Society Archives

  1. Coupon Evolution

    In the email ad I received from Eddie Bauer for their Memorial Day sale this weekend: Print this email or show on your mobile device upon checkout. Emphasis mine. I think this is pretty darn cool.

  2. Email Address Typos

    There are few things that annoy me as much as the following scenario: Someone sends a message to me via a feedback form. I compose and send a reply. My message (the reply) bounces back because they mis-typed their email address. Sometimes I can look at the address and figure out what the issue was…

  3. Follow vs. Friend Model Clashes

    I’m not a big user of location-based social networks, but I’ve used Brightkite a bit in the past and I used both Gowalla and Foursquare a bit at SxSWi this past year. I’m now dormant on all of these, but I get daily friend requests on them from people I don’t know. I believe this…

  4. Paid Tweets?

    I received this email last week (posted with permission): Hey Alex! I am writing from MyLikes, an ex-Google social media/twitter advertising company that connects influencers on the web to advertisers. I wanted to send you an invite to be a premium influencer on MyLikes! Power twitter users such as yourself, can make money on Twitter…

  5. Ze Frank at SxSWi

    One of my favorite SxSWi events so far was the Ze Frank’s conversation. As alluded to on Twitter, I’m a Ze Frank fanboy, having 2-3 minutes of my life enhanced every day by The Show as it happened back in 2006-2007. The conversation was a somewhat surreal experience. A room chock full of people that…

  6. Conference Social Networking

    Social networking at conferences is very different than normal social networking. It simultaneously drives non-conference attendees nuts, while is an essential part of the experience for the conference attendees. I know both sides firsthand. I was ready to unfollow half of my Twitter stream during SxSW a couple years ago, and saw the benefits of…

  7. Colorado vs. Amazon

    This is really frustrating… Dear Colorado-based Amazon Associate: We are writing from the Amazon Associates Program to inform you that the Colorado government recently enacted a law to impose sales tax regulations on online retailers. The regulations are burdensome and no other state has similar rules. The new regulations do not require online retailers to…

  8. Late Night TV Hubbub

    I’m a bit baffled by all of the late night TV shuffling, arguing, debating, etc. Are there still people that watch TV (besides sporting events) at their broadcast time? I’ve had a DVR since 2002 – I can hardly fathom watching TV another way.

  9. Beware of PayPal Donation Chargebacks

    Yesterday I got a $10 charge from PayPal when someone who had donated $1 to me ($.67 after PayPal fees) disputed the payment. Besides being obviously frustrating, this is also quite interesting. The e-mail I received from PayPal stated: After careful consideration of the evidence provided by you and the buyer in the case referenced…

  10. An Alternative to RTs on Twitter

    Twitter-SPAM is on the rise, and I include RTs (re-tweets) in the SPAM bucket. I made a snarky remark about this a couple days back – and sure enough, it got re-tweeted. To mix my metaphors, RTs increase the noise part of the signal to noise ratio in what can already be a rather noisy…

  11. America09.com

    For the last couple of months I’ve had an Obama badge in my sidebar to show my support for his candidacy for president. The time for campaigning is done – it’s now time to focus on working together as a country. I’m now replacing my Obama badge with this: perhaps you’d like to do the…

  12. I *like* Twitter’s Unpredictability – Really!

    This is great (thanks Joe). I see people complaining and whining about Twitter’s downtime and issues1 all the time. I understand where they are coming from, but believe it or not I actually like the fact that Twitter isn’t a 100% reliable service. I don’t want Twitter to become a responsibility; I like having a…

  13. Let Down

    Update: NBC has now made this song available for download. Here is a direct link. The jazz version of O Holy Night at the end of tonight’s episode of Studio 60 knocked my socks off. When the voiceover said to go to nbc.com for more on tonight’s music, I was very hopeful. I thought, “perhaps…

  14. Shopping Online vs. Brick and Mortar

    I mentioned a few days ago that I was interested in getting a new keyboard and mouse. Through my own research and the comments on that post, the Logitech S 530 seems like the best fit for me. Normally, I just buy tech stuff online (from Amazon when I can), but a keyboard and mouse…