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Thanks, guys. I respect everyone's right to support whatever solution they believe will be effective. The main point is to do something.
2 months, 1 week ago on When the next 20 children die
@Danny Brown @Neicolec Well, and perhaps we can take another cue from what they do in schools. When a bullying incident comes to the attention of the teachers, the class or support group will meet as a whole and say something like, "This incident happened...Was it appropriate? What can we do about this kind of behavior as a community?" They don't point out the actual students, though, as that just gets them defensive and embarrasses them. The focus is on the problem.
Not that it always helps. You've got people who just don't care. Mark Schaefer has a post on his blog today about cheating in social media. It's a similar mentality. There are people that will cross lines to get ahead and their worldview and morality is such that they just don't feel bad about it. Peer pressure may have some effect, but often not.
I'm just glad there are good folk out there like you, Danny. And I try to surround myself with those good folk and not participate with the unethical ones.
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2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Fallacy of Transparency in Social Media
With regard to bullying, it's interesting to note that studies of bullies show that the biggest way to make a difference is if bystanders, the people watching, don't watch. Bullies often bully to get attention and social status. If nobody is paying attention, they don't get their reward.
Also, it turns out that the kids at the top of the social ladder don't bully. It's the kids trying to get to the top who bully, as a way to raise their status.
I see both of this online, for sure. I see the clingers and groupies bullying to get attention and raise their status.
I don't know if the solution is to call people out for it or just for all of us "bystanders" to ignore them when it happens online. The bullying, criticism of success, and the pushiness of some people to get others to lick their boots publically all makes me sick to my stomach.
@dannybrown I wonder if that has more to do with the quality of the people they are hiring than the system itself...
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Sunday Share – Misconceptions About Working from Home
This presentation is right on. I think Yahoo's new CEO is out of touch--which is crazy for a company that is entirely focused online. I've been working at home for most of the last four years, probably averaging in-person meetings three times a month. I've worked on many projects for companies large and small, including lots of projects for a large software company in Redmond. I've worked with other remote users much of the time, including projects that were highly collaborative, such as defining requirements and the design for software products. Telecommuting works.
Were you logged into Google at the time? I'm wondering if this happens whether or not you're logged in. My guess is yes, but I'd love to know.
This certainly makes me think I should be more active on Google+! I guess all those early SM folks who tried to get as many followers and into as many circles as possible were on to something--even if it is kinda disgusting.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Google+ Meet Influence Marketing
@ginidietrich This is how I'm using it now, too. I use my inbox and Feedly first. Then Triberr, as time permits. It's an RSS feed/curation tool for me.
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3 months ago on A Triberr Confessional
@jonbuscall I knew you were smart, but I didn't know you were such an intellectual, Jon! this is all new to me. I'll have to read up on Jameson and Hotel Bonaventure.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Is Search Pandering to Our Baser Natures?
@lauraclick @jennwhinnem I'm sure they are using it for ad targeting. I think there are correlations between political leaning and products, demographics, etc. In the end, Bing is really all about advertising, right?
@jennwhinnem You mentioned that book over our dinner. I definitely have it on my reading list.
@jennwhinnem Sad is the right word, Jenn.
Excited for you, Lisa. Given the great work you did for Gini, I think you are destined for success. Good luck!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on The Grass is Greener Underfoot
You are so right, Margie! Completely agree with you. I actually feel more confident and respectful of people who can admit both. They are the ones I'm more inclined to follow. And I try to practice what you preach, admitting to both items.
As a side note, these are also traits that I look for when I'm picking who to vote for in elections. I decidedly don't want the candidate that never thinks they are wrong and that makes a decision quickly and then sticks with it, no matter what. I like the guy/gal who might change his or her mind from time to time, and who finds some decisions difficult to make.
Human, thoughtful, and honest is good. Thanks for the post!
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8 months, 1 week ago on I don't know. I was wrong.
Hey, Gini. Monkey's are cute--but babies are even cuter. Sure it's a monkey you want?
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Monkeys, Seals, Apologies, and Tight Pants
So sorry to hear about this, Danny. But (as you know that I know) the benefit of a crisis and asshole manipulation is the heartwarming and amazing support you find from friends. Silver lining there. Hope the coming weeks go better!
10 months, 1 week ago on Facebook Hacking and the Value of Social Currency
Just saw this. I'm sorry you had this happen to you. It's frightening and upsetting to know someone was in your home while you were asleep. I'm just glad you are both alright!
10 months, 2 weeks ago on My iPad Doesn't Matter
I agree with Christina that you've identified a key problem: influence is about more than just reach. If you look at Klout's page describing what they measure (http://klout.com/corp/kscore/), it's all about how many people see, reshare, or respond to your post. The first two are solely about reach. It's certainly true that spreading a message has some value, but it often is not valuable enough. Especially on Twitter, it's so easy to retweet something. And we've gone way too far along the path of assuming that conversation/engagement in and of itself is valuable.
We need more than reach. We want to know that our message is reaching the RIGHT people, that the actual content or product is being discussed, that people are sharing and discussing the content in more intimate (email) ways with selected people who are our target customers, and that those people are actually coming back to our websites or otherwise contacting us about the topic. When Klout can demonstrate that and tell you which influencers can offer that return, it will be worthwhile.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Influential Mentions Aren't the Same as Word Of Mouth Returns
Thank you, Geoff.
11 months, 1 week ago on Let's make it personal
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Thank you, Michelle. It's hard to figure out how good can come from something like this, but I always look for it.
I can relate to your story, Robert. With four kids and four times the play dates, there have been a couple of times where I thought a child was supposed to be one place and he or she wasn't. It ALWAYS makes my heart race and gets me panicky. Even though I know it's most likely that my child is fine. I'm so glad that everything is alright with your beautiful daughter.
I think you're right on with your analogy to social media, too. It's a challenge when a company is doing their own social media--and even more of a challenge when they are outsourcing it. In fact, it's a good argument against outsourcing. It's even harder to get the quick, accurate communication or answer to a customer's issue when the people responding don't work at the company, don't know the products and systems inside and out, and have to work through their interfaces at the company to get answers and respond to customers.
1 year ago on How One School Miscommunication Made Me Think I Lost My Daughter