Battery isn’t some one-off feature. You don’t fritter entire train rides away...– http://gizmodo.com/5992917/battery-life-is-the-only-spec-that-matters I could not have said this any better I really suggest you click on the link and read the whole article. (via eweissman)
Google's 20th employee (who designed the homepage...
Think of it like that. Yes, Yahoo killed startups. But now this woman is in charge. Marissa Mayer is a badass programmer - she’s not just a businesswoman or CEO, but a product manager intimately tied to iconic products that she’s created with her own code. I doubt the woman who tested every element of Google.com to a painstaking detail is happy every morning when she visits...
Yahoo reportedly eyeing Tumblr for possible $1... →
In no way am I a market analyst, but this just seems weird, especially for the price tag when compared to Instagram. Facebook acquired Instagram for “1 billion” when it only had 30 million users. Tumblr has over 100 million blogs & an “audience of 170 million,” whatever that means. Instagram didn’t make money or have any sort of monetization...
No Joke: Syrians Hack The Onion →
socialmedi-ocre: The Syrian Electronic Army broke into the Twitter account for The Onion on Monday and posted several fake tweets. Too many companies don’t protect their social media assets like they do any other asset. The IT folks behind the Onion give you 4 tips into how protect yourself against a hacking on their blog here.
Is LinkedIn the Creepiest Social Network? →
A while ago I was wondering why LinkedIn had an option to put your relationship status, and some of my friends said that they used it to generate dating leads.
Musings of Steve Johnson →
Unofficial musings about social media, business and technology in general. I just realized that HootSuite’s CRO has a tumblr! You should follow it for snippets of commentary & good reads.
The real value of a real education … has almost nothing to do with knowledge and...– David Foster Wallace (via explore-blog)
If there’s not going to be another Google,” Graham said, “then we’re so deeply...– Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s Start-Up Machine - NYTimes.com There’s a handful of great quotes in here. (via dpstyles)
We studied the adoption of a mobile service product among 27 million users in a...– If you want to study how people use your product, you should probably start by reading this: What Would Ashton Do—and Does It Matter? - Harvard Business Review Or if you’d rather see a video, Sinan gave a talk about this at DataGotham last year and you can watch it here. (via radioon)
Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley: “People Think We... →
We’re signing six-figure deals with national merchants. We’ve already got a million merchants claiming their business page — we can just say ‘Would you like to spend $50, $100 dollars to drive X number people into your store?” These aren’t just ad impressions they’re paying for. We only count when we actually bring people into your store. Dennis Crowley is by far my favourite CEO to follow,...
Q. WHAT DOES THE NEW FACEBOOK OFFICE IN DOWNTOWN...
[[MORE]] thegentlemanisdead: A. NOT MORE JOBS FOR VANCOUVERITES Facebook’s plans to open a temporary Vancouver office employing 150 people, mostly software engineers, has generated a lot of curiosity. But local information technology workers aren’t expecting a jobs bonanza. Most assume the new operation will be used to train recruits from overseas who will be transferred to one of...
Winklevii say they own one percent of all Bitcoins– Ars Technica Actual headline. From the New York Times: To keep their holdings secure from hackers, they have taken the complex codes that represent their holdings off networked computers and saved them on small flash drives, putting the drives, in turn, in safe deposit boxes at banks in...
Saying Goodbye to #2
When I started working at HootSuite, our HSU team was just Kirsten (boss lady), Tasia (video lady), and me (words lady). Tomorrow is Tasia’s last day, my partner-in-crime from the early days. Our team is now 11 people, but today I’m reminded of how far we’ve come (and how far we still have to go). Together our team of three bootstrapped and built out an entire product, community, and...
The Newest "Revolution" in Higher Ed
A couple weeks ago I read this joint opinion piece by the presidents of Harvard & MIT where they spoke at length about the “technology-led revolution in pedagogy.” As most know, Harvard & MIT joined together to create edX, which is a popular MOOC similar to Coursera, Udacity, etc. What really stuck out for me was when they talked about an adapted version of edX they are...
