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I'm a strategic Internet consultant, specializing in social media, online communities and conversation marketing.
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Yesterday I read an interesting article on LinkedIn by Lou Adler suggesting that traditional job descriptions are anti-talent. It resonated. Today I saw a job posting on LinkedIn for an unspecified anonymous company that consults to large companies, helping them... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2013 at Isabel Walcott Draves
I lately suffered a cruel reminder that social media is meant for people, not bots. If you live under a rock and don't know what a bot is, it's a program that automatically does something online, like post to someone's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2012 at Isabel Walcott Draves
These are eyelashes!
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2011 on Those prickly eyebrows at Junk Charts
So when I married I created a joint account with my spouse, and cancelled my old personal bank account. My spouse signed up for Paypal with the new joint account. And then my Palpal account stopped working, because my bank... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at Isabel Walcott Draves
I agree with the main premise of this post and would call it an essential feature of being an entrepreneur. However I really must take issue with your statement that *employees* should be raising rejectable ideas 50-80% of the time. Employees like this get fired. You and your fellow entrepreneurial-minded types might wish your employees were more like this, but in most established companies, in most positions, people like this get fired. You're not supposed to have a better idea than the boss about how to run stuff. Most bosses want followers, not leaders. So the reason people don't do it more often is not because they're timid but because they're smart. They want to keep their jobs and not have the rest of the crowd think they're crazy. They know that the best way to get ahead is to have one good idea about every year of so and keep their mouth shut most of the time. Then they're stuck in that mindset. This culture builds on itself until you have a nation of lemmings. But your advice still stands for anyone in the startup environment, anyone who wants to "be their own person", and anyone with job security, such as CEOs.
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It took me a while to find the answer to this, so I'll blog it here. Maybe this is just me not being familiar enough with this kind of thing, but there was no cover to slide, and I couldn't... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2011 at Isabel Walcott Draves
Are you good at what you do, but not good at explaining it? Do you need to speak in front of audiences and want to improve your skills? Do you sell something that not enough people are buying? Does your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2010 at Isabel Walcott Draves
This o'keefe guy is utterly sick: Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2010 at Isabel Walcott Draves
Arthur - I agree that knowing the right keywords is a key (yeah, I know) part of doing Internet research. It can be hard coming up with them if you don't know the topic well enough to know the lingo other people use. Frustrating! And Sam - you're right, this is a flaw with Typepad, they advertise this quick post feature that is supposed to compete with Twitter, and I was using it, but perhaps they haven't thought it through 100%. Maybe I should stop.
Over the weekend I helped a friend sort out some problems with Microsoft Outlook. She had a newly installed Office 2007 version and whenever she tried to send an attachment her computer immediately froze. You had to control-alt-delete twice and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at Isabel Walcott Draves
You know what would be SO cool? If you could complain in your public lifestream (twitter, facebook, google buzz, whatever) about a problem you were having with a company, and get an automatic reply telling you how to fix it.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2010 at Isabel Walcott Draves
Got 'em! Some nasty telemarketer has been calling me over and over again from the 201 exchange, but when I try to call back it says the number is not in service. Numbers include 201-564-4171 and 201-796-8854. By pretending to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2010 at Isabel Walcott Draves
The myth that the Tea Party is all about helping the average joe needs serious debunking. Is it really an astroturf campaign to help big business? Can't believe how economically ignorant Rand Paul is -- "If the mines were dangerous... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2010 at Isabel Walcott Draves
Hey LinkedIn, I changed my name. Unlike Google, you let me, and I didn't have to redo my entire profile. Thanks. Now can you please redirect from from my old name to my new page ? That seems... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2010 at Isabel Walcott Draves
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Jul 24, 2010
Just noticed another thing. Since I had to reset my android phone, and re-downlod my apps, I lost all my notes in AK notepad. Fortunately I had only started using it a couple weeks beforehand and didn't have many notes. But this was frustrating.
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2010 on Google is a Sexist Pig! at Isabel Walcott Draves
Actually Xeno, what I am saying about this does not imply that they should "think of everything". I'm not a fan of the "slippery slope" argument. It implies that they should be more careful about making software design decisions based on a young male perspective. To do this, somewhere along the line they need to involve more women and middle aged people - either in use cases, as engineers, or in product development, so the problem is fixed before it hits the customer. If, that is, they want to remain world-class. When they fix it, it will help not only the 90% of women who change their name at marriage. I suspect the vast majority of name changes are due to marriage and apply to women, but someone may correct me if I am mistaken. I'm thrilled that my sensationalist headline has gotten so much attention and confident that it will increase the chances this problem will be fixed. And as a side note to answer your questions, yes I thought of it beforehand, and yes I have a permanent email address that doesn't a last name, and yes I still think this is an important issue.
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2010 on Google is a Sexist Pig! at Isabel Walcott Draves
So, I had to reset my android phone to get the new email address in there, and in doing do of course all the apps I downloaded were lost and all my settings, ringtones, etc. set back to default. I still haven't linked my old YouTube account with the "new me", and did I mention what a pain it has been to get Google Docs assigned to me as owner? I'll be dealing with the repercussions on this for awhile. I want to address some of the comments that have been posted up here. The definition of sexism is not that someone on purpose is trying to screw over women! If a bunch of guys are sitting around developing software and they assume there's never a legitimate reason to change one's name, because they never have to do it themselves, they just didn't think of it! That is sexism. To James Devlin - it is exactly my goal to get those "horrified" engineers to fix this usability problem. Yes it's a lot of work for them, and they may view it just as a "convenience" but for a professional woman it's a necessity. Google's tools are free for us to use, but Google makes money from their users every time they click on ads, so it is in their best interests to offer the best possible software tools and certainly their products should not have a gender bias any more than they should have a religious or racial bias. When you say "real honest to goodness sexism" (funny modifier by the way) you probably mean sexual harassment or gender discrimination - both more severe forms of sexism for sure. The fact that there are worse things out there for women doesn't make sexist product design choices any less sexist. I hope this is an attention getting title and post, I did it on purpose, and I hope Google now makes the decision to spend the resources to fix the problem, not just for women but for anyone else who needs to change their name legitimately, which could include anyone, actually. I'm a huge fan of Google and this post is intended to make them even better.
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2010 on Google is a Sexist Pig! at Isabel Walcott Draves
Update - you can "Check all" in your google docs and share with your new self. But you do have to make all the folders and organization from scratch. And of course your docs are no longer owned by you.
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2010 on Google is a Sexist Pig! at Isabel Walcott Draves
Oh, and I forgot to add, setting up im chats with all my old friends from scratch, and resetting my android phone to the new id - i am very afraid of what that will look like, not tackling it until the weekend. Will I lose data from my contacts list? The contacts list in Gmail is the one thing that seems to have come over by itself.
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2010 on Google is a Sexist Pig! at Isabel Walcott Draves
Oh, and I forgot to add, setting up all your old filters again! What a total PITA! Violet - I didn't try that yet...
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2010 on Google is a Sexist Pig! at Isabel Walcott Draves
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Mar 15, 2010
Reposted from the wf360 blog Well, I promised I'd be back with more, and here I am. It was a true pleasure to go upstairs to dinner last night after the reception, and have every detail taken care of. Susan... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2009 at Isabel Walcott Draves