Joining The Twitter Flock

During a recent coffee meeting, I was talking to my “date” about the way that Twitter has dramatically changed how people interact and how exciting I thought that was. He agreed and we were just struck that other networks such as LinkedIn or Facebook had never created the same sort of community opportunities. Let me give you a few examples.

The person I was at coffee with happens to be a social media and entrepreneurial stud. I have been following him on Twitter for over a year and I’m always struck by what he has to say. I read, retweet and favorite much of the content he pushes because it is always on point. It’s always fresh, insightful and helpful. So over the course of the last few months, the two of us have decided to come together and meet. It was incredibly helpful to me (and I hope to him) to meet as we are in similar situations, albeit at different stages. As we spoke, we marveled at the power of Twitter to bring people together. He then asked if I’d ever met another Twitter user who happens to be a good friend of his. I had spoken to this person online a number of times but never IRL (in real life)…until a couple of days ago (depending on when I post this).


Interface Design Part Two: EA Sports

I am, amongst other things, a huge video game fan. Specifically, I am an EA sports gamer. I have owned every release of the NHL franchise since NHL 94, Madden 2000-2010 and every NCAA football release since 2009. I love them. As a stay at home dad, my time is very valuable to me, which is why I am supremely frustrated with the current iteration of NCAA football. It is a master class in bad UX/UI design. Bare with me as I walk you through what happens when you sit down to play a game of NCAA 13. 


Interface Design Part One: The Crayons

What’s the first thing that you notice when you look at this picture? Besides the fact that they’re crayons. There is something infinitely more important to our conversation. There is something that is at the absolute root of the user experience/user interface conversation that can be identified using these children’s playthings. Can’t figure it out? I’ll help.


Multi-tasking for Dummies

Multi-tasking. It’s one of my favorite things in the world. As I write this I am watching season 2 of House of Cards on Netflix, watching Canada take on Switzerland in women’s Olympic hockey (PS Canada just scored) and obviously writing this blog. Multi-tasking is not for everyone. I get that. But personally, I love it. There is nothing that I love more than listening to Tim McGraw while I design a logo, or watching Dexter while I write a new post, or watching Canada move into the finals at the Olympics while I write a new post, update a website and work on the business plan for a new startup I’m helping get off the ground. Here are the tricks that I use.


How To Write a Blog

Lately, every second or third article I read is all about explaining to businesses why they need a blog. What I’m not going to do right now is write yet another piece on this exact same topic. What I am going to do right now is write about how you can formulate this content. If you need to be spurred on about the actual need for content, we have nothing to say to one another.

I’ll start with this. Not every single business requires a blog. There are some service industry businesses that could probably do without it. This is not to say that such a thing cannot be interesting or helpful but instead that it has, as of yet, been unproven. Now let’s move on to the actual content. 


Your Personal Twitter Account is All Business

You know that little blurb you put on your twitter bio that says “in case I say something stupid on here, you can’t hold it against me because this is my personal twitter account and has no connection to my company, whom I’ve listed above and regularly mention”? Well, it doesn’t mean anything. Seriously, it means nothing. It might mean that you’ll be more surprised when you get fired, but when it comes down to it, it doesn’t mean anything.

Black Ice: My Introduction to To Business

I had a great opportunity a few evenings back to talk turkey with a fellow social media lover and entrepreneur. On my way to coffee, I was thinking about why I had decided to start my own business. There’s a hundred million reasons. Literally. Well…figuratively at least. But in any case, there are a lot of reasons. So I started to think not about WHY I wanted to own my business and more about WHEN I wanted to own my own business.