Archive for the ‘Loudmouth’ Category

How big a deal it is to get on Mashable?

No matter what you say, it is a big deal! But, it is even a bigger deal to be mentioned as players helping the industry!

As published on Mashable in a post by Chritina Warren, and I quote:

Seeing higher level tools like AMP, as well as systems from companies like SocialTALK, Vitrue and ObjectiveMarketer can help push the entire industry forward.

We believe in the potential that businesses see in social media, and welcome as a part of this industry, all competition and innovation that is taking place.


LinkedIn search is going crazy…

… or am I becoming Popular? In “who saw my profile” section, when I clicked at “Director at H5” (the company I worked at earlier), it showed me on page 1 – Michael Dell (CEO Dell), Barack Obama, John Mc Caine, Prime Minister of Netherlands (really?) … oh yes, Hillary Clinton.  Seeing Chris Brogan, suddenly seems so normal 🙂 Take a look … LOL!

LinkedIn - who saw my profile results

LinkedIn - who saw my profile results

Hillary, I see you are at 1 degree separation from me .. why don’t you have a profile picture so I instantly recognize who you are 🙂 It is crazy!

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Getting Re-united with Camaro

Camero - from $2800 to $250000

Camero - from $2800 to $250000

Yet another example where customers, fans and business owners work together on a mission – this time, of somewhat different kind. Papa John, the Pizza restaurant chain, celebrated 25th year anniversary – and the mission was to find back the car, owner (John Schnatter) had sold in 1983, to start the business. Lost love, you see! This car, the Camaro, was worth falling in love for, lets say, a collector’s dream. Why not? For the car that was sold for $2800 in 1983, was bought back at $250,000 – you calculate the appreciation.

What is interesting is the role, media and social sourcing played in the hunt, giving back Schnatter, not just the car, but, also a massive positive brand publicity. To thank, PapaJohn is offering “free pizza” to all Camaro owners at the restaurant.

By the way, I have an old Mustang Convertible  – just in case someone wanted to get reunited with?

Update: Twitter is having technical issues today!

This is for those ObjectiveMarketer users, who are wondering why Twitter is not accepting your username and password for messages you are trying to post via ObjectiveMarketer (or via Twitter web UI / any other client as well, as in my case). This is because – Today, according to @biz, Twitter is having with some technical issues, due to failure in database replication – and they are soon going to fix it. The complete information can be found on the Twitter Blog at here.

We are monitoring and waiting to hear updates from Twitter Headquarters. We hope to be able to communicate on Twitter – real fast. No Downtime, is ever good!

Twitter is down since morning today.

Twitter is down since morning today.

146 votes

unable to login with twitter username and password.

Have been using Tweetdeck (and Twhirl) without a problem. Now neither app will login to Twitter. Have reset Twitter password but this did not fix problem.

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Twitter Hacked – What top bloggers have to say?

Twitter internal was hacked, the other day. Techcrunch published the hacked data. A large part of the twitter-verse cried foul.

Alltop’s Guy Kawasaki asked this question on Twitter – “Should TechCrunch publish internal documents stolen from Twitter?”.

  • 74.3% said “No, somethings are more important that page views”
  • 25.7% said “Yes, Everything is fair in love, war and journalism”

… in a poll with 1028 votes so far. If you have not voted yet, and want to make your say, you can do so by clicking

The entire incident has raised several questions on the ethics of journalism. There is a difference between sharing news and selling sensational story.  Any “S” word sells today! I am an avid fan and follower of Techcrunch. I read it almost, every day, sometimes, several times during the day. The way this story was presented, will not stop me from going to Techcrunch. But, it did make me cringe. I would have liked to see Techcrunch (Michael Arrington) stand up as an example, and not “react to the reaction” saying “If we did not publish, somebody else would have”. This is not convincing at all.

The story was covered in where 4 top-notch bloggers where asked to comment on the entire episode. Please, follow the link below for the streaming of this discussion, straight from

Click here for an interesting rapid fire coverage.

Please, feel free to share your views in the comments below.

PS: With pleasure, we want to point out that AllTop poll that was featured in the video, is powered by ObjectiveMarketer.

Personal Brand or Corporate Brand

Which Mask to wear?


With an increase in Brand presence on Twitter, it is interesting to note how the brands are actually represented.  Putting a human face to a brand, makes it more accessible and real. That is one side of the story. Just a quick look at some of the brands on Twitter will give a good compilation of good and bad Brand representation. However, there is another side of the story that is the interest of my today’s writeup. In cases, where a Personal Brand is as powerful as the Corporate Brand – what are the terms and conditions of the two co-existing. I will take an example of CTO of CISCO, Padmasree to make a point, or rather channelize brainstorming for the topic.

CTO of Cisco, Padmasree has 614,795 followers on Twitter. She follows 68. Her followership increased by leaps and bounds, after she was announced a candidate for CTO USA position. By, all means, these are impressive numbers.

Some of her tweets are Cisco Specific:

While many are personal, like this:

  • @Padmasree: Fathers Day Haiku: “Soft tears and loud cheers. Many sleepless nights, endless drives. Make a frown smile, Dad”
  • @Padmasree: Happy Olympic day – Chicago 2016!

While, her Bio reads “CTO of Twitter”, this still is her personal Space. With the amount of exposure, the large number of following puts Padmasree into, any Cisco specific pitch she makes, gets very high traction.

Isn’t it only natural that companies will leverage the personal brand for promoting corporate pitches? But, who owns the decision? Are there any guidelines? As long as everything goes well, it is golden – what happens if they don’t. And what happens, when a person who has a large number of following, on who the company piggybacks on, leaves. Who owns that account now? One argument is that Good Relationship goes a long way. But, is there a technical solution to this? Or is there even a need for one?

Twitter has come a long way from just a service that asked “what are you doing” to a strategic channel for businesses. It is no longer a community network, where friends mean what their dictionary definition suggest. While, businesses are working on problems of monetizing these channels, some thought on corporate governance is also called for. And sooner, the better.

It would be interesting to hear what others think about the issue of leveraging Personal Brand for promoting Corporate Brand.

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Is Twitter’s way to deal with SPAM justified?

While, my last two blogs were talking about SPAM on twitter and how unwanted, interrupting and noisy messages can clutter your channels making them ineffective and undesirable to use (woops! too much negativity there!), this new update from Twitter, makes me thinking again!

Today’s notification from Twitter to stop @replies from non-friends, is seemingly twitter’s answer to SPAMMERS. I say, a pretty lame one! According to this, you will not be able to @reply to someone you does not follow you. So, here you go – another win for restriction, another kill for the freedom.

And this is a real LOL situation, because if I am a SPAMMER, I can still send “<space>@reply <to anyone I care to send>” So, what does this policy stop?

Why @reply is legitimate?

In fact, there is difference between promoting Best Practices than disciplining. I can site several instances, where I send / receive @replies to and from folks who I know exist but do not follow as I do not care as much. But, once in a while I enjoy the @replies. And I know for sure, I am not alone. From business point of view, if @replies were not allowed everyone who has comcast would be following @comcastcares and vice-versa. Today, @comcastcares guy sniffs around to see “trouble” and “comcast” spoken in one context. As soon as one is found, he sends an @reply “how can we help you” Once that transaction is over, they do not care about one another until again comcast fails for the user. So, now how does this transaction take place? In my own experience, I once refferred my previous company @strongmail to someone. I received an @reply from an email marketer suggesting another email marketing company. Which, I think was a very legitimate communication. Why stop that? It takes away the complete essence of communicating on the channel!!!

I have never liked applications to be restrictive – specially an application that is on the making of cult – just cannot afford to stop some usage / practices, just like that! To me, Twitter’s today’s step just sounds like a work-around for another problem – volume/usage.  Another reason that makes me suspicious is Twitter’s scheduled maintenance downtime – On a weekday, at noon PST [We will have one hour of planned maintenance at noon Pacific on Wednesday. Read more.]? Another wrong indication.

At ObjectiveMarketer, we completely rely on the sanity of Twitter. Your health is our life line. Ask us, if we can help. Please do not give us shocks!

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