More monumental than the 10-year anniversary of the Columbine massacre is the first birthday of Flavorist. Huzzah. Looking back on this remarkable day one year ago, I thought to myself, “It’s time to get serious about this blogging thing.” Little did I know the 365 days I had in store.

In a matter of weeks I will graduate from Columbia with a hardwon M.S. in journalism with a digital media concentration. At this time last year, all I could think was that the degree was tantamount to a blogger certification. I’m very glad that I was wrong about that and a great many things.

I’m getting back into the blogging thing and I forgot how much I truly enjoyed it. I also have a new project going on over at TechTrotter, something I never could have imagined in my wildest dreams. My mission today was to research ticket prices for the excursion and I got as far as one-way flights to Buenos Aires before I was called away on other matters.  I suppose I could work on that before I nod off in a few, but it’s my birthday as well. Perhaps I can lay back and enjoy a little on this most blessed day.

If your stomach had thumbs, what would it tweet?

One of the more ennervating Twitter phenomena seems to be the constant need to update what one is eating. I’ve done it plenty of times, but now I check myself when I get the urge. But wait, I went to Shake Shack with @Soniamoghe and had a delicious, gloppy shack stack. Shouldn’t you care?  If you weren’t there, chances are you don’t,  and you don’t want to read about it either. Why then do so many people put this bit of biological info on the Web when certain other private details stay private?  Needless to say, I’m very curious why people are so apt to tweat (Twitter + Eat).

While scanning through Twitter updates I saw that Twitter CEO, Biz Stone, is “waiting for thai take-out on newbury st — who says there’s no tofu in beantown?” @MclellandJohn ordered Chinese food from Empire Corner and he also got into his first choice seminar on Orientalism with Rashid Khalidi. I wonder if the schedule announcement influenced his choice of cuisine.  Elsewhere in New York,  @khoi is at 5 napkin Burge[r], and @SheilaS is “Yummy steak @ Airport Steakhouse in Hutchinson KS.”

It would seem then that Twitter is all about food. One need look no farther than my tweeps’  handles. There’s  @tunabanans, @parislemon, @Sosauce and @asaucyintruder.

It’s about 10PM in New York, but it’s dinner time elsewhere in the great U-S of A.  If I were to do a search of food related words, I’m sure the volume would swell at 9, 12 and 6. (New updates with the word “yummy” pour in in 5-10 per minute)


If you’ve got an idea of how you can make the make the world a better place, I urge you to apply for the 2009 Sosauce Travel Internship. It’s free and it changed my life.

Sosauce is an online travel network based in New York and they’ve created a bunch of  great tools for sharing photos and swapping tales of global and local adventures. I worked with them on marketing and partnership strategies during the summer of 2008.  In exchange, I was sent to Bangalore, India where I volunteered in school for slum children. (See the video)

I still keep up with the Sosauce team and I know that they offer this travel internship because they really believe that travel can change the world. As an intern, I did important resarch on social networks, postioning and strategy, and I always felt like a valuable member of the team. The experience was priceless and I can’t say enough good things about it.

I would be happy to answer questions about the internship or the application process.  If you or someone you know is interested in learning about social media and travel, visit the link and apply today!

This is your brain on too much information (TMI)

I was supposed to be working on a Flash infographic about the new Yankees stadium, when I became lost in a jungle of social media.  I have no clue how I got into this situation and what do I have to show for it? I just put my entire life online.

With the help of FriendFeed, I just consolidated 17 streams of information about myself into one place. While it’s true that my entire being does not reside in cyberspace, there aren’t many stones left unturned. With Friend Feed, anyone who visits this blog can see all my updates for one of the 57 partner sites I belong to, such as Yelp!, Flickr and Disqus. Any time I post something, all my friend will receive notification of my activity. It’s alot like the minifeed on Facebook, but it supports many many streams of content.

Do I know what will come of it? no, but what are some possible scenarios:

(Cue the ordered list)

  1. The world beats a path to my door because they are fascinated by what movies I just watched on Netflix, my resume on LinkedIn sparkles and photos posted to Picassa show the planet in a whole new light. Not likely, but hey, who knows.
  2. Some stupid link in Delicious or who-knows-what causes a minor kerfluffle, someone gets mad and I feel like a schmuck because I didn’t scour every online moniker before launching this little experiment.
  3. Nothing at all.

I suppose some controvery would be better than nothing happening at all, because then folks would actually be paying attention. I say that with trepidation after what happened last year with my ill-fated relationship column for the Columbia Spectator.

In any event, however, I’m heartened by the words of Wine Library TV’s Gary Vaynerchuk, who said the only way to be successful online is to be completely transparent. While he was talking about Web enterprises and startups, I still subscribe to the mantra because what I am doing with Tech Trotter must be run like an ultralight startup. Instant access is the new must have content.

There was a point to all this when I started writing, but I seem to have deviated a little. At least I’ve got the time.


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