Halloween weekend has arrived. It’s time for corn mazes (maize mazes, HA), costume parties, haunted houses, and scary movies. Have you picked up a bag of Halloween candy for those pesky trick-or-treaters? And then a second bag after you ate the first bag?
Some Halloweenies took their love for social media out on these innocent pumpkins.
Asking for submissions from supporters, the Tumblr blog is meant to be a collaborative endeavor among advocates of Obama 2012.
I can only assume the president doesn’t know that an Obama-themed Tumblr blog already exists? I won’t link to it here due to a crude word in the URL (and no free handouts!), but I will include a few gems to pique your interest and encourage your Google search efforts.
Obama shows off his finger-stache.
Obama uses motion-capture suit to record his presidency in 3-D.
No explanation needed. You’re welcome, James McAvoy.
Looking for a free tool with which to create and edit YouTube videos? Try YouTube’s own video software tools.
Whether you’re looking to create an animated video, add transitions and effects to your current scenes, or work on a video from different locations (cloud editing), YouTube offers the programs to help.
These well-kept secrets are becoming less secretive as YouTube improves the features of each tool.
Set aside ten minutes to test out each tool, and find which one suits your needs. Then run with it! You’d be surprised what you can come up with.
If you’re looking for an extra method to help brand your company, consider editing the photostrip on your Facebook page.
Use PhotoShop, Paint, or Pixlr to create a minimum of 5 images with a size of 97x68 pixels. Make the images simple in design, so they don’t take away from your profile picture. Upload the images to Facebook, where they will immediately become your photostrip pics.
As you continue to add new photos to Facebook over time, the custom images you created will get pushed out of the strip to make room for the most recent ones. To prevent this, hover your mouse over the photos you don’t want in your photostrip until a small x appears in the upper right corner. Click the x to remove the unwanted photos from your customized photostrip.
Change the images as often as you wish, to coincide with sales, specials, and holidays.
Keep in mind! You cannot control the order of the photostrip photos. Each time the Facebook page is refreshed, the 5 images will change order. Keep this in mind when designing them. Don’t make a boo-boo like this:
I believe this is supposed to say HyperArts. So why does it say HerAyps RT?
Well guess what HyperArts, I’m not comfortable with ReTweeting Her Rapist. Find another sucker.
I have found myself rather entertained when following the #buffalobills on Twitter during Sunday games. The happy, the angry, and the very drunk can all be found tweeting away from 1pm to 5pm.
The NFL is taking advantage of the passion that fans feel for their teams by putting a 150-person crew in charge of the NFL’s social media program. The goal is to keep the NFL on fans’ minds Monday through Saturday as well.
The NFL is working with social enterprise software Buddy Media to get the most out of their social media regimen, and it seems to be working. Mashable reports that the NFL Facebook page has 474% more active users now than this time last year.
The last time I used a SwearJar was in Hurlbut Church Youth Group back in the glorious decade known as the 90s. My fellow Sunday Schoolers and I had to put a quarter in the jar every time we said an abhorrent word like “crap”. It was actually total crap.
Anyway, that SwearJar idea has gone digital. Twitter users can sign up for SwearJar and pledge an amount to donate each time they tweet a curse word. The end of every week brings a “pay up" reminder email from SwearJar, like a virtual collector. But don’t worry, no one gets their legs broken here! SwearJar is just for fun, an easy way to regularly donate to charity. All money raised is donated to UNICEF. (I’m still partial to the heifer project, but potty-mouths can’t be choosers.)
If you want to blog, bro, go for it. Just do it. Stop pondering it, stop Googling it, stop shaking that Magic 8 Ball.
When I speak to aspiring bloggers, I often note the hesitation they have in choosing a blogging platform.
There was a time when I thought WordPress was the only choice for blogging. It has a customizable design, is eminently search engine friendly, allows plug-ins and add-ons, and, you know, all the cool kids are doing it.
But not every big league chew company is using WordPress.
This social media tool capitalizes on the idea that “word-of-mouth” online marketingis more powerful than ever. With the expansion of review sites like Angie’s List, web users are finding more and more opportunities to share their opinions on products and services that they love (and hate).
Let’s say I’m looking for a place to get french onion soup in Buffalo. I’m considering Average Joe’s, but then I read some negative reviews on Joe’s soup. Chances are, I’m going to go somewhere else.
That’s the power of word-of-mouth online marketing.
Flip.to encourages patrons to check into and review restaurants and hotels from their mobile phones. Negative reviews create instant alerts for the establishment, guaranteeing that your opinion is heard (and possibly rectified). Positive reviews can get discounts for your friends.
One of the founders of Flip.to, Brian Kent, expressed, “Your guests are the single best source for spreading the word about your [business]. Most folks trust their friends and family more than advertisements. Collectively, they’re a huge, untapped marketing force.”
Zuckerberg keeps switching things up on Facebook, much to the dismay of his Facebook junkies. To straighten him out, Cool Material has derived a short list of Facebook modifications users might actually appreciate.
