Does it feel like an off week to you? I fully realize NO ONE will be working next week, but I didn’t expect it this week. Between final interviews for our chief content officer position (BTW, we are now on the hunt for a chief marketing officer), our social media trends webinar, meetings with potential investors, and a big deadline for Project Jack Bauer today, I looked up and suddenly realized no one was working yesterday. What gives?!
While you ponder that or get ready to rub in my face that you aren’t working again until January, I bring you the top five stories of the week.
5. A Message from a TSA Full Body Scanner. This is completely off-color so if you’re easily offended, I recommend not clicking on the link. But if you like fourth grade humor and body parts, it’s a hilarious view of the airport security measures from the perspective of a scanner. Rusty Speidel? Thanks for sending it to me!
4. The Steve Jobs Theory of Customer Relations. I get that it’s fascinating to see the CEO of a gigantic company respond to customer emails, but I’m not sure the way Steve Jobs handles it is correct. This Harvard Business Review blog post describes his “nope,” “yep,” “working on it,” “call AT&T” style of email communication as “useful” and “widely reported.” I’m sorry? I don’t agree. You read it and give me your view.
3. Another Bubble? A couple of weeks ago, I graced you with my Groupon prediction. And now it seems The Economist agrees with me. Sort of. OK. Well, it’s not like they read my prediction and said, “We agree with Gini Dietrich.” But they did write an interesting story about a bubble coming from tech start-ups and that the money piece of it might be right around the corner. Read it, think about it, and come back and tell me whether or not you think this time is going to be different. (Thanks to Howie Goldfarb for sending me this article!)
2. Top Gifts for Entrepreneurs. If you haven’t yet bought my Christmas gift, there are some great ideas in this Washington Post article! I already have 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, and 9 and I don’t drink Red Bull. So lean toward #1.
1. A Digital Christmas. I seriously wish I were this creative. Or maybe I am that creative (my mom thinks so, but I think she’s just being nice), but just don’t know how to use the computer tools to create something brilliant like this. Either way, this is one of those, “Dang! I wish I’d thought of that!” It’s a really creative video that shows what the birth of Christ would be like in today’s Google, Facebook, Foursquare, over-sharing world. You’ll like it! Thanks to Mark Schaefer for posting it on his blog and to Patrick Reyes for posting it on Facebook. You both got my attention!