Twitter BESTS Facebook

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Here are six reasons why Twitter bests Facebook and we ain’t seen nothing yet:


Unadulterated News & Messaging 

Twitter is where you can hear it from the President’s mouth or the Kardashians or anyone else for that matter with no media bias and filtering (their very mission is information sharing), while Facebook is often about reposting stories, pictures, and videos that we find of interest already on the web. What’s even more amazing is that anyone of us can tweet back to @realDonaldTrump or @SpeakerRyan…that is some unbelievable access we now have. 


Speed of Information To Market

Twitter is now considered the fastest way to get the latest (and greatest) on what’s happening.  From the US Airways jet crash into the Hudson River to up-to-the-minute updates on the Mumbai terrorist attackYou could even watch the election debates or the Walking Dead and get a real-time running commentary. 


Our Very Social Identity

Twitter is now part of our very social identity, so that everything from our blog writings to our resume has our Twitter handle. Mine is @AndyBlumenthal.  


It’s Populism As A Movement

Twitter, while not technically as popular in terms of number of users as Facebook, is more popular in terms of the cultural impact. Politicians are putting out policy debates online and fighting it out there too, while celebrities and athletes are sharing personal updates, and the world is truly communicating directly and succinctly in 140 characters or less what’s really important to them. 


Operating On A Global Open Platform 

Twitter feeds are open to anyone who follows them and tweets are searchable on the web as opposed to Facebook which is predominantly a closed system to the web and you’ve got to be “friends” to get the real scoop with someone. Whether the Iranian Green Revolution or the Syrians Being Bombarded in Aleppo it’s open and on Twitter. 


Get Your BIG Data and Feed Your Artificial Intelligence

Twitter has about 500 million tweets a day or about 200 billion a year.  Even pulling out the ridiculous “What I had for lunch today” tweets, there is still an unbelievable amount of data to mine for analysis and artificial intelligence. Talking about a potential treasure trove of information and sentiment from over 317 million users, and computer algorithms are already churning through it to make the big data intelligible and usable for decision making. 


Certainly Twitter (and Facebook) need to get their virtual arms around fake news and profiles, but the good thing about it is that others can call b.s. as soon as they see it in 140 characters or less. 😉


(Note: I am so impressed with Twitter’s prospects, I am putting my own money where my mouth is.)

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

A New Type Of Chocolate Chips

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Ok, dieting is hard enough with all highly processed food out there these days. 


And everything is carbs, carbs, and more carbs…it’s literally poison for the body. 


But when you go into the store and see Lays chocolate covered potato chips…this just brings you to the verge of sin. 


The top are milk chocolate covered potato chips, and the bottom ones are dark chocolate covered ones. 


Choose your poison?


This is definitely a new type of chocolate chips…Hershey’s eat you heart out. 


I told my wife pleadingly, “Can’t I just taste one?” 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

We All Have It In Us

 

superman-jpegSo this is a very cool sweat jacket with the Superman and all look. 


We all like to think of ourselves as possible superheroes. 


Whether we dress the role or not, the most important thing is acting it. 


Every day, we face circumstances and decisions and we have to decide whether we rise up to the occasion as the superhero or we acquiesce to what’s easy or lucrative and do the villain thing. 


From the time we are kids, we glorify the superheros not just for the awesome cool powers they have, but for doing something amazing to help people and the world with it. 


Somewhere from being a kid to a grown-up, many people end up letting go of that superhero dream as they face the harsh realities of life everyday. 


But deep down inside all of us is that superhero!


Good over evil is not just a story for children’s bedtime or imagination, but it is our battle to be fought and won–that’s what a good life is for those that never lose their fundamental beliefs. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Best Bag 2016

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Just wanted to share this photo of this great bag that I saw on the street in Downtown, DC.

While it wasn’t the largest or most functional…

I really liked the design, colors, and all the pockets. 

A little military looking, contrasted by the rips, peace sign, and swirl made it even cooler. 

For some reason, I don’t think you can get away with wearing it to the office though. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Some Nice Hats For Shabbat

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Just some fashion festive before Shabbat.


Suggestions for some nice hats for Jewish ladies who cover their hair in synagogue or out. 


I don’t think these were designed for that purpose, but it just made me think that it does the trick.


Modesty before G-d and for the sanctification of marriage. 


It’s a nice Jewish custom that seems holy and beautiful. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Superman Leadership

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This guy’s socks were very cool.

If you can say that socks make the man then perhaps this is it.

Superman that is!

No special shirt, underwear, or cape required–the socks communicate it all. 

For the man of steel or one in the making (if worn at workout time).  

Then again, I was trying to imagine someone actually having the guts or nuttiness to wear these to the office.  

If they would, it probably be with the following in mind: 

I can do anything helpful to get the job done–

1) Rolling out cutting-edge systems and business process improvements faster than a speeding bullet

2) Creating positive change more powerful than a locomotive

3) Able to leap with integrity over organizational obstacles, red tape, and naysayers in a single bound

It’s a change consultant. It’s a corner office bureaucrat.  It’s a “superleader!”

Up up and away…it can be done (even without the socks). 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Her Hair Was A Hoot

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No offense intended, but not going to miss this lady in a crowd.

Orange-hot pink hair, a zebra shirt, big black-rimmed glasses, and a wild bag with dozens of pins all over it. 

It was also funny that the sign over her head says, “Orange” to match this lady’s hair. 

My childhood friends would probably call this a “Hair Don’t” like a hairdo, only don’t do it!

Sometimes, you have to wonder what people are thinking.

It’s nice to get attention, if it’s attention worth getting. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Top 30 Legacy Of Hope And Change

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Over 7 long years, the promise of “hope and change” has given way instead to the disappointment of chaos and dysfunction.


Just some 30 examples off the top of my head…


1) Nuclear IRAN


2) Civil War SYRIA


3) Fragmented IRAQ


4) Taliban resurgent AFGHANISTAN


5) Militarization of SOUTH CHINA SEA


6) Nuclear missile NORTH KOREA


7) Terrorist State ISIS


8) Resurgent aggressive RUSSIA


9) Weaponization of SPACE


10) Streaming crisis of REFUGEES

11) Broken system for IMMIGRATION

12)
Sharply rising MURDER RATES


13) Growing and largest PRISON POPULATION


14) Rising RACISM


15) Increasing INEQUALITY


16) Worsening polarization in POLITICS


17) Poor TRANSPARENCY


18) Dysfunction in GOVERNMENT


19) Rising NATIONAL DEBT


20) Crisis in HEALTHCARE


21) Failing system of EDUCATION


22) Stalling INNOVATION


23) Growing insecurity of CYBER 


24) Infringement on PERSONAL PRIVACY


25) Falling participation in LABOR FORCE


26) Slowing ECONOMY


27) Worsening CLIMATE CHANGE


28) Shrinking affiliation with RELIGION


29) Epidemic of SUICIDE AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE


30) Declining HAPPINESS


Now, one of our main hopes has to be genuine change for the better. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)