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This morning the Twittersphere woke up to one of their Guru’s accounts being hacked. It wasn’t pretty.

Apparently Mark Davidson is an Internet Sales and Marketing Professional. Mark is a leader in the industry and often speaks at conferences or has writings featured in prominent places that inform us how to use social media, blogging and many other web-based things (see the full list of his work here).

He’s posted over 50,000 tweets, so he obviously has something to say, right? And he has over 56,000 people following – he must be really important! Actually…

Mark had 3 ghostwriters posting messages on Twitter for him. One of the writers was fired on Wednesday but Mark didn’t change his password. Here is what ensued (start from the bottom and read up):

Mark Davidson TwitterIn reality, people of influence often have someone helping them write or schedule posts. It’s impersonal, but it happens. If Mark’s away on a speaking engagement, he may not have time to post a new article from Mashable or TechCrunch, but his ghostwriter will have the ability to step in and create a post.

The only reason this is news to me is because of the way Mr. Davidson responded. He could have just deleted the posts and thought of a really witty comeback. He could have deleted the posts and put together a little apology. He could have even deleted the posts and acted like they never existed. But he didn’t do any of those.

My first thought was that this was a publicity stunt. I mean, we’ve seen stranger things, right? Most people would at least delete the negative posts, but Mark didn’t. Who knows, maybe he doesn’t know how. Here’s his response
Mark Davidson Twitter Hacked by ghostwriter

So, his “only responsibility” on his personal account is to respond to those who mention him? What about all of that connecting with your people language he tells everyone about – he doesn’t use that?

Use Twitter however you want to use it. If you want to complain, nobody will listen, but you go on ahead and complain. If you want to use it to talk sports or politics or business – go ahead. But please, can we stop telling everyone we’re experts on an ever-evolving platform like social media?

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Mark ZuckerbergAs The Social Network counts down to it’s theatrical release next Friday, Mark Zuckerberg’s people have decided the best possible PR would be for Mr. Zuckerberg (Mr? Who am I kidding, he’s younger than I am… ) to donate $100 million to an educational platform called Startup:Education. Perfect timing right? He may have terrible PR skills, but I think this is a great move.

Zuckernerd is an evil genius. He’s worth an estimated $6.9 billion. And, for you aspiring-to-be-savvy business folks, he doesn’t mind stepping on people on his way to the top. He turned down both Microsoft and AOL right out of high school to attend Harvard. Only really smart people and morons do that.

The guy’s also paid out millions to the 4 dudes who said he stole the idea of Facebook from them. Only a genius could say ‘I’m worth $6.9 billion and instead of splitting my wealth of 4 guys, I’ll just pay them a few million to get them off my back.’ It’s hard to imagine he didn’t steal at least part of the idea, knowing he paid these guys that much cash.

As a business-minded dude, I admire Zuckerberg. As someone with morals though, I’m not sure I admire Zuckerberg. What say you?

According to Wired’s awesome article, The Web Is Dead. Long Live The Internet, the web is in decline.

Let me rephrase a little: surfing the web is dead.

When you jump on your iPhone, Droid, Blackberry or iPad you have go-to apps. You check your email, maybe the headlines or scores, Facebook, Twitter or maybe even your blog. At what point did you ‘surf’ the web? You have 5 or 6 applications that bring you all of the information you want.

No browsing necessary.

Which brings me to Facebook.

Facebook just launched their Places app – which will eventually crush FourSquare, Gowalla and any other location based apps because you’re already using Facebook, why would you need FourSquare? Check out the Places promo video below.

Don’t get me wrong, Facebook certainly isn’t the final piece of social media – remember how cool MySpace was? Facebook is becoming one of those go-to apps where you login and all of the info you want is right there.

No browsing needed.

Spot On

Posted: July 25, 2010 in business, social media
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“People in today’s culture take things in YouTube-sized bites and clips – and if it’s not in a clip or a sound bite or something you can fit in under a minute, people don’t pay attention to it.” –Talib Kweli

No iPads in Yankees Stadium

Image Courtesy Mashable

Just another reason to hate the Yankees?

According to a report on Mashable, the stadium has banned the iPad in accordance with their “no laptops policy”. As Mashable is reporting, The TSA says that you don’t have to take an iPad out of its case to go through security, but Yankee Stadium says the device is a no-go?

So there’s wifi all throughout the stadium, but you can only access it on your iPhone…seems a bit weird that anyone would want to pay $75 for a ticket and bring in a laptop to the game, but to place an outright ban only brings negative attention.

What do you think of this debacle? Still hate the Yankees? 🙂

Google Wave

Posted: November 20, 2009 in social media
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