A collection of thoughts, interviews and comments by Douglas Ackerman

Social Media Business Strategy? Send a Letter to Santa

December 7, 2011

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This weekend I decided to find an alternative Christmas movie to kick start some festive cheer. The result of which is my conclusion that Santa must have had a hand in the creation of Social Media platforms. Why? because Santa Claus had the same idea in 1947. For one reason or another, The Miracle on […]

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Will Gamification go full circle?

November 17, 2011

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“The next decade is all about Gamification.” So says Seth Priebatsch and Jesse Schell at two conferences last year. Having only recently viewed these two videos, the shock of the implications attached are still washing over me. Scariest of all is the prospect that we will have no choice whether to participate or not. If these […]

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How thinking from 1975 is useful for Social Media in 2011

November 16, 2011

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In 1975 a man called Paul Grice published his Maxims of Conversation. In 2011 the world is talking more than ever before through Social Media and businesses are constantly advised that it is a conversation they must join. Unfortunately, many in the media industry and commercial world have the impression that asking a question once […]

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How Not To Network At A Networking Event

November 10, 2011

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Recently I attended a conference and networking event on social media and business practices. I took the chance to meet a whole group of new people and gain some understanding of what the scene is like in Munich, my new home. I was very appreciative of the efforts made by other attendees to speak to […]

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All-weather jobs

July 8, 2011

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What is the worst job in the UK when it rains? Inspired by the glum weather today and this man’s efforts outside my window to trim hedges whilst soaked to the skin, I would like to share my own experience. A few summers ago I worked for a charity as a ‘Face-to-Face’ fundraiser. This is […]

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An unlikely olympic martial art?

June 13, 2011

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A brutal, fast-paced martial art, Kurash is the national sport of Uzbekistan and may one day become an Olympic event. But, most people would struggle to find Uzbeksitan on a map – will this sport change that? The short answer is: it’s difficult to tell, because although Kurash is gaining popularity it is a sport […]

Posted in: News, Sports

Mexican drug cartels: what are they? And what do they do?

May 27, 2011

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Most of the drugs that are sold in the US are imported via Mexico. Mexican president Felipe Calderon started tackling the drug cartel problem in his country after coming to power in 2006. But the US isn’t helping Mexico with its war on drugs. Therefore Mexican cartel bosses keep supplying the world with illegal drugs. […]

Posted in: News