Friends, Followers and the Future

Friends, Followers and the Future
How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media

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"Want Thousands Of Twitter Followers? Put A Meme On It"

Rory O'Connor on satirical Twitter personas, i.e. @romneybinders & @invisibleobama (after Clint), this election season.

-Padmananda Rama, NPR Oct 17, 2012

"Data dumpster-diving may determine US presidential race"

Rory O'Connor shares how data-mining techniques play into the US Presidential Race.

-Rory O'Connor, Al Jazeera Oct 16, 2012

"Effective use of social media will determine 2012 election, says Rory O'Connor"

Rory O'Connor joined the Shorenstein Center for a discussion about how social media has influenced politics and traditional media.

-Janell Sims, Shorenstein Center Oct 10, 2012

"30 Issues: Medical Marijuana; New Media; 'The Architecture of Innovation'"

Rory O'Connor speaks about the tension between new and old media.

-WGBH Oct 10, 2012

"Old wine in new bottles: Social media in the US presidential campaign"

Rory O'Connor on the role of social media in the 2012 US Presidential Campaign.

-Rory O'Connor, Al Jazeera Oct 4, 2012

Keynote Speech at 2012 Publishing Business Virtual Conference

Rory O'Connor was a keynote speaker at the 2012 Publishing Business Virtual Conference, September 13, 2012.  Register at this site for free access to his talk about what he thinks publishers need to do to survive in a world driven by social media.

-Publishing Business Virtual Sep 13, 2012

"FDL Book Salon Welcomes Rory O'Connor"

The Firedog Lake Book Salon welcomed Rory O'Connor for a conversation about his book Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media, led and moderated by Beth Becker.

-Beth Becker, FDL Book Salon Aug 5, 2012

Rory O'Connor interviewed by Max Robins

Rory O'Connor interviewed by media veteran Max Robins at the Paley Center's web site.  4 part interview.

-Max Robins, Max Media Jun 26, 2012

"Could Facebook Get Squashed by a 'Better Mousetrap?'"

How I learned to stop worrying about Facebook's IPO and love being informed about their privacy violations:  Rory O'Connor discusses Friends, Followers and the Future on the PBS Newshour.

-Paul Solman and Rory O'Connor, PBS NewsHour Jun 22, 2012

"No Action Yet from Supreme Court on Montana Appeal; Journalist Rory O'Connor on Perils of Facebook and the Web"

O'Connor offers many important insights into Facebook, its shifting privacy tools, Zuckerberg’s view that privacy is passe, and the CIA’s monitoring of Facebook, Twitter and other platforms.

-Peter B. Collins, The Peter Collins Show Jun 18, 2012

"Google Is Evil"

Rory O'Connor discusses the private internet communications surreptitiously collected by Google during their "Street Views" program on Wired.

-Rory O'Connor, Wired Jun 12, 2012

"Here Comes the First Digital Election"

Rory O'Connor discusses both Democrats and Republicans use of social media in the election process on The Huffington Post.

-Rory O'Connor, The Huffington Post Jun 12, 2012

An Excerpt from Friends, Followers and the Future by Rory O'Connor starts on page 42. Jun 1, 2012

Rory O'Connor was interviewed on KPFT, Houston

On May 24th, Rory O'Connor was interviewed by Wally James, host of The Progressive Forum on KPFT, Houston.  Go to this web site, scroll down to May 24th and The Progressive Forum, and choose Play or Download from the right hand column.

-Wally James, KPFT, Houston May 24, 2012

The Media Report Interviews Rory O'Connor

What does it mean if a big TV network wants to be your friend? Rory O'Connor discusses brands and social media on Australian radio show The Media Report.

-Richard Aedy, The Media Report May 24, 2012

"Rory O Connor talks about his book- Friends, followers and the Future"

"The future of media is social and mobile;" Rory O'Connor interviewed by Loraine Morrill on Philadelphia's Q102, Radio 104.5 and Mix 106.1.

-Loraine Morrill, Philadelphia's Q102, Radio 104.5 and Mix 106.1

"Traditional Media Companies Cling to Their Brands at Their Peril"

"If everybody's a brand then arguably nothing is brand." Rory O'Connor interviewed to discuss the "information revolution" and the diminishing power of big media brands.

-Adrienne LaFrance, Nietman Journalism Lab May 22, 2012

"Book Examines Social Media Effect on Politics and News"

Rory O'Connor discusses the Facebook IPO, its role as a major media presence, and how to trust and verify the information coming through social media.

-Chris Lovett, Boston Neighborhood Network News May 21, 2012

Rory O'Connor on the Future of Journalism

"Separate newspapers from the news." Rory O'Connor believes that because of the social media revolution, there's never been a more exciting time for journalists.

-WGBH - The Emily Rooney Show May 21, 2012

Without trust, Facebook isn't worth $100 billion

Rory O'Connor's op-ed looks at Facebook's IPO and the value of trust.

-Rory O'Connor, Aljazeera May 19, 2012

The News Dissector Interviews Rory O'Connor

Danny Schechter interviews Rory O'Connor for News Dissector Radio on the Progressive Radio Network.

