Sunday, February 28, 2010
What puzzles me most is the person is running a virtual giant social networking shop, that's my term for it. It must be an Etsy thing. Elvis' art is home spun paper craft items much like 2 grade art class projects. They post cute items, they sells space and tweets their heads off but are far from communications experts. I can't imagine a business who won't communicate lasting long. I understand that OTC has general business classes, maybe Elvis should look into.
I am looking forward to the time I have the chance to return the favor when asked for my support on a project or for some free press... I am like an elephant, I never forget. I have had some wonderful support from some locals who seem to have the game on.
Hats off to C Street, SPF Blogs both are great allies to have. I always support those who are smart enough to take advantage of opportunities. For those in my area visit those sites and get involved. My rating: A+
Friday, February 26, 2010
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by Jason Kincaid on Feb 23, 2010
If you’re reading this post, there’s a good chance you have multiple online profiles scattered across various services, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Twitter. And one problem you may face is pulling all of this information together to build a single online identity — be it for personal use, or to create a professional online profile. Flavors.me is a new site launching today that looks to make this as simple as possible, and it does so with flying colors. After a three month long private beta, the site has just launched to the public.
The service is as simple as they come. After completing a basic sign up form, you link your Flavors.me page to any of 15 online services, with options that include Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn (as well as any RSS feed). Flavors.me taps into these services via their APIs (you generally enter your credentials using OAuth or Facebook Connect), and within minutes you’re ready to start customizing your site. (more)
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
This blog is devoted to stuff that white people like
During the course of a white person’s education they will go through many phases including but not limited to: “awkward,” “classic rock,” and “being really into a foreign country.” Of these phases, there is only one that all white people are required to go through before they can obtain their bachelor’s degree. It is known as “Bob Marley.”
Depending on the coolness of the white person, they can experience this stage anywhere between the sixth grade and their last year of college. Regardless of when they went through this phase, every white person can tell you about the time when they had Legend on repeat. If you wish to test this theory, go to any floor in a College Dorm and there is a 100% chance you will find at least one Bob Marley poster.(More)
This is a blog folks! If you want to get a true read on white people here's the place. Truth hurts :)
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I weighed the ROI and decided it was time to evacuate the sinking vessel and move on before I drowned. Most people on RB make a decent draw, I am not one of them. Redbubble seems to stroke more localized artists in their area. Again an opinion. Before I left I started researching the heavy hitters and the exposure that was allowed those individuals from Redbubble and their peers. I came to the conclusion that if success was to be had it would come from either a straight popularity contest or the moistening of my nose on certain powers. After all I can earn far more than $114.50 in 15 days on another site. Thats a bit better ROI. So I'll take my chances on that site as well as possibly developing some new ones.
Marketing on other sites is easy, they do it. I did some homework and searching and found them tweeting their heads off every time I uploaded some new work. I will add... it was outside their site. Internal marketing to other artists is for the birds, well except for $114.50 over two years. I digress. I also understand you need to look at what you are getting out of the experience of being on RB, for myself...I don't need the experience. That's not to say Redbubble hasn't got it's strong points, it is a fantastic social gathering place for artists who want to socialize. I met some very nice people there and am thankful for those connections.
On the flip side of the coin...in developing an "outside their system" blog which highlighted their products, services, members and website I found that their lack of any real ongoing support was disheartening. Considering that the investment of time from them was zero. They had no expense, no manpower and only stood to gain from any and all outside marketing exposure that the write-up's gave to them. I expected a little more than the token pat on the back every 3 months. Instead they chose to highlight on a constant basis another such program which was an internal publication sitting on their servers and reaching their members. Doesn't make good marketing sense to let the one getting 10,000-20,000 visitors a month sit idle. It doesn't make good marketing sense to let the one promoting their site within their competitors sites go away. It doesn't make good marketing sense to let the one hammering their message out on twitter and Facebook die on the vine. What were the total impressions for Redbubble? I know their ROI was a hell of a lot better than mine. I guess you could say I banned them from me. I limited my own access and am now reviewing my account.
So for those of my loyal fans who miss me on the "Bubble", I grabbed my life vest and jumped overboard. When I hit land I'll buy you all a drink until the $114.50 runs out.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Facebook excommunicates WORM because of the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine
Rotterdam, 18th of February 2010
Facebook excommunicates WORM because of the Web2.0 Suicide Machine
It is with great sorrow that we announce that Facebook Inc. has decided that WORM, the producer of the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine, will be excommunicated from Facebook.
The initiative to build the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine came from Moddr_, WORM’s media lab. By threatening WORM, Facebook is trying to take down the Suicide Machine.
The Web 2.0 Suicide Machine allows users of - among others - Facebook to commit ‘social network suicide’. Facebook threatens WORM with further legal action if WORM doesn’t stop targeting the FaceBook platform via the SuicideMachine. In addition, it has now also demanded that WORM immediately deletes its own Facebook profile (WORM_Rotterdam). According to Facebook and its lawyer, the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine has violated Facebook’s Terms of Service and with that WORM has forfeited it’s right to keep using the platform. WORM does not want to engage in a fight over this matter with Facebook. The idea behind the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine was to be able to ‘unfriend’ in an automated fashion and to make users of social networks aware that they should always be in control of their own data. Facebook won’t allow for this control and is also not willing to enter into this debate. We are pretty much done with that and are left with no other choice than to commit online suicide ourselves. The conditions and attitude of Facebook leave no other option as far as WORM is concerned.
WORM deeply regrets the current situation. The web 2.0 Suicide Machine was never intended to target Facebook as such, but meant as a tool for people who, for whatever reason, are tired of their online life. Facebook wants all access to their service, personal data of their users included, to run via their own ‘connect’ platform. In this way, Facebook can set, interpret and change its own rules as it sees fit...
The excommunication of WORM illustrates that data freedom and net neutrality of users is merely an illusion on many social network sites. Not only is it not allowed for people to unfriend (in an automated manner), but companies also have the power to expel users they do not like. Facebook shows that a user only has the rights that Facebook grants it.
Facebook claims all rights. WORM does not want to continue living in this 2.0 world. Which is why we say goodbye to all our friends. We wish you all the best.
No flowers, no speeches.
download press release pdf
Bleak, Shallow and Repetitive
After reading these I began to wonder...Is this the turning point? Could this be like disco?
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
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I pick the Wicked Witch over Dorothy. She had green skin. She worked with flying monkeys. She crushed bitches with houses. She's sort of a dominatrix (stockings, black hair, strict). Then Dorothy, I can take or leave. The only thing she has going is her glee club friends.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Coming up with something new is like the old expression pulling hens teeth. I started a few sketches last night, looking for the juxtaposition or maybe a style difference. I did come up with some layout ideas that I'll pursue today. Staying inspired is the trick, at times it just falls into your lap. Good thing the Grammy's were on, How about that PINK? Another shocker to me was how bad Taylor Swift was when she had to team with the legend Stevie Nicks, Nicks still has those pipes and it was apparent. I also was amazed to see Leon Russell come out of the hole he has been hiding in and make a showing, he looked like he was 100 years old, he probably is. If you want to see Lady Gaga's clothing choices last night check out MailOnline. Frankly, Elton John had to be intimidated.
I'll hop on tomorrow and start posting up some images of the painting I have started. I'll try to keep up with posting pictures with the progress.