Banana Blog

We have heard it all along.  Be regular.  Be consistent.  Be steady.  Be constant.  Be reliable.  But do we ever put those words into action?  Are you regular?  Are you consistent?  Are you steady?  Are you constant?  Are you reliable?  And, no, I am not asking you if you are consistent in your day to day life.  I do not care if you are or not.  I am asking if you are consistent online.  In other words, are you a “regular blogger?”

If your answer was no, let me try to assist you in understanding why you should become one.

Here is a story:

Jane was a fabulous cook.  She loved to make dishes of all kinds for her grandchildren, and their favorite was banana pudding.  Her grandchildren usually visited on Sundays after church.  So, on Saturdays, Jane would travel to Wal-Mart to get the groceries she needed for Sunday.

The first Saturday of November was here, and Jane drove into town to Wal-Mart to get bananas.  Wal-Mart was out of bananas!  Jane had to drive over to Winn-Dixie to get bananas.

The second Saturday of November was here, and Jane drove into town to Wal-Mart to get bananas.  She knew that last week was just a one-time occurence.  Wal-Mart had a huge selection of bananas this time.  She picked just the right bunch, and headed home with her bananas.

The third Saturday of November was here, and Jane drove into town to Wal-Mart to get bananas.  They had the BEST selection last week.  But Wal-Mart was out of bananas AGAIN!!  How frustrating!  She had to drive over to Winn-Dixie to get bananas.  That day, Jane decided that Winn-Dixie ALWAYS had bananas.  Even though they didn’t have a huge selection, they always had at least a few bunches.  She decided to start going to Winn-Dixie for her bananas each week.

Does this sound familiar?  If someone keeps coming to your blog, they expect to see posts.  If you don’t post regularly, you are going to lose those readers.  This doesn’t mean you have to post a novel on your blog every day.  Just keep your blog recent and regular.  If you don’t do this on a consistent basis, Jane might have to go somewhere else for her bananas.

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Social Dugout

Well, it finally got here.  The last day of Chipper Jones’ amazing career was Friday, October 5, 2012.  They say “you will never know the day or the hour,” but fans knew it starting in the 8th inning of the game.  A horrible call served as a game-changer in the bottom of the 8th, and fans rebelled by throwing trash and beer cans all over Turner Field.  You can read more about the play here.  Braves fans of all walks of life threw their hands up in dens across the nation when an ump in the outfield decided to make a call in the infield.  And the decision to not overturn the call did not help the situation at hand.  The game was delayed for 18 minutes in order to clean the debris off the field, yet the umpires stood their ground on what will go down to be one of the worst calls – if not THE WORST call – in Major League Baseball history.

BRAVES VS. CARDINALS

But now that I have ranted just a moment about the call, I feel that I can bring up what I came here to talk about: a new smartphone app that was offered during the game.  It was called Social Dugout.  There were advertisements all over the place for the app before the game, so finally, about 4 minutes before the first pitch, I gave in.  The download bar moved slower than I was willing to wait because I was eager for the game to begin.  My dad was at the game in person, so I felt that if I could just join this “social dugout,” maybe it could simulate me being there….in some form or fashion, at least.  Well, it kind of did.

You can watch a video/advertisement about the app here.  I was able to communicate with Braves and Cardinals fans alike, and I could make predictions about plays throughout the game to earn rewards.  I couldn’t help but think about one of my earlier blogs.  Feel free to glance back at “Football is fun?…Zero fun sir.”

So my question for you today is this: Is Baseball still fun without being able to communicate with other fans about the game?  I would say, “DUH!  Yes, Clara….baseball is always fun.”  But think about it a little bit.  Is it MORE fun when you are able to interact with the game a little more than screaming at the TV in a den by yourself?  Give me your input.  What do you think of the new Social Dugout app?

To bore or not to bore…that is the question

Over the period of the past few weeks I decided that my dad’s company, Bass Agency Real Estate in Andalusia, Alabama, was in need of some online presence.  Bass Agency is a family run company, and it has been going strong since 1946.  But it is also managed the same way it has been managed since 1946.  This means social media has been out of the equation.

The company is primarily a real estate agency, but my dad also handles over 600 storage units located throughout Andalusia.  The uses for these storage units vary, but they are typically rented an average of about six months.  Bass Agency gets new listings every day and also handles the rental homes of many property owners.

With this information, I am trying to develop a Facebook page and a Twitter page with information that visitors would find interesting and applicable to them – even if they do not currently have a storage unit with Bass Agency or even if they are not in the market to buy or rent a home.  All too often real estate companies make the mistake of posting new listings, “NEW HOUSE FOR SALE!” or “NOW ONLY $74,500,” on a daily basis.  This frequent posting does not apply to every person who keeps up with the company, so people soon get burnt out about hearing the same things every day that do not apply to them.  So it is very important to avoid this common mistake when creating a page for a real estate company.  You cannot bore your customers.

The pages are up, but there is little information listed on them.  I thought of “real estate trivia” as an option, but soon realized no one was interested.  What is something that you would include on a real estate company’s social media page?  How far is too far?  To find out more information about Bass Agency, please click here.

 

Bass Agency Real Estate

 

I was doing WHAT?!

Don’t you just love it?  When you get a notification on your iPhone, “Mary posted three photos of you.”  You click it and “WHOA! I HAD NO IDEA SHE HAD ZOOMED IN THAT MUCH!” or “Do I really look like that when I laugh?!”

