All posts by Chris Pirillo

Why Does it Take Apple so Long to Approve an App?

Marc asked:

Why does it take so long for an app to be approved for the App Store?

The company takes its sweet time to approve apps, yes. However, there’s a reason for that. The employees must be sure that the apps don’t contain spyware or malware. They need to be sure there are no significant bugs and doesn’t have a poor UI.

They verify that the apps do what you say they’re going to do and that there are no private APIs being used. They are careful to check that the apps don’t crash all of the time. And, of course, they have to be sure that there’s nothing embedded that is disallowed by Apple.

It’s all about user experience. This is the reason so many people prefer to have an iPhone or iPad over an Android device… the quality of the apps. Before anyone screams at me – I know there are great apps available for Android devices, as well. However, overall… the App Store is simply superior when it comes to making sure that you’re getting exactly what you’re promised.

Why Does it Take Apple so Long to Approve an App?

What Should a New Blogger Write?

Techinformania asked:

What should a newb blogger post? She s/he post something about themselves or just start posting what others want?

First – posting an introduction in the blog itself isn’t really a good idea. It will quickly get buried and no one will see it. Try making a separate “About” page on the blog site so that people can get to know you.

Second – why on Earth would you ever write what someone else wanted? Even if the point of writing a blog is so that others will read it, you’re not supposed to write whatever it is they think you should.

You need to focus on what YOU want to write. Write what you know and are passionate about. Put your own spin on your topics. Add in your thoughts and feelings. Ask questions of your readers. Trust me… people who are interested in the same things will love what you’re doing if you’re being yourself and writing what you love.

Don’t do anything “for” someone else. Do it for you.

What Should a New Blogger Write?

How Important is Social Media to a Business?

HyderPotter asked:

Should social media be at the top of the list for companies who sell things?

I don’t know about “top of the list” for any type of company. But… social media definitely needs to be a priority.

Companies obviously need a great product or service and amazing customer service. Those things have to be the main focus. Once they’re in place, you have to buckle down on marketing. Any good marketing plan these days involve social media.

Don’t do what too many businesses do: throw links at your customers. Yes, they want to see products and sales. They want to know what you’re up to. But more than that, they want you to TALK TO THEM. Seriously. Interact with your customers and it will build into an actual community based around your business. Don’t talk AT them… talk WITH them. Answer questions. Pose questions. Share a funny story or video. Interact with fun comments. Like things they’ve said and ReTweet when you can. Don’t just paste a bunch of crap and then ignore the streams until the next day.

Don’t panic over Facebook’s algorithms, either. You’ll never get it right. It’s hard work. Just focus on the things I mentioned, and your social presence will grow.

What about everyone else? What tips do you have?

How Important is Social Media to a Business?

What Should You Look for in a Web Host?

Matthew asked:

What are some good features to look for when selecting a new web hosting service?

There are a lot of different things that people find important. Some only care about cost. Others feel that uptime is crucial. There are a few things that you should look at, though:

  • Uptime – Does the company have sites that crash often? Also, how quickly do they resolve issues?
  • Addons – Many companies offer freebies when you “subscribe” to a hosting plan. What are these addons? Are they even useful to you?
  • Customer Service – Do your questions regarding pricing get answered quickly? How good are the reps at finding the answers you need – no matter the question? Do they answer professionally, or do they treat people rudely?
  • Technical Service – Even more importantly, do issues get fixed quickly and properly – even little things? Are issues explained to you? Are glitches brought to your attention?

I’m sure I’m missing several points to consider. This is where all of you come in: what do you look for when choosing a web host?

Photo credit to Funny Pics

What Do You Look for in a Web Host?

How Do You Manage Your Time?

WickedZen asked:

I am a full time student, and aspiring writer, with a family. For some time now I have used Sunbird to keep track of my schedule, specifically my tasks (assignments, tests, projects, etc) as a student. I review and update this schedule dozens of times during a day. Recently my main laptop died, cause unknown and is on its way to be checked out. I had to switch to using my old, backup laptop. I was able to pull out my hard drive and get the data, including my schedule, onto my backup. If I had been unable to do so, I would have been in serious trouble rebuilding my schedule and keeping up with everything.

