Why should I care about Facebook and Twitter?

Here is an audio file for you guys I thought would sum it up. Take a listen and leave a comment.

Entrepreneur vs. Employee, Which one are you?

There is a fine line between having an Entrepreneur mindset and an Employee mindset, lets see if you notice the difference:

  • Entrepreneurs are willing to risk it all, employees prefer to play it safe and stay off the radar.
  • Entrepreneurs can’t adjust to what society dictates, employees flow right along with the mainstream.
  • Entrepreneurs make the rules, employees follow rules.
  • Entrepreneurs make the jobs that employees work at, employees work their job.
  • Entrepreneurs want to affect/help people as much as possible, employees typically look out for themselves and what benefits them.
  • Entrepreneurs make the jobs that employees run. Neither can exist without the other.

Which one are you? Disagree with me? Comment below. Lets create a conversation around this.

Under 30 and Kicking Butt List

Derek Johnson over at his blog, http://thederekjohnson.com/, has come out with a list of those who are under 30 and running their own successful companies. Derek is a 23 year old CEO of internet startup, Tatango.com and quite successful in his area of expertise. I personally heard of him through Gary Vaynerchuk and Daniel Brusilovsky.

I’ve added myself to his list (I’m #29) and if you are a young entrepreneur, go ahead and add yourself to this list as well. It is always beneficial to see those your age who are going through the same things you are, rather than think you are alone in this area.

Twitter is Dead

Yes, and I have to say it. Twitter is dead.

I could make the same comparisons about Facebook, but for the sake of this post, I’m sticking with Twitter.

It has been my experience that as soon as something, anything, hits mainstream and is “talked up” all the time in the media means it is on the verge of dying out. Completely opposite of mainstream thought eh? Remember this point. Remember Furby? (And yes, I did have one for those wondering)

Want some examples? Remember MySpace? Probably not (I’m joking around :P). I remember when Myspace was “talked up” all the time in mainstream news, whether it was good or bad. Sure, the media shined more of a negative light on myspace, which accounts for most of the traffic, but the instant myspace hit the airwaves and everybody heard about it is when it hit its high point. Its declining right now, and having to cut 25% of its staff.

I’m applying the same principle here. I remember back in the early stages of twitter how much fun it was… It was a tight-knit community of like-minded people openly sharing ideas and links across the internet. I miss that. Now I have to sift through untold thousands of twitter spam accounts and spam tweets and spam direct messages to communicate with my audience and friends.

As soon as twitter hit the traditional news outlets all chaos broke loose. Spammers saw this as an opportunity as well and jumped on it. New people, who had no idea what twitter was, jumped on the bus, but soon jumped right back off. Twitter is bloated, and something needs to be done.

What do you think needs to be done?

Writing a Book

This is something I am seriously considering doing. It has been on my mind a while, on and off since last year (2008). I’m not going to self-publish it, I plan on getting it to a publisher and go the more traditional route of writing and publishing a book.

What would it be on you ask? It might be either New Media, Podcasting, or Young Entrepreneurship. I’m still debating on it, and would love to hear your thoughts on what you would most enjoy reading. I have a couple pretty good book titles for either, but I’ll keep those a secret until the book nears completion.

What would the format be? I’m thinking a how to book. Possibly bringing in some experts in the space that I choose and interview them to be included in the book.

But then again, its not up to me. Its up to what you want to read and what you would most enjoy. Tell me what you think, lets get a conversation going around this…

8-13-2009 Update: I will be writing a book for Young Entrepreneurs. Title is in the works and I am busy fleshing out the idea…

The Day the Media Died

I was browsing my usual flow of tweets from twitter, when one by Mitch Joel (@mitchjoel) caught my eye:

That video (included below) pulled out a strong reason for why I do what I do online. Actually, it was more of a reminder, but lets continue. For  me, the year old media died was 2007.

Do you see how powerful this movement is? Do you see the seismic shifts this is having across the globe, impacting every industry?

If you don’t see this, I’d encourage you to watch the video. If you do see this, how about a reminder of why we love this space we call “New Media”? 🙂

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