Sunday, January 4, 2009

In Scouting Report: The Players to Pick To Build & Grow A 2.0 Telco/Carrier/Service Provider Andy Abramson picks his fantasy “Telco 2.0” team.  Drawing on his experience in the sports world, Andy delivers his scouting report for IP communications.  There are a bunch of the usual suspects, plus a few unusual folks.  All I can say is that I’m flattered to be included with folks like Martin Geddes, Thomas Howe, Lee Dryburgh, David Beckemeyer and the rest.  Thanks Andy, and congratulations to all the other recipients of Andy’s compliments!

Similarly, in My Favorite VoIP & Telecom Blogs for 2008 Ted Wallingford picks his favorite reads for the past year.  The blogs “I should’ve post more comments on in 2008”.  To be counted amongst Rich Tehrani, Om Malik, Andy Abramson, Jeff Pulver and others is high praise indeed.  Thank you Ted, and P.S. I am as guilty as the next guy of failure to comment.

December 23, VoIP-News also named Calliflower one of The Top 25 VoIP Innovations of 2008.  They said

13. Flexible Web-based conferencing for SMBs (small- to medium-sized businesses): Add a Web interface and conference calls evolve from rigidly limited conversations to spontaneous discussions with multiple ways for participants to know what others are up to. Iotum Inc.’s Calliflower service, for one, provides an onscreen dashboard that lets callers see who else is on a call or has not yet joined, as well as a chat "wall" where they can exchange text comments and post URLs to illustrate their points. Scheduling is just as easy. Users can log on and immediately set up a call, send invitations and moderate the call. Best of all, there’s a version that costs nothing except for the long-distance connection to reach the service.

The Calliflower team thanks you also!

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What do you do if you’re trying to:

  1. Help homeless people.
  2. Test the effectiveness of social media awareness campaigns.
  3. Promote an upcoming conference.

Well, if you’re Lee Dryburgh, you craft an experiment.  Lee’s trying to construct an opt-in mailing list for the eComm 2009 conference.  He’s calculated the cost of buying and filtering an opt-in email list, and will donate that cost to the Shelter Network instead, using social media techniques instead to achieve his goal.  

He’s asked a group of social media gurus (see the list below) to help, and he’s asked the rest of us to “blog this, Twitter this, email this to friends, IM it, Facebook share it, Digg it, Reddit – anything and everything across the social media space that you think could be effective.”

Adam Broitman, Ayelet Noff, Ben Grossman, Brian Reich, Brian Solis, Carlos Hernandez, Chris Brogan, Chris Heuer,David Berkowitz, Eric Weaver, Gradon Tripp, Greg Verdino, Howard Greenstein,Laura Fitton, Jeff Pulver, Jeffrey Sass, Jeremiah Owyang, Jeremy Vaught, Jim Benson, Justin Levy, Rebecca Bollwitt, Robert Scoble, Robin Good, Steve Rubel,Susan Etlinger and Tim O’Reilly.

So far eight of these folks have responded!  Good on you Lee.

So how about it folks?  Let’s blog it, twitter it, email it, IM it, share it, Digg it, Reddit….

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