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Uber Chronicles: Field Notes from the Front Seat

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive for Uber? Have you ever been curious as to what kind of people use Uber? Where they are going? What do they talk about during the ride? How do they behave, or misbehave?

This is the book to read!

Jessie Newburn’s “Uber Chronicles: Field Notes from the Front Seat,” the first in a series, answers those questions and more … in the form of storytelling.

Driving for Uber since early 2016, Jessie chronicles her experiences with each–and every–passenger, from the conversations with interesting people with fascinating stories, to the incredibly everyday, ho-hum-ness of people who just need a ride from one place to another.

But don’t let the ho-hum-ness of the ride fool you.

As Gabe Karpati, one of her earlier readers, says, “There is a relaxing magical quality to the way she writes these stories. A sweet quiet zen silence that is shining through every line. Jessie presents these encounters like a meditation, where the seer observes but doesn’t get entangled.”

Ten different days and nights out driving for Uber.
Fifty-six passengers.
Fifty-six stories.

So, come along for the ride. Join in. Listen in. And experience what Uber is like from the front seat of the car.

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P.S. -And please buy my ebook because I’m certainly not making a lot of money from my Uber fares alone!:-) It would be a big help. Thank you!

Great job Jessie.

To all of my readers….be sure to download it today on Amazon: CLICK HERE or on the image at the top of the post.

Scott E

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Spartan Considerations looking ahead to 2018

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Jason recently wrote about looking ahead to the 2018 local elections and he needs your input. Here is what he wrote:

Interaction and the Great Mentioner

Yes, I have a 2016 presidential campaign update kicking around.  But the center point is not yet fully formed, so that angry piece will have to wait.   Fun is in scarce supply these days, so let’s go in that direction instead.

I was planning on posting something on the ’18 cycle in November or December of this year, but with some folks already, “exploring” 2018 options locally, why wait?

So here are the rules. If you know someone, or think you know someone, who might seek elective office in 2018, in a district that includes in whole, or in part, Howard County, email me a) their name, b) the office they might seek, c) the district where they might run, and d) their party affiliation (if appropriate).  I will not disclose the names of the individuals who provide me with this information, so you will enjoy anonymity.  Want to float someone else’s name?  Great.  Your own name? Fine.  At this point, I want to aggregate the potential candidates for the many local races that will occur in 2018.

Eventually, meaning when I am darn good and ready, I will post an early look at the races of greatest interest, where I will list all, some, or none of the names I have received.  Perhaps I will offer up some initial thoughts & analysis on the potential candidates and the districts/campaigns in which they might be involved.

So feel free to email me some prospective candidates, jasonabooms@gmail.com works best.   Come on you HoCo political junkies, time to send up those trial balloons.

Stay tuned, as more will follow.

Read his blog post here:  http://spartanconsiderations.blogspot.com/2016/07/interaction-and-great-mentioner.html

OK Howard County politicos…get your input in to him soon. I for one can’t wait to see the list.

Scott E

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Candidates – U.S. President – July Technology Outreach Scorecard

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The big news is that Trump and Clinton have picked their VP choices. Trump went with Pence (Indiana) and Clinton made it official and chose Kaine (Virginia)…ohh and let’s not forget that Johnson is running with Weld (Massachusetts). The GOP convention is over and the Dems convention starts in a couple of days. Jill Stein (Green Party) still not high enough in the national polls to make the scorecard (she is at around 4% where Johnson is just over 8% nationally – the cut off for the scorecard is 5%).

Now, let us all take a look at the follower numbers of the candidates over the past month…

The candidates: To see the full list of candidates via Politics1: click here

(D) Hillary Clinton: https://www.hillaryclinton.com

(R) Donald Trump: https://www.donaldjtrump.com

(L) Gary Johnson: https://johnsonweld.com/

The Scorecard: (Click the follower numbers below to view the social media page)

Democrat Candidates

Facebook Followers

Twitter Followers

Hillary Clinton  4.613 Million (+457 K) 7.61 Million (+540 K)
Donald Trump  9.712 Million (+1.2 Million)  10.1 Million (+850 K)
 Gary Johnson  790,491 (+266 K)  235,000 (+47 K)

Notes:

  • Trump – He continues to dominate online outreach. Trump added the most new Facebook and Twitter followers over the past month. He is now over 10 million Twitter followers and is closing in on 10 million Facebook followers. The convention over the past week helped with his gains on these platforms.
  • Clinton – Added a lot of new followers but really trailed Trump over the past month. The Dems convention is next week so I am expecting her numbers to jump up big and next months evaluation will be very telling.
  • Johnson – Did a decent job on Facebook in adding new followers…Twitter was not as impressive. His VP choice has less than 7,500 Twitter followers today (just an FYI).

