Call Me, Maybe

I was chatting today with a friend about a recent site launch for her company. I helped walk her through some of the difficulties surrounding a very adventurous development plan including working with two different developers for front end vs back end. Upon launch, there were a few things that I suggested should be changed from a user experience standpoint and she told me she was contacting the developers to have them fix it. She said that, “she hoped they would even see the email.” I asked her if hearing back from them had been an issue and she said that that was the case with them and several others. I have but one question; what in the hell is wrong with people?

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The Great Twitter Cull

“I ain’t no follow back guuuuurl, I ain’t no follow back” – Gwen Stefani

I hate #TeamFollowback. Hate. With all of my soul. It is, to me, the absolute dumbest thing I’ve ever encountered on social media except for MAYBE automated direct messages. I remember when I started on Twitter, I was so excited to have new followers that every time that someone followed me, I followed them back. And when I was trying to get more followers, I would follow these accounts that said they followed back because it just seemed like it made sense to me. I mean, obviously the point of Twitter is just to amass more followers. Right?

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Up Periscope

A ways back I was part of a Twitter chat about an event called BlogJam. If you didn’t come check out the event, here’s a bit of a review that I wrote. The event was designed to bring together bloggers of every sort and share our combined knowledge to create an army of talented and knowledgeable bloggers. I was OVER the moon excited. But during the chat, a few people brought up something that I had NO interest in talking about, learning about, or being involved in; Periscope. For those of you that live in a bubble and don’t know what Periscope is, it’s a free app that connects with Twitter and allows you to stream live video. Now, conceptually, I was very excited about Periscope (see also Meerkat) but what I had seen, in general, was incredibly poor execution. For me, the idea of live video was very interesting due to the fact that you could share such a wide array of ideas in new and interesting ways. But most people used it for the silliest things that I’d seen. I actually (briefly) watched one “scope” that was someone running…in the dark… But I listened closely to what some of the users had to say. And now I’m addicted.

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Five Problems With Social Media: A Lesson in False Assumptions

I’ve been using a series of writing prompts to write some of these recent blog posts. I’m helping a friend stay committed to doing the same even though content ideation has never been a struggle of mine. In any case, the very first one in the list is “Five Problems with Social Media.” I first started this by identifying the various things that I thought were wrong with social media but I came to a startling conclusion; there’s nothing wrong with social media… *waits for the onslaught of people who tweet at him that he has no idea what he’s talking about…

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Sorry, Not Sorry: The Matt Whitman Story

Let’s talk politics.

Over the last few days, there has been a story circulating in Halifax about a certain politician and his social media habits. Here’s the basic story.

An RCMP officer ticketed a citizen for using their ATV to plow a driveway. Their ATV was, at some point, in the road and they were ticketed $406 for this violation of the motor vehicle act. The city councilor who represents that citizen (and in fact also represents the RCMP officer) took to social media to express his displeasure with this ticket and used some choice hashtags, including #GetaLife and #PowerTrip to describe his opinion of the officer’s actions.

I’m not going to get into who was right or who was wrong. I’ve established my opinion pretty clearly on social media. Instead, I’m going to take this opportunity to discuss Matt Whitman’s actions purely from a business perspective because when it comes down to it, that’s what being a politician is. It’s a job. You might do it for the right reasons or you might do it for the wrong reasons but you have duties and someone pays you. That is a job.

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