Techerous

My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

September 2, 2014 10:59 pm July 7, 2014 11:26 pm
Taylor Swift: Forming a bond with fans in the future will mean constantly providing them with the element of surprise.

I’m not going to lie, I was actually expecting to be pleasantly surprised. I’m not a fan of her music, but seeing her published in the WSJ I thought maybe this was a well-researched, thought out piece by an industry insider who has exposure to the most successful sectors of it at the moment. Instead, Taylor Swift comes off as naive and pompous, completely disregarding that at least a portion of her success comes from the amount of money and resources being poured into placing her music in every outlet through which people discover music.  She almost gets there when she mentions her Myspace following a decade ago, and I certainly don’t disagree with her belief on how artists need to connect with the fans in the digital age, but Taylor Swift becomes Taylor Swift through her label promotions, not simply because her music is “truer” than everything else out there.  She shows no attempt to really explain the economics of the modern music industry or what will really keep it going in the future.  Surprising your audience has been around since The Grateful Dead were spending 90% of their show on a jam session, The Who were smashing their instruments, Elvis was shaking his hips and much much more. If creative surprises were the single solution to the music industry The Mars Volta would have been the biggest band in the world 4 years ago.

May 7, 2014 7:50 pm

mashable:

Patton Oswalt Is Trolling the Trolls on Twitter Once Again

Comedian, writer, actor and social media provocateur Patton Oswalt posted a series of tweets on Wednesday apologizing for offensive “deleted” tweets — that he never actually sent in the first place.

April 30, 2014 10:39 pm
Facebook's Zuckerberg: Our approach to development, IT has matured

techheat:

It’s no longer about moving fast and breaking things because the bug fixes were hell. Now it’s about move fast with stable infrastructure. …

Via ZDNet

It was only a matter of time, when you become too liable you’re going to lose some of your edge. Is this a sign that Facebook’s days of being innovative in any way are coming to an end?

April 23, 2014 7:49 pm
futuramb:


NYPD Twitter Campaign Catastrophically Backfires Within Minutes Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, vocativ.com
NYPD Twitter Campaign Catastrophically Backfires Within MinutesThey called for city residents to tweet pictures of themselves posing with police officers using #myNYPD. The result was a huge bust, but not in a good way The New York Police Departme…

What can we learn? If you have a negative reputation, don’t think that a social media campaign can help you… At least not without thinking deep about the rhetoric you use!

I think we need to add another “rule” to the internet, when trying to get participation or viral advertising, imagine the most cynical, ironic response possible and assume that is most of what you will get.

futuramb:

NYPD Twitter Campaign Catastrophically Backfires Within Minutes
Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, vocativ.com

NYPD Twitter Campaign Catastrophically Backfires Within MinutesThey called for city residents to tweet pictures of themselves posing with police officers using #myNYPD. The result was a huge bust, but not in a good way The New York Police Departme…

What can we learn? If you have a negative reputation, don’t think that a social media campaign can help you… At least not without thinking deep about the rhetoric you use!

I think we need to add another “rule” to the internet, when trying to get participation or viral advertising, imagine the most cynical, ironic response possible and assume that is most of what you will get.

April 22, 2014 10:24 pm
Facebook's friend problem

I entered college at the same time as the author and have seen myself and friends experience the same struggles as are described here.  Such a large portion of our lives became dedicated to this platform that almost perfectly replicated the structure we lived in online and are now finding ourselves in an environment that skews differently.  We now feel the need to adjust our online presence to our new environment and in order to remain relevant Facebook must give us the tools to do so.  

April 7, 2014 12:15 am December 30, 2013 1:42 pm
12 “it” social and content careers to watch for in 2014

Given the nature of tumblr I imagine this would interest a lot on this platform.  I know at least a couple it would specifically so I’ll try this hip new technique I see all the kids doing these days and tag their names to this post to make sure they see it.

October 29, 2013 11:05 pm August 21, 2013 6:29 pm
Tumblr Says Data Corruption, Not A Hack, Responsible For Strange Posts Appearing On Users’ Blogs | TechCrunch

nudityandnerdery:

shoebiedoo:

They’re trying to say that this only lasted around 15 minutes, but that’s not true. My feed was fucked for at least 4 hours. It started around 9/10 for me, and I went to sleep around 3.
I lost maybe 2 posts. But I don’t post that much. I couldn’t reply to posts. I couldn’t reply to messages.

Basically, I got to look at Devin’s cherry cheesecake and Rune’s unicorn poop for hours as the top two posts on my dash (which is great because those things are great) but they were all being followed by posts from people I don’t follow. 
And, again, I don’t care about porn on my dash. I just care when it’s porn from people that I don’t follow. It just seems like bad new for Tumblr considering how far they’ve tried to distance themselves from the naughty side of Tumblr.

Seriously, Tumblr? It was at least three and a half hours. It ate at least one of my posts. At least the posts I didn’t make are finally gone from my blog, but still.

Get your shit together, Tumblr. Or at least admit that something was fucked up.

It’s interesting how user groups respond to issues in the same way. Social media sites give us the ability to create content and our reaction to losing it is very similar to losing television and forms of media solely for consuming. I suppose it would make more sense for social media to prompt even bigger of a reaction given that.