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"I’m too busy now on another story..." Well, that's a helluva lede...

1 month, 1 week ago on Five things to consider about the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 in Ukraine

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@rbottoms There's a difference between not caring/no sympathy and taking sadistic pleasure in something. IMO, the piece was weakened, albeit slightly, by imputing an evil motivation to the layoffs. As you said, it's just business. No doubt there are people who take sadistic pleasure in laying people off, but I think it's a bit much to imply that Nadella and, again, "Microsoft as a whole" are enjoying this process.

1 month, 1 week ago on Off with their heads: Microsoft to lay off 18,000 employees and kill the most interesting thing Nokia’s done in years

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I don't understand the thinking behind the second to last line. Do we really think that Nadella, not to mention Microsoft as a whole, "enjoys" this? Surely there's another way to put it that wouldn't have ascribed such evil villain motivations, no? Less bombastic phrasing could be "...would rather say 'Off with their heads!' than give Nokia..."


This may seem a minor quibble, but it caused the post to end with rather an off-key thud.


"It seems that Nadella — and Microsoft as a whole — enjoys shouting 'Off with their heads!' too much to give Nokia X a chance to prove its worth to Microsoft."

1 month, 1 week ago on Off with their heads: Microsoft to lay off 18,000 employees and kill the most interesting thing Nokia’s done in years

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How long before they raise their first million?

2 months ago on Washboard wants you to pay $15 to get $10

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@agnosticpotato You are completely missing the point, which is that the reward levels are backwards and don't make sense. Doesn't matter that the awards may never be actually awarded. But I give up on explaining it to you further.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on After Pando shows clear evidence of fraud, Indiegogo responds by… deleting anti-fraud guarantee

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@agnosticpotato OK, perhaps @condolaw shouldn't have used the word "buying." But that's beside the point completely. In any rational scheme, contributing enough money to qualify for a reward with a greater number of units than those awarded for a lesser contribution ought to bring the per unit cost DOWN, not up.

3 months, 1 week ago on After Pando shows clear evidence of fraud, Indiegogo responds by… deleting anti-fraud guarantee

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Following this acquisition with interest. I currently use both Cover and Aviate, both of which have now been acquired by much larger companies. Hope they don't fall by the wayside. BTW, I think Cover is more of a lock screen than a full-out launcher. But since you can launch apps directly from it, I guess it's a quasi-launcher. In any case, it's a very well-designed product.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on More than an acquihire: Cover acquisition is a test of Dick Costolo’s product chops

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@RobinWolaner  I agree with this take. And you don't need be a lawyer to know that the language, "allows us to catch any and all cases of fraud," is an insane overpromise that would only lead to trouble. Anyone involved in owning or managing a company who happens to be paying attention would recognize that.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on After Pando shows clear evidence of fraud, Indiegogo responds by… deleting anti-fraud guarantee

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The photograph accompanying this story is a very, very poor choice. Awful, in fact. What exactly were you thinking?

6 months, 1 week ago on Don’t doom your startup to failure — know your centers of influence

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Re this line in #7:

"But [Ralph Gilles has] also gotten into spats with celebrities too, like when he lashed out against Donald Trump (a man you do not want to get into a fight with) for hating on Chrysler."

Why wouldn't you want to get into a fight with Donald Trump? It makes for great entertainment, and the Chump ALWAYS ends up looking like a clown.


10 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/228629

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I haven't seen anyone mention private lists. I use them heavily to follow competitors, listen to customer and partner targets before following them, keep track of who's followed our accounts, who we followed first, etc. When Twitter did away with pretty much all limits on lists it was a big deal for me.

1 year ago on How Do You Use Twitter Lists? Question of the Week

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@Gary But then you can't safely share the lists in a HootSuite account, right? If you share your main account so that people in HootSuite can see your private lists, you're sharing your entire account with them. Perhaps not advisable.

1 year ago on How Your Business Can Use a “Listmaker” Account to Tap the Power of Twitter Lists

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Has anyone stopped to wonder whether this whole mishegas is actually a slick reverse-double-gainer maneuver on BeachMint's part, engineered so that when the company DOES go under, they can blame PandoDaily? I'm not gonna venture whether that's the case, but stranger things have happened. This thought only occurred to me after learning that Lanny Davis is involved and reading the LA Times story.

1 year, 1 month ago on How we’ve responded to BeachMint’s most recent demands

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Well, this is just getting stranger and stranger. Re the comment about "a man named Lanny Davis," if that website link is accurate, then Beachmint has quite a connected heavyweight acting on its behalf. Lanny's kinda famous. Hyper-connected and no slouch by any means. I'd venture he knows exactly what he's doing.

