Buying Twitter Followers

I wouldn’t do it if I were you. While many people have noted that Twitter won’t exactly ban you for doing so (unless perhaps you generate enough media attention), it’s still not a good idea if you care about growing an audience. Sounds counter intuitive right? You might tell me, “Buying followers sounds like an amazing way to grow an audience! Look at the numbers!” Well… Here’s where I ask, do they listen or care about you?

Thoughts on InfluxDB for Analytics

So I was turned on to InfluxDB by a friend I think. Or Google. Either way I loved it at first glance. I still love it. However, I’m not sure it’s fair for them to put “analytics” on their home page under “what” InfluxDB is used for. InfluxDB is a time series database and a damn good one at that. Built with the ability to use LevelDB or RocksDB (or HyperlevelDB I believe?), it is fast.

Social Media Competition Pitfalls

I see more and more contests ran these days that use various social media engagements as a voting mechanism. One of the most successful social media campaigns I’ve ever built was one for Schwinn where entrants would enter themselves as well as a friend. If an entrant won, their friend also won a bike. It brought Schwinn well over 25,000 likes over the course of the month and over a quarter million entries.