Recap on my online presence: blog, portfolio, twitter, linkedin, flickr

Main Blog: general purpose aggregator

On my main blog I post stuff that I like and that is somehow realted to my work/life/dreams/expectations/career. I don’t want to focus on a specific topic and I have to admit that lately I didn’t post that often. This does not mean that I’m not interested in keeping it open. I post from time to time so subscribe to it if you like. You can subscribe via email here!
Link: http://www.lucasartoni.com

Twitter: news channel

Everything that happens to me or that I like, goes straight to my Twitter stream. Follow me if you want to keep up to date!
Link: @lucasartoni

Portfolio blog: photography experience

Where I display my photo portfolio and I regularly blog about photography. Most of the times are photo sessions but I also like to reblog other people’s inspiring stuff. I’m trying to keep a regular activity there, have a look and leave feedback!
Link: http://portfolio.lucasartoni.com

Flickr: photo repository

All of my public pictures go here. I don’t have a theme or a topic. Every single image that I publish goes here. I use Flickr as the main repository for my final images and as a distribution channel for my photos. All of my images go out under CC-BY and it’s so easy to send people here when they want to download a picture I took. I organize the pictures into sets in order to keep everithing together.
Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasartoni

LinkedIn: professional life

On LinkedIn you can find all my professional activities. I don’t produce specific content for LinkedIn yet, but I’m seriously thinking about it. It looks like a good idea. At the moment is my curated friends’ repository. I strictly select people to be connected with. So if you want to connect with me don’t use a standard request. Tell me where we met or why it should be appropriate to be connected. I tend to refuse standard requests from unknown people.
Link: http://www.linkedin.com/in/lucasartoni

Social Media recap

It’s time for a change, so I don’t exclude that very soon this blog will change its template to make it more readable and complete.

In the meanwhile let me recap my online presence.

Blog

Some people say that blogs are dead. This blog is not, get over it.

Twitter

My favorite channel to express my thoughts and share links. I still cannot clearly explain why so many people are following me, but that’s their problem, not mine.

Instagram

It’s my phototwitter. I just love it. Just follow me there and you’ll make me happy. But also take pictures yourself otherwise it’s not so much fun.

Google+

I like it very much but it’s not mature yet. The noise level is very low but only because there are no APIs available for third party apps. Then the circle system is pretty powerful to filter out unwanted spammers.

LinkedIn

My professional hub, and one of the few places where I’m very strict in terms of connections. If you want to connect with me on LinkedIn, please introduce yourself, otherwise I will decline the request. If you just read my blog and you wanna connect, no problem, but take 2 minutes to explain me why. That’s it.

Facebook

Just friend me, no problem. I’m still struggling if I should have a fan page for my readers and strict my profile just to close friends like many other did, but I’m not too sure it fits to me. Maybe you have a better solution, just drop down a comment.

Klout

I don’t have any direct influence on my klout score and I don’t have any idea why it’s so high. Stop asking me about it. Period.

Flashblog

This is the photoblog I share with Letizia. We both post pictures taken during our travels. Just stuff that we like straight from our Flickr accounts.

Streetblog

M for Murder is a phototumblr I share with Teymur (someone else will join us soon). The idea is to have a place for our street photography, following our basic rules:

  1. We only shoot prime lenses
  2. We respect our subjects
  3. we don’t just shoot for the sake of shooting, we are looking for a meaning, a story

Favblog

All my likes on flickr, youtube, last.fm, instagram, etc. are collected on my favblog. Just have a look at it and let me know, but remember that is just an archive, no more than that.

Flickr

All of my pictures are collected there. And when I say all, I mean all. At the moment there are more than 8.130 pictures. I try to keep them organized but sometimes are just a mess.

Friendfeed

It’s a relic from the past. Many of my italian friends are very active there and it’s a nice spot to get some small talks. But definitely nothing relevant happens there anymore.

Jeff Jarvis, Alexia Tsotsis, Hanni Ross: portraits from SXSW

My SXSW 2011 is just finished and I want to wrap it up with three great portraits I took during my week in Austin TX: Jeff Jarvis, Alexia Tsotsis and Hanni Ross.

Jeff Jarvis

Jeff Jarvis

Jeff’s speech at SXSW was definitely the most interesting one of the many I attended. His vision about privacy and publicness is enlightening and he’s so good at public speaking. It was also a pleasure to get a personal inscription on his book.

Links: Buzz MachineTwitter

Alexia Tsotsis

Alexia Tsotsis

This picture was taken at the end of the Google and Bing Q&A session. This girl was typing on her laptop and I couldn’t resist to take a picture. Only after a brief chat I figured out that she was Alexia. That Alexia!

Alexia is writer at Techcrunch and during the last few days she has demonstrated to have character. Yeah!

Links: Alexia’s blogTwitterTechcrunch

Hanni Ross

Hanni Ross

Hanni is Happiness Engineer at WordPress and she has style. Definitely style! I took this portrait of Hanni while chilling out at WordPress’ booth.

Links: Hanni’s blogtwitter

More portraits

You can find more portraits from SXSW 2011 on my portrait gallery on Flickr. Check it out!

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Symbolic Violence and Social Media

I work at 123people and my job is to integrate social media into a corporate environment.

A few weeks ago, I got a special request from a customer and that got me seriously thinking how social dynamics affect the business of companies.

