Monthly Archives: March 2011

All you need is love!

La rivoluzione in Tunisia accelerata dai social media

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FRANÇAIS: Cet article, en italien, publié par la revue QDR, relate chronologiquement la manière dont les tunisiens, et le gouvernement ont utilisé internet durant la révolution en hiver dernier.

ENGLISH: The following is an article published on QDR magazine on the way social-media were used during the tunisian uprising last winter.

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Personal Branding at Harvard University

I recommend the following lecture at Harvard’s “Berkman Center for Internet & Society”.

Berkman Luncheon Series

Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity and Self-Branding in Web 2.0

By Alice Marwick “postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research New England in Cambridge, MA”

Her dissertation, “Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity and Self-Branding in Web 2.0” is available at her blog,

Tuesday, March 29, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (

Careers: Would you hire this person?

I have long argued that in that a video-c.v. clearly enhances a candidate’s chances of being found and hired.

This is because of two sets of reasons: one qualitative and the other quantitative.

The point of an interview is for recruiters to get a feel for the candidate and determine how he might fit in the company. The owner of a good c.v. or résumé will ultimately get one, or several job interviews to establish this. Therefore, a video-c.v. will give recruiters this kind of information on top of the information contained in a text-based c.v.. If well filmed and edited the video may well give a crucial advantage over applications that are only text-based.

On the qualitative side, a video increases the chances of being forwarded and becoming viral as this one below from iLuj 2011. Notice also, that once you view the video, it is almost impossible to resist clicking on that person’s website. In this particular case, the web site is carefully crafted and reflects the career-goals of the individual.

One caveat though, nothing by itself will suffice. What you need, is well-edited c.v. and cover letter as well as videos, blogs, personal website, professional networks and yes, do continuously improve your interview skills.

So what this video and ask yourself if you would hire this person.

Feel free to comment!

Link: Julien Emeriat’s website

Appel à Témoins: Reseaux-Sociaux en Tunisie

Merci FACEBOOKLa revue italienne QDR a sollicité de ma part un article sur les diverses façons innovatives dont les tunisiens ont d’utilisé les réseaux sociaux durant la révolution des derniers mois.

Je cherche en particulier, des actions qui vont au-delà de la simple adhésion à une cause sur facebook.

J’ai vu par exemple circuler une liste de numéros d’appel d’urgence pour chaque ville ou gouvernorat. Avez-vous compilé des listes similaires; hopitaux ouverts, stations essence, personnes disparues, etc…?

Avez-vous aussi, reconnu des actes de désinformation? Comment les avez-vous détecté et avez-vous essayé de les déjouer?

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A view of Beirut’s downtown (contrast 1992 to 2011)

The last time I had been in Beirut was in the summer of 1992. These are the pictures I had taken then while walking around central Beirut. Compare and contrast them the video below!

Nineteen years later, I have come again to speak at a conference on social media. This is a video I took as I was driven through downtown Beirut in the same general area where the picture above was shot.

A hommage to the incredible resiliance of the Lebanese people!