Socially Awkward

Is Twitter in Love With Me?

by on Oct.23, 2013, under Thoughts

I here a lot of good things about Twitter.  But, recently I noticed that many of the favored Twitter tools are not currently working.  One of them is Monitter. This is it’s description:

 “Monitter is a real time twitter search tool that enables you to monitor a set of keywords on twitter. It also allows you to narrow the search to a particular geographic location, allowing you to find out what’s going on in a particular part of the world (Social Steamr).”

This sounded great!  I was looking for a website to compliments my Twitter account.  Unfortunately, Twitter does not seem as enthusiastic about sharing our relationship with third parties.  Are we monogamous?  When did we get so serious?

Sadly, when I went to visit Monitter, I saw a note saying,

“Despite building the Twitter ecosystem using 3rd party developers and their innovations to fuel growth, Twitter have spent recent years steadily forcing 3rd party solutions out of the market. Monitter is no exception here.”

It all revolves around “Application Programming Interface (API).” Simply put, API is why software components can interact; and Twitter is not interacting very well these days.

Is this good for business?

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by on Oct.10, 2013, under Thoughts

Have you heard about the e-receipt?  Up until this month, I had never heard of this. But recently, while making a purchase at a local hardware store, I was presented with the option of having a receipt sent to me electronically.  As a marketing student, I thought, “What an interesting topic for my first vlog.”

Have you heard about the e-receipt?


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Money, Lenders, & Videos Posts

by on Oct.09, 2013, under Thoughts

Goldman Sachs posted a video called, “10000 SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE UK.”  I clicked on it thinking “money;” and I was not disappointed.  The quality was good; it played well; and best of all, it felt personal.  The video offered training for small business owners. As a student, the entire idea seemed priceless.

I thought, “Getting trained by ‘Goldman Sachs,’ sounds like a very good idea!”  Imagination running wild, I was suddenly interrupted by every consumer’s biggest question, “How much will it cost me?” That had not been mentioned, and “priceless” rarely means free.

Nevertheless, the video had me captivated. I only wondered if the services would live up the marketing.


I also took a look at the latest JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley videos to see what they were up to.  JPMorgan Chase’s video was extremely compassionate; however, it seemed like their warmth was being used curve negative outlooks arising from recent legal woes. In fairness, maybe I was a just a little disappointed that I did not find the equivalent to what Goldman Sac was offering. They should consider the idea.


Morgan Stanley’s has a series of short videos for their most recent post. Dated July 31, 2013, the videos displayed a conference setting hosted by Morgan Stanley.  Chairman & CEO of Morgan Stanley, James P. Gorman and Chairman & CEO of American Express, Kenneth I. Chenault, were both participants in the discussions.  Audience members were also allowed to participate.  Overall, I thought it was a great use of video technology.


Would you invest in a Goldman Sac’s education?


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Spider in the Crawlspace

by on Oct.03, 2013, under Thoughts

I recently had a close call in my crawlspace. I was aiming to make some repairs, but got a horrible surprise! I guess it is close to Halloween.

Spider in the Crawlspace (pt 1)

Link to Text Version of Podcast



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by on Oct.02, 2013, under Thoughts

It must be my lucky day.  It’s 9 p.m. and I’m searching the world of podcasting to find one interesting  podcast for an assignment due in tomorrow’s class.  Sleepy, knowing I should have already completed the assignment, on the verge of selecting anything, I finally found it!  It’s called, “Five Tips to Beat Procrastination.”

How perfect is this? Jill Geisler talked about the advice her colleague, Butch Ward, had shared with her about getting things done. If only I had found this podcast sooner, I probably wouldn’t be sitting here pressured to finish what should have already been done. Then again, if I had not procrastinated, this site may not have caught my attention. Either way, it worked out great for me. I found a useful podcast site called “What Great Bosses Know,” and I completed my assignment.

Are you a procrastinator? You can tell me later.



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I Loved It

by on Sep.18, 2013, under Thoughts

Recently, I introduced myself to a blog called Unbrave Girl.  I loved it!  The blogger was great at capturing moments of her life and sharing them in such a cozy way that made me say, “more”.  She was descriptive, humorous, and very engaging.

My favorite post was titled “5 THINGS TO DO IN NIAGARA FALLS, USA (OR “WHY THE AMERICAN SIDE IS WAY BETTER. SO THERE.”)“.  I’ve been to Niagara Falls but her blog took me on a wonderful ride. With the perfect pictures along side her words, I could only wonder which came first. It’s clear that her heartfelt style is the reason why her blog won Best Travel Weblog in the 2013 Bloggies Weblog Awards. I loved it.

Wonder where she’ll take us next?

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Intro to Blogging

by on Sep.11, 2013, under Thoughts

Maybe I’m just a little on the slow side of the Internet community.  When I heard about “blogs,” I pictured simple web pages that displayed people’s opinions about their topic of choice.  The truth is that for many companies blogging is a staple.  Not only does it keep viewers informed and engaged, but blogs also have the potential to earn money from selling advertising space. I’m amazed.

Again, yes I’m slow.  I have been referring to many of the blogs I’ve seen as simply “web sites.”  Blogs were supposed to be bland and cater only to the people who enjoy massive amounts of reading.    Not so. TMZ, Huffington Post, and Business Insider are three popular business blogs that destroyed my limited thinking.  Not only are they informative, but creative designs keep millions of viewers coming back every month, including those with the shortest attention spans like me.

Now the question is “Where will blogging go from here?”

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