A strange request

A customer was asking us to violate one of the rules of our customer support, a very basic one, just because he had “200K followers on twitter”. Of course we refused to satisfy the request because we follow very strict rules. However, I asked myself why would someone do something like that.

We all like to show off our follower base on our twitter profile and we also like to publish the number of reader of our feed. We also collect badges on foursquare and brag to our friends when we get a very difficult one, like the Super Swarm Badge or the Super Duper Swarm Badge.

But would you ever ask a restaurant to skip the line because you have a popular blog? Some people expect that and i wanted to understand why. What moves people to expect that being a social media star can make them to skip the line?

Pierre Bourdieu’s theory

An anthropologist friend of mine suggested that I research the studies of Pierre Bourdieu, a French sociologist, who came up, in the 70s, with a very fascinating theory about people and society.

Four kind of capital

He extended Marxist theory about capital, whereby people’s capital is split into four kinds: Economic, Social, Cultural and Symbolic.

  • Economic Capital is very easy to explain: money, time and production tools.
  • Social Capital is the number of people we know; our social circle.
  • Cultural Capital is what we know; our education and culture.
  • Symbolic Capital is the set of symbols recognized and legitimated by other people: job titles, study degrees, uniforms.

Capital generation

An interesting fact is that we can use one kind of capital to generate another kind: we can spend money to obtain education, we can use the people we know to find a job, we can apply a specific knowledge to meet new people.

But even more interesting is the fact that people tend to generate symbolic capital as quickly as possible. As such, we buy an expensive car or an iPhone: status symbol. Or we represent and claim the size of our social network to show off our popularity.
We also like to be recognized as authority, or being called “experts” in a specific topic.

At the same time, Bourdieu’s theory highlights the tendency of symbolic capital to be expressed by forcing these symbols upon other people, that is: symbolic violence.

Symbolic Violence

This purpose of this violence, the pressure to show off symbols, is simply the need for preserving one’s status quo. In other words, it is an attempt to keep the achieved power as well as trying to increase it.

This violence is not physical and can be expressed in many ways. A CEO who dresses up to show his job position to his employees, a journalist who always refer to his “official press badge” when speaking with bloggers at conferences, a prominent job title printed on a corporate business card.

Online symbols are even more important

This need of showing off symbols is even more present online. We expose the feed counter on our blog, we show off how many friends we have on twitter, we highlight our knowledge and former jobs on LinkedIn. There are blogs with more “awards” and badges listed on the sidebar than blogposts in the archive.

The reason for that is very simple: online, people are represented entirely by symbols: avatars, reputation, popularity, credibility. In the blogosphere we are the URL of our blog. On twitter we are completely represented by the username we use to sign our tweets, and the number of follower is the only impartial indicator of our popularity.

Three examples of Symbolic Violence

Social pressure on Farmville

A study called “Cultivated Play: Farmville” states that “Farmville players keep on playing the game not because of the engagement of the game but because of social pressure to keep on playing” and also that “Farmville is popular because it entangles users in a web of social obligations.” Social pressure equals symbolic violence.

Look at my brand new iPhone

Think about the huge amount of videos on youtube about iPhone unboxing procedures. What is interesting about unboxing a brand new iphone? It is nothing special, unless you are the first one in the world to do that. But it is all about showing off your status symbol.

I want a better sword

The third evidence is the huge growing trend in a very special market: Virtual Goods. +40% per year. Only in the US the market volume is estimated to reach 2.1B$ in 2011. People are spending huge money to dress up their avatars, buying them new items, pimp up their digital possessions. We spend real money to generate virtual symbols.

Conclusions

Do we really want companies that will only listen to us if we are popular on twitter, or services that work better only for those who shout more loudly? I don’t think so.

Companies aiming at professionalism have to serve each and every customer in a fair way. Fair treatment does not necessarily mean that “all are treated the same”. Instead, it means “equally good”, as excellently explained by Valeria Maltoni in a recent blogpost on Conversation Agent.

A professional Customer Service department will not rank people according to the number of their followers on twitter.

Thus, as a user, if you indeed want to obtain assistance from a Customer Service Department, ask questions, then show that you care and require them to be professional. Claim your rights in a clear way because they owe you a service, independently of your popularity.

[UPDATE]: Enjoy the video of this presentation!

Picture Credit: Teymur Madjderey

di serietà e scemenze sui media partecipativi

Stavo per scrivere un post impegnato su come twitter sia il punto di accesso della mia attività di lifestreaming e poi le info si diffondano su due strade principali: FriendFeed e Facebook.

Poi stavo per ragionare di come le due nuvole di persone che popolano i due ambienti siano per buona parte sovrapposte, ma si dividano nettamente in due gruppi: chi commenta su FF e chi su FB.

Il mio pensiero stava per inoltrarsi nella questione territoriale e nella distanza sociale, in quanto su FB mi commentano molto gli amici stretti che partecipano da poco ai media sociali e su FF anche persone mai incontrate di persona ma che stanno nella parte abitata della rete da molto più tempo.

Da qui distinguere tra utenti pro e niubbi ci vorrebbe poco, poi si potrebbe continuare sulla percezione di contatto tra i due ambienti ecc ecc…

Ma poi invece di tutto questo ragionare mi metto a fare foto come questa e mi abbandono al lato gioioso della vita.