Rob Birgfeld

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This is a great idea

mixtapes:

Aziz Ansari and his roommate have a competition to see who can compile the worst mixtape possible. Their other roommate judges and the loser must walk around the city blasting the 10 songs from their mixtape on a boombox.

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Is social media expertise flawed? Don’t ask the experts

The problem I have with most social media “experts” is that their expertise comes from experiences promoting themselves and their ideas via social media. Ask yourself, “Am I selling social media webinars, books, blogs, or consulting services?” If the answer is no— steer clear of these people, as their “experiences” do not apply. They live in the echo chamber of social media ninjas, gurus and strategists who get off spending 90% of their time arguing semantics on each others’ blogs and profiles. 

Guess what happens when a bunch of social media experts communicate with each other? They tweet, they blog, they comment, they like, they stumble at a ridiculous clip. Based on these experiences, they turn around a write a “How to use [insert platform of the week] to increase business.” Reality? Hardly. Would you ask a guy in a Hogwarts uniform if it’s worth checking out the latest Harry Potter flick?

If you’re interested in becoming a social media strategist or consultant yourself, then dive in, join the echo chamber and take copious notes. But if you’re operating or working with a real business, ignore these people, dig in and do it yourself. If you need an expert to tell you how to be “authentic” or how to “engage” then you might need someone to help you be a better person. Be a cool person (or business) and you will be rewarded. Smile at the stranger on the street and you’ll probably get a smile back. We all know how it works.

Learn the technologies, find the opportunities and leverage the social media tools that best fit your business. We learned to do it with the phone, the fax, email and the web…and we can do it now. </rant>

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People are confused about the weather of Washington. I shall explain basics: Winter is cold. Summer is hot. Every year these truths hit the populace with the force of a thunderbolt. … There is a strong connection between complaints against summer and general idiocy.

Henry Mitchell, in a 1984 essay in Style. Read the whole wonderful piece here. (via washingtonpoststyle)
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Couldn&#8217;t not reblog this&#8230;
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Now this is what Tumblr is good for: artistically recreating the looks from The Cosby Show. I had to scroll through a bit before I found Theo’s Gordon Gartrell knockoff, which the site describes as “the most important piece of clothing ever worn on the Cosby Show.” Couldn’t agree more
(Via The Cosby Sweater Project)

Couldn’t not reblog this…

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Now this is what Tumblr is good for: artistically recreating the looks from The Cosby Show. I had to scroll through a bit before I found Theo’s Gordon Gartrell knockoff, which the site describes as “the most important piece of clothing ever worn on the Cosby Show.” Couldn’t agree more

(Via The Cosby Sweater Project)

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If you know me, you know I can be a little nuts about my Dunkin&#8217;  Donuts. There are very few big brands that I am passionate about in any  way&#8212; but DD is a clear exception. Above all, it&#8217;s the coffee&#8212; which I put above any other coffee, even hipster independent coffee houses. So, when I started working in Bethesda, I was thankful that I had a  Dunkin&#8217; Donuts that I could swing by on my to work. When I found out  they had a special on Foursquare, I started to check in. With my habit (er&#8230;dedication), becoming mayor was just a matter of time. When I did land the  mayor slot, it automatically pushed to my Facebook wall, where most of my friends called me a loser. But most  importantly, my wife told me she was proud.
A few weeks later (and still the mayor), my mayorship(dom) came up in  conversation and my dad seemed intrigued. Later that week, I received a  text message from him that read, &#8220;I&#8217;m at Dunkin&#8217; Donuts, where can I  find your picture?&#8221; I laughed and posted his question on Twitter&#8212; which  was seen by the good folks that run many DC-area Dunkies. They reached  out (via Twitter of course) and invited my father and I to meet them for  some coffee and donuts this morning. Needless to say, they hooked us up big time. And while I was already a huge Dunkin&#8217; Donuts fan, now I had become a die-hard for this local store. I tweeted about it&#8212; and look, now I&#8217;m blogging about. Great move by the DC Dunkin&#8217; people&#8212; I was a fan of the brand, and now I&#8217;m a fan of the people and service at one particular location&#8212; a much stronger tie.Thanks again to Mark, Boris and Carlos (the manager above with my dad) for their hospitality. Be  sure to visit them on Bethesda Avenue&#8212; but don&#8217;t check-in too much, I  plan to continue my reign as Mayor.

If you know me, you know I can be a little nuts about my Dunkin’ Donuts. There are very few big brands that I am passionate about in any way— but DD is a clear exception. Above all, it’s the coffee— which I put above any other coffee, even hipster independent coffee houses. So, when I started working in Bethesda, I was thankful that I had a Dunkin’ Donuts that I could swing by on my to work. When I found out they had a special on Foursquare, I started to check in. With my habit (er…dedication), becoming mayor was just a matter of time. When I did land the mayor slot, it automatically pushed to my Facebook wall, where most of my friends called me a loser. But most importantly, my wife told me she was proud.

A few weeks later (and still the mayor), my mayorship(dom) came up in conversation and my dad seemed intrigued. Later that week, I received a text message from him that read, “I’m at Dunkin’ Donuts, where can I find your picture?” I laughed and posted his question on Twitter— which was seen by the good folks that run many DC-area Dunkies. They reached out (via Twitter of course) and invited my father and I to meet them for some coffee and donuts this morning. Needless to say, they hooked us up big time. And while I was already a huge Dunkin’ Donuts fan, now I had become a die-hard for this local store. I tweeted about it— and look, now I’m blogging about. Great move by the DC Dunkin’ people— I was a fan of the brand, and now I’m a fan of the people and service at one particular location— a much stronger tie.

Thanks again to Mark, Boris and Carlos (the manager above with my dad) for their hospitality. Be sure to visit them on Bethesda Avenue— but don’t check-in too much, I plan to continue my reign as Mayor.

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I&#8217;ve never felt that lacking of &#8220;tweeting&#8221; equals failure&#8230;which is also why I don&#8217;t understand follow limits. If I just want to digest, just let me.
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(via Trouble @Twitter - Fortune Tech)

I’ve never felt that lacking of “tweeting” equals failure…which is also why I don’t understand follow limits. If I just want to digest, just let me.

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(via Trouble @Twitter - Fortune Tech)

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No big deal, just a guy practicing his bagpipes behind my house.

No big deal, just a guy practicing his bagpipes behind my house.

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