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Month: July 2016

Baseball Fan Score Survey

Trying out a bit of a social experiment here.  While we’ve seen maps of what baseball teams are the most popular in each area across the country, I was curious about the average baseball fans opinion was of every team.  I’m going to try and base it on the Net Promoter Score (NPS) metric to try and determine how fans across the globe view each team.

If you could complete the survey below (or at this link), I’d appreciate your input.  All responses are anonymous, and if you’d like to share the survey on social media, that would also help me to get a better picture of the current state of this ever-changing landscape.  Thanks!

Whose Data Is It Anyway?

In a world coming to terms with the ideas of “Big Data”, one of the really interesting discussions in the area is around data possession.

Most people think that the data collected about them intrinsically belongs to them.  This is especially the case when it comes to health and biometrics data, like those collected by Fitbit, Garmin, Withings, or any number of step/heart rate/weight/activity trackers.  After all, it’s data about you and your body, right?  So we tend to believe that they are like our medical records, and we should be able to take them with us from one provider to another.

However, we don’t necessarily feel this way about other data gathering and tracking practices.  I mean, if you wanted to review if you’ve been eating better, you probably wouldn’t ask your local grocer to pull you a report of the shopping habits associated with your loyalty card.  That’s information they’ve tracked about you to bolster their offerings and they wouldn’t want it shared with another grocery chain.  Yet, we’d probably expect Fitbit to give us our data so we could transfer it over to Garmin if we changed devices.

You might think I’m comparing apples and oranges, so lets go with a more direct example involving biometrics.  Let’s say you got screened for TSA Pre-Check recently and had your fingerprints scanned.  Then you volunteered to chaperone an upcoming field trip at your kid’s elementary school, but need to complete a background check.  If you called up the TSA, would you expect them send your fingerprints over for the background?  Likely not, and fingerprints are one of the most unique personal identifiers we know of today.

It’s a fine line that many of these businesses and agencies end up walking, but it’s important to realize that much of the data that is tracked about us that we consider “ours” probably isn’t.  Much of that data likely wouldn’t be captured without the devices we use, and we voluntarily provide it to them, so we shouldn’t presume ownership.

And as devices start collecting more and more data about us, the water is going to get much murkier, and it will be interesting to see how the law progresses alongside those changes.

Taking Stock

When I started this blog back in 2006 (I just now realized this site has been around for more than a decade…wow), it was as an outlet for me to comment on the things that interested me.  Over time, it’s evolved and devolved, changed platforms, changed focus, and lost focus, but mostly just existed.

Almost 2 years ago, I introduced the Midweek Music Break series that, in all honesty, I started as a motivation to blog more regularly.  It was supposed to be the intermission between more regular postings on my random topics.  However, that portion never materialized, and the Midweek Music Break took over as the central focus of my blogging, with me setting myself a weekly reminder to stay on top of it.

While I always enjoy sharing my broad musical interests, that’s not what I want to focus of my blog to be.  It should be a sidenote, but there wasn’t a main article.  In fact, I hadn’t much considered what I wanted the main focus of this blog to be, and thus, it never had a focus.  Sure, there were technical discussions, I was able to share some of my baking and cooking interests, and I was able to talk about my development as a runner, but most of the time I just never felt I had expertise worth sharing…or at least not interesting enough for others to read.

Over the last year, I’ve come back around to realize that I do have a story to tell, and I believe it’s a matter of putting pen to paper (or at least “fingers to keys”, but that sounds weird).  So, I’ll probably still have posts about running, baking and other current events.  However, I also want to make more of an effort to share insight from my career in Product Management.  I’m in a very exciting position at Thomson Reuters, and want to help develop the profession through discussion.

So, I’ll be working to find the central story to this blog, and I hope you’ll continue to join me on this journey.  Hopefully we’ll all learn something along the way as well!