Twitter is introducing a new policy at the end of this week that users with more than one account on Twitter won’t be permitted to tweet the same thing across their different platforms. The reason someone on Twitter might think of the same tweet on more than one account is to leave more impressions, in order to make out like a bandit with increased lead generation.
I only have one account—https://twitter.com/findingenvirons–but I do have a strategy in place where I automate trending webpages in order to keep the account continually tweeting without requiring too much of my time to get the tweets on Twitter.
Now that this policy change at Twitter is fast approaching, I am going to change my strategy, so that I shall be safely within the “safety zone” of the change in policy. I will keep automating tweets, but on fewer days overall.
Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word identical, and I think of this change in Twitter policy that’s very close to being here, and how it doesn’t permit identical tweets to be posted on several different Twitter accounts, which I never thought much about doing at all, anyway. I feel the change could be good. For me, Twitter is a hobby, and I use it for the same kind of reasons that other people who are likeminded to me use it similarly (read possibly identically :)).
I am looking forward to getting a glimpse of how the new policy impacts the “noise” on Twitter, the tweets of all the users competing to be heard. I don’t spend a lot of time on social media, but Twitter is my favorite of the social media sites I am familiar with.
· Today’s my birthday, and I wanted to do something on the blog to have a touch of festivity, so when I got home after a bit I looked at this week’s Photo Challenge. Krista Stevens is the author of this week’s challenge–hi, krista!–and she put on the cover page of the challenge a question there and then about what hobby the visitor would rather be doing.
My computer to me is like a Battletech, out of the game of Battletech that I played some as a teenager pitting one Battletech against another. However, I’m not interested in turning my particle projection cannon on you, only giving you words afield.
· I eventually settled on a photo of my statuette of st. Patrick, standing in front of a shelf of tumbled books. Would that I could drive snakes! Rather than be prepared to meet the weekly photo challenge on WordPress, I could be curing sorrows.
· I am looking forward to facebook today, to see if any of my friends on facebook write me birthday wishes. There could be a few posts of that kind.
· I am also excited about a rumored change starting the twenty-third of March, where Twitter is beginning the order that only one out of every three days can be utilized by automated tweets. It means that being the unofficial social media manager of our nonprofit is getting easier–I won’t have to say so much!
Despite that sentiment, I do enjoy writing a brief exposition and publishing it along with a photo for the blog. Why else would I have such a tool? Some bloggers are very good and even though I am dedicated to helping operate a non-profit there is sometimes a component of mentorship (on the Internet, it is always a good practice to help make comfortable a newbie).
Do you have an inkling what influencer marketing is?
Influencer marketing, I guess, is when a brand with an expansive and powerful Internet presence helps a newcomer gain exposure by sharing the smaller brand under the umbrella of the major brand who is widespread across the world wide web on several channels.
When the Hulu video streaming service was becoming a monster, I know they experimented with following various Twitter peeps in order to help make themselves a household name.
Now I see commercials on TV for Hulu that make it seem all the more like a juggernaut, but for some time they were most alive in my mind as the entity on Twitter that seemed to be joking around all the time waiting for all those people to start transplanting their attention to Hulu instead of all the other options for video entertainment that likewise wanted consumer dollars in exchange for a wild consumption experience of the most dynamite video to be found.
Hulu kept adding all kinds of classic TV shows to their roster line-up, and beginning with The Handmaid’s Tale began to fill its slot of originals with more and more series, like Marvel’s Runaways.
It felt to me like the underdog Hulu challenging the king of paid content, Netflix, for a portion of its subscriber base. Who had the best originals, Netflix with its incredible budget and seeming out-of-control finger on the market with a business model set to break all records?
But what happened… this is surely a simplistic interpretation of what was actually experienced… the Harvey Weinstein effect rocked the entertainment industry and pretty soon many respected actors were back to the drawing board.
I am not an analyst, but are these two events connected in any tangible way?
Netflix established an extraordinary budget for its current and future programming, all growing from a point of origin that was one particular Netflix original that was historical for being the first there was. It was House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey.
Spacey came under stern criticism and was let go, costing Netflix a ton and generating at least a little bad publicity.
With their very first entry as a Netflix original series becoming a distraction, I felt I was seeing Hulu rise up in response and setting their sights on becoming a major competitor in the wake of the scandal around Spacey.
