Sunday, March 31, 2013

Change all your blog links to NO FOLLOW




Rick Digital Photo Editing Services

Even on Easter, Spammers Never Sleep...

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Consider this my "digital good deed" for the day. If a salesperson or debt collector has ever mercilessly stalked you by telephone, "Rick Digital Photo Editing Services" is the internet equivalent.

Say HELLO to "Rick" by emailing is based in China, is the email gateway.

Some of the addresses associated with "Rick" include:

But if you "reply" to "Rick" email, the addy becomes

Although emails like this come with "unsubscribe" options (like the ones "Rick" provides below), experts say NEVER respond because that way you have just VERIFIED your email address and the scammers then sell your email addy to other spammers!

UNSUBSCRIBE INSTRUCTIONS If you do not wish to receive our newsletter, pls send address to for remove. Before printing think about the Environment.

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By the way, Happy Easter, peeps!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Facebook bot, friend or foe? What's Google up to now?

Over on my WordPress, I have published articles on the "Facebook bot," the question of whether there is a "Blog Traffic Cap" and the terrifying "Google shutting Blogger down."

Keep this in mind: "Google Reader’s Demise is Irrelevant for Blogs – The demise of Google Reader will have no impact on blogs and blogging. If the content is good enough, people will find a way to subscribe via email or otherwise."

If that's not enough to make you cringe, prepare yourself before reading "Will Google Dofollow Penalty Hit Your Blog Soon?"

SPREAD THE WORD! Tweet this!
Link to bloggers you hate and bring them down a peg! Here's how! via

Tip of the day ::: This works on blogs too! You can also use the code tools/features that come with Google Chrome (I use flock) to examine what your competitors are up to. Nothing is secret!

Haven't heard any more about Xiaxue moving to WordPress, but then again our expectant blogging mum may be launching the new blog (or not?) in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Turn off the new compose window in Gmail

Google is becoming as bad as Facebook in forcing people to use things. I didn't like this in October when they began testing it, and I don't like it now. I don't understand why Google is forcing the change. Some of us actually like having a window dedicated JUST to composing an email. It's cleaner. It's neater. It's less distracting. This new "experience" is a joke.

Google will still allow users to switch back to the old compose windows for a while, but it’s not clear for how long. Within no time, we hopefully will see other shells developed that can serve as gateways to Google's GMail. The "new" compose window has been around long enough for pushback to rise - everyone who has used it either hates it or has experienced problems so severe they could no long effectively use GMail on their laptop or desk computer - which may be the real reason for implementing this - the feature has no effect on smartphone or tablet GMail.

If you get switched to the new view but want it back, you can switch back to the old experience, but only temporarily (Click Compose => At the bottom corner of the message pane, click the More menu icon next to the Discard button => Select “Temporarily switch back to old compose”).

Once again, users are going to be force-fed a feature that is neither needed or wanted. Just another way to make your computer run a little bit slower. For the moment, you can still turn it off, but just like that new blogger interface, soon you won't have a choice. But you will have alternatives, so keep checking back here from time to time (my blog, not this particular post!)

Wanna give feedback? If you do, be sure to mention how much you despise the fact that Google is taking Reader and iGoogle away from you.


Using Social Media to Predict Future Trends and HotButton Topics

When looking to maximize an article, post or tweet, I employ a few simple, quick services. (1) I check for what's trending on twitter. I pay attention only to the Worldwide category, although I confess to invoking US trends from time to time. (2) I go to and (3) I do a Google blogsearch on the topic I am writing about and last but not least (4) I start typing something about my topic into the Google search bar to see what following text auto-populates the bar.

My methods are easy to implement and great when there are other things that need my attention. But there are folks who take this to a much higher level. Leading the pack is British economist Noreena Hertz. She believes that comprehensively analyzing chatter from Facebook and Twitter enables more accurate "forecasting."

The model is simple. Using a sophisticated algorithm, one can "summly" hundreds of thousands of tweets, likes, mentions etc. in an instant, tabulating not only the number and subject of messages but also, for the first time, the sentiment, allowing for what is descibed as "an accurate guess" to be arrived at regarding the selected topic and possible situation outcome.

CNN notes that Hertz has made a career out of challenging the predictive powers of traditional forecasting models. To illustrate her point, Hertz noted that analysts in the Middle East failed to predict the Arab Spring and very few experts saw the financial meltdown coming -- something she did three years before in her book "IOU: The Debt Threat".

