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Do We Really Need to be Called Social Media Evangelists?

Jump on the social media bandwagon

Image by Matt Hamm via Flickr

I’ve been on the Internet way too long.
Since Usenet back in the days where you could tap in through the right channels and the right BBS links. Yeah, we’re talking about 300 baud modem, baby.
Blinky blinky.
So what can I say when I see SEO companies pop up with absolutely no experience in mathematical algorithms and those that understand social media calling themselves social media evangelists, I just have to take a breath and sigh. Having studied mathematical algorithms, even I can’t call myself an expert in SEO but I at least know where I stand. As far as social media goes, is it that hard to sign up for a bunch of services and use them? Does that justify being a social media evangelist when you’re really just a first-second-third adopting hobbyist?
Seriously. Is it that difficult to understand social media that it needs evangelists? On top of it, why exactly would you pay for such evangelizing? I mean, let’s face it. I’m all about people that love their Facebook, Twitter, and the rest, but it’s not for everyone nor is it for every company or industry. Some businesses don’t need to break into new ground since they don’t really have much to do with the Internet ever. Even as a conversation piece, it is more dependent on what you do than the sales piece of… everyone should get on the bandwagon.
More and more, I find professional resumes dotted with names like the above mentioned and I wonder exactly how they’re qualified and what exactly it means. Let’s face it. There hasn’t been one single great business value of social evangelists that I’ve seen outside of fandom. And while fandom might bring in some amount of new business, it is definitely not an entirely measurable thing since you cannot compare these evangelists with say your rock star that is marketing your product. And before people scream bloody murder and say that they help break new ground, let’s step back a moment and think about if it’s actually a new term for helping people break into new markets. Oh, wait. I got it. It’s that crazy thing that’s called “new business development”.

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Traveling down thesixtyone

thesixtyone.jpg TD sent me an invite and I’ve been having this play ALL day long. I mean I seriously cannot believe the amount of decent indie music there is out there. What’s makes thesixtyone interesting and unique is that it’s there’s a social and voting system called “bumping”. You get rewarded for bumping new songs (to bring fresh songs to the top) but there’s also the regular vote type system.
If a song makes it to the homepage, then there’s more likelihood that you get more points if you “invested” points in the bump at the beginning. It’s a pretty well-thought out voting system. On top of that, they even play out a trophy type system that allows those of you with a bit of OCD to actually go nuts in trying to collect all of the trophies. Personally, I thought this was a great touch to the entire system since it solidified another thing to keep people’s attention on outside of just a music voting system (which has been done time and again).
This has got to be one of the more interesting services since it also incorporates Twitter, and Friendfeed, and it allows you to grow your artist selection by introducing many not-as-well-known musicians.
I think that this beta is actually pretty good as is for the user interface although there are a couple things that I would make more obvious like the invite friends/family to use (email invitation) since it’s sort of hidden on the main page on the right. Took a while for me to find that even though it should be pretty plainly marked, especially on your profile pages. Another thing is that the profile pages are a bit … well, not very well conformed. It takes a while to find the right things, that you expect to be in one spot, but they’re in another. The browse also doesn’t save to what you usually browse wise, which would be nice from a personal preference perspective. And if you want to show off your sixtyone badge? You can’t change the size of it to be smaller than 200 pixels across. Ick. Guess that’s why it’s a beta, eh?
Last of all, it’s interesting that most of the songs that you see on the front page are not always covers, but there are many of them that are. And somehow or another, I’d willing to bet that those cover songs are not licensed properly. Outside of that, this social network is the first of a music form that I’ve been getting really into since it beats the usual pop junk you hear on the radio.

Movable Type Plugin: FriendFeed Comments

Remember when there was the WordPress plugin for FriendFeed and how it imported your comments?
Well, it seems like there’s the same that goes for Movable Type. What’s neat about this is that it basically will repost the comments from FriendFeed directly into your blog as comments. This makes the conversation more worthwhile since you’re able to read transactions that not only happened on the blog, but on FF without having to go track it down on FF. Perhaps a fluke, but at the time that this plugin actually was installed, I noticed a tremendous shift in MySQL queries to the blog. Not sure if this happens with others, but I would definitely keep an eye on it and report it to the author (Mark Carey) if it still exists.

WordPress Plugin: FriendFeed Comments

wordpress.jpg If you’re checking out FriendFeed lately, you’ll notice that you can basically feed it all of your blogs and rss feeds along with all sorts of other social services. It’s basically a one stop shop where people can comment and like or not like your feed.
Well, sometimes the conversation isn’t heard back on the blog, if someone posts on the topic in FriendFeed. No big deal. FriendFeed Comments now consolidates those commentary back to the blog itself. This makes the conversation a lot more interactive and makes sure that you hear about your posts one way or another. This plugin itself is for WordPress and is compatible from version 2.3 to the latest and greatest.


alertthingy.jpg Been trying out Alert Thingy and so far, it’s not bad I must say although there are a few things I like and dislike.
First, the pros. I like the fact that FriendFeed has a client that runs on MacOSX, Windows, and sorta linux (Adobe Air is alpha stage for linux). The alerts are similar to Growl notification which is interesting, but also a nuisance too. You can also interact with Flickr and Twitter, which is actually very useful in that regards.
The cons? The nuisance of Growl-like notification. As far as I can tell, you can’t turn it off. And Adobe Air. While Adobe Air allows easy multiplatforming, it also is overhead that I don’t need. Either way though, it’s not too shabby and it’s nice to actually have a client for FriendFeed instead of just the website itself. I’d love a native client, but right now this will do.