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Mar 21, 2017

In a break from the usual Why I Social format - I recorded live at CASE SMC (Social Media and Community) in Los Angeles. My guests this week are two persons whom are some of my (I admit my bias here) favorite people in higher education - but also two of the most accomplished. 

This Week on Why I Social meet: 

And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

The Why I Social podcast is brought to you by Zoomph.

Zoomph transforms digital marketing with real-times streaming analytics. Our platform provides you with an end-to-end solution to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business from start to finish.

Learn more about Zoomph at http://bit.ly/WhySocialAnalytics

Mar 20, 2017

On this week's episode, our hosts debate whether or not they'd rather face an army of terminators or zombies (there's really no debate). Also, we discuss the value of jpegs being 35% smaller. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. ‘iPad mini Pro’ is reportedly one of the four new iPad Pros launching soon (BGR)

2. Google’s new encoder makes JPEGs up to 35 percent smaller (The Verge)

3. Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen by 2045 (Futurism.com)

4. Twitter got hacked — even a BBC account. Do this one thing to protect yourself (USA Today) 

5. Hot Topic: Amazon Puts Alexa In It's Main iPhone App (VentureBeat) 

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet of the Week (new)

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Mar 14, 2017

Elliot Volkman is a digital marketing manager at Blue Acorn. He also reports on technology for Tech.Co. In addition, he enjoys running and shares his story about running a half-marathon. 

Hear his story on this week's episode. 

This Week on Why I Social, Elliot and I discuss:

  • How he decided to study journalism
  • Why he enjoys covering technology news
  • Why running is a big part of his life 

And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
Subscribe on iTunesStitcher RadioSoundcloudGoogle and Otto Radio
Follow at @WhyISocial.

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

The Why I Social podcast is brought to you by Zoomph.

Zoomph transforms digital marketing with real-times streaming analytics. Our platform provides you with an end-to-end solution to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business from start to finish.

Learn more about Zoomph at http://bit.ly/WhySocialAnalytics

Mar 13, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris opt to find an alternative to drinking water during the show. Also, Pornhub makes it's first appearance on the show (don't worry, it's safe to listen to). 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Pinterest Acquires Jelly (Jelly Blog via Medium)

2. Diehard Coders Saved NASA's Earth Science Data (Wired)

3. Trump Related Videos Have Grown SNL's YouTube Channel by 48% (Marketing Hub)

4. Snap's Stock Stumble (VentureBeat) 

5. Hot Topic: A WHOLE Lotta Facebook 

Honorable Mention(s): 

Honorable But Still Somewhat DIS Honorable Mention(s) - Not A Typo: 

Tweet of the Week (new)

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Mar 7, 2017

Bryan Mapes is the winner of the XFinity Dream Job and the current Xfinity Sports Guy (tweeting from the Xfinity Sports account). His journey to a career in social media isn't what you likely expected. 

Hear his story on this week's episode. 

This Week on Why I Social, Bryan and I discuss:

  • Where did Bryan work before his time in sports?
  • What was it like participating in the MLB Fan Cave tryouts?
  • How did he land his job with XFinity?  

And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
Subscribe on iTunesStitcher RadioSoundcloudGoogle and Otto Radio
Follow at @WhyISocial.

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

The Why I Social podcast is brought to you by Zoomph.

Zoomph transforms digital marketing with real-times streaming analytics. Our platform provides you with an end-to-end solution to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business from start to finish.

Learn more about Zoomph at http://bit.ly/WhySocialAnalytics

Mar 6, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris literally cheat the system to get in more than 5 stories. Also, Chris recaps his Social Media Week NYC experience while Zonozi gets featured on the BHPhoto Podcast. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. How A Typo Took Down S3 - The Backbone of the Internet (The Verge)

2. Nintendo Switch Users Face Hardware Issues (Polygon) 

3. Social Platform News

4. Phone News

5. Hot Topic: Meet YouTubeTV

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s):

Tweet of the Week (new)

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Mar 3, 2017

This week, I had the opportunity to be press at Social Media Week - NYC. I took the time while I was there to have a few conversations with some of the attendees. I also shared some quick thoughts on the event - which will be continued on next week's Five Favorites podcast.

On this episode, you'll get to know: 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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Follow at @WhyISocial.

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

The Why I Social podcast is brought to you by Zoomph.

Zoomph transforms digital marketing with real-times streaming analytics. Our platform provides you with an end-to-end solution to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business from start to finish.

Learn more about Zoomph at http://bit.ly/WhySocialAnalytics

Feb 28, 2017

Sarah Rockholt (@Sarahrockholt) is an event planning associate at MentorMate (where alum Ryan Pena works at the time of this recording). Her career at MentorMate began as an intern and she has worked her way up through the ranks to her current role at the company. 