To her credit, Hertz correctly predicted who would win talent show "X Factor" by analyzing social media. So, the question is, how do YOU duplicate Hertz's efforts on your own time and your own scale? You already have tools that you are (hopefully) using. Blog aggregators, Google blogsearch, etc.

You or I may not have the ability to access the same tools and systems Hertz uses (I'm sure some are costly, others "secret" and others proprietary. Fear not! I share with you my personal mix, which is comprised of two *FREE* tools, the first being Social Mention ::: it is a social media search and analysis platform that aggregates user generated content into a single stream of information. It allows you to track and measure what people are saying about you, your company, a new product, or any topic across the web’s social media landscape in real-time. Social Mention monitors over one hundred social media sites.

When I have more time to spend (like a lazy Sunday afternoon), I press NodeXL into service. NodeXL is a free and open Excel 2007/2010 Add-in and C#/.Net library for network analysis and visualization. It integrates into Excel 2007 and 2010 and adds directed graph as a chart type to the spreadsheet and calculates a core set of network metrics and scores. Supports extracting email, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, WWW and flickr social networks.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A New Map Of The US, Created By How Our Dollar Bills Move

Now, this is really interesting!

A "Money Map," proving that "effective communities" don’t necessarily follow state lines! Theoretical physicist Dirk Brockmann has re-imagined the borders of the United States of America in line with data gathered from the flow of low denomination marked money.

The Takeaway ::: State boundaries are rather arbitrary: money tends to stay within more realistic boundaries.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

5 Ways to Budget Your Finances on Any Income

The biggest obstacle challenging folks these days (blogger or not) is establishing and funding that "emergency" account that just about everyone who has anything to say about your money advises. Advisors also urge paring down your monthly expenses. But most of us believe we've cust so close to the bone that there is nothing left to pare.

Time out! I offer suggestions. Slash those monthlies even further - (1) $10 a month iPhone (2) Kill Cable altogether - buy a good digital TV antenna - borrow dvds from the library - download videos and tv programs and burn your own dvd-player-friendly Video CDs (3) Use a free wi-fi hotspot or free internet service - there are free broadband and dialups out there! (4) If you are in relatively good health, BANK that $150 a month for health insurance. And check on those Dr. fees: I spent a half-day last year for lab work, check-up and Rx renewals/updates. I noticed the total bill was LESS than my bi-weekly premium! If you can get by a few months without expensive health insurance before it becomes mandatory under Obama and save the cash, you will feel better and see the light at the end of the financial tunnel!

Also, it is SPRING - (5) time to plant veggies - think about creating nutritious summer meals and look into home canning and preserving - and cancel that gym membership! Run around the block, exercise at home. Resist the urge to drive to anything within reasonable walking distance. Both you and your wallet will be healthier!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blogging Less, Enjoying it More?

You're not alone!

I've been keeping a blog while following other blogs and bloggers since around 2002. I've noticed recently that many of whom I consider "hard core" bloggers have cut back on their frequency of article posting. Some have cut WAY back. To see this happen on bellwether blogs speaks volumes. We'll have to see where it goes across the blogosphere.

There are various reasons for this happening. One lady blogger has been blogging less due to pregnancy. Another cut way back after her marriage. Another changed horses, switching to a cooking blog from what had been a daily diary. A couple of guys who used to post everyday are now uploading maybe once a month.

I think the mindset here is that once you are "established" you don't need to ram posts down reader's throats in hopes of making gains in SEO or PR or making that "big" online income. Even the bloggers who go on hiatus come back to blog again.

This all seems to be happening shortly after the "clean" or "minimalist" theme swept across the blogsophere. That happened because the blog-guru-make-money crowd realized you had to hook people really fast on the internet, and slow-loading blogs laden with "opportunities" and sales pitches fail to attract suckers buyers.

But not everyone has gone that minimalist route - those of us who don't have to probably won't. Although my trade wordpress blog is minimalist, this blog is more of a magazine or online newshub, so it doesn't require minimalism, as I don't depend on ads for support.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Gal Power via Facebook!

Friday, March 22, 2013

app 200 error blackberry fix

Yes you can bring your BlackBerry back! I call this "The Lazarus Fix."

Forget everything (well, almost everything) you've seen, heard, been told or googled for regarding a way to bring a dead BlackBerry back from being a "brick" - and you don't have to lose your settings or data or address book or even your favorite apps!

Yes, there is a solution. It is easy, painless, and you may wonder why you couldn't have found it earlier!

I actually came up with a "two-prong" solution to getting your dumb smartphone to behave, recover and re-incarnate.

