Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

Trust no one

February 18, 2012

They say that the best camera you will ever have is the one you have in your hand.

So I’m minding my own business getting gas on US1 in South Miami which is a rare event in itself when you drive a Prius. And then, I see him.

He said his name was Vanny. He wasn’t panhandling and he looked a little worse for the wear. Actually even worse than that. So I struck up a conversation with him and gave him a dollar. He had just gotten out of the hospital and told me he had been beaten pretty badly the day before but he said he’s used to it. I needed a moment to gather myself and digest that one.

I asked him if I could take some pictures and he said that he didn’t think he looked so great after the beating but as you can see he was fine with it. Actually he even hammed it up.

Then Vanny and I sat down and had a beer together. He told me he is a college graduate, he says he’s retired but wouldn’t say from what and is homeless.

He was so kind to let me take many, many pictures. But the one he liked most was the one of him making a “face like a shark”. He begged me to use that one if I used any of them so here it is.

It was quite the shoot here in South Miami today.

By the way, I’ve been spending a lot of time on Instagram. I find it to be one of the most enjoyable and engaging social networks. If you have an iPhone, give it a try. Or an iPad 2 will work and so will an iPod touch. The download is free. Android user? You’re out of luck for a while. I just read an article published yesterday that says that version is running behind.

Now I have to go share this on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and I’m probably forgetting about 10 others…

Happy shooting everyone.

~Mike

Going out with Carlos Miller? Five useful tips

December 18, 2011

The following advice is not guaranteed although all facts were checked at press time. It serves as a beginners guide and your results may vary.

1) Be ready to be the story.

A recent outing to the Dolphins/Raiders football game found me driving, filming and being filmed and  photographed. We did a quick count and there were 6 filming and recording devices in the car. And he wasn’t even going out to get a story. I take it back. He’s always out to get a story.

 2) Know a phone number of someone responsible and monied by heart. Or at least have it handy.

When you get arrested, they take your phone from you. In these days of speed dial and Siri, no one knows any phone numbers anymore.  Unless you want a few free meals care of Miami-Dade County Corrections, know a number.

3) Be ready to be surprised.

When I picked him up to go to the game, he made us 15 minutes late. Why? Because he wanted to go get flowers for his mom as she was coming into town.  I thought it was sweet.  But as soon as he got in the car, the conversation quickly switched to how he was photographing a nude woman with farm animals at an Art Basel exhibit and was asked to leave.

4) Be ready to make friends. Be ready to make enemies.

I’ve seen both.  Once we went out with Jim Winters on the Jim Winters bus and we saw a hellacious hit and run car accident. Jim slammed on the brakes and Carlos flew out flip cam rolling right up into this gigantic guys face. The guy was the size of a half a house and threatened to give Carlos an enema with the camera. Carlos didn’t back down. He must be part hockey player because he’d lose teeth if it meant getting a story. To this day, I’m surprised I haven’t seen him spitting bloody Chiclets.

5) Don’t feel ignored. He is paying attention to you.

He has a lot going on and is always in the middle of something. His Photography is Not A Crime Blog gets hundreds of thousands of hits a month (sometimes over a half a million).  He’s a Senior Editor at Miami Beach 411. He’s an Editor at the South Florida Daily Blog. And he’s always starting something on Facebook, even if it’s just a debate on who has the best chicken wings. Here are a few other snapshots that pretty much capture who he is and what he’s like.

Have any other suggestions? I bet you do. Let’s hear them.

~Mike

13.1 anyone?

November 14, 2011

I don’t know what I was thinking. I hadn’t done a half marathon in umpteen years. “Oops!” as the saying now goes.

But thanks to my cooler than cool friend, Lorena Lama, I somehow finished the 13.1  half marathon in Fort Lauderdale Sunday. Also the support from friends on Facebook and Twitter was great! It’s like we had a virtual cheering section. Our phones were bonking and beeping the whole way so thanks to everyone.

Here’s some advice for those of you crazy enough to sign up for an event like this:

1)   Have good equipment. My sneakers somehow peeled apart piece by piece which didn’t help my mind or my tootsies. Yes, the places in this picture that once had color all peeled off or I ripped them off because they were dangling. I almost deep sixed them and tried to take it home in my socks.

 2)   Don’t bring cash with you. When the blistering began at mile four, it was almost too easy to hail a cab. Lorena didn’t know I almost did on four occasions.

