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Flying on Fios

September 15, 2008

After over a month of waiting, I finally got Fios installed.  I ranted an raved on my Twitter about how it was

such a pain to get these people on the phone and set up an install time and a package.  They screwed up my

order, couldn’t find my destination.. but then they found my tweets.

The Fios twitter guy

sent me a DM and tried to help me.  I am sure that they wanted me to shut up on Twitter.

The guy, Mike, came promptly at 8 AM and even let me have some time to wake up.  He went right to work and then took a lunch break.  He had some issues and wasn’t even able to set up the Fios software on my Mac because their software wasn’t Mac compatible.  It was funny because the install guy didn’t even recognize my Mac book.  He messed up the WEP password because he said he had “fat fingers” and had a hard time typing.  They were both learning how to install FIOS but were happy about it because they were bored setting up the past way.

They did not look like the “jerk face fios guy” who used the Bindle to do installs.  They didn’t even have the Bindle.  They had little beeper things and crappy little Tough Books.  But they did a good job.  I am flying!  My internet is so fast!

I also spent over a month with no Cable TV.  Thank god for HULU.  Without Hulu I wouldn’t be watching so many great new shows like Arrested Development. So, now I can watch anything (including client channels).  I am watching HBO and the other movie channels and I have DVR! I was so bored…

Now even Ish can wacth TV because before this he was watching himself on Youtube.

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Diane von Furstenberg Celebrates International Women’s Day – Enter To Win!

March 8, 2008

DVF Contest header

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    Live Blogging from DVF in Downtown NYC

    March 6, 2008

     Seven

    Tonight I am honored to be a guest at a play put on by DVF & Vital Voices; Seven. Seven is about seven amazing women. Tonight we are celebrating a Decade of Investing in Women to Improve the World. The play highlights seven extremely influential women from all around the world! Read the rest of this entry »

    When Print Emulates Web

    February 9, 2008

    Today while doing my cardio and reading magazines, I noticed something completely awesome in Inc. Magazine. I originally picked up the magazine because the front cover story was “How the Ford Model Agency Became the Hottest Thing on YouTube.” I actually didn’t know that the Ford Model Agency was successful doing digital videos, and after reading the story, I know now why.  It helps that the agency is compiled of beautiful women. Beautiful things are easy to look at and definitely have the best potential at going viral.

    Inc. Magazine

    Thumbing through the magazine I noticed that they tried to throw you back towards their website constantly.  Every article was about one of their online bloggers, giving links of more articles to read, more things to participate in on their site. And the awesome part was, every link that was printed on the page looked like a link as it appears on the web.  I don’t know what genius thought of this, but sure enough, when I got home from the gym…. I went to Inc.com.

    I am now definitely considering a subscription to Inc., as I am already subscribed to Wired, and I need more reading material for my long daily rides on the F Train. For the price of about $10 for the year, I can’t go wrong.

    Any other recommendations of awesome reads are greatly appreciated.

    Ugly Advertising

    February 2, 2008

    Is it really hard to ask marketing agencies and creative ad designers to create visually appealing ads for huge social networking sites? Am I really this ad sensitive, well yes!

    I spend somewhat around 8 hours online per day and an average of 40-45 hours per week. That is a lot of time spent looking at advertisements. I am not “Banner Blind” however in some cases I wish I was. Many people in the industry are even arguing over the future of banner ads. Either way, sometimes they get to me.

    They say there is no negative reaction when it comes to marketing.

    When I saw this ad on Digg, I got really grossed out. Then, to make it worse… I saw the same ads on Facebook. I couldn’t hide from it!

    Ugly Ad

    I started complaining about it on Twitter, but for some reason nobody talks to me on Twitter as much as they talk to everyone else. So instead, I gave in and went to the TriClear site. The site is pretty and even the “Success Stories” before and after pictures page was NOT as scary as their Digg and Facebook advertisements.

    There are many wonderful acne medication campaigns out there, and the Digg/Facebook audience is definitely the right target for TriClear. The more that I thought about it, the more it made sense. TriClear purposely created the most hideous advertisements to get their non-clicking, banner blind target to become interested…and it worked. If I had a nasty acne problem, I might try TriClear because of this. (Actually I would more likely go with Proactive because P Diddy backs it)

    According to the Duck Tape Blog: “Ugly Advertising Works!