How to Hire More Women at Your Startup
I thought her point about the language used in job postings was very thought provoking - I can definitely see how that would dissuade some of my female friends from applying to positions. cristinacordova: I’ve been asked “How can I hire more women at my startup?” a number of times and while I’ve always had concrete thoughts, I’ve generally wavered on the topic. Most people understand why it’s...
Education here is free, it’s the piece of paper that we charge for.– Stanford University via Quora This may not be Stanford’s “official” policy, but I like the attitude. If we want to see a real change in education, the tipping point is going to come from those hiring for positions. If anyone can access education, what makes that piece of paper...
How many students actually complete MOOCs?
Fans of MOOCs (massive open online courses) love to boast the numbers about how many thousands of students have signed up to take classes from leading universities for free. The largest has been 180,000, but the average falls somewhere around 50,000. Critics on the other hand, have generally had to counter these staggering numbers with words - how could these programs become accredited, in what...
Major Memory for Microblogs
This study was so fascinating to me. Basically, it looks into how social media content is read and remembered compared to content from the news or other media. Often we hear about how social media posts are temporary and fleeting, but researchers found that content produced by regular Joe’s over Facebook was more memorable than professional content. “Especially memorable Facebook posts...
Play by your own rules →
Loved this article from former Gowalla co-founder & CEO about how they lost the “check-in battle” to foursquare. “Play by your own rules. Listen to your users more than the press. Don’t get sucked into the gravity hole between you and your competition. Ruthlessly run your own path, not someone else’s.” This is something Ryan, our CEO at HootSuite, often...
Considering the intrinsic value of education, it’s not unreasonable to argue...– Today I learned that Comic Sans is one of the few fonts that is both easily accessible and employs the latin character alpha; aka how a child would learn to write an “a.” A is for Audience
Why Social Media Should Be On the University... →
“The challenges of rebooting the university system are enormous. But an important part of the solution may well lie in equipping students to function in an increasingly digital and socially savvy environment.”
For the first time ever, the skill sets and resume building certifications that...– Bang on. Job Cred: Social Media Certification Revs the Resume | Huffington Post
Educating with Social Media
I’m speaking on Thursday about how students, parents, and teachers can use social media for education. Cool examples & ideas so far include: Facebook Timeline to teach history Tumblr in the classroom (see: Grade 6 website & Higher Ed collaborative class blog) Twitter search for social studies & current events Twitter for English to learn to write shorthand But I’m...
Secrets from an Instagram Power User: How... →
My friend and co-worker Helen dishes her secrets for Instagram success on the HootSuite blog.
We had people who were direct mail specialists but now are specialists in how...– - Ed Abrams, VP marketing for midmarket, IBM IBM Remakes Marketing Team to Key on Social Media Channels
The overall quantity and quality of formal education hasn’t changed...– Eight Brilliant Minds on the Future of Online Education | HBR
Drop out or not is the wrong question
blakemasters: If I wanted to be an entrepreneur, why did I get several degrees from Stanford instead of dropping out? My quick answer was that it’s important to avoid blanket statements about education and entrepreneurship. Certainly many successful entrepreneurs have name brand college degrees. But many don’t. (continue reading here) Great post from a startup founder on the other side of...
Let's hangout! CMAD: The Social Media Higher...
I’ll be speaking on a panel for The Official Community Manager Appreciation Day Google+ Hangout (#CMAD) this Monday at 1pm ET/10am PT, and I’d love for you to join in! We’ll be discussing community’s role in higher education, from recruiting to curriculum. It’s a rockstar panel, including: Autumn Reynolds, Kellogg School of Management Cara Rousseau, Duke University ...
With ‘verified certificates,’ Coursera offers... →
You can buy yourself a certificate for $30-100 a pop - if I went through the hours of coursework I would probably shell out some bucks for that. But why? Do employers even care? Or would I just want a shiny Stanford thing on my non-existent degree wall?