Searching and stats on the social web

April 28, 2009 · Filed Under Blog · Comment 

I get a lot of email from friends asking me about where such and such is on the web. I’m usually pretty good at finding stuff through searches. Here’s a great cheatsheet if you want to get better at finding things on the web.

The other things I get asked a bunch is for stats on the social web. Well, you’re in luck.

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A link from Mashable detailing the fastest growing social sites. No surprise here. Facebook rolls along.

Here’s one from O’Reilly detailing active Facebook users by country.

Here’s an article from the LA Times on how brands need to pay attention to Twitter. Of course, the domino’s debacle (love that word too icon smile Searching and stats on the social web is featured here.

Speaking of twitter, couple funny stories.

I’ve always been a fan of Hugh Jackman. I liked him early on in Someone Like You (yes, I know it’s a chic flick) and Wolverine is one of my favorite comics (the others being Silver Surfer, SpiderMan and Punisher of course). He seems like a good guy and giving $100K to charity via Twitter (@realhughjackman) won’t change my opinion.

Want a funny story. How about a convict being forced to tweet every ten minutes by a judge as a way of updating his parole officer of his whereabouts.

Finally, just because. Remember those skater kids you make fun of. Well, now those skater kids are getting their own curriculum icon smile Searching and stats on the social web

WordPress’s future

April 21, 2009 · Filed Under Blog · Comment 

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I’m a huge fan of WordPress. I’ve been using it for years. The reasons are numerous. Passionate community, robust base functionality augmented (I love that word) by thousands of plugins, and the fact that it is one of the most successful opensource products ever.

The one thing about WordPress that I’ve always worried about is what if Matt Mullenweg, one of the founding developers of WordPress (think Bill Gates), decides he wants to cash out and sells WordPress somehow. Well something else I hadn’t thought of just occured.

The database that WordPress uses is called MySQL. It’s probably the most popular web database going so it’s a no brainer for WordPress to use it. But Sun, the company behind MySQL that has always made the source code is available under terms of the GNU General Public License, just sold to Oracle.

Frightening.

Matt has a post about it here. I’d like to see this spur WordPress into being ported to other databases like PostgreSQL.

This is why I don’t order Domino’s

April 20, 2009 · Filed Under Blog · Comment 

Wow. In case you’ve been under a rock somewhere, here’s a recap of that Domino’s video prank gone awry.

Full disclosure, I have not watched the videos and don’t intend to icon smile This is why I dont order Dominos

Full story in the New York Times.

The videos can still be found here (I haven’t watched them, I’m told they were pretty nasty icon smile This is why I dont order Dominos

Here’s a link to Domino’s response on YouTube.

Here’s Domiono’s twitter acct.

Some highlights from the story:

Domino’s was on top of the situation within about 48 hours — too long, according to some. The offending video received nearly 1 million views before it was taken down, which already represented significant damage to the brand.

On Wednesday morning, Domino’s decided a YouTube response would be necessary, Mr. Weisberg said. Mr. Doyle was featured in the video, saying rather woodenly, “We sincerely apologize for this incident. We thank members of the online community who quickly alerted us and allowed us to take immediate action. Although the individuals in question claim it’s a hoax, we are taking this incredibly seriously.” He adds in the video that the store where the videos were shot has been shut down and sanitized. The company, he says, is also conducting a wholesale review of hiring practices “to make sure that people like this don’t make it into our stores.”

The full implication of that statement became clearer when it was later revealed that Ms. Hammonds is a registered sex offender, which gave the story fresh media traction. Domino’s also opened a Twitter account to deal with consumer inquiries.
The Domino’s apology video had gotten 330,000 views at press time. The original offending video had reached nearly 1 million views when it was taken down Wednesday evening. A copy now has more than 345,000 views.

Are you beginning to see the importance of the social web? I’ll bet Domino’s does icon smile This is why I dont order Dominos

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Around the web in social media, or as I like to call it, the social web,

April 14, 2009 · Filed Under Blog · Comment 

and a few other things.

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Facebook is dominating social networks right now. I wonder where they’ll be in five years. Google or AOL? I’m leaning more towards Google, and maybe they’ll actually be a part of Google as they figure out how to actually make money. Why? Here’s an article from CNN detailing how older demographics are joining Facebook. There are quite a few stories out there on this topic. What it really shows is that it is getting harder and harder to ignore the social web and not admit that it has entered mainstream society.

Ah, but Facebook is really just for people and won’t help me brand my company you say? Well, think again. Here’s a link to a write up from Mashable (which you really should be reading on your own) about a new section on Facebook that lists how companies are now using Facebook to brand themselves. Why should you care. The list includes some case studies. The recent Facebook redesign, while inciting individuals, actually has businesses excited. Here’s a direct link to the Facebook page.

And if you’re wondering what the heck is social media? Well then, you must live in the county and hope that I’m saying something about Calvert. If not, then here’s a nice video from our friends at Common Craft explaining social media. Spend some time on their YouTube channel because they cover a variety of topics.

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Besides Facebook, the other social media platform grabbing all the headlines right now is, of course, twitter. Again twitter is not just for individuals. Here’s a decent list of associations on twitter. If you’re wondering who else is on twitter, or how to find them, here’s a list of 15 social media discovery tools that includes twitter tools to find out.

And since everyone loves lists, well here’s a list of lists. 600+ Lists On Anything You Can Think Of. Try reading that one. What lists are missing on that one?

Using Twitter, Facebook and the web to be a productive well-rounded netizen

April 7, 2009 · Filed Under Blog · Comment 

I remember I had an excellent teacher in high school (there were a couple) and he always advocated what he called the renaissance lifestyle. Basically, everything in moderation, nothing in excess.

I was reading an article on ReadWriteWeb the other day that made me think of this. They had come across an article about a study done by The University of Melbourne that showed that people who use the Internet for personal reasons at work are about 9 percent more productive that those who do not.

I’m inclined to agree with ReadWriteWeb though that I think the 9% is probably low.

The study included 300 workers, 70% of which use the Internet at work engage in what they termed Workplace Internet Leisure Browsing (WILB). Many of the popular activities, searching for information about products, reading online news sites and watching YouTube movies, are things that have directly improved my productivity.

Here’s a tip. Try using YouTube to find software tutorials. You’ll be amazed at what you find. I used YouTube to find some very good tutorials geared specifically for my DSLR camera.

Taking a moment to do some casual research or surfing can also be good from a creative standpoint. You can only focus so long. From Dr Coker, “People need to zone out for a bit to get back their concentration. Think back to when you were in class listening to a lecture – after about 20 minutes your concentration probably went right down, yet after a break your concentration was restored.”

The original release on the study can be found on the University of Melbourne website.

And yes, I know I’ve dated myself by using Netizen. I use it because I can icon smile Using Twitter, Facebook and the web to be a productive well rounded netizen

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