First let me share some good articles to read from some academic friends of mine:
- 9 Small Businesses You Can Start From Home Small Businesses
- 8 Apps Every Writer Should Have Writer Apps
- 9 Business Lessons From The World’s Top College Dropouts Business Lessons
- 100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom [Updated] Using Facebook
- 50 Creative Etsy Gifts for Your Beloved Grad Gifts
- The 10 Best Movie Scenes About Business Travel Movie Scenes
- 10 Surprising Facts About University Endowments Financial endowment
- 10 Big Ways Facebook Forever Changed College Facebook
- 10 Worst Bits of Advice That Boomers Gave Us Advice
- The 10 Most Legendary Prep Schools in America Prep Schools
- 20 Counterintuitive Company Policies That Actually Work Company Policies
- The Most Common Department Cuts Colleges Are Making Department Cuts
- 20 Telling Stats on the State of Academic Pay Academic Pay
Things are not always what they seem
I’m on the mailing list of minister Larry Ollison. He’s probably best described as a non-denominational , Baptist Pentecostal. One of his best stories is the Two Ministers and a Mannequin. You can read it here for yourself:
- The Mannequin and the Two Ministers Mannequin
These two ministers have a change to get all items from a building. They load them up in a truck and don’t have room for a female mannequin. They need to take everything from the building.
Now in this story about Zuckerberg’s marriage, we find an interesting question. Why did Mark wait for
Facebook stock to become public and get married a short time later. Were these two events related?
- Zuckerberg’s Property Status, Post-Marriage Property Status
The story goes on to speculate that it was to protect his stock options. This might be true.
Anyway, back to the ministers. They put the female mannequin in the front seat between them. Nothing seemed wrong until they ran low on gas. When they stopped at a gas station to fill up, folks keep looking at the two ministers, with the mannequin sitting between them.
So what appears to be a situation about the ministers, is not the real story.
As everyone knows, the stock went public. Folks bought it for a certain price. But it was devalued after the purchase. For more info, see the following stories:
- BOMBSHELL: Facebook Bankers Secretly Cut Forecasts For Company In Middle Of IPO Roadshow Facebook Bankers
- Scandal Brewing Over Facebook’s Actions At IPO Scandal Brewing
What can we conclude from the Facebook and the minister’s mannequin story? Both explored factors that were not what they seemed. Facebook stock value was not what it seemed, when small investors were buying it. The mannequin riding with the minister was not what it seemed.
It’s cool. You can find it here:
- See Bing Desktop
What it does is create a different computer desktop each day. It’s also an optional install on the stand Windows upgrades for Windows 7. I’m not sure about other Windows operating systems.
Filed under: Business, Technology | Tagged: Baptist, Business, Etsy, FaceBook, Financial endowment, Initial public offering, Mannequin, Mark Zuckerberg, Marriage, Priscilla Chan, Share (finance), Small Business, Social network, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, United States, Windows, Zuckerberg | Comments Off
Pinterest – is it worth the effort?
Before I start, here is an article a friend referred me to: 10 Economic Concepts Everyone Needs to Understand 10 Economic Concepts Everyone Needs to Understand
Before we start talking about Pinterest, it is best to define it. Here are some definitions:
- There is a HubSpot e-book entitled The Productivity Handbook – 7 Apps that can change the way you do business. One of the apps covered is Pinterest and they define it as “a social bookmarking site that focuses on images.”
- The Wiki article at Wiki on Pinterest defines it as “ a vision board-styled social photo sharing website.”
- The Pinterest website defines it as “an online pinboard. Organize and share things you love.”
- In the article entitled PINTEREST What the heck is it???, it says this: “Think of Pinterest as a virtual pinboard — a place where you can create collections of things you love and ‘follow’ collections created by people with great taste.’
- In Pinteresting Facts at Pinteresting Facts , it says “What is Pinterest? That definition is changing, but the short simple answer is that it’s a social network where you can pin things of interest to you on pinboards. Followers can view your pinboards and pinned content, repinning if they like anything they see. However, a better definition for Pinterest could be made—a one word definition—’addiction.’”
