Is Facebook going to end up buying Clubhouse?

Probably.

A16Z are investors in Clubhouse. Clubhouse gets valued at $100M. The PR and hype  cycle begins. A16Z are powerhouses at coverage. Then Clubhouse gets valued at $1 billion.

A16Z invested in Qik. Marc Andreessen was on the board of Skype. Skype buys Qik. This is a common enough thing it seems.

Marc Andreessen is on the board of Facebook too.  Zuckerberg comes on to Clubhouse for a chat.

Elon Musk big ups Clubhouse and joins a chat. Millions of more users join.

Then he gets Kanye involved.

The more users Clubhouse has, the more it can be sold for. It’s at the top of hype lists now. The value will go up as more celebs and tech bros join and the general population flows in. It’s standard for social networks to do that celeb catnip trick. Other tech firms know the Facebook connection too so that might spur them to buy it at an inflated price to block Facebook. This will be fun.

Domains and business ideas

I have far too many domains these days so I want to offload them. I have many of these for years for projects I never got to start/complete. Make me an offer. Or if you want to rent a domain for a year to see if it works for you, let me know. domains@mulley.ie Transfer fees are €70ish and you’d pay those too.  With a few exceptions I’d be looking for €300 ex VAT min for a domain.

1916.ie
Well this was going to be for tours around Ireland tracing those in 1916. For Irish-American and Irish people from the UK.

abortionadvice.ie
abortions.ie
abortionservices.ie
abortionsupport.ie
abortioncounselling.ie
One of these blocking purchases. To prevent other orgs with an agenda from using it so spout crap about abortion and what a skewed view of what the bible says. A rogue agency used one of these domains too to ensnare vulnerable people.

activewear.ie
For a client that sells activewear.

Algorithms.ie
A conference in 2022 maybe?

aran.ie – Taken
aran sweaters, aran jumpers, Irish fisherman sweaters as the Americans call them.

artificialintelligence.ie
A one stop portal on AI/artificial intelligence in Ireland.

backpain.ie
I went to a gym years back due to shoulder and back pain and it really sorted me out. The plan here was a site to refer you to gyms, chiropractors, physios and advice from real professionals on exercises you can do.

bears.ie
Gay culture, not forestry stuff.

bloggeracademy.com
Currently used as a test site for blogging/SEO courses I do.

blogging.ie
Plan was to have it as an aggregator of Irish blogs, like what IrishBlogs.ie used to do.

businesscourses.ie
For the business courses I run and for partners/friends.

carter.ie
Brand name for a future business. Named after Agent Carter.

Ceoil.ie
I just saw it expire and it’s a great short domain name with lots of potential.

ceos.ie
CEO forum type site. Events for CEOs and specific training courses.

children.ie
One of these blocking purchases. To prevent other orgs with an agenda from using it so spout crap about the family and what a skewed view of what the bible says.

christmas.ie
(Reserved until 2023) Well. This is the jackpot domain. Win the lotto, buy it off me. I love Christmas so you really need to make me a strong offer. We’re talking 5 figures here. Such an easy name for your brand.

classroom.ie
Online training portal was the idea for this. Again easy brand to send people to.

cloudcomputing.ie
A one stop portal on cloud computing in Ireland. Plus ad costs around the phrase cloud computing are huge. Buy me Microsoft, Salesforce.

company.ie
Nice and easy to remember. Handy for a portal for something.

connacht.ie
Another Geo type domain. Surprised it wasn’t taken.

contraception.ie
Another one of these blocking purchases. To prevent other orgs with an agenda from using it so spout crap about the family and what a skewed view of what the bible says.

consultant.ie
A perfect domain name for a consultant in any kind of area.

CorkDesigns.ie
Former web design agency. Really nice backlinks. Pointing here now so we’ll see will that boost mulley.ie in rankings.

CorkPassport.ie
Well, I had the .com of it. And I have the stickers and keyrings for it too.

culture.ie
Plan was to have it as an aggregator of Irish arts and culture blogs, like what IrishBlogs.ie used to do.

daddy.ie
Gay culture or if someone wants to buy it for like new dads or something.

dietician.ie
The other way to spell this. I was thinking a directory site for dieticians.

democracy.ie
Works well in theory. Perfect for a new party once you’re not Nazis.

drag.ie
And the category is, domain purchasing realness. Drag is big now.

easter.ie
The cousin of Christmas but a bit more miserable as Christmas was about birthdays, this was about the torture of a beardy dude. Joy suck.

eCommerce Awards
ecommerceawards.co.uk
ecommerceawards.eu
ecommerceawards.ie
ecommerceawards.uk
ecommerceweek.eu
ecommerceweek.ie

I wanted to do an ecommerce awards thing across Europe. I think Ireland isn’t as fast as it should be to get more businesses to trade online but we are starting to.

egypt.ie – Taken, kinda
Fun in the Sun but nevermind all the guns.

entertainmentawards.net
entertainmentawards.tv
Another idea for an awards. Like People’s Choice Awards for the Irish Market. The existing entertainment awards are shite.

expertise.ie
The idea for this was a database of experts that the media could call upon for media/radio/tv interviews. People would put themselves forward and link to their media coverage.

fag.ie
To prevent it being used to abuse people. Or to encourage smoking.

foodfight.ie
This is my current live food blog aggregator. It needs an upgrade.

futurist.ie
Grabbing it and I might put something on it. Bought it as I didn’t want to see it used by some donkey-brained expert.

gay.ie
Very. Not sure was this a porn site before. Ideally this would be an online resource for the Irish gay community or a historical repository.

grief.ie
I want to specialise in end of life, dying and death and all of these come with grief. Perhaps an online space for writing on this.

innishannon.ie
Great town. Great domain name that I was surprised was available to register.

innovation.ie
Well, it’s a fine domain. So many options to use this domain around innovation.

insulin.ie
For all things diabetes medications.

kyl.ie
Kylie, this is perfect for you!

leather.ie
Gay culture? Be a good site for a leathersmith and leather products too.

marriage.ie
After equal marriage came in, thought it would be best to nab this in case of the “not Adam and Steve” lot grabbed it.

maternity.ie
Future business. Will explain in due course. Lack of LGBT maternity options in Ireland, I would like to see that change.

measurement.ie
Conference on digital metrics that I used to organise.

merrychristmas.ie
I like Christmas. You may have noticed.

mna.ie
Just thought it would be a good domain for feminist writings.

nightclasses.ie
Well there are 10s of 1000s of searches in Ireland for people wanting to know about nightclasses in Ireland. The competition is … not great.

oncology.ie
Straight up good information and options for those with cancer.

onlinepages.ie
This was a directory website. It has pretty good backlinks.

oxford.ie
Bit like carter. For a future business that will grow out of MulleyComms. Simple to remember.

paediatrics.ie
Another health related domain. Could be paired with contraception.ie, pregnant.ie, maternity.ie

parenthood.ie
I was worried that a fake pregnancy crisis agency would register them and give people bad advice. HSE, buy these!

Penis.ie
Should I redirect that to a politician?

php.ie</strong>
Strong three letter domain name. Ideal for people that do PHP development.

politicians.ie
Many thoughts on this. From a weekly ratings system for Irish pols to an aggregator when they are mentioned in the news. I had something like this for Politics In Ireland.

postgraduate.ie
Portal for postgraduate courses in Ireland would be the original idea. Great domain for a college/university to buy and use as a brand/redirect for their advertising.

pregnancy.ie
pregnant.ie

Expired around the same time. I was worried that a fake pregnancy crisis agency would register them and give people bad advice. HSE, buy these!

republic.ie
I offered this and 1916 to a political party before. No takers!

revision.ie
Leaving Cert and Junior Cert revision classes portal. Could originally signpost to all the courses that are on offer and then as traffic and reputation grows, start offering your own online courses.

