There’s a lot of great relationships to be made via social media. I’ve met people from all over the world who I can talk to at any time and have great conversations with. It’s always possible that I could potentially do work with some of them, and I’ve hired people from other countries here and there to handle some of the small things with either a website or blog that I wasn’t in the mood to do or didn’t have the time for.
As with anything in this world, there’s a whole lot of mean people also. Sometimes, the mean people are actually pretty nice most of the time, and then suddenly out of nowhere they look like they’ve just lost their minds for one reason or another. Continue reading There’s A Lot Of “Mean” On Social Media→
Twitter is my favorite social media platform after blogging. Believe it or not, I actually try to talk to every one of the 4,500 plus people following me every once in a while, though not as many talk back. I’m also back under 1,000, which I reached for the first time in 2014, and back around 860; that’s what happens when society changes and you learn more about some of the people you’re following and decide it’s time to remove them from your online life. With just over 187,000 tweets over the course of almost 14 years, I like to think I know a thing or two about Twitter.
There are a lot of people who don’t quite get the nuances of Twitter. Many of them are following way more people than I am, and have a lot more people following them. But is they effective? Are they enjoying Twitter as much as I do? Are they communicating or just putting out a lot of noise? Is there a balance between promoting their content, sharing other people’s content, and actually talking to people from time to time? Some are, some aren’t, and some are just irritating… you know it’s true. Continue reading Twitter; The Mistakes People Make→
Last May I wrote an article about my signing up on a website called Buy Me A Coffee. I mentioned that it was a way for creators to earn some money by allowing people who consume their content to give them a payment if they liked what they’d consumed. I got a little bit of money from a couple of videos and one from an article I wrote. I changed from coffee to pizza because I don’t drink coffee, but it turned out I couldn’t get the plugin to work showing pizza, which is why that funny looking ball is around the bottom right of all my articles.
That’s about the size of it
I’m not gonna lie; I thought this would be a panacea for getting paid for some of my work. I had a similar thing I ran for years on this blog that was attached to PayPal. I can’t remember when I removed it or why I removed it, but for all the years I had it on this blog I only got one $5 payment; thanks to whoever that was. 🙂 Continue reading The Buy Me A Coffee/Pizza Problem→
If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.”
Back in August I decided to try a little experiment; y’all know how I like to try experiments from time to time. Going into this one, I was betting I knew how it would turn out, but still had some hopes that maybe I was wrong. In the end, there were some interesting lessons to learn.
What I did was fairly simple. I decided that for the week I wasn’t going to initiate any conversations or share any information on either Facebook or Twitter, other than my normal marketing endeavors on Twitter whenever I create new content. The only caveat I had was that if someone wrote me first I would reply. But if nobody tried to contact me, I wasn’t going to post any other links, or do a retweet, or reach out to comment on something anyone said, including just saying hello. In essence, I wanted to see if anyone would miss me. Continue reading How Important Are You On Social Media?→
As someone who blocks as much stuff as possible without my authority, it seems like asking about our right to privacy online is the strangest question. We all say we want to be able to disseminate whatever we want to on sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, yet still retain a bit of anonymity here and there. I actually understand some of that, as Mitch isn’t my birth name, and I tell almost no one what my middle name is. If one decided to really dig deep on the internet, I’m sure they’d find both answers.
He’s not getting any privacy
When I first got on the internet back in December 1995, I didn’t understand what most of it meant. The first service I signed up for was AOL. Like many people, I got that disk in the mail, loaded it onto my computer, and the rest was history. So was my privacy, because pretty quickly I started getting all sorts of email from companies that contracted with AOL for my email address. And things took off from there. Continue reading Do We Deserve Privacy Online?→