Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Hippie and the Cowgirl

The Hippie Boss who knows 60s is a decent Domain Authority. (also I’m testing WP app picture upload)

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Who Watches Video Online

I found someone else who isn’t that enamored by video as a source of news or buying and selling decisions. Amanda Vega posted at LinkedIn:

Everyone has their “I never pay attention to these” moments. And video is one of my rarities. I am not a huge video consumer. You?

And what got Ms. Vega thinking was a SmartBrief note about the growth of video in the U.S., originally found at TechCrunch (the ComScore stats cited there seem to have some significant issues / problems, though). The article says that about 50 percent of Americans watched 9.4 billion online video ads in September. If they count the Zynga ads, that has to be true because those start playing whether or not you want them to, giving you no choice.

She’s a marketer, too, and we both know (a lot of things and that) video is popular, that it accounts for well over half of all Internet traffic and that it works for a variety of reasons.

This is our limited exchange there, so far:

Temple Stark I try and avoid it. Especially when I want information such as news or what to buy. Words please.

Amanda Vega Yah, I think that everyone has their own preferred method of communication which drives their usage online. I am a words person too. That’s the reason I use Twitter WAY more than Pinterest, for example. And I am not a movie lover, so videos online don’t really resonate with me either. This is the reason the marketing mix continues to be so important, and why shifting dollars from one to another doesn’t always make sense.

And I would have added more there, but the LinkedIn app wouldn’t let me (maybe too long but I see no limit) so I’m continuing here.

Really when you think of why companies generally want to get noticed its to sell something or tell you something newsworthy about them. Video sure if you have the budget or want to be extra creative. But I’ll know 15 things about various companies and offerings while you’re wrapping up knowing one. It’s a way to get noticed or present something fun about your company or yourself. But whether I’m at work or at home I just blow past video usually. Which begs the question, who is watching and when?

And a significant part of the answer, of course, is people watch to be entertained. Marketing and entertainment cross paths as often as possible. But whether that’s entertainingly informative or just brain candy, is currently a mystery.

I’ll be looking for answers. Still there’s some unknowns out there. It’s worth noting that ComScore says viewership was down in September.

Using LinkedIn: Annoyance No. 1

LinkedIn is still a little clunky, but has traveled miles in recent months in being more and more useful. This list, 13 Things That Really Annoy People On LinkedIn from Firebrand Talent, offers ways its USERS can get their ish together. Still, my no. 1 complaint , especially when using their great app, is the following:

Don’t be lazy when sending invitations to connect. I get really irritated when people can’t be bothered to write a customised message to me when asking to connect. It makes me think they’re just trying to connect to as many people as possible, rather than looking to nurture a professional relationship. Unfortunately, on some LinkedIn pages like on “People you may know” (and on an iPad and smartphone), LinkedIn sends invitations to connect, without giving people the opportunity to customise their message and without warning. Cringe! LinkedIn should fix this.

And my complaint is with LinkedIn, as it says. The app offers 16, 20, whatever number of people you might want to connect with. It’s a good list, and often useful. But then when it offers me the list I can only hit Friend or Ignore, without any further words. Or when you find someone, the button just says, “Invite To Connect” and when you hit the button, boom the invitation is sent.

Troubling.

Eyebrow Hair

There are certainly only a handful of truly satisfying personal feelings in the world. Those gilded moments that shine through the darkest hours are treasures almost incomparable.

One of those moments happened today. I was able to grasp at straws and pluck an eyebrow hair out with my fingertips. It’s a split-second of sharp pain, 20 seconds of residual aching throbbing and then it’s over.

Seize the stray if you will.

Personal grooming at its slightly less than finest. After all, if it was the same as the others it wouldn’t stand out. The others are fine but these hairs really bring character to what is already character-filled crinkles and shallow crevasses.

And today I pulled not just one but two blond eyebrow hairs. Today was a good day …. even though it’s now – at 00:15 – a new day.

When Politics is So Extreme It’s Apolitical

I used to be interested in politics as a force for good. Now, I just tune in to see the crashes. I don’t have a lot more to say on the subject.

This paragraph of a larger piece written after last night’s first Romney-Obama debate, struck home:

It was probably at this point that my interest in following politics went from sincere interest to something far more craven and black-hearted. I think most politically engaged people have undergone a similarly soul-shriveling realization. You’re not following politics, not anymore; you’re learning the black art of subtly inflicted mnemonics. So you stop listening to what our politicians say and instead start calculating the moron-response factor: How will this play on Main Street? This is the polite, Candy Crowley way of admitting that citizens who can’t be bothered to figure out their own core convictions are now in the socially calamitous position of determining our great nation’s fate. These were the people Obama and Romney were mostly talking to the other night, despite the debate’s astronomically high wonk factor. If we’re measuring debate success by how intimately the Undecideds felt mentally caressed, Mitt Romney was the clear winner, having out-caressed President Obama by a magnitude best measured in fifty shades of gray.

