Category Archives: Addicted to Social Media

Interview with Zombie Author Jonathan Maberry

I’ve been doing a lot of fiction writing recently; more than I’ve done in quite a few years. One of the things that’s inspired me, and which I’ve found fascinating, is how  social media, tablets, e-readers and e-books are changing the publishing landscape. As a result, I’ve started interviewing authors to learn about how they use social media to build their audience and propel their careers. The links below will take you to two posts that together are the first in a series of interviews I will be posting about authors and social media.

In this post, I interviewed Jonathan Maberry, author of such zombie brain-feasts as Patient Zero, Rot & Ruin, Dust & Decay, Dead of Night and Wanted Undead or Alive. Note that there are two versions. Tweeting with Zombies is a short version that focuses on Twitter and was posted to The longer, extended post, Of Zombies & Social Media, is on Addicted to Social Media.


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Will Facebook become FaceBank?

In our Addicted to Social Media podcast #44, I mentioned that Facebook could become FaceBank. In this post I go into more detail on a fascinating possibility.

Last week, it was announced that Goldman Sachs will invest $450 million in Facebook in addition to helping the company raise an additional $1.5 billion. This is a massive amount of money that will allow Facebook to do practically anything it wants (as if it couldn’t already). But while the pundits debate what Facebook will do with that money and whether or not it should, will or won’t go public, Facebook could become even more massive and powerful, ultimately evolving into FaceBank.

Could Facebook become FaceBank?

Facebook would certainly need much more than the few billions it’s raising in order to transform itself into a bank. However, if Mark Zuckerberg can successfully compete against companies such as Google (something he’s clearly positioning Facebook to do in both search and advertising) then Facebook would be able to generate the billions in additional revenue per quarter that it would need to back transactions from its 500+ million members.

Indeed, Facebook already has much of the critical infrastructure it needs in order to enable such transactions. Aside from the robust server infrastructure Facebook uses just to run the site, it has Credits, its virtual currency product, and Facebook social plugins such as the Like Button, Like Box and Login Button that are currently being used by at least 2 million websites. With these components already in place, Facebook is very close to being able to offer its users the ability to purchase products and conduct other financial transactions amongst each other using Facebook as the intermediary.

Would Facebook become FaceBank?

Of course, to do this Facebook would have to open itself up to an incredible degree of scrutiny, perhaps in many countries. This is something that Facebook will have to do anyway if it is going to go public, but this is also something that Zuckerberg doesn’t seem interested in doing.

However, in a FaceBank world, Facebook’s current $50 Billion valuation would merely be a drop in the bucket. If Zuckerberg and company could transform Facebook into a FaceBank, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine Facebook surpassing Apple’s $300 Billion valuation, especially if Zuckerberg achieves his goal of having 1 billion members. If this were to happen, in our bubble-based global economy, could a trillion-dollar valuation be far behind? And what would a company that commands such wealth and that knows so much about a significant percentage of the world’s population’s interests, likes and desires ultimately do then?

Let me know what you think in the comments.


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Listen to my Interview with Stephanie Schierholz, NASA’s First Social Media Manager

Neal and Astronaut TJ Creamer

Neal and Astronaut TJ Creamer

On July 29th, I was back at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC for yet another Tweetup, this time to meet Astronaut TJ Creamer (@Astro_TJ) who recently returned from the International Space Station.  After the Tweetup, I interviewed Stephanie Schierholz, NASA’s first Social Media Manager which you can listen to right here.

This interview marks our 25th Podcast for Addicted to Social Media. You can listen to our previous podcasts here.

Please leave a comment, and Enjoy!

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Listen Up! Don’t Miss Another Exciting Episode…

We’ve been doing a lot more podcasting recently over at Addicted to Social Media. Great conversations with some very exciting guests. Check them out via these links.

And some thoughts on the iPad (I want one so bad).

Coming up:

A New Twitip Post:

  • My latest post for is coming any day now, as soon as maintenance on the platform is finished. I’ll let you know.

