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Sunday Afternoon Thoughts 18

This year at commencement I practiced what I’ve been preaching. I went armed with Zoom H2 audio recorder, my Flip camcorder and my still camera. My photographer attended and my news director had his camera so I felt free just to roam and play.

The results? It was so windy that my audio was not usable. I shot some video of the band which turned out surprisingly well. I found a spot behind the stage where I could get still shots of our president congratulating and hugging the graduates with the sea of seated graduates and proud relatives in the background.

That’s it, from here on in, I’m traveling with my multimedia recording arsenal.


Kyle James Stumbled my douchbags report. Kyle, it worked. I actually had a couple referrals from it.

I was expecting a barrage of visits from douchbag aficionados but really didn’t have any. D.W. did you attract perverts?


Harvard and Yale’s struggle to attract low income students tells me two things:

-Their brand as elite Ivy League schools is so imbued that they’ll always have a struggle.

-Competition in the admissions area is getting tougher which means we in marketing have to work smarter.


A new program which some of you may know about and are using. This from the press release:

Magnify has introduced a new service that promises to make it easy for Movable Type and WordPress publishers to incorporate media from a variety of sites.

Magnify Publisher is a native blog application that lets you search for video, text, and images, using key words and tags, and embed the content directly into a post, without ever leaving the WordPress or Movable Type dashboard. Magnify Publisher also offers Seesmic-like tools that let you shoot and publish videoblog posts using a WebCam.

If anyone has tried it, let me know how it works.


A University of Leicester space scientist says text messaging is more expensive than downloading data from the Hubble Space telescope—about 4.4 times more expensive.


While I continue vacillating by “The Great Twivide,” I do want to share a couple interesting posts, one by Max Kalehoff, VP for marketing of Clickable on Why Twitter Matters and his five strategies for choosing who to follow.

In the comments, Ellen Leanse of Ellen Leanse consulting has a link to her blog in which she offers 10 really good Twitter tips.


I found them, by the way, on TargetX’s Email Minute.


While Stumbling last night I found a cool blog post on Cogent Metal on Firefox Smart Keywords.


And this post by fortysomething on CSS organization for better efficiency.


New Dick Jones guest blog coming this week. Dick is more knowledgeable about the print media than anyone I know. His thoughts and insights are invaluable and they continue to be read long after they’re posted. So, thanks Dick.


Sunday Afternoon Thoughts Part 16

In my last post, guest Dick Jones wrote about the demise of newspapers, happening in part because they refuse to let go of their double digit profits. Ad Age has begun a series entitled Newspaper Death Watch. The first installment mentions many of the same problems Dick did. I’ll be following this series and provide a link to each installment. Intriguing stuff.


Related to the death of newspapers and the huge transition we’re experiencing in news gathering- dissemination (and PR and marketing) is Chris Brogan’s post on Some Differences Between Pitching Mainstream Press and Bloggers. There are some marked differences and, of course, a lot of similarities.

Most revealing are the responses when Chris Twittered his friends for their opinions. Read this in full and think about it. There’s a lot about passion, opinions, homework, freebies . . .oh, yes, and pimping.


Martin Weller is a Professor of Educational Technology at the Open University in the UK. I’ve subscribed to his blog, The Ed Techie for quite awhile but, like everyone else, I don’t get to all my feeds as often as I’d like.

In the virtual world this April 7 post, Whither the Blogosphere, might be considered old, but it’s relevant, well-written and thoughtful. It’s about the possible trend of bloggers moving away from the blogosphere and into different forms of communication on the Web. Martin writes in part:

What I think is happening is another example of technology succession. The blog was the primary colonizer for the barren landscape of online identity. The presence of this colonizer changed the environment, which made it more amenable to secondary colonizers. . .


I found this interesting entry on The Ed Techie’s recent post, Making Connections 2.0

Blogger Tony Hirst was criticized harshly at a conference for having his laptop to do some live blogging. Both his account and the comments give some great insights into the schism between traditionalists and 2.0 practitioners.


John C. Dvorak, VP at the former Podshow, explains the name change to Mevio. His post is short and to the point. The 68 responses range from agreement, to anger to thoughts on the term “podcasting,” branding, search engines, etc. Again, interesting insights into our fast-changing times.


Finally, I need your insights and ideas.

Three weeks ago I did the three-part post on the drug bust. A week later I followed it up with a report on another one. As I posted them, each one attracted a larger-than-usual number of views. They continued to get a steady but lower number of views, which is the norm. Then, Friday night, views of these posts suddenly jumped way, way up. The views continued growing throughout Saturday, giving me one of my top five days ever. Has this ever happened to anyone else?

Any ideas as to why this seemingly untimely explosion of interest?