Here are some good articles I’ve tweeted about Pinterest (along with one or two I didn’t):
- How Pinterest Is Changing Website Design Forever Pinterest is changing website design
- How Pinterest is Becoming the Next Big Thing in Social Media for Business Next best thing in blogging
- Pinterest Hits 10 Million U.S. Monthly Uniques Faster Than Any Standalone Site Ever -comScore 10 Million U.S. Monthly
- Pinterest sets record for fastest site to hit 10 million monthly visitors 10 Million U.S. Monthly
- Perfect For A Lonely Valentine’s Day: Behold The Pinterest Porn Clones (NSFW) Perfect For A Lonely Valentine’s Day
- Procrastinating With Pinterest? Turn It To Your Advantage Turn It To Your Advantage
- How to use Pinterest’s pinboard for the Web at How to use Pinterest’s pinboard.
- 7 Cool Resumes We Found On Pinterest 7 Cool Resumes We Found On Pinterest
- 70 Inspiring Pinterest Pins for Dorm Room décor 70 Inspiring Pinterest Pins for Dorm Room décor
- Pinning. What the Heck Is It and Why is Everyone Doing It? Pinning. What the Heck Is It and Why is Everyone Doing It?
- 6 Compelling Reasons You Should Use Pinterest for Marketing 6 Compelling Reasons You Should Use Pinterest for Marketing
- 10 Reasons Pinterest Booked 10 Million Visitors a Month So Fast 10 Reasons Pinterest Booked 10 Million Visitors a Month So Fast
- Pinterest: Everything You Wanted to Know About 2012′s Hottest Startup [INFOGRAPHIC] Pinterest: Everything You Wanted to Know About 2012′s Hottest Startup [INFOGRAPHIC]
- Pinterest: How Do U.S. and UK Users Compare? [INFOGRAPHIC] Pinterest: Everything You Wanted to Know About 2012′s Hottest Startup [INFOGRAPHIC]
- Trick Out Your Pinterest Boards With This Simple Hack Trick Out Your Pinterest Boards With This Simple Hack
In the article entitled Procrastinating With Pinterest? Turn It To Your Advantage, it mentions that “Pinterest began with a predominantly female audience, focusing on arts-and-crafts, clothing, interior decorating, and other things made of sugar and spice. “
You have to now ask for an invite. Then a couple of days later, you should receive an invite to join. It looks like it has more of a graphic emphasize – unlike Twitter – which is geared to sharing shore 140 character text updates.
I noticed a few friends from other social media sites started following me. Please don’t expect me to be a Pinterest superstar. I’m just getting my feet wet now.
In the article entitled How Pinterest is Becoming the Next Big Thing in Social Media for Business, it gives this example:
“Perhaps the most powerful business application is the ability to post images of your company’s products on your Pinterest board and link them back to your website. It works as a sort of virtual store catalog.”
“But remember that this is social media. If you simply display images of your products without contributing other content or sharing other users’ pins, you’ll likely find that people don’t pay much attention. After all, no one likes a self-absorbed blowhard.”
One of the articles I referred to is entitled Perfect For A Lonely Valentine’s Day: Behold The Pinterest Porn Clones (NSFW). It doesn’t surprise me. I remember taking a philosophy class at the College of DuPage (i.e. COD) entitled business ethics. We had to partner with another class member and do a project from a list of topic suggestions. My partner and I did on the porn industry. I took the role of a porn producer defending the industry. One partner played a TV interviewer taking the opposite viewpoint. Both of us had to do a bit of research (i.e. looking at statistics and figures – not watching porn video clips). It doesn’t surprise me Pinterest became a target for clones.
Will I see you on Pinterest?
I hope so. I can use some pointers from creative types or graphic artists.
Filed under: Business, Social Media | Tagged: comScore, FaceBook, HubSpot, Internet Marketing, IPhone, Online Communities, Photo sharing, Pinterest, Pinteresting Facts, Social Media, Social network, Twitter, Website | 2 Comments »
What can we learn from the great Twitter unfollow experiment?
This week, I came across an interesting article entitled The Great Twitter Unfollow Experiment of 2011: The Great Twitter Unfollow Experiment of 2011. The author was Chris Brogan. In essence, he said this:
“This week, I unfollowed everyone on Twitter. That was over 131,000 people. I didn’t do it manually, but rather, with some help (ask @jesse, if you need custom help like that).”
Chris didn’t say what that special help was. I know from using Tweeter Karma that the bulk unfollow is no longer available on Twitter. I can only guess it was some programmable attempt.
Why did he do that?
He answers the question this way:“ My reason was that I’d started receiving over 200 direct message spams a day. (These messages said things like ‘lol, look at this funny photo,’ with a link that would enslave my account to send similar messages.)”
Sorry Chris – I don’t agree with you
Chris seemed to go to a lot of work in unfollowing about 136 thousand people – then slowly following them again. It did make for an informative blog post. But I think you can recognize patterns here:
- Is this really you in that photo?
