13
Jul

It sucks when a stranger breaks your trust. Especially when it’s Twitter.

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This post is going to sound like a lot of whining and moaning and bitching.

So be it.

Remember when I said not to trust any company telling you to embargo information?

I failed to follow my own damn advice today.

Twitter bit me today. Hard. Yes, THAT Twitter.

Here is the story…

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7
Jun

A Eulogy for Dad

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[Above: This is the first photo of my Dad that ever hit the internet and the only one that I'm aware of prior to this week's obituary. He loved playing horseshoes. He was 74.]

 

Like an artist’s canvas.

Shades of pink, orange and yellow splashed across the sky.

The silhouette of a man sitting down in the foreground of the spectacular scene.

A most memorable dusk and one of my earliest memories, one that captures life in its greatest beauty but also in its most painful of realities. A symbol of the challenges that I faced growing up, challenges that shaped me into the man that I am today.

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24
Apr

How we judge one’s character

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[Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn]

When I was in college, a friend of mine gave me a fiction book, one of only a few that I had received as a gift since my childhood: J.D. Salinger’s Raise High the Roof Beams, Carpenters. In the several years since, I’ve picked up the occasional nonfiction book but I don’t recall reading a fiction book cover-to-cover like I did with that one. I do enough reading during the day as part of running BeerPulse that reading even more on top of that just isn’t appealing to me.

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25
Mar

Journalists: embargoes are dead

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Photo Credit via NS Newsflash on Flickr.

 

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the purpose of a publisher in a niche community like craft beer, something that I made quite clear in an interview I did with Aleheads yesterday. Breweries now have their own communities to which they can disseminate news thanks to blogs, newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Google+. All the social media sites have mechanisms for curating content from various breweries, too. So where do publishers in these niche communities fit in nowadays?

I wish I knew.

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2
Mar

The dog and the rabbit

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In dog racing, there is this little thing called the “rabbit.” Dogs race around a track chasing this contraption that may or may not look like an actual rabbit.

The rabbit is nothing more than a motivational device.

Its only purpose in life is to motivate the dog to run harder. Run faster.

Without the dog, there is no rabbit. It serves no purpose to the rest of mankind.

Which brings me to entrepreneurship…

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15
Jan

The First Tweets on @Twitter

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Little known fact.

 

Twitter will turn 6…SIX!…on March 21st. That’s right. Before long, the service will be picking up a Trapper Keeper and starting the first grade. As of this posting, Twitter users have sent over 158 quadrillion tweets.

 

Twitter’s origins lie in a “daylong brainstorming session” held by board members of the podcasting company Odeo. Dorsey introduced the idea of an individual using an SMS service to communicate with a small group.[11] The original project code name for the service was twttr, an idea that Williams later ascribed toNoah Glass,[12] inspired by Flickr and the five-character length of American SMS short codes. The developers initially considered “10958″ as a short code, but later changed it to “40404″ for “ease of use and memorability.”[13] – Wikipedia.

 

Twitter users sent less than 100 tweets on Day 1. Here is a look at all of them.

 

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5
Jan

The long and lonesome journey of solo entrepreneurship

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[Above: I’m jealous of this on so many levels. Photo credit: a6u571n on Flickr (Creative Commons)]

I don’t tell anybody where I am going. I just go. Just me, a rental car and a gym bag full of clothes. And snacks.

Man. Seems like it was just yesterday.

November, 2008.

I am 24 years old.

I am working on a three-week job in Tucson, Arizona, when the three-day holiday weekend comes. Everyone gets to go home and go see their loved ones, etc. I’m single so I have no one to go home to…I decide to stay put in Tucson and enjoy the nice weather.

Only I don’t stay in Tucson…

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29
Dec

What 24 hours of Twitter looks like for a beer website guy

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You’re looking at a search stream that I subscribe to that allows me to track and engage in conversations that relate to my work.

I see people on Twitter who have sent over 30,000 tweets and I’m not sure how they do it while still being able to do whatever else they need to do during the day. I’ve sent about 7,500 at this point. Not to mention, Twitter is only half the battle for those who use Facebook frequently. And then there is Google Plus…wow.

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2
Oct

Improving the Klout algorithm

I, like many, have a love/hate relationship with Klout. It is an awesome idea and I agree with those that say companies want/need to identify social media influencers. The problem that Klout has is identifying actions in the virtual world that can drive value to a client company’s bottom line “in real life.” At least, the tech talking heads think this is the problem that Klout needs to solve to make money.

The algorithm that is supposed to solve this problem has a long way to go, at least when it comes to Twitter, and as has been documented time and time again, it can be gamed quite easily for those willing to put in the time and effort.

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13
Sep

How not to use Twitter

What would Chris Carter say?

 

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