Moms of Geeks unite! Is your son or daughter a computer geek? Do you feel like you are stuck on the bypass of the “information super highway”? Are you afraid to face up to Facebook, Tweet on Twitter, open Pandora’s box? Well this is the place for you. We Moms are used to teaching our kids what we know; but now we Moms ofGeeks are having to catch up to all the new technology and numerous web sites that abound on the internet. There is hope for us though. If you are as fortunate as I am to have a son geek who is willing to be patient and teach you about what is out there and also why it is relevant to your life, you can jump on board and meet others in the world who live similar lives. I am new to all of this but have found that sites such as Twitter, Flickr, Facebook & Strands are great ways to keep up with my son’s very busy life. (It also helps him mind his Ps & Qs because he knows Mom is watching!). We can share pictures and day to day experiences even though we may be on opposite sides of the country. This is a site where we can share thoughts and ideas about being Moms of Geeks and learn from each other so we can wow our kids with what we know.
Calling all San Francisco Startups - Operation mainSTREAM is comin' at ya!
So I’m doing this whole focusing on bringing technology to the mainSTREAM thing. Not a simple task, but one that has to be done and focused on at some point right?
Remember the 90’s? Yack, I do. Let’s not do that again, k?
I’ll be in San Francisco (the valley, dum dum dummmmm!) from September 27th until October 20th to support the first phase of Operation mainSTREAM.
Phase one includes talking to startups who have services that are considered to be “Web 2.0 services”. What do I want to talk about? How they see their services going mainSTREAM, how do they see moms and dads and youth groups using their stuff. Because I say if everyone can’t use something in some way, it’s not all that useful, eh? Sure, some things will always be just for geeks, but who doesn’t get a kick out of their Uncle grokkin’ Twitter?
We need to be geek interpreters to our non geek friends and family, instead of talking amongst ourselves about failwhales and downtime and followers and leaderboards. If I’m wrong, feel free to call me an asshole in the comments, I won’t care, as long as you tell me why.
So where do you come in?
Tell me what your favorite SF area startups are in the comments (provided by the awesome Disqus), and tell me how you see them hitting the mainSTREAM. I’ll do the hard work and reach out to them and set up a face to face meeting while i’m in the bay area to get them to jump on board.
So pass this link around, drop your thoughts in the comments and help me out so I can help us out!
So Blogworld expo was an absolute blast, met up with a lot of friends and met some new ones as well.
One of the things that came up a lot was following people online. We all do it, right? But what is the definition of follow?
I think everyone takes the literal technical meaning of following way too far. For example. X follows 3,400 people on Twitter. Well, not really.
How many of those people do they really follow follow, as in pay attention to and get value from or interact with? Only they can answer that.
People wear their followers and the people they follow as a badge of sorts, as a way to show how important or influential they are. And I’m not really sure why.
I’m not sure how many people “follow” me on Twitter, but I’m guessing about 20 people only really pay attention to stuff that I say, and I appreciate that. Maybe more are paying partial attention to me, but they’re definitely not “following following” me.
What are your thoughts? How many people do you REALLY follow, and how many people REALLY follow you?
Quality vs. Quantity. I’ll take the Quality please.
Now, that doesn’t mean that I value having lots of followers on Twitter, or Facebook or anything. That’s fine. I’m just trying to figure out the true definition of Following, so help me out!
It always seems some folks push back on what I do and why I do it…as far as a career. Well, it’s quite simple.
Technology is the now and it is the future. It won’t own us, we will own it. We are and will be using services that make our lives easier. We’re using services to communicate easier than ever before, to share photos with loved ones all over the world.
The team busted their ass on this one and I’m proud of them. Where did most of the ideas for changes come from? You. Members of the site and the tech community.
Some of the changes:
* more prominent “strand” (center column) - fluid width * cleaner UI * larger avatar images (reupload your avatar image to get better quality at large size) * less lightboxes * new “share something” box * more prominent play icons * and much much more
How many times in your life do you get to be a part of an awesome company with brilliant people and a team who gets things done? Well this is my 3rd. I am lucky.
If you’re not on Strands yet, go to http://www.strands.com and click on request an invite and put in “drew” (without quotes) as the promo code.
Let us know what you think, we listen. You can call me, email me, tweet me, facebook me, pownce me, whatever works for you. Doesn’t matter where you are, or whether you think your opinion matters…it does. And so do you.
So this whole “Internet Thing”? Yeah, pretty much awesome.
UPDATE: Thanks for the call Mike. No, this isn’t Operation oOo. Will be announcing September 20th in Vegas though!
Clever enough to put on a damn shirt? Yeah, thought so.
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$5 out the door, yo. Get on it and comment me up with your email so I can send you a code!!!!!
I just want something beautiful I wanna look in your eyes I wanna listen to you sing my favorite song and cry I wanna reach into your oceans I wanna calm your sea and your storms I wanna let you take a hold of this sinking ship and lead me home
But I am not what you need But only so much stronger But you are such a pleasant fiction to me So I guess that I’ll dream of you a little longer
I wanna pack up and move with you And never look behind I wanna take your hand as we chase down the skyline I wanna tell you my stories And wake you up in the middle of the night I want you to tell me I’m wrong And I just want you to smile at me when I’m right
But I am not what you need But only so much stronger But you are such a pleasant fiction to me So I guess that I’ll dream of you a little longer A little longer
Don’t wanna take the light from your eyes It would be nice if I could hold you tight While we lay in the sand You could love what’s left of this lonely excuse of a man
But I am not what you need But only so much stronger But you are such a pleasant fiction to me So I guess I’ll dream of you a little longer
And I am not what you need And only so much more But you are such a pleasant fiction to me I guess I’ll dream that you’re here to keep me warm Keep me warm
So, Microsoft has invested in Facebook. They have ad deals and whatever else. Although that’s not the story here.
This new design of Facebook, which I hate for reasons I couldn’t pinpoint, is eerily similar to that of an operating system. Say, Windows?
I’m pointing out the obvious here, I know. But damn, when did Facebook become my personal life desktop operating system thingy? Apparently now. But I’m not buying into it just yet. It’s closed like an operating system. It’s got apps like an operating system. It’s free like an oper….oh wait it’s free, unlike Windows/Mac. It’s an operating system that has no system requirements other than a basic computer and internet.
(this is a guest post from Lynda aka @ sw33ti3 aka Drew’s mom)
Here is a new tip for those with MACs who like to be creative. I bought Print Explosion Deluxe for MAC to make cards, crafts and scrapbooking. It has lots of projects and graphics for us Mom types to make stuff.
And also found out how to fix a problem with printing that we had. We have several printers, one is a large (commercial) laserjet. When we were sending print jobs to this printer everything printed in black & white. I was perplexed! In the box that comes up after choosing “print” from File uNder the choices for orientation and scale there is a box with arrows . Click & choose Color Matching and it will then print in color. This bothered us for a few days until Bob figured it out. The other printers are fine though.
Why is that good? Because we need more people like Bre. People who are passionate and care about things and do it because they love it. He makes things. And whether you like to make things or not, you can’t help but be completely in awe of how he gets around gadgetry and workbenches. Bre doesn’t do what he does just to get on TV. He does it because he loves it. It’s his THE dream.
Watch: History Hacker Friday, September 26, 2008 9PM The History Channel