Take deep breaths. Make sure you have time available, at least an hour, maybe 90 minutes, just in case.

Oh, and steer clear of those "askmefast" forums and links. They will drive you digitally insane!

Read more » App 200 : Desktop Manager will not connect: My Cold Dead BlackBerry

Paid vs Free Guest Posting Content

Can you keep a secret?

With unsolicited guest post opportunities drying up, I am opening the door for anyone out there who would like to have their post presented right here on my blog OR on any one of three other blogs! what do you think about that?

Yes, there are a few "rules" and yes I will correct grammar and spelling (especially good for bloggers whose English is their "second language." No XXX rated stuff and no content-scrapers allowed!

Show me how smart you are! Find my email address on this blog, contact me and be sure to put "GUEST POST" in the subject line. I'll be in touch. Easy pricing and easy to pay if you are on a budget!

So, what do you think of my new guest post policy? I’d love your feedback in the comments.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez to appear at Miami Dade

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez met with Florida lawmakers Tuesday on Capitol Hill to discuss the U.S. embargo and how to help make technology more readily available to all Cubans on the communist island. She is on a world tour discussing freedom and democracy for the Cuban people.

Sanchez is scheduled to speak April 1st at Miami Dade College’s Freedom Tower. Sanchez will be presented with the Miami-Dade College Presidential Medal - she became an enemy of the state in Cuba soon after her meteoric rise as creator of the blog Generación Y.

How do I Post to MEDIUM?

The short answer: you don't.

You may be reading posts by bloggers concerning medium, but despite what it says on the main website: "Medium is in closed beta right now... But to be clear: Limiting access is not our approach to quality," you don't have access - and seeing this policy is months old, there is apparently no telling when anyone but a privileged few will be allowed in.

To those pompous bloggers writing about Medium: Why don't you wait until everyone can enjoy it? I guess you must think you are ten feet above the rest of us, sort of like in the olden days when one had to have key to get into the Playboy club.

Medium. Not ready for prime time. If and when it is, will it become another Posterous? Think before you leap!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Google Reader Gone?

Here's how to get there... (you must be signed in to your gmail account!)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Monday Is In The House

Creating PACs and then Spending their Money

Kim Barker, Op-Ed: Russo, Marsh—an established California outfit of Republican consultants—was just getting started. The firm formed a second political committee, this one with a pro-military agenda. And eventually, seizing on the President’s unpopularity in certain circles, they opened a third, the Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama. Throughout the 2012 election cycle, the committees were relentless. In email after email, they pleaded for small donations to run ads supporting candidates who would defeat President Obama’s “socialist” agenda.

Blogger Rips Western Media's Laziness in North Korean Coverage

By investigating the most recent North Korean propaganda video, Blogger TJ reveals that basic fact-checking is being ignored when it comes to Western media reporting on North Korea

Claimed 503m users end of 2012: But how many really use Sina Weibo? By @paulmozur -Wall Street Journal :: China’s most beloved microblog, Sina Corp.’s Weibo is often described as a virtual town square where Chinese people can publicly dis...

Location! The Importance of Geo-Data at SXSW Location! The Importance of Geo-Data at SXSW Description from the SXSW website: The proliferation of location-aware devices and geo-tagged data raises im...

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Post #6201

I had quite the busy St. Patty's day! Hope yours was cool!

First, my neighbor and I went a 0530 morning run in the bone-chilling cold, then we had a homemade breakfast - next, church services across the river. By 10, we were ready for brunch - another homemade affair, and quite tasty I might add!

Made it back to Albany just around 3; we stopped for 50 cent Ice Cream cones at Stewart's and picked up the Sunday Times Union, which has a preview of the "new" Times Union - a smaller paper from a modern printing press. I astounded a couple of folks at Stewart's who didn't know the Sunday TU comes WITH a TV Guide - but only if you buy it at the store! I saw more than one person spirit a TV Guide away - and hopefully they'll cancel Sunday delivery (unless the paper will now icnlude a TV Guide, which I think I read somewhere that's what they're planning to do!) I worked on my book for a while, then it was off to a friend's home for traditional Corned Beef, Cabbage and Soda bread with a little Irish Coffee!

At 7 we caught 60 Minutes' Lara Logan interview w/twitter creator Jack Dorsey - who may one day run for NYC Mayor a la Bloomberg. More fascinating was the bit about the app square, allowing merchants to accept card payments via cellphone!

