Patience + Passion – Gary Vaynerchuk on building your personal brand
Turning Twitter off and on: device notifications
ON: turns ALL phone notifications on.
OFF: turns ALL phone notifications off.
- STOP, QUIT: stops all messages to your phone immediately
- ON username: turns on notifications for a specific person on your phone. For example, ON alissa.
- OFF username: turns off notifications for a specific person on your phone. For example, OFF blaine.
- FOLLOW username: this command allows you to start receiving notifications for a specific person on your phone. Example: follow jeremy
LEAVE username: this command allows you to stop receiving notifications for a specific person on your phone. Example: leave benfu
Fun Stuff: friends, favourites, and stats!
There’s more to Twitter than OFF and ON! Use the commands below to send private messages, mark updates as favorites, or even remind someone to update their Twitter page if you’re wondering what they’re doing!
- @username + message
directs a twitter at another person, and causes your twitter to save in their "replies" tab.
Example: @meangrape I love that song too!
- D username + message
sends a person a private message that goes to their device, and saves in their web archive.
Example: d krissy want to pick a Jamba Juice for me while you’re there?
- WHOIS username
retrieves the profile information for any public user on Twitter.
Example: whois jack
- GET username
retrieves the latest Twitter update posted by the person.
Example: get goldman
- NUDGE username
reminds a friend to update by asking what they’re doing on your behalf.
Example: nudge biz
- FAV username
marks a person’s last twitter as a favorite. (hint: reply to any update with FAV to mark it as a favorite if you’re receiving it in real time)
Example: fav al3x
- STATS this command returns your number of followers, how many people you’re following, and your bio information.
- INVITE phone number
will send an SMS invite to a friend’s mobile phone.
Example: Invite 415 555 1212
- using on/off username from your phone only stops notifications to the place the command comes from; you’ll still collect a person’s updates on the web.
- using follow/leave username from your phone is the same as using on/off username
- following someone from a phone for the first time will also cause you to follow them on the web
- there is no way to stop following a person on the web without visiting their profile and removing them. The off, leave, stop, and quit commands will only disable updates for the device(s) from which they were sent.
- you don’t have to use ON/OFF username from the phone, you can also set individual notifcations from a person’s profile page, or check your following page and manage all phone notification settings there.
Jeff Bezos apologises over the recent Kindle debacle.
This is an apology for the way we previously handled illegally sold copies of 1984 and other novels on Kindle. Our "solution" to the problem was stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles. It is wholly self-inflicted, and we deserve the criticism we’ve received. We will use the scar tissue from this painful mistake to help make better decisions going forward, ones that match our mission.
With deep apology to our customers,
Founder & CEO
My generation would like to break up with you.
Everyday, I see a widening gap in how you and we understand the world – and what we want from it. I think we have irreconcilable differences.
You wanted big, fat, lazy "business". We want small, responsive, micro-scale commerce.
You wanted financial fundamentalism. We want an economics that makes sense for people – not just banks.
You wanted shareholder value – built by tough-guy CEOs. We want real value, built by people with character, dignity, and courage.
You wanted an invisible hand – it became a digital hand. Today’s markets are those where the majority of trades are done literally robotically. We want a visible handshake: to trust and to be trusted.
You wanted growth – faster. We want to slow down – so we can become better.
You didn’t care which communities were capsized, or which lives were sunk. We want a rising tide that lifts all boats.
You wanted to biggie size life: McMansions, Hummers, and McFood. We want to humanize life.
You wanted exurbs, sprawl, and gated anti-communities. We want a society built on authentic community.
You wanted more money, credit, leverage – to consume ravenously. We want to be great at doing stuff that matters.
You sacrificed the meaningful for the material: you sold out the very things that made us great for trivial gewgaws, trinkets, and gadgets. We’re not for sale: we’re learning to once again do what is meaningful.
There’s a tectonic shift rocking the social, political, and economic landscape. The last two points above are what express it most concisely. I hate labels, but I’m going to employ a flawed, imperfect one: Generation "M".
What do the "M"s in Generation M stand for? The first is for a movement. It’s a little bit about age – but mostly about a growing number of people who are acting very differently. They are doing meaningful stuff that matters the most. Those are the second, third, and fourth "M"s.
Gen M is about passion, responsibility, authenticity, and challenging yesterday’s way of everything. Everywhere I look, I see an explosion of Gen M businesses, NGOs, open-source communities, local initiatives, government. Who’s Gen M? Obama, kind of. Larry and Sergey. The Threadless, Etsy, and Flickr guys. Ev, Biz and the Twitter kru. Tehran 2.0. The folks at Kiva, Talking Points Memo, and FindtheFarmer. Shigeru Miyamoto, Steve Jobs, Muhammad Yunus, and Jeff Sachs are like the grandpas of Gen M. There are tons where these innovators came from.
Gen M isn’t just kind of awesome – it’s vitally necessary. Why?
The crisis isn’t going away, changing, or "morphing". It’s the same old crisis – and it’s growing.
You’ve failed to recognize it for what it really is. It is, as I’ve repeatedly pointed out, in our institutions: the rules by which our economy is organized.
But they’re your institutions, not ours. You made them – and they’re broken. Here’s what I mean:
"… For example, the auto industry has cut back production so far that inventories have begun to shrink–even in the face of historically weak demand for motor vehicles. As the economy stabilizes, just slowing the pace of this inventory shrinkage will boost gross domestic product, or GDP, which is the nation’s total output of goods and services."
Clearing the backlog of SUVs built on 30 year old technology is going to pump up GDP? So what? There couldn’t be a clearer example of why GDP is a totally flawed concept, an obsolete institution. We don’t need more land yachts clogging our roads: we need a 21st century auto industry.
I was (kind of) kidding about seceding before. Here’s what it looks like to me: every generation has a challenge, and this, I think, is ours. It’s Gen M’s job to foot the bill for your profligacy – and create, instead, an authentically, sustainably shared prosperity.