Twitter Has a Smart Problem

February 5th, 2015 | Posted by Sarah in PureNerdism | writing - (0 Comments)

Everyone has an opinion on Twitter. Even the CEO came out today to say that they have to address their abuse problem. Youtube has an abuse problem. So does Instagram. Those platforms are growing. Heck- the whole internet has a meanie problem if you let stupid people get to you.

Why is Twitter suffering? Because smart people love Twitter. Dumb people ‘don’t get it.’

SciFi had the same dilemma. In it’s pre Syfy days, before wrestling circulated it’s line up, the executives had a huge problem. Their shows were being torrented, only a small number of the audience was watching live, and DVR playback numbers were dismal. Good science fiction costs money, from the writers to the sets. Meanwhile shows like Teen Mom and Duck Dynasty, which cost nothing to make, drew in huge audiences and large ad revenues. The only smart thing for SciFi to do was re-brand their network for a more ‘mainstream’ audience. New name, new shows, more rating. It worked. Dumb sells and shows like Eureka rode off into the sunset.

No one cares about your lunch.

A picture’s worth a thousand words and requires no thought process. Snap a pic of vegan granola- 500 likes. Drooling dog- 700 likes. Half naked girl- 15,000 likes. Instagram plays into the vapid and boring. You can filter that picture of Saturday night all you want, but you’re still just another human at a nightclub.

Twitter requires more. Cerebrals on the site tend to do well. Writers, comedians, engineers- people of value add to the experience. We don’t care about your lunch- unless it comes with a funny story in under 140 characters. Keep the dogs- we’re cats. While naked girls do well in every part of the internet, on Twitter, you’re just another retweeted picture.

Don’t hate…appreciate.

Twitter should embrace it’s inner nerd. Unlike, SyFy, who ran out to get plastic surgery, the bird is still one of the best places for breaking news. If it’s on Twitter today, give it three days to hit Facebook. Ferguson broke on Twitter. So did Eric Gardner. Facebook intentionally hides these stories. By changing its algorithm to be more like Zuckerberg, they’re only playing a losing game.

You’re the smart kid. Instagram is that weird dude with a beeper. Facebook is our annoying aunt. Snapchat is a naked 12 year old. Embrace it.

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Also, still waiting for President Obama to say something more than he’s for net neutrality…

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Duffy. Brought to you daily. (Mostly.) You’re welcome.

It’s not an Indian girl writing this blog. It’s Duffy. I want to believe-the truth is out there.

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Verizon sues the FCC over net neutrality and wins…for now. It’s time to get mad! See you on the darknet, with my VPN and proxies. They’ll never take us alive! What website will you riot over if it gets blocked?

Net neutrality is dead. Bow to Comcast and Verizon, your overlords.

Why you should care about Net neutrality (FAQ)

Appeals court strikes down FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

Perspective: Net neutrality or Net censorship?

The Net Neutrality Battle Has Been Lost

Appeals court strikes down key parts of the FCC’s net neutrality rules

By winning on net neutrality, US internet service providers may really have lost

What just happened?

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And you thought Friday mornings couldn’t get any better!

 

★ The internet turns the big 2-0!

Harper Collins hates libraries.

We Play Video Games to Chase Our ‘Ideal Selves’. Sounds about right!

★ If Google can’t profit off your profile, delete, delete, delete!

Children’s Publisher Backing Off Its Corporate Ties. I still don’t understand why they were allowed in schools to begin with.

★ Beware when big networks get involved. Game of Thrones may become too much for HBO. Remember the Mad Men showdown?

★ The new Civil War: Android States and iPhone States.

★ Angry Birds is branching into lingerie.

★ I want my MTV circa 1995.

 

★ Computers: that thing that will change the world.

 

★ Internet shopping via 1969.

 

★ “What is the Internet, anyways?” Not even Bryant Gumbel knows.

 

★ Video the Internet has brought us!

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And you thought Friday mornings couldn’t get any better!

 

★ Dear Oxford Comma, I will never leave you.

★ Living in Europe has its perks, European broadband faster and cheaper.

★ Be grateful Judge Denny Chin was assigned the Madoff case; he explains his reason for sentencing.

★ Don’t you just love it when politians get caught in a lie? Here’s to you, Michele Bachmann!

★ An interesting argument: If Violent Video Games Are Free Speech, Why Aren’t Sexual Images?

★ We all almost died on Monday thanks to the rogue asteroid.

★ Newsweek’s Diana at 50 cover is either : a) Shocking b) Brilliant c) Cheap. If you said a and c, you are correct!

★ Sign me up for child-free flights!

★ Smithy and Rudi make Gavin and Stacey the best tv show ever made!

 

★ How do I love thee, Black Ops Annihilation, let me count the ways!

 

★ Inside the world of supermakets.

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The Trouble with Hulu

November 2nd, 2010 | Posted by Sarah in PureNerdism - (8 Comments)

My coffee was more interesting than the Hulu dissection this morning. Analysts wanted to know why no one was biting on their $9.99 pay-for-play deal. I sat there, laughing, silently at my desk. Really? You have no idea? None? Your lacking content is the first issue.

McDonald’s money maker is the greasy beef and fries, not the salads. Those veggies are only there as a public relations campaign. So, why is Netflix, who has no power over content, winning the internet tv/movie wars? They’re commercial free.

It comes down to simple math. Hulu: $9.99 (considering a price drop to $4.99) for movies and tv from only three studios (ABC, NBC, FOX) with commercials. No cable shows, except for limited previews. Polls still show no one is interested in commercials even with the price drop. They are also blocking their website from working on Google tv, even with a subscription price. Bad idea. If I dole out cash for your app, I want to view it- everywhere- not just on a 10 inch ipad.

Netflix’s $8.99 plan includes multiple studios including those on Hulu. Showtime, HBO, Cinemax movies usually by disc only, but still cheaper than cable tv. They’re integrated with iPod touch, iPad, Andriod phones and tablets, Wii, Ps3, Boxee, and Roku.

Hulu wants to go online with the cable tv model. They want revenue both ways; from the consumers and from the advertisers. In 3-4 years this model will work. When more mainstream Americans are buying pc integrated tvs. These are the people who still sit down on Thursday night at 9pm to watch The Office on broadcast television. Their main revenue currently is via advertising, which is nothing to snicker about. These are the people who are trained to view commercials. In the next 5-7 years when you have Generation Z (born in mid 1990′s) coming out of college and living in their first apartments, the model will have to change again. They’re not going to schedule their life around tv. This affect has already begun to cross over into people in their 30s. Generation Alpha (born after 2010), will eerily be more like myself. So Hulu will win the battle, but not the war with their current model.

The last time I scheduled my life around tv was Friends in high school. By the time I hit college, I built my first media center pc and hooked it up to an analog 13 inch tv. Which is also the last time I had television set. I got to watch my precious Jerry Springer and Oprah while not missing Organic Chemistry. Since those glory days, I haven’t watched a commercial since. I mute the ones on Hulu. CNBC plus, which I pay $9.99 for, has no commercials and is well worth it to me because I can view it online whenever I travel. Sports are the only thing that I do watch live anymore. Even then, when I watch football, I let my Windows 7 Media pc record for an hour. No point in sitting through pizza commercials.

Hulu is a major win for viewers who want to stream online media and for the studios to pull in ad revenue. The only way anyone would pay for it is if it’s completely commercial free, or, keep the commercials and throw in the cable channel Bravo (USA and Syfy’s full season shows are already available). Paying for Hulu at this point feels like I’m getting hustled in a poker game. I can get watch it for free on broadcast tv with commercials; the same goes for online.

 

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