- What you did was shocking in this photo.
- Why are you doing this in this photo?
A few months later, he bumps into the same guy again. He gives him a different story.“Don’t you remember me?” he asked. “I saw you a few months back and you told the story about…
Nigerian email schemes
They are tricks and after a while, you recognize the patterns. It’s like these emails you receive from Nigeria or similar countries. In the email, it gives some fantastic story about having millions of dollars. Either a rich uncle died, they want to invest in you, they want to help your Christian mission, etc.
But that’s not all. They just happened to find you – an honest person – and they want you to help get the money to the USA. For your help, you get a handsome percentage.
Now if you fall for this trap, they will stall on giving you the money. There will be all kinds of excuses. But if you send them some money, they will speed things up.There are other variations – the process is the same: get money out of you.
And don’t worry. I’m no fool! It would take a good stretch of imagination to fall for the Nigerian scams.
I was fooled also
Don’t worry, Chris – I fell for the Twitter schemes myself. Once I opened a message that said “look at this funny picture of you,” or something to that effect.
Then I noticed that software was sending messages with my name on. So I just send a message with a link to the scheme; talked about in a forum.I learned my lesson.
Someone is trying to trick me and my followers
But I recently have gotten replies to my posts from some women. Now all this did was post a link and none of them were my followers. Yet if you click the link, it links to a porno site. None of them were followers of mine – nor vice versa!
After falling for it twice from 2 difference women, I refuse to open any more links. In fact, I have a feeling someone is behind this attempt to make me look bad. I even have a good idea who they are. So I’m publishing this info here.
- How to unfollow everyone on Twitter? (dailybloggr.com)
- To Unfollow or Not to Unfollow – My Twitter Strategy (jonwellman.com)
- The Great Twitter Unfollow Experiment of 2011 (chrisbrogan.com)
- Chris Brogan Isn’t Following You, But It’s Okay (adpulp.com)
- Seven ways to get unfollowed on Twitter (silicon.com)
- It’s not personal, but I’m unfollowing you… (social-media-enthusiast.com)
- Kotaku Off Topic: Unfollow [How Is This News?] (kotaku.com)
Filed under: Social Media | Tagged: Chris Brogan, FaceBook, Michael Hyatt, Nigeria, Online Communities, Search engine optimization, Social Media, Social network, Trending and Popularity, Twitter, United States | 1 Comment »
A few days ago, Microsoft leaked about a proposed social network called Tulalip.
In case you don’t know, Google recently created a social network called Google +. There are some great article references from my blog post entitled Who will inherit the 9 Billion US dollar spiritual empire – Good Google + articles?
It’s also the name of some gambling casinos owned by Indian tribes. So it raises some questions:
- Has anyone trademarked the name? Either Microsoft or the gambling concerns?
- Isn’t there the potential to offend some Indian tribes? Look at controversies that have been raised with either academic or sports use of Indian names.
- How did Microsoft come up with that name?
We all know that Facebook is still the undisputed king. And Google +, which is run by the 1000 pound seach engine gorilla – is off to a good start.
In FaceBook Effect – Pit Bulls and Canned Worms?, I show how FaceBook played Google against Microsoft. In the early days, both companies wanted a piece of the Facebook empire.
Now they are competing with solutions to compute agains Facebook.
Can Microsoft pull this off?
Microsoft has some brainy people. I worked with some when I used to be a Motorola software engineer. But they still need to make something a priority.
Let’s take the task of creating a way to defy spam robots. Google came up with a way called recaptcha at Google Recaptcha.
What is the Microsoft solution? They experimented with a solution where one choses some cats or dogs. It’s a picture game. Pretty simple. It’s called Asirra and it’s found at Asirra. But notice it’s still in the research stage – after years of testing.
Now this dog and cat solution is a great proposal. It shouldn’t take a couple of Microsoft nerds any time to perfect it. So what happened?
It probably got bumped to the bottom priority queue. Yet the Google solution is running and very popular.
Why is Microsoft announcing this “possible” social network now? Do they want us to think they have a competitor to Google +?
Actually, I’m in favor of a Microsoft Facebook clone – just as I favor one from Google.
So what’s missing?
What’s missing? It’s a time-frame or project plan, released to the public. Let us know when you will have something for us to beta test. We don’t need another Asirra. We need another Google + or another Facebook.
Microsoft just brought Skype and I like the acquisition. But I have yet to see what Microsoft will do with Skype.
