I've been thinking about a lot of things this week. I've also spent more time on Twitter this week which really tends to fragment my thinking. So, it's a round-up-y kind of post today.
Animated GIFs are the future of communication.
I spent a lot of time on Gawker Media properties this week (Jezebel, Gawker, IO9) and over there, the lingua franca is definitely animated gifs. Comments on most articles are rife with them. And occasionally a post will be a "GIF Party". I also see them used a lot over at GoodReads on book reviews. This review of 50 Shades of Grey is probably one of the most famous.
Hilariously, I just tried several times to upload an animated GIF, but Typepad said they were all "invalid format". UGH. WTF, Typepad?!
Reading - why can't I just spend all my time doing it?
I am barely on track for my reading challenge this year. Recently, I met Jhenifer Pabillano, a social media professional here in Vancouver. I am in awe of how she has tracked her reading over the last 10 years as well as the volume of what she has read.
Speaking of reading, I wrote a review of something I read.
Star Trek FAQ 2.0 (Unofficial and Unauthorized): Everything Left to Know about the Next Generation, the Movies, and Beyond by Mark Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Recently Netflix Canada starting carrying the entire Star Trek TNG series and we've been binge watching the series. We're about 5 episodes from the 7th season and series finale. And I wish I would have had Mark Clark's Star Trek FAQ 2.0 (Unofficial and Unauthorized): Everything Left to Know about the Next Generation, the Movies, and Beyond when we started.
I was never really a fan of Star Trek the original series and not the movies either, until Generations (the crossover movie), so that definitely colours my review of this book. I skimmed the bits about the movies (and I felt there was a little too much Shatner bashing). BUT, overall, I really enjoyed this book and I am glad I have it as I finish my STTNG odyssey.
Read the rest of this review!
How do you tell a fellow marketer they are doing in wrong?
So, this is actually a real challenge I'm having. A marketing colleague of mine who is crazy smart and thoughtful and good at what he does is running a Facebook promotion which violates their guidelines. For the non-marketers in the crowd, according to Facebook Guidelines, you can't use "Likes" or "Shares" or "Comments" as entries into a contest. So, all those pages that we love that say "Like this for a chance to win" are actually violating Facebook's terms. To run a contest, you need to use a third-party app.
Well, he's running a "Like or Share for Entry" contest on Facebook. And I think I should probably mention it to him, because he does work for big brands. And while this is a small group for which he is running the contest and Facebook likely won't shut it down, I wouldn't want him to face that with a larger client. So, how to tell him without being a douche?
Oh, and I don't think I'm being a passive agressive jerk by posting about it here. I don't think he reads my blog :)
Google Reader - have you switched?
It's June 26. Google Reader shuts down in 5 days. I haven't switched. I'm thinking Feedly?! Lifehacker does a round-up.
Yay, US gays!
Father Tiger is awesome.
OMFG, Wendy Davis is really awesome!!
Stay Strong, Alberta!
How to help ...
- Volunteers register via yychelps.ca
- Donate via the Red Cross
- Donate to the Siksika First Nation
- HuffPo has a good, comprehensive list of other ways to help!
- Follow Calgary Mayor @Nenshi - if all politicians were like him, WOW.