Category Archives: Social Media

The People Every Year Up Student Should Follow on Twitter

I had lunch today with my Year Up mentee, and one of the things we discussed a bit was social media. Specifically Twitter, and how I use it. Unlike many people who use it almost exclusively for getting news and for sharing their own news with others, I use Twitter to keep in touch with people. Obviously the best way to learn any tool is to watch those who are using it successfully already. Here are a few people I recommend every Year Up student follow (figured might as well make this a blog post rather than just send the list via email): Spencer Rascoff – Zillow’s CEO (& co-founder of Hotwire). I learned a … Continue reading

No, Snapchat is NOT Screwed

I don’t think¬†Snapchat is screwed. When I look at Snapchat, I believe I see what investors see. Huge potential to be a¬†more visual iteration of Twitter. One that will consume people’s attention with more visual (& intimate) messages from the people and brands they trust. Read the rest over at Medium!

Twitter, 20,000 Tweets In

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well this is officially my 20,000th tweet… — Drew Meyers (@drewmeyers) October 28, 2013 By the numbers after 20,000 tweets… It’s been a good run. We’ll see where I’m at after another 20,000

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Talking and Sharing, for the Sake of Talking and Sharing

Discussion about important topics is good. No change happens without discussion. But the same discussion about the same topics — over and over and over — gets old, really quickly. And in a sense, I feel the internet is now just a huge echo chamber of crap as a result of the ability for anyone to share anything at anytime – with the tap of their finger. There are great nuggets of information and thinkers out there on the web, there really are, yet there is a whole load of crap to wade through to find them. We all waste an enormous amount of time in the process. Maybe we should all just share every … Continue reading

Social Media Envy

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The fact that people get social media envy, and feel bad as a result, shouldn’t surprise anyone. That’s the whole premise of Facebook and Twitter. Get as many people as possible, sharing as much information as possible, with as many others as possible. I view it as a huge massive time suck. The premise of Path – that there are a limited number of people that you can have meaningful relationships with – is the right one. The problem, in my mind, is how you convince enough people of that premise to make it a business. After all, if there is a limited number of people – people can just interact with those people via … Continue reading

How Connected Do We Really Want to Be?

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I’m a fan of connected life. I really am. I like the fact that I have near instant access to updates from hundreds upon hundres of people on Facebook. And thousands, millions on Twitter. A connected world is a better world. But, the real question is how connected is too connected? Why do we have to “disconnect” so often to get away from it all? That’s simple – we spend all day, everyday bombarded with real time information from thousands. Many of whom are not close friends, nor are they even friends at all. We choose texting over phone conversations. Even when sitting at the same table, we often stare at our respective smart phones … Continue reading

Why the Facebook of Travel is Not…Facebook

I’ve heard multiple people (such as this one) say that the Facebook of travel…is, well, Facebook. Let’s get one thing straight. That’s false. And here’s why. Facebook is known for connecting and talking with people you already know. Nothing more. Google is known for search (and Gmail) — and that took them 15 years. When it comes to massive verticals such as travel, I believe there will be (or already is) a clear cut leader in each major vertical. The way to win a vertical? Be obsessed with creating the most amazing product/experience possible. From my experience, no one cares more about a product than it’s founders. That passion is irreplaceable in an organization. This … Continue reading