Perhaps someone is asleep in their PR department. Or in the PR companies they hired to work with them.
Remember the old saying: I’m from Missouri – show me?
If you want me to be excited, give me a time frame when it will be ready for action.
Yet remember – an article at Microsoft leaks social network, swears it’s nothing says this:
“But Microsoft might not need to build its own social network thanks to deepening ties with Facebook. Microsoft is an investor in Facebook and plans to acquire Skype, which powers Facebook’s new video chat.”
One more week for book giveaway
If no one enters, the book goes to the Carol Stream Public library after August 1, 2011.
- Microsoft Takes A Dip Into The Social Media Pool With ‘Tulalip’ (convonix.com)
- Tribe Upset Over Microsoft’s Planned Tulalip Social Search Applicaiton (indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)
- Tulalip Tribes Object to ‘Tulalip’ Social Network from Microsoft (techland.time.com)
- Microsoft apologizes for using ‘Tulalip’ as code name (seattlepi.com)
- Microsoft leaks its Tulalip social network plans (slashgear.com)
- Tulalips, Microsoft settle name issue (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Microsoft Appeases Tribe Over ‘Tulalip’ Code Name (pcworld.com)
- Tulalip Tribes, Microsoft settle name issue (bizjournals.com)
- Microsoft Leaks Social Search Service, Swears It’s Nothing (techland.time.com)
Let’s get one thing straight. In the book entitled The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World by David Kirkpatrick, there’s one thing very clear in this book. David is on friendly terms with Mark Zuckerberg. It’s a bit different from The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich. Ben was probably never friends with Mark.
Ben’s book has been made into a movie. People love topics like “sex” and “money”, floating in the movie scenes. As an interesting exercise, go to Amazon and read through the read reviews, for these two books. The Facebook Effect is found at amazon.com/Face… and Accidental Billionaires is found at amazon.com/Acci….
Here’s another interesting exercise. I normally feed my blog posts to my Facebook page at facebook.com/ra…, but you might not find this and last week’s this blog post on the NOTES section, of my Facebook profile. Normally, I have my weekly blog posts added to my NOTES section. Could it be that the Facebook “censorship board” is suppressing it? Let’s wait and see!
Facebook does have its criticisms. You can find them in an excellent Wiki article at en.wikipedia.or…. . I love and use Facebook. I really don’t care whom the real Mark Zuckerberg is. What’s important to me is usability. And what we are exploring today is what David Kirkpatrick says about Facebook – not what Ben Mezrich says. Sometime in the future, I’ll see the movie version on RedBox and read the book.
The Facebook Effect
One thing comes clear in this story. There was much competition from services like MySpace and Friendster. MySpace was purchased by Rupert Murdoch , the international media tycoon. Renown reporter Mike Royko worked for the Chicago Sun Times, a paper Rupert would buy. He was quoted as saying, “No self respecting fish would wrap themselves in a Murdoch newspaper.” Mike went on to work for the Chicago Tribune.
Friendster was another story. It became localized to Brazil, which has the largest membership percentage. FaceBook took a phased approach. They released it to select Ivy League colleges, with hints at the next roll outs. It became popular on Ivy League college campuses, beating out other competing local service.
Another interesting aspect is how Mark played with the venture capitalists. Often he held meetings with them, just to learn. Google was often in talks with Mark. Yet our CEO allowed Microsoft to buy ad space and used Microsoft to play against Google. In reality, he would inflate the value of Facebook to potential buyers – yet he did get some willing purchasers, ready to pay the price.
Which brings use to data. Facebook is a private network, with about 0.5 billion users. Their profile data is hidden on Facebook servers, which aren’t accessible to Google and Microsoft. They have their own private marketing data mine, which they lock out from major search engine players.
Mark has made some mistakes. Mostly these center around privacy issues, on how the data is used. Some policies got him in trouble, but he did bounce back. He allowed the fireworks to get users involved. He probably did some excellent Bobby Fisher, Facebook chess moves.
There are things that worry Mark. The biggest one was Twitter and they are keeping a sharp eye. Why do you think Facebook brought Friend Feed? Yet you don’t see folks jumping on the Friend Feed wagon, like they do with Twitter. Twitter has been on many ABC news casts (plus other news networks), in their feature stories – either directly or indirectly.
I think the truth about Mark likes somewhere between the David Kirkpatrick and Ben Mezrich presentations. It’s like that old Gestalt picture. Do you see two people facing each other, or a vase?
