You may not know it, but Winston-Salem is home to a food star. Rebecca Subbiah is a Brit living in our fair town and she has a great food blog called Chow and Chatter. She's also a wiz at Twitter and Facebook and she's been generous enough to share her Facebook wisdom by making a how-to video. I think her target audience is other foodies, but her advice pertains really to anyone trying to use Facebook for their business. Oh, and she's my new hero for using her Twitter feed to share a link to this story about beer being good for heart health. Gotta love when a vice is magically transformed into a virtue.
Found this at McSweeney's; A 12-YEAR-OLD EXPLAINS THE INFORMATION AGE'S FACTS OF LIFE TO HER MOTHER.
Here's my favorite part:
Now when someone has a lot of things they want to say, they may want to try blogging. Blogging is a kind of social intercourse, and should only be tried after years of experience with the Internet. Think of a blog as a newspaper that people actually read. It's a very personal thing, and you need healthy boundaries. For example, you can't go around blogging about the time I peed my pants when we went to see Ice Age like you told that woman in line at TJ Maxx yesterday. You need to be cautious before you move on to something more serious, like a tweet.
Not sure I dig thinking of this blog as social intercourse since it would make me seem, well, you know, but I can definitely dig "a newspaper that people actually read."
I just read an interesting interview with Evan Williams, founder of Twitter (and Blogger) that had a great quote:
In response to a question from the audience about Twitter empowering people to publish and act as journalists, Williams — who founded Blogger and later sold it to Google — said that “lowering the barrier to publishing” has been something he has spent most of his career on, and this is because he believes that “the open exchange of information has a positive effect on the world — it’s not all positive, but net-net it is positive.” With Twitter, he said, “we’ve lowered the barriers to publishing almost as far as they can go,” and that is good because if there are “more voices and more ways to find the truth, then the truth will be available to more people — I think this is what the Internet empowers [but] society has not fully realized what this means.”
I like Fred Wilson's take on this too:
When I started blogging back in 2003, I would tell everyone how awesome it was. A common refrain back then was "not everyone should have a printing press." I didn't agree then and I don't agree now. Everyone should have a printing press and should use it as often as they see fit. Through things like RSS and Twitter's follow model, we can subscribe to the voices we want to hear regularly. And through things like reblog and retweet, the voices we don't subscribe to can get into our readers, dashboards, and timelines.
If I look back at my core investment thesis over the past five years, it is this single idea, that everyone has a voice on the Internet, that is central to it. And as Ev said, society has not fully realized what this means. But it's getting there, quickly.
Ever wonder who the people are that leave lots of comments on local news websites? The folks at the Las Vegas Sun obviously did because they profiled four of their more prolific commenters.
I'm wary to suggest the same type of project for our local news sites, because quite honestly many of their commenters flat out scare me. Still, if they were to profile some of their commenters here are some questions I'd like them to ask:
- Were you absent that day in fourth grade when they went over the difference between there, their and they're?
- Were you absent the day they went over the difference between lose and loose?
- Did you know that insulting subjects of an article, or other commenters, while hiding behind an alias is the definition of a coward? Aliases are for people who are doing courageous things, like blowing the whistle on corrupt politicians. I understand if you want to use an alias due to concerns like people at work seeing what you write, but don't use that as a shield to throw personal bombs at others.
- Did you know that invoking Hitler in an argument makes you the loser of said argument by default?
- Are you aware that the statement "we Americans are guaranteed freedom of religion, not freedom from religion" is nonsense?
- Did you know that when you're leaving a comment on a story you're not blogging, you're commenting? Blogging requires setting up a blog, writing something on your blog, having people write a comment on your blog and then replying to those comments. Go ahead and try it, you might like it.
Five years into this whole blog experiment thing and I still feel the need to justify my existence. I never knew I was so insecure.
Something weird is going on between my del.icio.us account and my blog. I'm getting lots of updates from del.icio.us each day when it's only supposed to update once per day. Not sure what the issue is, but sorry for the weirdness of late. Hopefully it will be fixed soon.
Link: Pegasus News.