Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Social Media

I spoke at the Social Media Conference today (well technically it was yesterday but...). Lots of interesting people and questions. It sure drove home the impact of the new media (like blogging).

The power of the press is less concentrated. It no longer resides only with editors of large circulation publications and TV networks. It lies with individuals. This said, numbers and eyeballs still count. A blog with 100 readers is less powerful than a publication with 1000 readers. Numbers still count.

The Social Media Conference was particularly interesting because SYNNEX just launched a private blog for our Phillipines staff and had a huge positive reaction.

Web 2.0 is great but already seems old (I have been blogging for almost 3 years). And sure enough, people start talking about web 3.0. Maybe I should start blogging about web 4.0 just to stay ahead of the curve.

Kevin Murai's appointment has gotten a lot of press. Not surprising - this is a major coup for SYNNEX. Will really take us to the next level. Not that Bob Huang was not incredible to start a company and grow it to $7 Billion in sales. It will be a double edged sword for Kevin. The company is highly successful which is good. Bob's mark is deep on the culture. Kevin will have to use tact and skill to make his mark (and more important figure out where his mark should be)

This will be a fun new era at SYNNEX.

3 Comments:

At 11:15 AM, Blogger Milton said...

Hi Jim. Any sense from the conference presenters or delegates about what the defining edges of Web 3.0 are? I think that Web 2.0 is represented by a cluster of much more participatory, dynamic content processes that don't necessarily need a numeric designation. However, there may some clear shifts that are just so different, they require unique designation. I'd be interested in what you heard and observed.

 
At 8:40 AM, Blogger Jim Estill said...

Tough question because Web 3.0 is not clearly defined. In a sense it is more like web 2.1

Web 3.0 is more about adding value to users experience which includes further cutomization of the user experieince. Definitely 2 way and interactive.

Semantic web is worth following.

 
At 10:07 AM, Blogger Olivier Blanchard said...

Great post, Jim. My team just started a SYNNEX blog for Microsoft (still in soft launch), and it may be some time before the folks it is intended for start tuning in.

We may be getting a company-wide internal blog/wiki before long. I'm looking forward to seeing how it will be used across the company.

I completely agree with you about a) building value, and b) giving users control over their experience.

 

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