If you live in Beaufort County and are a Hargray customer you were without Internet service for basically all of Monday, and you had spotty service over the weekend. (you can check out some info on what went down here)
Those comments would go something like: "It's amazing how dependent you all have become on the Internet. After all it's a technology you never even knew about 15 years ago."
I wonder if that's what some said about penicillin back in 1943. "Gosh, people, you've become awfully dependent on that antibiotic."
Seriously though, the whole outage and reaction got me thinking about something that I've found interesting for quite some time: Is the Internet a right or a privilege? This of course becomes even more timely with what recently occurred in Egypt.
Too often I see professionals and businesses utilize social media, or really any kind of online marketing, with a sort of wild, wild West attitude. It's as if they say: "This is all new, so whatever I do will be better than nothing."
It reminds me of the Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer skit from SNL. A business will dive into online marketing and social media with a firm or consultant and then when that pro is asked to show real numbers they hide behind this whole "Well I'm just an unfrozen caveman lawyer, I can't possibly be asked to show real numbers," thing.
Now please don't read this as an ROI conversation, because I'm not preaching that all online marketing and social media must translate into a true ROI. What I am saying is there are very real best practices that people should be using in all realms of online marketing, and if you're not you're failing your clients and your company.
Too often I see fan comments, concerns and questions posted to Facebook business pages left unanswered for weeks if they're answered at all.
A large reason for that is page admins don't have the time to go back daily to check all of the pages they're responsible for, leaving the comments and more importantly questions, dangling in the Interweb's limbo.
*Note to page admins: If a 'fan' posts a question about your business you WANT to answer it, hopefully within 24 hour*
So how do you keep up with the comments and questions?
So there it was, like a car wreck you just can't turn away from: Three of your friends have become friends with ...
OK, I'm gonna leave you in suspense for just second.
I've gone on and on in the past about why I don't think businesses should use friend accounts on Facebook, but I get that some still think it's the best way to go.
So several of us geeks were excited yesterday with Verizon's announcement that it's now got the IPhone.
I for one have been craving an IPhone for several years, but was unwilling to hop over to AT&T. In attempt to satiate my appetIte I went with HTC's Droid Incredible, which is a really nice little phone other than some terrible battery life.
Initially I too was excited about yesterday's announcement, but then it struck me, $200 for a new phone? Really!? Am I really going to go there?
Updated January 7: Guess what? I was right. Word out of CES from yesterday is that top execs at Samsung and Hulu were on stage together to announce that Hulu Plus is coming to Android some time soon.
Do I get any credit for breaking this news from across the country? Of course not.
If I may aggregate for a moment, there's been a pretty good conversation occurring via Twitter over the past 48 hours or so regarding why people choose to follow others on Twitter and what constitutes an 'overtweeter.'
There's no need for me to rehash the gory details as others already have done that quite well.
Chances are that over the past 24 hours you've heard the story of the homeless Ohio man with the golden voice. If you haven't here's how it goes.
A reporter with The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio took the time to talk to Williams and get his story on video (see below.) What's ensued has been a viral sensation, with the video being watched more than 4 million times over the past couple of days, according to online reports.
January 4 - A bit of an update to my blog post that's below. According to Mashable.com, Facebook users uploaded a record-breaking 750 million photos over New Year's weekend. And yes, most of them are out of focus. (kidding about that last part)
January 2 - Here's some unsolicited advice that you should feel free to use next New Year's Eve or really any time: Just because you can dump the contents of your digital camera's memory card onto Facebook doesn't mean you should.
People don't want to see your out-of-focus shots (and as a side note, please know your camera does have an autofocus mode.) They also don't want to see umpteen shots of people with red eye or even worse.
I was going to write a "Top 5 Social Media Stories of 2010" blog, but I figured that's been done to death.
We already know that there were big stories out there like New Twitter, New Facebook (well more like new Facebook profiles, the introduction of 'likes' or 'ligers' as I put it, and new place pages) and the true arrival of location-based social media.
So I figured instead of a Top 5 post, why not ask and hope to answer this question: Was 2010 truly the year of social media?