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Five for Friday: Internet Experiences, Facebook Pay-for-Play, Ignoring your Email and Building Community


486646486_5d877b4532_zIt’s the last Friday of 2012.

Wow. That went fast, didn’t it?

We’re sure you’re filled to the brim with “Best of” and “Worst of” and other lists rounding up the year that was, so we’re not going to stay there exclusively.

Even so, we should be forgiven for sharing No. 1:

1) Greg Rutter’s Definitive List of The Things You Should Have Already Experienced On The Internet In 2012 Unless You’re a Loser or Old or Something. This is a list of links to the Internet experiences you really should have had in 2012. Haven’t seen the original of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”? On the list. Never heard of “Hot Cheetos and Takis”? Yep, on the list. Never watched the drunk guy sing Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose” -  to his cat? Yep. On the list. If you watch all 66 things on Rutter’s list, you will be able to hold your head high and say, “Yes! Yes, I DID see everything everyone was talking about in 2012. Bring it, 2013!” (h/t Jezebel)

2) Next, the ever-brilliant Shelly Kramer weighs in on Facebook selling access to our inboxes. And whether that really even matters. Spoiler alert: Maybe. And maybe not. (Shelly brings up some great points on both sides.)

 3) We’d never heard of Sté Kerwer before just a couple months ago, but can’t imagine why. His blog is updated every single weekday and his posts are chock-filled with solid tips and information and plain-old common sense. He managed to take a simple statement — DON’T Check Your Email First Thing In The Morning — and turn it into an excellent essay on productivity. It’s something I’ve always told myself I won’t do; I see my email taking me far afield from the things that I get up knowing that I need to accomplish. Waiting an extra half hour to an hour, in 99 percent of cases, isn’t going to cause disaster. Heck, even in that other 1%, it won’t cause disaster. I would go one step farther than Sté, though, and add Twitter & Facebook to the “Don’t Check” list. Now if only I could get myself to follow such sage advice.

4) This post is from a little earlier in the month, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t include Heidi Ketroser Massey‘s post about how Jennifer Stauss Windrum built an amazing community and gave her mother an amazing legacy. Jennifer’s mother has been dying of lung cancer for the past several years. She never smoked a day in her life. Jennifer and her mom, Leslie, made it their mission in life to document Leslie’s story and to help remove the stigma from the cancer, which receives the least research funding of any major cancer (and many minor cancers). Heidi’s post, “SMAC! Campaign: A Living Legacy of Love and Community” shows how building a community and sharing with others can turn even something so ugly into something so beautiful.

5) Finally, Marc Lefton had a great inaugural column for AG Beat about the “imaginary wall revenue model.” Basically, that there are two revenue models in tech at the current time: Bridges and Walls. But too many bridges are turning into walls. He looks at the same pay-for-play issue Shelly did above, but from a totally different angle. Is your company a bridge or a wall? And if you’re a bridge, have you prepared for how you’re going to erect a toll gate yet?

Photo by Nicolas Vigier via Flickr Creative Commons.

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  • ShellyKramer

    Love this post Amy, and not just because you were kind enough to mention me, never mind call me freaking “brilliant.” Seriously, girl, you need to get a life. I can’t wait to get sucked into Greg Ritter’s list (just what I need, another reason to screw off on the interwebz) and I missed Marc’s post but I’m sure I’ll love checking it out. For me, just for the record, you, my friend, are the best of the web. Always. Happy New Year (big, honking, wet smoocher)!!!

    • http://amyvernon.net/ AmyVernon

      @ShellyKramer Thanks, Shelly! I have to say, I had not seen Cheetos and Takis before today, though I cannot imagine how it escaped my attention. I had seen a good number of things on the list, I’m proud to say.
      Love right back atcha! :)

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