Archive | March, 2013

Happy Easter from The Anti-Social Media

Happy Easter from The Anti-Social Media

RSS Change

Call me crazy, but with Google killing Google Reader, I just don’t see them continuing Feedburner.

Moving forward, please switch your RSS feed to this address:


I’ll keep Feedburner going as long as it can, but I just don’t trust the boys in Mountain View. I will continue to tweet all articles automatically from @TheAntiMedia on Twitter.

Social media across languages

Hola from the anti-social media

I realized over the past week that a significant portion of my traffic comes from people that speak Spanish, German, and Dutch and various other languages I don’t speak, read or write. Thankfully, American mass media has helped make English the lingua franca.

Wie wunderbar!

Still, I wonder what awful form of English they learn from this website. Like more people need to learn how to curse in English on social media.


I’m glad to see the exposure around the world, but I wish I could communicate better with these audiences. I went to school for music, so I learned enough German, French, Spanish and Italian to be dangerous to myself. Otherwise, I rely on Google Translate to see what people are saying.

Like that’s much help though.

Do you have issues communicating with your global audience? Or do you not care to try and reach out to them in their native language? Let me know in the comments.


Find The Thing You’re Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life

I have always been a big proponent of following your heart and doing exactly what you want to do. It sounds so simple, right? But there are people who spend years—decades, even—trying to find a true sense of purpose for themselves. My advice? Just find the thing you enjoy doing more than anything else, your one true passion, and do it for the rest of your life on nights and weekends when you’re exhausted and cranky and just want to go to bed.

Apparently the Onion and I were on the exact same wavelength today.

You don’t have to be passionate to be in social media

you won't be needing this
I’m all about some inspiration.

Nothing inspires me to action more than a mob of mindless, flesh eating-zombies shuffling towards me.

That, or a picture of a sunrise with an overused, inspirational quote in white script.

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.


The truth is that some work just sucks. Even a "glamorous" social media job can suck. There are trolls, psychos, and a whole Internet of losers who want attention.

And no, they don’t have better things to do.

While many of us would kill for a job we love, the fact is most of us working in this field of social media don’t have jobs we love. And that’s ok.

It’s a job. It pays the bills, and hopefully, gives you some money for the things you do love. Like cats or zombies.

Don’t let people who you don’t know bring you down.

You’re better than them.


Twitter gets a patent on Twitter

The long wait is finally over.

Don’t blame the advertiser

Ads feed your addiction to social networks
Do you hate ads in your Facebook and Twitter newsfeed?

I don’t blame you. There’s nothing more painful than an interruption of your regularly scheduled cat photos and inspirational memes.

But don’t blame the advertiser. It’s not their fault you spend up to 10 hours of your month buried in a newsfeed on your smartphone or computer.

Blame yourself.

You’re too cheap to pay for a social network. You just sign up and expect it to be free. You don’t pay for it like the utility it is.

Could you imagine if your phone worked on a private network that was free with sponsored messages? You’d have your calls brought to you by Apple, Nike and Nabisco. Politicians would sponsor every. single. call. during election cycles. Your calls would be monitored to “bring you more relevant advertisements.”

It would be hell.

The way I see it, there are two ways you can make this change:

  • Stop using social networks that are free with sponsored messages.
  • Use social networks you actually have to pay for.

Like either of those will happen.

Unless something changes radically in the near future, this is how social networking will be. A collage of personal updates mashed with sponsored messages from the brands who are willing to pay.

You Aren’t Entitled to your Opinion

Misinformed Opinion
Oh! You have an opinion!

Are you an expert? Do you have a degree from an accredited university? Have you done years of research on the subject? Can you back up your opinion with findings from Pew or some other research firm?

No? You can’t?

Well then shut up. Don’t push send on your stupid tweet, and stop yourself from posting that snarky Facebook comment. If you cant back up your opinion without an iota of fact, then your opinion does not hold weight.

If you aren’t adding value, then what are you adding?