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If you could see his wall and Carole's on facebook, you'd have a sense of the outpouring of grief in our community.  Jeffrey was the ultimate connector, introducing people, building relationships, and always in a genuine, loving, giving way. His sense of humor was unmatched, and he always had time for people.  He was teaching his tween daughter how to code in Python.  He was irreverent but never disrespectful.  I remember so many random days he'd just put out on twitter about drinks at Pi Bar.  I wish I had gone to more.  Jeffrey loved life, he truly enjoyed and loved and played with his children, and his wife Carole was the love of his life.  

Jeffrey was a mentor to me who became a friend.  I talked to him online nearly every day.  He was helping me get my company off the ground, to the point of helping me name it.  on Wednesday, he let me know that he wanted to help me start coding next week, and I said, "don't worry about anything this weekend, Jeffrey, nothing will happen over the holiday...." 

Life is short.  take time to have a drink.  don't work so hard.  be kind to people.  laugh often,  make unabashed googly eyes at your wife in public and tell the world how proud you are of your kids.  That is what I learned from Jeffrey.  


1 year, 2 months ago on Valley veteran Jeffrey McManus passes away suddenly

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@Todd Dunning

Absolutely nothing you say is backed by any facts or credible science, including your assertions of what I believe or used to believe.  


I will say that at one time I held every single one of your beliefs. The history books, the data ,and science combined with my life experience do not support a single one of them any more.  So I have moved more to the center.  Also, I'm quite familiar with the "communist" accusation leveled at anyone who wants to discuss what the flaws are in capitalism, and I'm not falling for that particular line of reasoning. 

However, I have exceeded the time I want to spend on this day for this discussion.  Thank you for the debate. 

1 year, 2 months ago on And you thought SF cabs were bad? BART strike is crippling fledgling mid-market tech corridor

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@EfrainRojas @melindabyerley good for you.  congratulations.  As a person born in 1970 and also raised on a dairy farm, the plight of the working class is real to me, too.  So you don't have a monopoly on "the real deal" as compared to anyone, especially me.    

You should know that world has changed here since 1972?  have you paid no attention to what happens to illegal immigrants NOW?   I used to think as you do.  "Hey, I pulled myself up by my bootstraps, what's your problem?"  That's why I was an Ayn Rand disciple.  Lots of the people you align yourself with want illegal immigrants deported and denied citizenship.  Interesting that you choose to pull up the ladder behind you.  

However, as a person born in 1970, and we are of the same generation, sir, I've travelled to 40 states in this country, black, white, rich, poor, and all colors and shades in between.  I read 3 newspapers a day for over 20 years--left and right wing-- and countless magazines.  And the fact is that the world is NOT what it was when we grew up.  It just isn't.  The more you read facts, and the less you accept what you are spoon fed, the more unavoidable it becomes.   

1 year, 2 months ago on And you thought SF cabs were bad? BART strike is crippling fledgling mid-market tech corridor

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@EfrainRojas Speaking as a lifelong republican voter (still registered by the way) and a former Ayn Rand disciple myself AND as a tech worker who uses my real name here, not a fake account...so you can't call me a liberal, or a douche.  

after 30 years of so called "libertarian" politics, I've seen what it did to America, and quite frankly, it was a mistake.  The school system is gutted and failing.  The roads and bridges are in disrepair so we can fight silly wars against brown people.  The so-called libertarians have been silent as women's rights have been eroded all over the country.   Libertarians are not fighting for the legalization of Marijuana.  The fact is that the libertarian has become a cover for "don't tax me bro" and a way of refusing to see that we are all part of an interconnected web.   We tech workers need a thriving middle class to buy what we sell.  Unfortunately many people won't see this until it's way too late.  Even the great capitalists like Henry Ford and Thomas Edison knew this.  

After citizens united, the unions represent the ONLY big money in politics that consistently supports candidates that support women's rights.  The are the last stronghold against huge corporations and weird right wing billionaires like the Koch brothers who seem hell bent on sticking their noses into my body.  So yeah, I am a supporter of unions.  I happen to like weekends off and not being abused by my employer. The unions brought us that--because the corporations sure as hell didn't want to do it on their own.  

Only young people think as you do.  Lacking perspective on the world as a whole, you repeat what you've been spoon fed by Paul Graham and Peter Thiel, people whose agenda is to squeeze every last cent from you as you live on ramen noodles, hoping to get a winning lottery ticket.  Peter Thiel wants to fund offshore boats full of third world engineers because the cost of hiring American engineers is cutting into his profits.  He wants bright kids to skip college and build more photo and social apps.  There's a reason the very first thing tech money tried to change in politics was immigration.  They want wages brought down.  

So keep up your defense of these people, but remember, as my stepfather, born in 1929; a draftsman, electrician, bricklayer and union man used to say:  "if you wonder who the sucker is at the table, it's probably YOU."


