Nuggets of Reality

I received my copy of Guy Kawasaki’s Reality Check yesterday, wasted a whole day NOT reading it, but when I started, immediately got these three nuggets.

1. Majora Carter. Oh, my god, where has this woman been hiding? Why did it take this long to discover her?

2. A couple days ago, Guy tweeted out this link. I scratched my head, shrugged and kept reading. But, it was sticking in my paw and so I sent Guy a direct message asking why he would tweet out such an odd link. His response was:

guykawasaki Because I like to help people with my tweets.

Ok, that made even less sense, so I just shrugged that off. Page 232 of Reality Check,

The funnier you are, the more people think you’re smart, because it takes great intelligence to be funny.

Improv is perhaps the hardest comedic form to do well. That and repartee.  I’m sorry, Guy, I’ll not doubt again.

3. Page 237, Guy says:

On a personal level, blogs are an outlet for expression and creativity. Truly, if no one but your dog reads your blog, it’s still worth doing.

Rarely do I disagree with Guy, but I think he meant to say:

If your DOG writes your blog, everyone will read it. 

Heck, you’re here reading this now, right? Come on, read a few more posts.

224 pages of Reality to go.

How to look clueless on Twitter in three easy steps

Recently, one of the folks I follow sent out a tweet about a teacher who is selling sponsorship on the bottom of his test. The tweet went like:

I am in advertising, but even I think this is a bad idea.

So, being a good follower, I click on the link to the story, read it and replied back something like:

Wow, I want to advertise. Do you know how to get in touch with Tom Farber?

A day goes by and the reply comes back from my follower:

Who is Tom F?

I replied he was the teacher in the story he tweeted out. He replied back:

Not sure, use Google!

Oh, ok. I was a bit taken aback, but maybe he was very busy, a day job, thousands of followers and didn’t really have time to engage me. Nope. He is following 32 people.

So, here is my take on Mr. Follower.
He really didn’t read or engage in the article, but he thought he should tweet something out that made him look like he was connected with the advertising/marketing world. When he was given an opportunity to engage with someone who took the time to reply to a tweet, he blew it entirely by saying, “I don’t have time for you, look it up yourself.”

I clicked through to Mr. Follower’s profile and then to his web site, which turned out to be a resume. His last job ended in September 2008, so it looks like he is searching for a new job. Do I have a marketing position for him with my company? Maybe I do, but I would never hire him.

Am I being too hard on Mr. Follower? Perhaps. Perhaps I should do my own research on articles that interest me. Or, perhaps Mr. Follower just failed the first test of a prospective employer looking for a Web 2.0 savvy person to lead a multi-million dollar division.

Oh, yeah, the three steps thing… umm, ok:
1. Make sure you don’t actually read or engage in web sites you tweet out
2. Treat every question like it is an imposition on your time
3. Don’t bother helping anyone. That is what Google is for.

Don’t call me a geezer on twitter

Yesterday, I read a tweet from a young someone I’m following who had jury duty. She tweeted:

The judge just told us we are not allowed to create a blog about the trial. The geezers in the room laughed. I twittered it our.

My first reaction was annoyance with the blatant disregard of the judge’s order (yes, Twitter IS a blog.. a micro-blog, but technically, a blog!) and putting the Sixth Amendment rights of the defendant in jeopardy AND risking a mis-trial AND risking jail time AND a fine for contempt. Small things, but as long as this non-geezer, GenY got to tweet out something, that is all that mattered.

All that aside, I got to thinking about what a geezer is. Someone over 30? 40? 50? Is it age-based or is it based on our behaviors and values? I argue the latter.

I Twitter. I write blogs, several. I have an iPhone and use more features on it than just the big keypad (thank you Apple for making the keys big enough for geezer fingers.) I think Alltop.com is a vacation spot. I have a Facebook account AND a LinkedIn account. Am I an anomaly?

Turns out I’m not really that odd. Many of my generation is getting it and are online in pretty significant numbers. In an article that appeared in www.emarketer.com (Dec. 1, 2008)

Look at the following graph of usage by age. Notice also that Boomers have been split into older and newer Boomers (about time someone did)

Note that the percentage difference between Young Boomers-GenY and Young Boomers-Old Boomers is about the same, 11/12%. Even older Boomers and Silent Generations are online at numbers greater than 50%.

