Just FDIY. Tinder profile consultancy business. Took 3 hours to get up and running and instantly made money. Reminds me of this and this. Tinder is huge, it’s mass market but also new. The first to move in this mass market space has a serious advantage. It won’t last but having tools or services available that people need and to start offering them before Tinder builds these tools themselves or a company with a bigger marketing budget offers them, means you can make money.
Handy tool for people wanting to book your time for mentoring or meeting up for a coffee.
“Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.” Such a great line and one that probably cost their competitors billions over time. It was quoted in the new series Halt and Catch Fire. A show about the early PC industry clone wars. It’s much much better than the awful Silicon Valley show about brogrammers, a show loved by brogrammers who don’t self-identify at all.
Halt and Catch fire
The Old Mill Pond.
Posted in Fluffy, irishblogs | Comments Off on Fluffy Links – Monday June 23rd 2014
The media covered this Employment Tribunal story as one where someone that was on Facebook all day at work couldn’t be fired. Her appeal was upheld because she didn’t have a contract at all, let alone one that told her how to behave at work and there was no social media policy and she wasn’t supplied with company disciplinary procedures. Make your staff sign fair contracts and have policies in place and follow them. Not that difficult. Shocking that a company with 35 employees was doing this.
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FDIY. Fucking Do It Yourselves. Journalism grads set up their own paper instead of waiting for a job to come to them. You graduated a year ago and have been looking for a job since? What personal projects have you done over that time? None? Have you volunteered somewhere? No? Wow, I so want to hire you because oh how motivated you are. Set up your own data analytics company, set up your own sales techniques company, volunteer, set up your own service that helps people make up excuses. Fucking DIY. Also see: And?
Fuck Coderdojo and their Billie Barrie school of coding where parents want their pension to appear via pressings on a keyboard. Linus Torvalds says steady on. Seriously, you do realise you are pushing for the net decade’s call centre jobs with this attitude, right?
The Social Media Awards happened on Thursday. They were the biggest and best yet with 600+ people packing into the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Rick has some photos. Rick and I are still in shock 3 days later at how amazing it was. Thanks in no small part to Bord Gais Energy getting us a killer venue and putting on a killer “sock walk”.
Easy when you think about it, a lot of thought went into making this easy though. 50 Ways to Get a Job. From all the various stages in a job you might be at.
RYOT delivers hard hitting news by hijacking another news story. Take the Kardashian/West wedding, infuse it with other world issues. It comes across as rather shitty to be honest. Let them have their vulgar wedding. Sneer. Here’s a proper? story from them.
Nice way of visually measuring jeans on a website. We really need to move away from the flat way we design retailer websites.
Product Hunt is like a league table of new startup ideas. All of these are real! But such bullshit bingo with their pitches.
Dark Patterns. Creepy, sneaky, shady ways websites get you to share too much of your data.
This piece on subscription TV not actually performing well has a nugget that to me is far more interesting. YouTube buys Twitch, a site where you can watch video game plays. For a billion dollars. A whole sub culture that a lot of industry types seem to have missed.
The youngins on Twitch would rather watch live videogame action. About 18 million U.S. viewers watched the final game of the 2013 World Series. But Twitch drew 32 million for the “League of Legends” world championship last fall, according to SuperData Research. Boom!
Had a post in draft about the UTV annual report but last night the Sunday Times tweeted they had a story about the same in their Sunday edition. So I put the post live there and then. I was holding it for the Monday when it would reach more people but maybe I need to cop on given I keep talking about ignoring news cycles and the like and to get things out correctly and first yet here I was holding on to it.
And on that. An NPR journalist tweeted out some great information about the firing of New York Times editor Jill Abramson. First out the traps, great. Just tweets, no link to a holding page or page at all. So Vox “storified” the tweets instead of NPR and in a way got the traffic/views for it. NPR wrote a post about things they learned from this. Read it.
An internal report on the future of the New York Times and that was critical of their digital work also leaked out this week. At first a crappy scanned in version appeared, then a full proper digital version. This post highlights 30 points that everyone that works in digital and cares about the future of all types of media should read. To be honest for those already working in digital, this is already obvious. So lots of new unseen ideas for Irish media!
The home page is dead. Well actually, the home page compared to all traffic to your site is dead but it’s no without a heartbeat.
Meanwhile, Eoin Purcell isn’t hugely positive about the physical book market in Ireland.
The future from those that are building and investing in areas that will define it. Education really needs to be disrupted. Just in tim training and just in time certification please for business skills, old skool university education to ground us for life. All these college courses dictated by bureaucratic industries doesn’t help at all. Now we have a generation of those that can program in Java and have no idea how a programming language can actually work.
“Many of the ecological principles found in adaptive cycles could also be applied to competitive market environments.” How markets really do follow the same path as natural ecosystems. The Slidedeck really is awful looking but the content is excellent so persevere.
Posted in Fluffy, irishblogs | Comments Off on Fluffy Links – Monday May 12th 2014
Really nice sentiment. Stop making more productivity tools and focus more on developing methods and systems for productivity. Then maybe write a blog post, a manual, a book?
a hammer, a lever, a text editor—assume little and ask less. The tool doesn’t force the hand. But digital tools for information work are spookier. The tools can force the mind, since they have an ideological perspective baked into them. To best use the tool, you must think like the people who made it. This situation, at its best, is called learning. But more often than not, with my tools, it feels like the tail wagging the dog.
Saying “I don’t” is much more empowering than saying “I can’t”. I don’t eat chocolate, I can’t have chocolate. One implies decisiveness, the other implies weakness. I don’t check work email after 9pm, I can’t check work email after 9pm. For me, my voicemail says “I don’t check my voicemail”.
The Oreo dunk in the dark tweet? Yeah it’s been done. Flash mobs, yeah they’ve been done, “CompanyX Staff is Happy”, oh do fuck off. I like the sentiment of this post. Plan to be reactive to an undefined moment. If you plan for a known moment, everyone else will be doing that too. Being original is quite an original thing to be, in any form of marketing. Move on from a win, let the other weaker crowds copy that idea then and enwrap themselves in mediocrity.
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Got a .training domain. DigitalMarketing.training – Let’s see how the single page site it’s on does in Google searches in the next while.