Posts Tagged ‘Social media’

Together,We Are Creating the Future of Our Twitter.

May 1, 2010

By Peter Tran (FairfaxTailor)

Checking out @curationstation’s twitter stream, I happened to click thru a tweeted link to @scottgould’s blog post on curation The End Of The Age Of Content as a participatory, collaborative process.

Gould’s big idea is that we must make Social Media social because,
frankly, it just isn’t social.

Gould’s criticism is that Social Media is dumbing us all down.
10 Ways to Market on Twitter, 20 Rules for Twitter Etiquette,
5 Things to do to get more blog readers, etc. – it’s what Gould calls depthless, dumb content. What we need more of – Gould suggests – is:

1. Conversation (talking with people – not at them)
2. Co-thinking
3. Analytical feedback
4. Collaborative curation, and
5. Originality

#thegentlemensmovement, for example, is how men are expressing
themselves on how they can make change… from the inside out.
@TheStyleGent started it, but there’s several contributors that have joined his bold voice. Myself included. It’s the ideal example for what @scottgould is saying we need more of.

Gould’s post got me thinking about the people on Twitter that I
follow. Some are friendly, kind and personable. Some are “botsu”.
Beyond their communication style or lack thereof, Gould’s question
comes to mind.

Are they contributors to our culture or are they
(as@hannibal666says it) polluting the fish tank?

@Faryna,for example, doesn’t tweet or retweet a lot.
But Stan Faryna does give us tremendous, deep insights ranging from God to online strategy. Perhaps, he doesn’t retweet often because he can think for himself. Don’t take my word for it, check out his blog: Stan Faryna Blog

Following Faryna’s Twitter Stream is a real privilege and that kind of privilege to connect with thought leaders like @Faryna makes Twitter untouchable by Facebook. I’m never going to ask him how’s his day going. And I don’t expect him to do #FF lists.

@hannibal666 is a disruptive voice that challenges the depth and charm of our muddy puddles with parody.
He has a frighteningly wicked observation of the ironic!
But #h666 couches his irony between silly,harmless quips.
Perhaps, he does this to disarm us.

@hannibal666 has the funniest blog ever about the people on Twitter.
His genius really shines thru when you take his feed out of real time and think about what he’s really saying: hannibal666 blog

But the most followed streams on Twitter
(celebrity streams included)
tend not to give us something to think about.
Something that helps us understand life.
Or the world that we live in.

Why is that? Is there something wrong with us?
Why does our common behavior as a group represent us as idiots and fools? The fact is that @scottgould can’t save us from ourselves.

Not if we can’t save us from ourselves!

Our future is the future of our making.

Peter Tran
Please follow me and my mom on Twitter: @FairfaxTailor

A Mom and Son Enterprise
We alter, repair and custom make clothes for people of discerning
taste and style.


Bonnie’s Social Media Science Project: In Search of Guidelines (Part One)

April 12, 2010

What is Social Media?

Social Media is about influence in terms of our capacity to share our thoughts and feelings.

Social Media is about reaching out and touching the minds and hearts of others.

Social Media is about bringing ourselves to the world and interacting with others in positive, changing and encouraging ways.

So I’ve been thinking a lot about guidelines for our team. Guidelines that help us live our understanding of Social Media. We need to experiment and do things that build our competence in social media.

The big picture is not perfectly clear to me, but I’ve come up with three guidelines we can start with. Are you ready to get started? I hope so!


The team retweets every team member and team mentor at least twice per day. If they don’t like the tweets of other members, we should discuss this and figure out some guidelines for writing tweets that can be retweeted.

Social media is about influence and voices. It’s about sharing our thoughts and feelings with others. It’s about getting the message out there. Together, every team member tweeting each other will strengthen our voices and capacity to share out thoughts and feelings.

We retweet team mentors as a way to thank them for their time and effort to help us learn, understand, and become excellent.


Each team member will introduce themselves to at least two strangers per day. It can be anyone that is not following them. It’s best to find someone who has tweeted something interesting to the team member. This way they can simply tweet the stranger with a simple Thank You or a compliment about the interesting tweet.

