Kevin Smith is an online god
You know Kevin Smith as a very successful movie director, despite the recent box office disappointments. He’s also become quite a force online, with a huge Twitter account and a very popular podcast – called the SModcast.
Wired recently caught up with Smith and he gave them a very funny interview in which he discussed his social media popularity.
Wired: But online, you can do just that, right? You seem to have amped up your Web presence since that movie.
Smith: Oh, I’m online all the time now. I’m not an outdoorsy type. Everything I do that’s not related to filmmaking or child-rearing or trying to fuck my wife is online. The medium of Twitter is built for me. I recently did a 24-hour tweetathon, and people asked me how I did it. I said, “The only difference between this and my normal regimen is that I let you know I was doing it.” I have 1.6 million followers—this army of people who think like me. There aren’t enough of us to invade a whole country, but we could probably take Quebec.
Wired: They’re numerous enough to put a book-length collection of your blog posts on best-seller lists and fill auditoriums to see you talk about whatever pops into your head.
Smith: Yeah, I used Twitter to sell out Carnegie Hall. My dream is to never have to take a real job again. If my next movie bombs and nobody ever gives me another dollar to make more, I wouldn’t care. I don’t need to do it anymore. I was never convinced that the film thing would last anyway. It just made me interesting enough to have a Web site.
Smith also discussed the tweetathon recently with Will Harris on Bullz-Eye.com.
I thought it was awesome. I’ve been training for it for, like, 15 years, though. We’ve been on the web since 1995, so I guess that’s actually 14 years. But I was ready. I was always curious, because I’ve spent hours upon hours on the web answering questions over the years, but the one that I’d never done was do it for 24 hours straight. I was kind of curious: “Can I pull it off?” And, alas, I could. (Laughs) It’s a mean feat. It’s not like someday my kid’s gonna be standing over my grave, and somebody’s gonna hang her a folded flag and say, “You know what? This is ‘cause he did 24 hours straight on Twitter.” But it’s just one of those little personal victories, like, “I wonder if I can do this.” And I did it. A stupid goal, but I accomplished it. Life’s all about…for me, at least…having very stupid achievable goals. That way, you always feel like a winner.
This interview also goes into great detail regarding Smith’s Smodcasts. The guy really gets this stuff.
Posted in: New Media, Social Media
Tags: filmmaking, Kevin Smith, Kevin Smith podcast, Kevin Smith SModcast, Kevin Smith Twitter, podcast, podcasting, SModcast, tweetathon, twitter
Revisit your childhood and relearn Bingo
It’s not everyday you get a chance to take a trip down memory lane. When I was a kid I spent a lot of time in school playing all kinds of games. One of my favorites was Bingo. It was the perfect afternoon game. It required that we all pay attention to the teacher as she was calling out numbers, but it also gave me the chance to socialize and goof off with my friends in between calls. I know I don’t spend enough time playing these kind of enjoyable games these days.
Google search tips
I found some good tips on this list. Get more Google search tips here and here.
The Benefits of Debt Consolidation
Using Debt Consolidation to Reduce Bills
People use debt consolidation as a way to eliminate bills and increase their income. Debt consolidation is a very popular method to get rid of debt and doesn’t require any complicated procedures. When a person does a debt consolidation, they are essentially grouping the total amount of money they’re paying out in bills into one flat payment. This payment amount is a sum of the bill payments combined. The total is significantly less than if they paid each bill separately. It is a much preferred way to maximize a person’s income and reduce their outgoing expenses.
Debt Consolidation Helps with Budgeting
To take full advantage of debt consolidation, a person should include everything in their budget that carries a balance. This includes all items from student loans to motorcycle payments. Once everything is combined, the loan company then consolidates them and issues a new payment amount that will take care of all of the bill payments. Their debt then becomes a flat payment instead of several smaller ones.
Extra Income for Other Expenses
Once a person has numerated their expenses and totaled them, they have a clearer picture of what their outgoing debt payments. Debt consolidation helps to free up income so that the extra money can be used for other expenses. The extra income can also be used to further offset the consolidated debt. This is why the method is so popular and encouraged for those who have a high debt ratio. Other benefits of debt consolidation include a reduction in the number of missed payments on outstanding bills. There is only one bill to pay with one due date. This eliminates the chances of late or missed payments altogether, making the benefits of debt consolidation a highly preferred method of reducing expenses.