It can’t have been that direct a transition, I don’t think, but I would infer that with the breakdown of Netflix’ House of Cards at a critical time, when Hulu was beginning to launch its new originals, I think it certainly meant the time was right for Hulu to begin to market itself more traditionally, rather than with its jovial influence marketing that resembled stunt tactics. Maybe Hulu still does play with influence marketing, I’m not sure, but all of a sudden it seems like all the more professional a brand than it had been previously when it was a minor competitor to the juggernaut Netflix.
Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale also demonstrated its penchant for winning many major awards and on top of that, it carried with it a feminist zeitgeist that was all the more effective in the face of the Weinstein effect that was leaving men everywhere clutching their walking papers.
These days when I see the TV ads for Hulu I smile.
I think the video streaming market is mad, but it is interesting to see that there have been many measurable changes in it in the last several months as Hulu grew into its mode of expansion and gained tons of credibility.
It will be interesting to see if there are more upstarts as entertainment continues to change.
Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word inkling.
By the time he died in 1899, Horatio Alger Jr. was the author of about a hundred volumes. His popularity had dwindled, although his writing received favorable comments and a resurgence following his death. Walter Sherwood’s Probation says, “There are times when silence is golden, and one of those times is at hand.”1
All of Alger’s novels rework the same plot: a boy struggles to escape poverty.2 It’s not the age of silence. If one has any luck, he has a voice, with which to speak.
The Internet intertwines individual voices, and at times the roar is as one and other times it is dissident.
Humility’s not always to our advantage. When the human voice is silenced, it is the sound of silence, but not nearly as golden a silence as the failing Horatio Alger Jr. posited.
Don’t be inhibited by what is unkind luck and, therefore, misfortune.
Never hesitate when the iron is hot to be forward with this venture, and have a heart and be true. Feel welcome with your words.
Defy the repeal of net neutrality. When curating this the week of the fifteenth of January, 2018, from a post I did September 20, 2016, 20+ states were intent on suing for continuing net neutrality.
Do not let the US ISPs decide the future of the Internet. It is much better a level playing field. Small business can anticipate better odds of success if net neutrality is restored intact.
The weekly WordPress photo challenge Silence was presented Wednesday by Cheri Lucas Rowlands.
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Not to be idle, and also to say farewell to 2017 and to welcome 2018, I am doing the free WordPress course, ten days long, called Developing Your Eye, to help me get a little better as a photographer. Honestly, I am a week late, but there has been holiday fun, the intense winter weather, and other reasons to procrastinate.
To complete the exercise for Day Six of the course, I took to the idea of solitude. How I thought to illustrate solitude is to show the vantage point of a walking trail up the street from where I live, between an elementary school where some of my education took place when I was little, and a gospel chapel on the other side of the trail.
While I don’t attend the chapel, this point of origin symbolizes for me the distance between my home now, to the road to where my parents live, and where I spent my teenage years and most of my twenties. Down the street I live alone. The solitude is having left where I resided in my younger years.
In 1978 DC Comics gave us the big screen adaptation of the Superman comic starring the late Christopher Reeves–I realize the film belongs to a generation older than mine. Superman, reflecting on his power, travels north to his Fortress of Solitude to find answers about his fate and his obligation as a hero.
The silver screen images of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude became so iconic that even in the present Henry Cavill version of the Superman saga the recreated Fortress of Solitude in his films strongly resembles the design of the 1978 film with Christopher Reeve. The nineteen seventies Fortress of Solitude has been translated to the current Superman films with a similar design that remembers Superman on film in the seventies and eighties.
Why does the caped superhero require solitude? Solitude can permit a person to approach life with his own direction, unimpeded by the feedback of others.
The town here is small but it is a city–it is never that lonesome. There is contact with people each and every day.
It doesn’t mean that I don’t cultivate an attitude of preserving solitude, and I imagine it shows in the style of the blog I write and in the appearance of the photos I take. I imagine many humans likewise treasure their solitude, particularly in that as adults there are so many demands and requirements for living in a Western culture that we have little choice but to conform.
When there is an opportunity for solitude, in contrast to what we are tasked with doing in the course of day-to-day work, solitude becomes extremely valuable, at least in small measures. In other words, silence is golden.
I realize it is ironic I am writing that when blogging can be seen as a search for a community (and WordPress is an inclusive community). Blogging is a given in this day and age–if you have even a basic amount of computer literacy, it is not surprising if you are blogging.
