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Women dominate Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Zynga. Men dominate Reddit, Google+ and LinkedIn. Net, net, women are heavier users of social media.
So fantastic! But… don’t blink, or this LUMAscape will be out of date. Pinterest? (posted July 2012)
67% of consumers uncomfortable with Facebook’s use of data (July 2012)
Tweet, Tweet, Tweet – 100 million strong — 21 million active in U.S.
Social Media and Recruiting:
I suspect this varies by company, e.g., a customer service/complaint/service oriented company such as Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Bank of America, etc., might rank customer support higher. As Ted Schadler wrote in “Empowered,” customer service has become a form of marketing. Think Zappos and Virgin America.
Last night on Chelsea Lately, Reese Witherspoon admitted that she “doesn’t get” social media. Twitter, she said, “scares me.” And, although she knew she had a Facebook page, she thought, upon Chelsea’s suggestion, that the address is likely www.reesewitherspoon.com. (It isn’t.)
This adds credence to Terri Li’s estimation during a Social Media Week panel entitled “The New Ghostwriter” that 4/5 of celebrity twitter feeds are ghostwritten. Terri is the Chief Operating Officer of Bre.ad. It’s no surprise, of course, that Reese does not manage her own Facebook page. However… the point of this comment, and the part that is (ironically) interesting is that Reese exclaimed in the next sentence that she LOVES pinterest.
On another Social Media Week panel, Jon Steinberg, the president of buzzfeed said of pinterest: “I think it’s going to be one of the most powerful business models after Google.” Wow, that’s big. What happened to the days when social media and other sites took years to figure out how to monetize themselves? In fact, Google itself took 5 years before hitting the lottery.
Images below: reesewitherspoon.com (top) and Reese’s Facebook page (bottom)
This is the newest face of social media. It’s the site that no one knew much about a few months ago and everyone is talking about at Social Media Week today (February 2012). Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find in your life.
(It’s a good thing they started with the word pin board rather than cork board or bulletin board… When I was a teenager, I badly wanted my parents to turn one of the walls of my bedroom into a bulletin board! When I got to college, I learned about the magical powers of tape.)
The key element of pinterest is the focus on images. Like Instagram, it showcases one of the most important aspects of social media today – sharing photos and other images. It seems to me that Facebook has become not only Flickr but those emails you used to get with humorous graphics. It makes the site a fun place to stop off before bed.
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Do You “Like” Me? Do You Really “Like” Me?
Much of both Advertising Week and OMMA Global was spent talking about the importance of being “Liked,” as in the Facebook “Like” functionality. The conclusion was that (a) consumers don’t hate advertising, they hate bad advertising… (b) if you keep it under control, it can be powerful (c) consumers DO want to have relationships with brands they care about – as well as those who offer them something for being their “friend.” So, ironically, today’s eMarketer article includes two charts about consumers attitudes towards letting brands/advertisers/companies into their Facebook worlds:
We’ll move now to a personal admonition – things individuals should consider before posting on their social networking site (69% of prospective employers have rejected a candidate based on something posted on a social networking site). Below, we get into what organizations should do at a minimum in social media – to avoid regrets.
The chart below shows the huge draw Facebook has on our time. Far and away higher than any other U.S. Web Brands in terms of total minutes. I was intrigued by the Facebook phenomenon back when I joined in early 2006 (as one of 7.5 MM unique users) – and suggested my media client take a serious look at it. At the time, Facebook was just opening up beyond college students. Here are some bullet points I put in my report in February 2006:
- Social network site for college & university students
- Founded by Mark Zuckerberg; raised $500,000 from Peter Thiel in angel round
- Raised $12.2MM from Accel partners in April 2005 (valuation of $100MM)
- Began allowing high school students to join September 2, 2005: High school and college networks are kept separate. There are 20K U.S. high schools.
