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PiercingMetal & Social Networking: Tumblr

Here we go again with one of the many mediums in the Social Networking realm that are there to choose from and how I am applying them to my own reach as a creative running a brand like PiercingMetal.com – This one is called Tumblr.

Similar to Twitter, the Social Networking tool of Tumblr is considered a micro-blogging site but it let’s you post a few more things to get your own personal message out. It also let’s you use more than 140 characters which appealed to me. When I first signed onto it, I was not sure how to use it to help the site as we already had a Blog of our own and a PiercingMetal focused Twitter account. With this being the case I had to admit that I was not completely sold on Tumblr but I created an account to “lock out the branding” ID of my site. I then connected it to these other accounts and pretty much left it as is. That works for me since I am not posting new writing to this as opposed to the main websites blog or core site. The cool aspect of it is loading in little videos and audio stuff if you so desire and its a nice added choice to the mix for those who for whatever reason do not like WordPress or Blogger accounts. Some of my friends love it, as it lets them be a little more creative than a Facebook or Twitter profile does so that is good since it works for their needs. As far as PiercingMetal is concerned its more of a “catch all” feed of existing things. If you are digging what we’re tossing out there we welcome your adding us to the people you follow. As the RSS feed gets a lot of different things on it, you should see new PiercingMetal site content on a very regular basis. At least that is what I think it will do.

I’ve enabled the “Ask Me” feature since I felt that was also interesting but please know in advance that belligerence, super negative vibes and any hater commentary will just be ignored as spam. You’ve been warned. I have no time for that kind of crap when there is so much other positive discourse to share. With “Ask Me”, the preference is to stick to Metal music discussion. I’m planning on adding my personal blog of Click the logo above to be taken to the PiercingMetal Tumblr account. From there you can “Follow” us and see our postings across a couple of different mediums. If you want to learn more about the company and get deeper details you can read the Wikipedia entry HERE.

UPDATE: 6/30/2010: I really don’t like to update existing posts with new information but this was a totally relevant thought for this topic so I had to. Back in May I launched a side blog called PiercingKen.com and this little site is a more personal side to my day and any adventuring that I do. Since Tumblr was already feeding my Metal Blog to the world I decided to let it import the RSS for the personal blog as well in case some of my readers want to see what I am all about in the more real day to day life. At this point in time it’s a growing experiment but then again so was PiercingMetal.com and I’m still doing that and the domain has just had it’s fifth anniversary.

UPDATE: 6/15/2011: As I mentioned when I first posted this little narrative so long ago now (a year is a lifetime in Internet after all) I was using my Tumblr account to automatically feed my blog posts, Twitter updates and Facebook Fan page postings from not only PiercingMetal stuff but also my PiercingKen.com site. This worked for me and let me have the presence hopefully increase the reach of my brand identities. A few weeks ago I noticed that none of my postings were reaching Tumblr and I had not made any changes to the settings. It seemed as though in an effort to “better handle their resources” that Tumblr has removed the ability to import any RSS feeds. I’m discouraged about this as I view it as a cop out and something that lets those who choose to use this medium down quite a bit especially if they had chosen Tumblr over something else. I did notice that my links were okay and that my Twitter feed still showed for some reason so I will be leaving the page around as opposed to removing it. I only hope that those who find me here choose to dig deeper into my site brand and enjoy what I have over there for them.

UPDATE: 7/15/2012: Wow, its becoming a trend in updating this particular Social Networking overview post but once again it’s an important notice. I will admit to you that since I last spoke aloud about how Tumblr was failing me as a creative, the rapid rise in many of my friends using it has found me being once again on point with it for the purposes of broader reach for the brand name. Gone are the RSS importing, so now it’s up to me to just past in a link when I do things. My head is in a different place about this than it was a year ago because while I am a little bothered by needing to attend to something else; we do have the page here so it might as well be used for what we are featuring on the PiercingMetal.com domain. Here is my plan: I now plan on posting links to the review content I add to the site with a brief description of what it is. The same will apply to both of my blogs and to make it even more interesting I am going to let my Instagram, Foodspotting and Yelp accounts get featured on there as well.

UPDATE 9/28/2012: I am a casual user of the Tumblr account and essentially just come to it to repost links in the same fashion that I do with my Google+ page and today I noticed that they have employed a similar practice to that of Facebook in terms of offering the writer the means to “promote their post” for a moderate sum. This has apparently been in place since late June 2012 but I never noticed it because I tend to go into automatic when re-broadcasting the links to the main site and blogs on these secondary mediums to the brand. I will say that I don’t like this at all and will never participate in it. In my humble opinion, the users of this angle should really investigate starting their own Blogger or WordPress accounts under their own domain if at all possible. Just my three cents.

PiercingMetal.com Is Five Years Old Today!!!

“I remember now, I remember how it started”

Seriously, I really do remember how all of this began and I hope that no one minds my borrowing the famous opening line from Queensryche’s magnum opus “Operation: Mindcrime” because it was either use something profound as my lead off statement or be corny with something like “five score and seven beers ago”. Truly one can never go wrong with following in the footsteps of Metal greatness so thanks to Mr. Tate and the boys for giving me something to work with in this commentary as I reflect upon running this website for five years now. Continue reading PiercingMetal.com Is Five Years Old Today!!!

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.