RiverLee.ie
Did I mention I’m from Cork? I must have failed to mention it til now. Could be used for lots of things travel, tourism and activities related.

Sepsis.ie
Staying on things health.

shandon.ie
Another Geo, also surprised it wasn’t taken.

sme.ie
Most businesses in Ireland are an SME. Idea was for a portal of resources for SMEs. Or even as a redirect to a section of another website.

subs.ie
Uhhh, sports? 😉

sun.ie
This was owned by the former computer company that got bought and wiped out by a database company. Ideally a competitor should buy it.

tribune.ie
Former domain of a Sunday newspaper. Amazing backlinks. Idea was to download a full copy of the old site from Archive.org and put it back online.

vaccinated.ie
See below or buy me for the Vax passport!

vaccinations.ie
Cos I believe in them and didn’t want anyone to use it to spread fake and dangerous views.

windfarm.ie and windfarms.ie
For a renewable energy client. And to prevent conspiracy theorists abuse it

domains

I have far too many domains these days so I want to offload them. I have many of these for years for projects I never got to start/complete. Make me an offer. Or if you want to rent a domain to see if it works for you, let me know. domains@mulley.ie

1916.ie
aran.ie
artificialintelligence.ie
ass.ie
awards.ie
backpain.ie
bears.ie
bloggeracademy.com
blogging.ie
businesscourses.ie

carter.ie
ceos.ie
children.ie
christmas.ie
christmasjumpers.ie
classroom.ie
cloudcomputing.ie
company.ie
contraception.ie
culture.ie

daddy.ie
democracy.ie
drag.ie

easter.ie
ecommerceawards.co.uk
ecommerceawards.eu
ecommerceawards.ie
ecommerceawards.uk
ecommerceweek.eu
ecommerceweek.ie
egypt.ie
elearning.ie
engagement.ie
entertainmentawards.net
entertainmentawards.tv
expertise.ie

foodfight.ie
gay.ie
innovation.ie
iona.ie
joomla.ie
kyl.ie
lads.ie
leather.ie

marriage.ie
measurement.ie
merrychristmas.ie
mna.ie
nightclasses.ie
oxford.ie
parenthood.ie
php.ie
politicians.ie
postgraduate.ie
pregnancy.ie
pregnant.ie

republic.ie
revision.ie
sme.ie
subs.ie
sun.ie
tribune.ie
vaccinations.ie

Barbie joins LinkedIn – Other Barbies on LinkedIn get lots of visits

So it was announced by Mattel that Barbie is going to be “hashtag unapologetic” about being an entrepreneur. iPad, business attire and a LinkedIn profile! You can buy the doll right here now.

Barbie Linked - Fake Plastic Barbie

Plastic ceilings
From the PR blurb:

This year Barbie is once again breaking through plastic ceilings and inspiring girls to follow their dreams. The 2014 career of the year doll is Entrepreneur Barbie. To celebrate her newest career, Barbie is honoring special women entrepreneurs to help start a conversation for girls everywhere, reminding them that — “If they can dream it, they can be it – anything is possible!

Barbie on LinkedIn - #unapologetic

So with that, if you go on to LinkedIn now and look for Barbie, hello Barbie!

BarbieLinkedIn1

LinkedIn.com/in/Barbie

Even when you Google for “Barbie LinkedIn” you get:
BarbieLinkedIn2

This guy is going to be getting a lot of views and I’m sure some weird connection requests too.

Now put your café and restaurant menus on Facebook

Facebook made a nice small change for restaurant and café Pages. Now you can now upload your menus once they’re less than 1Mb in size. These can easily be viewed on desktop or mobile.

On your Page go into Settings > Page Info and there should be a Menu option available. Click on that and upload your Menu.
Facebook Pages Menu Setting - Mulley Comms

This is what it looks like on a mobile:

Facebook Restaurant Menu Mobile

Hat tip to someone on Twitter for this, sorry forgot who.

