Tuesday, March 18, 2008

How to Make a Campfire

At the Helsinki Open Coffee with Arctic Startup Meetup a couple of weeks ago, a friend asked me to explain how to make a good 'social media' campfire – so here are some Zipipop suggestions.


Wood: Social Object (the thing that people are discussing about, through or around, eg – product, application, cultural phenomenon, etc)
Place: Where best to attract the Target Audience, eg – social network site, standalone website, mobile)
Benches: Communication Channels (facilitate communication, eg – forums, walls, group discussions)


Tinder/Lighter Fuel: Early Adopters (take them personally to the fire)
Paper: Advertising (guide them to the fire: ads, stickers, flyers, banners, etc.)
Matches: Publicity (blog reviews, news articles, seminars presentations, search engine optimization, etc)

Get the mix right and the flames should be roaring in no time; however, there are many campfires in the big internet forest – so the bigger your fire the more likely it is to attract those happy campers.

Updated: 26/03/08

Friday, March 7, 2008

Zuckerberg Slaves

Are you a Zuckerberg Slave?

We know of someone who has had a top 50 Facebook app for a considerable amount of time and, by all accounts, he is barely getting a sub-atomic sized crumb of that 15 billion dollar pie. Somehow that doesn't seem right.

Of course one needs to have an effective business model on top of a popular app; however, there still appears to be many willing slaves to row the mighty Facebook galley.

We have come to accept that, to some extent, we are indeed Zuckerberg slaves and we worship Master Mark most fervently. However, we are regularly looking out over Facebook's garden walls, keeping a close eye on the other gardens (Orkut, Bebo, etc.), as they proceed to take down their walls. And we are now planning an escapade to taste some of their delicious looking fruit.

Zipipop's ultimate aim is to focus on delivering interactive social media to mobile platforms, and in light of this Facebook has been a good playground for us: the discipline of delivering apps with a clear purpose inside a restricted screen space has prepared us well for small screen challenges. And we have now started developing our first mobile centered service that we hope to make work together with Facebook.

For the time being, however, we will fight courageously in the FB arena and win our place in the hearts of the people and one day gain our freedom to roam wherever the fancy takes us.