Do you have the time?

The simple question of “what time is it?” can become a major issue at times.

As we recently changed our clocks, the history of this now annual ritual was remembered by the Wall Street Journal.

The controversy over Daylight Savings Time goes back a long way. It is interesting to see how the idea of changing the time was sold and how it was opposed.

There was even a fight once here in Nashville with the afternoon paper, The Nashville Banner, saying standard time is God’s time.

The morning paper, The Tennessean, was OK with daylight time and said it doubted God really cared about what time it is.

So divided they were, for a while. The papers kept separate clocks, an hour apart, in the joint lobby they shared.

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Social Media or Email?

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The debate over social media replacing email is one that continues to gain momentum. While many, including the Wall Street Journal, claim that “email no longer rules,” others disagree and are offering their own studies to back their conclusions.

Like most things, it’s really all in how you look at the numbers – and both sides have compelling arguments.

Social-networking supporters point to statistics published in a recent Nielson survey that social site users have passed the 300 million mark (fueled largely by the ridiculous growth of Twitter 1,382% and Facebook 228% which combined represent 72 million) in comparison to only 276 million email users. While email faithful are quick to point out the social growth represents dozens of network sites while email is, well, simply email.

WebProNews recently published a compelling top 10 list of why social media is not replacing email. My personal favorite being “email notifies us of updates to our social network sites.” Tough to argue that one. Conversely, Mashable posted a story that claims, “social media member community growth has exceeded email” – by a whopping 1.7%. But wait, there’s more. Exact Target just released a survey claiming consumers use email more often than both social media and texting.

Confused yet? Me too. The fact is both platforms will continue to evolve. And supporters of both platforms will continue to offer statistics that favor their theories.

As for me, I offer this simple question… If social media is truly becoming more powerful than email, then why do I see a spike in my blog statistics every time I send an email notification of an update? Hmmmmm….

Oh yeah, did I mention Business Week’s article questioning if Google Wave could replace both Email AND Facebook? Here we go again.

Tweeting to avoid a Crisis

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While many still search for the best way to jump in on the world of Twitter, some companies appear to be embracing the social media tool in a very effective manner – using it much like their own news feed. Ford Motor Company, Pepsi and Southwest Airlines have all recently used Twitter to quickly address situations that could have easily turned into public relations issues.

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