Nov 7, 2014

Team Profile: Ryan Thayil

What is your name?

Ryan Thayil

Do you have any nicknames?

Nope, although at my last job there was another guy named Ryan, so I was always
Ryan T.

Ryan Thayil

Ryan Thayil

When is your birthday?

April 19th

Hometown / Where have you lived?

I was born in Miami but I lived in Ocala for a few years growing up, then I moved back there for college

What do you do at NetSource Technologies, and how long have you worked there?

I started in early November, and I’m a Social Media Strategist.

When did you become interested in art and design?

Well, I got my Bachelor’s in Advertising because I always found it interesting since I was a kid. But I never really appreciated the importance of really good design until I was well into my major.

When did you become interested in creating websites?

I worked with websites as a work-study as soon as I started college. However, I wouldn’t say that I really had a passion for the web until about two years ago.

What is your favorite part of creating a new website?

Content Strategy! I really enjoy working with clients to determine where the trouble areas are in terms of their message and helping them craft something that is useful and usable for their audience.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Problem solving, it’s all about determining what people need from their sites and figuring out the best way to get it to them.

When did you become interested in computers and technology?

When I was a kid and I played Roller Coaster Tycoon. I mean I still play it, but that’s when it started.

What piece of technology could you not live without?

The Freestyle Coke machine, I realized that I wasn’t even living before it existed.

What do you like to do on the weekends?

Stay out late and sleep in later.

Do you have any hobbies?

I take pictures, I collect records, and I complain about sports and movies.

What are your top three moments in your life so far?

I spent a weekend on Rombello which was a music festival cruise and it was incredible, I once got to fly a plane, and I once got to play on a broken Marvelvs.Capcom machine for free as kid with my friends.

What is your favorite color?

I like blue.

What is your favorite food/drink?

I really like Peruvian food, mainly a good ceviche or lomo saltado.

What is your favorite musician or type of music?

I’ve always loved jam bands, but lately I’ve been really into bands like Full Service and the RxBandits.

What is your favorite sport? Do you have a favorite team?

Football. If it’s the NFL I love the Dolphins, and for college, I’m a Miami Hurricane.

What are your favorite TV shows?

The Sopranos and The Wire. I also really like cartoons.

What are your favorite movies?

My all-time favorite movie is Snatch by Guy Ritchie. But I also like really crazy action movies, my favorite being The Raid 2.

What are your favorite books/magazines?

Communication Arts is my favorite magazine, probably the only one that I still look forward to getting in the mail. It’s a quarterly magazine that deals with things from Advertising to Typography and Web.

What are your favorite websites or blogs?

Everyday I read the AAF SmartBrief, AdAge, and I like to spend a few hours on Giphy.

Twitter or Facebook? (and why)

Twitter is fun for goofing around. I’ve found Facebook useful for sharing stories and having conversations about them.

Tell us about your family!

I’m the baby, therefore the favorite, and that’s all that really matters.

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would go to Easter Island, because I heard that there are more of those crazy statues that are actually underwater and you can scuba dive to them.

If you couldn’t be a Social Media Specialist anymore, what career would you pursue?

I’d find a job at Netflix doing something like QA that would really just be a reason to get paid to watch Netflix all day.

If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation. Getting to work would be so much easier.

How do you think technology and/or web design will change in the next 10-20 years?

I think the change in web design is dependent on the change in technology. Any new market that opens up will drive web to meet those standards. In terms of technology, I honestly don’t want to be able to predict what will happen, because I want that to be bigger than something I could imagine right now.

What tips would you give to a business that is just starting out with their first website?

Invest the time and energy into working with people that have a firm understanding of what they’re doing. For most companies, you’re just a client, but you want someone that is as invested in the future of your business as you are.

And if you really took this long to read through all of these questions and answers please enjoy my favorite gif.

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