- Must have .edu email address to join
- Supports 1,120 colleges – 56% (Source: Scott Osman, 2/10/06 – up from 880)
- 85% of students in supported colleges have a profile
- 7.5MM unique users in January
- 60% of members log in daily; 85% at least weekly; 93% at least monthly
- Recent alums are maintaining same log in rates
- Users can add favorite music, books, movies, quotes, etc. and see others who share same interests; can also form and/or join groups
- Additional functionality: events, messages
Here’s an interesting post from ClickZ by Heidi Cohen:
What’s Your Social Media Marketing IQ?
As you make your 2012 marketing plans, consider what you need to do to take your social media marketing to the next level. To ensure your firm’s maximizing its social media effectiveness, now’s the time to check your organization’s social media marketing IQ.
Here are 30 questions to help determine your firm’s social media marketing IQ. These questions will help you assess where your organization is in terms of social media marketing maturity and where you may need to improve effectiveness. Depending on where your organization is along the social media adoptioncurve, some of these questions can help you develop plans going forward.
- Do you have brand monitoring and/or other analytics in place? If you don’t have the budget for professional social media monitoring, use free options such as Google Alerts, Twitter Search, and Google Analytics.
- Are you analyzing the information collected?
- Are you taking action where appropriate based on your brand monitoring? Remember, about 2 percent of the comments require any company interaction.
Social Media Guidelines
- Do you have social media guidelines for how employees should represent themselves and what they can say?
- Do you have guidelines for what’s acceptable for customers and the public to contribute on your organization’s website, blog, and/or forum? This doesn’t mean you can delete negative comments! Customers will say whatever they want on their own and third-party social media networks where you have no control.
- Do you have a crisis management plan? If so, do you review it regularly to ensure it’s up to date and employees know what to do? If not, here’s help to develop one.
- Do you have goals for your social media marketing? This is a critical first step of any marketing strategy. Don’t think it’s just a test and we’ll figure it out later. If it works, you’ll need to make a case for more resources.
- Are your social media marketing goals related to your overall business objectives? This is a must for any marketing plans!
- Is your social media marketing driving revenues? For many businesses, this is a sign of social media maturity.
- Does senior management buy into social media as part of your marketing and business plans? Recognize this can be difficult to achieve. Research shows leadership at one in three businesses supports social media marketing after three years.
- If management doesn’t buy into social media marketing, are you bringing them up to speed? Chances are that you need to show how it drives results associated with business goals.
- Are you expanding buy-in beyond senior management? Think customer service, sales, product management, human resources, investor relations, and other organizational departments.
Social Media Marketing Strategies
- Do you have a social media marketing strategy? What do you want to accomplish?
- Are your social media marketing strategies integrated with your overall marketing plans?
- Are employees monitoring social media marketing implementation(s)? Customers will use every point of contact to reach a human being.
- Are you promoting your social media marketing efforts? To drive customers and the public to your social media marketing, you must continually promote it. Use internal media.
- Do you make it easy for social media participants to share your content? Think social sharing including Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
- Do you have tailored call-to-action and tracking mechanisms integrated into your social media marketing efforts?Prospects and customers need to be guided through your sales process.
Social Media Marketing Content
- Are you creating tailored content for your social media marketing initiatives? Since social media thrives on content, ensure your social media efforts have the fuel they need.
- Have you created a variety of content formats?
- Does your content support every stage of the purchase process? The information consumers need may cut across your organization. To support these efforts, use an editorial calendar and marketing personas.
- Is your social media-related content integrated into your search optimization efforts?
Social Media Marketing Budget
- Do you have a dedicated social media marketing budget? Social media marketing isn’t free! You can’t count on having a robust social media marketing strategy without financial and headcount resources. If you don’t have a dedicated budget, can you leverage other resources or hide your social media marketing budget?
- Do you have headcount dedicated to your social media marketing efforts? If not, are social media marketing activities incorporated into specific employees’ job descriptions? If no one’s required to do the work, it won’t happen.
- Do you have social media training to ensure employees understand how to engage on social media platforms and are consistent in how they represent your organization? Many firms overlook this important factor.
