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PiercingMetal & Social Networking: Meetup.com

Meetup.com is a Social Networking community whose main premise is to suggest “meetups” for people and groups with common interests and the goal seems to be to get the bodies out supporting the shows, events or establishments that are featured.  I joined a Metal related one a couple of years ago and can tell you from experience with it that it can be effective.  The members of each group can be emailed about a particular function, and let’s use a Metal concert as the example.  So the main person behind the group is The Organizer and they often control the happenings and how they are broadcast across the Group.  So the organizer puts this event up as a listing on the calendar and then shares the information with the rest of us.  The folks who are interested can chime in and say that they are going and with how many guest are joining them.

Even though I created a profile for myself on Meetup.com, I don’t get to use it as much because there are not a lot of functions on it that I am all that interested in and at other times its stuff I am already doing.  I know that sounds weird, but its a 50/50 thing with me in terms of this particular social network.  I belong to two or three of the Meetup.com Groups but as I stressed my overall participation in them is minimal. Sometimes when I am going a ticket giveaway I will message the whole group but even those kinds of things direct them over to the official PiercingMetal.com Facebook page since that who is doing the freebie. I do like its angle of generating support for events because that is always necessary. The idea of meeting people before shows led me to start a series of narratives on what I felt were great Concert Pre-Gaming spaces. Feel free to check out those continuing tales via THIS LINK.

Click the logo above to access Meetup.com and to see if this is something you want to examine a little deeper for yourself. To learn more about Meetup.com you can click their Wikipedia entry HERE.

PiercingMetal Goes On A Viking Quest – Sort Of

The brutal cold was finally upon us in my city of New York, and while this is often the kind of climate that finds one remaining in the warmth of one’s home, the need for some bracing air and wandering were upon me in a much stronger sense. With this being the case I set forth to traveling the village streets of Bay Ridge with my comrade in arms The Beehive Hairdresser. This neighborhood is a place that I’ve lived in for most of my life and the region is very interesting for the most part with it’s numerous parks and some cool history. The region was primarily the home to a lot of Norwegian folks for many years and while it has become a little more diverse since those decades past their influence and culture still resonate in the neighborhood. This influence led me on what I coined my “Quest for Vikings” today and how could you blame me when we found this gigantic rune monument erected in the honor of the famous Norse explorer Leif Ericson.

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Rune Monument to Leiv Eiriksson in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

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PiercingMetal & Social Networking: Google Buzz

“What’s Buzz, Tell Me What’s a Happening, What’s The Buzz” – Sorry, that is actually a line from the “Jesus Christ Superstar” original cast soundtrack and the line just came to mind when I realized I was adding some thoughts about Google Buzz to this serialized overview of the Social Networking mediums and how we apply them to the PiercingMetal adventures.  So what is it exactly?  Well, its defined as a Social Networking and Communication medium and similar to how Twitter works, you “Follow” those who you have some interest in.  The difference is that you seem to be able to reply to their “Buzzes” a little differently that you would a Tweet.  You can also continue someone’s buzz by sharing or emailing it.  This works within your Gmail.com account which I think at this point almost everyone in the world has.  Some people love it, and some do not.  For me it has worked out and I have used it since it launched in February 2010.  Right now it is connected to my personal Gmail.com account and I have set it up to share my Twitter postings and blogs.

I also added Google Buzz to my “PiercingMetalNYC” Gmail account for good measure as that email is a little less private, so anyone who has an interest in Following me may easily do so from there. Bear in mind that it is also connected to my Twitter account which will take those posts and show them in the Buzz feed. I do NOT generally type in new thoughts to the Buzz but love that it extends the Tweets to those users who might not have a Twitter account and instead only check their Gmail.com resources.   For what I intended to use it for it has done the trick.  Perhaps it will work for you as well.  You can also read more about Google Buzz by clicking its Wikipedia entry HERE.

IMPORTANT NEWS (12/1/2011): I’ve been receiving the notification that Google Buzz was going away within the coming weeks for the last few weeks so I am not sure when the exact D-Day is for their experiment. In my humble opinion they should have worked it better into their Google+ accounts and pages since those are growing rapidly each day. My view is that this could have worked much like Twitter does in terms of its communication with Facebook Profiles and Pages. I’ve connected mine to the Official PiercingMetal.com Page and loved how it saved me a step. Anyway, since my Google Buzz repeated my Tweets to those who followed my posts I will miss it, but I do encourage site supporters to “Follow” the Official PiercingMetal Google+ Page now to keep up with the happenings.

