Buzz…buzz…bzzzz: If you use Gmail, you’ve probably seen Google Buzz show up there by now. Have you used it yet? What do you think of it?
I think there’s a danger of inundating people with the same information in multiple places, but that exists already – Twitter statuses feed to Facebook, Facebook updates repost to Twitter, blog posts are shared in Google Reader and various social networks, everything updates to Friendfeed. But if people can work out how they want to manage that, and the privacy issues, I think Buzz could eventually take off. On that note, I’ll share what may be the most useful link of the week here instead of saving it for tomorrow’s Week-end Review: Lifehacker compares and contrasts Facebook, Twitter, and Buzz.
Three days later, a follow-up e-mail asked me to commit to a review date within a one-week period less than a month from now; I wrote back saying that I couldn’t do that, and would understand if they didn’t want to send the ARC after all. My response was partly selfish – I have no blog tours or committed reviews next month, and I’d like to keep it that way – but it was also a contrary-minded reaction to the abrupt change of the rules. (And as it happens, they said they’d still send me a review copy of the book – just not an “advance,” since it will come after the on-sale date – and I get the sense they’ll still want me to read and review it in the short term. We’ll have to see about that…)
Has this kind of thing happened to you, and what did you do in response? It’s made me a bit leery of dealing with the publicist in question, to be honest, and reinforces my decision to cut back on accepting review copies in general. (One of the reasons I like to work with TLC Book Tours is that they always give their reviewers plenty of lead time – since Lisa and Trish are book bloggers themselves, they understand how it gets!) I’m pretty sure I’ll read this particular book eventually anyway, since I do like the writer…from my perspective, the publicist was the problem here.
I have no idea what to expect, but I’m starting to get more excited about it than I thought I’d be – and I think part of that is coming from knowing how much my husband is looking forward to going. He’s already considering his wardrobe for the convention-center floor (the two on the left, below):
I haven’t gotten that far in my planning yet, but I don’t think my stepdaughter will let me borrow her new favorite shirt, so I’ll need to come up with something else:
Southern California is the land of the vanity license plate – goes with our car culture – and sometimes I spot one that makes enough of an impression that I’ll Tweet it as my “License Plate of the Day” (although I’m usually driving when I see them, so I don’t get pictures). Here’s the one from this Tuesday:
(But for some reason, I’m hearing it in my head as spoken by George Costanza)
Speaking of car culture, my new Honda Fit is still ding-free after almost two months in my ownership, and just had its first trip to the car wash! Thanks to the rainy winter we’ve had, it hadn’t been properly cleaned since the day I brought it home. Of course, as I was leaving the car wash, I heard on the radio that there’s a chance of rain in the weekend forecast…
What’s on your mind lately?