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Tay.ai
Tay is a combination chatbot and AI system designed by Microsoft to "engage and entertain people where they connect with each other online through casual and playful conversation." It was specifically "targeted at 18 to 24 year olds in the U.S., the dominant users of mobile social chat services in the U.S." If the words "designed" and "targeted" are off-putting, then you're really not going to care for one of the system's recent, now infamous, tweets ... but, there is much, much more to learn from Microsoft's mistake. Continue Reading →
Instagram
Instagram recently announced the inevitable – it will transition away from its pure, lovable, chronological feed to an algorithmically calculated feed. There is all kinds of goodness in this simple idea. On the other hand, posts that the algorithm scores as "less interesting to you" (whatever that content may be) will be demoted or ultimately not shown. Free social at scale is an endangered species (this is not news). But with the Instagram transition, it is more endangered than ever. Continue Reading →
Bot Traffic
Bots generate more than half the traffic on the public Internet. This is indisputable. In fact, the Association of National Advertisers believes that advertisers will lose $6.3 billion globally to bots in 2015. This will not stop until someone (the marketers, the government, the justice department) makes it stop because everyone – the ad networks, the traffic sellers, the bot creators, the publishers, the ad agencies, the trading desks, the DMPs, the SSPs, everyone – except the marketers – is making money. Continue Reading →

Death by Social Media

Reuters - Stabbing in Israel
The Arabic hashtag #stab is something I'd rather not see on a social media post. Israel's UN ambassador, Danny Danon, recently showed a version of the instructional graphic that accompanied that hashtag to the UN Security Council with the English-language title, "How to Stab a Jew." Mr. Danon was making a point – but also describing a form of warfare so new it does not yet have a name. Continue Reading →
Empty Bus
Clearly, the DOJ, FCC, FTC and others who lobbied hard to kill the deal did not trust a combined ComcastNBCUniversalTimeWarnerCable mega-ISP to provide everyone with appropriately balanced access to the Internet. Wrong Century, Wrong Argument If you ask politicians and antitrust lawyers about it (and I have), you will hear familiar strains from last century’s Continue Reading →
We deal with trade-offs all the time. “You can have it good, fast or cheap... pick any two.” The implementation constraints for this decision tree are clear-cut and obvious. If you want it good and fast, it won't be cheap. If you want it fast and cheap, it won't be good. If you want it good and cheap, it won't be fast. Continue Reading →
Millennials empirically know that bar crawling is for recreation – not for archaic, time-wasting, low-percentage mating rituals.  If you want to meet someone, there are any number of big dating sites and apps available. Continue Reading →
Google Search
It’s Advertising Week here in New York and I’ve been listening to presentation after presentation about the new, new thing … Local Advertising. So, here is an excerpt from my upcoming book, “Digital Leadership: How to Succeed in a Connected World,” about the complete myth of local advertising. Harry emailed me the other day. He Continue Reading →

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