 3)   Do train specifically for the race.  All the spin classes and stairmaster work in the world doesn’t prepare you for the repetitive movements that cause half dollar-sized blisters.

4)   Stay away from the sand! Somehow sand got in my running sneakers and that’s what caused the blisters.  Think about sand grinding around in your shoes for 3 hours. It felt as badly as it sounds.

Just like everything I’ve ever started in life, I’m a finisher. I made it with a little help from my friends.  So let’s have a little fun and go to the videotape on this.

If you have any questions, fire away and thanks again for your support.

~Mike

Me and Lil Wayne-Chillin

September 27, 2011

I sometimes wonder if there could be such a thing as social media over-engagement.

At what point are there so many comments and so many reactions from so many people coming so fast and so many of them not relating to each other so there there is no real conversation thread and so many of them being shared and commented on based on one word?

It’s pretty mind-boggling for a blogger to think that 11,336 people took the time to comment and 162 took the time to essentially reblog it.

So I thought I’d pop up the same thing. Actually, I like what my friends wrote and I could have coaxed more out of the thread but wanted to compare apples to apples.

Thank you to  Jose Boza, Christina Flores Gomez-Pina, Jeanette Mantilla and Chuck Greenberg. And a big thanks to Scott Eddy for the idea for this post.

~Mike

What constitutes a legit Google+ account?

July 25, 2011

There has been much brouhaha over the issue of what constitutes a legitimate Google+account. Many that may have not passed muster have been taken down and Google is apparently ironing out the details. In the process, I hope they allow accounts that bring with them much flavor, levity, add to the conversation, can help shape opinion and dare I say, entertain.
Three examples of such accounts.
1) @BPGlobalPR on Twitter. With 168,00 followers, this account has helped dramatize the shortcoming of the response to this situation.

2) @FakeAPStylebook A Hilarious parody of the APstylebook, with a following of 236,3000.

3) @shitmydadsays With 2.5 million followers this ingenious feed not only landed the author a book deal, But a TV show aswell (don’t know the status).

I’m not trying to turn Google+ into Twitter, but I will say this. I live in Miami, Florida where nightclubs grant access to only those they find to be “beautiful people.” I hope that’s not what + turns out to be and that the final shakeout can be inclusive of alternate accounts that provide value in the eyes of readers.

Homogeneity bores me. I hope the nature of information sharing rounds out nicely so as to steer Google+ away from being a Google+ forum. Yes, there is varied content, but many of the more prominent people are posting quite a bit about Google+ and the “rules of the road.” Or maybe I’m a victim of over share.

Based on the current evaluations, the following feeds would be taken down.

Alan Alda – Alphonso D’Abruzzo
Albert Brooks – Albert Lawrence Einstein
Alice Cooper – Vincent Damon Furnier
Alicia Keys – Alicia Augello Cook
André 3000 – André Benjamin
Anne Bancroft – Anna Maria Italiano
Ashok Kumar – KumudlalKanjilal Ganguly
Babyface – Kenneth Edmonds
Barry Manilow – Barry Alan Pincus
Bela Lugosi – Be’la Ferenc Dezso Blasko
Big Boi – Antwan André Patton
Billie Holiday – Eleanora Fagan
Billy Idol – William Michael Albert Broad
Billy Ocean – Leslie Charles
Bo Diddley – Elias Bates
Bob Dylan – Robert Zimmerman
Bob Hope – Leslie Townes Hope
Bobby Darin – Walden Robert Cassotto
Bonnie Tyler – GaynorHopkins
Bono – Paul Hewson
Boris Karloff – William Henry Pratt
Boy George – George Alan O’Dowd
Buddy Holly – Charles Hardin Holley
Cary Grant – Archibald Alexander Leach
Cat Stevens – Stephen Demetre Georgiou. He later changed his name to Yusuf Islam
Chaka Khan – Yvette Stevens
Charlie Sheen – Carlos Irwin Estevez

There are plenty more, but you get the point.

I hope the final shakeout doesn’t turn out to be a yawn.

Or as Grouch Marz says, “I DON’T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT PEOPLE LIKE ME AS A MEMBER”.

His real name was Julius Henry Marx.

~Mike

Facebook Video Call. Could this be the new “reach out and touch someone?”

July 6, 2011

Just had my first Facebook Video Call with Jeff Zelaya. Yes, it works. He popped on the screen in a flash, but he’s so busy he popped off before I could get a screengrab.  So I called Alex de Carvalho. And here he is…looks just like FaceTime.

