From the monthly archives:

July 2010

Influencier Alert: (e)WRITER now in THE VAULT

by THE INFLUENCIER on July 31, 2010 •  7 comments

Empire Avenue Limited Edition 17,500th Share of WRITERTHE 17,500th Share of Brent Knowles (e)WRITER has been added to THE VAULT. The story of how THE INFLUENCIER acquired this exquisite limited edition share is quite the yarn, filled with drama & intrigue, heroes & villains, and action & adventure at every turn. It is a tale that begs the telling…

Chapter I:

IT WAS the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the season of Light, it was the season of (e)DARKness, it was the (e)SPRING of hope, it was the winter of despair, with the advent of DUBLIN we had everything before us, and with the rumors of ERINDALE, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. [Intrigued? Read More…]


‘Twas the Night Before Launch

by THE INFLUENCIER on July 28, 2010 •  6 comments

‘Twas the night before launch day and all through the town,
Traders were trading, some  up and some down.

The Makers that Market were digitally tallying,
While Aaron K. White was digitally dallying,

The Follows had stopped and Lists were now served,
Cork had been popped,  and graphs were now curved.

It was all pretty quiet, except for the tweets,
from twitter and tweetdeck and even hootsuite:

(e)RZR with humor, a video he posts,
And (e)ZOD with his Army, oh my how he boasts.

And then (e)ADRIEL shouts and sounds the alarm
Gently at first with Open Gov charm,

“(e)MILLAN has new shares, all stuck in a row,
She’s waiting for buyers, I thought you should know.”

Then (e)POOKA the Analyst, she joins the Fray.
Shouting ,”(e)MILLAN is on sale! Yippee Ka Yay!”

And just as I click the button to buy,
Something jumps out and catches my eye.

Could it be? Yes! A blog post from Dups!
Explaining some stuff to rally the troops.

“Newbies and Greenhorns, Come One and Come All!
See the new trophies, eight sparklies in all! ”

“Was Dublin still coming?” I wondered aloud,
“Or already here,  just in time for the crowd?”

I say to The Tom and Robert , Brad too,
“Kudos to you, and the rest of your crew!”

Wondering what else there could be in store,
I started to tweet asking Dups for some  more.

But then in a flash, Dups vanished from sight.
Tweeting, “Happy Trading to All and to All a Good Night!”


Influencier Alert: Extra Security Added To Vault

by THE INFLUENCIER on July 22, 2010 •  3 comments

DREVIL Empire Avenue Stock Certificate #10,000INFLUENCIER ALERT: The collection of Limited Edition Collector’s Shares under THE INFLUENCIER‘s control continues to grow with the recent addition of the 10,00th share of Robert Wright, or as he is more commonly known, the dastardly evil (e)DREVIL. Little is known about this menacing misanthrope, other than he is reportedly a member of the DeathEaters Community on Empire Avenue. Rumor has it that he and his henchman are using their influence on Empire Avenue to amass wealth and power to build some sort of empire. When asked what kind of empire he plans on building, (e)DREVIL simply replied,

“What kind of empire? Why, the eeeeeeeeeeeeevvvvvvvviiiiiiiiillllllll Empire! Muhahahahahahahahaahhahahahaahahahaha!”

Due the extremely dangerous nature of (e)DREVIL and to ensure the safety and security of all of the holdings within THE VAULT,  extra precautions have been taken. While the total extent of which additional security protocols have been enacted cannot be discussed, THE INFLUENCIER does feel comfortable in revealing the following, in the hopes of discouraging any attempts to breach the integrity of THE VAULT.


