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posted by DL Byron on June 28, 2008

Making archives and inspiring design.

from the dreeping set on Flickr.

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Toledo Window Box

posted by DL Byron on June 23, 2008

I used to listen Toledo Window Box with my dad in the 70s. At the time, I had no idea about the cultural impact George Carlin had. It was jut funny. “Snot, the Original Rubber Cement” and “A Few More Farts” to you. Fuck you George, is what I’d say to him, if I could.


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The Dude

posted by DL Byron on June 20, 2008

Mixed-media digital collages moblogged during the Biznik Party at the McLeod Residence in downtown Seattle. The Dude is from the A Brief History of Outlaws: Portraits of the American Badass collection | McLeod on Flickr.


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Social Media Speakers @ BizJam Seattle

posted by DL Byron on June 04, 2008

biznik_tdi.gif When Textura Design partnered with BizJam Seattle to bring the Social Media Essentials day, we were excited about the Biznik speaking talent pool and also bringing in some names we know from the blogosphere: Matt Haughey and Keith Robinson. Besides both being Internet Famous, Matt and Keith are bringing expert opinions to the conference, straight-up advice, and promising very interactive workshops.

Matt is talking about Authentic Communication with your Customers and Keith is covering Entrepreneurial Success By Design. Both workshops are focused on the small-business entrepreneur and we’re expecting standing-room only crowds.

Note: cross-posted from BizJam Seattle.

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posted by DL Byron on June 01, 2008

It’s ironic that Social Media is so anti-social. It rewards persistence, self-aggrandizement, and talking about yourself all the time. At a party, you’d probably walk away from the most prolific bloggers if all they did was push up on you, interrupt, and say, “me, me, me.” I was watching Californication and the lead character Hank said

You know, I mean we have all this amazing technology and yet computers have turned into basically four figure wank machines. The internet was supposed to set us free, democratize us, but all it’s really given us is Howard Dean’s aborted candidacy and 24 hour a day access to kiddie porn. People…they don’t write anymore - they blog. Instead of talking, they text, no punctuation, no grammar: LOL this and LMFAO that. You know, it just seems to me it’s just a bunch of stupid people pseudo-communicating with a bunch of other stupid people at a proto-language that resembles more what cavemen used to speak than the King’s English.

Not only did I LOL at that line, but it really resonated with me. As businesses tried to figure out blogging and now 2-yrs later Social Media, they can’t just try to blog like an A-lister cause who’d listen? Or care? What they need to do is add to the conversation instead of expecting to dominate it or even start their own. What people accept online and most likely not in person, they’re def not going to accept from a business. They’ve also got to realize that sometimes it’s a lot of stupid people talking to other stupid people.

We say ignore that, all the OMG, WTF, LOLs, and get some work done.

At our Mobile Socials we told the sponsors, “just bring the good beer to the party. Listen, hang out, and get to know these people.”

Cross-posted with an ongoing, lively discussion at Biznik.

Photo uploaded by jennifer h

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