1 year, 2 months ago on And you thought SF cabs were bad? BART strike is crippling fledgling mid-market tech corridor

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@Todd Dunning  I live on the edge of the Western Addition.  Each month when I volunteer for my local Jefferson park clean up, we pick up needles, garbage, and so on; and every day I have to navigate around junkies and the homeless. I can't go near that park at night with my dog.  So while I'm "productive" as you call it; I'm also honoring a time tested way to get ahead:  buying in a marginal area and trying to work from the ground up to clean it.  So many people act so entitled to their way of life; but they never get out and see what is really going on in SF.  What the real problems are.  As this article in the New Yorker puts it so elegantly....most cannot see "that they are part of a series of interconnected systems..." and "myopia is not focus."  We in Tech are duty bound to help revitalize san francisco; not turn it into West Manhattan.  That means becoming part of the community, living here, and integrating.  Funny Story:  when I first moved here more than 10 years ago; the entire tech community was in the South Bay.  I lived in a much grittier SOMA and commuted 53 miles each way to San Jose.  My coworkers laughed at me:  why was I stupid enough to live in the city?  Jokes on them.  They now have to commute to the city; me, I walk to work.  My partner works from home all week.  Our mortgage is low and we love life.  He is a San Francisco native who taught me how to love the fog; as well as the epic wierdness and tolerance that is part and parcel of who we are.  I am a lifer now; I think of myself as a San franciscan.  And yet, I support the BART workers, 100%.  Just because I have been lucky doesn't mean everyone has.  And I think it's hypocritical at best for the privileged, especially the so-called libertarians, to complain when people who work hard for a living use the only leverage they have-each other- to get the best deal for themselves.  These same  privileged people, and include myself among them, negotiate hard for the highest compensation package they can get; and NEVER ask questions like "am I worth it?"    When someone says to me that BART people are paid well for doing so little, I say, "hey go get one of those jobs , then, if they're so great!" and the response is universally a stammering......ummm....well....

1 year, 2 months ago on And you thought SF cabs were bad? BART strike is crippling fledgling mid-market tech corridor

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Perhaps if more of the people who work in that building  or who ride the private shuttles got out and saw some of the tougher parts of the city, and the area, things might actually change around here.  

1 year, 2 months ago on And you thought SF cabs were bad? BART strike is crippling fledgling mid-market tech corridor

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As I said to dave that, day, actions speak louder than words, and to the best of my knowledge Dave has invested in more women than any other angel.  So as far as I'm concerned it's silly slip of the tongue and he's been appropriate contrite, which is more than most of us will ever get from the truly misogynistic in this world.  

1 year, 4 months ago on Dave McClure, Risk Taker

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You think content marketing is new?  

1 year, 10 months ago on Enough with the entitled whining — Facebook isn’t running an advertising charity

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 @fauxcab  I have turned "up" the updates from people I like and there has been no increase in volume. facebook has hidden many of those controls, by the way, choosing to take it over.  This I heard from a facebook employee, directly, claiming that they *knew* I didn't want to see every post.  Umm.  really?  no, you don't. I follow hundreds of people on twitter, quite happily.  Sure, I'm a sample size of one.  I get that.  maybe no one else cares, as I've been willing to admit over and over again.  

 

Anyone who claims that buying facebook ads leads directly to revenue has never been in the situation of having to track it.   If you're a big brand buying TV ads, sure, why not, this is a fun toy and "just another ad unit".  If you're a budget constrained,  metrics driven startup/small biz, of the group, as this article says, even Sheryl Sandberg recognizes are the heart and soul of FB's monetization strategy?  No way.   There's no way to track that 100%, because there's zero link to a conversion page.  Regardless, the % of our conversions driven by Facebook  (as measured in Google Analytics) really, is near zero, because as I keep saying, the customers we have there, we already had.  we don't use facebook as an acquisition channel because it sucks at that.  It's used for engagement and retention and customer service.  Again, please explain how an organic post that is the most successful ever as measured by likes and shares, is viewed by fewer people than a post I paid to promote.   

 

I'd argue that 1-2 posts a day should be free to post to ALL people who "like" the page.  scale up.  use the stick to control poor behavior.  Drop my rates if my stuff is organic and well received. raise my rates if people are unliking me fast (aka Google Quality Score).  But above all, be clear about what you are and are not doing and what you will and will not reward--then do that. .  Google is 100x more transparent--and even I can't believe I'm saying that.

 

I guess i feel at this point like I've said all I'm going to say.  I just really see the world differently from this post from my perch in a startup, not a big brand.  I don't like being called an entitled whiner because of it.  I have no axe to grind, I just want the best advertising at the lowest cost and I want to be able to reliably predict what I will get when I spend.  that's all.  I think I'm typed out and will leave this thread alone.  I'm in vegas at a conference and it's time to get back to work! :D

 

 

 

1 year, 10 months ago on Enough with the entitled whining — Facebook isn’t running an advertising charity

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 @Joe Mellin  Agree, the only right I have is not to use the system. Look, I used to work for eBay and PayPal, we said these kinds of things to customers all the time--think about  all the complains around freezing PayPal accounts!   And now.....well there's stripe, and square and eBay is no longer the darling of silicon valley.  So believe me, I get it.  