Here’s how to get going with Facebook Video Call:

- Log into Facebook.
– Go to : http://www.facebook.com/videocalling
– Go through the quick setup.
– Open up Facebook chat.
– Invite a friend to chat by clicking the video icon.

If you can’t do it just pry your nine year old from the Xbox 360 for about two minutes to set it up for you. Then you’ll be a click away from seeing and hearing your loved ones or your Facebook friends…who don’t screen your call. I think this could be the new “reach out and touch someone.” Do you?

~Mike

Google+ Are you on it offensively or defensively?

July 4, 2011

Advertising giant Jerry Della Femina once said there are two kinds of people who read the Wall Street Journal.

There are those who want to know all the important business news and stay ahead. And there are those who don’t want to not know what the next guy knows and fall behind. Readers playing offense and readers are playing defense.

I’m just one guy sitting in apartment in Miami, FL., but Google has had its failures. Google X, Google Catalog, Google Buzz, Web Accelerator, Video Player, Google Answers, Google Wave, Wiki Search, Google Audio Ads, Dodgeball, Jaiku, etc. Googling around it’s known as the Google Graveyard.

So I ask, are you on Google+ offensively to ride the wave or defensively so you don’t get left at the gate in case it takes off? Not interested in Google+? Why?

~Mike

How do you play comment roulette?

June 13, 2011

I thought I had it all figured out.

I read a great article by Ray Beckerman entitled Twitter etiquette for commenting on tweets & blog posts. And now I’m confused again. You can all blame Marc Kevin Hall.

A  little while back M.K. and I were talking about this www confusion of sorts face to face (yes that still happens). And he said something like “Feedback is always welcome, no matter the medium.” A quick Google of social networks will yield you over 150 active results of social media platforms. What to do?

Where do you leave comments on a blog post? On Facebook? Try to cram then in on Twitter? Do you leave your YouTube comments on YouTube? StumbleUpon it? digg it? Comment on Myspace (formerly MySpace)? Retweet a Vimeo link? Facebook a Technorati story? Shout it out on Foursquare where you’re reading it? Share it with your devoted Branchout empire? Toss it around on Tumblr? Was the pizza so good you bypass Yelp and use delicious? Are Weiner pictures too racy for your LinkedIn feed?

I thought Ray had it all straightened out.  So many platforms, so many choices. How do you play comment roulette these days?

~Mike

Using social media alone, soldiers located in 2 hours 48 minutes

June 10, 2011

To recap for those who missed it, I found an SD memory card on the street. It happened to contain 81 pictures of men and women in our armed forces. The date stamp on all the pictures is 2004.

Here’s what it took to track down the people on the memory card:

-Two Facebook posts

-One blog post

-One tweet by me

-31 retweets by others

-Total time: 2 hours and 48 minutes.

Here’s the note I received with the successful connection: “Its so great that you found this pictures, he’s actually one of my oldest friends and I still have letters that he sent me from boot camp during the year these photos were taken. Im trying to track him down cause he lives in orlando now…but I’m getting the word to him to get in touch.”

Most days I get asked about ROI from social media. Now we all have a great case history. I just happened to be the guy that found the card.

~Mike

The danger with scheduled social media updates

May 1, 2011

I’ve been saying this for a while. Pretend you’ve scheduled an update for 11:45 p.m. on May 1, 2011. Well, here are some updates I just saw:

-Eight ways to get that beach body…

-First featured burger for National Hamburger Month…

-How important is exercise…

-Thanks for the RT. I appreciate you. xoxo..

-Our next COMMON.is project…

-Gary Vaynerchuk along with his wine web show Winelibrary.tv…

-Japan, SKorean markets rise amid Asian holidays…

-The Ultimate Roast Chicken…

-BOLOWIND: Wind energy offshore system…

-♦Learning From Twitter’s Top 75 B.A. Women

-Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: Royal Weddings and Human Idols

-Ad: If you like foursquare you’ll love @wereward for iphone earn cash for checkins at locations and with products

-♦Learning From Twitter’s Top 75 B.A. Women

I would think that at this time in American history, we should be focusing on this historic moment that has been too long in the waiting. And now I will hit the publish button. Everyone, practice safe social media. What’s your take on this?

~Mike

Please note that I monitor several social media streams and certain of these I follow out of business necessity.


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