Argument over argument over argument


… this just a selection from the past few days.

Arguably Frasier Spiers gets the closest … the closest to what exactly? Well, the question as to whether the iPad is a PC replacement?

100% The Wrong Question

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A Story Of Success


If you have been looking around wondering how to create your own sexy images and infographics for your blog and social media presence – you have probably heard of Canva.

Hell – you have probably got an account. I have. And it works just fine. And then I found Visme.

On the face of it – same product … different name. Right?

Wrong!

I am not a product reviewer – and so will not be going into the who where, why-for and whats in this post. Not my job – but I have tried both.

Now, if you wander out there and try to get an independent assessment as to which is best – it tends to come down to Visme over Canvas – but what is interesting is that when you drill into the sources of the information that compares the two, a lot of the reviews tend to reference back to Visme as a source. That alone I found interesting, it is hardly an unbiased viewpoint, but some how Payman and his team are truly punching above their weight. Very cool. Continue reading

It’s Another Word For Tax

Dave Winer:

In the US we always try to make everything fit into a market.
But some things resist that treatment.
For example, if it were to snow two feet tonight in NYC, how would you treat that with market economics? When I go out my front door, would I have to contract with a shoveler to clear a path for me to the subway? But if I did that, the people following me would get the same service for free. So the natural thing is to pool our money and pay a shoveler to clear a path for all of us. That way each of us pays a fraction of what it costs. You can see where this is going. Pooling our money is another word for tax. It’s been given a bad name by persistent marketing, but it’s still a good idea, and for natural events like snowstorms, any other approach is basically unworkable.

Dave Winer – more on this here.

Nothing more to add.

It’s The Wrong Way To Look At It

I read this in the UK’s Independent newspaper yesterday.

The 44 year-old tech billionaire, actively involved in the mission to get to Mars and potentially live there, is said to be working an impressive 85 to 100 hours per week to achieve its goals.

It’s a good article – and indeed I am a big fan of Mr. Musk (though I do not always understand why he does certain things – like starting his own streaming music service built right into every Tesla.) That said, who am I to judge, I am sure he has his reasons (Variety certainly thinks so.)

But take a read of that quote …. why is it ‘impressive’ that Mr. Musk works 85 to 100 hours per week?

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People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo in this illustration picture taken in Warsaw September 27, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel (POLAND – Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS LOGO)

I read ‘8 Mistakes That Immediately Make You Look Like a Social Media Newbie’ today. (Don’t worry – I have removed all the usual UTM tracking crap.)

My eye caught number 4 in particular:

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Spotted this in my feeds today …

You can find the original here – along with the associated article by ‘Chief Martech’ Scott Brinker. Anyone spot the problem?

Before reading on - Scott's excellent piece about Amazon's acquisiton of Wholefoods is not what this article is about. Though I will probably extend that on another occasion. No, rather it is the thinking behind the model that he uses to support his case.

Answer … every level in the stack has software associated with the role except ‘we the people’ – or ‘consumer’ as the chart would have it.
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