Four Reasons I’m Dropping Facebook

A couple of years ago, Jamy dropped her Facebook account. Calling it “Drama-book,” she was tired of all the sniping, flaming, and other ugliness. It made total sense to me.

It took me a little longer, but I decided a couple of months ago to drop mine as well.

But I never pulled the trigger on killing my account.

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Mining for Tweets – How I Provide Spectacular Social Media Stuff

miningGotta love a snappy title.

Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Sharemess, Garbage-go, Picsofmyfood-ster…

(OK, I might have made a couple of those up)

…much of what we do online today is sharing with others. Tips, news, recommendations, opinions… so many ways to contribute to the virtual conversation. Continue reading “Mining for Tweets – How I Provide Spectacular Social Media Stuff”

Where Is the Line Online – Revisited

I once posted one of the prettiest pictures it has been my good fortune to take. I don’t claim to be a photographer, but I know what I like. It was a picture of my daughter, Lydia, at the beach…

I intentionally didn’t show her face, because I felt that I needed a line of separation. My blog should be a place where I express my views and to offer encouragement and information. At the time, I felt it necessary to leave pictures of my kids off.

As they grow older, however, I feel that the “creeper angle” I wrote about then is less of an issue.  Continue reading “Where Is the Line Online – Revisited”

A Random Analysis on the Future of #Twitter and What It Means to Me

I like to follow technology media, even when it goes  completely over my head.

One of my new favorite podcasts is This Week in Tech, or T.W.I.T. It’s a once-weekly podcast where the panel discusses the week’s technology news and trends. It’s often funny.

The other day, they were discussing the new revisions to the Twitter API and the ramifications of the alternatives, such as Google+ and If you haven’t heard, Twitter has issued new rules for app developers, essentially limiting the number of users that are allowed to use their apps in the future.

What do these changes mean for the future of Twitter? Continue reading “A Random Analysis on the Future of #Twitter and What It Means to Me”

The Olympics and the Prime Time #NBCFail

Now that we are almost a week removed, I feel I need to weigh in on the Olympics and NBC’s coverage of it. I feel that the NBC failure has a lot to do with its misunderstanding of its audience.

When I heard that NBC was going to stream every single moment of the Olympics on YouTube, I was excited. My family and I no longer have cable, and the opportunity to stream video of the events with which we wanted to keep track sounded great.

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Derive your Worth from What (or WHO) Is Real

Lately, the “unfriending” craze has begun to build steam. Cleaning house. Swabbing the decks. I have even heard about people on Facebook deciding to unfriend everyone who didn’t write on their wall as a way of ascertaining real “friends.” Which begs the question…

Are social media contacts necessarily “friends?” Continue reading “Derive your Worth from What (or WHO) Is Real”

Blogging from the Breakroom

I’m learning that the various stages of blogging… ideas, mapping, drafting, editing, posting… can happen anywhere and anytime. It’s why I love this medium so much. It’s not that I have so much glorious information to share.

It’s the flow and the convo.

I enjoy the fact that I can sit down to lunch and, by the time I get up, I will have posted something unique that the entire world can see. Few other mediums allow that kind of immediacy.

Does Google+ Make Sense to the Average Blogger?

When Google+ first came on the scene, I fished for an invite. Finally, I scored one, and quickly started formulating my circles.

Months later… I barely touch it.

I do not have social media experts at my disposal. Or marketing people. Or assistants. When it comes to NoCamo, it’s just me.

Intentionally limiting my exposure on the multitude of social media properties out there helps me better focus and keeps me same. I’m not trying to spread myself too thin. I’m trying to do what God wants me to do with this ministry, and I can’t do that if I’m constantly trying to update a myriad of networks. NoCamo, Twitter, and the new Facebook page. That’s enough for now.

Do you G+? Do you feel you use it to its fullest potential, or is it just “there?”

Why Being Easy to Find Online Is So Important

The day I drafted this post, I was driving to my new favorite work spot outside the house. I was listening to talk radio in my car, and a guy called in. He was running for school board representative. The talk host asked him where people could find out about his campaign. He told them to search for his name on Facebook, and that his web address is dubya-dubya-dubya dot smith the number four A B P S D O E dot web dot com (I changed the school district and the guy’s name).

No joke.

Who’s going to remember that?

With an iPhone in my pocket and Google synced everywhere in my world, I don’t even memorize phone numbers anymore. Am I going to remember a long, difficult to recall web address that will only be valid through the election cycle? Even now, I’m not sure I got it right as I documented it above.

It is SO important to think through online properties and how people will find you. That is why on this blog I simply went with my name. The title for the blog is Not a Camouflaged Soul, but as long as people know who I am, they can find me online. My Twitter handle is the same way (@jonwellman), and my new Facebook page is similar (

Michael Hyatt weighed in on this subject in the first episode of his new podcast here. Check out what he said.