Archive for August, 2013

Businessy Links

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Lots to take away from this piece about teens and social media.

  • While waiting to turn 13 to join Facebook, Instagram and Twitter came along.
  • Parents are on Facebook now, putting off teenagers.
  • Facebook is too complex.
  • Teens want to see trends and jump on them.
  • Too many in-feed marketing messages.

Some great lessons learned and shared by Niamh on her Kickstarter drive for her Bacon cookbook.

James Altucher. Some handy one-liners on running a startup. Sell it for cash is repeated a lot.

Got a new website where you want interactions and user generated content? Seed it yourself to start with. Fake it til you don’t need fakes.

This piece on Marissa Mayer is a love-bomb with criticism lobbed in at the end for “balance”. I did like this bit on why she took a job from Google:

“The turning point for me,” she says, “was realizing that I would learn more at Google, trying to build a company, regardless of whether we failed or succeeded, than I would at any of the other companies I had offers from.”

Facebook really seem on the way to dominate in mobile ads.

Fluffy Links – Thursday August 22nd 2013

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Simple english to explain something complex. Like the Saturn V rocket. This can be applied to so many things these days.

West Wing fans. Have a geekgasm at these Twitter interactions.

Want to sponsor the 2013 Web Awards? Better get in early.

Culture Night Cork 2013 details.

Yeah, you can now smell like Play doh. Sure.

So EdgeRank is a thing from Facebook that calculates who sees your updates and for how long for. They’re tweaking what happens now and you ought to read what the consequences will be. This almost *ducks* seems like SEO for Facebook posts. More.

More innovation from newspapers please.

A big boy did it. T-shirt.

Maybe a lesson for those that want celebs to Tweet about them? What happens when Jamie Heaslip tweets about you.

Scraping for journalists. Nice nice.


Fluffy Links – Monday 19th August 2013

Monday, August 19th, 2013

An 80 recipe Bacon cookbook. Bacon popcorn! Sign me up.

I’m doing an Online PR workshop in Limerick (August 29th) and in Dublin (September 2nd. Few places left.

The massive variations in pricing of A4 paper in Ireland. It’s genuinely interesting and some differences!

Laura Gaynor’s exam/results diary.

All the words from A Christmas Carol. On a t-shirt.

How to promote your app. Some great pointers here.

Mindfulness at work. Some handy tips.

You can compete with Walmart and can treat your staff right too. Howdy Ryanair!

The future is already here. Take a pic of your keys, get replacements 3D printed.

A song from the 50s, covered by Bjork on her Debut album, this is it even better in Unplugged format:


Saturday, August 17th, 2013

A summary of Zuckerberg at Startup School 2012.

I really like this quote from 17.34 in the video:

I never really understood the psychology of deciding you want to start a company before you understand what you want to do

Too many want to be in a startup and work on some half-arsed and not-remotely-considered idea instead of letting it distill in their heads, figure out how they are going to make it and then build something around this structure. Some great insights from Zuckerberg and it really seemed they had insane focus even from day one.

Fluffy Links – Tuesday August 6th 2013

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Really good post from Treasa on women in tech in Ireland.

Twitter CEO’s language to describe Twitter and elements of Twitter: “Multiplier”, “Conversation is the canvas”, “Live reach”, “Realtime media viewing”, “complimentary” and “social soundtrack”.

This is interesting. Sharknado had the best ratings ever when it was aired again, again. The third viewing had the best ratings. 1.4M when shown first, then 1.9M when on repeat then 2.1M. Hype and chatter and people going along with how insane and silly it is? Rocky Horror for this generation?

“You couldn’t trust any of these three guys to go down to the corner grocery for a pack of cigarettes”. Bruce Sterling on Assange, Stallman, Manning and Snowden and how utterly the world is changed because of what they’ve done.

Really handy graphics production tech that you can use in your newsroom.

Beer intake in the States is going down. Wine and spirits are on the rise.

How to write a screenplay script.

Data behind good Twitter and Facebook posts. What works…

A shirt from some of the same material as spacesuits. Geeky but how useful?

o2 UK will allow you to get some account details if you Tweet them with certain hashtags. Wonder what the data protection issues are around that?

David Ogilvy cheat-sheet.

Fluffy Links – Thursday August 1st 2013

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Zoo owner says Zoos need to go.

If Ireland built a Jaeger (For Pacific Rim fans)

Video editing and other video skills for Smartphone users. Nice idea especially as these devices get better.

I find this intriguing. Gawker will allow you to sub-edit their articles so you can change the headline and some context of a piece and then share it with your friends. Great for buy in to a piece. And so more traffic.

Google, now that they’re an ISP are not fully for net neutrality. As they get older they get far more conservative.

Tramp Press is born and are looking for submissions.

A tumblr of women replying to Sheryl Sandberg’s “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” question.

BBC finally seeing more mobile than desktop usage on their sites.

Wallace and Gromit come to the National Concert Hall in October.

Great great video from Thinkhouse on tattoo culture in Dublin. Nice to see agencies produce their own media. Warning, may make you want to get a another tattoo.