#FollowFriday – Gwynne Monahan (@econwriter5)

Posted by on Nov 26, 2010 in Follow Friday, Social Media | 0 comments

I’ve been following Gwynne Monahan (@econwriter5) for so long now its hard to remember how we “met” online.  My recollection is that it was one of those crazy, fortuitous moments, because we were both sort of hanging out in the same circles.  I don’t know too many people that are more interactive on Twitter.  She tweets a LOT.  But she is absolutely not a self promoter.  She uses Twitter much more as a conversation tool – almost a substitute for some instant messaging tool.  I admire that approach (and try to emulate it as much as I can).  I’m grateful to have met her, and think you will be too!

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4 Ways to Improve My Favorite Businesses

Posted by on Nov 22, 2010 in Business & Leadership | 4 comments

Last week, Matt Cutts (the head of web spam at Google’s search division) asked his blog readers to pretend they were were CEO of Google and to make recommendations for how they would improve the business. I love pretending to be CEO of lots of companies, so why stop with just Google?

Seriously though, every now and then I’m slapped across the face with an idea that I think could improve an existing business. Typically these are businesses that I adore or already do business with. I had one of these crazy ideas just this past Friday when I was asked to answer a survey for DIRECTV. I thought it would be fun to share some of these ideas. I’m also really interest in ideas you have to improve some of your favorite businesses. Please share in the comments below! Meanwhile, here’s 4 ideas that I’d like to see existing businesses implement tout de suite.

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#FollowFriday – Mike Maddaloni (@thehotiron)

Posted by on Nov 19, 2010 in Follow Friday, Social Media | 3 comments

Mike Maddaloni is definitely one of the “good guys” on the web.  I met Mike through Twitter shortly after relocating back to Chicago from Minnesota, and we’ve chatted off an on, on-line and off ever since.  Turns out we have some similarities in our background, and we hit it off immediately.  I have found Mike to be a constant source of inspiration and a guy who’s ALWAYS willing to lend a hand to help improve an idea. As an ideas guy, I find that can-do spirit incredibly energizing (and increasingly rare). But enough of my perceptions of Mike, lets get on with today’s #followfriday interview and let him tell you about himself.

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The Facebook Messaging Business Model

Posted by on Nov 18, 2010 in Business & Leadership | 2 comments

I’ve been watching the coverage of the Facebook messaging announcement with interest this week.  A lot of the coverage has revolved around a handful of issues.  Most of the internet punditry has focused on the following issues:

  • The operational mechanics – how the new service will interface or intersect with the various existing forms of communication (i.e., e-mail, instant messaging, sms etc)?
  • The privacy issues – do you trust Facebook, which has a spotty record at best regarding privacy issues, with this type of data?
  • Adoption rate and how it may or may not be influenced by the two issues above.
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