Is it me or is it her?

October 24, 2007

My wife does not find Lolcatz funny. No no, not even a little bit.

But seriously, how can you not snort milk out of your nose when you get a picture like this? OK, it’s not a cat but otters are by far the coolest creatures on the planet. Discuss!

Funny picture - Who maked my water go hard?


Since I’m doing video clips and Matt showed me his namesake, I thought I’d link to that as well.

Also, it’s a good excuse to try out linking (I like it) and to tell you to ignore the real Dancing Matt video and go straight to the outtakes. The music’s funnier.

Lip Dub – Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger from amandalynferri on Vimeo.

hmmm. not as embedded as I would have liked. Wonder what I did wrong there… Oh well, enjoy the clip if nothing else!

What to do next?

October 19, 2007

So the course is over… two days of workshopping social media.

The take aways from that (not including curry) include: a clearer picture of what I’m going to do for the company’s social media strategy; a better level of understanding of Australian corporate/government department life; a loathing for Dell’s decision to change the way their laptops charge (meaning I couldn’t charge the damn thing with anything other than a this year charger (so many thanks to G for the loan of hers) and a blog.

What to do with the blog is a big question… it doesn’t have a purpose as such beyond demonstrating how easy it is to set up a blog and I fear (FEAR!) blogs that don’t have a mission. It’s too much like wanking for my fancy.

So I’ll keep this up for a bit and play with embedding stuff and whatnot. For now.

Memo to self

October 16, 2007

Before we left the office I said to Matt “The last thing I must do is forget my laptop power cord” so naturally the last thing I did was forget the power cord. Sigh. So here I am using the Marriott in Melbourne’s business centre typing on a flat ugly little keyboard feeling my carpels tunneling, or whatever it is that carpels do.

However, I have homework to do (memo to self II: when booking courses look for ones that don’t have homework) so I’m here at 0717 typing away.

The homework is easy enough – blog about what we’ve learned about blogging. Can you feel the irony? Is this post-modern posting (and has that joke been done already? I shall google for it later) or just an excuse for me to jump on the net?

So what have I learned? It’s been more about confirmation than straight out learning for the most part. I had these various ideas (for want of a better term) about blogs and social media. I’ve been dabbling in it for a while and slowly drawing together my thoughts on a Strategy for the bosses and what these guys have done is confirm that yes, it’s a growing area; yes, it’s important from a corporate point of view and yes, Yes, YES it’s bags of fun.

Corporate wise, I’m thinking we’ll need to discuss blogs and podcasts in the first instance. Podcasting should be good for internal comms because we already have a radio station (ahem) and it’s used in a haphazzard way to talk to the staff (in particular the call centre staff). We can fix that. Matt has the skilz (he’s a l33t HaXor even though my phone number is 72 1337 which really makes me the l33t one) and we can be interviewing staff, both upstairs and below, and letting everyone have access to it. The sales teams will like it too and since the company does have a radio communication network we could even ‘cast it out to the masses to their mobiles! Gasp!

Blogging is probably something we would look at for external comms and frankly I’m giving serious thought to recommending we let any staff member set up a blog and we’ll host it and they can build that community in a similar way to Sun Microsystem’s approach.

But that’s a (sorry) balls out approach and I’m not sure I can convince anyone that throwing away control over what our staff say (even though that control doesn’t actually exist and isn’t even a guideline at the moment) in a public forum is a Good Thing (TM).

But what an opportunity. From a purely selfish point of view we’d get media coverage out of it. We should be seen to be thought leaders on this, we should be cutting edge. From a comms point of view it’s exciting and scary and I tend to think we should do those things rather than avoid them, but that might be purely an emotional reaction rather than a thought-out response. I tend towards the “if it won’t help to slow down, pour it on” school of thought which gets me out of more trouble than it gets me in but isn’t necessarily the best thing for a corporation to adopt.

Today is the second (and last) day of the workshop so I’m hoping we can have a good look at responding to other people’s blogs (something I do a lot of) and managing that process. I’m not sure if any of the other attendees want to have a conversation about blogs as a customer service tool (got a problem with your xxx? Log on and ask for help) but I’ll see if we can get that off the ground as well.

And I must get a copy of that video clip off Lee’s site. HR will love that. Blogs and YouTube as recruitment tool. Nice.

I once went to a press event where the spokesman stupidly asked if there were any questions. The room was full of Aussie media and the presentation (I think it was storage hardware) had not gone well. One wit shouted: “Yeah, where’s my bloody rocket backpack?” much to the amusement of the reporters and the confusion of the (American) presenter.

Him: What do you mean?

Journo: In the sixties I was promised a rocket backpack and I’m still waiting.

Him: Sir, we make storage hardware, not rocket backpacks. I’m not sure I can help you with that.

Rocket backpacks, along with the cure for the common cold, personal submarines and flying cars, have always been about 20 years away, but one thing that has been delivered after a long period of promise and (apparently) demand is the video phone.

Remember Aliens or Blade Runner or even 2001: A Space Odyssey? Video phones abound and everyone wanted one. Well, now you can (sorry) have a video phone. Sadly, nobody seems to use them or want to mess about with video calling. Except me. I use it. I call my daughters on it and they LOVE it and don’t know it’s geeky and somewhat moronic… and I’ve just used it to phone home and say gidday from Melbourne and now I’m homesick. Blah.

OMG Bunnies

October 16, 2007

My question is: what would Anya think? Eh?