I read an article this morning about the large number (millions!) of fake twitter accounts that exist. I’ve read other articles about how some account with large numbers of followers also have extremely high percentages of fake followers.
Do you really care about the number of followers? You probably should, but you should just “want more followers”. You should want more quality followers. I’d say that “quality” followers are people who have interest in the same types of topics that you have interest.
If you sell a product and have a corporate twitter account, what you really want is followers who have interest in your products and services. You want people who will purchase from you. You want people who will share your information with their followers to gain exposure.
Its better to have 500 quality followers than 2,000 followers where 80% of them are fake or people who really don’t care at all about your topics. So many people think that just the raw follower count is the most important thing though. Some people will even purchase followers from those sketchy little ads that you may have seen claiming they’ll get you 1,000 followers for just $10 (or whatever).
I just did a check on my twitter account (@bradkingsley) from fakers.statuspeople.com and see that I have 3% “fake” followers, but a whopping 41% “inactive” followers. They aren’t fake, but I guess this means people who haven’t tweeted in a long time. You know what though, I’m not sure that inactive is a bad thing – there are a lot of trolls in all types of social media and other services… people who will read but not contribute. That’s not always a bad thing. Those people likely won’t share but they might be quality eyeballs and perhaps even a purchaser (if you sell a product or service).
What do you think?
It always makes me nervous when a product says it has to uninstall the old version before it can install the new one. I always wonder – “Will it safely save all my settings? Will my personal files be retained? If it fails will I be able to go back to the old version?”
VMware does this forced uninstall operation before upgrades, and has as long as I can remember (I’ve used it since v1). But, I must say, I’ve never had issues with it.
Today I upgraded to VMware Workstation 10 and, as always in the past, it was painless and error-free. My VMs even cranked up (both fresh boot and resume from suspend) with no problems (wasn’t always the case with every past upgrade).
Rock on VMware. Rock on.
When was the last time you checked for broken site links?
For me, it has been years.
I don’t really deleted much content (personally or professionally) so I assume everything is fine. Well, related to an issue I was troubleshooting last time, I stumbled upon a dead link. Bummer. I figured if there was one, there might be more. So I took the top search result I found related to site link checkers and went over to www.brokenlinkcheck.com. They have a nice – FREE – option to crawl a site and report any broken links found.
Guess what -? I had 117 broken links on the site! I had no idea and never would have guessed there were that many. Quite a few of them were external links that I’ve referenced in different articles in the past (some of these articles QUITE old [I'm talking 10+ years old]).
Because, as noted above, I don’t remove much content, there were a lot of old posts – still valid and useful in their content – that referenced other sources that just didn’t exist anymore, or the pages were moved.
There were also a number of internal links that were broken – due to renaming or relocating of content.
So, now I’m in clean-up mode. I’ve corrected 47 of the broken link issues and will continue to work through the list over the next few days.
Perhaps you should run a scan on your own site and check for broken links? You might be surprised.
This is a cute video of VMware poking fun at Microsoft / Hyper-V.
Virtualize Everything from Polygraph Test on Vimeo.
I’m running two primary brands now – still one company, ORCS Web, Inc., but two main brands… www.orcsweb.com (high-touch managed hosting) and www.cloudservers.com (IaaS unmanaged cloud servers).
Both brands sell cloud servers. Both brands have both email and phone support.
CloudServers.com Windows servers start at $34/month. OrcsWeb Windows cloud servers start at $99/month. BUT, when you go through and configure both apples-to-apples, the OrcsWeb server is only about 10% higher priced. And there are additional services included, and differences, that justify that difference in price:
- Every OrcsWeb server has uptime monitoring that pages the support team 24×7 and they will respond to address any issue that arises – or contact the client as needed – even with the minimum level of managed services that are included in the base rate. CloudServers.com clients are responsible for configuring their own monitoring and responding to any issues specific to their server (not architectural).
- OrcsWeb cloud servers are members of the OrcsWeb domain – allowing the support team to access the server to assist customers with any troubleshooting, performance analysis, or problem solving. CloudServers.com servers are not joined with any domain and the support staff has no direct administrative access to the systems.
- Everyone OrcsWeb cloud server sits behind redundant high-powered physical firewalls that not only block all but primary ports, but also provides intrusion prevention services. Every CloudServers.com cloud server comes with its own virtual firewall. This provides a great additional layer of security but doesn’t have the advanced features of the OrcsWeb firewall solution.
- OrcsWeb cloud servers are powered by VMware’s enterprise class (and license level) product solutions that are feature-rich and targeted toward a more enterprise level project and customer. CloudServers.com leverages CentOS, KVM, and a variety of different products for its cloud server architecture.
So which is best? It really all depends on your needs. If you want Linux, then CloudServers.com is the only choice today – OrcsWeb may start supporting Linux soon but it doesn’t currently. If you want an extension of your IT team to help with crafting solutions and assisting with any issues that might come up, OrcsWeb is best for you. If you self-administer your servers and just want cost-effective, yet still full-featured and fast-performing cloud servers, then CloudServers.com is best for you.
Hope this help clear up any confusion. If you are looking for cloud server hosting, be sure to check out whichever brand best matches your needs. Feel free to email and/or call in and speak with someone about either solution.