Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The New Dinner Party

Every generation faces the threat, if not inevitability, of obsolescence. Digital natives effortlessly manage countless social networking systems from ever-smaller and capable devices alongside valiant digital immigrants. We are all of the latter group here at Trampoline, each with varying degrees of fluency.

Next week we'll be front and center at Dango's Dugout for a social media tutorial. It might seem odd at first blush to do this at a bar, but really, distilled to its purest form, social media is a conversation. And, you talk at bars, right? We find ourselves experimenting with iPhone apps far more often than taking pulls off drinks at bars. The chance to meet with members of the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Organization seemed like a great excuse to start a conversation and, perchance, have a drink.

Every day the prevalence of things like Twitter is growing. Locally, The Post-Star is using Twitter, as are WNYT, WXXA, WRGB , WTEN. Radio stations like Fly 92 and politicians from Hillary Clinton to John McCain are on Twitter. Local organizations ranging from ATF and the Glens Falls Civic Center are on Facebook, while the Times Union has a staggering number of blogs.

It doesn't matter whether you are an individual or a company or tweeting from your cubicle, blogging on your laptop, or sharing your latest shot on flickr from your iPhone, as long as you participate. Are you in?



trampoline design said...

This from forcaster Paul Saffo in the March/April issue of Communication Arts:

"Designers are in the engine room of the new economy. Designers are the infonauts. They are the ones negotiating the new terrain, traveling these new spaces.

Designers are here to help us cope with information overload. And they should be trying to figure out how to get people to part with their time, not just their cash."

Kristy said...

Is there a Trampoline Design Wikipedia page? Is that, like, so 2008?