Instead of being able to turn to news, though, people were on Twitter and elsewhere across the Internet, researching parliamentary procedures of the Texas Legislature, sharing the most significant moments of the night, and holding the Texas Senate accountable when they tried to break their own rules even though they were in plain sight. Average people with Internet connections did the work we used to trust major journalism outlets to do.
Best case scenario: Twitter makes like Google and opens up a Canadian policy shop to deal with privacy, regulation, and free expression issues. Twitter has generally protected its users’ rights admirably in the U.S., and Canadians could use some of that here.
In a lot of ways, the Internet and the Web are a lot like Burger King. Sure, some of the stores look different now, and the menu might get a few additions here and there, but you’re still eating the same stuff they’ve served up since 1953. The only difference is that the some unscrupulous marketers came along, dressed things up a bit, and gave some of the products different names so they can charge you gobs of money to learn about stuff you’re either already using or don’t even need. Those marketers are a part of what I like to call “The Asshole Based Economy”.
Another story idea for the folks at Jezebel?
Racist Red Dawn tweets.
Red Dawn came out this weekend. Racebending’s review + bit of historical context is here: Red Dawn Remake: Our Review and Reflections
Or … maybe it’s more of a Gawker kind of idea …
Three pertinent questions from @snotforprofit
If you’re a marketing pro on Twitter who just tweets about marketing … How do you stand yourself? I’m genuinely curious.— Claire Kerr (@snotforprofit) August 11, 2012
Similarly if you are a PR pro on Twitter who just tweets about PR … Do you feel a deep sense of shame & horror?— Claire Kerr (@snotforprofit) August 11, 2012
Also, if you’re a social media consultant who only tweets about social … Do you have to drink yourself to sleep EVERY night or just most?— Claire Kerr (@snotforprofit) August 11, 2012
She’s here all week, I’m told.
#Ossington community consultation: Storify from last night’s meeting | #TOpoli #CC109Oz
For context, see this morning’s post on Torontoist. I love the immediacy and authenticity of social media, but I wanted to get the Torontoist post up first.
Special thanks to @Accozzaglia for keeping me honest. <3<3<3
Couple of videos to embed as well. Bear with me.
Corporate Blogging, the Bell Tolls For Thee: Social Media Saturation Leads Big and Small Business — And An Increasing Number of Consumers — To Abandon "Old School" Outreach In Favor Of Facebook and Its More User-Friendly Brethren
We’re a non-profit so we don’t really identify as being “corporate” (though obviously we’re a business) but we recently made the decision to ditch our “primary” blog. To be honest, we had been thinking about it for a couple years. We’ve been on Tumblr since 2008 and while we tried to differentiate the content, the redundancy of two blogging platforms soon became apparent. Tumblr is a blog on super social steroids. With the phenomenal growth of Tumblr, it’s an easy decision these days: delete your old corporate blog and join the Tumblr revolution.
Not sure how this affects corporate blogs or anything, but you’ll note that the platform is about to change fundamentally with the advent of advertising — in a departure from the way it was originally promoted.
I’m going to miss Posterous. Did I mention that?
Bad Jew. No Gefilte fish.
Video: Riding #Route501, March 31, 2012 | #TTC #Toronto
It’s been written up here and here, but those were based on the chartered version from last Tuesday. Saturday’s performance was a regular Queen Street run, with passengers getting on and off all the way along the route — making the pizza delivery that much more of an achievement.
Thanks again to Goldsbie and the other tweeters.