I originally bought into twitter as a news feed to fill my need for international political happenings. I followed @financialtimes, @berlaymont and some others who met that specific need. But as time passed I learned that twitter is more about interaction than it is about being an RSS feed. It’s a way that not for profits interact with their supporters. How businesses interact with their customers. How friends interact with friends. I’ve come to see first hand how valuable this interaction can be to all of these communities.
So I want to make a suggestion to my friends in the news biz. Yes, you get a lot of RTs because you break news. Lots of people follow you, and you provide an easy gateway to specific articles. Big deal.
You want to know what might make me want to purchase a subscription to your paper when your salesperson calls me this week? Interact with me. Don’t just be one sided. I’ve got RSS feeds for that. If I ask you a question every once and a while, answer it. If I mention you in a positive or negative way, shoot me a DM and follow up. I promise you that if you form this type of relationship with me I am actually going to think about buying your rag.
Twitter creates a unique opportunity to interact with potential customers. It levels the playing field. I dare you to quit being the only people on twitter who sit in the press box.
There’s a funny moment in tonight’s episode where Sheldon gets stuck on a rock-climbing wall and remarks, “What part of an inverse tangent function approaching an asymptote don’t you understand?” I thought it’d be helpful to take a moment and examine that joke. A linear asymptote is essentially a straight line to which a graphed curve moves closer and closer but does not reach. In other words, given a function y=fn(x) with asymptote A, A represents a number that, no matter how big (or, given the function, small) you make x, y will never make it to A. The particular example Sheldon quotes is the inverse Tangent function, or Arctangent, which has two asymptotes. If you graph it, it sort of looks like a horizontal S:
No matter how big you make x (that is, how far you move to the right), the function is never going to hit that top line (π/2), and no matter how small x gets (moving to the left), y is never going to be smaller than - π/2.
The more you know, the funnier it gets.
Yes! Chuck Lorre Productions has closing credit cards published on their website.
You must be a fan of the Big Bang Theory TV show to have any clue what I’m talking about, and if you are then you realize this is chuck-full of wonderful.
“Therein lies the best career advice I could possibly dispense: just DO things. Chase after the things that interest you and make you happy. Stop acting like you have a set path, because you don’t. No one does. You shouldn’t be trying to check off the boxes of life; they aren’t real and they were created by other people, not you. There is no explicit path I’m following, and I’m not walking in anyone else’s footsteps. I’m making it up as I go.”—Charlie Hoehn (via arlton)
What shall I do after I’ve killed myself with the web2.0 suicide machine?
Try calling some friends, take a walk in a park or buy a bottle of wine and start enjoying your real life again. Some Social Suiciders reported that their lives has improved by an approximate average of 25%. Don’t worry, if you feel empty right after you committed suicide. This is a normal reaction which will slowly fade away within the first 24-72 hours.