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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Big Money, Big Money, No Whammy’s….STOP!

Sadly, we’re a generation that has a bit of a problem with shiny new things, latching on to them, wearing them out, then throwing them aside like that 10 year old can of yams you found in the back of your pantry last week.

This whole post goes back to a question I asked myself yesterday – how long until Facebook and Twitter go down in flames?  It’s not that I want to see that happen any time soon, but its inevitable just by looking at the trends in our “gotta have it…don’t know how I have been getting on with my life without it….NOW” generation.  Two big players in the past decade come to mind instantly – MySpace and AOL.

aol-time-warnerInvestment firms & other big players that like to throw down hundreds of millions in cash to jump on “what’s hot” confuse the hell out of me.  News Corp. bought MySpace for $580 million just a few years ago, and now, where does it fit in?  In 2009 it’s more comparable to the lost city of Chernobyl than it is to downtown LA when there is a pop icon’s dead body being delivered to a sold out crowd at the Staples Center.  The same goes for AOL – in the 90’s, they were the big name, so big that they merged with one of the worlds largest media outlet – Time Warner.  However, in 2002, they reported a loss of $99 billion and eventually dropped the “AOL” portion from “AOL/Time Warner” name – now they are talking about spinning off the AOL division all together since that one division is bringing the ship down with a series of heavy losses.  Sure, AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) is still a HUGE success, but so are shoes and toilets – both filled a “need”, then mutated in to different flavors.

vanilla_iceBusiness today is scary.  If your business isn’t on the internet to provide a simple information outlet – you fail, but what if your business completely relies on the internet?  If you’re lucky, you’ll come up with a cool new idea with a weird name like Twitter or Zappos, the masses will latch on, you’ll make millions in a buy out, but trends show, your luck wears out quickly.  What I don’t understand is this – how is it that these companies still continue to get the big buy-in’s, even if trends show that businesses on the internet made out of this “oh oh oh…shiny!!!” concept end up falling off the map faster than Vanilla Ice did after “Ice Ice Baby”.

I understand the concept of business growth, the need of capital for expansion, and the drive to boost a CEO’s ego by making them a rather large blip on the “holy shit, that dude runs a $500 million dollar company he built in 3 years” radar, but at what point does the trend of “big money dump” in to internet companies and then their inevitable dive off the deep end start to matter?  At what point do these investors start requiring that the internet companies have a certain percentage of their business done IRL (in real life) instead of being 100% virtualized?  I know virtualization keeps overhead down and increases revenues, but can it ensure longevity like a tangible product you can feel in your hands that you buy in a store down the street?

I’m fairly certain that I could ask 100 business owners and get relatively the same answer to the question of “do you want your business to grow?”.  They all do – hell, I want my businesses to grow, and I would love a buyout that includes 8 zeroes, but the only recent big buyout that I’ve seen remotely succeed in the past decade has been YouTube – and I’m fairly certain that’s because Google just gobbles up all the super smart and level headed people.  Maybe investors need to put in some onsite daycare or ping pong tables in their offices and start calling them a “campus”?

New Version of Tweetdeck – Out Today!!!

tweetdeck_128Heck yeah!  I love Tweetdeck!

I wasn’t a fan at first, but its slowly been growing on me due to its vast features that allow you to create groups, and setup various searches so I’m not going back and forth in a Search.Twitter.com window all day long!

New Features

Language Translation: Sweet…now I can understand what all those 13 year old asian kids are talking about!

StockTwits Integration: I’m not totally in to stocks yet (although I probably should be since I’m still ‘relatively young’ – like that in quotes hahaha), and I do believe this site was made by local phoenix all star Howard Lindzon.  I like integration with other apps…A+.

Hash Tag Support: I love me some hash tags – no seriously #I #love #me #some #hash #tags…and I love when I am #thefirstonetocreateahashtag – I’m an attention whore…sue me. :-)

User Search: Uh…I’m lost…can’t we just do that with a “global search”?  That’s what I do…so I can stalk @chuckreynolds and @miley__cyrus – ok, maybe not Miley Cyrus, cause that’d get me on “Dateline: To Catch a Predator” faster then Miller drops the soap in county lock-up, but definitely Chuck – that bastard never tells me when the cool shit is going down.  Wait…maybe that’s a sign……… :-/

Ok…well…here you go…read about the new Tweetdeck improvements in depth…and get a new version now!  W00T!