Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

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

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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

Is Follow Friday still meaningful to you?

August 7, 2011

Everyone loves a shout. That’s what Twitter’s all about.

When I jumped on Twitter about two years ago it seemed like the traditional #FF had more meaning than it does today. Mostly. There are still some who do them one by one, they give a reason and it has real meaning.

There are even some “group #FF’s” that are meaningful to me as I know the sender and I try my best to look up the unfamiliar faces.  I took some time last week to see who shouted me out. Some of the retweets were from people that weren’t even following me. I even waited a couple of days to see if they did in in fact take the time to follow me after recommending that others do. And none did. Maybe they didn’t find my feed that interesting but my guess is that they didn’t even look.

Not even the nicest, kindest and most caring person could possibly include everyone, one by one and give a reason.  I think Follow Friday needs to be reinvented or refreshed somehow.  Here one I sent out last week.

Sorry I couldn’t include everyone. I even had to do the titles in two segments as the editing program said it was outside of the known values in the program. Or maybe I need an editing lesson.

What are your thoughts on this whole thing? Has it lost its meaning? Is it just fine by you? Do you ignore the group shouts? Your turn.

~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

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.

Can one tweet bring down the house?

March 9, 2011

I have one word for ya bud: decaf. Today an authorized admin on the @ChryslerAutos Twitter account let this one fly:

This wasn’t just a stain on Chrysler, it could be a stain on all of us who run corporate Twitter feeds and other social media platforms. Here’s a likely shakeout: clients and social media teams everywhere will have big sit downs about checks and balances. And every post from every responsible Tweeter could be subject to a corporate approval process that could slow down a great platform that’s supposed to be running at full speed. Mind you there are about 70 million tweets generated daily so good luck with that.

There are rumors that the Tweeter in question, an employee of New Media Strategies, meant to tweet it from his personal account. Well that Tweeter is now canned and I’d say unemployable. Maybe the guy with 2 million new Twitter followers would let him tweet it out. Not sure.

Here’s an easy way to avoid tweeting from the wrong account and it’s real simple (Tweedeck example- I’m sure Hoot and Seesmic have similar capabilities). Write your post. Schedule your post for 5 minutes in the future. It will then show up in your Scheduled Updates column. There you can proof it, have someone else on your team proof it, edit it, see which account it’s coming from and do a link check as well. Wouldn’t it suck if you uploaded that semi-nude of you to yfrog?

Live tweeting mobile? Bring your glasses and someone tell Apple to develop a spell checker that doesn’t turn “gravy” into “grab.” Wouldn’t that be nice???

I’ll take you back to Mark Twain who always wrote two letters when he was mad. Yeah he wrote one in the heat of the moment. But he always wrote one the next day. Not once in his infinite wisdom did he ever mail the first letter. So there’s that memo.

Your turn. What do you think will be the shakeout from the F-Bomb tweet? Will it hurt or help Chrysler? Did they do the right thing by firing the guy? How could this affect you? Have at it.

~Mike

 

Social Media, Gangsta Style!

December 29, 2010

Wanted to cap the year off with a little rap video.

Everyone have a great New Year and my best to you all!

~Mike

Happy Holidays from Mike LaMonica’s Blog!

December 20, 2010

Shout out f’all y’all!

Enjoy your holidays and thanks for spending your precious time with me.

Quick but heartfelt holiday thanks to everyone!

 

~Mike