So, GenY, us “geezers” are online and in fairly big numbers. We understand a lot of this Web 2.0 stuff you believe to be your own playground. And, while we’re not out there flouting our personal whims, disdain, hubris, sobriety (or lack thereof) and other attention-getting boas (that’s a metaphor) we are here and we’re watching you.

The next time you have the urge to make a general statement about a generation, think about the last time a geezer said something stereotypical of GenY and how you felt when it did not apply to you.

Age brings wisdom, tolerance, patience and understanding, not just old age.

And, age also brings the discretion that is the better part of valor. Like not tweeting out an opinion about a trial that a “geezer” judge trusts you to take seriously.

Artificial time dividers

500 Tweets
500 Tweets
Today, I reached 499 tweets on my Twitter account and wanted my 500th tweet to be something special. It was and it wasn’t, as it was co-opted by Alltop to blast out a new feed page using TwitterFeed.com. That’s ok; Guy and Neenz are good folk and I don’t mind.

Got me thinking about all sorts of other “artificial” time periods we use to trick our minds into stuff. Here are a few of mine:

  • Thanksgiving is the start of the official Holiday Sloth season where I no longer need an excuse to not get something done.
  • 29th birthday to 30th
  • 30th birthday to 40th (we won’t go further)
  • Every New Year. This time, I’ll be more organized, less frivolous, more, blah, blah
  • Oh, well I ate that Snickers bar. I’ll get serious about the diet tomorrow.
  • I can pay bills tomorrow. Today is already shot and the post office is not open anyway.

The truth is, however, that time does not see any of these dividing lines. It keeps marching on and so what we see between age 29 and age 30 is just a fraction of a second — maybe less — to time.

So it is with my 500th tweet. Is the 500th any more or less special to the person who got it? Should it be more special to me? Should I have saved it for that one special tweet to that one special follower?

I dunno. Don’t think it matters much because I’m now working on my 1000th tweet. That one will be really special.

Half the failure Guy is

My dream is to become only half the failure Guy Kawasaki is!

http://www.rivershark.com/x/47

I still have not written the two books banging around in my head. But, I figure if I blog almost every day, that kinda counts?

Love that “big pile of nothing.” To misquote Emily Dickinson very badly, “I’d rather be sitting on my own big pile of nothing than at the bottom of a big pile of Yahoo!”

That “big pile of nothing” gets me traffic and Twitter tweets! Keep on doing nothing, Guy!

 

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You can reach more people with a blog than a bullhorn

Last night, I met Kealan on http://election.twitter.com. We have not spoken, I know nothing about her, but she said something during the debates that I thought was interesting and I wanted to be a part of the next really sage thing she says, whenever that is. So, I’m following her on Twitter.

I saw she tweeted again this morning. Nothing of consequence to me, but what the heck, maybe her blog had something on it. Sure enough, it was a post-debate post titled 3 miles in the snow, uphill both ways. That got my attention right away because, while I knew it was going to be a GenY rant against old people, the title was so clever that I knew the rest of the post was going to be good. It was.

GenY may not be out in the street protesting the rapid decline of this country, but they are online with a vengeance. And, apparently, they do care and they get it. They understand that respect is the root of peace, that you can reach more people quicker and deeper with a Twitter account and a blog than you can with a bullhorn and a flag and that party and company affiliation doesn’t matter as much as not being obtuse and condescending.

And, not only are they watching as things are going on, but they are recording it, playing it back, digesting it and analyzing it. They are predicting the death of spin and revisionist history.

And yeah, mom and dad, they have been listening to you. If not, how would they know to use a phrase like “3 miles in the snow, uphill both ways” in the correct context?

I just can’t wait to see what Phil DeFranco is going to video about the debates. Please hurry, Phil. We dogs need our fix.

Big dogs go to war

This is disturbing on a lot of levels, but mostly because it buzzes around like a giant fly instead of growling and barking like a dog.

Thanks Guy for pointing me to this from your Tweet.