  • Shark-mounted Lasers
  • Laser-guided Attack Monkeys
  • Laser-guided Attack Monkeys mounted to lasers that are mounted to Sharks.
  • Switched the “Welcome Mat” in front of vault  door with verrrrrrry sticky double-sided tape.
  • A verrrrrry frightening Scarecrow.
  • A verrrrrry frightening Scarecrow which will burst into flames at random intervals and cackle loudly.
  • A Scarecrow with a laser. Very frightening.
  • A kitten. (Everybody loves kittens. Should distract would-be robber long enough for authorities to arrive).
  • A sign that says, “Beware of Sharks and Monkeys. And Scarecrows.”
  • A sign that says, “Have you seen the kitten?” with arrow pointing to the kitten.


Influencier Alert: 10,000th MHIP Now In Vault

by THE INFLUENCIER on July 21, 2010 •  comment

MHIP Stock Certificate #10,000INFLUENCIER ALERT: Another Limited Edition Share has been added to THE VAULT. The 10,000th share of Mario Hipol, one of the top performers on the Earnings Leaderboard, is now locked away for the forseeable future. This aquisition brings the total number of these rare collectibles under the control of THE INFLUENCIER to six in all. Mario Hipol is traded on Empire Avenue as (e)MHIP.


And So It Begins…

by THE INFLUENCIER on July 20, 2010 •  1 comment

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

– Tennis Legend Arthur Ashe

“A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.”

– Renowned Poet Kahlil Gibran

And so it begins. THE INFLUENCIER is off to a running start. Not quite where we wanted to be at this point, but some action is better than no action. With 8 days to go ’til Empire Avenue officially launches there is much to do. Especially below,  in the footer. As you can see, there’s lots of white space down there.   Er… Okay, yes, the space I’m referring to is technically black, but that’s not the point. The point is it’s empty right now. Sheesh. You say “PO-TA-TO” I say, “I’d rather have French Fries.” Speaking of french fries, I’m kinda hungry, I wonder what’s in the fridge? Wait, what? Oh, right. Where was I?

With 8 days to go, there are lots of things that THE INFLUENCIER needs to set up, polish, tinker with, and prepare for the big day. For example, there are the twitters that need feeding, the flickrs that need feeding, the column on that needs wrinting and feeding… Speaking of food, I wonder if that McDonald’s down the street is open right now. I love their french fries. Golden brown… Crispy… Piping hot… Just the right amount of salt… Actually, I always ask for those extra salt packets. You know, the ones with the two tubes you have to break open to get to the salt. I love those things! I always ask for them, but then I never wind up using them. Wait, what? Oh, right. Where was I?

One of the most important things that we need to do here at INFLUENCIER Headquarters is dust off the Limited Edition Collector’s Shares and make plenty of room in THE VAULT. What? You don’t know what Limited Edition Collector’s Shares are? You’ve never heard of THE VAULT? Well my friends, that is something we shall have to remedy. Why don’t you  head on over to THE VAULT while I make myself a midnight snack. Yes. I know it’s 3:00 in the morning. That’s not the point. You say “TO-MA-TO” I say “How about a couple of deep fried Twinkies with a raspberry sauce drizzle…”

Hey, before you go, you should probably know that one of the new features planned for this little slice of bloggity goodness is something we’re calling “Ask THE INFLUENCIER.”  Gotta question about Empire Avenue? Post it in the comments below, and maybe we’ll do a full-blown post on it. I might not know the answer, but hey, that’s never stopped me before. Until next time , remember…

Influence is an extraordinary tool. What will you do with it?

Now where did I put those Twinkies…

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by THE INFLUENCIER July 9, 2010 0 comments

The Darker Side of Empire Avenue “The streets of Empire Avenue are paved in gold,” they say. “It’s just a game. Try it, you’ll like it,” they say, delicately prodding you with their satiny smooth, velvety voices. “Go on, pick a ticker, it’ll be fun,” they say, gently persuading, smelling like a mix between warm […]

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Seek First To Understand

by THE INFLUENCIER July 1, 2010 0 comments

Stephen Covey, influential author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” offers the advice, “Seek first to understand.” Another person of influence, a certain Obi-wan Kenobi, asks, “Who is the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?” THE INFLUENCIER is no fool. Rather than lead you astray with untested advice (or […]

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