The last Friday of Summer. Starting Tuesday, remember, you can’t wear white pants or shoes. That is a fashion Don’t.
And, yes, we are aware that summer doesn’t technically end for a few more weeks, but, really, September just isn’t summer anymore, you know?
That has nothing to do with anything, other than a wistful goodbye to a season that was incredibly hot and incredibly cool by turns.
So. You have probably come here for your weekly five links. So we’ll give ‘em to you.
First, we have guest post on Wong Ching Ya‘s blog, from Teddy Hunt, the 5 Best Social Media Apps to Market Your Brand. While there are many other excellent apps, I like all five apps he chose – Feedly, Buffer, Mention, Flipboard and Vine. They’re all excellent in their own way and I especially liked his inclusion of Flipboard, because its recent launch of magazines has changed the app from a passive aggregator to an extremely powerful curation tool. Excellent choice.
Meanwhile, over on Spin Sucks, Martin Waxman shares the results of his Klout experiment. Spoiler alert: It’s easy to juke the stats and increase your Klout score, at least short term. He details what he did, and what he learned in, Influence Scoring: All Klout(ed) Up and Nowhere to Go.
Online PR whiz Lisa Buyer was kind enough to ask my thoughts on BuzzFeed’s declaration that blogs are now dead, in Is BuzzFeed’s Boom Making Brand Blogs Go Bust? in Search Engine Watch. The consensus was that blogs are still vital. My analogy was that you need to have your own home base – if you put all your content elsewhere, that’s like owning your own home, but spending all your money on repairs to hotel rooms instead. Or something like that. The point is: You need to own your own soul. Be where your customers are, but go home at the end of the day.
Splice Today is a very thoughtful daily magazine from a fellow former print journalist, Russ Smith. He penned a very interesting piece on privacy in the Internet Era – and that we’ve willingly chosen to give up much of it, in I Loved My Privacy, But My Privacy’s Gone. We’ve given it up in the name of convenience. And that’s OK. Or, if it’s not OK, at least it’s not as huge a disaster as we all make it out to be. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be vigilant, but much of the hand-wringing about privacy is overwrought.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t share this awesome Twittertape machine stumbled upon by geek blog Walyou. Yes, you, too, can have a machine that turns tweets into tickertape, just like Thomas Edison would have wanted. C’mon, that’s cool.
This is my last Five Links post here at Internet Media Labs, as I move on to new pastures. Keep coming back for more goodness from #TheLabNYC.
Photo by Thoth, God of Knowledge, via Flickr Creative Commons. Yes, that’s his username.