Social Media Top 5: Easy-Peasy Edition

Here is the pre-Christmas (I’d say pre-holiday but Hanukkah has come and gone) edition of the Social Media Top 5. For the most part, I’m just having fun. Only way to tell if I’m not kidding is by following the links. Sometimes it’s a judgment call

  1. First off, this is Frozen Pea Friday. The frozen peas motif is in honor of Susan Reynolds, a friend I know through social media whose recent breast cancer diagnosis led to her cancer surgery today. She had been using frozen peas as ice packs until recently, thus the motif. The online community has responded en masse (see and see how many people have changed their avatars to peas). In her name, friends have set up the Frozen Pea Fund, where a $5 donation (the price of two bags of frozen peas) or more goes to the American Cancer Society. That wasn’t funny? Sorry about that, back to business…
  2. New Media DB‘s everywhere: Loren Feldman has upped the requirements for membership in the NMDB club, avec une peu d’aide de ses amis (I’m sorry, should I have spelled out “douche bag?”).
  3. Speaking of New Media DB’s, we have a new Bingo game: Tweeterboard. It’s more like Twitterholic meets Whack-a-mole.
  4. Seven Incredibly Intelligent Ideas For Blogging More Efficiently; the result? More blog posts for the rest of us to read. Thanks (right, Chip Griffin?)
  5. Boston’s Social Media Breakfast 4 takes place in a basement with no wi-fi or cell signal. Now we know where organizer Bryan Person stands on the issue of live-blogging and live-twittering of events. (Oh right, gratuitous link for guest of honor Geoff Livingston? How about the one where I’m in the video?)[youtube=]

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Social Media Top 5: Wintry Mix Edition

A new round of the Social Media items of interest, fun-poking (not the Facebook kind), and totally made-up stories:

  • Snow catches Northeast US by surprise, once again for reasons beyond comprehension. New horrors: blogging Social Media nerds (ok, guilty!), including Toe-Twittering in Traffic (say that three times fast).
  • Who needs a blow-up doll when Amanda Chapel is your new girlfriend? On Media Bullseye, Chip Griffin, sick of the elitist sniping by the social media self-appointed, writes an article that… sets off a round of elitist sniping by the social media self-appointed.
  • A kinder, gentler, Denial-of-Service Attack. Jeremiah Owyang floods Twitter with people who actually want to use it. Rather than crashing under the weight, Twitter’s servers politely schedule a crash for Saturday, December 15. Very thoughtful.
  • Le Web 3 conference: Laura “Pistachio” Fitton compares the social manners of Parisians with those of Web-entrepreneur Jason Calacanis. Data still in review. (Jason does know how to say “Thank you” in at least three languages).
  • Radiohead: The Lucy Van Pelt of the music industry

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Social Media Top 5: SNCR edition, and I found a new CEO for Facebook!

This edition of the Social Media Top 5, a weekly collection of innuendo, falsehoods, fantasy and occasionally interestingly links (no! not links! I mean, original content with supporting notations.. um, yah!), is dedicated to the Society of New Communications Research symposium in Boston this week, and the surrounding social media hijinks.

Let the kidding begin…

sncr1) “(They) would rather be considered wrong than take the trouble to prove (themselves) right” – At SNCR, Joseph Carrabis (pictured) enlightened us with the idea of Holmes (“classic influencers”) and Watson (“new influencers”) Bloggers. He fails to mention Mycroft Holmes* bloggers, those brilliant souls with dozens of superior but unfinished and never-published blog posts clogging up their hard drives.

2) “Bloggers are people? Have you ever eaten with one?” – Alarmed at the over-capacity turnout of the Boston Social Media Club meeting following the symposium, bloggers settle for Plan B, dining out with Phil Gomes, Shel Israel and others. The trouble was only beginning when Stephen Voltz of Eepybird ordered Mentos for dessert…

3)”What was the part in the middle?” – “Kiddy Table” at SNCR sets new standard for “Disruptive Dialogue.” (Yes, Mr. DD, Chip Griffin, was among the guilty):

4) “Let the Zombies Soar” – Facebook has had a bit of a PR problem lately, what with the Beacon mess and the lawsuit over intellectual property. To establish “old school” credibility, I say they should hire a CEO that is not from the crazy Web 2.0 world. Look what Google did with Eric Schmidt! I also say, embrace the paranoia over privacy and run with it. My choice for new Facebook CEO? Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

5) “Yeah, yeah, yeah, I was right all along/ Yeah, yeah, yeah, you come taggin’ along” – Since I cleared up my position on “links of the day posts” back in March despite some current attempts to stir up the issue again, I would also like to remind people that I have also pre-emptively solved any yet-to-be-made arguments about the exact length of the twitter adoption curve, what’s not so great about Atlanta’s Turner Field, who are the creepiest actors.

* Hat tip to Scott Monty.

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Social Media Top 5: Kindle’s on fire! Beacon shines a light on your shopping

It is time again for a Social Media Top 5, a lighthearted poke (or zombie bite) at the goings-on, fictional, real and surreal, in the social media world. Lots of help and ideas from wicked smaht guy Scott

  1. Blogging Heroes: I thought the best social media book title was already taken.
  2. Lots of wind, but not much beneath the wings if you ask me…
  3. Concerns about flaming batteries in Amazon’s Kindle device from readers downloading Ray Bradbury’s “Farenheit 451.”
  4. No sneakin’ with Beacon. Facebook application snoops on your shopping, has folks up in arms. Thousands of men now explaining random jewelry purchases that have been posted to their Facebook pages. “Yes, honey, um I bought it for you, yes, thats it! Um, surprise?” Secret Santas also need to be careful. Side note– is Beacon being used in Canada? Canadian Beacon? Canadian Bacn? After all, you can get more for you Loonie these days.
  5. Doctors coin new term for chronic Webcam user injury: “Seesmic neck.”
  6. Hillary Clinton more popular than Werewolves. Zombies are way ahead, but not sure how that translates to the Iowa Caucus voting.

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Social Media Top 5, Thanksgiving edition: Breastbook wants to poke you

Again with the social media snark; items of interest, piss-takes and generally made-up news from around the social media world. Hat tip to Scott Monty for getting me started this week. A little late, because I was eating turkey– white or dark meat? speaking of which:

  1. Chris Brogan must be a leg man because he objects to the breast meat on his Facebook page. Any excuse to show the offending graphic again on your blog, eh, Mr. “doth protest too much?”
  2. Social media addicts still recovering from Thanksgiving shock and shame of having family members who are on neither Twitter nor Facebook.
  3. Webby awards adding category for “Seesmic Webcam Cinematography.”
  4. Tchotchke suggestion for next TechCrunch Boston party: “Web 2.0 Bubbles”bubbles
  5. More Chris Brogan than you can handle; two more Brogan Horcuxes discovered on Twitter, and destroyed: GoofusChrisBrogan and GallantChrisBrogan. Who is the Twitter Harry Potter?

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