Betsy Aoki's WebLog

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  • Blog Post: 10 Observations of an Engineer on a PR team

    I started writing these at the beginning of 2012, adding to them bit by bit as I looked back and thought about how different it was to launch Bing in 2009 sitting on the PR/marketing side vs. the engineering side, where I've launched so many things before. (Admittedly, Bing.com/community 's technical...
  • Blog Post: Twitter and Facebook ate my blog (or possibly my brain)

    I'm writing this from a skyscraper with a big window where I see exactly no snow falling, despite dire prediction. As we all know, the Seattle area can't handle snow - so much so that the *idea* of snow, keeps drivers at home. This is a somewhat decent metaphor for the idea that the micro-blogging...
  • Blog Post: Giving a 5 minute talk at the Kodak Theater (140 Characters Conference)

    Doing the Ignite presentation and chatting a little bit with Scott Berkun (who has a book coming out on public speaking ) I figured I'd do a followup on another 5 minute talk and some things I learned from doing a non-Ignite, 5 minute talk. For 140 Characters Conference in LA , they started playing the...
  • Blog Post: Paid to tweet, like I was paid to blog

    So, I've done many awkward things in my bespeckled and bespectacled community career. I've worn speaker Oxford after speaker Oxford - and you tech geeks know the ones. The ones that have embroidery that say "Speaker - Teched Amsterdam 2005" and you feel you can't give them away, yet you can't wear...
  • Blog Post: Washington State Dept of Transportation on Twitter - nice job!

    By now you've seen the photo of the overhanging buses, heard the mockery of Fargo, for the Redmond wimpiness and realized that Seattleites just can't drive in the snow. If you need even more voyeurism (or are just trying to get to that last-minute Christmas purchase and need a heads up, check out...
  • Blog Post: Web twitter

    I think what has kept Twitter so vibrant for me - despite my skepticism post-SXSW hubbub about the applications, is that it lets me check things where I want to. So while others enjoy being IMed and SMSed and getting twitters real-time, I've got more of the "let's read the next 140 character fortune...
  • Blog Post: Monday afternoon update from South by Southwest

    Well, so I did see Robert Scoble at the podtech Vloggies booth; that was fun. He has so many folks wanting to talk to him, and he's representing his startup, so I hate to take too much of his time at these things. I did manage to congrat on the fact he and Maryam are expecting, and to hand Irina a QnA...
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