Chief Technology Officer & Photographer | Irvine, CA

Participation Drought

Chuck pointed out something to me today after he had messaged me on Twitter saying “you sure are tweeting a lot today…not typical of you since new jobby”.

True story.

I went on to explain to him that the new books I’ve been reading, UnMarketing & The Thank You Economy, have been essentially lighting a fire under my ass about how I personally use social media and how I need to change it for the better of myself and the community I’m surrounding myself with. I guess I’ve been more of a fire hose lately, instead of engaging with the community, and I want to change that.

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AuthorityLabs.com – Simple Search Engine Monitoring

I probably shouldn’t be promoting this, since it’s likely to bump the stats that I’m trying to beat, but it’s for Chase, and its for GangPlank HQ, and it’s just good business – give more than you get…right Derek? :-)

Another project out of GangPlank HQ has arrived in full public mode – AuthorityLabs.com – Simple Search Engine Monitoring.  Basically, the jist of the site allows you to track keywords against your domain to see how you are ranking for those keywords on Google, Yahoo, and Live.  I’ve been beta testing it for a few weeks, and so far, I check it just about every morning.  I’m really trying to get my blog ranked first page on Google for keyword “beau”, and I’ve been able to track the rollercoaster so far with all it’s nifty graphs and so forth.

I’ve also been tracking keywords for DateDesigner.com – my project out of the GangPlank HQ Incubator.  So far, I’m loving the results.  Keyword “date ideas” has been yielding nice results in Yahoo & Live – hopefully I’ll see that growing trend in Google soon!

Any way, get on over to AuthorityLabs.com and sign up today!  I am pretty sure you can sign up for a free account to get your feet wet. :-)

Grouplist.us – Contact Info Coordination

Let’s say you want to share your contact information with everyone at a relevant media unconference in Phoenix at the beginning of November 2008.  One might think that might be a little overwhelming, and quite repetitive to go to each person and relay this information…and that would be correct…until now.

Andrew Hyde has recently released GroupList.us.  Basically, the site allows you to easily share contact information within a group of people so you can talk about things other than your Twitter handle, or your Facebook ID.  It’s a great little tool, and I’ve participated in 2 lists so far:

Get out there and create some lists with your groups…share your information easily!

Update on Beau – What’s been going on?

Well, a lot has been going on recently, so I figured I’d give you all a little update and throw a shit-ton of links your way.

I successfully launched Date Designer at the beginning of this month.  If you don’t know what Date Designer is all about, to start, it’s NOT a match-making service.  The service I’m offering is to answer the question of “what should we do?” AFTER you’ve gotten your date.  Currently there are about 40 good dates entered in to the system and the number of users registering and using the system is increasing daily.

Date Designer was recently featured in the AZ Republic with Gangplank HQ, Authority Labs, Simple Seating, and Get Whuffie.  I was also interviewed on video by the Phoenix Real Estate Guy.

I also attended PodCampAZ last weekend – talk about a fun time!  Met a ton of new people, got the word out about my projects, and discovered that Jeremy Tanner (@penguin) is all about man-hugging and Andrew Hyde (@andrewhyde) is a lot quieter than I had imagined!  You guys are welcome to stay at my house anytime you are back in Phx!  And on a sadder note…I still didn’t get a chance to meet Justine…I guess my indirect game didn’t work out so well…<sad face>…

Another project I’ve been working on, that was created out of the recent Startup Weekend in Phoenix is called Twitrratr.com.  Basically, Twitrratr.com is a search engine of sorts that searches tweets on Twitter and then analyzes the content of the tweets to determine positive/neutral/negative tones and opinions.  We’ve gotten a ton of press about the site already and we’ve only been live for about 2 weeks or so!  The Twitrratr.com team consists of myself, Chase Granberry, and Mike Luby…all of which…are full of so much awesome, I’m pretty sure if we ended up getting our asses kicked by a group of rogue ninjas, we’d bleed awesome.

Update on my relationship status…single…yes ladies…I’m still single…keep those phone numbers coming…<crickets>… :-/

And that’s about it for now…I gots ta get to bed…Nate’s wedding is in t-minus 13 hours!!!

PodCampAZ 2.0 – Are you going to be there?

…because I am…and so are several other people, like Brent (iboughtamac), Evo (evo_terra), Shaler (BrianShaler), Chuck (chuckreynolds), and heck, I think Justine (ijustine) is gonna be there!

This year will actually be my first time attending PodCampAZ.  Last year they had quite the showing for the first year, and this year, its expected to be even bigger!  So instead of doing something else that is far less cool than hanging out with a bunch of other people that share the same interests as you, come play with the cool kids at PodCampAZ on November 1st & 2nd of 2008 – you’ll be glad that you did!

Oh yeah, go register for PodCampAZ 2.0 – successful planning can’t happen without participant registration… ;-)