Hear her story on this week's episode. 

This Week on Why I Social, Sarah and I discuss:

  • Why she didn't end up being a meteorologist
  • Why people played a big part in her career choice
  • How she got used to getting out of her comfort zone

And of course, Why Does She Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
Subscribe on iTunesStitcher RadioSoundcloudGoogle and Otto Radio
Follow at @WhyISocial.

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

The Why I Social podcast is brought to you by Zoomph.

Zoomph transforms digital marketing with real-times streaming analytics. Our platform provides you with an end-to-end solution to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business from start to finish.

Learn more about Zoomph at http://bit.ly/WhySocialAnalytics

Feb 28, 2017

Welcome to the sixth episode of Why I Social Sessions - where we bring you short discussions focused on one singular topic. This is not your standard Why I Social episode where we learn about a guest - but instead - we focus on important topics impacting the social media space today.

Today, on Why I Social Sessions, Why I Social alum Casie Shimansky joins me to talk about the latest update to Instagram included the addition photo/video galleries. 

On Episode 6 

1. What does this feature mean for personal use?

2. What does this feature mean for business use?

3. How does this impact Instagram Stories, if at all? 

4. What does this mean for Snapchat, if anything? 

Following the conversation:

I'd encourage you to use the hashtag #WISSessions to share your thoughts on Twitter and Facebook. 

This Week's Question(s): 

  • Do you intend to use Instagram Albums? How will you use them? 

Music for Why I Social Sessions is "Voice Over Under" by Kevin McCleod 

"Voice Over Under"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Feb 27, 2017

On this week's episode, an old friend reappears in Amir's life. Also, our hosts discover that Alexa is now VERY skilled. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

 

1. For Generation Z, 'Live Chilling" replaces hanging out (WSJ)

2. Alexa Passes 10,000 Skills (VentureBeat)

3. Booming Android Revenue Shows Its No Longer the Poor Cousin (The Register)

4. Snapchat Faces Tough Questions With Insiders (Business Insider)

5. Hot Topic: Instagram Will Now You Posts 10 Pictures (or videos) at Once (The Verge)

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s):

Tweet of the Week (new)

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

 

Feb 21, 2017

Matt Rappaport is a social media coordinator at B&H Photo Video. He has previously worked at Tech Times and the Huffington Post. He's also an actor with a passion for the industry and an experienced interviewer. 

Hear his story on this week's episode. 

This Week on Why I Social, Matt and I discuss:

  • What was his first "social network"?
  • Where did his interest technology come from?
  • Why does he love acting? 

And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
Subscribe on iTunesStitcher RadioSoundcloudGoogle and Otto Radio
Follow at @WhyISocial.

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

The Why I Social podcast is brought to you by Zoomph.

Zoomph transforms digital marketing with real-times streaming analytics. Our platform provides you with an end-to-end solution to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business from start to finish.

Learn more about Zoomph at http://bit.ly/WhySocialAnalytics

 

Feb 20, 2017

On this week's episode, both hosts have upgraded with some new technology in the past week. Also, drones, again. Deal with it. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. iPhone 8 To Feature 5.8 Inch OLED Display With 5.15-Inch Main Screen and Virtual Buttons Below (Mac Rumors) 

2. Facebook swipes at LinkedIn by letting brands post job openings on Pages (VentureBeat) 

3. More than 60 percent of Snapchat users skip ads on platform (DigiDay) 

4. Say goodbye to YouTube's long, unskippable ads starting next year (Mashable) 

5. (Hot Topic) PewDiePie versus WSJ

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s):

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show. 

 

Feb 14, 2017

Martin Dull (@mgdull on Instagram) is a painting technician at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture. He's also an artist operating his own studio in Jersey City. After attending school with Martin at Marywood University in Scranton, PA - we came to realize we both worked in NYC (thanks to Facebook) - opening the door to one of the most interesting conversations in the podcast's history. 

Hear his story on this week's episode. 

This Week on Why I Social, Martin and I discuss:

  • How did he become interested in art/painting?
  • What it's like to work with his father?
  • Why is social media important to his career as an artist?

And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
Subscribe on iTunesStitcher RadioSoundcloudGoogle and Otto Radio
Follow at @WhyISocial.

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

The Why I Social podcast is brought to you by Zoomph.

Zoomph transforms digital marketing with real-times streaming analytics. Our platform provides you with an end-to-end solution to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business from start to finish.

Learn more about Zoomph at http://bit.ly/WhySocialAnalytics

 

Feb 13, 2017

On this week's episode, Chris shares the story of how his son lost his first tooth. Also, the NBA pulls a page out of the NFL's social media book. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Pinterest Introduces Lens, A Shazam for Objects (The Verge) 

2. Grammy's Using Snapchat to Lure Younger Viewers (DigiDay)

3. Shareholders Urge Company to Replace Zuckerberg w/ Independent Board Chair (VentureBeat)

4. YouTube Creators With 10,000+ Followers Get Mobile Livestreaming (AdWeek) 

5. (Hot Topic) The Best (and Worst) of Super Bowl Commercials (Five Favorites edition) 

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s):

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show. 

 

Feb 7, 2017

Katy Spencer Johnson is a Communications and Marketing Agent at Quincy College (working for alum Eric Clark at the time of this recording).  She is also the editor-in-Chief) of Wild Swimming New England. She spends some of her free time doing work for causes like breast cancer and volunteering at the Quincy Animal Shelter. 

Hear her story on this week's episode. 

This Week on Why I Social, Katy and I discuss:

  • What it's like to work in publishing and why she changed
  • How she got into wild swimming
  • Why (and what) charity matters to her

And of course, Why Does She Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
Subscribe on iTunesStitcher RadioSoundcloudGoogle and Otto Radio
Follow at @WhyISocial.

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

The Why I Social podcast is brought to you by Zoomph.

Zoomph transforms digital marketing with real-times streaming analytics. Our platform provides you with an end-to-end solution to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business from start to finish.

Learn more about Zoomph at http://bit.ly/WhySocialAnalytics

 

Feb 6, 2017

On this week's episode, Chris and Amir recap their DJI/BHPhotoVideo experience in NYC. Also, listeners may find themselves wondering what Amir would look like as a soccer mom. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Twitter's NFL Stream Averages 265k Viewers (Marketingland) 

2. LinkedIn Just Stole An Idea From Facebook - And It's Tremendous (Inc)

  • Thanks to Katy Spencer Johnson for the suggestion using #FiveFavorites!

3. Facebook Reports 8.81 billion in revenue as monthly users jump 17% (VentureBeat) 

4. Amazon's Alexa Will Place That Annoyingly Long Starbucks Order For You (CNet)

5. (Hot Topic) Super Snapchat IPO update

Honorable Mention(s): 

  • A recap of the DJI/BHPhotoVideo Influencer Experience in NYC
    • Special Shoutouts to

DISHonorable Mention(s):

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show. 

 

Jan 31, 2017

Erica Moss is a community manager at Trello. She has previously worked at Bit.ly and 2U and brings a diverse set of experience as a marketer and journalist to the show. 

Hear her story on this week's episode. 

This Week on Why I Social, Erica and I discuss:

  • How she pivoted after being laid off
  • What made her make the move to New York from Michigan 
  • Why she loves Slack

And of course, Why Does She Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
Subscribe on iTunesStitcher RadioSoundcloudGoogle and Otto Radio. 
Follow at @WhyISocial.

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

The Why I Social podcast is brought to you by Zoomph.

Zoomph transforms digital marketing with real-times streaming analytics. Our platform provides you with an end-to-end solution to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business from start to finish.

Learn more about Zoomph at http://bit.ly/WhySocialAnalytics

 

Jan 30, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir tells the story of how he lost his drone. Also, our hosts finally conclude the story of the Samsung Note 7. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Apple Hires Dropcam co-founder for special project (Cult of Mac) 

2. Samsung Announces What Caused the Galaxy Note 7 to overheat and explode (Business Insider) 

3. Facebook Stories puts a Snapchat Clone above the News Feed (TechCrunch) 

4. 3D TV is Dead (Business Insider)

5. (HOT TOPIC) Silicon Valley’s responses to Trump’s immigration executive orders, from strongest to weakest (The Verge) 

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s):

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show. 

 

Jan 24, 2017

Daniel Vecchiarelli is the owner of Bello by Daniel Ross. He's been building his career since he started cutting his friend's hair in high school. It's worth noting that he's also my barber - and a darn good one (with a great story). 

Hear his story on this week's episode. 

This Week on Why I Social, Daniel and I discuss:

  • How he started cutting hair in high school
  • What it was like to move from employee to employer
  • How education has played a role in his business

And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
Subscribe on iTunesStitcher RadioSoundcloudGoogle and Otto Radio. 
Follow at @WhyISocial.

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

The Why I Social podcast is brought to you by Zoomph.

Zoomph transforms digital marketing with real-times streaming analytics. Our platform provides you with an end-to-end solution to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business from start to finish.

Learn more about Zoomph at http://bit.ly/WhySocialAnalytics

 

Jan 23, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris debate incredible films such as "Beethoven" and "Major League - Back To The Minors".  Also,  Westworld returns to the podcast.  

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. 2017 MacBook Pro to bring Intel Kaby Lake, 32GB of RAM (Cult of Mac) 

2. Oculus Lawsuit May Undercut VR Industry, not just Facebook’s bottom line (Polygon) 

3. Google Acquires Fabric (VentureBeat)

4. Meitu Has A Tracking Project (VentureBeat) 

5. HOT TOPIC: A Breakdown of The POTUS Transition

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s):

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show. 

 

Jan 17, 2017

Al Hopper is the Co-Founder of SocialPath Solutions. Professionally, he's been focused (and succeeded) on providing great customer service since day one of his career. He also runs a Twitterchat, #CustServ, which focuses on that exact topic. 

As an aside (listen to find out why) if you tweet at Al, make sure you add the underscore! 

Hear his story on this week's episode. 

This Week on Why I Social, Al and I discuss:

  • Why he believes in "servant leadership" 
  • The impact serving in the military had on his career
  • Why he made the decision to go back to school

And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
Subscribe on iTunesStitcher RadioSoundcloudGoogle and Otto Radio. 
Follow at @WhyISocial.

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

The Why I Social podcast is brought to you by Zoomph.

Zoomph transforms digital marketing with real-times streaming analytics. Our platform provides you with an end-to-end solution to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business from start to finish.

Learn more about Zoomph at http://bit.ly/WhySocialAnalytics

 

Jan 16, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir has a sexy new computer screen. Also, our hosts discover that Alexa may be revealing more than people want or need to know! 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Why Car Makers Want To Keep Apple and Google at Arm's Length (The Verge) 

2. Everything You Need To Know About The Nintendo Switch (Digital Trends)

3. Google Maps Now Lets You Take Uber Without Leaving The App (The Verge) 

4. Android Wear 2.0 Is Arriving Next Month (The Next Web)

5. HOT TOPIC: Facebook Hopes To Run Ads In Middle of Videos (Engadget) 

Honorable Mention(s):

DISHonorable Mention(s):

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show. 

 

Jan 10, 2017

Jessica Fisher (@miniktty) is co-founder of Gameosity and a freelancer writer for Geek and Sundry. She's based in New York City and participates in a plethora of activities around the city such as karate and game meet-ups. 

Hear her story on this week's episode. 

This Week on Why I Social, Jess and I discuss:

  • How Jessica and her husband founded Gameosity
  • What it's like being a freelancer
  • What role karate plays in her life

And of course, Why Does She Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
Subscribe on iTunesStitcher RadioSoundcloudGoogle and Otto Radio. 
Follow at @WhyISocial.

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

The Why I Social podcast is brought to you by Zoomph.

Zoomph transforms digital marketing with real-times streaming analytics. Our platform provides you with an end-to-end solution to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business from start to finish.

Learn more about Zoomph at http://bit.ly/WhySocialAnalytics

 

Jan 9, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris are overloaded with news from CES 2017. Also, Chris lacks the ability to say "economist".  

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Amazon's Alexa is Everywhere at CES (The Verge)

2. Meet The Jetsons: Smart homes estimated to be 3.5 billion annual market, say Chief CES economist (GeekWire) 

3. Russia demands the removal of LinkedIn from Google Play and Apple's App Store (Newowin) 

4. Vine To Officially Shut Down on January 17th (9to5Mac) 

5. HOT TOPIC: All things CES 2017 (multiple links) 

Honorable Mention(s):

DISHonorable Mention(s):

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show. 

 

Jan 5, 2017

Welcome to the fifth episode of Why I Social Sessions - where we bring you short discussions focused on one singular topic. This is not your standard Why I Social episode where we learn about a guest - but instead - we focus on important topics impacting the social media space today.

Today, on Why I Social Sessions, Why I Social alum Lucy Rendler-Kaplan returns to discuss what the possibility of an edit button means for Twitter. Is it a good thing? A bad thing? We discuss - on episode 5 of Why I Social Sessions. 

On Episode 5 

1. What are the pros of an edit button?

2. What are the cons of an edit button? 

3. Do we think it an edit button will actually happen? 

4. What other changes would we like to see to Twitter in 2017? 

Following the conversation:

I'd encourage you to use the hashtag #WISSessions to share your thoughts on Twitter and Facebook. 

This Week's Question(s): 

  • Pro or con? Where do you stand on Twitter adding an edit button? 

Music for Why I Social Sessions is "Voice Over Under" by Kevin McCleod 

"Voice Over Under"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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