Facebook Live Video Number 1: The Impending Eruption!

How do a Facebook Live BroadcastWhat do you do when you get a couple dozen breathless emails from people planning a vacation to the place you live, folks who need to make a decision fast as to whether they should cancel their vacation or not, because there’s a volcano that’s about to erupt there…..?

Well, what I did was my first Facebook Live video experiment.

It was just me talking for several minutes about the impending volcanic eruption here in the island of Bali, Indonesia where I’ve had a place since 2005. Not hard for me to do.

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In a few hours I’ll send it out to several thousand subscribers on my email list for that site.

Lately I’ve been writing here on Digital Media Minute about how Facebook and YouTube see much more engagement with live video, so their algorithms now favor it. I’ll translate that for those of you who aren’t marketing geeks like me. It means free exposure.

The thing is that live video done right can have both extremely low costs and be very effective. You could deliver whatever you’re doing in the form of tutorials, AMAs (Ask Me Anything), revies of products, interviews, etc.

As a viewer I know I’d be more forgiving of small production slipups, too many “ums” and a shaking camera (the last two of which you’ll see above!), if it was delivered live. It just seems more interesting because you feel like anything can happen.

A person told me after he saw this live video session that he was just mesmerized by the fact that I was speaking live from the other side of the world about what was happening this morning in Bali. There’s an immediacy with live video that you aren’t getting with the wall-to-wall non-live video Facebook is showing you in your News Feed n0wadays.

At any rate, I’m seeing both Youtube Live and Facebook Live video a lot more from marketers I respect, just in the last few months.

So why can’t I do the same? And, for that matter, why can’t you? What’s your expertise?

I can leverage a tropical island and I can talk about expat-ism, digital nomads and generally using the Internet to make money till the cows come home. A lot of people in the world aren’t too interested in those topics, but enough are for me to talk to them.

So tactic number one for me will to see if I can swing my subscriber list around to follow me on Facebook, and then see if I can get them to show up when I have something to talk about.

I think the plan for now is to go in with one narrow-ish topic that I can cover in two or three minutes, and just do so as well as I can and then sign off. Don’t waste anyone’s time and don’t bore them.

Of course if someone has questions I could segue into other answers or topics.

What I don’t want to do is the be one of these guys who, well, just talk. I wouldn’t disparage anyone’s business model but I the other night I saw basically the direction I don’t want to go: a guy with purple hair was walking around San Francisco looking for a place to eat. Several hundred people were watching his YouTube Live broadcast.

Finally, he ordered onion rings. That was the point of the video….. More power to him.

The ‘M’ Word

And making money with live video? My attitude is that if you have the audience there is always a way to make money from it. Especially if your intentions are good and ypu really do ‘provide value’, even if that value is entertainment.

Either entertain or help. Or both.

Lord knows I’m not very entertaining but I’ve helped a lot of people make money online and also make the transition to becoming an expat. It’s a start.

And it was fun.

Now I just need an Airselfie.



eQuake Earthquake App Review

eQuake App logoSept. 2017, Bali, Indonesia: Mt. Agung Eruption

So I’m sitting within 50 miles (~80 kilometers) of Mount Agung, a volcano that’s about to erupt, probably, on the island of Bali, Indonesia in the Indian Ocean. How’s your day going?

They’ve evacuated thousands of people living within a radius of roughly 6 miles (10 km) of Mt. Agung to shelters elsewhere in Bali.

Most of the people living in the area are farmers, just getting by. They’re already experiencing a lot of anguish over having to leave their animals behind, and some apparently refuse to go. It’s sad.

Other volcanoes in Java and Sumatra have erupted in recent years and these eruptions sometimes displace people for many weeks. It’s impossible to know what’s going to happen here.

The last time Mt. Agung erupted was 1963. Over 1000 people were killed by that eruption, but in theory our monitoring today is good enough that we should be able to give everyone at least a chance to leave.

Today I was pointed to an amazing free app for iOS that could make people a little safer if the earth starts shaking, as happens during volcanic eruptions, and as is already happening in much of Bali.

The app is eQuake, for iOS and for Android. From the App store:

…uses a network of seismic sensors to detect earthquakes. When an earthquake occurs, the Zizmos servers send the user an early-warning notification that alerts the user of expected shaking in the area. The ability to detect earthquakes and provide alerts is dependent on the number of sensors in the Zizmos network.

Another feature of eQuake® is its capability to use your phone as a sensor which contributes to the Zizmos earthquake warning system improving the coverage of seismic detection. The sensor mode only works when the device is charging and connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Here are the current sensors in Bali. My phone should be one of them now, and for this I’m definitely OK with turning on my location. (Where’s my charger?)

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eQuake Current Sensors in Bali


The early warning notifications come in the form of an audio human voice countdown of the seconds until the ground at your location will start shaking.

Assuming it works as advertised, this is huge. I know from plenty of experience in California and Indonesia how hard it can be to get outside as fast as you’d like during an earthquake.

According to Wikipedia, re. seismic waves:

Velocity tends to increase with depth and ranges from approximately 2 to 8 km/s in the Earth’s crust, up to 13 km/s in the deep mantle.

Living as we do here in Bali on the 3rd floor of a 5-story building, even 10 or 15 seconds could be the difference between whether we can get to the ground floor before a possible building collapse, or not. For a shallow earthquake say 80 kms away, 10 to 40 seconds warning is a lot better than being woken up by shaking, as we have been many times.

For people who live in earthquake-prone parts of the world, I see no downside in installing the free eQuake app.