Posts Tagged ‘Matchstick’

UPDATE With New Info – “Changes Facebook MUST MAKE To Photo Tag Options & Privacy Settings”

February 11, 2011 6 comments

In my Post-A-Day Challenge post for January 18, 2011 – “Changes Facebook MUST MAKE To Photo Tag Options & Privacy Settings” I gave my opinion about wanting Facebook to give us more control over our photo/video tags. I’ve pasted an image of that post’s thoughts below to refresh your memories.

Clicking this image above will take you to the older post from January 18, 2011. But this is the specific aspect of that post I will be discussing in this post.

A bunch of people between Twitter and in the Comments of the original post agreed with me on the issue and my solutions. However, I personally had no way of trying to get this implemented or even making Facebook aware of our feelings on the issue until this week. This week in Toronto, and around the world is Social Media Week and all week in multiple cities there have been talks and panels and workshops about social media and the use of it from all different aspects – there’s also been a bunch of parties one of which organized by the group #GenYTO I will be heading to shortly after finishing this post.

At an event Wednesday morning called “How to be “LIKEABLE”” on Facebook” which I was hosted by Matchstick Inc. as part of their Forum Series and who generously invited me and a friend. The event was described as a couple of presentations which “explore the topics of how to garner a brand following and generate meaningful content for your online community” on Facebook and social media in general included a talk from Alfredo Tan of Facebook Canada. The whole thing was extremely interesting and I learned a lot from it but at the end I got to have a little face to face with a Facebook Canada employee. This was my chance to mention my concerns as laid out in the January 18 post directly ‘to Facebook’ and I did.

The answer I received was honestly somewhat disappointing. I don’t blame Alfredo for the answer he gave me, he is a very nice and personable guy and he was probably just quoting Facebook’s stance on the issue (I guess they have already given this thought). Basically he said it is very low on their list of things to do for a number of reasons:

  • Allowing this would ruin the ‘real time’ aspect of Facebook photo tagging and that goes against what Facebook – and social media in general – is aspiring to do. They want to give users a real time experience as well as they can.
  • If you are so worried about the wrong people seeing the wrong pictures of you, you can set it so no one can see photos you are tagged in.
  • You can set up a list of people who can see photos of you and people who cannot.

While I understand Facebook’s position on the matter from a business perspective – especially the desire to give users a real time experience. I completely agree that I do also want a ‘real time experience’ as well. However, I don’t personally care if it is real time when I am not around to be a custodian of my online identity because I am asleep but, hey, nothing is perfect. Nevertheless, it is what it is and I thought people would be interested to hear the follow up.

I think the only way to achieve the stopgap without Facebook giving us the option – and this sounds ridiculously insane, I know – would be to “Deactivate” your Facebook account when you aren’t around to watch over it. The reason why it would work is that even when you “Deactivate” your Facebook account it doesn’t actually get deleted it just sits there until you “reactivate” it. Your whole profile including pictures and friends and posts and messages is still saved in Facebook’s servers waiting for you to come back and reactivate (although it supposedly will not be able to bring everything back immediately). The reason this is completely an insane solution is because it also means that people will not be able to send you Facebook Messages (and I know A LOT of people who don’t email their friends and prefer to communicate with them solely through Facebook Messages), look at your photos, comment on your photos, tag you in posts, invite you to events, make you a Facebook Friend (if it is someone you just recently met or just joined Facebook), or do any of the other interactive things Facebook allows you to do with your friends.

The above ‘solution’ is obviously a terrible one and that’s why I put the word solution in quotes. The only reason I’m just proposing it is if you REALLY don’t want to make huge lists of people who can & can’t see your tagged photos or turn off the ability of being able to be tagged in photos entirely while still maintaining a Facebook presence that seems to be the only one right now.

#MacallanTO “Too Much Of Anything Is Bad, But Too Much Of A Good Whisky Is Barely Enough”

December 8, 2010 5 comments

Marc Laverdiere drops some scotch learning on us!

On November 24th, I along with my friend J.R., arrived at 99 Sudbury St in Toronto for an event known as ‘Celebrate The Macallan in Toronto’, the Twitter hashtag for the evening was #MacallanTO. The event was put on by Matchstick Inc and The Macallan Scotch Whisky and was hosted by Marc Laverdiere, a Scotch Ambassador for The Macallan and a man who knows his whisky! If you’re reading Marc’s name and wondering, I will be the first to say that I was pretty surprised he was French too, I honestly was expecting a Scot to be guiding us through our tasting experience. I assure you, however, Marc was more than up to the task.

The Mark Twain quote in the title sums up my feelings on a good single malt scotch even prior to this event. I’ve always been a fan of a good single malt since I first discovered it in my younger years. (Ya, I am being vague on the year on purpose. Put it this way, I’m 29 and I have been drinking scotch for well over a decade.) I was extremely excited to have this opportunity to really learn about one of the finest single malts I have ever tasted and the proper way to enjoy it.

  • Pro Tip: When you want to smell a scotch do it with your mouth slightly open – it makes a surprising world of difference!

When we got to the event site we were immediately given a special The Macallan coin to be used in exchange for our first taste of The Macallan for the evening, The Macallan Fine Oak 10 Years Old. As well, there was a very nice selection of cheeses and meats available to pair with the different variations of The Macallan we were to try that night but, alas, except for a pairing with chocolate, this was forgotten – although I did attempt to do some pairing myself.

Cheeses & Meats

When we were told it was time to go into the presentation room I quickly found my friends Jordana (@JordanaStein) and  Zeke and we sat down at tables where, over the course of the next 45 minutes, we were given a sample to taste of:

  • The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old
  • The Macallan Fine Oak 15 Years Old
  • The Macallan Sherry Oak Cask Strength (paired with dark chocolate)
  • The Macallan Sherry Oak 18 Years Old

Each of the above which was delicious in its own right. Also, each of them was introduced with an amazing video of all the things that had been going on in the world when it was from. That trip down memory lane was absolutely amazing and I think from here on out I will always try to remember the world as it was when that scotch began its maturation process. Once Marc had imparted some of his whisky knowledge to me and the rest of the crowd I wished that I could go back and retry the 10 Year Old I had been given earlier upon entering it and properly enjoy it with my new enhanced Scotch tasting & appreciating abilities.

With J.R. right after we had the 10 Years Old but before we got our learn on with Marc

Until that evening I was always a believer in the words of Joe E. Lewis, “Whenever someone asks me if I want water with my Scotch, I say I’m thirsty, not dirty.” Oh how wrong I (and he) was! Marc showed us how one of the big mistakes people make when they are trying to look like “aficionados” is that they use tap water in their scotch which has chemicals that completely ruin the taste. Instead, I learned to use spring water (some was provided) and I can honestly say I will never quote Mr. Lewis again; able comedian though he was, he had no idea what he was talking about when it came to Scotch Whisky!

A big thank you goes out to The Macallan and to Eric Allen & Matchstick for inviting me to this event. All in all, it was a great event which I really enjoyed and if you’re a fan of single malt scotch whisky and you’ve never tried The Macallan I highly recommend you do.

For more pictures from that night check out The Macallan Canada Facebook Album: The Macallan Toronto Tasting – Nov 24 [LINK]


Left Pic: Me, J.R., & Zeke. Right Pic: Zeke & Jordana. In the LEFT PIC You can also see the big boxed up bottle of The Macallan Fine Oak 10 Years Old that Zeke won & the smaller bottle of The Macallan Fine Oak 10 Years Old which I won.

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