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Friday Fun: Photo Style

Linda Rains snapped this hilarious picture on the Microsoft campus in Redmond. Classic.   

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Will Wright Smoothness

I swear, as nerdy as he is, I could listen to Will Wright talk about how to design games for hours on end.

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ASK: 9 Tips for Inspired (and Inspiring) Text Communication

Let’s get this out of the way right up front: text-based communication is extremely difficult. In face-to-face communication, you have three forms of communication taking place at once: words (verbal), voice (vocal), and body (nonverbal). This provides an incredible level of nuance. The meaning of a conversation can change significantly with a fleeting eye roll […]

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Innovation is simplicity

I’ve made the case many times that “innovation” can come in multiple forms. In fact, it’s often the seemingly minor things that capture our attention more than massive overhauls. Sure, the launch of the iPhone was amazing, no question about it. But you know what else is amazing? The built-in support for Exchange email servers […]

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BlogHer, Comic-Con, and the rethinking of a presidential candidate

If you doubt the power of BlogHer, and the female (not mommy) blogging scene, consider this post by PunditMom. I know soon-to-be-ex-Governor Sarah Palin is busy tweeting and taking one last swing around Alaska on the taxpayer’s dime. But if, as I suspect is the case, she’s got more on her post-gubernatorial to-do list than: […]

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Are you a wonk for social listening? Ant’s Eye View is hiring!

Ant’s Eye View is expanding an increasingly important part of our practice and as such looking to staff up. That’s right, we’re in the market for a Listening Manager, someone who can own and build our social listening services. Is this you? Ants Eye View will operate a listening practice for existing and new clients. […]

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Punishing stupidity

I love it when stupidity is punished! Lifestyle Lift, which provides quick facelift procedures, was found guilty of publishing positive reviews and comments to trick consumers into believing that satisfied customers were posting their own stories. The settlement marks a first strike against the growing practice of ‘astroturfing’ in the US, where employees pose as […]

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The problem with the Kindle

I love Amazon. And I love my Kindle. But I’ve been waiting for this particular shoe to drop: This morning, hundreds of Amazon Kindle owners awoke to discover that books by a certain famous author had mysteriously disappeared from their e-book readers. These were books that they had bought and paid for—thought they owned. But […]

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Choosing difficulty (one for the space nerds)

If you’re a space nerd, you’re going to love WeChooseTheMoon.org. What is it, you ask? Wechoosethemoon.org is an interactive experience recreating the historic Apollo 11 mission to the Moon in real time. Once where only three men made the trip, now millions can. Live event begins 9:32 AM EDT July 16, 2009. Exactly 40 years […]

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What if you just hired better?

You don’t have to agree with everything Seth says to make following his posts worthwhile. Here’s proof : So maybe instead of getting your company on twitter, paying marketers to mention you are on twitter, and paying people to blog about your company, forget all that and just make awesome stuff that gets people excited about your products, hire people that represent the company well, and when your stuff is so awesome that friends share it with other friends, you may not even need “social media marketing” after all.

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