I absolutely love this. As a professional ad man myself, I’m fascinated with Mad Men and the dialogue, particularly between agency and client. With the very recent announcements of new Facebook timeline features, social media is buzzing with what the implications may be. In the circles I run in, a lot of people wonder how the changes affect brand advertising and engagement. If you are one of the 800 million people that use Facebook (and I’m guessing you are) do yourself a favor and watch this short video, it’s only a few minutes long.
Who knew that Facebook’s newest feature was originally conceived by the Mad Men of the 1960s? In all seriousness the most compelling elements of Facebook’s Timeline are the ones that made Kodak’s Carousel popular. Reminiscing is a social activity. It always has been and now Facebook is bringing that activity online.
Although I wasn’t at the infamous SXSW that saw the start of the whole mob, nor did I see Jack’s first tweet, I’ve been around long enough to feel like the old man in the Twitter neighborhood. I know many of you feel the same way. So here, submitted for your approval, is my list of how you know you’ve been around the digital neighborhood for a while.
You know you’re an old-school Twitter user if…
- You still type “summize.com” in your browser to get to the Twitter Search page
- You’ve felt ecstatic about Twitter being down less than half the day
- You had to explain what a “tweet” was…at least 3 times a day
- You remember when Kevin Rose had the most followers on Twitter, and you couldn’t believe that anybody could have over 30,000!
- You know that the first big follower race was not between Ashton Kutcher and CNN, but Kevin Rose and Barack Obama!
- You used to use the “TRACK” feature with Twitter via SMS to find out who mentioned you
- You remember the nightly news when they used an anchor’s title, not their Twitter name
- You referred to somebody in terms of Milliscobles
- You happen to know that the original Twitter bird was stock art (seen below), and Twitter paid less than the price of a pizza to acquire it
- When you heard the news that Oprah was going to talk about Twitter,you just knew that the service had jumped the shark
- You remember the day you heard the Twitter whale art was named “Failwhale“
I could go on and on…but those are the first 10 that come to mind. What would you add? Leave a comment, or ping me on Twitter with your sweetest old school Twitter memory.