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Silicon Valley Has Some of America’s Slowest Internet Connections

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TODAY IN IRONY: When a city in America earns a reputation, it will generally be embraced or immediately changed.

Philadelphia, with more than its share of unfriendly people in the world, is called “the City of Brotherly Love.” There’s New York, where very few people actually taste the Big Apple. There’s Dallas (or Fort Worth) where people assume everyone drives to work … on the horse resting right outside the bait and tackle shop.

And then, there’s San Francisco — a liberal utopia in the minds of some, a homogenous setting with arms wide open for others.

The city is also known for nearby Silicon Valley: birthplace of technology, epicenter of innovation…and one of the worst places in the country for Internet reception.

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San Francisco Thinks Bottled Water Should Tap Out

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We feel you, bro.

Whoever came up with an idea to sell water, bottle it and charge as much as $5 for it is nothing short of an evil genius, like Wile E. Coyote, only this cat dines on roadrunner stew nightly. The bottled water industry is now a $60 billion industry — annually.

While it’s nice and all healthy-like that all this water is being guzzled, the plastic bottles are causing quite the ecological kerfuffle. To wit, San Francisco has decided it is mad as hell and it’s not going to take it anymore as it prepares to become the first city in U.S. history to ban the sale of any plastic bottles. Anywhere.

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Google PR Responds ‘Ugh’ to San Francisco Bus Protests

google-commuter-bus-protestWhen you are the ubiquitous king of the mountain, you can pretty much to do whatever you want to the minions, serfs and peons trying climb up each side. Watch them, wave at them, ignore them or kick them, it doesn’t really matter — that’s free enterprise.

That monarch of modern-day commerce is Google.

And they rarely respond to anything because, whelp, they don’t have to do that. That is, unless you accidentally retort to a Mission Local reporter with a flippant “Ugh” about tumultuous bus protests in the city, which Google is the big bad wolf to blame.

And that’s what happened. You see, if you work in Google’s PR department, you don’t have to do much but sit on your tail and collect a check. Except now, they are all asking themselves how to spell “p-i-t-c-h-i-n-g-p-r-o-t-o-c-o-l” via Gmail messenger.

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Man Hires Assistant to Slap Him Into Productivity

Today in Random Day Before the Election News: This clever study in personal dedication broke a couple of weeks ago, and it’s already made its way around a good portion of the Internet. Still, we’d like to come back to it on a day characterized by irritation and anxiety for so many Americans–the day before an election that we’ve all heard WAY too much about for at least two years. Need proof? Think back to the time when Michelle Bachman and Donald Trump led the pack in certain polls. Yes, that did indeed happen.

Anyway, Maneesh Sethi is a San Francisco-based blogger who recently decided that his social media habits were affecting his productivity in a bad way. He knew that he spent far too much of his time scrolling through his Facebook feed, descending into the bottomless cavern that is Reddit or doing something even more useless like, say, reading about politics. He wanted to change his ways.

Of course, millions of people find themselves in Sethi’s position every day–but he chose a more creative way of addressing it than most. His unique approach makes sense considering the fact that his blog, Hack the System, is all about using “unconventional techniques to improve your productivity and your life“. So he placed an ad on Craigslist and hired an assistant to sit beside him while he worked and quite literally slap him in the face every time he clicked on Facebook.

Well, that wasn’t too dramatic, was it?

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