I am not reporting the engagement numbers in this evaluation.. Let’s be honest, one would expect the GOP candidate to have higher engagement numbers over the past week given their convention was last week. I will start reporting engagement numbers in August and continue updating those numbers through the General Election. In August, I will start picking an online outreach leader in each race.

Of course the reality of followers, likes, and subscribers does not mean a lot when it comes down to voting in the end, but it can show trends in a campaign cycle and makes a great resource for following all of the candidates.

Scott E

Candidates – Maryland’s 1st Congressional District – July Technology Outreach Scorecard

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This is not one of the more exciting races in 2016…but still worth keeping an eye on going forward. If you are on Twitter and trying to find out information about this race…well just stop. There is nothing out there (other than these scorecards). So disappointing from the entire group of candidates.

The candidates: To see the full list of candidates click here

(D) Joe Werner: http://www.wernerformaryland.com/

(R) Andy Harris: http://www.andyharris.com/

(L) Matt Beers: http://www.beersforcongress.com/

The Scorecard: (Click the follower numbers below to view the social media page)

Candidate

Facebook Followers

Twitter Followers

Joe Werner

161 (+8)

n/a

Andy Harris

7,689 (+91)

681 (+17)

Matt Beers

226 (+5)

n/a

Notes:

  • Harris – Added by far the most new Facebook followers over the past month. Harris remains the only candidate with a Twitter account but he has not posted to it since back in February. Maybe it is time to remove that link from the campaign website. If you are not going to use it, why list it?
  • Werner – added a whopping eight new followers over the past month on Facebook. This probably has something to do with only one Facebook post over the past month. You need to be much more active.
  • Beers – added only five new followers on Facebook over the past month.

I am not reporting the engagement numbers in July. Let’s be honest…this is the slow part of the campaign season and I expect numbers to be lower overall for many candidates. I will start reporting engagement numbers in August and continue updating those numbers through the General Election. In August I will start picking an online outreach leader in each race.

Of course the reality of followers, likes, and subscribers does not mean a lot when it comes down to voting in the end, but it can show trends in a campaign cycle and makes a great resource for following all of the candidates.

Scott E

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Technology Outreach Scorecards get mentioned in the Frederick News-Post

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Danielle Gaines – photo via Frederick News-Post website

I did a recent phone interview with Danielle Gaines (reporter with The Frederick News-Post) about the Technology Outreach Scorecards and she wrote about them in a recent article (Political notes: Up close at the RNC). Here is an excerpt from that article:

Are you trending? I’m trending.

If you’re a Maryland political candidate on social media, a Howard County blogger’s got your number.

Scott Ewart of Columbia posts monthly “Technology Outreach Scorecards” in a number of political races, including for president, Senate and Congress.

It’s a fascinating look at just how social media-savvy candidates are — or aren’t.

Ewart, who owns a business to help small businesses and other organizations with social media outreach, said he started tracking the numbers in 2014. The hits rolled in and Ewart continually got requests from readers to analyze new races. So he did.

“I just try to be very honest and utilize my expertise to put that information out to voters and even to the candidates themselves,” Ewart said.

So how did I come to know the blog?

Well, state delegate and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kathy Szeliga‘s campaign highlighted its scorecard in a recent campaign email, using the figures to assert that the campaign is growing faster than Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen‘s in his run for Senate.

“Our campaign is growing faster than Van Hollen’s — which means we can and will win!” Szeliga wrote in a message to supporters.

According to the scorecard, Szeliga added nearly three times as many new Facebook followers as Van Hollen in June. She added 1,643 “friends” in the month, compared to Van Hollen’s 504 newbies. He still leads in followers on Facebook with a total of 16,888 to Szeliga’s 10,515 (at the time of the scorecard). Szeliga led in Twitter followers: 2,365 to 2,115.

Ewart said the followers, likes, and subscribers may not mean a lot when it comes down to election outcomes, but the outreach could have an impact in close races.

