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@dustinstout And here I thought I was the only dork who considers speaking at conferences a "public appearance".

Glad I'm not the only one :-)

1 month, 1 week ago on The Most Overlooked Problem in Blogging and How To Fix It

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@RyanKBiddulph Lemme know when you're back in Jerz, bro. We gonna grab a beer. 

1 month, 1 week ago on The Most Overlooked Problem in Blogging and How To Fix It

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@chrisod1 That's a fair point, Chris. In general, I don't think people are walking around thinking to themselves. "this logo is diluting my brand, and that logo is diluting my brand", and so on. 

But rather, brand dilution happens beneath the surface at a subconscious level. 

To your point, if I was using a shitty commenting system with which people had negative associations, most wouldn't hold it against me consciously. But subconsciously they will make a mental note that my blog is not worth commenting on. 

An ideal would be a commenting system that carries no insignia, is intuitive, and works just as well as livefyre or disqus. That would achieve 0% brand dilution as well as functionally. 

Thank you for commenting, I truly appreciate your perspective. 

1 month, 1 week ago on The Most Overlooked Problem in Blogging and How To Fix It

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@MelanieKissell I agree, @Ileane is indeed a very good egg :-)

And Carol Lynn and Ralph Rivera are fantastic as well. You got yourself a great circle of friends, Melanie :-)

1 month, 1 week ago on The Most Overlooked Problem in Blogging and How To Fix It

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@Ileane Congrats on removing the ads. And I'll let you know when we order a new batch of Ts :-)

1 month, 1 week ago on The Most Overlooked Problem in Blogging and How To Fix It

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@prosperitygal Best line of the day is "less kool-aid drinking and more critical thinking". LOVE. IT. 

3 months, 1 week ago on Confessions of a Recovering Social C-Suite Believer

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@AmyVernon I agree 100%, Amy. Employees are the linchpin of modern marketing and it's only going to get better :-) 

3 months, 1 week ago on Confessions of a Recovering Social C-Suite Believer

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@CiaraBallintyne1 yup, you're totally right. Millennials will be reaching CxO ages in about 10 years, maybe even sooner. It may take another 10 years for the Gen X and baby boomers to thin out the ranks of CxOs, at which point we'll probably have a different set of problems, probably related to over use of social media. It's really fun to watch this development :-)

3 months, 1 week ago on Confessions of a Recovering Social C-Suite Believer

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@RyanKBiddulph dude, now that you're on the east coast, we have to grab a drink soon. I'll keep you posted on goings on. 

3 months, 1 week ago on Confessions of a Recovering Social C-Suite Believer

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@fabfrugalmama Thanks Lisa :-)

Are you looking forward to BConnected? I cant wait to hang with you guys again.

3 months, 1 week ago on Confessions of a Recovering Social C-Suite Believer

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@RalphMRivera Read the text after the video, you communist shart hound. 

4 months ago on How a comedian defeated a scientist in a moon landing debate

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@RalphMRivera Isn't it interesting how two people can see the same thing and perceive it completely differently? Of course, in this instance, my POV is objectively the correct one, while you're objectively a tone deaf taint pirate :-p

4 months ago on How a comedian defeated a scientist in a moon landing debate

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@RalphMRivera Are you saying that your sample set is using social networks markedly different now than they did 5 years ago?

4 months, 2 weeks ago on If you go to just one startup event in NYC come December, make it this one.

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@jamesoliverjr1 lol I guess I am. Tho I only know it because it was in the Matrix :-)

6 months ago on She Shoved Her Pie Right in His Face and Hey Mikey, I Think He Liked It!

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@invisiblebusinesswoman I had a chance to think about it, and I'd like to re-respond :-)

You make some solid points. They are valid, logical, and rational. However, my article wasnt about logical and rational. It was about deep, emotional feelings people are seldom willing to examine or even admit to themselves. 

There, that's the disconnect. 

7 months, 1 week ago on Sometimes you don’t get the job because you’re not sufficiently impressed

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@invisiblebusinesswoman I'll give you the second point, but not the first. Well done. 

7 months, 1 week ago on Sometimes you don’t get the job because you’re not sufficiently impressed

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@kerem To be fair, I only figured it out few days ago :-)

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Sometimes you don’t get the job because you’re not sufficiently impressed

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YES! I love this. I've tried going through a deck and every time I do I hear my voice change into my "pitch voice". It sucks. 


