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    A nation that twitters together fritters together

    … This scares me: “Calvin Lee, a graphic designer, is a massive tweeter. ‘I really can’t stop,’ he joked. In Twitterland, Lee has become a rock star. ‘I’ve gone through life wondering what my ‘thing’ would be. I believe I’ve found it.’ Lee describes himself as a ‘social media ho. I tweet at least 200 times a day.’ He has been quite successful…

    3 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    O.K. , you have your social media data. Now, what good is it?

    … media. We know beyond a doubt that the metrics of social media use are huge. Everybody is Facebooking, tweeting, Instagramming, pinning and so on. They’re liking and following and retweeting each other like crazy. For this reason, wine companies feel, with “the fierce urgency of now,” that they have to get onboard, before the train leaves…

    4 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    Matt Kramer got it right about bullies who put wine down

    … This think piece by Matt Kramer is a little opaque.(I hope you can open the Wine Spectator link.) I had to read it twice to understand it—and I’m not sure I do even now—but it seems to be a rebuttal to the notion, widespread in America and somewhat anti-intellectual, that expertise is a form of pretentious bull. With specific regard to wine…

    1 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    Monday Mayhem: Drinking too much, and memories of a P.R. guy

    … It’s important for us to have a conversation about drinking too much—about alcoholism—for two reasons. One is because there’s always been, and still is, a neo-prohibitionist mindset in this country that frowns on any use of alcoholic beverages at all; and so, as if in advance of an impending flood, we have to pile the sandbags around the door…

    4 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    The importance of an editor ~ So get over it

    … I apologize to the person whom I’ve offended. But, I also keep in my heart how our First Nation people work: i.e., they always leave one mistake in their work, because this is the point where the spirit of the work is allowed to enter and exit it. I do love your edits when you contact me, because I appreciate you letting me know that my work has…

    4 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

    The emotional intelligence of wine blogging and its vitriol eruption

    … OPINION: Recently, poop finally hit the fan for the wine blogging community. Everything that’s right with it and everything that’s wrong with it collided in the biggest mess I’ve yet to witness. I believe it’s finally hit a paradigm shift that’s been so needed, but not without its pain and suffering. Imagine creating a wine blog because…

    6 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog
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