It’s important to take preventative measures for the health of your dog. If you have a puppy or get a new dog, you should consider some heartworm medication, for which there are several options. Your best bet is going to be a daily supplement to protect your pet. Consider an option like Sentinel.
Sentinel is a flavor tablet you can give to your dog on a monthly basis for heartworm prevention.
Sentinel for dogs and puppies is a monthly flavor tablet that prevents heartworm disease and controls fleas. Sentinel is a prescription pet med that also controls adult hookworms and removes and controls adult roundworm and whipworm infections in dogs and puppies. Sentinel is sold in 6 and 12 packs for dogs and puppies in weight ranges of 2-10 lbs, 11-25 lbs, 26-50 lbs, and 51-100 lbs.
Another pet treatment to consider is Frontline Plus. Few things can be worse for an animal than living with a flea infestation. They’ll scratch their skin raw trying to get to the source and you’ll likely find yourself doing the same.
Save Money on Marketing With Discount Printing
Whether you want to print up business cards for a home-based business or make posters for a fundraiser, discount printing can save you money. While many people think discounted products sacrifice quality, today’s discount printing often offers the same quality you get from regular printers. Many printing companies can sell their products for less as a result of newer printing techniques, like digital printers, that reduce the company’s expenses.
In some cases, online printing companies offer discounts on discontinued products. This means that they can sell their remaining inventory, which allows them the room and the funds they need to order the latest products. You can find postcards, business cards, stickers, brochures, newsletters, and more at discounts of up to 60 percent off the original price. If you don’t need to stick with a certain style for your marketing plan, this can be a good way to save money.
Like other businesses, online printers use discount printing as a way to drive sales. By offering discounts on printing, companies attract traffic to their website. Once people enter the site to shop, they’ll usually look at other products or specials from the company. In this way, the discount printing becomes an integral part of the marketing plan for the printer.
If you’re skeptical about using discount printing, look for an online printer offering a 100 percent customer satisfaction policy. Guarantees will vary from company to company, but many include a cash back guarantee. Some companies won’t offer cash back, but they’ll offer to reprint the product if you’re not satisfied. Read the fine print of the offer before you order to make sure that you understand exactly how it works. In some cases, you may get cash back less shipping expenses or processing costs. For more savings, look for online printing companies offering free shipping.
Using a Payday Advance for Emergencies
A Payday Advance Helps in Emergencies
Financial emergencies are a part of life. Very few people are prepared to deal with financial situations that occur suddenly. Using a payday advance is a great way to help manage bills between pay periods. It works especially well when a person has a consistent income and they know what their expected pay will be on payday. This allows the person to manage their bills more effectively and take full advantage of the benefits of a payday advance loan. A payday advance is often used for emergencies in paying bills or in situations where cash is needed quickly.
Applying for a Payday Advance Loan
The application for a payday advance is generally quick and short. The only things that are sometimes needed include proof of income and proof of employment. The payday advance company provides details and requirements on the loan’s repayment. In some cases, there are incentives for paying the loan off earlier than stated in the contract. Once the applicant has built a solid repayment history, they may receive more benefits. If there are timely repayments with the payday advance company, the applicant may be approved to receive an increase in their next loan advance.
Increasing the Chances of a Payday Advance Loan
There are a couple of things that an applicant can do to ensure their immediate payday advance approval or for any future needs. The applicant should make sure they have a viable source of income. They need to be sure that their income is sufficient enough to pay the loan back as required. The applicant can help make the payday advance experience seamless, too, by not applying for more money than they need. If they only ask for what they currently need, they increase their chances of successful loan payback. If they default on their payday advance loan, it can be difficult to apply for a loan in the future. The chances of success would be very slim. Staying within a financial budget is advised for any payday advance.
Guarding the app store
Is Apple going too far with some of its restrictive policies surrounding the approval of apps, or is Apple just having a hard time setting the rules for something that exploded in popularity? I guess we’ll find out in due time as Apple’s policies evolve, but in the meantime Apple is on the receiving end of some tough criticism.