- Do you have a social media contingency plan to ensure you have personnel involved and monitoring social media 24/7?What happens if your social media manager’s sick or unavailable and there’s a problem?
- Do you have established metrics to track social media marketing efforts back to marketing and/or business objectives?This is best done when you’re planning your strategy.
- Do your metrics include the full purchase process not just the last marketing touched? Social media can influence customers before you realize they’re shopping and after they’ve bought your product or service.
- Do your social media metrics go beyond marketing? Think broadly across your business such as customer service.
- Are you measuring the ROI of your social media marketing? Understand it takes time to have a well-integrated social media marketing strategy where you can measure your investment and results accurately. Short-term, determine whether your social media marketing contributes to achieving your business goals.
Social media marketing is a growing part of every marketer’s plans and budget. Regardless of where you are on the social media marketing continuum, you must assess the effectiveness of what you’re currently doing and implement strategies to enhance your results.
Autumn is here, and with it, a plethora of webinars, seminars and conference. My dance card is filling up. Here are some recent and upcoming events:
“A Millennial Perspective on Diversity & Multiculturalism” – American Advertising Federation – November 9th, 2011 – various locations throughout the country
The State of Mobile Commerce - Are You Meeting Your Customers’ Mobile Experience Expecations? – webinar – November 2nd, 2011 – NYC
Featured speakers, Sucharita Mulpuru, Vice President, Principal Analyst from independent research firm Forrester Research, Inc., and Compuware APM CTO, Steve Tack discussing:
- The current state of mobile commerce and key mobile trends
- Why tablet owners are a key component of mobile success
- Common mistakes that prohibit companies from capitalizing on the mobile opportunity
- Best practices to deliver quality mobile web and application experiences to smartphone and tablet users
Advertising Week NYC – October 3-7th, 2011
Advertising Week Videos available HERE.
Future of Media Forum – October 5, 2011
MediaPost’s Future of Media Forum brings to life MEDIA magazine’s annual “Future of Media” issue by gathering together prominent executives and intellectuals from all facets of media to discuss, debate and opine about the Media Industry’s future. This intriguing roundtable discussion — moderated each year by a noted industry journalist — will take place October 5th during Advertising Week at New York University’s Kimmel Center, hosted by the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
By the American Marketing Association (AMA): “Voice of the Customer is not just about surveys anymore. Customers are interacting with your brand through multiple channels including the website, retail store, contact center and even social media. You have to understand all of these multichannel interactions collectively to develop a complete Voice of the Customer. Join us on this webcast and learn how you can easily gather and leverage data from all customer touch points to deliver a superior multichannel customer experience.
Learn how you can:
- Collect real-time customer insight across channels
- Discover and act upon emerging customer trends
- Deliver a more personal and targeted customer experience
- Increase customer loyalty and reduce churn”
The World Technology Summit and Awards, October 25-26th
“On October 25th and 26th, 2011, at the TIME Conference Center in New York City, many of the most innovative people and organizations in the science and technology world will come together for an historic gathering – the 2011 World Technology Summit & Awards (the tenth incarnation) – to celebrate each other’s accomplishments; to explore what is imminent, possible, and important in and around emerging technologies; and to create the kinds of serendipitous relationships that create the future.
The majority of Summit participants are either current WTN members (primarily winners/finalists from previous World Technology Awards cycles, as selected by their peers as those doing the innovative work of “the greatest likely long-term significance”) or 2011 World Technology Award nominees. A combination of keynote talks, panel discussions, and breakout sessions… and potentially-career-altering-networking opportunities over two days concluding with a gala black-tie Awards ceremony on the second night held at the United Nations.”
How IP Geolocation Can Turn Your Local Marketing On – webinar – September 28th, 2011
“It’s a proven fact that located messages perform better overall but there is a discrepancy when it comes to online ads. Currently, online CPSs are far below their offline counterparts (TV, radio, direct mail), and this correlates to the fact that half of all advertising is bought at the local level but there is no scalable way to reach consumers locally online. For brands, targeting consumers locally is an essential and effective part of marketing as 80% of consumers’ disposable income is spent on businesses within 10 miles of their homes.