1 year, 1 month ago on How we’ve responded to BeachMint’s most recent demands

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P.P.S. Not sure what to make of "Nobody wants to sift through their inbox in search of an event invitation."

Messages in Gmail (and most other email platforms) are INSANELY more searchable and findable than they are in Twitter. I can find any ticketing information, whether for concert, conference, air travel, etc., etc., from any time in the last 10 years, in about 10 seconds.

1 year, 1 month ago on Beyond the inbox: Event Farm is bringing online invitations to Twitter

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Once again, the death of email is greatly exaggerated.

P.S. Direct messages on Twitter are fairly unreliable, and you can currently view only the most recent 100 DMs (sent and received). So if you get a lot of DMs your important ticketing information could well end up inaccessible.

From Twitter's Support pages:

If you are not seeing all of your direct messages:

Twitter shows only your 100 most recent messages (sent AND received). 

Remember, your old DMs are not gone, they're just stored in our database. We're working to make more DMs available in the future.

1 year, 1 month ago on Beyond the inbox: Event Farm is bringing online invitations to Twitter

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I have no opinion on this other than to observe that when six independent sources relate the "exact same details," with no variation, it raises the concern that there's some orchestrated hidden agenda at work.

1 year, 1 month ago on An update on our Beachmint story

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@madmax101 Way to miss the point.

1 year, 1 month ago on Sean Parker is right

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Fascinating story. But do we really think the Mr. Potato Head illustration was a good choice? Good grief.

1 year, 4 months ago on How to do a face transplant

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Per @simonguerin's comment, it would seem that the Nielsen link in your published post originally pointed to a doc on your Google Drive. Can you confirm that this was the case and that you subsequently updated the link to point to the Nielsen PDF? Since the link was to a PDF, I can see how you might have inadvertently linked to the PDF on your Drive instead of the one on the Nielsen Korea site.

It'd be good to have an update on this... 

1 year, 6 months ago on The day that Google Drive broke my trust (Updated)

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 @RichardPosey 100% agree with separating domain name registration from hosting. I have helped more than a few people whose hosting companies were holding them hostage because they'd registered their domain name through the hosting company.

1 year, 7 months ago on When LinkedIn Becomes A Pay-To-Use Product

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I don't think the kids "were lined up against a wall in Newton, [sic] Connecticut and shot." That's kind of a big divergence from the sequence of events as they have come to be known.  (I also don't think it's splitting hairs to point this out.)

1 year, 7 months ago on One month after the Sandy Hook shooting and the tech community’s demand for change is only building

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I'm not against pre-scheduling tweets, but if you're going to do it, you can't leave things completely on auto-pilot. If tweets are in the queue, t's critical that someone in the organization is monitoring the news and ready to pause the pre-scheduled tweets if necessary.

Re "don't hire knuckleheads": This is an excellent best practice. Sure, separate tools for personal and company accounts and other technology-oriented safeguards are worth adopting. But so many people making recommendations after these social faux-pas focused almost exclusively on the tech aspect while giving short shrift to the human element, which is far more important IMO.

Unless your business is engaged in partisan politics, would you want someone who broadcast that tweet about Obama's grandmother working for you? That it was intended for the sender's personal account is almost beside the point.

1 year, 7 months ago on Seven lessons from the worst social media fails of 2012

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I don't understand this sentence:

"It bothers me that despite their growing popularity, some people don’t have faith in these crowdfunding sites."

Logic should tell you that as crowdfunding sites become more popular, more scammers will be attracted to them.

Rather than being overly concerned with a nice picture, I suggest being very clear in your ask, i.e, describe specifically what you're going to do with the funds that are raised. Describe your connection to the cause. But even if you cover those details well, there's still the matter of the trust factor. How do potential donors know that you're really who you say you are? That you're really going to forward the collected funds?

The best way to ameliorate any doubts that potential donors have is to have a pre-established identity, to be a known entity. This is why established entities tend to perform better in this space.I for one am skeptical of people who come out of nowhere raising funds for causes with which they have no clear connection.

1 year, 8 months ago on When crowdfunding doesn’t work

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 @pshapiro  I know he often uses this tone. It's unappealing and it's definitely not doing him any favors.

 

None of which is to take away from your job in capturing the debate. On that I say, Well done!

