15 Minutes of Game – Episode 5

15 Minutes of Game LogoIn this episode, we run a little bit long, but it’s for a good cause. We ramble on about a fewmiscellaneous topics as we get things warmed up, but then we get into the meat and potatoes – Why do you run a community site? It’s an annual discussion that seems to crop up after convention season every year, and we were discussing it over IM. Naturally, that means we brought it to the show. We also went  a little over with some “after hours” discussion about a topic Jon brought up on Twitter today.

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Give it a listen, then come back and let us know what you think in the comments – Why do you run a community site? We want to hear your story and your thoughts…

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15 Minutes of Game – Episode 4

15 Minutes of Game LogoA subject that’s been coming up a lot lately has been the debate over whether Carmine Must Die or to Save Carmine. In this episode, I go on and on about why I think Carmine Must Die, and Weezul (via telephone) tries to play devil’s advocate. So, without further ado, a humble discussion about the fate of one Clay Carmine.

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So give it a listen, then come back and let us know what you think in the comments – should Carmine live, or should he die?

Six Things You Should Read

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On a couple of recent occasions, I’ve been asked to give advice to folks who were looking to get a Community Management job. One of the topics that tends to come up is reading material. There’s a ton of stuff out there about a varying range of social media marketing, community building and management, and so on. I wanted to share some of the reading material that I recommend to folks.

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15 Minutes of Game – Episode 3

15 Minutes of Game LogoOur beefiest episode yet! This time around, it’s all about one thing – advice for becoming a Community Manager. It’s a question that both Jon and I get frequently, so we wanted to take a few minutes to answer the call.

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15 Minutes of Game – Episode 2

15 Minutes of Game LogoWelcome back to 15 Minutes of Game. It would be impossible to not discuss Halo: Reach this week, so after some brief introductions, we spend a few minutes discussing Reach… but not the gameplay. Then it’s on to the focus of this week’s show – Twitter. Give it a listen below:

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We could likely have spent much more time talking about Twitter, and will undoubtedly do so in future episodes. If there’s anything specific you’d like us to talk about, remember that we can be reached via email (15minutesofgame [at] gmail [dot] com) or on twitter (@15MinutesOfGame). Shoot us any questions, comments, etc, and I promise we’ll do everything we can to get them in.

The New Twitter.com Is Not For Me

I was pretty excited last night as word started swirling around about some awesome Twitter news. Ultimately, that news was that Twitter.com was getting a new layout and making it easier to view media in your stream. And profiles are easier to see now, too, it seems. Overall, everything looks great. They should be proud of their work. It’s a big step for the site.

My big problem is that all of these updates do nothing to help me better use Twitter the way I use it. For me, Twitter is information and conversations. I don’t need another site to go to. I need the information being transmitted across Twitter by the people on Twitter. Twitter.com gives me lots of new options for looking at replies, direct messages, and so on, but they’re all accessed through a new tabbed-like interface. I have to go to the site and click each tab individually to see what’s going on.

In contrast, here’s how I use Tweetdeck:
My TweetDeck Layout

I use TweetDeck to manage four twitter accounts and all of the information associated with them. To do this with the new Twitter, I’d be spending my days logging in and out, in and out. Constantly. And once logged in, I’d be clicking tabs left and right to view things like mentions, searches, etc. The amount of work that would go into browsing the information I look for would go through the roof. TweetDeck gives me all of that information in a single window. No window-dressing. Just important information.

Twitter has never been about media consumption for me. I use Twitter as a tool to enable me to have a conversation with the world. I don’t want Twitter to be more like Facebook. I want it to make it easier for me to parse the high volume of information I go through daily. Until then, I’m sticking with TweetDeck.

PS. I also manage the same four accounts and 7 (sometimes 8) columns on my TweetDeck app.

15 Minutes of Game – Episode 1

15 Minutes of Game LogoIt went a little something like this –

Last week, the inernet said that @Weezul and I should do a podcast. We said they were crazy. But who are we to question the internet, right? So here it is. The long-awaited, completely unscripted, very first episode of our new probably-weekly podcast, 15 Minutes of Game:

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Give it a listen, and by all means, let us know what you think! We can be reached via email (15minutesofgame [at] gmail [dot] com) or on twitter (@15MinutesOfGame). Shoot us any questions, comments, etc, and I promise we’ll do everything we can to get them in. After all, it’s your show.

How Do You Cast Your Pod?

Hey folks –

Okay, so a ton of folks on twitter the other day started suggesting that @weezul and I start doing a podcast. We’re entertaining the idea, for sure. There is experimenting afoot. Since the idea came from the internet, we want your help with a few things. First of all, we’re interested in what you’d call the show. We have some ideas, but want to hear yours. Here are a few that already came across the ‘verse:

  • Justin and the Weez
  • Ebony & Ivory (we’ll assume this is a reference to the 360 and PS3, yes?)
  • The WeezOkay Spectacular
  • It’s Okay to Weez
  • Six of One, Weez of the Other

So what else ya got? We’d love to hear your show title ideas.

Okay, so now on to technology. I used to podcast regularly. Very regularly. But back then I used Garage Band and AIM on my mac. That little iBook gave it’s best, but has since completely died on me. These days, we’ll have to use a PC, and probably Skype. Which leaves me with this question – What software do you use to record your podcasts? Any recommendations for recording a show across skype?

Okay, that’s it for now… there will be more on this soon… stay tuned, and keep the feedback coming, please!

A Very Big Thanks!

Hey everyone –

I just wanted to take a moment to thank everybody who came out to the PAX panel on Sunday. It was great to see so many people in the room! I was really kind of afraid that about 10 people would show up, and it would all be people with whom I regularly talk about community… at length. But you all showed up, and it was awesome! So thanks for coming!

There were a ton of questions that we weren’t able to get to. Through the magic of the internet, though, we can keep the panel going! I just wanted to extend the invite to any of you that had more questions. Either leave them in the comments, or hit up any of us on Twitter and we’d be happy to keep chatting! You should also feel free to leave any general feedback you had about the panel. I think I’d like to do it again, and evolve it to be more useful based on your feedback.

  • Justin Korthof – @sixokay
  • James Stevenson – @JamesStevenson
  • Matthew Pruitt – @MatthewPruitt
  • Sam Houston – @SamHouston

Thanks again everyone!

My PAX Schedule

Hey folks! So there are a ton of community people I want to meet up with at PAX. I’m not sure what everyone’s schedule looks like, but I figured I’d post mine. If you’re looking for me, here’s where you can find me and when:

PAX Schedule

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The green items are the ones that I’m directly involved in, and the purple ones are things I’ll be attending for my own gratification. The one caveat is the Friday session of the CM Challenge. That may get moved to be only the Saturday session. Either way, you should drop by the room both days! See you all at the show, and remember you can always find me on Twitter (@SixOkay) if you want to meet up!