"Oh Good, More Netflix Changes," Says Sarcastic Cat
Welp, Netflix really is going in the pooper.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about Netflix’s joke plan to split its services into 2 distinct companies: Netflix, which would continue to stream videos, and Qwikster, which would take over the dvd-by-mail service.
Apparently Netflix CEO Reed Hastings believed this change would make up for the price increase Netflix had sprung on its customers. It did not.
The change further enraged customers, caused for a plummet in the value of Netflix stock, and gave worldwide media attention to a Twitter-using degenrate. The snafu is explained through sandwiches in the comic below.
Señor Hastings listened to the cry of his people. Today he announced the premature end of Qwikster.
“It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs.”
Let’s see if Netflix’s attempt at rewinding to the good-old-days will save the company.
Lauren Barnes got married last month. Barnes, shown in the below photograph, changed her Facebook status to “married” in front of her assembled friends and family. In the middle of her wedding ceremony.
Barnes’ reasoning? “Nothing is official until it’s Facebook official.”
That’s the bride’s granddad in the background of the photo, looking hella pissed. I figure he’s thinking something along the lines of, “What the hell is wrong with these kids; I wish I had died back in Korea.”
Something Happened to Steve Jobs, or Something. I'm Not Quite Sure Just Yet.
Hey, did you guys hear Steve Jobs died?!
Wait, you did?
27 times since last night, eh? Via tweets, Facebook statuses, Google news, your morning radio station (what’s a radio?), and even a text from your gram?
Well dang. Your gram is cool.
I was amused this morning by Google’s teeny homage to Jobs. No Steve Jobs Doodle, just some plain text indicating his death.
The phrase “Steve Jobs" links directly to Apple’s home page. If that’s not easy advertising, I don’t know what is.
I would have thought that Google would link to a Google-written article about Jobs, as Google and Apple are more often rivals than business partners. Is Google patronizingly throwing Apple a bone while they’re popping champagne?
Upon entering the palace of a building we are greeted by the gracious master-of-camouflage, Miss Jenny Lipomi. Can you spot her?
In the optimization room we see the Marranca cherubs, hard at work.
Ladies, the soap here is enriched. Jigga what?!
No joke, one wash and my hands went from this to this..
Below: a special place for recyclables. Yup, we’re saving the world here at Mainstreethost.
In complete seriousness, the new Mainstreethost building is absolutely lovely. A heartfelt thanks to the Marranca family and everyone who helped with the move; months of work have paid off in spades. Congratulations, Mainstreethost!
Twitter Proves People Bum Harder at the End of the Day
A report was released today stating that people wake up happier in the morning and get progressively less happy as the day wears on. The report used Twitter as the source of the research.
Analyzing more than 509 million tweets over a two year period, researchers Scott Golder and Professor Michael Macy of Cornell University studied trends in moods cited on Twitter. The men looked for key words that expressed positive or negative emotions, discovering that dispositions vary considerably depending on the time of day.
So, I looked back on my tweets from a couple days ago, just to see if the report is accurate.
Okay, sure it’s happy.. doesn’t prove anything.
Yeah, so? That was a good muffin.
Well, he did.
That guy smelled like rum too! And banana. It was soups grody.
OMG how SLOW was that bus moving? Kids WALKED to school in my day. But I guess that’s too much to ask.
NOT OKAY. Those people are crazy! And loud, and dirty. I can’t believe I live in such a dump.
Today I recalled my late high school days, when texting and mobile communication was all the rage. I, too, had jumped onboard (faux or even real texting is a great way to make people think that you have friends). Consequently teachers or parents frequently requested that I put away my phone.
"Whatever is happening on your phone can wait a few hours."
"The person you’re texting can’t be more important than the people you’re with right now."
"Watch the road, you just clipped a small child!"
"Sarie, why are your fingertips bleeding?"
Years later, the fad has faded a bit. Now text messaging is only one of many ways to communicate.
So, I’m at breakfast the other morning, and I notice something interesting. While my phone (and my texts) are tucked away in my purse, that is not the case with others in the restaurant. A pair of middle-aged women a table away are both typing on the keypads of their Blackberrys. To my left I can see an elderly manshare something on his iPhone with his wife.
In fact, adults all over the restaurant are occupied with their phones.
This got me thinking. Both of my parents now know how to text, and do it regularly. Almost all adults that I know use their mobile phones to communicate. My pastor even drunk texted me once.
Could it be? Are adults now addicted to their phones as much as young people? I did a little online searching.
Oh snap. Mama like.
Microsoft Tag popped out the above image this year for their study on mobile statistics.
Ages 34 to 54 are not the cut off, either.
Note how this Nielsen report shows middle-agers using mobile social media more than young people? And 109% of people 55 and up are using social media on their phones? How is that even possible?
Needless to say, I’m amused. Now I just need to find a time machine so I can let my Ma know back in 2004.