Any suggestions for task/schedule management software that I can sync between different computer(s) and a tablet, as well as online but with an offline feature if I ever cant access online?

Honestly? Google’s calendar may be your best option. Once you fill out your calendar, you can easily sync it to a number of different places, including to your computer. Having this easily available via your phone or other mobile device is great – along with the fact that you can have it open right on your desktop while working and set it to give you reminder notifications.

I do know some people that use their phone’s built-in task reminder/scheduler to handle things such as appointments for them, as well.

What about everyone out there? What would you suggest? What are you using to keep track of everything in your busy life?

How Do You Manage Your Time?

Is Full Integration or Wide Experience More Important?

Ehtesham asked:

I am currently thinking of buying a laptop, tablet, and a phone but I am not sure what I should look for. Should I go for a perfect integration between all my devices like a Macbook, iPad, and iPhone or should I go for a full experience of all phones like Windows laptop, iPad, and an Android device?

It honestly depends on the experience you’re looking for. The most important thing to remember is to get devices/machines that work for you. Does each one offer you what you need? Will all-Windows or all-Apple devices do what you expect of them?

Another thing to think about is ecosystem: are you partial to one over another? Do you have fears of “switching” operating systems?

Something else: money. Let’s face it: certain types of devices cost more than others. I’m not going to argue whether those particular pieces of technology are “better” or not: that’s relative, anyway. But you have to keep your budget in mind when looking at what to buy next.

What about all of you? Is it more important to you to have all of your machines and devices “match,” or do you enjoy using things from a variety of manufacturers?

Is Full Integration or Wide Experience More Important?

What Does It Mean to Be Sponsored?

SolidSafety asked:

What does being sponsored mean? I know that it can help you but don’t know how and what it does. I know that a lot of people are being sponsored on YouTube or their websites. What’s this all about?

Being sponsored means that a company believes in you and what you’re doing and wants to help. In some cases, it just means that you have something a company wants: lots of exposure.

Company X may have a product that best fits the audience you have on YouTube and your website(s). You have a fairly good-sized following, so they approach you and offer to sponsor you in exchange for promotion – a video, a link in an article or even a social media status. The benefit you receive could be money or product(s) – it depends on the company and your needs.

Company Y may see that you’re hosting a meetup or conference in the near future. The person there may completely believe in the message you’re trying to bring to your audience, and so the company decides to be a partner – they give money to the event in exchange for branding of some type during it. The company wants to be associated with whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish in this case.

What other questions do you have about sponsorship? If you feel you have a great audience, a new perspective or something unique to say, don’t hesitate to reach out to companies to inquire about potential sponsorships!

What Does it Mean to be Sponsored?

Do Online Relationships Really Work?

Kevin asked:

Do online relationships actually work? I met a girl online and we’ve been talking for months. I think I love her, but how can I know this is real? Can you actually love someone you’ve only “met” online? Can a relationship become “real-life” after only being online?

I know many people who met their significant other online. There have been a few relationships which started after people met each other through one of our LockerGnome sites or chats! I’m not kidding… Melanie and Mike, for instance, have now been married for quite some time! There are others, as well.

To more fully answer this question, I turned to my Social Media Manager, Kat. She just got married in March (on her birthday!) to a man she met three years ago while playing an MMORPG. She’s pretty happy, so I guess it’s safe to say things are working out for her.

Kat and David met in their guild on their (at the time) favorite game. They talked for hours every day for several weeks in private chats and on instant messenger. Then one day, she gave him her number and he called. Six hours later, they hung up. This continued for a few months, and even branched into video chats.

That summer, she bit the bullet and flew from Indiana to Oklahoma to meet him. A few weeks later when she headed home, he went with her to meet the family and spend more time together. Three years (almost to the day at the time of this writing) later, he’s still there with her and they’re now happily married.

Yes, online relationships can work. I’m not sure how I feel about two people who fall in love online and then spend years in that relationship without ever having hope to actually meet in person. I can’t imagine how difficult that would be, you know?

But if you feel a real connection with someone – I say you should go for it. I mean seriously – you never know where love will find you, right? Be smart and be safe. Don’t give out personal information two days into your “love” affair. Meet for the first time in public. You know all of those rules. Just be REAL – and see where it takes you.

What do all of you think? Have you met a love online?

