Why Slow and Steady Wins the Race in Social Media

A lot of the times, new business pop up and their owners are so excited about this new venture that they think they need to see quick growth on social media. This mindset may lead them to make some rash decisions such as buying followers or spending too much on ads. And it may look impressive to investors to have gained over 1,000 followers in under a month, but savvy investors know there's more to it than that. And the day-to-day consumer probably won't even pay attention.

Let's get this out of the way right at the front: Do not buy followers. No one knows for sure, but it's estimated that about 15% of social media accounts are bots. That's 15% of about 3 billion. So, if you had every bot on Twitter following you, it would bring your follower count up to about 450 million. Sounds impressive, right? It does right up until you realize that bots aren't buying your products or telling any real people about you. You could make the case that the high number of foll…

Time Transcendent Gadgets


What if we developed the ability not to send objects back in time, but to send signals back in time? Whenever I'm at home I always keep my iPhone connected to its dock for the duration of my stay. This has the unfortunate side effect of having to manually sync it before I leave so I can get all my updated podcasts. Sometimes I don't have time to do that because I've procrastinated or I've forgotten about it and now I have to leave really quickly. What if some time in the future we developed the ability to send a signal from the point in time I disconnect my iPhone back to the point in time when it's appropriate to start syncing so that it finishes just in time for me to disconnect?

Here's how this would practically play out: all of the sudden, seemingly randomly, I would see my iPhone start to sync. And then, when I'm ready to go, it'll be finished. That's how you'd like to think it would work, but then there's the idea of how exactly time travel works. Because seeing that sync would automatically change my perspective on when I'm ready. What if I saw it start to sync and un-docked it before it was done? Then where did the signal from the future come from since it's now not going to be connected when the signal is supposed to be sent! Did the simple act of un-docking my iPhone just create a parallel universe!? Or did I just erase the future events that were supposed to happen and write my own future?? And did that act disconnecting before it was finished send another signal back in time? And if so, is the phone suddenly finished syncing and did my memory suddenly change to see the sync lasting longer??

I guess this would all be easily solved by, instead, allowing the iPhone to sync over wifi.

This is why time travel is so awesome.

That is all.
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