Archive for December, 2008

Who I Follow on Twitter

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Twitter's hot, and I love it. I actually keep four accounts on Twitter because different things interest different people.

My aswas account is mostly for As Was business… eBay and eCommerce commentary, updates on blog posts, updates on webinars and events, and some fun or personal things. Despite this being my business account, people seem to love photos of my dog doing hysterical things. :) This account usually details my road trips and travels.
My rocketplace account is mostly for RocketPlace stuff… which would mostly be updates to http://community.rocketplace.com as well as info about webinars and events we'll be holding.
My yourppl account is mostly about the music business. Music business headlines and commentary. Updates on things I might be doing in the music business. Hey, I have to have SOME fun outside of my eBay adventures! :)
My dlev account is going to be mostly personal, and is a protected account. On Twitter, that means I have to approve you to be able to follow me, and my updates won't show up in public timelines. Like most people use Facebook, this is going to be an account nearly exclusively for trusted pals. Please don't take it personally if you're not approved. Personal is personal! :)

So those are my accounts. Maybe more to come in the future. :) But who do I follow and why? Well firstly, I take following seriously. I'm only following about half the people who follow me. That's not as a rule. When someone follows me, I read their bio, and the last 2 pages of their tweets. I'm very active on Twitter, which means I read absolutely everything that my friends post, including @ that I get from people I'm not following. I reply to everybody. The more people I follow, the harder this will be to keep up. How do I pick who I'm following?

Here is what I'm looking for…

  • If you have a LOT of @ posts, it makes me think you are mostly in semi-private conversations with people I don't know. Due to how Twitter works, I won't see the other part of that conversation, just your replies. So it might be disjointed, and may not be the most fun to read. It's like sitting NEAR you on a train, and overhearing your half of a cell phone call. :)
  • If you hate things I like, or are way more negative about something I'm generally positive about, I'm less likely to follow you. I am all for people having their own opinions, but being a positive person, I may not want to fill my day with commentary from someone who is angry or negative, even if that anger or negativity is totally understandable. I tend to feel like there's enough anger and negativity in the world without inviting MORE of it into my day. :(
  • it your tweets rave on and on about someone in my business circles who I have unfortunately completely lost respect for, I am unlikely to follow you. Chances are that I know something about that person you don't, so you still love this person, and I think this person is a sham, scammer, or who-knows-what. So I may not want to include hearing more about this person in my day.
  • If you are using Twitter as your daily sales machine, I am unlikely to follow you. So if you use Twibler or any tool to push frequent "this is what I have for sale online!" notices to your Twitter, count me out. If you have something REALLY amazing that you've put online, I don't mind you mentioning that. But if you know Twitter, then you know what I mean, and I'm unlikely to follow those people.
  • If your Twitter account is mostly personal, and I don't know you, I may not follow you since I don't have a lot of frame of reference for your daughter's dance class or the concert you're going to see tomorrow. I don't know you! :)
  • I'm currently not keeping my enemies closer. :) If we've had a falling out, you might still be following me, but I'm probably not going to want to see your name and face all day long.

That's how I work Twitter. It's business, and it's social. But I'm picky, and you shouldn't take it personally if I am not following you. I don't say YES to everybody who adds me on Facebook. Some people say that you should say yes to those people and follow every Twitter person who follows you so you can build that social network… and then market to those people. I don't think you want me using you like that, do you? I'd rather build a network of people who genuinely like me or are genuinely interested in what I have to say (or both) because no marketing is better than genuine like and respect. :)


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“Work At Home Websites Scam Me 37 Time”

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

I did a Yahoo search to find out the local time in Brisbane, Australia. I got ads down the right side. Without showing the URL, here is one of them:

37time

So let me get this right. You weren't scammed once. Twice. Fool you twice, shame on you. Fool you 37 times, um, I'm not sure I want to visit your website and take your advice. You don't seem like a very reliable person.

How did you get fooled that THIRTY-SEVENTH time?

And you're paying for Yahoo search placement, but you just want me to read a free warning. Well, that's lovely of you to spend your money on PPC warnings for people without getting any revenue from it.

Ugh.


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Dark Hair and Dark Eyes

Monday, December 8th, 2008

There is something I've been noticing. Maybe you will notice it now that I say it.

Watch TV commercials for Disney Vacations closely. You will see that EVERY major person who gets face time has dark hair and dark eyes. Why? I have a theory.

Sometimes I watch the Spanish TV channels. They have the identical commercials, just in Spanish. Even where a Mom character will say how affordable the vacation is, they typically only show her talking for a split second. She could be making any sound. So she's speaking English, and on Spanish TV, she's speaking Spanish.

You'll notice that people who speak aren't on the screen for more than a fraction of a second. And everybody has dark hair and dark eyes so that this can look like YOUR family, people watching Spanish-speaking TV!

One set of visuals, two commercials that I know of. Maybe more. But at least English and Spanish with the same people. :)


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No More Mouseovers?

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Lots of sites we do have mouseovers. You run your mouse over
something. Something else pops up. It's quite common on websites of course.

My new Lenovo is a tablet with a touch screen. HP has these
new computers out that are JUST a giant screen. No mouse. Both allow you to
touch the screen to get things done. Yes, my laptop has a track point device,
but if it's in tablet mode, I have nothing but my finger or a pen. My Windows
Mobile phone and your iPhone have touch screens and no mouse.

Windows Vista comes with built-in dictation software. You can surf websites with your voice. You just tell it what to click on. That means no mousing over stuff.

So what.

Well, without a mouse hovering over something before we've
clicked on it, you don't get the "on mouseover" effect. The computer
does NOT know when my finger is about to click something. So there is no
"on mouseover" thing. There will be "on click" of course
since you'll still click on things. But these touch screens don't seem to
understand "hovering."

Will this mean the end of mouseovers so that websites can be better compatible with computers without mice AND mobile phones?



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Feedback Demand

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

I bought something on eBay recently. Seller left positive feedback quite soon. The feedback comment told me they hope I do business with them again. OK, that's nice. The rest of their feedback comment to me said, and I am copying and pasting:

Give us POSITIVE w/ 5 STARS

Not, "please." Not, "We hope you found us worthy of all 5 stars." Or something like that. Just a command. Give us positive with 5 stars!

It's such a shame when decent sellers are reduced to begging or demanding. This is similar to what I said back in September.

I still think that eBay making people beg for this stuff is not OK. I think that a 4-star rating being a BAD rating is not OK. This is just bad marketing.


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USA is the New India

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

I knew something was up after reading The Four Hour Workweek. Not just that I felt I wasn't the target audience for that book… I took the author's advice. I contacted the Virtual Assistant companies he mentioned to see what they charge. Maybe they can take SOMETHING off my plate for just a few dollars per hour.

Both companies wanted at least $15 per hour for work that doesn't require any sort of experience or degree. You'd need to be good with Google for some of the things I was hoping to take off my plate. A little online research that would have drained my time.

$15/hr.

Here in Tucson, you are lucky if you are making $12/hr. The median HOUSEHOLD income, I said household, is around $45K per year. That's two wage-earners, people. If you make $25K per year for 50 weeks of work (let's say you get 10 days off/sick days that are unpaid in a year), and you work a 40-hr week, that's $12.50 BEFORE taxes. In Tucson, the average person may be making even less. That means I can get a college kid to help me out for less than I can outsource to the Indian firms mentioned in the book.

OK, there are other firms and companies who probably cost less. These guys probably became very in demand from being in the book, and decided to raise their prices. And maybe the people contacting them think that $15/hr is a discount.

Now I'm looking at the auto industry. 2 weeks ago on the nightly ABC newscast, they did a report about a new Honda plant in the USA. Because of where Honda put their plant and how they hire, they are paying people an average of $44/hr compared to GM's average of $73 per hour. Those figures evidently include benefits.

$44/hr to work in a car factory? Well, that sounds pretty good! I think most Americans would NOT turn that wage down right now!

I am starting to think that if the economy keeps going, the world will outsource to us. We will be the country willing to accept some lower wages because hey, in this economy, any wage might be an OK wage.


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Overheard: My “Practice” Marriage

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

One of my staff was on a train recently, and overheard one side of a cell phone conversation. It was a woman talking to her friend about getting married. She said,

"I only get to be a bride twice in my life, this one is my practice run."

She happened to say it when the train had gone quiet, and everybody burst out laughing. Everybody is wondering if the guy knows he's the "starter" marriage, and she assumes it won't last.

People! Stop getting married when you know it's not the right person!!!


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Ticketmaster By Mail

Monday, December 1st, 2008

I am looking at going to a concert in another country. What do you think of this shipping option?

For International orders only – Your tickets will be mailed to your
billing address and delivered no later than 48 hours before the event
in a plain unmarked white envelope.

Sure! The concert is on a Friday thousands of miles away. I will get on a plane days before. The tickets might arrive at my home AFTER I leave.

What a great option. I guess this is to force me to use Fed Ex or something.

But DUH.


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