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MTN 3G Card Spam. MTN responds.

Sigh. I suppose what did I expect?

THEIR REPLY:

23 Sep (7 days ago)

Y'ello!

The answer can only come from the senders side, an active sim on the network is allowed incoming sms’ s from anywhere. This might have been a guessed combination of numbers from the sender’s side.

Kind regards,
Customer Services
MTN Business Solutions


MY NOTE:

Date: 2008/08/29 11:55:18
Name :Andy Hadfield
Cellular Contact : youwish
Landline Contact :
Email Address :youwish

Subject :MTNLoaded

Message :Hi... I recently got a MTN 3G card (black e220 I think). I received an unsolicited spam sms on that 3G card. How could this be, considering this is a brand new 3G card? I am concerned about the privacy of this number - has MTN given it out? Please could you get back to me. I have covered this on my blog - here - I will post MTN's response to explain the situation - that's only fair... Regards, Andy Hadfield http://www.andyhadfield.com/2008/08/3g-card-spam.html
OBSERVATIONS:

* My note sent 28 Aug. Their reply came 23 S…

It's COMING!

Da da daaa.

Human Capital Management Using Web 2.0

Here's an interesting looking conference that I'll be speaking at in October. My topic - Managing the Digital Generation. Fascinating. I'm going to talk about stealing staff on FaceBook, picking up co-workers on Mixit and leaking company secrets on Digg... Should be good.

If you're interested, contact Nigel Brown from Classic Events.

Human Capital Management using Web 2.0 Technology will run on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 October 2008 at The Wanderers Club, 21 North Road, Illovo, Johannesburg.

The conference will enable delegates to learn more about enterprise 2.0 solutions that will harness the collective intelligence of human capital within your organisation. Over the two days we will explore best practices for social media deployment behind the corporate fire wall, experience first hand insights from eight different case studies, and take advice from current leaders in this field.

Case studies include: ACSA, Cerebra clients, Deloitte, Discovery, Huddlemind, IBM, The Joha…

20 Commandments of Social Media

Original post at Live Digitally.

Sorry, too good not to repost for my legions of fans :) Thanks Eve and the Geeklist.

September 9th, 2008 by Jeremy Toeman

1. Thou Shalt Avoidest Using the Term Social Media, Except When Specifically Discussing Social Media

2. Thou Shalt Not Use Thine Blog or Twitter Purely to Show Off About all the Cool People Thou Know, nor the Secrets Thou Art Entrusted With

3. Thou Shalt Not Use Twitter in Conjunction With a Service Which Updates Itself Automatically and Frequently

4. Thou Shalt Not Complain When Thine Family Professes Ignorance of the Contents of Thine Blog

5. Thou Shalt Not Put Embarrassing Photos of Thine Self on Thine Facebook Page, for They Shalt Be Easily Found in the Future

6. Thou Shalt Not Be a Bad Commentor, Nor Shalt Thou Be a Sycophantic Fool

7. Thou Shalt Not Exclaim With False Surprise at Quantity of Thine Followers

8. Thou Shalt Not Assume That all Humans use FriendFeed

9. Thou Shalt Not Poke, Bite, Nor Throweth Sheep, Yet Thou Mayest Be a Pirat…

Just where is the social conversation going?

This is a theory I'm hatching... Would appreciate some feedback.

It goes along the lines of:

1. The "new" web started off great.
2. Then the crowds came.
3. The level of crap increased.
4. Aggregators and search allowed us to cut through the clutter.
5. The level of crap increased.
6. THE FUTURE. The hype cycle ends.
7. THE FUTURE. We figure out how to measure the social conversation.
8. THE FUTURE. True "semantic" web is born.
9. THE FUTURE. Business catches on. Conversation increases.
10. THE FUTURE. Hype cycle starts again.


Click to enlarge.

Personally, I think we're only at Step 4. It'll get worse before it gets better!

Your thoughts?

Google's thin line between advertising and service...

Saw this pop up on Google Reader this morning.

A look at what's new

New! Subscribe to shared items and reading lists from Barack Obama, John McCain and political pundits.
I think the concept is incredible. It takes "social" interactions to a whole new level, giving users the ability to peek even deeper into the personalities and thoughts behind the TV Faces (or at least the personalities of their respective campaign offices).

From a marketing perspective, it extends social reach. It opens another channel through which we can engage with our target audiences. It deepens digital relationships.

Magic.


But where does this all stop? What if I'm not interested in politics? Is Google big enough now that the Microsoft argument applies? Take care when pushing your services onto tools and spaces we use everyday.

After all, it's kind of like Windows popping up a message on your desktop, advertising Live Search. OK, they're a little more subtle than that, post IE vs Netscape …