Tag: Web 2.0

Matt Mullenweg Is a Very Dangerous Man

Matt Mullenweg is a very dangerous man. At the inaugural WordPress for Government and Enterprise meetup on May 6, the co-founder of WordPress & founder & CEO of Automattic, discussed the amazing journey of WordPress from a home-spun blogging tool to the world’s most successful enterprise content management platform. Mullenweg believes in democracy. He believes in competition….




You Do Not Need an Expensive SEO Consultant

SEO Consultant. $2k a month minimum. This advertisement popped up on top of my Gmail. I saw this and thought: I am in the wrong line of work. Apparently, search engine optimization is so much in demand that you don’t need to state your qualifications or the benefits of your service – you just tell…




First Post for Medium: We Need a Facebook for Failures

I am profoundly ambivalent about Facebook. It’s an interesting peek into the lives of others. But it’s also a source of much angst and drama, an extension of our high school lives into adulthood. I really hate it at times. Which is why I wrote We Need a Facebook for Failures. In this short article,…




DCist Exposed: Who Are These People?

What does the brave new world of photography look like? It looks a lot like the DCist Exposed show wrapping up this weekend at Long View Gallery. In an era when digital images are ubiquitous, and everyone has a cellphone camera, what does it mean to be a photographer? Is a photographer someone who has…




My Instacanvas Gallery – Photos from Washington, DC

Instacanvas is is a marketplace allowing users to buy and sell Instagram photos as canvas art. This Southern California company has gotten tons of press and has been featured in TechCrunch, Forbes and elsewhere. And I’ve joined in the fun, opening up an Instacanvas gallery at http://instacanv.as/joeflood Now you can buy my Instagram shots of…




How to Get People to Write Content for Your Site

The biggest challenge in being a Web Content Manager is not learning HTML or dealing with the complexities of social media. It is a more prosaic one – how do you get people to write content for your web site? I’ve worked in web content for organizations large and small, in government and outside of…




Stating the Obvious: Internet Anonymity Matters

Can you imagine what the Internet would be like if you had to register with the government? If you had to use your real name every time you left a comment on a web site? And if companies and government agencies could haul you into court over something you wrote online? Anonymity is part of…




Free Yourself from the Tyranny of Sharepoint

Sharepoint is a plague upon the American workforce. This ubiquitous piece of collaboration software has taught millions of people that Intranets are destined to be places where you can’t find anything. It doesn’t have to be this way, despite what Microsoft may have you believe. There are alternatives to Sharepoint that actually work in ways…




Washington Post, What Happened to You?

Washington Post, what happened to you? You’re the paper of Woodward and Bernstein, a beloved local institution and a veritable fourth branch of government. Coming home after a Saturday night carousing, I used to love to see the trucks lined up outside your building on 15th Street. Back then (the 90s), the paper was printed…




I Wish I Had Tweeted More: Confessions of a Social Media Skeptic

I was there at the beginning. In 2007, Twitter leapt into geek consciousness at SXSW Interactive. Monitors had been placed in the halls of this tech conference, displaying what people were tweeting about. I thought it was an interesting curiosity, like watching telegrams in real time. Little bursts of text scrolled across the screen, as…