Archives for January 2012

The Superbowl and Social Media

This is going to be a big year for social media and the Superbowl.  There are going to be many people updating statuses about the game, using Twitter and Facebook (and maybe Google+).  Even bigger will be people’s responses to commercials and brands.  Smart companies will use hashtags on their commercials, to encourage a directed conversation via social media.  Good companies … [Read more...]

Super Bowl Foods

I always look forward to the Super Bowl, for a variety of reasons.  While I sometimes enjoy the game (and look forward to a New England Patriots Defeat), I like the gathering of friends, the commercials, and the food.  The Hangar is always crazy, and you have to order Wings ahead of time.  We decided that the following are choices for what we can have during the big game. … [Read more...]

Being a leader and the use of social media

It has become a norm of society to post exactly what we feel and exactly what we are thinking as our Facebook, Twitter, or other social media websites.  While many of these thoughts are generally okay to post, it might not be in your best interest to post your disappointments online, as it makes you look like a negative individual, and makes people less likely to take your side in the future. … [Read more...]

How long does it take to make a habit? How long does it take to make a routine?

I have been thinking about habits versus routines, and how long a good estimate when it comes to a habit versus a routine.  Specifically, I have started going to the gym again regularly, and have tried to determine what stage I am in in regards to a habit or a routine. I think a habit is when something is completed 5 consecutive days.  Therefore the gym is now a habit for me, because … [Read more...]

2011 Taxes and Social media

It is now tax season, and many people are turning to Social Media for reviews on the best tax programs and tax preparation services.  Interestingly, I do not see many tax services taking advantage of social media to market their products.  With so many companies trying to be heard, I am very surprised that H&R Block and Intuit’s Turbotax are not leveraging trending topics on Twitter. … [Read more...]

Twitter Social Media Tools #1

I decided that I am starting a column based on the tools that I currently use to help make Twitter more automated and maximize time spent.  The first tool I am going to write about is Justunfollow.com.  I use Just Unfollow on EZ Local Savings as well as my personal Twitter.  I also used Just Unfollow when I worked for Mosaic Sales Solutions on the Dell University account. Just … [Read more...]

Do we really ever “grow up?”

Today was one of the best days that I’ve had in a while, and it wasn’t so because of anything that happened before about 3:30 pm.  Come to think about it, I was having a pretty frustrating day until 3:30 pm.  But the major change in that was getting a text from one of my dear friends asking to go to The Hangar in Amherst, MA for all you can eat wings. The Hangar has all you can eat … [Read more...]

The Secret of Life

I was laying here in bed, thinking about how much I accomplished today (and then I realized I forgot to update my blog) and realized that I didn’t accomplish everything I wanted to.  I’m pretty sure that it’s one of those lessons; Life has interruptions, distractions, and missing pieces.  Life isn’t perfect. And with all those interruptions, distractions, and missing pieces, life … [Read more...]

Newt Gingrich won South Carolina, Mitt Romney winning Social Media

It’s super interesting to me that Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina vote.  I thought that Mitt Romney was going to win New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida, which would have won him the nomination.  Mitt Romney, however, is still winning if you take a look at the social media influence. ZDNet provides the following analysis of the GOP’s Social Media: Facebook User … [Read more...]

SpiderOak, a superior alternative to Dropbox

I've been using Dropbox for a couple of years, and had generally liked the experience.  In fact, I started using Dropbox as an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst when writing my thesis, because of the ability to keep the document synced and work on it wherever I was.  Recently (as in a couple months ago), I haven't been as pleased with Dropbox, and decided to look at … [Read more...]