Digital Dirt

April 25, 2009

Be an Expert:

Filed under: Random but Interesting — Tags: , , , — Danny Petre @ 11:03 am

I just came across this great website that offers a unique way to spread your digital dirt for the benefit of publicity.  It’s called  developed by a gentleman by the the name of Peter Shankman.  It is a very simple interface for reporters and “experts” to meet up and share information. 

haro_logo_bkBasically experts sign up for a twice-a-day email alert that lists journalists in need of an expert on a particular subject.  If you happen to be the an expert in the domaine they require you just email them back and they can contact you for their story.  

I signed up about a day ago and I’ve received three emails with reporters/publications looking for expert advice, but there were no topics that I could consider myself an expert on.  One day I guess.  

If in fact, one day, I do find a topic that I am an expert on, say communications, then I will have the opportunity to spread my Dirt like no tomorrow.  How cool would it be to have a magazine article quote me, Daniel Petre, as an expert? Digital footprint here I come!



Below is a list of example from Peter’s daily emails:




April 22, 2009

Book Lovers Unite…

Filed under: Random but Interesting — Tags: , , , — Danny Petre @ 12:13 pm

… or else we will all be illiterate.  Not really. 


My new favorite site is one called ““.  It is essentially a social network for book lovers.  An online book club if you will. I always say, “you can tell a lot about a person by the books they read.”  Okay, I’ve never said that, but I think it’s true.  So, to me, this site is yet another catalyst for spreading your Dirt… your literary digital footprint.

I encourge you to sign up.  You can follow your friends, like Twitter, and see what they have read, are reading, or want to read. Like most sites there is a rating system so you can the the WHOLE WORLD know how you feel.  The empowered consumer for sure. I love books and I hope this site encourages others to love them too.

April 19, 2009

Susan Boyle: Dirt Worth Spreading

Filed under: Random but Interesting — Tags: , , , — Danny Petre @ 9:22 pm

Susan Boyle, the Scottish woman that has blown the world away on Britain’s Got Talent, is Digital Dirt that is worth spreading. I have watched the clip on YouTube a few times and every time I am delighted. I get an instant smile (and sometimes a little tear in the corner of my eye).  

The imbed code has been disabled on all of the YouTube postings of her BGT performance, but you can view it on this link.

She is the best type of Digital Dirt (in my opinion). A spirit lifting, dream inspiring, self-humbling, and amazing woman.  The question is: is she the biggest YouTube sensation ever?  YouTube views suggest that she is bigger than President Obama and Bush (when he is getting shoes thrown at him from the Iraqi media).  

boyleSo often the web is used to spread Dirt that is simply not worth spreading.  And YouTube, the now 7th largest search engine in-and-of-itself, has a profound impact on our digital footprint.  I am just so glad that this time; this one time, it is being used to share a voice and a story that truly is amazing.  I wish Susan the best of luck.

April 1, 2009

Google Maps “Street View” Catches People in the Act

Filed under: Random but Interesting — Tags: , , , , , — Danny Petre @ 8:06 am

I should just call this the “Google Blog.”  Google has a huge impact on our digital footprint it seems. 

Two example of how Google Maps “Street View” is causing embarrassing digital footprint moments.

1) Apparently (I say apparently because I found this tidbit on Gawker which found it in the Sun).  So apparently a women was on Google Street View checking out a friends house (noisy bitch) and the image showed her husband’s Range Rover parked outside.  He was allegedlycheating on her.  They are now getting divorced. 

2) A man passed out in the street drunk.  Now that that’s just plan funny.  I bet there are a few of me from my undergrad days.

So the question remains: who takes these freakin’ pictures anyway?  I guess I could Google that question, but I thought I’d throw it out the my audience at large (there are a few of you).

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