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10 items you must include in every successful list

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  1. An inspiring item for people to use in their retweets
  2. One item everyone can actually understand but cannot be physically accomplished
  3. One item everyone really should do but is completely outside the budget
  4. One item everyone will do because it’s easy though ineffective
  5. One item everyone wishes they could do but can’t because it’s too complicated
  6. One item that everyone already does
  7. One really stupid item that makes the reader feel smarter you
  8. At least one synergistic item that is engaging and leverages story telling using web 2.0
  9. At least one item that references BP, the Old Spice guy, statistics about Octopus Paul, or some other topical item that will get you a lot of hits when you put it in your tag list
  10. A really funny item at the end that will make people retweet and share the list even though it’s as stupid as this list

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    This is why Twitter will die

    [tweetmeme source=”lovestats” only_single=false]When I started using Twitter, it was all about telling complete strangers what you had for breakfast. Well, maybe not exactly, but that’s what twitter haters thought.
    I quickly learned that Twitter is about sharing links, sharing ideas, AND sharing the silly little things that make you smile and laugh. Of course there’s also the spam and the annoying inspirational quotes but you can unfollow those people darn quick.

    The last few weeks have brought many fun tweets about Paul the Octopus and that’s made zipping through twitter fun. But I’ve noticed a trend over the last few months that makes me a little nervous. The cute and silly and funny is slowly dying down.


    Twitter seems to be becoming more about being the first person to share a link, promote a business, and gain new followers, and less about individual ideas and the little funny things in life. Of course many of us use Twitter for business but there’s more to us than business, isn’t there?

    I like to see a little personality along the way. Links become boring no matter how practical they are. Out of the hundreds of links that pass through my twitterstream, I’m more likely to choose the links shared by someone I feel a connection with. Those are the people who demonstrate that they have a personality behind the tweet.

    So, if you find your twitterstream is becoming more boring and more lacking in personality, why not try some reverse psychology and share a little bit of the crazy that resides in you. Great inspiration will come by following @jeanm617, whose cynical tweets about work and family make me wonder if she’s telling the truth, and @cmastication, whose intelligently bizarre comebacks in the statistics world make me LOL so loud that other commuters stare at me.

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  • Paul the Octopus, Phd in Statistics, Lettered in football

    [tweetmeme source=”lovestats” only_single=false]The normal curve is an enigma for many people. We speak of good luck and bad luck, hope that we always have good and then curse when it turns out bad. Like when Cinnabon is closed on the same day you forgot to eat breakfast.
    So far, Paul the Octopus has had a lot of good luck in predicting World Cup match winners. Perhaps he always goes for the food that is closest to him or the food that is in the best light or the food that moved most live-like or the food next to his preferred tentacle. I’m assuming, of course, that like humans who prefer left or right, Paul too has his own tentacle preferences. I’m also assuming that he isn’t juiced up or taking bribes.

    Wouldn’t it be great fun if someone could collect up all the relevant variables and run some predictive modeling? Time of day, day of week, feeding schedule, lightness, location, direction, colour, and who knows what other selection criteria are of supreme importance to our eight legged friend. What kind of r square do you think we would get? 0.3? 0.8? Woah… too far into geeky stats there.

    As fun as it is to listen to the Oracle of Paul, he won’t defy the odds. He’ll just take his rightful place on the normal distribution whether it’s on the extreme right or just slightly to the left of right. But I know we’re all hoping for the extreme right.

    In Paul we trust.

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