Rant: How Social Media Is Like Bad Sex

Remember when that blue Honda driving dude you adored dumped you unceremoniously on your birthday, then hooked up with your best friend (or worse, your MOM!)? Remember after when suddenly every single car on every single street was a blue Honda? The social media space is a bit like that at times. Especially blogging. Every so often, trends pop up in the blog world. No matter where you surf or stumble, every Twitter link you click on contains the same ‘style’ of post. And there’s one particular style these days that’s seriously getting on my last nerve. Continue reading

Social Influence Scoring: Ranting Is Fun!

My good friend and fellow blogger Jason Konopinski wrote a post last week that seriously got me fired up. In a good way. Titled “The Paper Tigers of Online Influence”, even the image he used made me stop and think (origami is insanely complicated but the outcome is really cool – like statistics – hmmmm.) “Paper Tiger” is an english translation of an ancient Chinese phrase. It means something as threatening as a tiger, but actually quite quite harmless. Kinda like “its bark is worse than it’s bite”. It’s fitting that Jason was talking about online influence and social scoring. Continue reading

Bedbugs And Ballyhoo – The Social Media Saloon

Those of you who know me, know I enjoy the odd tipple. You might also know that I live in the rather rough and tumble, slightly blue collar east end area of Toronto. Directly to the north are million dollar homes on a gorgeous ravine. To the south, million dollar homes on the beach. Where I live? Not so much.

But I love my little hood, or ‘the ghetto” as I affectionately call it. It has everything you could need. Two subway stops, schools, 24 hour grocery, hardware stores, restaurants, and doctor’s offices. And, my local. Continue reading