Magill Report Twitter Experiment Fails; Not Ready to Give up Just Yet
By Ken Magill
Last week’s experiment in which I posed an Ask-an-Expert question to my twitter feed netted a grand total of zero responses.
However, two factors to consider are: A) It’s August, publishing’s slowest month and not the best time to launch a new initiative and B) The question I asked—how to calculate the value of an email address—is rather difficult.
So I’m not ready to give up on Twitter for Ask-an-Expert content just yet. I still believe Twitter is a viable source for community-created content. I just need to approach it differently.
Here’s what I’ve decided to do:
I’m going to pose a question that everybody—and I mean everybody who has ever held down a job—can answer. What’s more, it’s a question that, if answered, is guaranteed to generate entertaining responses.
This week’s question is: What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done at work?
To prime the pump, I’ll go first.
My most embarrassing work experience took place while I was at The New York Sun. I was talking to a female colleague in the newsroom, a busy, cavernous space with rows of desks and no cubical walls.
I forget what the conversation was about but it somehow involved her straightening some people out.
I had two thoughts in my head. One was: “And you’re just the woman to go over there and shake their cages.” The other was: “And you’re just the woman to go over there and kick some ass.”
What came out of my mouth was: “You’re just the woman to go over there and shake some ass.”
I was so mortified I couldn’t even work up an apology or explanation. I simply walked away with my face burning.
Okay guys. Fess up. What’s your most embarrassing work experience? Send it to KenMagill_at_gmail.com.