Saturday, March 8, 2014
Social media has changed the way that many of us learn, purchase, interact and explore the world around us. And, things are just getting started. Social, Social is a place to discuss social media with people from all walks of life. No experts allowed.
Rob works as a digital marketing & public relations consultant to agencies, brands, and individuals. He has 20 years of marketing experience. He also currently serves in a volunteer capacity as director of pr/communications for TEDxDirigo. From 2005-2011, Rob served as director of social media & agency communications at The VIA Agency (Portland). Prior to VIA, Rob worked with several PR & advertising agencies in London & Boston. He is a graduate of The University of Vermont (UVM) and a Maine transplant (2002).
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His real-life interests include art, travel, writing, design, psychology, the beach, & exercise (grudgingly at times).
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We're now well into what we can safely call "the deep freeze", aka January 2014. If you're anything like me, you're already having trouble sticking to your New Year's resolution(s). In fact, all of this hypothermia-escaping hibernation has lead to extra pounds and lots of general laziness. Sad but true. Clearly I need some help. So, it was in this spirit that I took a hard look at many of 2014's best apps to help you to stick to your guns.
Following are some of the best I could find. Covering everything from searching for a new job (I have the worst boss — myself) to learning a new language to losing those extra holiday pounds. If you see something here you like, or if you think I've left out a great app, I'd love to get your feedback. You can leave it in the comments section here, or you can find me on Twitter at @bobbbyg.
Have you ever just had one of those days? One of those days where nothing seems to go your way? We all have them. I just survived, "one of those months." My month from hell began in late November and finally shifted right before Christmas. Anyway, I think that many of you can also probably relate to the feeling of having "one of those days (or months)" and then, at the same time, having to see many of your connections on social media seemingly having the time of their lives. It's not a great feeling. Except for the other people, of course.
Due to my profession, I spend much of my time friending, liking, tweeting, and following. In the scarce moments left, I try develop actual real-life friendships. Yet sadly, despite all my efforts, I probably have fewer friends than most of my friends. And, most of them are probably happier and have more money than me too. Sounds like a nightmare, right? Can anyone relate?
Do not fret. If it makes you feel any better, the same is true for almost all of us. Our friends are typically more popular, richer and happier than we are. Enter the "friendship paradox."
The friendship paradox is the empirical observation that your friends have more friends than you do. Now network scientists say your friends are probably wealthier and happier, too.
I interviewed 36 people here in 2013. It has been my favorite part about writing this blog. About half-way through last year, people started asking me when I was going to be interviewed. So, I thought I would kick-off 2014 with my own Social Social interview. And, who better to interview me than my great friend, and arch-enemy, Ian Grady. I hope you enjoy what he's put together here. It certainly made me laugh.
Here's to lots more interviews with interesting people from Maine and beyond in 2014!
Take it away Ian ...
It's 2014! Time for this year's first edition of Social Media in the News. We're off to a busy start. This week brought all sorts of news from the social media universe — primarily from the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Personally, I found all of that news very boring, so I didn't include any of it. If you care, it's easy to find. Use Google.
It was also a cold week with lots of chatter about #PolarVortex. Fortunately, with the assistance of my new light therapy box and a whopping dose of Vitamin D3, I was able to summon the energy to sift through the reams of social media news out there and bring you what I thought were some of the most informative and entertaining articles.
As always, I love getting feedback. If you have suggestions regarding topics, interview subjects or just what you've liked or disliked, please leave them here in the comments section or get me directly on Twitter at @bobbbyg.
Now I'll leave you with the real news from the real journalists ...
Is it too early in the day for this? Is it ever too early in the day to look at Beckham in the buff? Personally, he doesn't really do it for me, but I know he does it for lots of you, so here he is. Time to wake up!
Oh, and there's actually a story here. I swear.
Retired soccer star and cultural icon David Beckham's H&M Super Bowl campaign will be the first time in history that viewers can shop a commercial in real-time.
H&M will run a 30-second spot during the second quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII featuring products from David Beckham's Bodywear line, a fashion line he has designed in collaboration with H&M since 2012. In addition to the new looks, the ad will feature technology from e-commerce firm Delivery Agent that will allow viewers to see information about the clothes Beckham is (barely) wearing, and purchase these items directly through their TVs.