Friday Features: Old-School Gamification

On my former blog, I used to end the week with a zany thought or resource.  While I still have some extremely zany thoughts, it would be best to focus  on your thoughts and experiences…let’s connect and share great things that are  happening in our space.

Confession: I have never played Farmville, Angry Birds, or World of Warcraft. Trust me, it is not from lack of wanting, but I know I would become addicted, so I refuse the temptation. However, I was unable to fend off the temptation for the Xbox with Kinect. In addition to my fascination for Halo and Battlestar Gallactica on Netflix, HuluPlus has me sucked in with the availability of TED talks! It is watching one of these TED talks that I was inspired to step away from the tech and enjoy the simplicity of old-school games…

What’s on Your Reading List?

I don’t know about you folks, but between my online job, frequent travel, and the brilliant, but endless, blog reading, I am very finicky when it comes to my book selection. It is great to break away from the computer and read beautiful prose, but I don’t have the luxury of reading every book that comes up on my radar. So, here are a couple of books I have been devouring:


Behind the Cloud, by Marc Benioff: Not surprisingly, I read the book this week
because Radian6 (my employer) was just officially acquired by This book reveals the inner workings of Benioff’s mind and the culture of the company…important for any newly acquired person to know.

Crossing the Chasm, by Geoffrey A. Moore: As part of our weekly team calls, I assigned this book to my community team so we could discuss the theories within this book and how they have changed over time. We tackle a chapter each week.

Welcome to the Fifth Estate, by Geoff Livingston: Disclaimer, Geoff is dear friend of mine and I am extremely excited to finish reading his latest book about citizen media. A lot has happened since Now Is Gone!


Angelology, by Danielle Trussoni: I stumbled across this book at the Seattle airport and I could not put it down…finished in three days! This story weaves historical and religious facts and speculation with great intrigue.

What books haves captured your imagination or inspired you to new
heights of thought?

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  • Anonymous

    Thanks for including me, Lauren!