Category Archives: Musings

The amazing webinar that will blow your shitty life away

In case you didn’t see the video, here it is. Also, go sign up. Like, right now. Do it. Don’t be a loser.




*in case you didn’t get it – this was a parody post.

I’m a Published Author. Sort of.

Don’t ask me how, but for some reason I came across a reference online, which told me that one of my old blogs (Bobmeetsworld.com) had one of it’s articles quoted and published in a real book.

So that might not sound like much, but I bought the book just now, and reading back my own words on actual paper, gave me the urge to write a blog post! Trust me, seeing your words in a paperback is SO much different than seeing them on your computer screen.

Blogging is what got it all started for me. Before Bobmeetsworld, I was an average Internet user. I emailed, I browsed, I downloaded, I chatted. then, I started blogging, out of sheer boredom and a bit of curiosity.

Today, I consider myself as an ‘Internet Insider’. I run a popular TV series website which attracts over 1.5 million page-views per month, I have connections with many other successful insiders, and I make more money online than what I earn in my day-time job. To be honest, I just have my day job so I get to spend time with real people during the day.

The Internet is a magnificent tool, a place to communicate with the world. Getting ideas, passing knowledge, making connections. There isn’t a thing you cannot do online. What you need to learn though, is how to use it. How to behave and communicate with other people online. You only get out of it what you put into it.

Collaboration is key in most online success stories. Bloggers collaborate with their readers. Social networks collaborate with their users. We all need each other to gain success, and that’s why you need to respect other views and opinions. It’s all too easy staying anonymous and give out. It’s much harder to adapt and engage on more levels than your comfort zone has.

The book: (Now Is Gone: A Primer on New Media for Executives and Entrepreneurs)

solitude

Anti Social in a Social WWWorld

How much longer will Mr. Webster acknowledge the word “anonymous”?

solitudePhoto by Payton Guerra

Does anyone remember good-old IRC? I used to spent hours a day, chatting away to other geeks in the #root channel. At one stage I could even call myself a Net-admin since I had my own 100Mbps server from the Amsterdam exchange hooked into an large IRC network. Aah – those were the days.

There was no filling out profiles, no poking and no little green patch requests. All you needed was a nifty nickname and an even spiffier exit message. There was only text. I tend to think that my mindset got stuck in that period when I look back at it now. I was what you could call ‘anti-social’. If I didn’t like what you had to say, you were booted from the channel. If you kept on being a prick, you got K-lined (banned)from the server or even the network. We had no faces. We had no responsibilities.

Fast forward to current day. EVERYONE has a Facebook account. Even our Moms. We all have or had a Myspace page, and if you don’t Tweet, you’re kinda weird. You can’t just have clever and witty remarks anymore to make an impression. People don’t go to eat in an empty cafe.

You’ll have to boast a large number of friends and followers on your social profiles. You have to have pictures of yourself for all to see. They want to know what you ate last night, who your favorite band is, what books you read, and what your sexual preference is. If they don’t like what they see in your profile – they simply won’t connect with you.

So in order to keep up, you have to get socially accepted on the Net, you’re going to have to play the game. Follow random strangers on Twitter. Become ‘friends’ with anyone on Facebook. Share all your photos on Flickr. Let us know what you’ve been listening to on Last.fm. You’ll need to establish your web-presence to get respect. Try not to piss off too many people – Online, word spreads faster than a speeding bullet.

But what if you can’t? What if you don’t want to reach out and connect? What if you have burned one bridge too many? Well I guess you’ll be stuck in second gear for the rest of that ride. There is no turning back this social web 2.0 crap. You’re either in or out. Don’t get me wrong, I know there’s always the possibility to live completely offline, but you will probably soon find that you’ll have less and less people to be social with in real life.

No matter how advanced all this social technology gets, we will always be the weakest link.