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by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Social Media Realist Are you oppressed by a bloodthirsty dictator? Do you want freedom and democracy without having to fight for them? Well, now you can harness the same power that’s made Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber leaders of their respective generations! It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…Read More
customer relationships
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Business Relationship Counselor… Dear John Corporation: Let me begin by saying that our times together have been good for me. I mean it! I definitely see the value in being with you… to a certain extent. So what I’m about to say might seem cold and heartless, but please don’t take it the wrong way. I think you’re great! I really do, otherwise we would never have gotten together in the first place. But the truth is — well, how canRead More
weird comics mad scientist
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Social Media User, Instructor & Consultant… So let’s trip back to 1876, the year the telephone was invented… Hmmm… something’s missing… and I’m not talking about Starbucks on every corner…Read More
Kevin "Nalts" Nalty
Veteran YouTuber Kevin “Nalts” Nalty just let loose his take on social media. He calls his article “The Stupidest,” but we found it way more insightful than most of the tripe posing as social media advice. It also came on a day when many Twitterphiles were twitterbating about Tony Robbins at their conference. Yes, that’s right, self-help evangelists and social media junkies in one room together: the apocalypse is nigh. Break out the roach motels. Anyway, here’s Nalts. Indulge…Read More
Velvet Rope
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Social Media Analyst; photo by Guillaume Paumier, CC-BY, via Wikimedia Commons… L.A. contains miles of velvet ropes that pack more protective power than the Great Wall of China. They’re fronted by large scowling men armed with high-caliber clipboards. And they’re assaulted nightly by swarms of wannabes, who are repelled by blatant acts of discrimination based strictly on looks. Whenever I spot one of these social maladies in effect, my nerd self-preservation instinct kicks in, and I automatically steer clear. I’dRead More
Public Utility
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder Of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Values Public Utilities But Wouldn’t Want To Work For One; photo by Gretar Ívarsson via Wikimedia Commons… The late Senator Ted Stevens once claimed that the Internet was a “series of tubes.” Now, there were many reasons to ridicule venal Ted, but his analogy wasn’t that off the mark. Yes, it was technically wrong, but many Web 2.0 companies share the same purpose as public utilities: they exist to pipe stuff to users.Read More
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC A long time ago, in an Internets far far away, the people were promised a galaxy free of corporate-empire dominance, where the little guy would have a fair and equal shot at being heard, where small businesses could claim riches once envisioned only by multinationals, and where unsung individuals would finally be sung. The playing fields would all be level, and there would be many goals to shoot at…Read More
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder & Fusion Director, Atomic Tango LLC When I was a kid, the object of all crayon lust was the Crayola 64 box with the built-in sharpener, because a dull crayon was almost as bad as soggy Cocoa Pebbles. And yet, that Crayola 64 contained some bizarre colors like Maize, Burnt Sienna and the fun-to-say-but-rarely-used Raw Umber.* While Black was quickly worn to a stub — one could never have enough Black — Maize lasted longer than the Shredded Wheat that mom tried to get usRead More
Monica Rockle
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Marketing Forensics Expert… Paige H. got a huge surprise this week. The 20-something Midwesterner had attempted to keep a low profile online: “no MySpace, no Facebook, no blog” — indeed, she’s long had a “distaste for the world of social networking websites.” And yet, thanks to a marketing schemer, she became one of the most popular girls on Facebook… but under the name “Monica Rockle.” I blogged about the “Monica Rockle” charade back in March. A T-shirt marketer had created aRead More
Monica Rockle
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Marketing Forensics Expert… The epic saga continues… I’ve received a few messages and comments from upset college women about my Monica Rockle article. They think that I’m harassing one of their own. Please let me assure you that, as a professor, I would never ever pick on a legitimate student doing a legitimate project. In this case, I didn’t believe the premise or the project from the beginning, and subsequent research supports my skepticism. My wife and female friends would alsoRead More