These people are escalating, and they’re looking for a success. Hate bloggers claim innocence because they are acting within their First Amendment rights. But their mobs look up to them, and the mob mentality that they are stoking is escalating.
I am being stalked. People want to kill me. They want me to be afraid.
These people are planning a hate crime, and they are relying on me hiding in silence to succeed.
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Trailing indicators are great – they tell you what has worked, they help you to refine processes and fix things that are broken in your current processes. These are invaluable attributes that make them an essential part of your marketing mix. Klout score, PageRank, stock price, AdAge 150 listing, web analytics data – all of these are very effective at telling you what has happened.
The problem is, if you’re looking for what is going to happen, what the clues are to the future, and how you can be ahead of the competition, none of these numbers will be of help. Here’s an obvious example: Spotify.
The Google+ Real Name policy is just utterly wrongheaded.
It is against human nature.
It is against Internet Culture.
It is against the reality of how many people — writers, actors, performers, singers, artists — choose to identify themselves to everyone or to different market segments.
The Real Name policy should be dropped.
And Google has to right all the damage it has done.
It has broken trust. That is the mortal sin of the 21st century.