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Quotes for the week ending 30 August, 2008

30 Aug

“Wiping away natural forests.”

Banner hung on a parking garage near Kimberly-Clark’s offices in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“At first, users were upset. They formed groups on Facebook to protest the feed. Then they became addicted to it.”

Eric Eldon, at Venture Beat, on the response to Facebook’s new design.

“People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example, than by the example of our power.”

President Bill Clinton, in his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

“To criticize China … is highly hypocritical. These Olympics were staged mostly for the benefit of the elite, massive corporations who wanted greater exposure and a greater market share inside this country of 1.5 billion people.”

“You may never know who got your postcard, and they may never know you, but you have the ability to influence a heart with your note, delivered right to someone’s mailbox!”

Message at web site ObamaEurope.org, run by a grassroots organization of Obama supporters in Europe who invite people outside the U.S. to write a message to Barack Obama. The site will then put stamps on the postcard and forward it to Obama –or his campaign.

Dan Bickley, sports reporter for the Arizona Republic

“You might be shaking your head at this point thinking this is all a little too much “kumbaya” for your liking, but trust me: unconferences will change the way you think about business.”

Mitch Joel, blogger, podcaster and columnist for the Montreal Gazette and Vancouver Sun, on how un-conferences helps grow a business, learn and connect.

“People want to see it, so we shoot it.”

Austin Raishrook, who with his brother Howard chase car chases and ambulances to get footage for RMG News, which they sell to TV stations.

“When it comes to viral video, you need to make sure 1) you create something people will spread and 2) that the video carries a payload — a message about your product. Fail on point 1 and your video won’t spread. Fail on point 2 and you’ll be a hit — but it won’t help your company.”

Forrester researcher Josh Bernoff, author of Groundswell, the book and the blog, on Will it Blend, the company he visited to create a viral video about social technologies.

“If Skype hadn’t been around when we started FIR, I very much doubt we would have started at all.”

Nevile Hobson, co-host of For Immediate Release, wishing Skype on its fifth birthday.

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