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Cup of Joe: How To Be Awesome
Hadn’t posted anything in a while but read this this morning and thought it was worth a share here.

By on September 3, 2011

Cup of Joe: How To Be Awesome

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So this week’s COJ was going to be about the famed Walt Whitman poem “Song of Myself“. But, after I finished writing, I re-read my post and thought, “this totally blows!”. I mean seriously, what was I thinking? BORING ALERT.

So without even saving the post I just highlighted all 1000+ words and hit delete. Because honestly the post wasn’t up to my standards, it wasn’t good enough for you, and it certainly wasn’t good enough for myself.

To be honest with you, I am tired of online content that isn’t good enough. It seems like most people are spewing out words just to see their name in print or rank their pages. Not enough people care about the words they write and sign their name to. Not enough people want to be awesome.

Or maybe not enough people know how to be awesome. Now, I am not saying that I am the cream of the crop by any means. But I think I have discovered a sure fire way to being awesome.

The secret to being awesome, is to, only do awesome things.

Yep, it’s that simple. If everything you put out is amazing, then you will only be known for amazing stuff. It really is that simple. All of the big brands that are known for their excellence do this everyday. So next time you create something ask yourself; is this awesome? If not, get rid of it, you can do better and if you don’t then perhaps its not worth doing at all. If you take your reputation and business seriously then you need to just stop doing stupid stuff.

If you are a regular reader of this column then you might have noticed that their have been some gaps lately in my writing. The truth is I couldn’t come up with a post that was good enough for you. Is this post amazing? No it’s not, but it’s better than the one I started with, so that’s something. If you aren’t at least trying to associate yourself with excellence you need to start doing something else entirely. Otherwise, you will never stand out, never provide value, and never develop any value for yourself.

Haven’t posted anything in a while but read this earlier this morning and thought it was worth the share. If you are going to do something, do it right and make sure it is awesome.

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A lovely e-mail for the day
Amazon Cloud Player Launched
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Okay, this is awesome.  What makes it even more awesome is that I literally was talking about this the other day before this had even been announced.  It turns out for quite some time people have been discussing the idea of hosting music online for streaming instead of locally on devices with limited storage.  Ever since loading my iPhone up with music I’ve really seen a need for this feature.

So, a couple of questions…

1) Google already sells online storage space for services like Picasa and the whole Amazon Cloud Player seems pretty focused on Google’s Anroid Platform.  Why is it that Google didn’t take the first step in launching a service like this?

2) What is with Amazon’s newfound desire to incorporate themselves in the world of Android?  Just a few days ago they even launched their own Appstore for Android.

3) When will Apple launch their own similar service on their iDisk/MobileMe platform.

A lot of buzz about iOS 5 is actually talking a bit about the features to expect, one of which is just this so we’ll have to wait and see.  In the meantime I’ll have to deal with Amazon’s apparent allegiance to Google Android and wait for Apple to launch yet another proprietary feature.

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Netflix DOWN!
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Wow, this can’t be cheap to fix.  What’s the deal?

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Amazon App Store Launched Today
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Amazon Appstore launched today.  Pretty good idea considering their reach and the money in app sales.

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BREAKING: Twitter’s Official Analytics Product Has Arrived

Twitter has started inviting a select group of users to test a new analytics product, Mashable has learned. Such a product has been rumored for some time, and a Twitter executive said earlier this year that Analytics would debut by the end of 2010.

With Twitter Analytics, users will be able to see a plethora of data about their account; for example, information about which tweets are most successful, which tweets caused people to unfollow, and who the most influential users are that reply and retweet their messages.

In what will no doubt come as a blow to the third-party vendors that are already providing similar tools, we’re hearing that the product will be free and that Twitter has no immediate plans to charge.

We’re working to gather more information, but we may hear more about it later this afternoon, when Twitter’s Evan Williams takes the stage at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. Stay tuned.

This is why I remain weary of “building on other platforms”. I feel bad for third-parties that are pretty much screwed now. Time to adapt to say the least!

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What happened to Foursquare?

Maybe it is just me but is anyone else feeling the “ooo and ahhh” they once felt when using Foursquare?  It was brought to my attention a handful of months ago that it really wasn’t “doing anything” in terms of providing value and I’m starting to agree.  I do appreciate the recent push to put a little bit more focus on “Tips” which is helpful when visiting a bar or restaurant but quite honestly I think I’m more interested in using Yelp to get feedback and suggestions on venues.

Which brings up an interesting point, new versions of Yelp Mobile are featuring “Check-Ins”, I just wish more people were using it.  I’ve alway been a big fan of Yelp since it is by far the premiere online resource and communitiy for restaurant, bar and other entertainment-type venues.  Yes, I am quite entertained when eating and drinking.

Outside of Foursquare you have the location-based push from Facebook which has been slow to catch on to say the least but nobody can argue that they don’t have more going for them than Foursquare which is ultimately my point.

All in all I just wish Foursquare would step up their “game” (no pun intended) a bit to get me hooked again. Or maybe it really is just a fad. I’m probably not worthy enough to say one way or another but in my book, the fad is FADing.

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Make way for the new Macbook Air

The new Macbok Air was just announced via the Back to Mac Event from Apple.  Looks like they are already updating the Apple Store.

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Netflix on Wii, REALLY on Wii

Why did this take so long to happen?

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