-Danny Schechter, Progressive Radio Network May 18, 2012

"We Need a Media War on All Fronts"

Friends, Followers and the Future mentioned as a "brilliant must-read book out on social media," and Rory O'Connor's ideas about social media providing tools for revolts and revolutions are cited.

-Danny Schechter, The Real News May 18, 2012

"Rory O'Connor to Read From His New Book"

A few insights from the book are highlighted, and Rory O'Connor's May 22 reading at Brookline Booksmith is plugged.

-Dan Kennedy, Media Nation May 18, 2012

"Rory O'Connor Digs Social Media"

Rory O'Connor interviewed in the Boston Phoenix, discussing how various social movements have effectively used social media.

-Dan Kennedy, The Boston Phoenix May 14, 2012

"Facebook is More Than the Year's Hottest Stock Story -- It's a Cultural Phenomenon"

O'Connor quoted in front page story on Facebook's upcoming IPO.
"Rory O'Connor, an Emmy-winning former producer for CBS News and PBS, has penned a new book, Friends, Followers and the Future, that looks at how social media -- and Facebook in particular -- are changing political campaigns and the media's role in them. . . . O'Connor and others say this year's election will be even more dominated by social media -- and whoever uses it most effectively will win."

-Peter Delevett, San Jose Mercury News May 13, 2012

"Politics 3.0"

O'Connor discusses the role social media plays in social movements.
(This essay will also appear in Coldtype's April issue).

-OpEd News May 12, 2012

Friends, Followers and the Future Part 1, Rory O'Conner at City Lights Book Store

Excerpt from O'Connor's reading at City Lights, on Tuesday, May 1st.

To see Part 2, go to : .

May 11, 2012

Interview With Rory O'Connor

Show is syndicated on about 15 stations in 6 states including CA, IA, ID, MI, IL, TX.

-KPFK, May 6, 2012

KRON-TV interviews Rory O'Connor

Rory O'Connor, author of Friends, Followers, and the Future, talks with KRON-TV.

-KRON-TV Bay Area May 6, 2012

"Is Google Facing an Existential Threat?"

Is the internet titan Google becoming the next Microsoft?  In his latest op-ed on Al, O'Connor discusses why Google may lose the social e-war it's waging, as it faces anti-trust suits on many fronts.

-Rory O'Connor, Aljazeera May 4, 2012

Rory O'Connor on KALW's radio show Your Call

Rory O'Connor, author of Friends, Followers, and the Future, appears on KALW's Your Call.

-Malihe Razazan, KALW May 4, 2012

"Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media Is Changing Our News and Our Lives"

Rory O'Connor, author of Friends, Followers, and the Future, discusses his book with AlterNet in relation to how social media has impacted the way we get news and where media might go in the future.

May 1, 2012

Rory O'Connor appears on an OpEd News podcast

Host Rob Kall says, "Rory has written a brilliant book on where the media is heading--and it's social."

-The Rob Call Bottom Up Radio Show Podcast, Apr 30, 2012

"Journalist Rory O'Connor draws lessons from the past to forecast the uncertain future of the Facebook/Twitter age."

Rory O'Connor, author of Friends, Followers, and the Future, talks with the Santa Cruz Sentinel about the future of social media.

Apr 26, 2012

"Social media's role shifts in 2012 elections"

Rory O'Connor interviewed by students about social media's role in the 2012 elections.

-Marissa Cetin and Alex Fishler, Storify Apr 25, 2012

"Triangulating Our Way to the Truth?"

An excerpt on the Huffington Post from Rory O'Connor's Friends, Followers, and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands and Killing Traditional Media.

-Rory O'Connor, Huffington Post Apr 24, 2012

"Facebook is Not Your Friend"

Facebook may be more nosy than we thought, but if you have doubts Rory O'Connor lays out the evidence in his latest article in the Huffington Post.

-Rory O'Connor, Huffington Post Apr 15, 2012

"Paranoia Strikes Deep at Google"

Rory O'Connor strikes again, this time with a provocative post about how Google is headed for troubles as "social" is replacing "search."

-Rory O'Connor, Huffington Post Apr 4, 2012

"Talking Social Media with Rory O'Connor"

Causemedia talks with Rory O'Connor, author of Friends, Followers and the Future, about how social media is changing communication and how nonprofit organizations can participate in the "digital revolution". 

-tamrah, Causemedia Apr 3, 2012

"Rick Santorum: Bowling Alone in the First Digital Election"

Rory O'Connor. author of Friends, Followers, and the Future, discusses the use or lack thereof, on Santorum's part of social media in election pursuits.

-Rory O'Connor, Huffington Post Apr 3, 2012

"One Year Later: Social Media & Politics 3.0"

On the anniversary of the "Arab Spring", Rory O'Connor, author of Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media, discusses the role of social media in organizing protests all over the world.

Jan 25, 2012

Oct. 13, 2011: Rory O'Connor's Nukespeak 30 years later

Rory O'Connor interviewed about his most recent book, the second edition of Nukespeak: The Selling of Nuclear Technology from the Manhattan Project to Fukushima on WGBH-TV in Boston, October 13, 2011.

-Emily Rooney, Greater Boston Oct 13, 2011

Bill Moyers Journal

Author Rory O'Connor discusses the "hate talk establishment" of talk radio.