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The Value of Twitter

(I first wrote this post on June 13, 2007, when it first appeared under my employer’s blog, Boomerang).

I was a skeptic about the value of Twitter, but that was before I really started using it and thinking how it can be applied as an effective social media tool. Twitter allows you to send short messages, up to 140 characters in length, to your friends and colleagues in answer to a simple question, “What are you doing?” Messages can be delivered via SMS (aka text), IM or the Web. Ross Mayfield refers to Twitter as continuous partial presence management. Now that’s a nice fancy term, but why would your client, or anyone for that matter, want to use this? Do we really care what everyone else is doing minute to minute?


Categories: Social Media

Blogging On Blogging

So I’m reposting my first-ever blog post I wrote on Vox back on Nov. 11, 2006. (I’m trying to consolidate my content. Later this month, I’ll move to a hosted version of WordPress. For now, I’ll be using this freebree option). So here’s that 11/11 post:

So this is my first official blog post. I figured, hey, I’m a pretty creative and opinionated dude, so why the hell not? After all, don’t all human beings have an innate drive to express themselves? Seems to me self-expression and creativity could even trump procreation on the fulfillment ladder. Could you imagine your life without some type of creative outlet? Geez, it would seem a bit boring. So I’m gonna try it out and see where it takes me.

At first glance, I thought blogging was kinda narcissistic. I mean, why would I want to share my “personal thoughts” with the rest of the world if not for my fragile ego? Well, ego is not such a bad thing if it’s managed properly. And, hell, our ego is not going away anytime soon. But more importantly, what I realized is that I LOVE community. It’s what makes me love filmmaking and my job as a tech PR pro.

There’s something magical about discovering where community can take us — it’s usually different and more intriguing than anything each individual could generate.

On a professional level, I think pro bloggers should really have something substantive to say and keep it focused. People are busy. Time is precious. On a personal level, I say write, express, be and share whoever you are and whatever you want. Til next time.

Categories: Blogging

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