Hating on Congress is a beloved American tradition. Hence Mark Twain’s old joke, “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” But the 112th Congress is no ordinary congress. It’s a very bad, no good, terrible Congress. It is, in fact, one of the very worst congresses we have ever had.
Twitter & LinkedIn Are Taking Their Users For Granted - I'm Pissed Off
Twitter and LinkedIn are taking their users for granted. For a long time, I’ve been looking for a way to cross-post across Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Finally, I found a way to setup Tumblr so that it cross-posts to Facebook and Twitter. I had connected my Twitter and LinkedIn accounts so that my tweets would end up on LinkedIn. I mostly use Tumblr for professional stuff (though not exclusively).
This approach fell apart when LinkedIn & Twitter announced that they were no longer going to support the integration that allowed tweets to show up as LinkedIn updates. So now, though my Tumblr posts go to Twitter, they don’t get posted to LinkedIn. Twitter has some lame explanation about improving experience blah, blah. What a crock! They are trying to close their network.
I am hoping that Tumblr will implement a way to connect to LinkedIn so that my posts can be connected to my LinkedIn account. Otherwise, I’ll have to find a new way. The issue is not the effort, but the fact that this landscape is constantly changing and whatever way I find will break due to these companies idiocy. Hopefully, the new way is not a new platform which will leave my content stranded on Tumblr.
“Yesterday’s announcement that Microsoft would write-down the 2007 acquisition of aQuantive raised my opinion of Steve Ballmer another notch. Steve makes mistakes, but he also owns up to them. So let’s travel back and see how Microsoft got into this mess.”—Hal Berenson has written a good post on the write down of Microsoft’s aQuantive acquisition and the history behind it.
Brilliant blog post in Monday Note by Frédéric Filloux on the power and risks of brand advertising.
In advertising, Brand Content is the new black. You can’t bump into an ad exec without hearing about it. It’s the new grail, the replacement for the other formats that failed and the latest hope for an ailing industry. But there are side effects.
Bill Keller has a brilliant op-ed piece in the NY Times about privacy and Facebook.
[W]e deplore the violations exposed in the phone-hacking scandal at Murdoch’s British tabloids, while we surrender our privacy on a far grander scale to Facebook and call it “community.” Our love of Facebook has been a submissive love.