Monday, April 29, 2013

What Are Twitter Cards?

Example Twitter Card
Twitter Card Example (above)
You may have been seeing people talking about the new Twitter Cards and wondering to yourself "what exactly are they and can I use them?"  Twitter cards are a way to expand a tweet to show information through a small card like graphic that is placed on your website using HTML. For an example of a Twitter card please see the image to the left.

Twitter cards can be an excellent way to showcase to your Twitter followers interesting or important facts and tweets that you have sent out over the course of your time there. There are many kinds of Twitter cards that you can use to show your real Twitter followers, including a summary card, Photo card, gallery cards and product cards.

Each type of card has their own special kinds of applications, before using them make sure that you read the documentation links for the ones you wish to use. As Twitter grows in leaps and bounds, the variety of ways that you can market your business to your real Twitter followers has grown right along with it. While this is just one improvement, there are many more that we will be covering over the next few weeks. Marketing your business on Twitter just became easier and more streamlined thanks to your real Twitter followers and Twitter’s development team!

Interested in learning more? Click the Twitter Cards link above and it will direct you to their developer documents. I am in the process of consulting with a Massachusetts political candidate on integrating these with his Twitter account and website to keep his followers up to date! I've also introduced him to NFC (near field communication) and plan on integrating that with his Twitter Feed, website, and business cards! Contact me for more details...

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I'm Not Phased

A Universal Truth
I had once believed this...but wonder if it is actually true.
Should I be concerned? At what point does a person finally give-up on an exercise that s/he now deems futile? I recognize that my prior post titled "Why Bother?" may have a parallel theme as this one... but should I really be surprised and expect something or someone to change when they haven't after repeated pleas and requests? Perhaps I do not merit or deserve the change(s) I have asked for... Perhaps I am being unrealistic. Perhaps my expectations are far greater than what I am worth. Perhaps I do not deserve any better. A year, or even six months ago, I would have reacted differently. I would have been upset. I would have felt anxiety, depression, sadness, and exasperation... but now? It doesn't even phase me. I have come to accept, and to a lesser extent expect, these acts of rejection and subversion.

What concerns me now, however, regards a fundamental change in my behavior. As the post title says, I'm not phased. Does that mean that I simply do not care now? Does it mean that I have settled for a situation and behaviors that seemingly make me unhappy? These are unanswered questions that I have... and I suppose I may subconsciously know the answers but choose to ignore them. Perhaps I have simply become conditioned to these circumstances; to be hidden, rejected, and isolated. At least my conscience is clear. After all, I am not the one telling the lies.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Why bother?

Though Shalt Not Vex A Stranger
Thou shalt not vex a stranger
I am beginning to ask myself this question more and more as time goes one. Why do I bother? If the net result is that no one else cares, why should I? Is it because I am genuinely a nice guy (contrary to popular belief)? Is it because I care for others more than I care about myself? Is it because I often put the thoughts, hopes, dreams, desires, wants, and needs of certain others before my own? Or is it simply some sort of warped, perhaps sadistic and masochistic behavior, which perpetually puts others before myself at great detriment to my well-being? I am doubtful that it is any form of 'S&M' behavior per se, as I do not derive any pleasure or gratification from this or by hurting myself... but I am still left to ponder, why do I continue to be loyal to a fault? Further to that point, at what end will I continue to allow others to take advantage of that indisputable loyalty.

While I will not specifically cite people, times, or places here (partly because I am bound to confidentiality in some cases and in others I am certain those people would not their names/actions stipulated here), I lay awake at night trying to ascertain an answer. I know that people generally have a misconception of me, my personality, my good-nature, and my life. This is not based upon faulty thinking on their part; but rather, it is due in part by their lack of accurate unbiased information and their lack of presence or involvement in various instances/events... from which, they have formed opinions and judgements about me, my actions, and events/things that have happened to me. While I am happy and willing to correct, clarify, and enlighten people regarding things due to erroneous information, I have found that most are unwilling to listen or hear me out and tend to stick by their initial 'gut' reaction; which is generally, and unfortunately, based upon misinformation which leads to the misunderstanding or misapprehension... it saddens and hurts me greatly. It weighs heavily on my heart.

I wish that others would recognize the good that I do, not because I want credit, accolades, or notoriety... I do not deserve nor want those things. I have made mistakes. I accept that. I have righted my wrongs. I do not seek praise...only acceptance and understanding. I continue to search for warmth and compassion. I'm afraid that it will come at a price that is too high to pay; or will perhaps arrive too late...when it matters little, if at all. This sorrow continues to weigh heavily on my heart.