Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio broadcasting out of Montreal (home base). It’s not a long segment – about 5 to 10 minutes every week – about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly to SoundCloud, if you’re interested in hearing more of me blathering away. I’m really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up on listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry and Heather B. morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.
This week we discussed:
- How many times do you shoot out a tweet, only to realize that you made a spelling mistake or grammar error? It happens to me all of the time. I hate it. One, I’m known for my writing, so it sits out there, and it annoys me. Two, on platforms like Facebook, you can go back and edit your posts. You can’t do that on Twitter. So, you have to delete it and repost it. Kind of a pain. Thankfully, we have people like Kim Kardashian with a direct line to the folks at Twitter. Over the weekend, she emailed Twitter to ask why they don’t allow tweets to be edited. She also tweeted it. Sure enough, Jack Dorsey (Twitter co-founder and current CEO) responded that he thought it was a great idea. Let’s see if it happens. While I know Kardashian wasn’t the first to recommend this, she may be the one who gets this feature to actually happen. When we make a mistake on Twitter and fix it, we should say that we “pulled a Kardashian.”
- I’m here in Florida, this week, and it’s stunning to see just how busy the shopping malls and stores are. I thought brick and mortar retailers were struggling in the Amazon world. While, it doesn’t feel like it from my vantage point, we had an amazing turn of events last week as Amazon reported their quarterly earnings. The company posted a surprise second-quarter profit and big numbers from their web-services business. The implications of that were massive. Amazon has had a 55% stock pop this year, while Walmart has slid by about 16%. The biggest news? Amazon now has a larger market cap than Walmart. Amazon’s market cap is now $246.5 billion.
- App of the week: Spyglass (and, yes, it’s $3.99).