Social media is about engagement and sharing with people that are out there. It’s about being open and friendly. It’s about reaching out and touching the minds and hearts of others.

Encounters should be followed up with a greeting from time to time. If the opportunity for a conversation presents itself, jump on it. Just be your friendly and considerate!


Each team member will search for lessons, insights, and knowledge about Social Media, Online Marketing, Web Trends, The Future of the internet, etc. and share this with each other. Every week, each of us will bring one researched item to the team that we find interesting, useful, and valuable to our endeavor to become social media experts.

For example@Faryna’s tweet was interesting to me.

Do you see the Purple Cow? @arrington bemoans Seesmic and @loic for a short-sighted business plan Developers In Denial: The Seesmic Case Study

What’s up with those Purple Cows!?

I’m going to ask @Faryna’s what he meant by a purple cow. I’m also going to learn about @arrington, @loic and Seesmic to find out what @Faryna is talking about. I’ll be checking out the tweets made by @arrington and @loic. I’ll google Seesmic.

It turns out that @loic is CEO of Seesmic. Seesmic is a start-up that makes things for Twitter. And Michael Arrington is an investor in Seesmic. But he’s also the CEO of TechCruch, an important online source of news and information about technology and start ups.

@Faryna’s tweet, it turns out, is about how @arrington’s article about Seesmic is a clever PR device: a Purple Cow. @arrington talks about Purple Cows in his speech to entrepreneurs and he describes them as a PR device to get attention in the media. So what @Faryna is telling us is that he believes @arrington is helping Seesmic get attention in a positive way even though @arrington’s article is down on Seesmic.

You can contact me on Twitter Bonnie

My Team Members

March 23, 2010

I’m building a social media agency and a team
of 19 people to work with me. So our team will be 20.

We will be the best team around because we
are go getter and we are passionate about what
we are doing.

I’m still looking for 14 more people who will bring honesty, loyalty, patience, enthusiasm, helpfulness and determination. It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. The past is the past. Together, we will move forward, learn, understand and help each other to get there.

To find out more about the Business you can go

My Business Journey

I’m very excited about my team members.
We come from different back grounds.

They are all from Twitter. You can find out more about my team below.

Click on names to go to there Twitter pages.

Bonnie Squires
# Location Kansas
I’m a wife, a mom, and an entrepreneur. I’m building a social media
agency. If you’d like to join me in building a good team and exciting
future, let me know.

About Bonnie
When I’m not on the computer.
I love spending time with my family.
I like doing crafts,reading,baking.

# Location Santa’s Workshop
How may I help you? My services: retweet, compliment, engage or pun-ish. For more info, DM or Tweet #FeedMe @hannibal666

About Tim
Exploited Eastern European field worker, short order cook, Starbucks antagonist, and Twitter chagrin, @hannibal666 tells it just like it is.

Follow @hannibal666 on Twitter to enlightenment. Relish the humiliations. He’s just another unwashed, ordinary, big man with very big hands.

hannibal666 tumblr blog

# Location Fairfax, Virginia
Bio Washingtonians – Connect with Killer Hair here. Get your killer look on! A killer do looks great on you! 703-472-2364

About Remy
Remy (aka @getkiller) cuts, colors and styles hair for important, intelligent and beautiful people in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

Outside the salon, Remy tweets, enjoys life with his beautiful wife, tears it up on his Ducati motorcycle and chills out with Netflix.

Follow @getkiller (Remy) on Twitter for the down low on style, what’s cool, DC and Northern Virginia life, and self-conscious aplomb.

Peter Tran
# Location Fairfax, Virginia
Bio Khanh Tran is a master tailor with 15+ years experience making custom tailored garments and alterations for well attired ladies and gentlemen in Northern VA.

About Peter

# Location Ontario, Canada
Bio Hello. I am an affiliate marketer with opportunities on how you can make money on the net

About Fred I am of German decent however I was born and live in Canada. I like positive people and I dislike dishonest people. I have been an affiliate marketer for approximately 4 years and the links in most of my posts are free programs.

Fred’s Blog

# Location UK
Bio Success is my only desire!

Entrepreneur, Information Technology Development, Business Development


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