Three old newsstand tricks that work like magic in social media

Growing up in New York City, I remember newsstands gracing many a street corner and subway station. The booth-like contraptions always beckoned me. I’d peruse the titles, headlines and stories, and pick up something to read. Today, my smartphone, tablet and some select websites fulfill…

What the Grateful Dead knew about social media 50 years ago

OK, before I’m accused of any sort of sacrilege, I offer my full disclosure: I am NOT a deadhead. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy these impresarios of improvisation once in a while. I’m a musician, and I think the band and its various…

How an old Italian economist blew my mind about social media

Sometimes, it’s a little shocking when you find out the real story behind something. I had one of those moments just the other day. I’ve been reading about Vilfredo Pareto—yes, of the famed “Pareto 80-20 rule” we’ve all seen in a business PowerPoint presentation at…

The overwhelmed team’s guide to social media posting

I have friends, family, acquaintances and colleagues I affectionately call “poster children.” Not sure if they work, have any human contact other than through their phones or if they go outside at all, because they post to social media all day long. Some of them…

What did Facebook REALLY just buy for $19 billion?

As most of the planet knows, Facebook has purchased WhatsApp—an instant messaging application that’s figured out how to get around phone companies’ text charges. This is a big deal in some countries, where a single text message can cost 25¢ to send. It’s largely why…

REVEALED! My foolproof source for digital intelligence.

Information is both the blessing and curse of our times. As a writer and perpetually curious guy, I never lose appreciation for having so many resources, facts and inspiration at my Googling fingertips. It’s instant info gratification and I’m proudly hooked. But, time is a…