Boomerang: Intro to Next Level of Social Gifting


ImageLast week I received an email invitation to Boomerang, a social gifting service that was formerly Gtrot, a social travel planning service. Most emails that are sent to me fall victim to my daily attempt of clearing out my inbox (I average on receiving over 100 emails a day from newsletters, subscriptions, etc.). What caught my eye was an email marketing 101 tactic – the subject line said I had a free gift. Continue reading “Boomerang: Intro to Next Level of Social Gifting”

What BuzzFeed Radio and HuffPost Live Mean Within the Media Cosmos

#30DaysofContent Update
August is nearly half over and for my #30DaysofContent Challenge, I’ve written three posts (womp womp). If it counts, I did write this post for The Content Strategist How to Respond When Your Content Strategy Comes Under Fire about the recent McSweeney’s/BuzzFeed exchange a few weeks ago.

Speaking of BuzzFeed, today is the debut of BuzzFeed Radio, a live, weekly, call-in show on SiriusXM where BuzzFeed editors Jack Moore (@BuzzFeedJack) and Whitney Jefferson (@twitney) “will dissect, discuss and offer a behind-the-scenes look at the inspiration, reaction and creative process behind the week’s biggest viral sensations” according to a press release on BuzzFeed. Continue reading “What BuzzFeed Radio and HuffPost Live Mean Within the Media Cosmos”

30 Days of Content Challenge


It’s been a few weeks since I wrote here (Eek!) and it’s been nagging at me. I was recently inspired by Lani Hay, government contractor and CEO of Lanmark Technology, who was recently featured in 6 Local Go-Getters Share Their Advice For Beating An End-Of-Summer Rut on Refinery 29. She said Mid-Summer was the best time to reevaluate your New Year’s resolutions (remember those?) and set goals for the rest of year. I remembered how one of my goals for 2012 was to write on this blog more and I’ve broken my own records in monthly visitors. Then summer hit, schedules got full, travels were taken, and blogging fell to the wayside.

Happily, I discovered Joshua Ness’s blog and his plan to make August the time to have a “30 Days of Content Challenge” as a result to fix his stagnant blogging. Continue reading “30 Days of Content Challenge”

In Case You Missed It, This Is What You Missed

children's own, handmade stuffed animals, Wendy Tsao
This sweet creature was drawn by Eileen, age 8, & then brought to life by Wendy Tsao of Children’s Own Studio

This week has felt longer than normal, but discovering gems like Children’s Own Studio via PSFK, a playlist on Spotify with soundtracks from all of Wes Anderson‘s films, and a doc called “I Want To Say” about how autistic kids can finally express themselves with touch screen technology bring a relief throughout the workweek. Continue reading “In Case You Missed It, This Is What You Missed”

Thoughts on Perez Hilton Breaking Code of the Internet

The Internet is the Wild West, where thieves can pillage a blogger’s content and use it as their own. Do not confuse this with modern art. It’s not remixing. It’s not even adding a twist or being inspired by. It’s copyright infringement and a direct violation of the code of the Internet (and the Curator Code) to properly list sources. Continue reading “Thoughts on Perez Hilton Breaking Code of the Internet”

Why Instagram for Android is a BIG Deal

instagram for android

Just look at that lovely instamatic just popping over the horizon like a welcome sunrise, the dawning of a new era in photo sharing. Brace yourself – Instagram Android is big news ]because the community is going to get even bigger.

Yeaup. The easy-to-use site that makes everyone a skilled photographer is going to have a new influx of talent – and they believe in the power of Google. Continue reading “Why Instagram for Android is a BIG Deal”

The Curator Code: Systemizing Attribution For Online Content

curator code, Maria Popova, brainpickings, online attribution

Everyone who has had an elementary school education knows you have to cite  your sources when conducting research. When I was in grade school, my sources were a physical set of encyclopedias available in my school’s library, and if I had a laid back teacher, the multimedia encyclopedia Encarta. Early in college I was allowed to use Wikipedia as a source for my journalism classes but had to be subtle about it. Years later, the attribution of sources and copyright issues have plagued bloggers and social platforms on a regular basis. In the past week, Pinterest has had their legal terms and conditions questioned since by its nature, Pinterest encourages people to share images and videos they don’t necessarily own – and not everyone is making sure what they pin is properly sourced.

Maria Popova,  Atlantic contributorthe author of Brainpickings, and one of the web’s foremost experts on the art of curation according to The Atlantic, is launching The Curator’s Code, a system to “honor and standardize the attribution of discovery across the web.” Continue reading “The Curator Code: Systemizing Attribution For Online Content”

4 Insights from Columbia School of Journalism Social Media Weekend 2012

columbia journalism, social media weekend, #smwknd

This past weekend I volunteered as a Social Media Doctor for the second annual Columbia School of Journalism’s Social Media Weekend 2012 organized by Professor Sree Sreenivasan.  Social Media Weekend (#smwknd) is a conference with workshops, panels, and keynotes for journalists and media professionals to understand social media and apply it to their profession. Continue reading “4 Insights from Columbia School of Journalism Social Media Weekend 2012”