    So I guess I have to get used to it……

    ugly ads 1

    WikiWine Bottle!

    January 16, 2008

                          Wine bottle

    Traveling around San Francisco with my friend Liz, we decided to get a California specialty, Two-buck Chuck (really cheap wine) from Trader Joes. Being a really cheap wine, I thought it would be a “twist-off”. However, when we got back to the hotel room (to read our feeds, and catch on up Social News <cough-geek-cough>) we discovered that this gross-cheap-wine has corks!

    I instantly remembered this happening to me before, and giving up. Being that my only option would be to go downstairs from the hotel and maybe ask a seedy bar if they could help out, I thought … “Duh! There must be a way to open this bottle without a corkscrew”.

    two buck chuck

    I instantly did a Google search, and thought about the SERPS. This was an interesting search I was doing, and I would’ve changed the wording around but I wanted this specific phrase. I wanted to go with LifeHack because I have trusted their content in the past, at the #4 position. And strangely there was a Metacafe (not a Youtube) video. But the most helpful link was the WikiHow results. Having never used Wikihow, I was skeptical as usual but this site gave me 6 different ways to open my wine bottle. The page was simple, the content I was looking for and 6 Ads by Google. Just how I like it 🙂 Might be a community I will be joining in the near future.
    Now I am happy drinking my wine!liz

    However, The only thing WikiHow didn’t mention is how much the process of opening the wine bottle without a corkscrew would hurt my friend’s poor finger.

    Vote for Me to be a Social Media Ninja!

    January 4, 2008

                     SM ninja

    I am running for Social Media Ninja over at Collective Thoughts.

    Even though I am a baby in the community… I would really appreciate if YOU could vote for ME.

    Here are the contest rules:

    1 – Please only vote for one candidate.
    2 – Votes must be received by Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 at midnight GMT.
    3 – Candidates cannot vote for themselves.
    4 – The decision of the Collective Thoughts team is final.

    VOTE HERE!

    Me

    (What are my chances of winning with this goofy picture!?)

    PS: I think it is pretty cool to be best known for Mixx.

    My Lack of Attention leads to My Lack of Interest

    December 28, 2007

    ADDEvery morning, while I am on the subway, I like to do many things at once….. but I tend to pile these things on top of each other. Before I walk out the door, my iPod is on. Once I am waiting for the bus, I am texting, reading blogs, planning campaigns, twittering, reading my Facebook messages, and my e-mails. When I finally make it to the subway, I am e-mailing, still planning campaigns, and playing games on my Blackberry. (2 weeks with my Blackberry and I can’t imagine life without it!)

    Now Remember- All the while I am listening to music, but how much do I care? I was very disappointed in myself this morning when I realized that I totally neglected being interested in “In Rainbows”, the latest Radiohead album. The whole album is on my iPod, I have read multiple music blogs who named it the best album on 2007, and I don’t even really know the album too well! As a huge music fan, and more importantly, HUGE Radiohead fan…what went wrong?

    Radiohead even had to change marketing formats to adjust to their audience (who I am sure is a lot like me)… It was a smart move on their part!

    VS ipod

    Has my love for gadgets, multi-tasking, and all-things-web taken away from my simple pleasures?

    There used to be a time when I bought a CD (what’s that?) and put it in my CD Player and listened to the whole thing on repeat in my room for hours. With everything that I am forced to keep up with everyday, 500 billion things on my to-do list, how will I ever regain attention for things I am interested in?

    10 Websites that Lived in my Tabs during 2007

    December 27, 2007

    Mozilla2007 was a huge year for Web 2.0 and my Firefox browser! Becoming almost unbearable, there are multiple sites that must be updated and checked on an hourly basis. Thank goodness for RSS readers. With the uproar of Social News, Social Media, and the overwhelming number of blogs to read, I thought it was about time to pay homage to the sites that have been living in my Firefox tabs.

