Three Types of (Digital) Lies

One of the most popular Follr features is ‘tags’.

Tags are a powerful way to build a valuable network, find new clients, employees and new work. If someone is looking for an accountant, a Website designer or plumber they can search for that tag and see a list of people or businesses listed in order of highest Follr score.

But what if people add inaccurate tags about themselves? Worse, what if someone, dare I say it, outright lies about their professional or personal experience of interests?

In the following TED video Jeff Hancock explains why he believes the anonymity and searchability of the Internet, plus the permanence of information online, encourages honesty and may even keep us honest.

He adds:

“When it comes to lying and what we want to do with our lives I think we can go back to Diogenes and Confucius and they were less concerned about whether to lie or not to lie and more concerned about being true to the self. I think this is really important. Now, when you are about to say or do something, we can think ‘Do I want this to be part of my legacy, part of my personal record?’ Because in the digital age we live in now, in the networked age, we are all leaving a record.”

And so fits Follr…

Life in the “Digital Now”

One year ago, Abha Dawesar was living in blacked-out Manhattan post-Sandy, scrounging for power to connect. The experience left her asking a question; have our lives now become fixated on the drive to digitally connect?

In the following TED video Dawesar states:

“The self as we once knew it no longer exists and I think that an abstract digital universe has become a part of our identity.”

She then discusses the importance of story:

“I’m a novelist and I’m interested in the self because the self and fiction have a lot in common; they are both stories, interpretations. [] Our story of our life is based on direct experience but it’s embellished. A novel needs scene after scene to build and the story of our life needs an arc as well. It needs months and years, discrete moments from our lives are its chapters. But the story is not about these chapters, it’s the whole book.”

Everyone’s story is spread throughout social silos like Facebook and LinkedIn. Each network, no matter how valuable and data rich, only represents a chapter or two of your life. So what does your book say? Start sharing your whole story with Follr today.

Digital Storytelling – Changing People, Perceptions and Lives

In today’s society we have the tools to be connected anywhere at any time. The scene is repeated almost every day. People will stand in line with their cell phones to make a call to someone just a few feet away. We may believe we are connected with technology but in many ways we are becoming more disconnected socially. This prevents us from finding and telling those deep personal stories, or as Jim Jorstad, says “We don’t dive deep to find the emotional stories right in front of us.”

Jorstad, an award-winning journalist and filmmaker, researches how people can use social media and digital storytelling to connect with people, teams and the world. He has been quoted as “documenting history in real time.” Through his work, he has found ways to help us break through our societal disconnection by crafting inspirational and emotional digital stories and sharing them worldwide.

What is your fan story? Start telling your story on Follr today.

Our Digital Lives and a Question; When People Search For You Online, What Do They Find?

When you search online do you find what you want? I’m guessing the answer is ‘yes’ but the fact is you don’t. Let me share a little known secret that might change your answer; you get to see what Google and Facebook (and increasingly many other companies) think you want to find.

What does that mean? It means that if I search for your name online I see different information than you do, even if we do exactly the same search. Companies filter what you see and that can result in a very biased view of the world. That’s a scary consideration especially when it comes to how you are presented online.

If you haven’t already ‘googled‘ yourself you should. If you haven’t already setup a Google Alert on your name (and your company and your products and your competitors) you should. More importantly you need to create a hub that accurately represents your story, told the way you want it to be told.

In the following brief TED.com video Eli Pariser, author of “The Filter Bubble,” talks about how personalized search might be narrowing our worldview: