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Why I dumped 4 square
I promise to work smarter in 2010, less apps is more.
In 2009, I found myself in constant learning mode. I learned lots more about social media, what works, what doesn’t and what I can use. I also learned about iPhone applications that work, don’t work and the ones I plan to use going forward. I promise to work smarter in 2010 and put iPhone and cool toy blinders on. I figure I cost myself thousands of dollars figuring out new apps when I should have been worrying more about being more profitable.
I have weeded out quite a few applications on the iPhone and I will share my thoughts this is a blog after all.
I will use TweetDeck for twitter on my laptop computer and iPhone. I like it, it can handle 2 accounts on twitter, does facebook and now also LinkedIn as well. As I personally transition to whatever is next in my professional life, I may need a few twitter accounts to pull it off with and with TweetDeck I think I am covered.
I plan to use Posterous. I plan on using it to post pictures and short blurbs too big for twitter but too small to blog. @chrisbrogan used it very effectively until he abandoned all logic and dumped his iPhone and went with an android and Pixelpipe . I give Chris credit however, I cannot for the life of me figure out Pixelpipe, and in keeping with work smarter not harder I pick Posterous.
I am torn between Qik and Ustream for mobile lives treaming of iPhone video partially because both are so new and both need work to make the video streaming better. I cannot therefore make a clear choice between apples and um apples. Maybe Livestream will blow them both away. Until then I will keep both and hope one improves greatly and makes my choosing easier.
I will stick with Foursquare over Gawalla or odwalla or whatever its called. @JoselinMane said to me early in April 2009 that foursquare had too many bugs in it to catch on. It did at the time. I was then using loopt on iphone. Anyone remember that program now? I blame @stevegarfield for my foursquare addiction thanks Steve.
For videos under 10 minutes I will use YouTube, for those over 10 minutes I will use Vimeo. Vimeo has great quality video, a good price point, and good analytics.
I chose Delicious over Stumble upon. I did not think I needed two bookmarking sites. Both are really good bookmarking sites that share the sites you like with others. You can bookmark an article, a blog or website that way and tell others easily.
I added Digg for news. I still have not figured out the blog RSS reader thing but hope to do so in 2010 (time permitting of course)
Other apps I deleted this year. I got rid of Tumblr, it was a good application and app on iPhone but I never used it. Another deletion was Joost, again nice application and iphone app but I just did not use it. Going is a good email about whats going on in Boston but was only a so so IPhone app again just my opinion. Boxee is another program I jettisoned. I was just able to figure out the install for mac TV when the Mac TV upgrade deleted it. Bye Bye Boxee…
I use Yelp and the application Around me to find stuff like restaurants when traveling. I will use around me first then see what people have yelped about it.
I also use the IPhone linkedin application at social media events, and other social events. Mike Damphouse at green leads @damphoux taught me that trick early on in 2009 and it helps you research who you are talking with. Knowing who your audience is certainly helps.
Anyway, I better get back to work I have already wrote too long a blog here and I have some accounting to do, some more wordpress blog to figure out oh joy. I am also working on my new book “Be Seen with trust agents crushing it” . jk
Have a very safe and happy new year.
Four Square 5 minutes of my life I just took back
I am all for keeping in touch with friends as much as possible, but there has to be a cutoff point before you split the atom too finely. The cutoff point for me is Foursquare. Steve Garfield introduced this to me inadvertently and initially I was intrigued.
I guess if you still aspire to go out and drink at cool bars and clubs the novelty of this app and platform might never wear off. If you are a business person however you might want to grab back those few minutes when you need them most.
I joined Four Square and quickly became mayor of the Hynes convention Center and my office here at Brilliant Video Productions. I was at the Hynes for seven days strait so thats not such a stretch.
I see lots of my friends using it to show where they are drinking beer, and if I drank beer still I guess I would be more jazzed. I drink wine, and I don’t live in Boston proper. So I have two more reasons why not to be on Foursquare. For me, I will take back those 5 minutes daily however and put them to better use.