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Quote Wednesday – Peterson

All through the day we inadvertently speak words that enter people’s lives and change them in minor or major ways and we never know it. — Eugene Peterson

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about words of encouragement.  I’ve been getting some from various people.  But I’ve come to realize that what makes the difference is having the person right there with you.  It’s one thing for someone to send an email or a card.  Nice written words, but you don’t get to hear the emotion.  It’s one to hear someone’s voice.  The emotion can be heard, the tone of voice important, but you don’t get the physical connection.  There’s another thing all together to have a person sit by you, offering words of encouragement and maybe a hug.  The undivided attention is what really affects us.  We need to feel that human connection.  In a world of instant communication by email, phone, etc., we often trade the physical for convenience.  I want to hear people and see people and most importantly touch people.  Today, offer someone words of encouragement.  Do it in person and be sincere.  It just might save a life.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2011 in Quote Wednesday

 

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Quote Wednesday – Rose

“We’re [Facebook] moving away from the ‘wisdom of crowds’ to the ‘wisdom of friends’” — Dan Rose

Recently Dan Rose, Facebook executive, made this comment in response to the direction of Facebook, marketing, and advertising.  I thought it was an interesting statement.  One I started to think seriously about.  For the past couple of months I have been working as a Marketing Intern for SafeToBe.Me, a Facebook based privacy and security company.  As part of my job, I have been trying to keep up with Facebook and social networking news.  This quote really appealed to me professionally, but also as a social network user.

Marketing side: The age of traditional marketing and advertising is dead.  No longer will companies focus on radio, tv, and magazines to spread the word about their product or service.  Instead we need to focus on the power of the social networks.  Word-of-mouth advertising really is going to be the main medium of propagation.  So why not take advantage of networks such as Facebook?

User side: I hate ads as much as the next person, but I have to admit that I do look at the ones along the side of the page on FB.  Sometimes they are so off the mark it’s hilarious (No, I am not in need of baby paraphernalia any time in the near future.  Why do they think I’m pregnant?) and sometimes they are spot on (Yes, I would love to see where Paramore is touring this year).  When it mentions that one of my friends liked this ad or that, I do pay attention.  It also works through friends’ posts.  Why did I start listening to Mumford & Sons in the first place?  Because a friend posted a link to their video “Little Lion Man” on FB.  I clicked, listened, loved, and had to run out (actually click over to iTunes) to get the cd.  Now I am seeing Mumford everywhere.  How did they get the word out about the band and the cd?  Through things like FB.  Friends “like” things, I pay attention, and sometimes I “like” too.

The power of social networks… pay attention.  It’s the new frontier!

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2011 in Quote Wednesday, Technology

 

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Twitter Power!

Today I’ve been thinking a lot about Twitter.  Is it bad?  Is it good?  Does anyone really care?

A couple of days ago I signed myself up for Twitter.  Why?  I’m not really sure.  I have just started a new job in marketing and eventually I’ll be using Twitter for that.  I guess I felt like I should join up and get used to it.  Take a step into the Twitter pool.

So what’s been my experience so far?  Frankly, I keep forgetting about it.  I don’t have a phone set up to send Twitter messages.  Currently the only way for me to post one is to log in to the homepage and type one in — something I am routinely forgetting to do.

The other side of the issue is the actual messages.  What do I say?  I am not a particularly witty person.  I don’t have great epiphanies on a daily or even weekly basis.  I do have random thoughts, but who wants to read those.  In the past week, I think I’ve tweeted 7 times.  That’s it. No grand statements.  I have four followers, two of each I think are fake accounts.  One is my brother, and the last one is my boyfriend — both people I talk to on a regular basis.  So I say things that go into the abyss of the communication network.

I feel like I am adding to the clutter, adding to the noise. I don’t feel like I am doing anything remarkable or really interesting.

Maybe my usage will become more interesting when I am tweeting for my job.  Or maybe it will be exactly the same.  Adding to the commotion with some useless dribble.

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2010 in Technology

 

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