There are always going to be those pictures of yourself that you simply will never like.  Usually, all you have to do is click “untag.”  But what if it was there to stay?  What if it was viewable by people other than your friends?

Welcome to Google Street View.  I found these photos while doing a little research on social media privacy, and couldn’t help but post them on here.  These days, you have to worry about what pictures or videos might “go viral” (as mentioned in a previous post).  So, is Google Street View an invasion of privacy?  Many invasion of privacy questions have come up regarding embarrassing or revealing photos taken by Google on their quest for Street View.  Do you think that this is an invasion of privacy?  Read a little more here or see what Wikipedia has to say here.

So what would you think about finding a picture of yourself arguing with someone on your cell phone or sunbathing on your lawn?  Would you mind if it was out there for the entire world to view?  Do you have a reasonable expectation of privacy in your own car?  These are the kinds of questions that are being brought up regarding Google Street View.

A more detailed description of Google Street View can be found here.  Google said in a statement that “It takes privacy very seriously and acts quickly to remove objectionable imagery.”  But what if they thought it was a good photo of you??

Kick me while I'm down...

Kick me while I’m down…

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Which one do you like better?

Recently, Twitter and Facebook have both updated their sites.  There have been both positive and negative comments regarding this change.  But what has worried me the most is that they are becoming more and more alike.  Will they one day merge?  Will Conan’s joke become real life?

Facebook’s new design allowed for easier mobile usage, and I have been very happy with the new change.  We are all so accustomed to Facebook updating on an almost daily basis that it was not an adjustment.  That is about all I have to say for Facebook.

Twitter was a different story.  I, for one, think that the new Twitter design very strongly resembles that of Facebook, and I am nervous about the new changes.  Twitter added a new photo option that is almost the exact same as Facebook’s “cover photo.”  And now, it is much easier to view a Twitter user’s photos because a “timeline” of photos has been added as well.

I use Facebook, and I use Twitter.  And I tend to lean more towards using Twitter over Facebook because there is not nearly as much drama on Twitter as there is on Facebook.  This means that people don’t typically have conversations back and forth on Twitter, and if they do, the conversations are short and to the point because of the character limit on Tweets.  And if someone wants to do some productive stalking of photos, they usually get on Facebook to do that.  Or at least they USED to get on Facebook.  Now, Twitter has made that an easier option.

Are you happy or upset about the new Twitter design?  Do you think that Twitter should stay like it has been in the past or try to be more like Facebook….more of a “profile-friendly” social media platform?  Which social media platform do you enjoy the most between Facebook and Twitter?  And why is this so?

Back when viral meant viral…

It’s a term that we hear often these days.  Something has “gone viral.”  Back when our parents were our age, if something “went viral” that meant that there was a big sickness going around.  It reminds me of Tim McGraw’s “Back When.”

Well, a video went viral this week.  It is an amazing video from all aspects, and you should definitely take a look at it when you get a chance.  A young girl who appears to be Southeast Asian decides to karaoke a Whitney Houston song at what appears to be a supermarket of some sort.  Someone at the supermarket videoed it and posted it online, and now everyone is trying to figure out who in the world she is.

You can read more about the girl and the incident by clicking here.  But this video made me start thinking about how connected our world has become.  It is speculated that the video was shot in the Phillipines or in Singapore.  No one knows for sure, but everyone knows that she has the voice of an angel, and people are talking about her all over the world.  There are even rumors that Ellen DeGeneres is trying to get the girl to come to the United States to perform on her show.  One simple video that “went viral” caused all of this to happen.

A recent survey of 40 executives at top U.S. creative ad agencies and media buying firms was just released by Feed Company.  It asked those executives, “How many views make a viral video a success?”  Here are the results:

Survey Results

So here are my questions for you…how many views do you think make a viral video a success?  And how much does it take to make a video go viral?  In other words, do you think it is the luck of the draw and that some stupid videos make it viral while important ones are left out?  Or do you think that true talent and true creativity can always make it viral?

Something old, something new…

We’ve all seen how social media has changed through the years.  With all of the recent updates for Twitter, Facebook, and iPhones, it is hard to even keep up with the ever-changing environment of social media.  So, in response to that, some have decided to combine both the old and the new.

Right now, you’re probably thinking, “What in the world does that mean?”  What I mean is that websites are popping up all over the place with ways to take social media into print.  And with this, you get websites like Shutterfly, who offers to take your social media pictures and combine them into a print format that can sit on your coffee table when you have guests over for dinner.  Their website says things like, “Turn your Facebook pictures into a real photo book.”  And yet another website, Blurb, offers the same thing and says, “From Facebook to photo book.

Another newly emerging development is from a website called Printsgram.  Their websites says that “you can create posters, stickers, and photo cubes of your design.”

In addition to these printed books being offered out there, Treat.com came up with an even fancier way of “staying connected” through a combination of social media and print.  Here, you can create greeting cards online, pulling in pictures from multiple social media platforms such as Facebook and Shutterfly, and send them out to friends on a specified date.  Personalized cards have never been so easy.

So, what are your thoughts about this?  Are these companies simply trying to keep some of the old intact?  Or are they just trying to be creative?  Or are they trying to be inclusive with all age groups…even the elderly?  As more sites emerge that link social media and print together, I think there is a possibility that print might become more popular than it has been in the past couple of years.  Do you think this is a bizarre statement?  Let me know your thoughts…