Posted on Apr 10, 2013
The role of community manager has become a burgeoning career over the past few years, even if it is still somewhat loosely defined. By one definition perhaps, I have been a community manager for many years going back to my days running the local user group and conference. For the past two and a half years though, I was actually employed as a community manager in various capacities by Adobe. Mine was probably not a typical community manager role, if such a thing exists. Nonetheless, there are issues community managers face seem to be in common. Therefore, I decided to share some of my own guidelines and experience, specifically as it relates to representing a large corporation, in the hopes that it will benefit someone.
I should note that these guidelines are my own and don’t represent my employer. Not that I think they’d disagree, but just to be clear. None of these will be earth shattering (and given that I don’t read a lot on the topic, are probably not new) but they have served me well.
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Posted on Mar 24, 2013
I have been to every PAX East since the first overstuffed year in the too small Hynes Convention Center. It was always crowded, but this year felt different. That's in part because this year was the first year that, in terms of trying out the latest and greatest triple-A games coming from the big name publishers, it was a total bust. The lines have always been long (heck, I waited an hour and a half to play Lollipop Chainsaw - which was not worth the wait) but this year it was a whole new league. My top priority, to try Bethesda's Elder Scrolls Online was thwarted by a 3+ hour line. My curiosity about The Last of Us was squashed by a 2.5 hour line. These games look cool, but that'd mean the majority of my day would be spent trying a single game by a single publisher.
Thankfully, there are a ton indie game pulishers with booths at the event, making my day on my own and my day with the family both enjoyable. I loved how the landscape of game development seems to be changing because of Kickstarter. I met many developers who'd found the funding they'd needed there. Anyway, below is a summary of what I saw in my two days at PAX East 2013.Continue Reading →
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Posted on Jan 11, 2013
As some of my readers know, every other week I cohost an Internet radio show with my friend Bob Silverberg where we pick our favorite newly released songs. The show is calledVitamin Sweet and airs on CodeBass Radio (you can listen to CBR live here). It turns out that finding enough new releases to fill a 90 minute show is a lot of work and I listen to a lot of music to come up with between 7 and 10 picks each week. I think this puts me in a unique position to pick my favorite songs of the year as these were chosen from the hundreds, if not thousands, of songs I listened to in 2012 in preparation for the show.
If you are curious to hear these songs, well, Bob and I are airing our Best of 2012 show today (1/11) at 10am Eastern. You'll be able to hear all my picks along with Bob's top 10. Hope you listen!
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