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Facebook Timeline is (almost) here

Zuckerberg starring at the  F8 developer Conference:

“Timeline is the story of your life and all the tools you need to express yourself. The beta period starts now”

And there it is:

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Or better, there’s its presentation. Right now if you try to hit “Sign me up” (in Italy at least) it says the service will be available soon.

Look forward to trying it.

Next11 is (almost) here

Today I’m leaving for Berlin where tomorrow I’m attending the Next Conference 2011 together with my friend Luca Sartoni.

The programme of speeches and panels is huge and the topics are fascinating, so I’ll try to follow as much sessions as possible while making a few interviews for Nova24, L’Espresso and Lettera43.

Few months ago I wrote about this interesting event and published a short audio-interview with Martin Recke, Head of Conference Management, who gave me all the insights to the confererence (you can find the podcast here).

As I wrote back then:

We’re living surrounded by huge amounts of data, and still a lot more will come as Governments and Institutions will eventually release online tons of public data sets.

Are you ready to take you chance and build over them the next worldwide successful business?

If you are, let’s meet tomorrow at Next11 in the beautiful city of Berlin.

Second Pulitzer Prize for Propublica

Paul Steiger, chief editor of Propublica.org, writes on his site:

“ProPublica reporters Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein have been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for their stories on how some Wall Street bankers, seeking to enrich themselves at the expense of their clients and sometimes even their own firms, at first delayed but then worsened the financial crisis. We at ProPublica are delighted by this award, and deeply honored.

This is ProPublica’s second Pulitzer Prize in as many years. Last year, ProPublica reporter Sheri Fink won a Pulitzer for Investigative Reporting for her article “The Deadly Choices at Memorial,” on euthanasia at a New Orleans hospital in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, published in partnership with The New York Times Magazine. This was the first Pulitzer Prize ever awarded to an online news organization. This year’s Prize is the first for a group of stories not published in print.”

Indeed a good job.

In 2010 Paul Steiger was in Italy to attend the International Journalism Festival of Perugia, and that’s where I had the chance to meet and interview him for a few minutes. During our short conversation I asked Mr Steiger about Propublica and its business model as well as about his view on journalism and its future.

Watch his answers – still very up-to-date – in the following video.

Next ‘11 – Let’s share the “Data Love” in Berlin

next_conference_2011_data_loveIn May I’m going to Berlin where Martin Recke and his staff have kindly invited me to attend the Next  Conference 2011.

I met Martin in Paris, where I’ve asked him a pair of questions about the event and the very topic of this year, which is “Data Love”. The result is a 2:40 audio-interview whick you can listen to further in this post.

Here’s an abstract:

The main topic of the coming event in Berlin is “Data Love”: as we see everyday, there’s a lot of data created this days and the real challenge is to develop out of them services and products for consumer. In Germany there’s been a lot of discussion over data protection and privacy, and we sense a lot of fear in the market over these topics. What we want to do is to put everything in a positive view and to focus more on the opportunities.

We’re living surrounded by huge amounts of data, and still a lot more will come as Governments and Institutions will eventually release tons of public data sets.

Are you ready to take you chance and build over them the next worldwide successful business?

Let’s talk about this and more in Berlin on May the 17th and 18th.

More info here and here

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Employee 2.0, video-interview with Josh Bernoff

At the beginning of February the Social Media Week took place in Rome. As partner at Info, I had the chance to organize and moderate a panel entitled “Employee 2.0 – Dalle relazioni istituzionali alle relazioni distribuite” and dealing mainly with two topics: the new relationship between empowered employees and empowered users; the opportunities and challenges this relationship rises for external and internal relations management. It’s interesting to note that – notwithstanding the not-so-popular subject – the conference rapidly sold out and that the room (which was quite big) was full.

To open the panel, we showed a short interview I pre-recorded via Skype with Josh Bernoff – senior vice president, idea development at Forrester Research, co-author of “Groundswell” and “Empowered” – who helped us to define the context of our discussion.

Here’s an excerpt of what he said:

With the power that consumers and customers have now using social media, the pressure on corporations is greater than ever before and the only way to move at the speed of your customers is to actually empower your own staff to reach out to them. […] These people are what we call HEROs. HERO is an acronym meaning Highly Empowered and Resourceful Operative: it just simply refers to an individual within a company who has an idea about how to serve customers using technology, an idea that the company want to support

And here’s the video:

The panelists where three well-known academics and two experienced managers:

  • Giovanni Boccia Artieri – Coordinatore del corso di Laurea in Scienze della Comunicazione, Università Carlo Bo
  • Stefano Epifani – Docente di Tecnologie per la Comunicazione d’Impresa, Università La Sapienza
  • Matteo Menin – Director @ Between S.p.A, responsabile delle Attività di Consulenza Strategica legate all’area Consumer e Web
  • Luca Sartoni – Team Leader, Social Media and Internet Marketing, @ 123People.com
  • Marco Stancati – Consulente aziendale e docente di Media Planning, Università La Sapienza

Together, we tried analyze and comment the state of the art of corporate communication in Italy, spending a great part of the conversation in defining the true difficulties italian managers and employees are facing while dealing with the online revolution. Then we tried as well to envision what’s next.

Interview with Matt Barrie, Ceo Freelancer.com

Freelancer_logo_color_on_white_mediumI’m quite sure you all know what outsourcing is. What you probably don’t know is that there’s an online revolution going on out there, which is deeply changing the way outsourcing works: thanks to the Internet, to the way it helps people interacting with each other regardless of where they are in the world and – of course – thanks to the so-called social media collaboration tools, millions of professionals around the globe are working on projects, are solving problems, are earning money even if they will never leave their houses and meet or have a coffe with their co-workers and employers.

There’s a new way of doing business together in progress and Freelancer.com is definitely a huge part of it. The web site founded by Matt Barrie today sports more than two millions of members, and claims to be “the world’s largest outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace for small business”.

I met him in person sometimes ago in Paris during Leweb ’10 and asked him some questions on the impact of outsourcing and crowdsourcing on local job markets and economy, about the community he built, the way it works and – above all – about the way Freelancer.com let people checking every member’s reputation, trustworthiness and reliability as well as managing their own.

You can listen his answers in the following podcast.

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