Innovation & creativity: 2 things different
Innovation and creativity are not the same thing. This might not come as a big revelation, but too often companies treat the two as if they’re one and the same. Here’s a simple way to tell the difference: If you can measure it, it’s innovation. This week’s lead Searchlight item talks about the metrics you can use for managing innovation, starting with the importance of using a common language when crafting ideas into innovations.
Common language is a key first step, author Drew Marshall says, because your employees who have the biggest ideas might not technically be your innovators. They might have the ideas but not know what to do with them. Top companies like Google famously set aside time for employees to explore innovation — but what they’re really encouraging, Marshall contends, is that necessary first step — some free time for minds to wander.
Creativity precedes innovation. Last summer at the Gartner Inc. Catalyst conference in San Diego, I joined a packed hall of IT leaders who sat in rapt attention during a keynote address from famed graffiti artist (and former entrepreneur) Erik Wahl. Bounding around the stage and through the audience, he encouraged people to remember and embrace the creative freedom of their youth, pausing only to paint perfect pieces of pop art before their eyes.
The audience exploded into a standing ovation, which to me translated as “Yes! Get me a canvas!” There was definitely a buzz, and maybe that buzz carried people through the day. Maybe it was just the pep talk some of them needed to get their creative juices flowing again. Here’s hoping that back home, those big ideas were met with the guidance needed to transform them into real-life innovations.
Check out SearchCIO’s own coverage of these topics Boston CIO uniting citizens and the city through gamification CIO advises focus on making mobile applications ‘killer apps’ Cracking the big data analysis code Before you run out and buy a set of oil paints, check out the rest of this week’s roundup which includes a look at perhaps the most critical battle in the data wars — the next killer mobile app, why Facebook is so last year and more. Your employees are simply endless founts of creativity, but the world will never know it unless you know about managing innovation. Data doesn’t get much bigger than this. Forget about companies owning information that helps them target you as a consumer; next week the Supreme Court will consider whether companies can own and patent human genes.
Teenagers sick of something? Can’t be! It’s not surprising that teens are tiring of Facebook; but for the sake of knowing your future customers and employees, it’s useful to note that a new study shows they’re drifting from traditional social networking altogether. Once just considered a cheap alternative to texting, messaging may be emerging as “the killer app in mobile.” It’s those darn teenagers again. (This may shed some light on Facebook Home.)
Don’t view these findings about consumer shopping preferences as an excuse to keep your mobile e-commerce app on the back burner. Read the article, take a deep breath and get back to work! For once when the government is accused of playing games, it can take pride in the barb — it’s using gamification to improve the nation.
- Managing innovation means first freeing creativity from Karen Goulart
- True Creativity: a discussion on aesthetics (amosandgromar.wordpress.com)
- An SMB Guide to the Importance of Innovation (synergymanagedsolutions.wordpress.com)
- 27 creativity and innovation tools – in one-pagers! (worldcreativity.wordpress.com)
- What is the Best Organisational Structure for Creativity? (timkastelle.org)
Facebook revealed more detail on how frequently it gets information requests from government agencies in a public statement late Friday.
In a post on the company’s press site, Facebook General Counsel Ted Ullyot said it received between 9,000-10,000 requests over the six-month period ending on Dec. 31, 2012. That adds up to roughly 1,500 requests per month. . Ullyot said the nature of the requests from “government entities” is quite varied, including things like a local sheriff trying to locate a missing child to national security agencies investigating terrorist activity.
Ullyot said Facebook was only permitted to disclose the number of requests after negotiations with “U.S. national security authorities,” where Facebook urged for more transparency around the orders the company is required to comply with. Going forward, Facebook will now include the number of national-security requests (including FISA-related ones) in a transparency report, and is the first company to be allowed to do so, Ullyot wrote.
Although he said the change was “progress,” Ullyot said Facebook will continue to push for more transparency.
With the disclosure, Ullyot said he hopes it will give people a better idea of just how much of Facebook’s user base is affected by government requests. Those 9,000-10,000 requested data on between 18,000-19,000 Facebook accounts, or 0.002% of Facebook users.
Ullyot reiterated some of what Mark Zuckerberg said in his denials about government accessing Facebook data over the past couple of weeks: that Facebook scrutinizes every government request for user data, and that it rejects them “frequently.”
Facebook and other major tech companies have recently been under intense scrutiny after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden made claims that the government was obtaining large amounts of user data from wireless carriers and Internet services in a program called PRISM, and keeping it secret from the public.
- Facebook reveals how often the government comes calling for data (TechInAmerica)
- Facebook reveals details of US data requests (thenewstribe.com)
- Facebook, Microsoft rolling FISA national security request numbers into transparency reports (theverge.com)
- Facebook: U.S. gov’t requested data on 18K-19K users in last half of 2012 (digitaltrends.com)
- Facebook: We can now say more on user surveillance (ktvb.com)
- Facebook: We can now say more on user surveillance (thenewstribune.com)
- Facebook And Microsoft Reveal Spying Requests (news.sky.com)
One day after The Guardian revealed that the U.S. government has been secretly collecting call log data from millions of Verizon customers, The Washington Post reported Thursday that the government’s monitoring of American’s data goes much, much deeper. The FBI and the National Security Agency are mining the servers of the country’s biggest technology companies for the purpose of hunting spies and terrorists. The program, code-named PRISM, is massive in scope and involves web services that many Americans use every day.
