Is Foursquare big in Australia? Not really (yet), but it’s surely growing and getting a push in-store:
Snapped this photo yesterday in a Vodafone store at Cronulla beach, Sydney, Australia. A cricket wicket and a Foursquare blimp – I’m sure this is an unfamiliar vista for the Foursquare team back in NY, NY!
The occurrence of the word charity hit a peak around 1800 after hundreds of years of high-frequency. Then, as the industrialized world grew charity dropped away, hitting real lows in the materialistic 80s.
What inspires me? The current upwards trend. Is it any wonder that we’ve seen the word charity occur more frequently over the past 10 years? I like to think that this is a sign of society moving forward.
The ABC team visited our charity: water offices in NYC and spent a bunch of time with our founder Scott Harrison, and then headed to Central African Republic to film Jim Hocking and our partner ICDI drilling one of the 200 water projects funded by this year’s September campaign.
Check out this awesome video of Jim at work in CAR
And this clip with Scott filmed in our office in NYC
If you can watch the show live at 10pm on Friday join us on Twitter with the hashtag #2020 – the whole charity: water team, Scott and Jim will be watching it live and live-tweeting during the show. If you can’t catch it live set your DVR or check out the full episode online later on (I’m not sure if you’ll be able to watch it outside the US though).
I’m excited for Friday – I hope you’ll help us spread the word!
The Case Foundation is a really interesting social good organization established by AOL Founders Jean and Steve Case. They’re trying to use their funds and brain power to push the cause space forward online and drive more innovation in the non-profit sector. So a natural fit with charity: water.
They also filmed a video interview with yours truly, check it out:
Quora is Yahoo Answers… if it was full of extremely talented people writing detailed, intelligent answers to deeply interesting questions.
I find one of the greatest battles in social media these days is signal-to-noise. As I scan through Facebook and Twitter there’s always a bunch of irrelevant or boring crap surrounding the interesting updates and links. Quora (at this stage) is different. You can choose which people and topics to follow which tailors the content. Because of this, I find that any time I dig into Quora I wind up opening multiple tabs and getting hooked on interesting info.
My big question mark with Quora is if it will be able to maintain it’s signal ratio as it scales. As more and more people will surely flock to this service, will it be as common for questions and answers to be as interesting and valuable, or will it be consumed by the same crap that you’ll find on Yahoo Answers? This note I found on Quora via Amazon’s Ian McAllister does a great job of outlining this potential concern.
All in all, I really feel that Quora in its current position reminds me of the early days of Twitter. Most people haven’t heard of the service, there’s a small (but rapidly growing) audience heavy with intelligent early adopters, and every time I log in I find myself absorbed with great content.
If you’re a Quora user, I’d love to here your thoughts. If not, I hope you’ll join – we could use more smart people like you. And either way, I hope you’ll follow me so I can connect with your knowledge!