He said social engagement also may matter more in primaries, when candidates are vying for the same pool of followers. In tracking the 8th District congressional primary, for example, state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D) was the “Technology Online Outreach leader” among Democrats before winning the race over opponents who spent substantially more.

Raskin continues to hold a significant lead in social media over Emmitsburg’s Dan Cox, the Republican candidate for the district.

However, Ewart said Cox has continued to add a “respectable” number of followers and does well in engaging those he’s connected with.

In the 6th, Ewart posted only two early updates in the primary before suspending the scorecard. He’s now consulting for Amie Hoeber, a Republican challenging Rep. John Delaney (D).

While I’m fascinated with the scorecard, here’s what I want to know: Which candidates have the most PokéBalls?

Want to read the full article? CLICK HERE

I think it is great that the Howard County Times / Baltimore Sun and the Frederick News-Post have written about the scorecards. Now just waiting on the local TV stations out of Baltimore to bring me in to discuss them on TV…LOL.

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend.

Scott E

Candidates – Maryland’s 7th Congressional District – July Technology Outreach Scorecard

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Here is my second look at the online outreach of candidates running in MD07. I still contend that Congressman Cummings will win this race easily in November. I don’t see a path for any of the other candidates…and I have to admit that the online outreach is pretty limited in 2016 for MD07. That being said…here are the numbers:

Interested in the June evaluation? CLICK HERE

The candidates: To see the full list of candidates click here

(D) Elijah Cummings: www.cummingsforcongress.com

(R) Corrogan Vaughn: http://vaughn4congress.com

(I) Andre Odell Kersey: http://www.kerseyforcongress.com/

(L) Scott Soffen: http://www.whyvotelibertarian.com

(G) Myles B. Hoenig: http://www.hoenig2016.com

The Scorecard: (Click the “Yes” or follower numbers below to view the social media page)

Candidate  Facebook Followers Twitter Followers 
Elijah Cummings

9,737 (+240)

1,218 (+45)

Corrogan Vaughn

n/a

 641 (+15)
Andre Odell Kersey

n/a

61 (+0)

Scott Soffen

n/a

n/a

Myles B. Hoenig 141 (+9)

86 (+26)

Notes:

  • Cummings – BIG, BIG, BIG online outreach advantage with Facebook and Twitter followers. He also added the most new Facebook and Twitter followers over the past month.
  • Vaughn – Still no official campaign Facebook page and pretty minimal new adds over the past month on Twitter. The social media links on his website (bottom right side) do not work. The last tweet from the account I am following has back on May 25th…I think he may have unlinked the Facebook account but is no longer posting to that account…UGG!!!
  • Kersey – Not a great month on Twitter adding ZERO new followers. That is never a good sign.
  • Soffen – No online outreach other than his website…a real missed opportunity to connect with potential new followers.
  • Hoenig – added the second most new followers on Twitter over the past month and is the only candidates (other than Cummings) that has an actual campaign Facebook account.

I am not reporting the engagement numbers in July. Let’s be honest…this is the slow part of the campaign season and I expect numbers to be lower overall for many candidates. I will start reporting engagement numbers in August and continue updating those numbers through the General Election. In August I will start picking an online outreach leader in each race.

Of course the reality of followers, likes, and subscribers does not mean a lot when it comes down to voting in the end, but it can show trends in a campaign cycle and makes a great resource for following all of the candidates.

Scott E

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Event: Councilman Jon Weinstein Fundraiser with Chris Van Hollen on July 21st

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Tomorrow morning Jon Weinstein is hosting a fundraising event at Eggspectations in Ellicott City. He will be joined by Chris Van Hollen (Maryland U.S. Senate candidate). Here is information from his website:

July 21 @ 7:30 am9:30 am

Join Maryland’s Democratic US Senate Nominee Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Councilman Jon Weinstein in this annual networking event and fundraiser with business and community leaders.

Come out to recognize Jon’s efforts for Howard County’s businesses and community. Show your support for Jon as he continues to apply his experience as a business owner who has focused his career and company on improving the way government works.

The event is on Thursday, July 21st from 7:30am to 9:00am at Eggspectations – 6010 University Boulevard in Ellicott City at the crossroads of Route 100, Snowden River Parkway, and Route 108.

Sponsorships: + Platinum $1,000 + Gold $500 + Silver $250

Individual Tickets $75

Want to learn more about this event? CLICK HERE

Scott E

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