I’m Leading More Training Sessions:

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Being Busy is Good

Well, I’ve been busy lately with several new blog posts (with more coming) and podcasts. Check them out at the links below, and enjoy.

Addicted to Social Media
A2SM Podcast #11: Jumping the Shark
A2SM Podcast #10: Interview: Loic Le Meur, Founder of Seesmic, gives us some Exclusive News!
Post: 4 Simple Reasons Why Twitter’s @Anywhere is Going @Nowhere
Guest Post: 10 Features I want to see in TweetDeck (Don’t miss TweetDeck’s Community Manager’s comments (see Comments 7 and 8). (See Below)
9 More Features I want to see in TweetDeck (a continuation of my Twitip post above – I had a lot to say)

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I’m Here, I’m There, I’m Everywhere!

Apologies to Dr, Seuss, and to you, my readers, but sometimes you just get so busy that you forget you haven’t updated your blog in far too long (yeah, I know, Bad Neal). So here’s a quick rundown of some things I’ve done recently and some things that are on their way.

Understanding Twitter, Presented to the Center City Proprietors Association

On February 17, I gave a lecture to members of the Center City Proprietors Association called Understanding Twitter. It was a really fun event and I’d like to thank the CCPA for inviting me to present, everyone who attended (you were a great audience) and the law firm of Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow for hosting the event. I’ll be posting the PowerPoint deck shortly, but here are some pictures.

That's me!

Upcoming Speaking Events

Over the next few months, I’ll be presenting at several events. Some of them are listed below, but several others are still in the planning stages, so stay tuned. Details will be announced shortly. I hope to see you there.

  • April 20: Center for Architecture Spring Seminar Series
  • TBD: Social Media 101: How to use Social Media for Fun & Profit
  • TBD: JobCamp: Using Social Media to Find a New Job
  • TBD: PhillyTweetUp: We coming back with a new format and locations.

A2SM Interview: Podcast #9: Chris Heuer, Founder of the Social Media Club

On February 19 Seth Goldstein and I interviewed Chris Heuer, Founder of the Social Media Club for our Addicted to Social Media Podcast Series. Since starting SMC about 3 years ago, the club has spread to over 100 cities around the world. Learn about what’s going on with the Social Media Club and what Chris’s plans are for the future. Click here to listen.

Also in this podcast:

  • Neal Presented “Understanding Twitter” to Philadelphia’s Center City Proprietor’s Association
  • PR nightmare: How fat is too fat for Southwest Airlines (ask Kevin Smith)?
  • Schools spying on your kids via their Webcams
  • Seth’s Pick of the Week: Google Buzz
  • My Pick of the Week: Yoono

Talking About SaveNASA

On February 3, I was a special guest on the Talking Space Podcast discussing President Obama’s budget proposal for NASA and its implications for the future of American human spaceflight. You can listen to the podcast here. If it sounds a bit choppy, that’s because the conversation was cut from over 2 hours to about one. Sorry about that.

The Talking Space crew also discussed my SaveNASA movement back on November 29, 2009. You can listen to that podcast here (Jump to the 19 minute mark to hear them discuss SaveNASA).
And Finally…

Read my post about Facebook’s Nefarious Plot to Destroy Email Forever! (and Own YOU in the Process) originally posted on Addicted to Social Media back on January 20.


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Listen to A2SM Podcast #7: The Scobleizer!

Robert Scoble

The other day, Seth and I had the pleasure of interviewing Social Media Evangelist Extraordinaire Robert Scoble (@Scobleizer on Twitter). The interview was a lot of fun and we really appreciate Robert for taking the time to chat with us.

Also in the podcast:

  • It’s 2010 and the Evolution of Social Media continues.
  • Seth’s Pick of the Week: Tweet what you and your friends are buying.
  • Neal’s Pick of the Week: PeopleBrowsr. Manage your Social Media accounts with analytics, but is it ready?

Download the Mp3 here!

Note that there is a slight echo during portions of the podcast, but this does NOT affect Robert’s Interview.

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