Facebook Goes Beyond College, High School Markets

This one is worth a read from TechCrunch.com. It seems facebook is now opening up their network to a select group of corporations…including Apple, Microsoft and Pepsi…more to come.

Facebook, which is rumored to be generating about $1m per week in revenue, is now allowing new users from corporate networks to join their social network (based on email address) in addition to high school and college students.

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Keeping It Real: Reaching Your Audience With An Authentic Voice

One of my friends from Canadia (yes Canadia) has a proposed manifesto at ChangeThis.com about “Keeping It Real” in todays culture. In a world where everyone is their own hype man and advertiser, these people are trying to build every small idea up to be the next big thing just to gain the attention of the media and a potential share of market in a certain niche that they themselves most likely don’t even understand. Julians manifesto plans to cover these topics and more. Wouldn’t it be nice to hear the truth instead of the hype? If you think so, click on the link below and give Julians Manifesto idea a vote. With enough votes, the manifesto will actually get written.

The business world is full of false promises and hype. Companies are constantly attempting to reach youth and underground culture – a culture that they do not understand and, often, do not care to. Instead, they do their best to create the air of authenticity, to buy their way into the hearts and minds of teenager and hipster alike. All the while, they are praying that they will not get caught (that is, if they even realize how fake they are being in the first place). Does this sound like your organization? It doesn’t have to. Keep It Real is a manifesto that asks genuine, important questions about the methods your organization uses to reach its customers. You will learn to address how you can best communicate with your audience – which may include taking part in the cultures you reach out to, and growing to understand and appreciate the value of their thinking and behaviour.

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Man Stabbed for Laptop in SF Wireless Cafe

Free Google Wireless Internet can’t come soon enough in this town. It’s a sad day when you have to question wether or not its worth taking your laptop with you someplace in fear of your life.

A San Francisco finance manager stopped in at a Mission District cafe and was tapping on his laptop as he enjoyed his coffee just before noon on a Thursday. Suddenly, he was under siege.

“I looked up, and I saw this guy leaning into me as if he was asking a question,” he said. “I leaned forward, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw someone fiddling with the computer cord. I tried to stand up, and as I stepped back, he stabbed me in the chest.”

The attack marked a violent turn in a wave of crime that has hit the city — the “hot spots” frequented by wireless laptop users are becoming hot spots for laptop robberies.

The 40-year-old San Francisco victim of the March 16 attack suffered a partially collapsed lung and was hospitalized for six days. The two suspects fled with his Apple PowerBook, worth $2,500.

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My Saturday with the Flu

A little late, but here is the story of my weekend not too long ago.

Hilites for this Post:

  • bumb grill
  • 20 cycle escort
  • haight ashburry = GAP
  • fever = 104
  • bribed lady at walgreens for cason

Last weekend was the weekend from hell for me. I had a temperature of 104 degrees with flu-like symptoms and to make things worse, Amy was back in Tennessee so no one was home to take care of me (or to take me to the emergency room if I were to start having a seizure).
In any case, the weekend had its ups and downs. Mostly downs, but while on my was back and forth to the pharmacy I had a few rays of sunshine. I saw my favorite local bumb having a bar-b-que. He was grilling what seemed to be about 3 pounds of raw hamburger, 2 green peppers and a few whole onions all on a little grill. Really strange to see a homeless guy chilling with a teddy bear all happy with his insane amount of food grilling in the stairwell.

Further down the street i was cut off by about 20 police motorcycles escorting a limo. Im not sure who was so important, but they might as well have been taping a movie with the amount of security and sirens there were. Continuing my walk out to the pharmacy, I realized I had the dog with me. I had been walking him after his supper and thought I should go to pick up a prescription, not thinking that I could not take the dog in with me. I ended up bribing some lady to pet my dog so I could go in the store for a few minutes.

And finally, where the famous Haight Street Meets Ashburry Street, what would you expect to find there? Smoke shops? Hippies? Earthy mom and pop shops selling weird nic-naks? Nope. It was the GAP. What the Hell.