What's Up Wednesdays: Taiwan Vacation

Every Wednesday, I gather up five interesting blog posts from around the Internet to share with the Beyond the Rhetoric community. Today’s speedlink takes us to faraway lands with unique dining experiences.

We start our journey in Asia with Betshopboy and he takes his family on a Taiwan vacation. The trip ended up in Taipei, but he had an opportunity to visit other parts of the island too. He went to see the beautiful caves of Taroko National Park, for example, an area that I also saw on my way to Chuifen village a couple summers ago. Naturally, he also indulged in some of the delicacies of Taiwan’s numerous night markets too.

Heading back across the ocean to the United States, we join Anny Chih in New York’s NoLIta (North Of Little ITAly) neighborhood for dining at Plan B. The tapas restaurant comes from an “alternative culture of Facebook-ers and skateboarders.” Strangely, the press kit was bundled with a red condom, so you can tell that they’re definitely trying to be edgy and different here.

Back in Canada, we find Karly Pinch eating her way through Montreal. She lists off no fewer than six places where she ate, including some great vegetarian poutine (yes, that exists) at La Banquise. She was only there for a two-day visit, but she was able to sample “many excellent vegetarian, vegan and veggie-friendly restaurants.”

Switching gears, we have Buzz Bishop explaining how you can get better social media engagement and increased traffic to your site. The advice is actually very simple, very easy and very straightforward: give people what they want. He’s talking from the context of the Calgary floods, but it’s true. If you provide people with the information they need and the information they want to share, they’ll probably want to read (and share) it.

Last but not least, Kevan Gilbert outlines what should be the new business model for Facebook. We think of the site as the world’s largest social network, but when you consider that they have all kinds of data on the kind of content we read and like, then they can custom create content that is completely “spot-on to people’s tastes” and people would pay for that. Can you imagine having your own personalized Stephen Colbert or Anderson Cooper?