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 @barrettrossie  @rdopping  @ExtremelyAvg Haven't read "Confederacy of Dunces" but I was thinking maybe "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs" by Chuck Klosterman. 

1 year, 7 months ago on Google+ Communities: Where is the Value?

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I'm not sure if this is a question for a different post, but has anyone had much success using Google+ to grow their business or to really establish an online community like the ones on Facebook, Twitter, or blogs like SpinSucks? Personally, most of my friends don't have an account. The ones that do don't use it. And, although maybe half of my business contacts are active on Google+, it seems like they're largely posting content that their contacts have already read and commented on either through Twitter or Facebook.

1 year, 7 months ago on Google+ Communities: Where is the Value?

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I am not sure why everyone is so upset by the Penelope Trunk article. Having read it, I have to say that as someone who just started working on their Master’s degree, who also maintains a position as the director of social media for a business to business sales solutions company in Chicago, I actually I half agree with much of what she says. Now, I do not believe that everyone should be expected to know how they will spend the rest of their life at twenty-two, or that what one does for intellectual fulfillment should preclude them from a more practical job if they are otherwise qualified, yet I do feel some of the generalizations are dead on.

Whether intentional or not, pursuing a graduate degree can allow one to escape the real world a little longer. A Humanities degree will likely cost more than it is worth, and raises the question of why not just read the material in your free time. Asking someone with an MBA why they chose to invest two years of their life and tens of thousands of dollars in that way as opposed to working in the real world or investing in their own entrepreneurial venture, seems like a fair enough question. And everyone knows lawyers are miserable.

2 years, 11 months ago on Gin and Topics: The Muppets, Grad School, and Groupon

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I read Brogan's post and think the strategy is more about getting the person the author contacts to seem a little more excited when they tell their friends about the book, and have an interesting story to go along with it - ideally interesting enough to compel others to buy the book or attend a seminar.

That said I could see it coming off as desperate, almost like something Troy McClure, Lionel Hutz, or Gill from "The Simpsons" might try.

3 years, 7 months ago on Why Brogan’s Bigger Ear Marketing Is Wrong

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I've been following the net-neutrality story informally for the past month or so, and honestly, although I like to think I pretty good at analyzing these legal chess games, this one really has me baffled no matter how much I read about it. Perhaps Gini or her readers could help me at least on a couple points.

Everyone who speaks in favor of the FCC's new regulations speak in platitudes about how the FCC is now protecting the freedom and openness of the internet and saving us from unpredictable service providers. But, having used the internet for over a decade, I honestly can't remember any of these alleged threats being a problem.

That said, are the new FCC regulations preemptively protecting us from these threats? If so, how likely were they to begin with? And, as for creating varying speeds by content, metered payment plans, and paid prioritization, were these tactics/policies previously allowed and the FCC just didn't ban them through their new regulations, or are they now allowed because of the new regulations.

Thanks

3 years, 8 months ago on Net Semi-Neutrality: New Rules from the FCC

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