No Arm, No Voice

mstory123 | October 3, 2008 in social media | Comments (4)

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I have been offline for ten days or so because I had a little owie in my arm that turned out to be some pretty major surgery.  While I was recuperating and emerged from a percocet-induced haze, it occurred to me that I was really lacking an outlet for ideas, expressed in social media.

I use this blog, Media Bullseye and Boston Hardball to express what happens to me on my mind that particular day or in that particular moment.  Being robbed, temporarily, of the use of my right arm made me think how important user generated content (the user being ME) had become to me.  I had a lot to say, and the only one to hear it was my new dog, Prince.  And he just cocks his head and walks off.

So while I can’t type for long, this avoiding a typical diabtribe, it’s nice to be back in the swing with the ability to express myself using social media.  I missed it.

Mark


Oops, I Did It Again

mstory123 | September 22, 2008 in Online public relations,social media | Comments (8)

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I have gained semi-notoriety this week because of my online-based apology tour, having said stupid things, apologized and my idiocy was well-documented and forgiven on CareerDiva.net, the New York Times, and I even did an interview yesterday with the Washington Business Journal (no link yet because it will be a couple of weeks, but you can count on my self-promotional side to pimp that too).

I have a semi-foul mouth, which has been curbed only through my parenthood, but for those of you who have read this blog, you’ll note that when I become particularly exasperated by something that I think is inane, my usual response is:

“Jesus.”

Well, now I have either an outlet for that, or an e-portal which may just ensure my eternal damnation.  Tech Crunch reported recently on the launch of Gospelr,

…a microblogging platform for people who want to share thoughts, ideas, words of encouragement, prayer requests, daily scripture readings, and oh so much more.”

I am honestly not here to praise or condemn this, but one of the questions that I get asked frequently and was asked yesterday during the interview was “What is the next BIG THING?”  Some people B.S. (there’s that foul mouth again), their way through this, but my answer was simple:  Anyone who tells you what the NEXT BIG THING is is lying.

An example of this is the fact that Gospelr is based upon the Twitter platform and represents a segmentation of the Twitter audience.  A year ago, who predicted that Twitter would launch, crash (literally), an then crawl back into our waiting arms?  And what about that stupid whale?

I think that Gospelr represents the fact that microblogging has now become so intertwined with our lives, we’ll begin to see more and more platforms that are targeted towards a particular segment of the of the  population who share common interests.  Now THAT’S interesting.

I’ll avoid all other commentary as to minimize the flaming comments that are undoubtedly headed my way.

Mark


My Blog is in the New York Times?!?!

mstory123 | September 17, 2008 in In the news,Online public relations | Comments (17)

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I had always hoped to be in the New York Times, but perhaps under somewhat different circumstances.

I wrote about it last week “I Was Wrong – Sorry Eve,” but the New York Times’ Marci Alboher picked up on the email blogging exchange that Eve Tahmincioglu and I had, which ended up with my feeling like a lunkhead.

Marci wrote a balanced, fair piece:

All this transparency and accountability led to a happy ending. Mr. Story did a follow-up post of his own, calling his original post a “cheap shot” against Eve (as support for this, he admitted that some of his own readers agreed with Eve’s original premise) and apologized to her. Eve included his apology in her follow-up post.

In addition to learning a few lessons about taking ownership for your words online, I also discovered a possible cure for social networking overload in Mr. Story’s original post — social networking aggregators, a new type of site that has sprung up to help people keep up with multiple social networking communities at once. Clearly, I have to get acquainted with these sites.

Thank you, Marci for providing balance and a measured tone — both of which would have served me well a couple of weeks back.

Mark


Social Media, Football and Vomit

mstory123 | in In the news | Comments (2)

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Forgive me for those of you who are a bit squeamish, but below, I have posted a You Tube video clip from the Maryland-Cal football game last Saturday (which Maryland, my alma mater, won, by the way).

Quick synopsis: Kevin Barnes, a defensive back for Maryland, hit Cal’s Jahvid Best so hard that Best laid on the field and later threw up.  As further proof that social media is weaving its way into our social fabric, one chunk at a a time, this phenomenon made its way onto the front page of the Washington Post sports section.

Here are some fascinating facts:

  • Before the game ended, the clip was on You Tube.
  • As of yesterday afternoon, six versions of the hit garnered a total of more than 50,000 views, which surpassed the number of spectators (49,527) who watched the play live at Byrd Stadium on Saturday.
  • When Barnes visited a local restaurant this weekend, at least 40 customers approached asking him about the hit. Some with iPhones replayed the hit so everyone could watch together.

Sure, some guy hit some other guy who threw up on the field.  But when you consider the speed and reach of people sharing the clip, now THAT is bone-jarring.

Clip is below;  quality is not good (and please do not watch is you do not want to see a football player throw up).

Mark

P.S. – I have gone this whole post without a joke, but I’ll remind you that Maryland’s head football coach’s first name is “Ralph.”


The Historical Origins of Public Relations

mstory123 | September 16, 2008 in Georgetown,Offline public relations | Comments (0)

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..and what it’s like to do it for a living.

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night.

Week 3
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Mark