I received a VIP invite to join the celebration, and let me tell you: it was cray-zay.
We started with cake and presents and then moved right on to games. There was pin the tail on the government donkey, a spoon and egg race (Googs and I kicked Yahoo’s butt), and face painting (I got Obama riding a bald eagle across my forehead). Google’s mom even hired a clown! He was super friendly.
Well, I should rephrase. Timeline is actually in that semi-out phase: you know, out only to certain people “who understand” (developers). And only other developers who are out can see the Timelines of their out developer friends. The rest of Facebookers see these Timeliners’ boring previous profiles, without the flashy features of Timeline.
Well, it’s time. Time for me to come out.
Friends, family, developers... I’m on Facebook Timeline.
Grams is gonna roll over in her grave bed.
But for rilz. Timeline certainly encourages personalization of your Facebook page, something that was lacking in earlier versions. Compared to MySpace, Xanga, Tumblr and WordPress, Facebook was always very cookie cutter in design.
But now. Whoo-wee! The embarassing drunken endeavors of college girls will be 3x as stalkable gratifying!
Ruining Customer Service Reputations in 140 Characters or Less
As large companies get larger and small companies dwindle, one aspect that seems to disappear along with mom-and-pop’s life savings is customer service. (If you’re above the age of 50, it’s probably one of your favorite things to complain about!)
Twitter now seems to be a leading method of customer service communication and reparation.
A personal example:
After my disaster of a bus trip to Baltimore a few weeks ago, I called customer service, emailed, blogged and tweeted at the bus company. The only response I got was from the tweet.
Why was the tweet the only medium to get a response? Because it’s public. 100-million-active-users kind of public. To protect and preserve their customer service reputation, any company will respond immediately to a public complaint.
Granted, that tweet was from September 7th; I have gotten no response since sending MegaBus my email address.
Are you upset with the recent Facebook user interface changes? If so, you are not alone. Blogs, Facebook feeds and Twitter streams have been flooded with negative attitudes and comments over the recent changes. See what some people are saying:
If you are truly aflicted by the recent changes Facebook has made, try this step-by-step tutorial:
Go to the top right of your Facebook page and click on the downward pointing arrow.
After you click the arrow, you will get a dropdown box. Now click on account settings.
Next, all the way to the left of your page, you will see another menu. Click on security.
Lastly (we are almost done!), click on “Deactivate your account”.
You will be asked a series of mostly multiple choice questions (you cannot fail this test). Continue with this process and eventually, never again will you have to deal with Facebook’s life-altering interface updates. (unless you cave in and reactivate..)
Get with it, haters. And for the love of Zuckerberg, do not search #f8 online..
It’s happened again: Google Maps has caught something strange on its “Street View”. This time, that something strange is full frontal.
The image shows a Miami woman standing naked in her front yard in broad daylight. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the mysterious woman did not even live in the house; she visited and disappeared without the owner ever knowing. Until he got online, that is.
As in all other cases, Google immediately took action and blurred out certain sections to ensure the person “can’t be identified”. (I guess her lady parts were pretty recognizable?? Burnnn.)
Other weird images caught on Google Maps can be seen here:
Reed Hastings, Co-Founder and CEO of Netflix, sent a personalized email to each of his customers yesterday explaining the separation of Netflix into two companies.
“It’s hard to write this after over 10 years of mailing DVDs with pride, but we think it is necessary: In a few weeks, we will rename our DVD by mail service to “Qwikster”. We chose the name Qwikster because it refers to quick delivery. We will keep the name “Netflix” for streaming.”
The Twitter handle @Qwikster is already taken. By a foul-mouthed blunt-smoking hoodlum.
Mind you, I chose to display the Tweets that were the least salacious.
A manchild named Jason Castillo has been tweeting from this account since April, giving Netflix plenty of time to research and resolve the problem. NOPE.
There’s a new type of search engine: this one ranks people.
Identified, which links up to your Facebook account, intends to rival LinkedIn and help job recruiters find a perfect match for their available positions.
On a scale of 0 to 100, professionals are ranked according to their education, where they have worked, and the expanse of their social network.
Identified’s creators, Brendan Wallace and Adeyemi Ajao, call the scoring system “Google Page Rank for people.”
This concept could certainly take off; Facebookers who are seeking jobs (basically everyone on Facebook right now) are ususally willing to do extra online work to get ahead. What’s one more online program if it helps you get a job?
Personally, I hope Identified fails. Merely for the fact that I was ranked a 3. (A 3! Yeah right, I blame sexism.)
Today is the Mainstreethost company picnic! One of my favorite workdays of the year, the entire company peaces out at 1 pm and heads to the park. There we enjoy food, games, and perhaps an adult beverage or two.
Here’s everyone at last year’s company picnic. I know we may look gloomy, but we were all so drunk!
Look at Peter holding up the watermelon in the back row! LMAO ROFL oh Peter! LULZ! He’s such a rascal.