Taxi! Hailing a ride, but not too far into the future

The controversy Uber is causing right now prompted me to delve into the archives. Way back. Back to March 2000 when I was pitching a proposition called Peoplestaxi to the likes of 3i and Avis. It got selected for First Tuesday's "Wireless Matchmaking" events too. Here's a quick extract: Peoplestaxi leverages the latest technologies and […]

Why I self-published this time

Having gone down the traditional publishing route with The Business of Influence (Wiley, 2011), I decided for a number of reasons to try a different route in 2013 with Attenzi – a social business story. Most of those reasons boil down to one simple fact, the publishing industry isn't yet embracing social business principles. In […]

How dare they!

[Written originally for the CIPR Friday Roundup.] You should not make edits to a Wikipedia entry when you have a conflict of interest, as any PR practitioner does in relation to their employer or client. Simple. This Wikipedia rule is reflected precisely in the CIPR's Wikipedia guidance, published by the social media panel last summer […]

Destroying the web

[Written for the CIPR Friday Roundup.] The Internet is the most powerful, flexible and critical infrastructure ever invented. Every aspect of our daily lives is supported by this wondrous invention. But here's the important thing. We've passed the point where the fabric of our societies is supported by the Internet – the all pervasive Internet […]

The CIPR Friday Roundup +/- 5 years

[Originally written, obviously, for the CIPR Friday Roundup.] The Kardashians first appeared in October 2007 just as it was becoming difficult to get a mortgage. I don't believe the two were related. I also sent out the first Friday Roundup... to eleven recipients. Five years and 250 editions later (missing out the festive seasons), it's […]

Who are you?

[Originally written for the CIPR Friday Roundup.] Identity is not a black and white thing. Sure, at one end of the spectrum anonymity reigns. This is the world of 4chan, the popular image-based bulletin board from which famous memes such as lolcats and Rickrolling emerged. At the other end of the spectrum we have passport […]