Archive for October, 2008

A good wife always know her place. Wow.

October 27, 2008

I don’t even know what to say about this other than, we live in a VERY different world today.

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Obama’s Newest Campaign Supporter

October 23, 2008

BREAKING NEWS! Keeping up with the recent trend of d-rate celebrities thinking their opinions matter in the 2008 election, one more has announced his support.

Teddy Ruxpin Officially Endorses Obama

Where Will You Walk?

October 23, 2008

On Saturday, October 25, I am walking for the children of northern Uganda.

In the midst of the country’s 22-year conflict, over 1.7 million people have been forced to flee their homes and live in camps where huts are packed tightly together, access to clean water is limited, and disease and violence are rampant. On top of that, well over 25,000 children have been abducted for use as slaves and soldiers throughout the course of the war.

I am walking to tell this story, and to fundraise in support of programs in Uganda that focus on education, rehabilitation and outreach for the country’s war-affected youth.

GuluWalk is dedicated to providing a future for these children. That’s why I am walking and that’s why I need your help.

Donate to me today and help me reach my fundraising goal. Better yet, join me and sign up at www.guluwalk.com.

Thank you in advance for your support!
You can sponsor me through this site.

You can also sponsor my friend, who I will be walking with here.

Blogging: soooo 2004? – I’m not Convinced.

October 23, 2008

In a recent Wired Magazine article, the case is made that the days of blogging have long passed their prime. With flying accusations of cluttered blog space being overrun by professional bloggers, Paul Boutin argues that your blogging days should be over. In exchange for your witty takes on everyday life on your blog, he suggests relying on alternate media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr to share your thoughts.

I, for one, am not about to jump ship on the blog-o-sphere. It is true though, that there is endless clutter in the world of blogging today. However, that doesn’t mean you should stop blogging, rather you should venture to offer better quality and more targeted content to your readers. By catering your blog to a specific niche market, instead of a blog about everything you have a better chance of standing out.

This is where tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc… can be a blogger’s best friend. I can not think of a better, more effective means of promoting your blog than reaching out to people who are already in your social circles. Chances are, these people share plenty of interests with you and would be interested in what you have to say.

Think of a blog like an octopus. Your blog is the body, and each social networking tool acts as one of the arms helping the octopus to thrive. It’s still worth taking the time to “craft sharp, witty blog prose” and then express yourself to your potential audiences on your social networking sites.

The days of blogging are not over. So go ahead, be as clever as you want to be. And of course, keep reading this blog!

This post can also be read on the MGH WOM Blog

Tip’d – The Financial Digg

October 23, 2008

I am going to break some news right now. Our economy is in poor shape! There I said it. Amongst all of the confusion and fear of a plummeting stock market and bail outs, people are searching for any information that will help them with their finances and give them an idea of the economic outlook. Enter Tip’d – the newest member of the famed social media club on the internet.On the surface, Tip’d appears to be just another Digg clone trying to capitalize on the exploding social media market. But, once you look a little bit deeper… who am I kidding, it still looks like another Digg clone. With that being said, I am not about to simply write Tip’d off. Tip’d is a niche social media site, “a community for financial news, ideas, and tips”.

Launched just 3 days ago, with the backing of Digg super user Muhammad Saleem, Tip’d currently has about 600 users and nearly 400 posts. The premise of the site is the same as any other social voting site. Users submit stories, which are then “tip’d” by other users who would recommend the story. Top rated stories are then “published” on the front page of the site.

The site shows promise, and could not have been launched at a better time considering the state of all things economic. The site is now facing the tough task of convincing people to use a social media site that still has a relatively low number of users in a niche market. Cue early adapters and their influence on their social networks.

This site is definitely something to check out and has already got me reading some more of the economic news that I tend to miss out on every day.

