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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Things Left Unsaid

Things Left Unsaid - Personally, I think as people become more socially intelligent, lots of things are left unsaid but still communicated clearly. I had an instance of this today while going out to lunch. Coworker1 and myself have decided to go to restaurant x, and were talking to coworker2.

Me: Coworker2, Coworker1 and I are going to restaurant x, would you like to join us?
Coworker2, while smiling: I don't like restaurant x.
Me: [pause] I understand.
Coworker2: [pause] Have a good lunch.
Me: Thank you.

Just thought it was funny while analyzing it, what we really meant were:
Me: Coworker2, Coworker1 and I are going to restaurant x, would you like to join us?
Coworker2, while smiling: I don't like restaurant x.
Me: We will not be changing our plans to be socially accommodating to you.
Coworker2: In that case, I will not be joining you guys for lunch
Me: Okay.

Funny stuff, things left unsaid.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Candy Shop by The Dan Band in The Hangover Movie

I stumbled across this, it's "Candy Shop" by Dan Finnerty and The Dan Band. They played in the wedding scene in the movie "The Hangover". It's a vocal version of the Fifty Cent song. I remembered I really enjoyed that scene because of that song, thought I'd share it.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Eddie Hotra & Reputation Management

My friend Eddie Hotra and I had a small chat about Online Reputation Management. In my experiences, ORM is all about "taking as many top spots in search engines for your name as possible". This isn't a huge concentration of my career, but still something to keep in mind.

The following are big candidates for ranking on your company's name:

Sites you own:
  • Company Website
  • Subdomains of Company Website - Company Blog, etc
  • Auxiliary Sites - mysitefacts.com, mysitegear.com, etc
Sites you don't own, but can put your page on:
  • Social Networking Sites - Myspace, LinkedIn, YouTube, Meetup, Facebook, Digg, Twitter, etc
  • PR Release sites - Ezinearticles, etc
Others
  • Being a "guest author" on someone else's site (and have your name / business name prominent)
  • Actively comment on lots of blogs / forums / newspaper sites, with intelligent things to say, leaving the name you'd like to do ORM on. This one's more of a "shot-gun approach", you leave 100 comments and hope 3 of them get ranked in search engines for that name.
Cheers to Eddie Hotra for sparking that chat.