If you are doing business, and you personally have some computer literacy or otherwise a member of your team is computer-literate, you should have a blog. Even as I assert my blog is not making me money, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to pursue it. I suppose I am trying to have my cake and eat it, too, but I have the solitude that I think makes me truer and I am likewise active at participating in the Internet, which is millions and millions of others.
I don’t think foregoing solitude is the answer, but I respect those people for whom blogging is not just satisfying as an opportunity to make discoveries, but who profit financially by being business-savvy with the blogging that they do.
To improve my photography, I am participating in a free ten-day course from WordPress, Developing Your Eye. Although I am an entire week late, I am proceeding much more closely to schedule now and today’s theme for a photography exercise is the idea of “connection,” however it’s interpreted.
Millions and millions of people have connected to the Internet. It is incredible to think how much goes on that so many styles of content are unique to specific demographics and outside the range of what you are yourself encountering when you use the Internet. You may even find yourself extolled to forego these channels of communication and return to the physical realm of real interpersonal networking and socializing.
One example of connection is what happens in a coffee shop, clearly. So many creative types find themselves drawn to coffee shops for the conversation, but they appeal to many, many others regardless of the propensity to show up as creatives or not. In some coffee shops you can take advantage of free Wi-Fi, as well, so if you are not there to read materials like books or newspapers, or to take advantage of the opportunity to eavesdrop, you could be there for the purpose of availing yourself of the Internet in a public atmosphere as well.
I took a photo of a coffee shop from the vantage point of just outside the drive-through lane, where you can see people getting their wares to go while inside the restaurant is very busy and active. I hope you like it.
I took a second photo, as well, because while a public spot like a coffee shop is a tangible meeting place to “connect,” I don’t want to overlook the fact that in the same plaza where I took the first photo there is a camera shop, which I couldn’t resist photographing given that I am participating in a photography course. I am sure they sell high-end cameras in there, although I have never traversed the premises except to walk by. You can see, though, the highlights of their gear on the sign hanging above it, and that idea reinforces what is often the end result of connections forged: the image captured.
Particularly when smartphone images go straight to social media, when a noteworthy moment has occurred, it goes almost without saying that these are the tools of the Internet, and I wanted myself to quickly capture the photo and return to blogging.
The first five days of the exercise were delayed mid-course by the arrival of Christmas and by the extreme winter conditions, as well as my general procrastination trying to think how best to tackle the course. The course is written for beginner-level photographers, and I am a beginner, but a little more seasoned than that, I think, as I have been taking photos consistently since the beginning of 2013. It is five years of taking photos, so perhaps I should own up and admit that I have put a little work into the hobby of photography, however much I admit I’ve never been schooled.
Connections are formed on the Internet on a nonstop basis and while the minutia of examining the human trait of connecting can be evaluated in a myriad of scopes and designs, the connections that consistently strike me as the most interesting among humans are the way people intently gravitate to assigning their lives to the Internet and presenting themselves on social media and elsewhere in a way that has never been done, where individualism and self-representation have never been done in such an unchecked manner.
In the grade ten science class I signed up for as a youth we were taught in one lesson about magnetic north, the point of magnetism at the Earth’s crest that attracts the needle of a magnet to correctly tells direction.
To think of the utmost north of the planet, you might think of packs of wolves, or avalanches, or penguins on icebergs. If you’re in North America, you think of the land called Canada.
I imagine that traversing the Arctic Circle would be an adventure. It would mean frigid seas, icy lands, unknown outcomes and great daring. Quite a calling indeed.
A journey of that kind requires bravery, certainly, but a bravery I speculate as well often comes in a much more everyday sort, bravery in the face of adversity that meets you anytime. There are everyday challenges people experience in their lives, wherever they are, that call on a summons to bravery that doesn’t go documented or rewarded in a grandiose sense or generally very much even recounted.
Human beings draw on a reserve of bravery in their individual lives just about every day of their lives. The thing that is certain is that life is uncertain.
While drawing on the probability that mankind desires above all else satisfaction, found in calm avenues amid gentility, it doesn’t mean the individual doesn’t struggle.
There is a fundamental desire to capture the most of the resources which can be had, I think. It explains why it is people invest so much time and energy in competition.
In grade ten the gentleman schooling us in magnetism could have said more about what it would take come adulthood. The long and short is he didn’t.
Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word compass. Thank you for glancing upon this utterance, and good luck to you as together we forge a future that requires steadfast resolution.
I recommend you seize the day, but temper your passions with kindness. Like your desire, magnetic north should never shift.