Advertising networks and online properties are boosting efforts to engage in increasingly local campaigns as clients are requesting geographically targeted ads. IP intelligence provides the ability for super-niche targeting, allowing brands to create/provide the most relevant and engaging adds as it provides unique information about web browsers. This increases marketers’ ability to reach their customers by targeting both business type, and consumer location, IP intelligence provides geographic, demographic and business information so that brands can effectively reach customers online the way direct mail and billboard ads are used to work offline. Marketers will be able to zero in on trends, demographic information and cultural aspects to best target consumers.
Key learning points that audience members will take away from this webcast are: What is the need for geolocation targeting? What are the statistics of geolcation effectiveness on advertising? ROI? What are some marketing strategies that I can implement around IP intelligence?
Speakers: Miten Sampat, VP of Product Strategy, Quova. Steven Cook, CMO, Co-CEO, i.e., healthcare. Alli Libb, Moderator, AMA.”
OMMA Global – September 26-27th, 2011
@adscientist posed the following question to me about Advertising Week’s overflowing goody bag of panels and presentations: “Did you learn a lot last week or did you look at it as a lot of obvious statements? I was looking for more insight than i got.”
His comment made me stop to think whether I could identify 5-10 true ”a has” from the conference. Here they are:
1. The ruling on the purchase funnel is not final. Most agree publicly that the traditional funnel, e.g., awareness, consideration, intent, purchase, loyalty – or as I was taught in business school, AIDA: Awareness, Interest, Desire, Acquisition, needs to be updated. The patch to purchase is no longer a straight line. The funnel of choice seems to be the McKinsey oval, which you can view in my summary of the panel. (No mention of the Forrester “path to purchase” in the age of social engagement – see below). The key takeaways being that: (a) the process is iterative and circular (b) must include advocacy (b) many include “loyalty,” but that’s not new, that’s just “adoption.” However, when we got to the TV panels, the upward and lower funnel nomenclature was still front & center. A disconnect?
Figure I: Forrester Path to Purchase in the Age of Social Engagement
2. I was incredibly impressed with Comcast’s Xfinity vision of how its subscribers will be able to interact with their cable TV menus and the ways in which it will connect to the digital world in terms of (a) broadcasting “likes” (b) finding out what friends “like.” And, RADICAL, there will be KEYWORD SEARCH! (When I asked about search functionality at an Advanced Advertising panel in 2010, I received a combination of perplexed and blank stares…) – See Graphic to the right
It’s (a) about the balance of push and pull in terms of broadcasting info (b) the ratio of real people to brands. If kids leave the service when there are too many adults, what will adults do when there are too many brands?
4. Brands are content creators. This is not new – see Larry Kramer’s recent book C-Scape, Conquer the Forces Shaping Business Today and recall Coke’s Polar Bear campaign (ahead of its time, or pre cursing the future that is today?), but it was a major theme, which means that it is becoming more mainstream.
5. SEM and ad networks are getting more advanced. Google has new multi-media listings. aol, yahoo and microsoft are creating a three-way ad network. Programmed trading (wait, are we talking about finance), is growing.
All for now except:
If you don’t have an iPad, you’re so not cool. Get thee to an Apple Store pronto! (iPads, like Facebook profiles of a few years ago, have reached a point where it’s not that you’re cool if you have one but that you’re NOT cool if you don’t have one.)
Matt Scheckner of Advertising Week begins each panel with the following comment: people always ask what is the theme of Advertising Week this year. And his answer is that there is not a specific theme. They identify the themes people care about the most and then find the smartest people to discuss those areas of interest.
So… what are the recurring themes that have bubbled to the top? Below is my iterative stab at it. Please share your suggestions, edits, corrections and comments:
1. Social, Social, Social – at least as many social talks as mobile talks.
- Social is a double edged sword. You have less control over it than we delude ourselves into thinking. If your product is not good, social will hurt more than it will help.