So right now I am updating my blogs, then settling down to watch Argo. Whew! And I hear upstate NY has SNOW on the way for Monday night! I'll keep ya posted!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Blood Boiler ::: U.S. Magistrate lets pervert roam in Upstate NY

I am so outraged! While we've been busy worrying about gun laws, we have overlooked something far more sinister. Bad apples never get better. They continue to rot. Stop putting them back in the barrel!

This is really infuriating. What kind of evil person is U.S. Magistrate Andrew Baxter, who let this joker go free? Perhaps he and those who practice his brand of justice should thmeselves be arrested, locked up, and - yes - throw away the key!

As for the killer, let us pray he is never put in solitary so, the inmates may serve as the footsoldiers of justice.

Who killed RSS? You did, you did!


Perhaps YOU number among those cloud-dwelling sociopaths, dazed and confused over Google's announced shutdown of "Reader." You killed it. You depended on something over which you had no control.

Let it die peacefully! ::: Oh my God! Would you people please please stop mourning Google reader.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

#Feud ::: facebook vs. twitter

Battle of the Social Networks? You betcha!

According to the Wall Street Journal, and I quote: "Facebook is testing whether to follow Twitter's lead and allow users to click on a hashtag to pull up all posts about similar topics or events so it can quickly index conversations around trending topics and build those conversations up, giving users more reason to stay logged in and see more ads. Instagram, which Facebook acquired last year, already uses hashtags, allowing users to sort photos by the symbol."

All together now: Hmmmmmmmmmmm...

OK, rinse and re-tweet!

Do NOT download Aktiv mp3 recorder

I had to battle the Conduit monster earlier this week. Geez! What a bitch! I made the mistake of downloading what seemed like it might be a helpful program, something called Aktiv mp3 recorder.

Although I took great pains to check off the boxes provided by the installer to ensure I didn't download and install junk, this nasty thing called Conduit managed to sneak onto my computer. It hides itself very well and even manages to sneak past the stealthiest of anti-spy and anti-virus programs!

DO NOT DOWNLOAD Aktiv mp3 recorder! But if you already have and have fallen victim to Conduit, I found one wonderful set of instructions for getting rid of it. HERE IT IS. Let me know about your individual experience and how you have dealt with it.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Arrest in Jaliek Rainwater Case

This post will be updated should anything change.

Back in December, the probe into the five-year-old disappearance of Jaliek Rainwalker became a homicide investigation

Rainwalker went missing from his Greenwich home Nov. 1, 2007 when he was 12 years old.

I heard a radio report attributing YNN that an arrest in the case is near.

I checked out YNN's website. The "parents" may or may not remain "persons of interest" in the case, depending on how you read into the report. We'll see what develops before the week is out.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Everything you need to know about the process of picking a new Holy Father, in words and pictures!

INFOGRAPHIC #1::: The Papal Election Process

INFOGRAPHIC #2 ::: The Papal Conclave

And just for the heck of it :::

A Bookie's Odds On The Next Pope [Infographic] | Popular Science

Monday, March 11, 2013

Invasion of the Low-Cost Tablets

So, how popular is the tablet? (No, not THAT kind of tablet!)

The tablet PC was never very popular, but the times they are about to change. As prices continue to fall, these devices are positioning to outsell notebooks, netbooks and laptops combined by year's end. Personal computer sales have slumped worldwide as smartphones and tablets have proliferated and gained in popularity. The average selling price for a tablet declined 15 percent in 2012 to USD$461. Prices are collapsing.

FORBES tells us "Adobe’s Digital Index analyzed more than 100 billion visits to over 1,000 websites and determined that tablet web traffic at 8% has surpassed smartphone’s 7%. Their combined 15% share is more than double the 7% at December 2011 and up 50% from about 10% in June 2012."

Music Week ::: UK music mag DIY launches new weekly tablet-only title (by Tina Hart) DIY, the UK-based music magazine, has launched a new weekly title - DIY Weekly, available from today (March 11) via Apple Newsstand. The new DIY Weekly title will be available every Monday, featuring journalism and photography, alongside video, audio, integrated e-commerce and interactive content, specifically created for the digital format.

DIY Weekly follows on from the website - which last year celebrated a decade of establishment. It also has a monthly print magazine, launched in 2011.