Feel free to add me as a friend on Tip’d – Username: Rwalters

This post can also be read on the MGH WOM Blog

No Need to Block YouTube Content Because of Copyright

October 23, 2008

I understand that most networks now have arenas on their own websites where users can go and stream programming, in some cases entire episodes the day after they are on TV.

But, I think it is about time that they stop worrying so much about their content being streamed through other popular websites such as YouTube. For example,  Last week’s episode of Saturday Night Live, which featured Tina Fey as Gov. Sarah Palin was a huge hit online, but within hours of upload, NBC’s attorneys were issuing take-down notices to YouTube.

In some cases, the exposure that these clips are getting on third party sites is even greater than what the actual broadcast received. Take for instance the recent episode of The Late Show with David Letterman which was supposed to feature Senator John McCain, but due to the budget crisis, and a McCain no-show, featured a 9 minute McCain slam-fest from Letterman. The video went viral on YouTube and now is pushing nearly 4 million views, over a million more viewers than the average audience for the broadcast of the show.

In addition to increased brand and show exposure online, it has been proven that videos posted on online video outlets contribute to increases in actual viewership of the show. In one example, after video clips were posted to YouTube, the The Late Show with David Letterman saw a 5% increase in viewers the very next day (see story). These numbers can obviously lead to more tangible successes.

I think CBS CEO, David Poltrack hit the nail on the head when he said, “When you have something the public really wants, the economic value in that is to come up with a way to satisfy the rights holders and serve the consumers.”

In my opinion, broadcast companies need to start playing the game a little bit more. For the most part, people are not re-posting these videos for monetary gains, but instead to share content that they think the rest of the world should be seeing, and maybe getting a gold star for posting the number one viewed video on YouTube for the day! Perhaps they should even look into enticing people to share this content. After all, how much is a video like this worth to the popularity of The Office? Just a thought.

HE DIDN’T HAVE A HEART ATTACK?

October 17, 2008

I know this has been floating around the internet for about a year now, but I am going to my sister’s wedding in Texas this weekend, so I thought it was appropriate. I really hope something as entertaining as this will happen! Otherwise, I will just enjoy myself with some fried pickles at the Texas State Fair in Dallas.

Celebrities Unmasked

October 16, 2008

Proof that with enough money everyone can be attractive.
See: Penelope Cruz.

Who is the most attractive before makeup? I am going with Halle Berry.

Blog Action Day 2008

October 15, 2008

Today is Blog Action Day, and I am happy to support such a monumental outreach effort. Last year the viral campaign, Blog Action Day, launched, empowering literally thousands of bloggers all over the world to step up and talk about global issues. Last year it was the environment, today it is poverty.

Unfortunately, this is not a topic that lends to light reading. Each year, almost 50% of the world’s population lives on the equivalent of less than $2.50 per day, and the divide between the rich and poor is exponentially growing in the wrong direction. In 1960, the 20% of the world’s people in the richest countries had 30 times the income of the poorest 20% — in 1997, 74 times as much (Global Issues).

The issue of poverty is a world issue. It is not something that is just occurring in third world countries. It is prevalent in every city of every country in the world. What better time than now to reach out and make a difference. We believe that is all begins with education. Learn about the issues, and share that knowledge with others. Do a simple Google search for “poverty” and a wealth of information is at your fingertips.

From there you can begin making a difference. It is true, all of us can make a difference on an individual level, but think of the difference we can make when we come together!

For more information on Blog Action Day and 88 ways you can help visit: http://site.blogactionday.org/

A modified version of this post can also be seen at MGH WOM

Upper Marlboro High – Class of 1948

October 13, 2008
upper marlboro high - class of 1948

upper marlboro high - class of 1948

How career ambitions have changed over the years.

Francis DeSalles Ogle aka “Johnny”, was a young girl of 18 but had dreams much bigger than her age. This member of Boy Patrol longed for the day when she could boast the fact that she was a gas station attendant.

But lest we forget the hopes of Genevieve Alice Norfolk, who only wanted to type.

Dream big ladies, dream big.