1 year, 8 months ago on Learn About Social Media ROI from an Epic Twitter Debate

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I'm sorry to say it, but I'm disappointed in the rudeness and tone of superiority displayed by one party in this debate. Neither side is without blame, but one was just over the top. I understand and appreciate the passion this topic instils, but the high dudgeon and comments bordering on personal insult only serve to obfuscate the points being made. 

1 year, 8 months ago on Learn About Social Media ROI from an Epic Twitter Debate

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 @JenniferSiegler Many people, including me, are of the opinion that Romney would do NOTHING for small business. It's crystal clear where that man's interests lie, and it ain't with small business. Fortunately, it seems as if more ACTUAL small business owners support Obama than Romney. These people know BS when they see it. http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2012/09/18/study-small-business-owners-favor-obama-despite-you-didnt-build-that-comments

1 year, 9 months ago on If you care about the tech industry, vote for Obama

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 @JenniferSiegler I read plenty, thank you. Have you ever heard of hyperbole?

1 year, 9 months ago on A final word on Uber and their ghastly attempt to spin their way to sainthood

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That Michael Robertson tweet is the most batshit crazy idiotic thing I've read all year. By far.

1 year, 9 months ago on A final word on Uber and their ghastly attempt to spin their way to sainthood

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@loretobgude and @brasonja Pardon me, but why are you guys carrying on this conversation in the comments to this post on social media policies? Have I missed something?

1 year, 10 months ago on Is Your Social Media Policy Against the Law?

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Is there a link to this Rally material?

1 year, 11 months ago on Rally.org’s Donations Data Shows Us America’s Stingiest States

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 @eringriffith But Starbucks booked $2.5 billion in net revenues in the Americas in Q3 FY12. Still not sure about the numbers you cite. (Sorry to nitpick...)

2 years ago on Starbucks Approached Square After Rejecting Every Other Mobile Payment Player

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Wow. What a home run for Square!

 

@eringriffith ... Can you clarify what you mean with these numbers? "Starbucks will drive Square adoption by using it in its existing mobile payments app, which currently accounts for 2 million of all sales at Starbucks, out of 60 million in annual sales."

2 years ago on Starbucks Approached Square After Rejecting Every Other Mobile Payment Player

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A million text messages under SendHub's belt makes it a viable Google Voice alternative? I've been using Google Voice since before Google owned it, when it was Grand Central. I wonder how many billions of text messages GV has handled.

 

That said, alternatives are a good thing and I applaud anyone who ventures into a tricky space such as this. But the crappy mobile app makes SendHub rather a non-starter for me. I mean, what's the point of a phone-oriented service if it doesn't work well on ... phones?

2 years, 1 month ago on SendHub Now a Strong Google Voice Contender with 1 Million Texts and Exploding User Growth

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 @johneaton @sarahlacy I don't quite see RM in the same ballpark as About.me, which provides users a profile page and the ability to link to their other digital platforms. Yes, clicking an About.me user's Twitter icon will pop open an overlay with some of that user's recent tweets, and a look at who the user "replies" or is retweeted by. But this is entirely different from what RM does, no? RM presents a visitor to a user's RM page an immediately visible collection of recent content pulled from all the social channels that user has connected to his or her RM account. And all that content is presented in a highly visual style (hello, Pinterest). And the page owner has the ability to shuffle content around, delete certain items, pin others in fixed position, etc. All of this means, at least to me, that RM presents a much more detailed, "live" view into what a particular person is about. You're not just seeing a static profile bio composed by the user, but rather a collection of material they're pointing to, talking about, etc. in near real time. Quite a bit richer than About.me, IMO.

 

P.S. None of this should detract from About.me. I too admire what they've done.

2 years, 2 months ago on RebelMouse Is the Social Media Aggregator We’ve All Been Waiting For

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Good stuff. Reminds me of a recent Scott Berkun quote of the week post, which featured an excerpt from a letter Mark Twain wrote to Helen Keller after she was accused of plagiarism.

 

"For substantially all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources, and daily used by the garnerer with a pride and satisfaction born of the superstition that he originated them..."

 

http://www.scottberkun.com/blog/2012/9440/

2 years, 2 months ago on Stealing Is at the Heart of Creating Anything

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Why limit the third option to only one person having "royally fucked up"? Seems a bit unlikely that this entire debacle could be laid at the doorstep of a single individual, no? (And yes, I know, I know, Zuckerberg's ultimately responsible, etc., etc. I don't think that was Sarah's point.)

2 years, 3 months ago on Facebook: Seriously, How Did This Become Such A Mess?

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