What is your name?
Robert Wayne Keddie
Do you have any nicknames
Well, nicknames, no but derivatives of my official name Robert such as – Bobby, Bob, Robby and Rob.
When is your birthday?
August 29th…my Mom said when I was born, there was sudden thunder and lightning.
Hometown / Where have you lived?
My hometown is Boston, where I was born. I have moved with my family around Boston:
Somerville, Watertown (twice), Cape Cod, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Norwood, Daytona Beach,
Dallas, Ocala (for 16 yrs), Norwalk, CT, Boston again and back to Ocala!
What do you do at NetSource Technologies, and how long have you worked there?
I am an SEO Consultant and PPC Account Manager. I have worked here two days now and it’s great!
When did you become interested in art and design?
When I was young I always loved science fiction, so I would doodle in school and at home all kinds of spaceships and space scenery. You would see me making laser sounds and explosions in the corner of the classroom. In the 7th grade I was awarded an art scholarship to the New England Institute of Art Summer Course. Fast forward, when the internet was released to the masses, I jumped right into html and graphic design.
When did you become interested in creating websites?
In 1994, my Dad and I saw the potential of doing business on the internet, so I built a web site selling how-to-videos in VHS. Our first order was from Japan!
What is your favorite part of creating a new website?
I’d say creating graphics and copy writing.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Exceeding a client’s expectations!
When did you become interested in computers and technology?
My first exposure to computing was the Commodore 64. In high school, we worked with Apple II’s to program them to make drawings in 1’s and 0’s in DOS. But certainly when the internet made its debut, I was learning everything I could.
What piece of technology could you not live without?
Well there is plenty of technology out there right now that I want, but am living without.
But to answer the question – my cell phone.
What do you like to do on the weekends?
Oh, I moonlight as a government agent in Europe attending exorbitant parties of the elite! When I have time, I like to travel. Play paintball, golf, go to shooting range, bike ride, eat out and go to movies.
Do you have any hobbies?
I did playing Eve-Online, but it takes so much time, and I need to deal with the real world!
What are your top three moments in your life so far?
Winning science fair in high school, getting my private pilot instrument rating, and saving the world (sorry classified).
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite food / drink?
Chinese food hands down.
What is your favorite musician or type of music?
I like all types of music, but one type I always listened to was techno – Tiesto, Armin Van Buren
What is your favorite sport? Do you have a favorite team?
To be honest I don’t watch much sports, just the Superbowls and the Olympics.
What are your favorite TV shows?
Remember Airwolf? Little House on the Prairie, Lost in Space, Breaking Bad.
What are your favorite movies?
Braveheart, Star Wars (first three), The Princess Bride, Matrix
What are your favorite books / magazines?
Magazines: Wired, Popular Science
What are your favorite websites or blogs?
WarriorForum.com, Flippa.com , Source-Wave.com,
WebMasterWorld.com, Stack Overflow, Forums.searchenginewatch.com, Forums.digitalpoint.com
Twitter or Facebook? (and why)
Facebook, because it keeps families and friends closer together as they get to know who you really are that otherwise you may not convey any other way and you can do it with pictures and videos in an easy to use format.
Tell us about your family!
My mother is from Ireland, and my Dad was born in Boston. My Mom was an underwriter for John Hancock Insurance for approximately 30 years and lives in Boston and my Dad an electrician who lives in Oklahoma. I have two younger brothers Phillip, who is a project manager for LegalZoom.com in Los Angeles, CA and my youngest brother David, who manages a furniture store in Tallahassee, FL.
Do you have any pets?
No. I did have cats though.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Iceland, the scenery there is so otherworldly.
If you couldn’t be an SEO Consultant/PPC Account Manager anymore, what career would you pursue?
I would just go full time as a government agent 😉
If you could choose to have any superpower, what would it be?
The power to convert bullies into nice people.
How do you think technology and/or web design will change in the next 10-20 years?
There will be what’s called “Internet of Things” meaning, now that we have switched over to IPv6, we now have enough ip addresses to assign every object in the world and connect them to the Internet. This means tracking location and sensory information for the smallest of objects. You think Facebook is TMI about people’s lives? Wait until someone’s coffee cup automatically posts how hot one’s coffee is and how much he or she has left to drink, or maybe a medical sensor posts all the vitals of someone to his or her profile. You may ask why people would want to do that? Didn’t we wonder why at one point would someone text someone rather than talk on the phone?
What tips would you give to a business that is just starting out with their first website?
To be sure they place a high priority on their website because it will be one of the most important facets of their business’s advertising strategy, next to word of mouth. Why?
A business website is ultimately for acquiring leads and converting them to customers (imho ).
Today, a business without a website is like having a boat without a paddle. Sure, there are offline methods of “interruption advertising”, such as billboards and busses, but now such methods are more effective at building brand awareness rather than getting actual leads, much less, qualified ones. Whereas, a web site is like having that billboard on the street, but the difference is that you have a street full of people who specifically want what you provide!