Shel Israel

Shel Israel writes and speaks on social media’s impact on business and culture. He is an editorial contributor to BusinessWeek, Dow Jones and FastCompany. According to AdAge, his GlobalNeighbourhoods.net, is among the world’s 50 most popular business blogs. Israel is the co-author, with Robert Scoble, of Naked Conversations–how blogs are changing the way businesses talk with customers, which is considered by many to be the seminal book on business blogging.

Since July 2007, Israel has interviewed more than 100 people in 35 countries on the impact of social media in his Social Media Global Report. His subjects have ranged from Michael Dell, founder of Dell Computers to Wael Abbas, who posts hidden camera videos n YouTube of Egyptian police brutality.

He often speaks on his findings from this ongoing study. Since 2005 he has been a featured speaker more than 50 times in eight countries to audiences totaling more than 10,000 people.

Israel on the board of directors for YourTrumanShow, a video blogging startup and is a senior advisor to the Society for New Media Research.