    1. Facebook– As I discussed in my latest SEO Chicks post…this was the year of Facebook.                                                                                                                             Facebook
    2. Stumble Upon– This great tool can generate huge traffic spikes or keep you entertained for hours. Don’t forget to “Stumble” all my posts. There is also a topnotch Facebook application for Stumble Upon users. Stumble
    3. Digg*- Such controversy that I can’t help but to partake. Digg is often fun but also really annoying. I keep it open in my browser because I have a lot of friends articles to digg. “Gotta Digg”                                     digg
    4. Twitter– I’m really on the fence about Twitter. I get it and its fun and a great attention getter for 5 minutes… I’m not sure if I could ever get used to doing it. I tried doing it from my Blackberry, from IM, from the website, and I just don’t think it’s for me. However, I keep it open to read about my friends who love twittering.twitter
    5. Sphinn-Quite honestly one of the most addicting Social News Sites to pop up. It’s like an instant update of the industry. If I missed something while reading my daily feed, I get caught up on Sphinn. And of course its great to be able to give friends and mentors the props that they deserve. It’s like a huge community that is feeding each other!                                                                                                                                   sphinn
    6. Mixx- Even though this site is still very new, and I don’t see the word “beta” dissapearing anytime soon, it’s fun! It has fresh appeal to me and in my opinion is a lot easier to use than Digg, so it lives in my tabs!mixx
    7. Mashable*- A social news blog that updates so frequently, I am forced to read and re-read daily. Because I tend to get fustrated when I see the number (319) in my feed headline, I usually revisit Mashable during the day outside the reader!                                                                                                               mashable
    8. Engadget– The insanely popular gadget blog that in my opinion is as important to read as any blog. I’m a gadget fiend, and I love reading about new technology… I just wish I could afford half of the things reviewed on this blog.                                                                                                                                                      engadget
    9. SEO Book– The guy who wrote the book, Aaron Wall, has such useful website and blog! I research keywords using his tools all the time as well as use his SEO plug-in for Firefox. I keep his latest research tool open all day long.                                                                                                                                 SEO Book
    10. Gmail/Chat- OK, this is a given…but it lives in my tabs and on my Blackberry! I am a big fan of G-mail and G-Chat. A few weeks ago AIM integrated with G-Chat and now this is the most important tab on my browser. Last week, I had an issue with my Gmail account and I couldn’t sign in…. I felt like a part of me was missing. G Mail

    * These sites are most often read using my Bloglines reader.

    Bloglines

    Blogs you must Feed!

    December 25, 2007

    I had a weird experience today…

    My mother (who doesn’t even have her own email address) and who I am teaching about SEO and blogging, sent me a link to the Top Rank Blog with a list of Must ReadBIGLIST SEO Blogs compiled by Lee Odden. Odden is one of my favorite bloggers and speakers.

    Lee Odden

    Going through the list, adding to my Bloglines, and reading reading reading! I have a lot of new blogs to discover. I found a few good ones like:

    • Internet News – A general internet marketing and search news blog by Gwen Harris.
    • Nic ‘n Cher – Nicola Young from Scotland and Cheryl Clark from Canada are thoroughly enthusiastic about SEO and PPC and the writing shows.
    • NewspaperGrl – Janet Meiners writes about internet and affiliate marketing.
    • SEOidiot – Paul Madden is a cartoonist, designer, salesman, blackhat, & SEO.

    ….It is a really BIG list and I have tons more feeding to do.

    And of course there are the classics, including 10e20Chris Winfield and team blog about search marketing, social media and design.- Which was the first ever SEO blog I read, and is the perfect example Winfield gave as to why having the name 10e20, got them to the top of search and lists.

    So my mother asked, “Why isn’t your blog listed honey?” And while this blog is totally a baby in the blogosphere, my other blog is listed!!

    SEO Chicks – Julie Joyce, Lisa Ditlefsen and Anita Chaperon are women, or as they prefer to be called, “chicks” who know SEO and PPC. They decided after a few beers during a London conference that it was time to get some female attitude into the SEO & SEM blogosphere and here they are with lots of great photos from the recent SMX conference.

    I just need to ask Odden to add my name!