Facebook for Business – Limerick

Facebook Training – Limerick – February 25th

This course is now over. If you want to attend other courses, sign up here to the Digital Courses Interest List.

If you have a Facebook Business Page but it’s not doing much for you, if you want to get a return from what you do on Facebook, if you want to know how to get seen by more people on Facebook then this course is for you. This Facebook for Business training course is for those that already have a Facebook Page and is ranked at an Intermediate level. It starts from the assumption you are comfortable with using Facebook.

What’s covered:

  • The Intermediate “basics”.
  • Growth Strategy – Gaining more likes on your Facebook Page.
  • Edgerank – Why an algorithm can wreck your day, week and year if you get it wrong.
  • Spreadable media – What content will get you the right attention.
  • Updates – Targeted updates, promoted updates, timed updates.
  • Facebook Insights – When is the best time to post, what content has worked.

Your trainer is Damien Mulley.

Date and Time:
1.45pm until 4.45pm on February 25th in the Absolute Hotel

Pricing:
€97 for the half day workshop if paid in advance. €127 for payment on the day with a 50% payment by February 13th. We take cheque or we can take credit card over the phone. A 50% cancelation fee applies if you cancel less than three days before the workshop.

Location
Absolute Hotel, Limerick

This course is now over but If you want to be informed of when the next Social Media Courses/Digital Marketing Courses are, please fill in this form.

Digital links – Monday January 13th 2014

Why not get rid of some of your fans? Maybe a lot of the ones? Highly interesting post from John Bell on this. Real fans versus those there for a freebie debate coming back again.

Facebook can now tell of those who saw your FB ad (not just those that clicked), who purchased something in a physical store. In the store! jumping from the digital to the physical.

Facebook is also the number two ad network in the world now. Google is number 1.

Just read ALL of these.

(PDF). The Social Media Policy from the HSE is quite good and full of common sense.

Jeremy Waite’s social strategy for 2014.

P.O.S.T. People Objectives Strategy Technology.

Facebook ads, like growing crops. This guy suggests highly targeted and lots of ads. Or something.

Businesses: Time to get your Vine on

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Main takeaways:

  1. If you are on Twitter already, get a Vine account
  2. Practice by making lots of quick videos
  3. Vine videos should be instructional not promotional and fun not boring
  4. Make your Vine titles obvious/informative
  5. Share them on Twitter
  6. Get your public URL

Vine is an app from a company Twitter bought a while back. Vine lets you make 6 second videos. Just 6 seconds. All in one go or you can make them in smaller bits and put them together. They have to be done via your Vine mobile app. Another mobile first company. You can get the app for iPhone, Android and Windows.

Back in August about 3% of people in Ireland had a Vine account and this is growing, not rapidly but steadily. The value of Vine is that the video you record can be shared into the Twitter feed of everyone that follows your Twitter account and can be played on desktop or mobile instantly. No clicking and it popping out into a browser or anything like that. As Twitter grows and it is already massive in Ireland, your Vine videos can, in a way, be seen by more people.

Now in addition, your Vine videos can be seen on a public profile page. Which means lots of Google traffic to your videos so you don’t need just Vine traffic and Twitter traffic. So if you were dithering about Vine, now is the time to decide. All the elements are there now to use it for marketing.

And they can also be embedded, like this from Pendelton:

6 seconds can add a hell of a lot of context
Images can give more context than text only. animated images even more context, video with audio way more. The issues with video have always been the production that goes in to getting them right, even if they’re just two minutes long.

Now while you don’t need 10,000 hours to get them right, you do need some practice so playing with making really short videos means you can get your experience level up quite quickly.

A nice example is Essential French in Cork sharing 6 second French lessons.

Some guides on how to use Vine. From Convert with Content. Beginners Guide from Mashable.

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