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Short Emails

I write short emails. Usually no more than five sentences, often fewer. The sentences tend to be truncated in their own right. Sometimes people complain to me that I write short emails, and they don’t know what I am thinking. I don’t care, I keep them short. Why write short emails? Shakespeare once said, “brevity is the soul of wit.” For me, it’s the essence of sanity. Conversely, Mark Twain said, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” He must have had more time and patience than me. Here are a few reasons why: Efficiency The first and most important reason for short emails is efficiency. The amount of emails I […]

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Instapocalypse and the Permission War

Image by tres.jolie How’s your Instagram account treating you now? Feel better now that Instagram restored some of its original terms of service, and recommitted to observing permission marketing norms with photos? It seems like every four or five months we experience some outrageous Internet drama where tech and marketing bloggers declare the death of a brand. Instagram, Chick-fil-a, Netflix, Walmart, etc. have all been condemned for some egregious act of anti-socialness. And then of course, the brands don’t die, and in most cases correct the wrong, recover, and prosper. In the case of Netflix, they are making more money than ever before. Yet the “Instapocalypse” was different. Like other faux deaths, the network’s daily user losses seem to be […]

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No Respect for Train Wrecks

The train wreck scene in Super 8 captivates you with its sheer level of destruction, power and unbridled fear. The scene is an awesome spectacle of sheer force and damage, one that you replay a couple of times to see which parts you missed. That doesn’t mean you want to hang out by the tracks for the next scheduled train wreck. Yet isn’t that how some online personalities act online? Image by Grand Canyon NPS A continuous train wreck of blog posts and social media updates detailing questionable acts and bad decisions definitely commands attention. Affairs, drunken debacles, bad business decisions, on and on. Kim Kardashian or Ozzy Osbourne imitations, the reality blogging is quite stunning. If the bumbling stumbling […]

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