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I would like to invite you all to my new blog over at ThatSHORTGuy.com

Just like on this blog, you will find video game and social media related rants however it will be much more organized and clean. (I also get to be a nerd and tinker with the backend of the web site, hehe)

So come on over and leave a comment or two 🙂

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Round 3: #TigerBloodIntern Video

Yours truly has made to into Round 3 for Charlie Sheen’s #TigerBloodIntern.

Round 1 was simple. Just had to enter in my name, email and why I was #winning. I put in something like: “I’ve fallen in love with social media. You need someone with #TigerBlood in them. Let me go on the social prowl for you.” Paraphrased, of course, as I just woke up at the time of writing (how dedicated am I?) and it has been awhile since I first applied. It went something like that anyway.

Round 2 was a resume. I told the intern-pickers from Internships.com (and even Charlie if he is looking at them) that I attend Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning in Toronto for the Advanced Public Relations Diploma. In that course my class has taken on the Student Appreciation Awards. I’m the one who built the website and integrated the Twitter and Facebook fan page (which I monitored constantly). We have over 60 quality nominations at the time of writing. That’s more than any previous year thanks to having an online nominations form and social media.

Now it’s on to Round 3. From what I’ve read on Twitter, only 250 made it this far out of 82,000. It’s a really big deal, there are people getting featured on the newsNow I need YOUR help. The video is judged on content and potential of community engagement. In other words get, you, my lovely readers; followers and family to get behind me and share, like and retweet my video. Help me go on a crazy (yet fun!) job opportunity with the Warlock, just “like” my video and get me 10,000 views!

Tell me what you think of the video in the comments! Click here to “like” this video on YouTube! If you’re a journalist or just have a question about this process please feel free to email me at [snip]

Getting into the PR Biz

I’ve been searching for a new job recently and none of the retailers in my area are hiring at the moment. At one point when I was handing in a resume to an employee at EB Games (for the millionth time) I tried to push for an interview. I told the manager that I plan on getting into the Public Relations department after receiving my diploma in another year; meaning I intend to stay with EB Games for as long as possible. He didn’t seem to impressed, in fact he told me to not even bother applying. He said to me to just try for the head office anyway. Was he trying to just brush me off? EB Games is probably based in the United States, so not something I can do when I still have school. Whatever his intentions were, it got me thinking of PR related jobs instead of retail (which I enjoy, but not what I want to do forever). Read more of this post

How ThatShortGuy did in 2010

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,600 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 17 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 30 posts. There were 10 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 478kb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 11th with 62 views. The most popular post that day was League of Legends: Fiddlesticks.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, facebook.com, bigextracash.com, mfadhly.com, and digg.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for league of legends map, fiddlesticks league of legends, league of legends fiddlesticks, summoner’s rift map, and league of legends maps.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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League of Legends: Fiddlesticks August 2010
2 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

2

YouTube Creeping December 2009

3

League of Legends: Jax August 2010
1 comment

4

Top 3 Reasons Why You SHOULD Play Video Games November 2010

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Gail Grey: My roll model to become a CM August 2010

Social Search brought to you by Bing

So the news rolled out today that Facebook and Bing have joined forced to socialize search results. Some of the features sound really cool.

The Features

Basically Bing is taking advantage of the 2 million plus web sites using the “Like” button.

If a friend has “liked” a link that is relevant to your search terms it will appear at the top of the results. Makes sense to me, since I would trust that web site my buddy “liked” to contain the information I wanted. Or at least close to it, can never trust them to much.

The next feature brings everyone on Facebook on to Bing. Scary? Maybe, but it’s nothing more than like searching for friends on Facebook, but now on Bing with an enhancement. Now if you search for someone, Bing will place someone who has that name (or someone similar) with mutual friends higher on the results list. Sounds creepy but what about social media isn’t?

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Annoying DMs

Lately I have been following a lot of “content” people on Twitter. By that I mean they want to be a source of information; a “go-to” person for a certain subject. In my case it would be games. These accounts usually have numerous followers already — we’re talking over 500 here — so the direct message may not be bothering anybody.

It bothers me. Why is an automated direct message viable when the account receives a new follower? It’s not like it’s personal, I can very well tell it’s automated. I wish I kept a few of these DMs to give an example, but I deleted them all out of spite.

The DMs I’m talking about usually thank the new friend for following the account and then spam their web site. Nine times out of 10 you are following these accounts from the web site itself, so why do they feel the need to annoy users with it some more?

What do you think? Are you one of these Twitter accounts that auto-DM new followers? Why do you do it?

Checking-in to games

“Checking-In” has become a very popular social media term. You can use FourSquare to check-in at your favourite restuarant, bar or club; Gomiso to check-in when you’re watching a cool movie or T.V. show; and (just recently) you can use Chirrps to check-in at web sites that you frequently visit. There are probably many more that use the “check-in” term that I don’t know.

Each of these web sites offer awards — or badges — for enough check-ins at one place, show or web site. You can even become the “mayor” of a place on Foursquare, or become a “master of a domain” on Chirrps, if you checked-in at one place more than anyone else.  It starts to become a bit of an addiction when you watch your check-in counter go up and as you unlock new badges. You can also allow these applications to tweet where you have checked-in and add a comment to give your Twitter followers a bit more info on the place you are at (“try the steak, it’s great!”). Of course you can follow people on the web sites, but I haven’t found it very useful . I can just watch Twitter and see if anyone has used the applications.

In the gaming world, the mobile application is next step for developers. ArenaNet recently announced that Guild Wars 2 will have an iPhone, iPad and iPod application to keep in contact with your friends in the game (and do many other interesting things). World of Warcraft already has a mobile app and many other online games do too. Now a days we want to be in the game, even when we can’t. These mobile apps help to fill that niche.

I wonder if “check-ins” can be used for MMORPGs? Or just “check-in” what game you are currently playing?

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