I then basically threw out the deck and started talking to VCs as if they're people. Turns out, they are. Go figure :-)


Works much better. 

8 months ago on Be a deckless wonder

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@RalphMRivera Thats a fair point. PR is both, analog and digital. I guess I placed PR in a digital category because inevitably thats where it's going to end up. It's already 80% there. 


P.S. Percentage based on a study I made up for the purposes of this argument. :-p

10 months, 2 weeks ago on What costs 47 Billion dollars and produces dubious results?

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Great list, Jason. Thank you for your insights.  


I didn't know it when I was building the pitch deck, but I'm using Archetype 5. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Eleven Compelling Startup Pitch Archetypes (with examples from YC companies)

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@George A.  I recently read Nicola Tesla's biography, so your statement rings not only true but also fresh in my mind. 

12 months ago on Your boss doesn’t want you to read this. That’s why I’m posting it.

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@Joseph Lalonde well, Im sure @kathikruse might know, or at least know someone who does. Kathy?

12 months ago on Your boss doesn’t want you to read this. That’s why I’m posting it.

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@Daniel J. Cohen  lol WWDDD? I like that, and I dont mind being held accountable at all. 

I would enable users of my platform to make a living being on my platform. Oh wait...thats exactly what Triberr does :-) Brands hire bloggers by the 100s and pay they fairly for their influence and representation. Thats a lot more complex and more fun model for me, with a much greater pay off for everyone. 

12 months ago on Google and Facebook are NOT Innovators. Here’s what they are.

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@brumTEMP  The google guys were anti ad back in the day as well. I think they all accepted ads as a biz model once big money got involved. 

Thnx for the footer note...I updated it :-)

12 months ago on Google and Facebook are NOT Innovators. Here’s what they are.

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@MalharBarai  Hi Malhar, thank you for leaving a comment, I truly appreciate it. 

Let's talk about "smart ads" since you brought it up :-)

Remember how US Gov "rebranded" torture by calling it "enhanced interrogation technique"? Smart ads are a giant privacy leak google has rebranded as a benefit for us. If google and facebook didnt monetize through ads they would have no need to collect massive amounts of personal information so that they can serve us "smart ads". 

So the question becomes, would you rather have stupid ads and privacy, or smart ads and absolutely no privacy? For me, I'll take a stupid ad any day. You?

12 months ago on Google and Facebook are NOT Innovators. Here’s what they are.

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@Joseph Lalonde  ooooh...I love good ideas. Gimme a hint. 

12 months ago on Your boss doesn’t want you to read this. That’s why I’m posting it.

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@projectmaven  I'm a model or two behind myself. I think my iPhone is version 4 but I'm not 100% sure to be honest. And I have no idea if it works on 3GS, nor do I have any clue what that is :-)

But I have no reason to think that it wouldnt work on older models. Lemme know if you encounter an issue. I'd love to know. 

1 year ago on I’m Starting My Own Oprah’s Book Club Inside my App. The First Book Selection is…

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@DanielMelbye  There are several tools available, all of which make it easy to build an app and each suitable for certain kinds of goals. But none are suitable for all goals. We'll cover the options in the webinar, but the real question is, once you have an app, now what? And we're gonna focus 2/3 of the webinar on answering that question. 



1 year ago on Why I built my own mobile app, and how you can too

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@ExtremelyAvg Ya, I think this has lots of potential. I'm happy to chat. Add me to skype: dino.dogan

1 year ago on I’m Starting My Own Oprah’s Book Club Inside my App. The First Book Selection is…

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@ExtremelyAvg  I thought about written books. That's certainly a possibility. Why? Is that your preference? 

As for audio books, I will offer whatever is good first and foremost. And then whatever I can get my hands on in terms of donations or distribution deals, or some other special deal that I work out usually directly with the author. 

1 year ago on I’m Starting My Own Oprah’s Book Club Inside my App. The First Book Selection is…

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@Pamlovesbooks  Im pretty sure jab jab is not available in audio form yet. Maybe it's coming? @Garyvee? 

1 year ago on I’m Starting My Own Oprah’s Book Club Inside my App. The First Book Selection is…

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@Pamlovesbooks  I love Dan Pink's stuff. And it seems To Sell Is Human is available in audio. Great idea. I'll see if I can get Dan to donate it to us. 

1 year ago on I’m Starting My Own Oprah’s Book Club Inside my App. The First Book Selection is…

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@rosemaryoneill  Ooooh...thats a great idea. Does @GiniDietrich have an audio version out?