2. Facebook, Facebook, Facebook
- The open graph, the timeline and the new ad formats (sponsored stories) that leverage the opinions of your facebook friends. (What, by the way, is Facebook doing to educate its actual mainstream users about these innovations.)
- Do consumers want to have relationships with their favorite brands on Facebook? Answer seems to be, sure. I think the key is the right balance between push and pull. I’m a bit concerned that brands might become to the Facebook community as adults are to kids. Once too many of them are on the platform, the people may leave… will we kill the golden goose? It’s a delicate balance.
3. Paid, Earned, Owned
- Separate from this conference, Chris Lubin of Attention USA, added a fourth adjective to this marketing triumvirate: shared. In a recent blog post, he wrote: ”As social media matures, and audiences grow within branded environments, shared media gains importance. The most efficient way to build audience in social media is to co-opt the audience of a partner or like-minded brand—share. So, smart brands are using social channels to barter exposure, and cross-promote.”
4. Content Creation
- Brand as Content – Content as Brand: Marketers have (or must) become content creators
- People don’t hate advertising, they hate bad advertising.
- That’s an opportunity for agencies
- Deep dive into what Coke has and is doing – beginning with the revolutionary Polar Bear campaign (remember that!)
5. Metrics (and Data)
- Measure it. CMOs continue to be increasingly accountable for ROI, even display ads on in-store behavior
- The census. What is this data telling us, particularly about cultural diversity and influence. 50 million Hispanics. (Does this include “undocumented?” I imagine it does.)
- Continued debate and discussion around attribution.
- “A like, a friend, a follower.. a click” what is that worth to a brand?
- The “Data Management Platform,” aka DMP
6. The Funnel (aka Path to Purchase and Consumer Decision Journey)
- The traditional funnel is outdated. However, much of the terminology has survived and/or been incorporated to the new, bright shiny (Mustard colored) circular tubes. There is some consensus about the fact that the process is no longer linear but more of a circular conversation.
- However, the term “funnel” as well as “top” and “bottom” of funnel and stages such as awareness, consideration, acquisition were used frequently, particularly by CMOs. However… the funnel must include advocacy. (Social, social, social) And, the funnel is iterative and, well, free flow.
- Google, Google, Google.
- Retargeting. Performance display. Auctions.
8. Big, big, bigger
- Most speakers came from or service large advertisers. Not a lot of insight into how to get started with social, etc. if you’re small.
9. Digital Dollars
- Dollars are shifting into digital – because that’s where the audience is. But… the livingroom, big screen experience is not going away, particularly with smart/connected TVs
- We’re hearing numbers like 20%, 40%, majority of dollars being spent on non-traditional/digital media including mobile, etc. (See L’Oreal stats at end of post)
- Media and content providers finding that more of their content is being consumed wirelessly than wired (MLB)
- Yet… prices up 10% during TV upfront despite ratings declines
10. Bright Shiny Objects
- There needs to be a drinking game at these conferences where everyone drinks when they hear this phrase
- Oh, and also a drinking game about references to “Mad Men.”
11. Targeting (and Networks)
- Retargeting, cookie-ing, digital ad trading, real time bidding (RTB). (These terms and tools seem to have supplanted behavioral advertising; I don’t recall hearing that term mentioned at all)
- Serving ads that are relevant to the consumer
- Dynamic ad insertion – available online – that means the ads are dynamically inserted when the user requests the page so it’s really, really targeted
- The Yahoo!, aol, Microsoft “three-way” designed to give Google a run for its ad network money
- “Data is changing our marketing lives.” – MicroStrategy executive
12. Youth, Hispanics and Moms
- Youth: Do we know how to connect with this savvy group?
- Hispanics: 50 million, according to current census, and many are not assimilating because they don’t have to, e.g., language. Large families, heavy media users, especially mobile. Univision is a top 5 network. Can’t afford to ignore them.
