The Riff, ep. 2: "A Cheap Wine Glass of an Ego"

14 May

Yep, we’ve got a second podcast up and running. This puppy’s called “A Cheap Wine Glass of an Ego.” Click below for the greatest thing ever (or not). Like in podcast episode 1, we speak as if we’re getting paid by the swear. Take heed, prudes.

Featured in our second-ever podcast:

  • We discuss a few of our favorite WoB commenters
  • B and Mike argue about “How I Met Your Mother” and sitcoms in general
  • Mike explains why he joined Twitter (hint: no real reason)
  • B defends worthless tweets and Facebook status updates
  • Mike claims Facebook is popular because of loneliness, narcissism and pity parties
  • We discuss how Ashton Kutcher lets people know he needs to make two
  • B argues that social networking isn’t going away because of stall scrawls
  • B reads through his friend’s status updates and quickly rescinds original defense of status updates
  • Mike and B come up with two fantastic ideas to improve Facebook (seriously)



We still have plenty o’ room for improvement. Mostly due to the piss-poor sound quality. Fuzzy, tons of annoying ambient noises … it’s bad to an embarrassing degree. We’ll fix that just as soon as we learn how to fix it.

Feedback? Keep it coming. We’re trying to entertain you, and would love to know if and how we’re failing at that goal. Thanks.


7 Responses to “The Riff, ep. 2: "A Cheap Wine Glass of an Ego"”

  1. stinger May 14, 2009 at 1:32 pm #

    We actually had the facebook rep for the midwest in our office last week giving a presentation. I asked the very question that B asked, and her reply was, that the best way to set up the select people who you want to get facebook status updates from, was to “create a group” within your friends. This will enable you to only get “feed” info from the people that you want to, and you can turn that function on or off at any time, or switch between groups, and since the feeds are in real time now, it would constantly update your wall based on which group you were looking at.

    Facebook actually loves that you do this, because the ads that you’re served are based on the information on your wall, whether you like the people who are putting content on your wall or not. If you’ve segmented that even more, then that becomes more useful, free demo information for potential advertisers. Although Mike will disargree with this point, that is what makes it so appealing, cost effective and one of the most successful methods of reaching a product’s or cause’s core consumer.

    OK now not only have you lost them in the podcast, but now in the comments section for the podcast. Sorry about that.

  2. B. May 14, 2009 at 3:03 pm #

    Let me get this straight. According to the Facebook rep, to improve my experience on their site, users need to do this annoying extra step that also apparently is good for the company’s advertising revenue? That is a far cry from a solution and now I think I might hate Facebook.

  3. A.B. May 14, 2009 at 6:29 pm #

    Started listening and had to abandon my rec time when busted by the kids. I plan on resuming tomorrow to hear the take on social networking. Meanwhile, I have to say I like this Mike guy, B. Perfect foil for you, as he, too, is quick on his feet. The cheap/expensive wine glass thing probably worked better in person, but I get it and I nod in approval. Also, I am betting Cool Rut would be happy to call in.

    Hey, why do we talk so much about HIMYM and not “The Real Housewives”? Why?

  4. Murph May 15, 2009 at 6:05 am #

    Thanks A.B. – B’s foil…That’s got a nice ring to it.

  5. stinger May 15, 2009 at 8:07 am #

    I guess you have to put it on an old school tipping scale; constant updates about how fluffy’s the “gifted one” in puppy preschool, or taking two minutes to select a check box next to the 10 of your 200 facebook friends who you actually care about receiving updates from.

    And I don’t think I’d waste any time hating facebook, that’s the ridiculous thing about social networking, it’s an advertisers/corporation’s wet dream. People are providing the very (detailed) information about themselves that advertisters have been paying millions of dollars for for years, abosoutely free. And not only are they telling them once, as they may have in a survey or one time sample, but they are making updates on a constant basis, allowing the advertisers and corporations to have consistent insight into EXACTLY what their consumers want.

    I hate to break it to you, but I don’t think that will ever go away. They lost us on tv commercials, this is just the new evolution of advertising.

  6. B. May 15, 2009 at 8:53 am #

    You don’t think what will ever go away? I don’t even know what we’re talking about here anymore. Just saying that starting a group of all my friends, many of whom don’t even know each other, not to mention having to add each new friend to that group when I decide I want their status updates, sounds really annoying. I’d rather you are allowed to check “receive status updates” by each friend and that’s that. The fact that Facebook knows its users want that but don’t respond is even more annoying. -50 likability points for them.

    I’m also not sure what exactly in Facebook is an advertiser’s wet dream. Maybe I’m missing the “Dave…is loving the new Axe body spray flavor on sale at Wal-Mart for only $3.49 because it totally got him laid last night!” updates. Mine are mostly “Sarah…Is it the weekend yet?” and “Todd…hates doing laundry!!1!!” variety that offer little in the way of consumer buying preferences.

    I guess I’m saying Facebook’s claims that their product is an advertiser’s wet dream sounds a wee bit sales-pitchy, and I ain’t buying it.

    But I could be wrong. I usually am.

  7. stinger May 15, 2009 at 1:56 pm #

    I’m boring myself with our conversation, much better saved for a non-blog convo…I’m sorry. Also, the other thing you were looking for, the social network aggregator, there is on called skimmer that Mpls’s own Fallon created.

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