Goodbye Google Buzz. We hardly knew ye.

Metal Edge Magazine’s “Heavy Metal Mecca’s”: Rock Fantasy – Heavy Metal Specialty Shop

One of the other cool things that I was able to take part in as a freelance writer for Metal Edge Magazine, was to occasionally offer up an article that fell outside the normal realm of music release review. During my tenure they had a section entitled “Heavy Metal Mecca’s” and this focused on the ever popular Record & Concert shop that was dedicated to the Heavy Metal and Hard Rock scene in terms of what it made available to the consumer. When the editor asked me to pitch such an establishment to their desk I could think of no place better suited to the job than the Rock Fantasy Concert Shop up in Middletown, NY.  Since the magazine that this originally ran in has been off the stands for quite some time and now has ceased publication; I am re-presenting my work with the readers of the PiercingMetal.com Blog so new folks might enjoy it.  It is my hope that these words continue to help out this amazing shop going forward.

“If you take a quick train ride from Manhattan to Middletown, NY, you’ll be able to visit a true institution in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal retail – the one and only Rock Fantasy. The shop is a cornucopia of heavy music and its memorabilia and has been open for business since 1985. Since the doors first opened for the hungry Metal maven, it has seen more than a fair share of genres come and go and through it all Metal has prevailed. The shop was founded and is operated by Steve Keeler who aimed Rock Fantasy at being your one-stop shop for all your Metal needs.

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The Storefront Of Rock Fantasy

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PiercingMetal & Social Networking: Twitter

Continuing the series on the existing Social Networks and how they are being used by the PiercingMetal outlet. This is Twitter.

Twitter is the newest craze that people are using lately and this micro-blogging community allows you to let fans and friends know what you are up to at a moment’s notice.  For instance “hey friends, I am at the Nokia Theatre watching Iced Earth” or “Damn, do I have too many CD’s to review”. Get the picture?

I created one for the PiercingMetal brand ID to keep up with the Jones’ and plan on informing you about things that relate to being the Metal Media guy as opposed to the super personal and often unnecessary things that I see people posting on their own account.  One does not need to know that I am in the bathroom, eating a pizza or folding laundry.  The way the medium works is that you “Follow” those who do and say things that interest you.  Sometimes they follow you back and other times they do not.   One of the main things that people do in Twitter is “Retweeting” and that means they re-circulate a Tweet that you did.  I find these are helpful when we post review articles or concert pieces. Below is a graphic of the very first tweet that PiercingMetal sent out. It was almost a year to the time when this narrative went online.

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Fans of PiercingMetal that use Twitter are encouraged to “Follow Us” if they would like to see what is happening in our world at the exact moment that it happens and they are welcome to Retweet whatever we say if they want to share it with their friends.   I’ve been using it to some extent from the photo pit and the clubs as bands take to the stage reporting on what is happening as it happens.  Especially if something exciting happens.  It’s fun to type the shenanigans into the phone for Twitter postings as the crowd surfer bodies fly over our heads.  We have also connected this to our Official PiercingMetal Facebook page status. Hopefully we will build up a nice support for the website with this network. I will be doing a lot of links to the actual website content in Twitter and that means you will know about it straight away which is cool.

Some Twitter Tricks:

1. To mention someone in a Tweet you type a message and use “@username”. They will see your mention in their own page. When I remember to do it, I might mention something like this “Just reviewed “Explosive Album” by @thatmetalband care of @thatrecordlabel – Great stuff!!!”

2. “Follow Friday” is a big deal to most Twitter users, so every Friday you Tweet that “#FF @username @username @username” so your friends know to look into those other usernames for potential interest. I tend to mix up my own #FF with brands and people I most admire. If you wish to include @piercingmetal in your #FF tweets please by all means do it, we don’t mind at all 🙂

Click the logo above to be taken to the PiercingMetal Twitter account and if you want to learn more about the company as a whole, just read their Wikipedia entry below.

Official Wikipedia Entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter