Tummelvision explores the art of social engagement in tech, business and culture live every Thurs 5-6:30PM PST/8-9:30PMEST

Howard Greenstein – TummelVision Ep. 23

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John Hagel – TummelVision Ep. 22

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Greg Elin – TummelVision Ep. 21

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I find it kind of funny and I find it kind of sad – Ep. 13 with Zoë Keating

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Zoë Keating joined us to talk about her music and how she connects with people online. Zoë is a Classical cellist, who uses the techniques of electronic music using a ‘cello, both recorded and most strikingly live. This Wired video shows how she creates live performances like these at PopTech and SFO Airport.
Zoë used to work in tech, but quit to join a rock band on tour.

She sells here music through her website, iTunes (where she has topped the Classicla charts several times) and Amazon. Because she spends a lot of time alone in the studio with a ‘cello and a computer, she is a very active twitter user, and has found collaboratiosn with people including RadioLab, Curt Smith, and a remix project on Terry Reilly’s In C.
She first began multitracking herself as she couldn’t find 16 cellists to play all the parts, but now she organizes ‘cello tweetups that play in her style.

We talked about how it is important to always treat people as human online, and not be selling something, but conversing. We also talked about how “the music industry is by definition an operation invented to divert money spent on music away from actual musicians” – Zoë’s music was defined as non-commercial by record labels, but her audience is adequate to support her because she sells direct, without the industry middlemen taking the majority of the money – as Clay Shirky describes.

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One thing leads to another: Ep. 12 w Christian Crumlish

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Christian Crumlish is the Director of Yahoo’s interface library and the co-author of Designing Social Interfaces.

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It Ain’t What You Do It’s the Way That You Do It: Ep. 11 w Cathy Brooks

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Cathy Brooks has been part of the tech start-up scene for a long time and often connects people with one another.

Freshly back from SXSW, the fours of us discussed the events of the conference, it’s change and connections there as well as how Cathy does what she does at events there.

We spent quite a bit of time discussing the controversial keynote conversation between Havas Media Lab’s Umair Haque and Twitter co-founder and CEO Ev Williams and the mass walkout that happened during it. How do you make a good public conversation?

We recalled the Mark Zuckerberg Sarah Lacy keynote conversation of a few years ago which also failed to engage the room and had differences about why that happened.

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@SXSW: When a Problem Comes Along, You Must Whip It : Ep. 10 w Dave McClure

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We ventured to SXSW where the whole TWIT crew was hosted very hospitably by the beautiful Texas co-working space. We also got the have the unique experience of seeing each other in person while we do the show.

Our guest Dave McClure is a well-known angel investor and persistent entrepreneurial advice giver. Originally a developer himself, he’s worked with too many companies to name, including SlidesShare, Paypal and Facebook. Among 499 other things, he currently runs a seed-stage investment program for Founders Fun.

Remarkably, Dave was able to not use any of his favourite 4-letter words at our request, during TummelVision, given that TWIT is aimed at a general audience including young kids. It’s taken us some time to adapt to the direction, but McClure really did yeoman’s work here and if you start reading his well-regarded blog or check out his sometimes controversial slides you’ll know why. He’s one of the most opinionated and enthusiastic peopel you’ll ever talk to about start-ups.

We discussed the tummeling he does as an angel, and the increasingly influential role angel funders (the people who provide the very first, personal funding of a company) given the decreasing costs of beginning a Net start-up. Dave also discussed what he felt VCs should be focussing on given this change.

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Do You Speak-a My Language w/Elizabeth Churchill – Ep. 7

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There was a little Buzz, a little iPad and a lot of accents swirling around the show this week.   It was our first  “international parity” edition serendipitously coinciding with the Olympics; we had two brits [Kevin and Elizabeth], a Canadian [Heather] and an American [Deb].  Ironically,  we did not even touch on the Games themselves but rather focused on  the true international language of “connecting the dots” and the human behavior and interfaces that help folks connect.

We discussed why the role of a Tummler is often taken on by the liminal or non powerful members in  society and organizations as well as how the field of Computer Human Interaction is and is not changing as a a result of mass adoption of social tools.  We also took a second look at Buzz and some of the Buzz  backlash and what it does or does not do well when viewed through a social lens.

This week’s links:

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I Want to Know what Buzz Is? with Adrian Chan — Tummelvision 6

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Adrian Chan joined us to talk about Social Interaction Design, which he describes thus:

Social interaction design is UX and interaction design for social media. It’s the work of many practitioners and is applied through many practices. SxD is an application of insights into social media that starts with users. How they use social media reflects their personal and social interests as well as their relationships. The interactions occur among users, not just between users and the interface. I look for the emergent social practices that make your site, application, or service a social success.

As Google launched Buzz this week, we spent a lot of the show talking about it, and the privacy problem it raised though auto-connecting your contacts.

This weeks links:
Gravity7 blog
Social Interaction Design primer
SxD Salon blog
What is sxd
personality types
user competencies
Johnny Holland is an open collective exploring the interactions of experience design.
Society for New Communications Research

Buzz commentary:
Open Standards within Buzz by Kevin Marks and Chris Messina
Privacy failings by Suw Charman and Chris Carfi
Google’s improvements
Twitter theory applied to Buzz

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Looking forward to our opening Show

Thursday January 14th 2009 at 10pm EST 7pm PST on twit.tv

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