- Moms: How to reach them? They are not all the same…
“After doubling U.S. digital spending in 2010, L’Oreal will spend as much on digital here this year as over the prior two years combined, Mr. Speichert said. That will bring digital to around 10% of L’Oreal’s overall advertising outlay in the U.S., he said. Although he declined to detail spending levels in dollar terms, Mr. Speichert said L’Oreal’s measured spending here was $1 billion last year, up about 25% from the prior year. L’Oreal is increasing its overall outlay rather than raiding other budgets to fund digital growth, he added.”
A few short years ago, I played tennis once a year, in Montauk, with my mother. That has changed. A quick count of the dots on back of my Central Park Tennis permit shows 24+ visits to the courts beginning in June when my physical therapist gave me permission to return to the clay following my trapeze injury in December…
In any case, the point is that I have become, one might say, obsessed with tennis. And, as such, I have become similarly preoccupied with the weather.com iPhone app (despite the fact that prior versions have been known to do all kinds of weird things to the phone, including crashing programs and the overall device). Often the first thing I do – before getting out of bed in the morning – is check the weather: current, hour by hour, day by day, and, as of this weekend, severe alerts and videos. And I have been known to repeat this process many times throughout the day
I have come to learn a number of things. First, as I should have recalled from my education in statistics, % likelihood of rain is a misleading statistic. 80% chance of rain – or even 100% chance of rain, as is predicted for Sunday – does not mean that it will rain all day. In fact, a 5-minute passing shower fulfills the prediction of rain but does little to impede my tennis other than causing me to regrip my racket more often, and to consider leaving my iPhone in my locker. (In fact, the photo to the right was taken first thing in the morning on a day that included hours of tennis that very afternoon.)
I’ve also learned – much against my nature – to be optimistic. 30% chance of rain, as my friend Gary pointed out, means 70% chance that it won’t rain.
So where does this leave me on the eve of Hurricane Irene’s visit to the Northeast corridor? Unfortunately or fortunately, I feel skeptical. 100% chance of rain on Sunday has, in fact, compelled me to cancel my plans to go to the US Open to watch the players practice, and has motivated me to select an indoor venue for my birthday dinner – despite my publicly stated summer birthday policy. However, 4-11% chance of a hurricane and 72% chance of tropical storm conditions has not “at this point in time” deterred me from going forward with said birthday plans, or inspired me to give up my prime parking spot to return my car to the garage.
I hear warnings and forecasts on New York One and from friends and family on Facebook – including one in Hong Kong, who implores me not to underestimate the storm. But I look at the maps and zones and am not convinced. Nor are my porter and doorman. So, I’ve decided to be a weather optimist – at least for the moment. This is not meant to be a recommendation for others in more precarious situations, and, well is subject to change, but I’m curious to see how this weekend unfolds… so much so that I’ll surely be closely connected to my weather.com app – at least until the cell towers get knocked out and I run out of power….
You have now entered Part III my ongoing journal of my life with foursquare – tracking the personal, sociological and historic milestones associated with the rapidly growing service/game/application. Check my archives for Chapters I and II.
Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
Foursquare is losing its allure as the time it takes to check in increases. If I can’t check in before the subway train arrives, then spending my time on the platform waiting for foursquare to load is not a good use of my time. I understand that check-ins have gone from one per second to 100 per second, so I’ll be patient and wait for the foursquare team to catch up, but the situation definitely reduces the fun factor and the usability quotient.
One of these days, I’ll start a new entry about the commercial applications of foursquare and location tagging. In the meantime, here is an interesting example from May 3rd of what Pepsi is doing. Recall from a prior posting that the beverage manufacturer’s Bonin Bough said on a SMAC panel that if a startup like foursquare has an attractive concept, Pepsi will not dismiss the venture as too small but rather might find a way to bring it to scale. In this case, it looks like Pepsi has gone rogue:
By Brian Quinton
Beverage maker Pepsi has announced that it will roll out two location-based mobile campaigns to offer discounts and loyalty points to consumers who use them to patronize nearby restaurant partners.