1 year ago on I’m Starting My Own Oprah’s Book Club Inside my App. The First Book Selection is…

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@Pamlovesbooks  Lemme know if you have any thoughts on next month's selection. 

1 year ago on I’m Starting My Own Oprah’s Book Club Inside my App. The First Book Selection is…

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@amberrisme  YAY! It will be #awesomesauce, as always :-)

1 year ago on Why I built my own mobile app, and how you can too

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Congrats, Amy :-)

1 year, 1 month ago on Why I’ve Joined Glimpse Labs

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@AmyVernon  This strategy is good for one and one reason only. It makes you look like not such a giant loser out of the gate. Everything else about it is neutral. Not bad, just neutral. The followers are (mostly) low quality followers, and the ones that have followed the account for the content it shared, well, that piece hasnt changed. 


I was sitting in a giant conference room in Tucson few years ago, consulting on a social media strategy for a big West Coast IT firm. 30 locations, 1000s of employees. Big IT company. 


Top brass was completely unwilling and unmoved by the rational arguments and benefits of being on Twitter. That is, until I told them I can get them 2000 followers in a week. 


The collective sigh of relief in the room was palpable. The mood changed immediately. They understood these followers would be of poor quality, but they simply didnt want to look like losers online. Especially not after building a successful business for almost 2 decades.


So, I guess thats the other good thing about low quality followers. They comfort people into taking a dip into social media. Everything else is neutral. 


btw, you've been commenting on my blog a lot lately, Amy :-) thank you so much. You are awesome. Let's paint the town red with white polka dots soon, ok? :-)

1 year, 1 month ago on Overnight, @AmazeBrain got more than 3000 followers on Twitter. Learn how.

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@uncommonchick  yes, head and butt are important. Hang on to those :-)

1 year, 1 month ago on Liberate Your Content From Its Corporeal Form

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@GeorgeCuevas oh dude, do I have a deal of a lifetime for you :-)

My buddy @MeronBareket just released a free course on podcasting. BOOM!  http://inspiring-innovation.com/lp/bootcamp/

Meron is a super good dude, knows his shit, and is giving away the farm. You're welcome :-)

1 year, 1 month ago on We need a podcasting conference

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@GeorgeCuevas  dude...you made a LiveFyre account just for me :-) Thank you.

Ya, I think those guys are onto something and it's one of those deals where their success is all of our success. 

1 year, 1 month ago on We need a podcasting conference

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@DanielMelbye  Flipped funnel is probably a very old notion, it just seems to be super effective in the online paradigm. But a lot of things work that way when you think about it. 

1 year, 1 month ago on How To Go From Blog to {real} Business in Under a Year

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@DebbyBruck  ya, I was trying to keep it around 30 seconds. I do go on in the full version http://dinodogan.com/the-rise-of-the-creative-class-at-ibms-smartercommerce-2/ Boy, do I go on  :-)

1 year, 1 month ago on You’re gonna quit blogging in 90 days. Here’s why.

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@AmyVernon As you know, I have diyblogger.net, which was my domain for many years. Here's the problem with .net. Even I have typed in diyblogger.com instead of .net. 


Whenever possible, I will get .com, but .me is really good for branding. About.me has done an amazing job and that site wouldnt work as well using any other extension. 


Site like Diagnose.me, Incorporate.me, and the Shark Tank hackers, Scan.me...those domains are just perfect for .me extension. 

1 year, 1 month ago on How To Go From Blog to {real} Business in Under a Year

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@AmyVernon  I wonder if "numbers lie" is simply a way of saying "you lie" without the danger of getting sued by the person playing the "you" in "you lie". You know what I mean?


Also, it seems to me that we have to question the truthfulness, motivations, biases, and interests, of the person before they ever present the numbers in order for us to take the numbers seriously. But how often do we do that? I'd say close to never. We just remove the messenger from the equation and we let the numbers do the talking. All the while, the messenger has his hand up the numbers-puppet's ass. 


Sometimes analogies fall apart lol

1 year, 1 month ago on Business Insider gets the Upworthy numbers all wrong

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@AmyVernon  Great question, Amy. I have about.me profile, which is certainly not the same as dinodogan.me but I purchased dinodogan.com years ago, way before I was tight with .me folks. But even then, I considered using .me extension. In the end, it was basically a flip of the coin. 

1 year, 1 month ago on How To Go From Blog to {real} Business in Under a Year

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