My interest shriveled when cries of racism flew through the air if you didn’t like Obama. And at the same time, Hillary Clinton got actual nasty, rough treatment beyond “just politics” for being a woman – by Democrats. And she was called a racist, too, just for kicks, for her temerity in thinking she could do a better job.

Maybe This is Why Google+ Struggles?

This post is a third corroborating link

Can I use my non-fake name, please?

I recently wrote a blog post elsewhere where I mentioned Google+ had a future because it’s connected to everything important. Its empire is broad, its vision is strong – if scattered a little too much – self-driving cars?** Ok?!?! And then as a result of new employment for an online marketing firm, I decided to join Google+ rather than just observe how others used it.

Not difficult to get it started, but not the most intuitive, either. After I logged into my existing Gmail account, I did not see the Temple+ in the corner as an invitation to connect. In fact, I just noticed that today as I get ready to appeal.

Instead, of that shortcut, I hit the “More” tab at the top of the page and clicked the “Even More” link to get the big list of things that Google does, scrolling way down to the Social section.

I started entering the basic personal info like I’ve done a thousand times before and hit Enter.

As I tried to go further, I got this notice (and screenshot, left):

Names on Google+
The name you’ve provided doesn’t look like a name to our system. If this is a business name, please sign up with your own name and then create a Google+ Page for your business. If this is an alternate name (such as a nickname, maiden name, or name in another script), please sign up with your full name; you can add this alternate name once you’ve signed up.

If the name you want to use is in fact the name you commonly use, you can help us to correct our mistake by submitting an appeal.

Google says the appeal takes less than 24 hours, but then elsewhere says it takes a few days. It’s been a few days. In seeking to appeal, Google asks for corroborating links and, get this, “Offline documents: Attach scans of official documents (such as a photo ID or passport), newspaper articles, or other printed media that refer to you by this name.

Because we should have to show a photo ID or passport to vote. Excuse me, to get a f__kin’ Google+ account.

For corroborating links I sent my Linked In profile and Yahoo search for my name. (I would’ve done Bing, too, but it was completely useless, offering just one link that had anything to do with me.)

I appealed and heard nothing. Now when I log into my account it straight up says it’s suspended.

After reviewing your profile, we determined that the name provided violates the Google+ Names Policy.

While suspended, you will not be able to make full use of Google services that require an active profile, such as Google+, Reader, and Picasa. This will not prevent you from using other Google services, like Gmail.

If you changed your name in accordance with our policies, please submit an appeal and we will review your profile again.

If you believe that your profile has been suspended in error, please submit your profile for reconsideration.

Your profile will be reviewed again and re-enabled if it complies with the Google+ Names Policy. Reviews are usually completed within a few days.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience.

We understand that Google+ and its Names Policy may not be for everyone at this time. We’d be sad to see you go, but if you do choose to leave, make a copy of your Google+ data first. Then, click here to disable Google+.

So, not only am I not progressing with my Google+ goal, I’m actually going backwards in my relationship with and use of Google. I’ve had a Gmail account for several years tmanstark@gmail.com; it’s also had Temple Stark attached to it as my name, because, you know, it is my name. I’m logged in under that name, as I try to get Google+. Yet, Google’s algorithms don’t extend to being able to reach across a very very very narrow line to make that connection.

I’m submitting a second appeal, adding this very post as a corroborating link. Seriously, what true gain is there in Google caring about whether a few profiles are under false names. And I’ve heard from several people that they and their friends have fake profiles under fake names, no problem.

The tagline for Google+ is “Real-life sharing, rethought for the web.” Google, you might want to rethink some more… And while you’re doing that, give me a Google+ profile, so I might enjoin myself to your service and learn to enjoy it. And spread the Google gospel, because that’s what Temple’s are good for, too.

(** OK, self-driving cars is actually pretty cool. Something potentially useful, if it can be more fuel efficient. Still, a greater focus on better efficiency might actually work better and be more useful. I think Google wants self-driving cars so they can deploy thousands of them more cheaply to improve and broaden Google Maps.)

<b>UPDATED</B> Since I still can, I was entering more information to my Google profile and i discovered without me entering anything that Google had found my Flickr profile – shockingly called templestark, I try to keep it simple- and some Yahoo Pulse profile ??? which goes to a new e-mail I set up mere weeks ago for Fantasy Football – still using templestark as the name. Though Google had added it to my profile (and apparently I can’t remove it though I can say whether to make it public)