their search results, meaning that you can simultaneously improve your content’s visibility and its search engine optimization. Plus is also rapidly gaining users. It has recently seen a growth rate of about 39% per year and  many of its users are industry influencers. Plus is dynamic and is already being integrated with Google’s vast email and cloud computing infrastructure which makes it easy and convenient to use.

Interested in ramping up your presence on Plus? Check out the infographic below which  provides recent user statistics and information on how Plus works. There are also tips on how  to gain influential followers, what types of content to publish and how to increase the visibility of  that content.

 

Benefits of Google Plus Infographic

 Ivan Serrano is an infographic specialist from the Golden State. He enjoys writing about social media and technology. You can follow him on Twitter at @ivanserrano55.

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