Below, 6 numbers to explain PRISM.
The number of tech companies involved in the PRISM program. Here’s a list, from an NSA slideshow, including the date when monitoring began:
- Microsoft (September 2007)
- Yahoo (March 2008)
- Google (January 2009)
- Facebook (June 2009)
- PalTalk (December 2009)
- YouTube (September 2010)
- Skype (February 2011)
- AOL (March 2011)
- Apple (October 2012)
So far Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Yahoo have flatly denied that they provide the government backdoor access to their services, according to a variety of news sources. Twitter, which says it has been particularly vigilant in protecting user data from government agencies, is notably absent from the list. Dropbox is next in line to be added to PRISM, according to the Post.
The number of different types of data that are collected through PRISM. E-mails, instant messages, videos, photos, stored data (likely items stored on cloud services like Google Drive), voice chats, file transfers, video conferences, log-in times, and social network profile details have all been monitored by the government. Through PRISM NSA officials can even conduct live surveillance of someone doing a Google search, according to the Post.
The annual cost of PRISM, according to NSA documents obtained by the Post.
The year PRISM was established. The Post describes an “exponential growth” in the program since President Obama took office. The government has snooped on other forms of communication in recent years as well. On Thursday, Senator Dianne Feinstein confirmed that the NSA phone log database has been in place for at least seven years.
The number of times PRISM data was cited in 2012 as part of President Obama’s daily briefing, a high-level intelligence presentation given to the president, the vice president and select cabinet members. According to the Post, at least 1 in 7 intelligence reports from the NSA make use of PRISM data.
Confidence level intelligence officials are supposed to have of a target’s “foreignness” to make use of PRISM data. The massive database is aimed at surveilling spies and foreign terrorists, not Americans. However, large amounts of American user data is also picked up as officials hunt for threats. The NSA describes this as “incidental.”
- PRISM by the Numbers: A Guide to the Government’s Secret Internet Data-Mining Program (newsfeed.time.com)
- Doublespeak Denials Of PRISM Participation Were Careful Lies (techcrunch.com)
- The strange and unbelievable similarities in Google, Facebook, and Apple’s PRISM denials (venturebeat.com)
- Secret program gives NSA, FBI backdoor access to Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft data (theverge.com)
- What is the NSA’s PRISM program? (FAQ) (news.cnet.com)
- Report: NSA PRISM program spied on American’s emails, searches (pcworld.com)
- Facebook and Google insist they did not know of Prism surveillance program (guardian.co.uk)
by Josh Luger (courtesy BusinessInsider)
Overall usage on social media platforms is exploding. Millions and millions of consumers are expressing likes on Facebook, tweeting about products on Twitter, and pinning on Pinterest every single day.
Retailers and brands are therefore increasingly focusing their attention on social commerce.
But, many struggle with the question: how do you convert a "like," a "tweet," or "pin" into a sale?
- What's A Rich Pin? (smallbusinessmavericks.com)
- Silicon Alley Insider: The Rise Of Social Commerce: How Tweets, Pins And Likes Can Turn Into Sales (businessinsider.com)
- E-commerce Retailer BellyBling Utilizing Social Media Marketing for Modeling Contest (prweb.com)
- The Marketer's Guide to Proper Social Media Etiquette (hubspot.com)
- The Eight Biggest Social Media Customer Service Fails of 2012 (staples.com)
Without a doubt, misogyny and anti-women hate speech exists on the Internet in spades. Part of the problem, of course, is anonymity; another part is inaction on the part of social networks like Facebook to police such content. But a recent open letter from Women, Action & the Media on the topic has elicited a response from Facebook that includes a promise to work harder to make the Internet a safe space for all.
- Facebook bows to 'hate' campaigners (bbc.co.uk)
- Facebook hit by protest over offensive posts (thetimes.co.uk)
- Facebook agrees to block sexual assault 'humor' (redalertpolitics.com)
- Facebook bows to pressure, vows to rid itself of sexist hate speech (go.theregister.com)
In a report by News.com, the study found that the time spent by Australians for social media usage has gone up this year, as smartphones have become the most popular way of accessing social media. Sensis digital partnerships and innovation executive general manager Kelly Brough said the study indicated the large growth of social media in Australia.
It was also the first time smartphones took over laptop computers for social media usage. The survey presented figures about various locations of social media access. Of the people surveyed, 34 percent logged on at work, 13 percent at school 18 percent in car, presumably from the passenger’s seat, 44 percent in bed, 7 percent in bathroom and 6 percent in the toilet.
Brough indicated that social media is important to people as part of their daily routine Australian social media users had an average of 258 friends, followers or fans, and women were more likely to use social media and share frequently Lack of interest and privacy concerns was the reason why Australians avoided joining the social media networks.
A total of 65 percent online Australians use social networks, added the report.
- The network is taking over our lives (news.com.au)
- 7 Ways You Can Effectively Lose Social Media Followers (business2community.com)
- How To Use Social Media To Help Non-Profit Organizations (nismonline.org)
- Athletes and social networks (fieldoo.com)
- Pew: 94% Of Teens Use Facebook, Have 425 Facebook Friends, But Twitter & Instagram Adoption Way Up (marketingland.com)
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- First product using flexible screen display
- Managing innovation? First freeing creativity
- PC market continues to slide in Q3 2013
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- Microsoft purchased Nokia’s devices for 5,5 billion
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