Getting serious about Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, & Facebook
I’ve had a love/hate relationship with social media for a couple years now. When Facebook first came out I thought it was amazing. Since then with the advent of advertising, spammy posts, and Farville, it just isn’t so “sweet” anymore. In essence, I’ll the junk on Facebook has diluted the experience for me.
Well, the more I learn about branding, I realize that my brand isn’t limited to any one site or profile. People will find me on LinkedIn & Facebook just as much as they may find me on Twitter or Tumblr.
In an effort to bring the “Michael McVerry” brand together, I decided to use the same profile picture / avatar across all platforms, as well as tie the apps together. What that means is the moment I hit “publish” on this Tumblr post, it’ll be pushed to my Twitter and Facebook. The moment I post a tweet from Twitter it also goes to Facebook. When I upload a picture to Tumblr from Instagram, it goes to Facebook & Twitter. I know this sounds complex but it actually keeps all my information uniform.
The goal of all this is to #1. Have fun, #2 Work on the Michael McVerry brand, that is the image people of me see regardless of what company / entity I represent at the time. #3 Just as an experiment, see how many followers / connections I can make.
So here it goes. If you haven’t already, follow me on various platforms:
I am trying to come up with a new name for my company, Workforce on Demand. We specialize in developing & managing profitable web sites in Southern California.
I’m brainstorming 10 names per day until something clicks. Your feedback is appreciated.
1. Web Demand (credit goes to Adelita Alvarez) 2. Web on Demand 3. Just Web Design 4. Just Web 5. Just Internet 6. Just Web Group 7. Conscious Web 8. Conscious Web Group 9. Conscious Web Labs 10. Just Web Labs
I’m trying to think of a new name for our company. On the advice of my father, I’m thinking of 10 names per day until something clicks. Our current and is Workforce on Demand, however were looking for something more web development / media / Internet centered. This is I got for today. 10 company names today for web development.
Sometimes I think the internet is making us stupid-er
I use the internet A LOT. I have been very involved online since 1997 when I had my first AOL account. Being plugged into the “information superhighway” for 14 years has taught me a lot. So much that sometimes I can’t unplug- and that scares me.
Right now the internet is on my laptop, iPad, cell phone, and at my local coffee shop. As I sit here at my house alone, I have over 300 friends on Facebook, 60 followers on Twitter, 30 Tumblr followers and quite a few LinkedIn connections. That’s over 400 people/things hanging on to my every online move.
Before the internet when I was in elementary school, I think I had only 6 friends.
Unfortunately I’ve been feeling dumb lately. In my never ending quest for knowledge I’ve come across the most insane and pointless articles & blogs online. They promise things that can’t being delivered online. I’ve read their every word, follow every instructions, and yet I still don’t see the results I’m promised. These false promises come from names such as LifeHacker & Yahoo, and promise things such as:
“7 things you need to do today to make $100,000 this year while losing 20 pounds of belly fat” okay- I exaggerated. However headlines like these are meant to grab our attention while providing nothing of actual substance. I mean have you ever read these articles? They’re horrendous!
That sounds easy doesn’t it? Just pick up and go exercise. Okay done. Oh and facing my fears? Well that sounds hard plus I’m really not afraid of anything so I’ll skip that. I’m already pretty kind to people so I guess I’ll have an exceptional life. REALLY? I’m sure all those who have had exceptional lives have read this article too right?
Lastly there is The Truth about Childless Women brought to us from The Huffington Post- this better be so good. The problem is, I wasn’t aware childless women were lying to me in the first place. Now I have to hear the truth? And when I’m hearing the truth how do I know it’s just not another lie from a childless woman?
All this thinking is turning my brain to mush. I’m going to go read some scripture, walk in nature, and try to regain some lost brain cells.
It has been said that what really matters in this life is not what we hold in our hands, but what we carry in our hearts. May all our hearts feel not poverty and pain, but be filled with lots of friendship and love, values and virtues, goodness and most of all.. GOD’s favor! Be blessed today and always!
“Again, your challenge is not just to improve.
It is to break the service paradigm in your industry or market so that customers aren’t just satisfied, they’re so shocked that they tell strangers on the street how good you are.”—Jack Welch (via eventige)
This is truly how I feel about business. It’s in my blood.
JetBlue offers $4 flights from Long Beach to Burbank airport to help commuters avoid what’s been dubbed by the media as “Carmageddon” - The 56 hour period when the 405 Freeway is shut down in both directions for a 10 mile stretch between the I-10 and the 101. Jetblue isn’t making any real cash on this, but imagine the brand awareness that’s going out. Their building the image of a cool, hip, low-cost, dependable airline and I’m digging it.
Anyone from out of state is free to make fun of us for saying “The” before the freeway number.
At times, I’ve been a huge procrastinator. At other times I’ve been better. I tend to fall easily into procrastination because I can get away with it.
All my life I’ve been cursed with the ability to wait until the last minute on something, and still do a satisfactory job. In school this was in the form of studying the night before a test, preparing a presentation hours before it was due, or finishing that report at 4 am the morning of.
Procrastination is a curse. Here’s what I know.
With procrastination, I’ve been able to graduate college with a masters degree, get a job at a top tiered government agency, and make a comfortable living for myself. I’ve been able to impress people with projects & presentations. I feel like I live my life close to the top when compared with other people.
I hate it.
I hate procrastinating because it limits my ability- and I know my mind tricks me into thinking I am okay with that. Ever get a 90% on a report you did at the last minute? Or how about “Good job on that presentation McVerry” from your boss? I have, and I hate it. I am not living for 90% or “good job”.I am living for “Job well done good and faithful servant.” from the toughest grader (and only qualified) grader around.
When I procrastinate and do well, I feel like I am counterfeit.
It’s like taking steroids and winning a race. It’s fake, it’s false, and it always leaves me wondering, “What am I truly capable of?”
“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.”—George Washington (via riseofthemachines)
The idea that “the corporation” is somehow responsible for the world’s woes is sort of like blaming a car for drunk driving or a gun for homicide. There’s a fantasy cliche out there about swords that’s pretty instructive: a sword is just a blade. Good or evil is found in the wielders of swords,…
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”—Ronald Reagan