Filed under: Marketing, Social Media, Technology | Tagged: Ben Mezrich, Chicago Sun Times, David Kirkpatrick, FaceBook, Mark Zuckerberg, MySpace, Rupert Murdoch, Social network, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook A Tale of Sex Money Genius and Betrayal | 1 Comment »
Let’s first define cameo, shall we? It’s found in Wiki at en.wikipedia.or….
On Sunday, September 26, 2010, there was an interesting news clip on MSNBC. The video showed women in either black or white outfits, moving in figure eights, playing basketball. They said most people miscounted the numbers of baskets, moving through the center. You can see the video for yourself at today.msnbc.msn…. It’s based on the book entitled The Invisible Gorilla: And other ways out intuitions deceive us by Christopher F. Chabris and Daniel Simons.
The video authors claim that, “People miss big things that happen in front of their eyes.” This was supposed to illustrate that people claim they can recall events perfectly – yet miss the boat. While these six individuals were running around in circles, a person walked by in a gorilla suit. “How many people spotted him?” asked the announcer.
Is the FaceBook founder hiding in a gorilla suit? There’s a movie out in October called The Social Network. It’s described by Wiki at en.wikipedia.or…. This movie is based upon the book entitled The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich.
I been following some news film clips about the movie. One commenter mentions the movie portraits Zuckerberg as ruthless. When Mark Elliot Zuckerberg commented via a news clip, he mentioned the movie is largely a “work of fiction.” On the Oprah show, the Facebook founder committed to a 100 million matching grant for education – shortly before the public movie release.
To be honest, I haven’t seen the movie yet. I’ll probably wait until it becomes available at my local Redbox outlet. I used to belong to Netflix, but found there were incredibly long wait times for premium movies.
Another book I’m reading is The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick. This book presents a completely different portrayal of Zuckerberg. In this book, he looks like a nice guy, who just has his own way of seeing things.
Could it be that both Ben Mezrich and David Kirkpatrick were both focused on counting folks in white cloths? Did they miss the real founder, hiding in the gorilla suit? How can two experienced authors come up with two completely different portrayals of Mark Elliot Zuckerberg? We can also see a brief Wiki biography at en.wikipedia.or….
Will the real Mark Elliot Zuckerberg please stand up?
Sometime I need to write a book review about The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick. Perhaps next week?
In the meantime, how about a couple of questions from the field?
Any more advice about blogging?
I thought I’ll share this from How fiction writers (& other creatives) can develop into badass bloggers tribalwriter.com/…
“It’s important to understand that blogging is a long-term enterprise. Expect it to take one and a half to two years to build audience and gain traction. Expect it to be a lot of work. Expect that there will be times when you experience discouragement and blogger burn-out and thoughts like Just why the hell am I doing this thing?, You’ll wonder if there’s anybody out there reading your stuff. If there will ever be anybody out there reading your stuff.”
Here’s another great quote from that blog post:
“Here’s the great paradox of blogging: you can only blog to market yourself through the act of unmarketing yourself.”
“In other words: marketing should be a side benefit. Your blog needs a higher purpose, a raison d’etre to justify its own existence.”
Does MagicJack do anything better than other VOIP devices?
I’ve only found one thing it does better. After my Vonage phone number expired, I called it from MagicJack, NetTalk and Gizmo Voice (via Grandstream, Budge Tone 201). Only MJ gave a recorded message, saying the number was no longer in service. The other two devices just kept ringing.
Of the three services, I like MJ the least. Depending on a year of testing, I might not renew it. It depends on if NetTalk is a strong market contender, and functions smoothly for a year. Or I might just have MJ hang around, as a floated system.
Competition is good. Look at the bibles ESV and TNIV, which have different philosophies of gender inclusiveness. Yet a consumer could buy both and gain great benefit, using something like the NASA to resolve any disputes. As an aside, the TNIV and NIV will go away and a new NIV version is scheduled for 2011 (see nivbibleupdate….). Could this announcement be (in part) a reaction to the ESV success?
Or take the Headway WordPress theme now competing with Thesis. Thesis opened up its license agreement, so you can have an unlimited number of developer versions available, on your own site. It still falls short of Headway‘s license agreement, which allows someone to use the developer version on client sites.
Filed under: Entertainment, Marketing, Social Media, Technology | Tagged: Accidental Billionaires, Ben Mezrich, Coaching, David Kirkpatrick, FaceBook, Mark Zuckerberg, Netflix, Social network, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook A Tale of Sex Money Genius and Betrayal, United States, Vonage, Wordpress | 4 Comments »