Category Archives: Weblogs

Tokyo CGM Night, Episode 4: A New Roppongi

Just got back from Tokyo CGM Night at SuperDeluxe in Roppongi.

CGM (Consumer Generated Media) Night is easily my favorite of the various events I have been going to this year. The crowd is full of very interesting people from an astoundingly wide variety of areas.   I have met some great, amazing people at these events and made some good friends.

Danny Choo and Andrew Shuttleworth have put together the premier event going on in Tokyo, and I hope it continues and keeps getting better!

Here are some of the pictures I shot tonight. A veritable twitter who’s who amonst the Tokyo Social media/Tech/bog scene.

http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649

Looking forward to the next CGM Night!

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Using Social Technology to find a job

Well, high on my list of things to do now is to try and plot a new career path.  One of the good things about the current challenging climate is that i can say that at least I am in good company.  While the job market is certainly tougher than it has been in the last few years, technology has started to fill in the gaps and make things easier.
In the last few years it has become obvious to businesses that they must use the web to stay competitive, I think the same goes for those looking for work or business.  I'm working on developing my strategy for this, but for now I am trying to gather as much information and advice as I can.
Mashable is of course a great resource for information on Social Technology.  It has a job board for related jobs and also articles and tips.  Here is a great list of Social Technology resources used by Job Hunters.

Mashable: Top 10 Social Sites for Finding a Job

Good luck hunters!

Get out of my face(book)!

Looks like facebook has been hit by the "terms of service" controversy that seem to inevitably hit all free and popular internet services.  What was ostensibly a move to clarify the language in the terms of service blew up when users took up arms, fearing, well, everything.
Facebook has backed down and returned to the old document, while promising that the future revision will be a clearer representation of the community and be better communicated.

Mark Zukerberg writes on the facebook blog;

More than 175 million people use Facebook. If it were a country, it would be the sixth most populated country in the world. Our terms aren't just a document that protect our rights; it's the governing document for how the service is used by everyone across the world. Given its importance, we need to make sure the terms reflect the principles and values of the people using the service.
Our next version will be a substantial revision from where we are now. It will reflect the principles I described yesterday around how people share and control their information, and it will be written clearly in language everyone can understand. Since this will be the governing document that we'll all live by, Facebook users will have a lot of input in crafting these terms.

facebook has become an increasingly important part of my communication network.  I really find this to be a fascinating development in connectivity and potential for the internet in the future.  I am pretty impressed with the handling so far, but will have to keep a close eye on how things continue to evolve in the future.

Flashmobs, alive and well in London

One internet phenomenon that never really caught on in Japan is flashmobs. 
I've seen some great flashmobs on youtube, and would really love to try some of this stuff in Tokyo, but the fear of crackdowns out here pretty much scares most people away.

Doesn't look like that is the case in London though.  Check out the coverage on this Flashmob from last week held at Liverpool station.


CNN.com: Facebook flashmob shuts down station

Charlie Todd, a comedian and founder of the New York group Improv Everywhere, which organizes flashmobs, says the point of the group's "missions" is simple.
"We get satisfaction from coming up with an awesome idea and making it come to life," he writes on the group's Web site.
"In the process we bring excitement to otherwise unexciting locales and give strangers a story they can tell for the rest of their lives. We're out to prove that a prank doesn't have to involve humiliation or embarrassment; it can simply be about making someone laugh, smile, or stop to notice the world around them."

Still, my favorite has to be the Liverpool Freeze.

Tokyo CGM Night: The Bloggers Strike Back!

Just got back from the Tokyo CGM Night sponsored by Danny Choo and Andrew Shuttleworth.  Was a great night.  Met lots of very cool people and had my picture taken with a stormtrooper.

http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=67348

And of course the famous Dance Trooper himself.
http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=67348