Initially available on iPad as single issues or via subscription, DIY Weekly will eventually be rolled out on iPhone, Android and Kindle. The weekly will operate alongside the monthly title, with DIY maintaining commitment to print.Read more »

Tablets are going to school. News Corp's education division, Amplify, recently introduced the first tablet computer built specifically for the classroom. According to various sources, school districts will be able to buy a WiFi device for $US299 with a two-year subscription at $US99 per year. A tablet with mobile connectivity will be sold at $US349 with a two-year subscription at $US179 per year. Specs: Amplify is a 10-inch screen tablet that uses the Android operating system. It is designed for primary and secondary school markets. News Corporation has partnered with AT&T to provide wireless connectivity for the devices, which will be available in September. ::: There's an initiative in Thailand to give tablets to nearly 2 million schoolchildren. FT estimates about ten manufacturers will be in on the bidding to supply the devices at about USD$10 apiece.
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With the promising new technology, comes more promising new technology! Ubiquitous Energy of Cambridge, Mass. is developing a coating that when deposited on the screens of tablets and electronic readers would convert sunlight into energy for the devices.
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#MusicMonday : The ONLY thing wrong with this song is that it ends...

Sunday, March 10, 2013

What People Earn 2013

Parade Magazine 2013 "What People Earn" ::: The annual presentation is very popular. People are quite naturally curious when it comes to other people's money (particularly how much those other folks make!)

• Actor-producer Mark Harmon, 61, earned $38 million. The star of CBS’s top-rated NCIS is reportedly getting a “healthy raise” over his last contract’s $500,000 per episode.

• Blogger Jessica Hacker, 27, earned $18,000. reveals how Hacker's family gets by on a s little as $160 a month!

Your pay in no way measures your worth as a human being. If people remember you at all long after you've exited this mortal coil, 99.995 per cent of the time those memories won't be based on your income!

How can you make sure you won't be forgotten after the funeral? Be memorable! Need help? Think Hugo Chavez, JFK, Karl Lagerfeld, Hemingway. Elvis. Michael Jackson. Notorious B.I.G.

Think substance. Think 'Cult of Personality.' Think SIGNATURE.

» continued...

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Amanda Palmer

I don't get this crap. I couldn't raise 25 cents to help feed a needy family back in December. And this gal who rakes in the dough wants people to work for free? Somebody please resurrect Hugh Chavez! I hope he does return with Christ!


(of a person or their manner) Unwilling or unable to believe something: "an incredulous gasp".
mistrustful - unbelieving - sceptical - distrustful

verbatim from ::: Wealthy musician Amanda Palmer, who last year raised $1.2 million on Kickstarter to produce and release a record, recently used a TED talk to expand on the idea that artists should be willing to work for free. After relaying a story about how she used to be a street performer, Palmer, who is married to a very successful author named Neil Gaiman, told an audience of people who'd paid $7,500 apiece to be there that musicians shouldn't "make" people pay for their work, but rather "let" people pay for their work. She also explained that she found it virtuous when a family of undocumented immigrants huddled together on their couch for a night so that she and her band could have their beds, because her music and presence was a fair exchange for the family's comfort. After about 13 minutes of explaining why she is content with people giving her things, Palmer received a standing ovation.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Dear Dumb "Guest Blogger"

Like a sudden lottery winner, "Guest Blogger" suddenly is an expert on Pinterest. D'oh! Here is why he or she is NOT!

First read the post. Then read what I typed below!

The real takeaway here, is that Pinterest, like any other site, is a crapshoot. You can shout "Pinterest advice" from your pulpit all day long and nobody cares. The beauty you're missing is that your old moldy washing machine post went VIRAL. Like winning the lottery - it is purely a chance, random happening that you did not envision or plan for or lie, cheat or steal to get. You didn't shell out 5 bucks to some yokel on fiverr to make your post Pinteresting. It just happened. Why can't you accept that?

WERE YOU employing your own "top Pinterest tips" to make you post VIRAL? I didn't think so!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

How Much Snow Are We Going To Get?

The haunting, daunting question of the day!

New York City ::: Warning: Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 6 PM this evening to noon EST Friday...

Mid-Hudson ::: Rain for Kingston; light snow for Middletown, Newburgh and Poughkeepsie.

NWS Binghamton has advisories for Delaware, Sullivan and Otsego counties.

NWS Albany has the alerts for Greene, Schoharie and Ulster.

Capital Region People you'll have at least a couple of inches of snow by Friday morning.
You can see what your area will get by clicking here.
Do you miss the snowy winters of old???

Peer-To-Peer Connections In Your Browser

So you thought your little web browser was dead, eh?


Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Indian Superman?