An app store lets companies tap into ideas from third-party innovators while retaining firm control over their brands. And that’s both its charm and its flaw. “The way Apple runs the App Store has harmed its reputation with programmers more than anything else they’ve ever done,” wrote Paul Graham, cofounder of the venture firm Y Combinator, on his blog.
The central problem is Apple’s heavy-handed management: Nothing gets into Apple’s store without the company’s express approval. Its restrictions have pushed several high-profile developers to quit the iPhone, and have bred ill will with the programmers who’ve remained. Apple may feel it has room to misbehave. No other phone can offer developers anywhere near the number of customers to be found in the App Store, so what choice do they have?
That’s a miscalculation, because the App Store’s true rival isn’t a competing app marketplace. Rather, it’s the open, developer-friendly Web. When Apple rejected Google Latitude, the search company’s nearby-friend-mapping program, developers created a nearly identical version that works perfectly on the iPhone’s Web browser. Google looks to be doing something similar with Voice, another app that Apple barred from its store. Last fall, Joe Hewitt, the Facebook developer who created the social network’s iPhone app, quit developing for Apple in protest of the company’s policies. Where did he go? Back to writing mobile apps for Web browsers.
Apple’s app bonanza won’t end anytime soon, but you’d be a fool to ignore the long-term trend in software — away from incompatible platforms and restrictive programming regimes, and toward write-once, run-anywhere code that works on a variety of devices, without interference from middlemen. As different kinds of mobile devices hit the market, from phones to tablet PCs to smartpens to e-book readers and beyond, developers will find that trend harder to ignore. They’ll need to create programs that can work not just on iPhones but on everything. Fortunately, there’s an app for that: It’s called the Web.
Apple is riding an incredible wave of success with iPhone apps, and things will only get more hectic with the introduction of the iPad that goes on sale tomorrow. Apple needs to redouble its efforts to control this situation in a manner that is fair to all participants.
Posted in: Apps, Gadgets, Mobile, New Media, Social Media
Tags: app approval policies, app store, Apple, Apple vs Google, Facebook, Google, iPad, iPad app, iPhone, iPhone app, killer apps, restrictive app approval, tablet PC
Let Payday Loans Be Your Safety Net
There’s a reason why we wear seatbelts when driving. It’s to keep us safe in the event of an unavoidable accident. It’s an extra precaution. That’s the concept behind a payday loan: a safety net for an unavoidable expense. There is no denying the fact that times are tough all over. Many folks manage to take care of their families and keep the household running but are really living paycheck to paycheck. So, when the unforeseen happens, and you need to pay for something right away, a payday loan can come to the rescue.
A payday loan works like a normal loan but on a much smaller scale. You’re basically going to be getting a small amount of money that will be determined by your own monthly paycheck. Payday loans can certainly come in handy to make sure you won’t be hit up with those crazy bank overdraft fees when an unexpected expense crops up. If you’re like most people, you take pride in paying your bills on time, but that doesn’t mean you always have that “safety cushion” of funds available. That’s where a payday loan can come into play.
To apply for payday loans, you’ll need proof of your job and be making at least $1000 a month. You’ll also need a checking or savings account because your payday loans will be directly deposited into your account. Like with any loan, you’ll be charged a nominal fee, and you’ll be expected to pay back your loan quickly. Payday loans aren’t for buying the big screen plasma TV or taking a cruise. They are for those minor financial bumps in the road. If you can make your budget work, then you surely will not encounter situations where you’ll need money in a hurry. But if times get tough, consider a payday loan as your own personal safety net.
More disaster stories for pay sites
Here’s another story of a newspaper making the grave mistake for charging for news content online. We’ve addressed this issue time and again on this blog – most people will not pay for news online when there are thousands of resources giving away content for free!
Of course, some won’t listen and instead follow Rupert Murdoch’s silly advice, but with more horror stories like this most will finally get the message. If one wants to sell a traditional newspaper subscription, of course you make that a viable business. Just cut some of the ridiculous costs you’ve built up over the years. You might even be able to entice them with special features or services available online only to subscribers. But, don’t be foolish and expect to turn your entire news operation into an online subscription model. Free content is here to stay.