In late January, the New York Time’s David Pogue gained a bit of Twitter infamy with a stunt. He didn’t mean anything by it. He was making a presentation and as a way to demonstrate the “power of Twitter,” he asked for a cure for hiccups with Twitter running on his screen. He got lots of immediate responses, in real time, in front of the audience.
But when he told the Twitter users what it was all about, he got decidedly mixed reactions. You can read all about it here. The incident has become an iconic example of what it means to treat one’s online social connections with respect and transparency.
One person pointed out that Pogue might have added the word “demo” in his initial tweet, in order to be more transparent.
This is on my mind because I am asking my online social connections for help putting together a speech. As a part of a program with the Phelps Stokes Fund, I’m talking to a number of francophone African diplomats on “transparency and governance.” I don’t want to just say “transparency is a great thing!” so I thought I would go looking for a few ideas.
So, I posted a video on Seesmic asking for help, connected to it on Twitter, and posted a link on Facebook. The response was quick and has been very helpful.
First of all, to my amazement, people I do not know are responding to me — in video — on Seesmic. (See the whole thread here.) Secondly, I have gotten very, very thoughtful comments and FB emails from friends.
If you have time, I do recommend taking a peek at the Seesmic thread. There are a lot of interesting (all video) comments.
I plan to use all this material in my talk. My head is spinning from this brave new world.