In the first, slated to launch in mid-May, the beverage maker will roll out Pepsi Loot, an iPhone app that will use the geo-location abilities of users’ mobile phones to identify and direct them to nearby restaurants that serve Pepsi beverages, both chains such as Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, IHOP, Popeye’s, Dairy Queen and Arby’s and also participating independents with Pepsi on the menu.
Users who find these locations, or “Pop spots”, with the app and go there will then be encouraged by both mobile alerts and in-store signs to “check in”. Users that check in at three pop spots will earn “Loot” loyalty points that can then be redeemed for music downloads from Universal Music Group, behind-the-scenes video content for mobile phones from Loot featured artists like Jamie Cullum and Katherine McPhee, or discount and free-food offers from Pop Spot member restaurants.
Thursday, June 3rd
56 people were checked into Bryant Park yesterday afternoon. That’s crazy! I wonder how many people are at this one square block park at any one time. A sign of warm, sunny, weather and a reflection of how fast Foursquare is spreading on this little island called Manhattan.
Tuesday, June 8th
Starcom MediaVest starting to show up on a regular basis as top trending venue during the day. 15 people today at 11am.
I have been wondering whether the Cirque du Soleil that is currently resident at the Beacon is something I would want to see. Yesterday, when I checked into a parking meter near my home, I got a pop up from Anna O. recommending it – though she did comment on the clowns, and I am more interested in the performance/acrobatics/skill elements of CdS. I will text for more info. That also reminded me that I should check the “Tips” from the Beacon for more info. The only potential downside is that people tend not to leave negative tips, so it will be a bit biased.
Slowness of checking-in continues to be a downer. I guess it’s understandable given that foursquare is nearing 1.6 million users
See interview with founder Dennis Crowley from the Mashable social media Summit
Monday, June 14th
DVR’d Dennis Crowley’s interview with Maria Bartiromo. Need to watch and/or record it before Time Warner Cable comes by to fix my cable service.
72 people were checked into the Twitter Conference (TWTRCON NY10) this morning. 50 people were checked in at the Tony’s last night. Sometimes 4SQ alerts me to a place for me to go, or motivates me to get somewhere – such as the Internet Week Expo – but sometimes it’s too late to make plans for it, or I just don’t have the access, which sometimes makes me sad – I admit. Green eyed FourSquenvy.
I realized that it’s probably not a good idea to check in somewhere that it’s illegal to be such as Central Park at 1am. In theory, the Park police could monitor it. I know that they leave tips about venues within the Park.
I sincerely believe that foursquare could be the next facebook. According to what I’ve seen thus far of Dennis’ interview, they do not yet have a working biz model, but are building up the audience, participation and data to have a truly powerful monetization machine (in my own words).
Tuesday, June 15th
It must be summer in Central Park because I’ve seen Delacorte Theater (Shakespeare in the Park) and Summer Stage trending over the last week.
Wednesday, June 16th
Today is the day that someone other than myself checked into my apartment! It was the second place she had ever checked-in, the first being the cafe where we had tea. This hereby justifies – in my mind – my creating a venue for my apartment building.
Thursday, June 17th
This evening a friend emailed about a party at Bar 420. Aha. That must be the bar I saw trending – for an instant – back in March!
I would like to have a party that’s big enough to trend. At this point, I could accomplish it with 5-10 people, but by the time my birthday comes around, and my smartphone-phobic friends sign-on, well…
Wednesday, June 23rd
It seems there was an earthquake in Canada-Michigan this afternoon that was felt as far as New York. Surfing around Twitter, I was able to ascertain the time of the quake. 1:41pm. Where was I then? Well, my foursquare history answered the question for me! I was coming out of the subway on West 72nd Street. That explains why I didn’t feel it. The NY subway always feels like an earthquake.
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