Colombian blog Diario Nocturno wonders “What if Superman had landed in India?” [es]:
We all know that Superman, while he was just a superbaby, fled planet Krypton in a space capsule, just before its destruction and landed (oh, what a coincidence) in Smallville, Kansas. But, what if he had landed, let's say, in India?
Then he presents other new versions of well-known stories made in Bollywood.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Paulo Coelho Promotes “Pirated” Audiobook on YouTube

Paulo Coelho Promotes “Pirated” Audiobook on YouTube

Paulo Coelho's Pirate Audiobook
Using his social networks to promote a pirate audio version of ‘The Alchemist', the Brazilian best selling writer Paulo Coelho proposes readers to show the industry “that “piracy” is not a threat to their business”.

TweetDeck = PoopDeck

TweetDeck users may have to get used to the app's web-based version as changes to Twitter's API will kill off TweetDeck apps for Android, iPhone and Adobe AIR, a tech site reported this week.

In a blog post, TweetDeck says it has been focusing on building a fast and feature-rich web application that will work best on modern browsers. Could it have something to do with the demise of Posterous (which was supposed to topple blogging and everything else as the ultimate tool of personal web expression, according to "guru" Steve Rubel - some call him the "Sally Struthers" of the Infobahn)? Likely so!

TD ::: "(W)e’re going to focus our development efforts on our modern, web-based versions of TweetDeck. To that end, we are discontinuing support for our older apps: TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone. They will be removed from their respective app stores in early May and will stop functioning shortly thereafter. We’ll also discontinue support for our Facebook integration."

Twitter apologised to users. TweetDeck says its apps for AIR, Android and iPhone rely on v1.0 of Twitter’s API, which will be retired starting this month.

Monday, March 04, 2013

#MusicMonday Memories

This post is dedicated to blogger Kizzie!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

My Move to WordPress (Part One)

Dave Lucas Reports (3:30) has been up and running since last Autumn:

At the time, I wasn't sure where the blog was going or what it would become. I knew I wanted to get back to my blogging roots... Steve Rubel may be "EVP/Global Strategy and Insights for Edelman, the world’s largest independent public relations firm," but Mr. Steve suffers from the delusion he is on the cutting edge of internet trends and social marketing. He wants to be your "go to guy" when it comes to the future of media. Rubel is smart in that he has buried his post proclaiming Posterous as King.

Steve Rubel should be the LAST guy you go to: in '09 when I read that Rubel was nukeing his blog in favor of Lifestreaming and choosing Posterous as his new platform - I could only recall similar misguided souls who, back around '06 '07, tried convincing anyone dumb enough to pay attention that "vlogging" was about to bury blogging! (there are still a few idiots around who apparently just got wind of this and wasted a lot of time trumpeting it on the net).

At the time, I followed along, sorta kinda - I jumped on Posterous but soon discovered I had boarded the wrong bus.

I regard Rubel and others like him as "Blogosphere Collapse Theorists" who get lots of attention by continuously saying "blogging is dead" while doing their darndest to kill it. They will not succeed.

» My Move to WordPress (Part Two)

Saturday AM Frolic on YouTube

I was looking thru some youtube videos and found a couple of gems... (at least I think they're gems!)

For Social Media Fanatics Only

Maybe you’ve experienced this: one article says that in order to optimize engagement on Facebook you should post one time per day. One says two times a day. Another says one-half post per day. -  ~ How to make sense of conflicting social media research by JIM DOUGHERTY 


A person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal, esp. for an extreme religious or political cause.

When People Get Confused about "BS Metrics"by @joshelman

What's "the only metric that matters"? Josh Elman — a former product whiz at Twitter, Facebook, and everywhere else — calls BS on everyone who's calling BS on metrics. "[T]here are no bullshit metrics as long as they represent the business in the right way."

Social Media ROI: 14 Formulas to Measure Social Media Benefits – Measuring social media ROI can be a daunting task, but not impossible. "Social Media ROI" is a buzzword phrase that loosely translated answers if the tactic can deliver tangible value. It could reference ROI and/or CBA formulas because both provide useful perspectives. Calculations done beforehand are simply estimates. Don't worry about the semantics. The important part is to actually do the measurement, understand the calculation, and select accordingly. ~ Angie Schottmuller put together a batch of handy formulas for calculating tangible social media benefits – advertising, content, leads,research, support, sales, and more!
Four Options to Track the ROI of Social Media Campaigns >>
New Data Supports the Case for More Twitter Automation – Learn whether marketers should be automating their Twitter presences,
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