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I was a finalist for the 2013 Shorty Award for ‘Best Pinterest User.’ In the end, no winner was selected this year, but thank you to everyone who supported me with a nomination. I promise to try and take my Pinterest account to new levels in 2013. This is only the beginning. Stay tuned.
Pinterest Is Better Than Facebook
Facebook reached fame, scale and profitability before Pinterest. And that is a worthy accomplishment in the digital realm. Facebook is run by razor sharp individuals across a variety of fields. They are doing very well for themselves. However, Pinterest offers a superior user experience. Pinterest gives you a blank canvas that you can shape and mold to your personality. Facebook gives you a very...
We're Using The Internet Wrong
Not all of the time. But most of the time. The Internet can be our time machine. It can help propel us in the direction we want to go next. It can amplify our intentions. It can connect us with who we need to know next. Or we can tread water. We can simply say what we are doing right now. We can over-connect and over-share. We can make the internet about cats and lunches and all of the other...
Here's Exactly What It Looks Like When Something... →
courtenaybird: The access Union Metrics has to the Tumblr data firehouse allows it to chart just how that post spread through the Tumblr ecosystem, identifying the users who played the biggest role in amplifying its reach. This is what that looks like, visualized: It’s worth noting that this level of detail is only available on Tumblr, not Twitter, whose data doesn’t allow for tracing back...
Wearable Technology: Where Sci-Fi Becomes Sci-Fact
I was dismissive when I first heard about ‘smart glasses.’ It sounded like innovation for innovations sake. I wanted to know the reason why wearing a computer on my face would trump my current flow that involves carrying a supercomputer in my pocket. The simple thought that converted me was this scenario: Imagine having a real-time, fluid conversation with someone who spoke a language...
How to Get More Followers on Pinterest
PIN VOLUME. Because I have earned over 1 million followers on Pinterest, I am often asked how to get more followers. The simplest thing I can recommend is to PIN MORE OFTEN. When people email me links to their Pinterest pages, I usually see that they have less than one hundred pins. If you think about that from a potential user perspective, it looks like they aren’t serious about Pinterest....
WIREDInsider: DUOLINGO COULD HAVE YOU SPEAKING A... →
wiredinsider: Image via Duolingo We’ve looked at several startups built to help us learn coding languages, but when it comes to learning human languages our options are pretty limited. Obviously, we’d like to see a Matrix-style system of learning as soon as possible, but until that’s…
On Pinterest: Taste Matters
Many people ask me how to get more followers on Pinterest. Many people send me links to their profiles and ask me to evaluate what they are doing. I see a lot of basic things that make their profiles seem like an empty home. No profile photo. No basic information. And just a dozen or so pins. I will never follow a profile that doesn’t look committed to pinning. When I decide to follow some...
A Manifesto for the Connected Age.
You used to have to gain access through some kind of gatekeeper if you wanted to get your message out. Now, in the connected age, we all have a soapbox that follows us around all day and all night. It looks like a smartphone. At any moment, if my thought is compelling enough, I can reach thousands or millions of people within a matter of hours. Never in the history of man has this kind of...
TUMBLR = MTV + PUBLIC ACCESS
TUMBLR IS THE LOVE CHILD OF PUBLIC ACCESS, MTV AND AL GORE. ANYONE CAN GET A SHOW NOW. AND IT’S CREATING ALTERNATIVE CULTURE FASTER THAN THE INTERNET CAN KEEP UP WITH. FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE HAVE TRIED TO DRAW NEAT CIRCLES AROUND THE WEB. BUT TUMBLR IS OFF SCRIBBLING IN THE CORNER WITH CRAYONS AND SNIFFING GLUE. TUMBLR IS WHERE TODAY’S POP ARTISTS HANG OUT. NO ONE UNDERSTANDS THEM YET,...
My car is my driver. I’m just the DJ. I’m riding shotgun. In this sofa on wheels. I wish it could fly. But I guess that’s a few years out. Wait, where is this thing taking me. My iPod has wheels now. I’m riding around. I’m mindlessly tweeting while it drives me. I miss being responsible. That is a lie. I look at the other passengers. Texting, eating, drinking while...
2012 Social Media Review
In 2012, I had a pretty good year in social media. My biggest accomplishment was gaining over one million Pinterest followers. My quick accession generated a lot of buzz and earned me some media attention. I was contacted by Ashton Kutcher’s media group. I was featured in several interviews. I was even named the #2 most influential person on Pinterest according to the Daily Dot. #9 on...