Saturday, February 26, 2011

Social media artifact

Funny things happen when one lives life transparently on Facebook. Earlier today, saw this series of posts:
Way to score Susan! Gooooooaaaaaal!
2 Hours ago via Facebook for iPhone

Headed to the hospital with Susan
1 Hour ago via Facebook for iPhone
Thankfully, Susan (not her real name) will be fine, though her arm may be fractured.

What I didn’t recreate above are the dozen comments that came in almost immediately asking if everything was ok. A bit of a trade-off for people (or organizations) who bravely live more transparently through social media: on one hand you can present a more vulnerable self, but that same authenticity can be rewarded by people (or customers) that care about you.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Of Mice and Hotels

My wife was online the other night and started laughing uncontrollably. I asked what was so funny, and she brought her laptop over and pointed me to a hotel’s homepage, asking if I noticed anything unusual. I looked, and I really couldn’t find anything unusual until she pointed to the dropdown menu list:


It turns out that mice is an acronym (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions). Who knew? Still, with bedbugs in the news, I wouldn’t expect to see mice on the homepage of a hotel.

I guess for people who know what mice means, this is fine. But I wonder how many people who visit this site are not mice-aware? And then there are OCD visitors like me that start investigating the mice section and forget about the rest of the site.

Just an amusing manifestation of the curse of knowledge.