 

seriously, if we never posted on facebook again we'd not lose a dime in revenue.  We weren't advertising there at all til a month ago when I started testing again (knowing the platform had changed).  What I saw was enough to make me say, again, "not worth it." It didn't move the needle financially, one bit.   Referral traffic from facebook is simply meaningless relative to google.   

 

Yep, I'm just a dissenting voice in the universe.  I don't expect anything to happen and I don't have a jihad against Facebook, as I said we will probably advertise there when we absolutely MUST.  But I could spend a LOT more there if the ROI made sense.  And so far, it doesn't.  If I was a shareholder, I'd want to hear that point of view.  

 

that's all, peace out. 

1 year, 10 months ago on Enough with the entitled whining — Facebook isn’t running an advertising charity

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 @lisabari wow.  ouch!  I'll ignore the "good riddance" comment. 

 

I do think many users and advertisers are NOT aware of what's happening here.  And in my conversations with friends who work at Facebook, none of them can answer my question:  why does the highest trafficked organic (unpromoted) post get less views than a paid post?  That would never, ever happen at Google (or if it does, they've kept it secret for many, many years).  As a result, I don't trust Facebook and I think other marketers should look into it and share their points of view.  If I'm wrong, I'm wrong, but I've tested this a lot in the last couple of weeks and i've come to the conclusion that I'll only pay for promoting a post when it's absolutely necessary to our business.  our customers who want more frequent updates should subscribe to  our Twitter feed, and that's what we tell them.   

 

I truly think most people haven't woken up yet to what's going on. Essentially, my newsfeed is NOT what is most relevant to me (otherwise organic posts would be seen!) but what Facebook sells (or some combination thereof).  This is VERY different from what they are telling people, and in an informal survey of my marketing colleagues, most had no idea this was going on but have ALL noticed engagement falling off recently. if you're a facebook shareholder, falling engagement and "like spam"  should worry the crap out of you.    

 

Regardless, calling a person with a different point of view "an entitled whiner" is really unjustified--and that got me riled up, I admit!

1 year, 10 months ago on Enough with the entitled whining — Facebook isn’t running an advertising charity

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 @buffaloreynolds  Agree.  The  masses who actually WANT to receive updates from their favorite, loved, brands do not get to see them because Facebook is throttling them.  At the same time, my personal feed is filled with "like spam" of the variety: "Click Like if you remember this!" which adds no value to my life; while important updates from my friends are unseen.  If I want to see 16 posts a day from my favorite brand, that's my right.  I don't want Facebook doing that.  

1 year, 10 months ago on Enough with the entitled whining — Facebook isn’t running an advertising charity

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 @lisabari We have plenty of email addresses and facebook wasn't even close to the way we got them.  We have a product people LOVE and a style that makes them want to hear from us.  We do not spam them with crap and we make our communications value added, interesting, and only when necessary. So they trust us.  I don't want facebook in the way of that relationship anymore--it isn't worth it from an ROI perspective.  

1 year, 10 months ago on Enough with the entitled whining — Facebook isn’t running an advertising charity

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 @JayCoDon  Thanks for the advice, but the day I offer a shitty ebook as a way to get someone's email address for the purposes of spamming them is the day someone should take away my marketing credentials.  That type of tactic is NOT what authentic communication is about, and it's certainly not at the heart of any good, reputable social media campaign.  

 

Seriously, where do you get off mansplaining to me how to market? 

1 year, 10 months ago on Enough with the entitled whining — Facebook isn’t running an advertising charity

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@lisabari Actually even our most popular post was never seen by as many people as those we paid for. I can prove this. FB is doing what even Google knew was wrong--letting paid ads replace good organic content. I know and believe uf I focus on content, Google will reward me. Not so with FB. I don't think Zuck or FB is evil, but as a customer I am expressing my disagreement with their choice.

1 year, 10 months ago on Enough with the entitled whining — Facebook isn’t running an advertising charity

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@lisabari At many times the cost of email. No ROI.

1 year, 10 months ago on Enough with the entitled whining — Facebook isn’t running an advertising charity

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As someone who has bought facebook ads for 3 companies in the last 4 years, I know the system and you are missing a critical point: we advertisers don't want to pay twice to reach a customer. We paid for a facebook ad to get a "like,"and now we're being charged to let people who like our page see our posts. Sure Facebook can do as it wants, but so can we, which is why we're asking facebook customers to follow us on twitter and sign up for email. We only post once a day. I really object to the abusive, inflammatory language of "entitled whiner," too. What you're doing in this piece isn't objective journalism, it's shilling for Facebook.

1 year, 10 months ago on Enough with the entitled whining — Facebook isn’t running an advertising charity

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