Shared Views: 09-Feb-12

by Rick on February 9, 2012

This picture was going to be the header for this blog until wiser people talked me out of it. That is the view from the deck off our living room. You’re looking down Tamalpais Valley and seeing the hills of Tiburon, CA. This was one of those mornings when the fog was clinging to San Francisco Bay and rising maybe 100 feet off the surface. Yes, I love this house! So, with this post, I’ll start sharing my view and views…

I keep bookmarking things with a tag to share and just haven’t gotten around to it. I need to change that and might as well start today with what I’m calling my “Shared Views.” It will be just things that strike me as interesting from the myriad of things I read each week, with a special focus on my friends who blog and teach me stuff every day.

Shared Views:

  • Pinterest: I have done some poking around on Pinterest. I have to admit I don’t completely understand the fascination, but Shelly Kramer had an enlightening post this week: Pinterest: Quietly Making Money From Your Pins? Like Shelly, I’m all for sites making money because I do know that is a business imperative, but I do wish they’d be open and upfront about it. Let me decide if I want to be part of it. And, for the record, my friend Maggie McGary doesn’t seem care. She just loves her some Pinterest. You decide. They’re both smarter than I am.
  • Agency Training Programs: I know from experience how hard it is to find the time and resources for professional development in an agency environment, but it has to be a priority and I’m glad to find Ken Jacobs (@kensviews) talking about it (in spite of the mutual ‘views’). Ken is a rather new addition to my RSS feed. Thank you, Gini Dietrich, for the Spin Sucks #FollowFriday Recommendation. Anyone in a leadership position at an agency who wants a successful business really must read Ken’s series on Designing Your Agency’s Training Program. Find a way to make it happen. You won’t regret it.
  • What is Facebook really worth?: There was so much talk about this recently that it is hard to decide where to start. Facebook’s initial filing leaves plenty of wiggle room, but most people are putting the valuation at $50 to $100 billion. You have to be kidding me! Google’s current valuation is an earnings multiple of 20 to one. Apple gets around 13 to one. Facebook wants 50 to 100 to one? Seriously? Here’s the New York Times Deal Book look at it. But my favorite post, if you have access to it, came from Holman Jenkins at the Wall Street Journal. I’d say the only way to profit from this stock would be to buy it at the offer price with the right to sell it in the frenzy of the first day. So I won’t be buying this stock anytime soon unless they give it to me because, like you, I am the product they’re selling–and I’m not betting on how much they can earn from exploiting what we share.

I hope you find this interesting or even useful. If you can’t access the Wall Street Journal and really want to read the article use the contact form to send me your email address.

  • Anonymous

    I like this, Rick. And not because I’m mentioned! Like you, I’m also a Ken Jacobs fan :)) Good stuff .. thanks for sharing!

    • Ken Jacobs

      Thanks so much, Shelly. Back at you!

    • Thanks, Shelly.

      But it didn’t hurt that you were mentioned and got some link love did it? Besides that being a very good post I owe you that and more… 🙂

  • Ken Jacobs

    I’m honored, Rich. Very much appreciate it!

    • Ken, that series of posts is excellent and I hope many people see it and follow your great advice. Too many agencies do not do enough training and development for their people.

  • Rick,

    That photo is stunning and the fact that you actually see such a gorgeous view every day from your living room is beyond awesome!

    It’s also how I first knew you on Twitter when you used it as your profile photo! 🙂

    I love the Shared Views concept, and hope you continue sharing people and content you find interesting…

    Thanks,
    Jenifer

    • Thanks, Jenifer. The view was where the idea to get RTRViews.com came from so it seems fitting to find a good place to use it. I’ve been meaning to start the Shared Views thing for awhile and I’m glad it is finally out there. Gives me something to shoot for every week. As always, thank you for the help with the site.

  • First off, that photo is stunning! I’m completely envious. I’m moving in…get the guest room ready!

    Secondly, thanks for mentioning you met Ken through me. Now he has to be nice to be FOREVER!!

    • You are welcome and thanks. When you come don’t forget your bike. There are some epic rides you can take in Marin County.

      You can consider that gift your birthday present. Hope you have a happy one!

  • I really look forward to reading these posts ever week, Rick!

    • Thanks, Tonia. I figure it is time to get off my duff and do this better.

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