Really cutting back on stuff. Cleaning up my digital life. Just went through the domains I own, turned off auto update on a pile of things. Some I still own for a while below is a list of ones I’m getting ride of. It’ll leave me with mainly just domains that I actually use in an active way. If anyone wants to buy one, I’ll sell them cheap, all are as is, I’ve never done this before and I’m not willing to make it a job so I’d rather let them lapse then deal with anyones bitching. Most questions about the domains can probably be answered on their own with a whois or some other check, if you can’t figure that out yourself I probably don’t want the hassle of dealing with you. Sorry I’m crabby, I’m super busy, don’t need more work and in the low spot that comes from being at a super inspiring conference.
- ismyhome.ca – bought to maybe knock off http://www.ismyhome.com/ for Canada
- losomema.com – LOndon SOcial MEdia MAfia
- lpguild.ca – London Photo Guild
Shoot me an email if your interested.
September is my birthday, Charity: Waters too! This year I’m giving up my birthday to help build wells for those who really need it. Jump over to http://mycharitywater.org/billdeys to see how even a single dollar can help and to donate.
charity: water 2010 September Campaign: Clean Water for the Bayaka from charity: water on Vimeo.
My company, Deys Fabricating has also pledged to match every dollar we raise up to the $5000 campaign total. That will build two whole wells!Please help make a difference!
So far the iPad is one slick device. The keyboard dock makes it very compelling as a laptop travel replacement. I’ve actually been using it that way at work for most of my email and a lot of blogging!Spell check is genius. It should have been on the iPhone from the start, so much so that I’ve had it thorough a jailbreak for a long time.It is however one heavy unit. That is part of the reason I still like my Kindle for actual book reading. I’ve found that after about twenty minutes of reading, while holding the iPad without resting it on anything it starts to wear on the hands and arms.I also think as a book reader there are two other issues. One is that the screen hurts my eyes, especially in the dark. I’m OKay reading email and feeds on it, it the long term page after page reading of a book that gets to my eyes. It also does to much. Too many distractions that just are not there on the Kindle. I used to think a clock on the Kindle would be nice but I kind of like that it’s not there to distract from the mission when picking up the Kindle. Neither points are a big deal, don’t get me wrong I love the iPad. It just isn’t a book reader replacement for me.While I was first setting up the iPad I did find the App compatibility frustrating. One app doesn’t work at all, some work with scaling, some are universal and some are iPad only. Just sorting it out is a job, don’t know how this can be made easier. I also think there are some apps that are not universal that are a rip off. The iPad version doesn’t add functionality but you have to pay, often more, to get a version that works. This isn’t Apples fault but cmon guys, give me something extra or make it free.There are a lot of things about this thing that are just magic! It’s an amazing device in a lot of ways. I’ll be working on some write ups of some of the things I’ve learned. I can do a lot of neat tricks mashing up a few apps and other tools that I’m looking forward to sharing. Probably in the near future so stay tuned.
So I’ve made a pile of changes.First, I’ve decided to give the Nexus One a real go. For the past couple day’s it’s been the only phone I carry. I’ll probably keep it up for a week or so. I really want to like it I just have a lot of my life set up on the iPhone. I just figure I should give it a fair shake since I have the phone and all. So far so good, I’ve found a good set of apps to replace the stuff I really miss on the iPhone. The only thing I find lacking is a notes app that syncs to the cloud and multiple Macs. Got a suggestion? I do really want that Kindle App I’ve heard about and I’d be over joyed if I had the 2.2 update pushed to me! Oh, and I find I spend less time on the phone, just less to do. I don’t think it’s a bad thing, I can probably stand to spend less time connected!Second, I’ve jumped to Chrome as my browser. Nothing against Firefox, I’m just loving the speed. Part of that move also means I bit the bullet and stopped using delicious for ALL my bookmarks. I’ve done the export and pulled them all into Chrome. I kind of liked having them all, or mostly, public but I doubt to many people actually used my sharing. The syncing features of Chrome seam to work great to keep all my Mac’s up to date, just the same as I had set up on Firefox, all I really want now is a 1Password plugin to make my logins easier!Third. In light of all the privacy concerns surrounding Facbook, I’ve spent a bunch of time sorting out my friends list and setting group so I can pick who can see what. I removed a lot of people and cleaned up my profile. I’ve never been all that concerned with the privacy stuff my self, I tend to not put anything in networks that I wouldn’t tell someone I’ve just met over a beer. I think I’ve got it to the point where there is actually some value in using Facebook and I might actually spend some time there!Lastly, I upgraded to the latest version of TweetDeck. I’ve always like TweetDeck and I think they’ve knocked it out of the park with this last release. With my cleaned up Facebook account in there and the Google Buzz integration I think I can better keep on top of the info from the folks I care to follow!So, how are you improving your online existence?PS: #GDLDN moved! We’re at Gigs now, info on the meetup site
I run into this all too often. I buy something from you, or just as simple as sign up for your newsletter and I’m on your list. Some time later I decide I’d like off the list. Great there’s a handy unsubscribe button in the email. I think I’m all set but…You need a username and password to “update your profile settings” to stop the email. WHY???It’s always some weird domain to login to and, when you try and reset the password, that email takes a day to get in. By then you’ve forgotten why you even were doing it in the first place!It shouldn’t be that hard to simply get off the list. Just removing that address isn’t a huge security threat. I’m not trying to buy something without a password here. It’s just a list. There is more value to making simple options easy and accessible then one more address on the list and it’s not worth filters getting trained to mark your messages as spam.Bottom Line, don’t frustrate your “customers.” You can’t afford that anymore. Everyone has a voice and they are willing to use it!
Everyone and their brother wants to define Social Media, New Media and Web 2.0. I can’t stand how much focus is put on that one simple question. Can we please forget “What is Social Media?”?The point I want to make comes from an observation that I’ve made from watching folks on both sides of the Digital Native divide.On the Native side, folks just “get it.” With each new tool they quickly and efficiently learn how things work and what button X does and how to fully utilize the tools.On the other hand (what do/should we call this? Paper Native?) you watch people deal with a new facebook account and watching is like pulling teeth. Seams like their afraid to click a link for fear of spontaneous combustion!What it all comes down to if fluidity. Folks who get it move like fluid through the digital sea. Is that where the “Surf the Web” line came from? The ability to adapt to the change in tide, to know that googling “facebook login” MAY not get you to the login page for facebook.
I’m starting to realize that people can the tagged the two main tags.The first group are the self promoters. They have no problem boasting about themselves. About how many followers they have. They spend all their time to boost their chosen metric by any means necessary. Leads to short term gain, often a bunch of money too, but it’s short lived. I’ve seen these folk come and go. This weeks top hit for “SEO Guru’s” blog 404’s next month.The second don’t self promote. They don’t care about how many followers they have, or subscribers to their blog. Instead they choose to just focus on doing cool things and let the promotion work itself out. They let someone else pass on word of the cool new project and endlessly devote their passion to the cause. They are the real doers and the folks I admire. You can usually pick one out, they’re often the ones fuming over the person from group one’s latest buzz word filled self promoting title!I prefer to think of myself in the second group but… ?Hate that this kinda seams like a group one style post but I had to make the statement. Also I’m not saying that you should tell people about you latest cool project or write a blog post about what you’re working on. The promotion just shouldn’t be the point, the cool stuff should be!
So I was contacted by the folks behind Gunless starring Paul Gross (Passchendaele, “Eastwick”) as the Montana Kid. A new western style film, set in Canada, that opens April 29th, 2010.Here a quick synopsis of the flick.
When notorious American gunslinger, The Montana Kid (Paul Gross), staggers into the tiny Canadian hamlet of Barclay’s Brush, life for the town’s 17 inhabitants is about to get exciting. The Kid immediately gets into an unfortunate altercation with Jack (Tyler Mane), the town’s surly blacksmith, which leads to the The Kid ‘calling him out’ for some good old frontier justice – a showdown. But in a place totally ill prepared to deal with a classic gun fight and without a single working pistol to be found, adhering to the code of the American Wild West may prove difficult.Not able to let go of the ‘code’, The Kid remains stuck in Barclay’s Brush, getting drawn into a strange world of eccentric rituals and characters; among them Jane (Sienna Guillory), a smart sassy woman who becomes his only hope of finding a way out… or perhaps his only reason for staying…
And for a trailer you can hit up the movies site!So why am I telling you this? Well they’ve sent me a bunch of tickets to give away to the opening at Silver City on the 29th at 7pm. If your interested in seeing the movie with me send me an email with gunless in the subject. First come first serve gets a double pass!
So LOLA is over, I’m kinda missing the chaos already, much like what happens on the ride home from any PodCamp! It was an amazing event and I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to have even a small part in what went on. If you didn’t know I was brought in to be part of the social media and apps (applications) team. We set up some social media technologies to promote the festival as well as ways that festival goers can manage information during the festival. We custom built some simple dynamic pages that would give you information on each band or art piece as well as find out times for events such as texting, or scanning a QR code, to find out what band is on stage and which is coming up next.We also ran a livestream for the duration on the festival so that people who couldn’t be in the park could watch. That leads me to the reason I sat down to write this post. I wanted to put a few points about LiveStream out there so that they can perhaps improve and you can learn a bit about them.First point, and this is a HUGE one, is their customer support is non existent. We were trying to do something innovative, never been done before, and “we” (read: Justin) had to do some much hacking to get it to work with NO response from them. We were making a flex based (Adobe Air) desktop app that would pull bio data from a database, a ticker from a Twitter feed, and show what is currently on the live stream. Their API seamed to allow this but we couldn’t get it to work. We got one response from their customer service that was no help and no response to follow up requests. We finally did get it working after Justin spent most of the night before the festival working around their security. It worked and looked awesome!The other issues are more specific to the way the streaming works and if they made improvements it would be, for applications like this, a far more valuable service.I’d love to be able to select an audio feed to stay on while I switch cameras. We had a main “camera” set up that got a feed from the professional video crew that were doing the on stage projections, as well as an audio feed from the sound board. Obviously both were amazing quality but I’d love to had the capability to switch to a Qik camera that were in the crowd with out losing the board audio. Right now it’s either all or nothing, the audio and video feeds are tied together which is less then ideal.The other big problem I found was that I couldn’t tell one Qik camera from another. They all show up as “lolafest camera [qik]” which makes it extremely difficult to pull up the right camera where there is more then a couple and you just sent someone out to get a certain shot. Displaying the cameras Qik account would be a big help.Other then that I have to say that I feel my part of the festival was a success. We had our problems, like I said some of this stuff had never been done before and we only had a few days to get the real nuts and bolt of it put together.
In my opinion tweeting from an intern’s Cons outweigh the Pro’s. They just don’t know enough about your “brand” (company). They’re not plugged into the stream of info enough to have the goods and to know what they SHOULDN’T be tweeting! My other point is that they will not be building a connection that will be a lasting one.
|So what’s a Twintern you say? Essentially, a Twintern is an intern, typically a university or college student, who is hired to be the official Twitter spokesperson and brand ambassador for a given company. A Twintern is in charge of reporting company happenings, as well as joining, actively participating in, and establishing online communities for a company’s brand.
|Many businesses, especially ones without a definitive social media strategy or communications plan in place, are hiring twinterns to be their new media be all end alls. Twintern job descriptions encapsulate pretty much everything dealing with the social media sphere, including: influencer outreach, monitoring/metrics and crisis communications all in one.
|I finish this post by reaching out and asking you, have you ever had any experience(s) with twinterns or twinternships? If you have, I’d love to get your feedback on your personal experiences—what worked, what didn’t and what you learned!