Archive for January, 2008

GPSHelp on Twitter

By January 11, 2008

From time-to-time I get random Twitter notices about new users following me. I almost always go look at the profile to try and understand what kind of person/account is following me. Sometimes they are large account (2000+ followed) whom I assume are just trying to rack up followers (looking for reciprocal following). Sometimes they’re even […]

From time-to-time I get random Twitter notices about new users following me. I almost always go look at the profile to try and understand what kind of person/account is following me. Sometimes they are large account (2000+ followed) whom I assume are just trying to rack up followers (looking for reciprocal following). Sometimes they’re even bots mechanically gathering followers for what ever reason. Occasionally they are individuals with only a few dozen people they are following. In these cases the mystery becomes “how do they know me” I can often sift though their followers list and find a common link.

Well, this morning I got a notice from gpshelp that took some more time to figure out (okay… not that much more time, but still). The user only has 6 posts, the oldest of which is only 17 hours. The users is only following 23 people, none of which I have a common link with and only one person following them. The 6 tweets are in a curious format, too. Each one is preceded by either Asking: or Reporting: and each contains a TinyURL-like link. They all point back to Satisfaction Unlimited (http://getsatisfaction.com/) which appears to be a. . . Customer Service Social Network? Each of the Asking: Tweets is a technical-support-like question about various makes and models for portable GPSs. But none of this sheds any light on why gpshelp is following me. Then I noticed there are 9 favorite posts, so I click to check itout. Low and behold, there was a Tweet I made on Tuesday wishing for GPS integration on the iPhone.

But that only partially solves the mystery. I know how they found me, but I’m still not sure why. My single GPS-related post doesn’t really make me a GPS maven (although if they knew me, I am kind-of a GPS geek). Was it just the timing of my message in relation to the kick-off of this “service”? And what is the service? I guess I’m intrigued because I myself have recently been discussing new ways to make Social Media, and Twitter specifically, a useful business tool.

Check it out for yourself and give me your thoughts.

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Comcast launches Fancast.com

By January 9, 2008

Part Hulu, part TV Guide, part . . . I don’t know. I can’t get into the site as it seems overwhelmed right now. But much like Hulu, it seems to be getting mostly positive reviews at the moment. Definitely worth checking out whenever the site’s accessible. Fancast.comWebware reviewReuters article From an advertising standpoint I’m […]

Part Hulu, part TV Guide, part . . . I don’t know. I can’t get into the site as it seems overwhelmed right now.

But much like Hulu, it seems to be getting mostly positive reviews at the moment. Definitely worth checking out whenever the site’s accessible.

Fancast.com
Webware review
Reuters article

From an advertising standpoint I’m curious to see how they’re integrating ads within the video.

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Ten Common Objections to Social Media Adoption and How You Can Respond

By January 8, 2008

Anyone working in the social media space these days has experienced at least some level of push back and objections when recommending social media or online tools. In fact, the arguments against adopting social media are often very similar. That’s why I like the article that Marshall Kirkpatrick wrote on Read Write Web. Marshall lays […]

Anyone working in the social media space these days has experienced at least some level of push back and objections when recommending social media or online tools. In fact, the arguments against adopting social media are often very similar. That’s why I like the article that Marshall Kirkpatrick wrote on Read Write Web. Marshall lays out the 10 most common objections and then offers advice on countering those objections. Thanks to Keith B. for pointing this out.

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Top searches of 2007

By January 2, 2008

Even non-search junkies typically enjoy looking at the cumulative end of the year leaders in searches. Granted, these lists aren’t the raw lists. A human hand has been involved to categorize and clean things up a bit. But it’s still interesting stuff. Google 2007 Zeitgeist Yahoo Top Searches of 2007

Even non-search junkies typically enjoy looking at the cumulative end of the year leaders in searches. Granted, these lists aren’t the raw lists. A human hand has been involved to categorize and clean things up a bit. But it’s still interesting stuff.

Google 2007 Zeitgeist

Yahoo Top Searches of 2007

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