Social Media Schadenfreude

I’ll confess. I’m a word geek. I like knowing the history of words, and I love how certain words feel in the mouth. Schadenfreude is one of those words. Come on, say it with me: ‘shahd-n-froi-duh’.Schadenfreude is a German word, first used somewhere around 1895. Its roots are ‘schaden’ – meaning ‘damage’. And ‘freude’ – meaning ‘joy’ (‘schadenfreude/German’ jokes welcome in the comments section). A standard dictionary will tell you it means “enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others.” And whoever raises their hand in protest to announce they’ve never experienced schadenfreude is going to get a big fat rock thrown through their big fat glass house. Continue reading

Keep It Simple: Stop Social Media Speak

Early mornings on the Twittersphere never cease to amaze and inspire me. This morning, it was a post by Mitch Joel that flew by in my stream, retweeted by someone or another. I passed over it at first. Then something drew me back to it, and I clicked the link.

Now, anyone who knows Mitch Joel (personally or otherwise) or frequents his blog Six Pixels of Separation knows he is one smart guy. And a straight up writer. And the post I read today didn’t disappoint. Titled “9 Glorious Truths About Creating Great Content”, it lists important considerations like ‘You are not a machine’ – and my personal favourite – ‘Editing content is hard.’ But it was number 8 that really caught my eye – ‘Complex is bad.’ Continue reading