Do Online Relationships Really Work?

Do You Run a Live Stream?

I’ve been asked by multiple people lately why I no longer run the 24/7 live stream. To be honest, I’ve now lost track of everyone who has asked. Instead of crediting a few and missing someone, I am simply leaving names off of this one. This goes out to everyone who has asked!

To be frank: I needed a life. I’ve mentioned that the live stream cost a lot of time, effort and money. You already know that. But dudes… having to be “on” all of the time for cameras so people aren’t bitching that it’s boring is daunting. And impossible. And a huge time suck.

We vlog. We show you a peek inside our daily lives. I do two live videos every weekday on top of the vlogs. What more do you need? Do you really want to see me just sitting there at my desk staring at a screen while I work? What’s the point of that? I don’t have enough hours in the day as it is to get everything accomplished. I certainly don’t have time to interact several hours per day with the live audience.

That’s NOT to say I didn’t enjoy it while it lasted. I definitely did. But it’s time to let it rest and move on to new adventures, young grasshoppers.

Think about it: would YOU do this 24 hours a day? I’m willing to bet you wouldn’t. And if you did… I doubt it would last very long. That’s just the way it is, folks.

Do You Run a Live Stream?

How Do You Waste Time at Your Desk?

TechieDude once asked:

When you are working at your computer, what is the “best” (or worst?) way to suck your time? What types of things catch your attention and make you lose track of what you were trying to accomplish?

An Internet connection is awesome to have… unless you don’t need it to get your work done.

I’m often pulled to my email inbox more than anything else. If I don’t want to do something, I’ll find any distraction (like a social stream) to further forestall any amount of “meh” feelings that might spring up.

I know many people tend to play games, watch YouTube videos or get sucked into online chats via some platform or another.

And, of course, there’s always adorable cat pictures. Or something.

How about everyone else? What sucks you in and wastes your time?

How Do You Waste Time at Your Desk?

Do You Have Financial Advice?

Mark D asked:

What is your best financial advice to pass along to those of us just starting out?

Cover your costs.

No, seriously.

Cover. Your. Costs. When you’re just starting out, make sure you have enough in the bank to get you through the first few months. Think of things like office supplies, payroll, taxes, personal living expenses and on and on and on.

You also need to be sure you pay your bills on time. Vendors won’t work with you anymore if you aren’t paying them in a timely fashion. Never rob Peter to pay Paul. Dinner out can wait. That new pair of shoes can wait – even if you’re barefoot. Pay the invoices when they’re due or you’re going to be sunk before you get started.

What about all of you? What’s your best financial advice for those just starting out?

What's Your Best Financial Advice?

Where Would You Freeze Time?

Patron John Whittaker is curious about moments in time. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions!

If you could free time for one hour, what sort of mischief would you get up to? Also, if you could freeze an hour or day of time from your past, at what point would you freeze it – and why?

I’m going to sound like a fuddy-duddy, but I’d freeze time right now and give me an extra hour to get work done. No, seriously – I’m tired, and it’s 11:24pm on a Sunday evening. I’m pushing through answering questions. Am I getting old?!

If I were to freeze an hour in my past, it’d probably be one of the first times I was ever in Hawaii – but not for reasons I’d care to get into right now.

What about everyone else? Where would you freeze time from your past, and what would you do if you could freeze time right now for an hour?

Where Would You Freeze Time?

Have You Met Anyone Famous?

Patron Johannes is curious about famous people! You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions!

Who is the most famous person you have met/seen/talked to?

I’ve actually been fortunate to meet several. However, I’d have to say “Weird Al” Yankovic – only because he truly remembers me, and that makes all the difference!

What about all of you? Have you met anyone famous? If so… who was it, and how did you meet?

Are You a Craft Beer Fan?

Patron Ryan Reeves must be a craft beer fan! You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions!

Have you been to any of your local craft breweries? And if so, which one had the best brews?

I haven’t, really – I’m not an “expert” beer drinker.

I know what I enjoy – and when given a targeted opportunity, I’ll explore.

It was at a local brewhouse that I first discovered that a porter fits my flavor profile best. Most non-milky stouts make me twice as happy.

What about all of you out there? Are you a fan of craft beers? Have you toured any local breweries?

Are You a Craft Beer Fan?