Happy Monday, y’all! Hope you had a restful weekend and are ready to have an amazingly productive week! Spring is here, and these are 3 business stories that have caught my eye recently:
I have never used TikTok. I’ve always been concerned over the security of the app, and have never seen the risk as being worth it. Last week, TikTok’s CEO Shou Zi Chew appeared before Congress to answer many questions around security. At the center of his testimony was a discussion of Project Texas, a plan that TikTok supports to decouple US data and operations from China. US lawmakers were not impressed, and it seems we could be heading toward a ban of the app in the US. At minimum, we could see tighter scrutiny and possible regulation of TikTok, especially since keeping closer tabs on TikTok is a rare issue in DC that has bipartisan support from both sides of the isle.
— CommunityWorks (@cmtyworks) March 27, 2023
Breaking News from late last night as a sale of embattled Silicon Valley Bank was reached for roughly $500 million. The buyer is First Citizens Bank, based in Raleigh, NC. March has been a terribly unstable month for banks, as a feared run on smaller, regional banks has not materialized, for the most part.
What’s interesting about this story is that at the same time smaller, regional banks are facing a massive stress test, Bitcoin is surging. The cryptocurrency is up over 20% this month alone, and some are saying could return to $30,000 by the end of the month. A move that would likely signal an official end to the ‘bear’ crypto market.
BREAKING: First Citizens Bank is close to a deal to purchase what's left of Silicon Valley Bank
First Citizens was about half the size of SVB at the end of 2022
— Genevieve Roch-Decter, CFA (@GRDecter) March 27, 2023
Can BTC hold firm to put a nail in the coffin of the bear market this week? https://t.co/XNz17hOBjQ
— Cointelegraph (@Cointelegraph) March 27, 2023
Finally, Twitter is set to start ending ‘Legacy’ verification on Twitter starting next month. This means your humble blogger will be losing my prized blue checkmark soon. I’ve been verified on Twitter for well over a decade, and I was among the first users who were verified. When I got my verification, the process was a bit more restrictive than it later would become, so it actually was a bit of a rarity to be verified on the platform.
There has been a lot of angst on Twitter among users over losing their blue checkmark. The funniest to me has been the celebrities with millions of followers who are so upset at the prospect of losing a checkmark that they are sending hate tweets to Elon.
At the end of the day, who cares? Sure, having a blue checkmark did help me get some follows from some big accounts that likely wouldn’t have followed me otherwise. I noticed an uptick in engagement as soon as I became verified all those years ago. But at the end of the day, do you want people to engage with you because they like YOU, or cause they think you are ‘influential’ because you have a blue checkmark?
If you want to get your own checkmark, you can join Twitter Blue and get it. Currently, I am not planning on joining Twitter Blue, and if I do in the future, it will be for the features it offers, not a checkmark.
On April 1st, we will begin winding down our legacy verified program and removing legacy verified checkmarks. To keep your blue checkmark on Twitter, individuals can sign up for Twitter Blue here: https://t.co/gzpCcwOpLp
Organizations can sign up for https://t.co/RlN5BbuGA3…
— Twitter Verified (@verified) March 23, 2023
So that’s it for this edition of Monday’s Marketing Minute. Please check back on Wednesday, I am going to take one of my favorite case studies from Think Like a Rock Star and update it with some additional information that I think you will enjoy.
Until then, have a wonderful week, and thank you (yes YOU!) for reading, Your attention is a gift, and I am blessed because of it.