Pictures or It Didn't Happen Breeonne was here


Random factoid: Social Media sites used in Canada

Top 7 social media sites used in Canada between March 2009 and September 2012. For science.

Source: StatCounter Global Stats - Social Media Market Share


I am officially Hootsuite certified

So this happened.

HootSuite Certified Professional

I'm official, baby.



I'm on Pinterest, although I'm not sure why. There are a lot of things I don't understand about Pinterest, and things that I wish had been implemented from the get-go to put more social into it. Like, for example, you can't embed your boards on another site (like you could with a Youtube video). I know that all falls into the murky territory of what is copyright infringement on the internet, so it's unlikely to change, but still. Would be more fun.

Breeonne on Pinterest

In the news side of things, an interesting article by Business Insider that is titled "Pinterest's Hype Bubble Has Burst, And Now It Is Actually Losing Users":

Monthly active users are down from 11.3 million on March 1 to 11.15 million on April 1 to just 8.3 million today[...] That coverage likely motivated a lot of try-out-the-latest-hot-thing types to try Pinterest during February and March. Many of those people seem to have decided the site is not for them.

(hattip to Tristan Jutras  for the link)

I agree with the assessment that Pinterest isn't for everyone. I'm not certain it's for me. My brief experience with it is that it skews heavily North American female (with all the stereotypical interests that entails), with a certain lack of context that doesn't prove to the value-added for someone (like me) who spends their life focusing on the written word.

Still, the business model could go fascinating places, so in spite of the hype bubble being pricked, I'll keep an eye on Pinterest.

Oh well. Like with all the other things on the Internets, one can always go back to watching cat videos.


Flashback: I want to live in a drama

In honor of this morning's soaking downpour here in Vancouver, a tangentially related pic post:

Peer Reviewed Bathroom Graffiti

In case you don't want to decipher that on your own:

Peer Reviewed Bathroom Graffiti

I WANT TO LIVE IN A DRAMA (<- what does that even mean?)
THOSE PEOPLE NEVER LOOK AT THE PAST. (<- but they're so often history that this line disagrees
THEY WISH AND THEY DREAM (<- don't you now)
LIKE (of) SECRET DESIRES THAT FLOAT ON (<-you didn't actually write that, did you? this has to be a joke) (<-- I know, ever tried to make something float on really rough water?)
WHY ARE GROTESQUE OBJECTS BEAUTIFUL? (<- this poem doesn't count)
WHAT IS WRONG WITH HUMANS? (<- #1 apparently we write terrible poetry <- and peer review bathroom stall poetry) (#2 humans are human, that's what's wrong)
I TAKE DEEP BREATHS AND IT TRIES TO ERASE EVERYTHING. (<- hey, Yo. Your subject and verb called me and they're having a pretty big disagreement. Maybe you could work something out between them?)
-RAIN (<-isn't he from My Lady Peace?)


How to Dance Goth: An Instructional Video

"Imagine That You Are Surrounded by Spiderwebs. Pluck Them Carefully from the Air Around You."

How to Dance Goth from APBS on Vimeo.


Hall and Oates cover of the day

Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers cover Hall and Oates' I Can't Go For That, and make my day so much better.


It’s the end of the world as we know it

Marmageddon: Panic buying in New Zealand as Marmite supplies run low

After the Christchuch earthquake, marmite production shut down. At this rate, New Zealanders will be stuck with the inferior Vegemite.

The horror.


Baby Elephant Diaries

Baby elephant vs. a pile of sand.

Winner? Everybody.


Twitter, Bill C-30, and poking back at the internet

So I'm taking this social media course with UBC Continuing Studies (Social Media Strategy & Marketing with Rochelle Grayson) and the first week's assignment was to follow people on the Twitter and find interesting links.

As I said on Twitter last week, that's where I'm a Viking.

And because I love you, here's my homework for your reading pleasure.

Warning: multimedia-heavy

A  visual history of social media:

3.       An infographics aggregator site. Highlight du jour?

  • You  totally need to read this of the day:  The Mounting Minuses at Google+ (Wall Street Journal article), focusing somewhat on app developer and advertisers “disappointment” with the lack of pickup.

Now I can't claim the dog ate my homework after all...


Best/Worst movie of the year?

If you're going to see one movie this year about a former US president slaughtering vampires with an axe, make it Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.