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Rapping with the Founding Fathers

In General, Video on June 28, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Rapping with the Founding Fathers…yes, you read that right.

Jib Jab has done it again!   They’ve created some new FUNNY Fourth of July videos.  Better yet, you can upload your own pictures and rap right along with the Founding Fathers.  Then you can send your customized video to all of your family & friends.

What a fun idea for an e-card…and it’s free (or at least this video). :)

Check out the link below to create your own.
Founding Father’s Rap

P.S. Anthony Robbins is one of my favorite people. :)

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NEW FEATURE: Facebook & Twitter Integration App

In Facebook, Strategy, Twitter on June 23, 2010 at 10:00 pm

The latest buzz in the social media world is the announcement from Twitter to launch major upgrades  to their Facebook & LinkedIn applications.  After Facebook & Twitter get some bugs worked out, you will be able to automatically follow your Facebook friends on Twitter.  The application will allow you to see which of your Facebook friends have a Twitter account, and then decide who to “follow.”

Also, last month Twitter vamped up it’s LinkedIn integration to give you the capability to do the same thing.

HUGE: Twitter Lets You Automatically Follow Your Facebook Friends [UPDATED]

Check out the Mashable article about the new applications.

The new Twitter/Facebook application can be found at: http://apps.facebook.com/twitter/

LinkedIn is Rocking!

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm

As a business professional, you understand the power of people and networking.  At some point or another you’ve received an invite for LinkedIn or have heard about it from someone in your network.  LinkedIn is the #1 social networking site for business professionals, with over 70 million users.  (If you’re not on there, get signed up and complete your profile soon.) 

Anyway, over the past month, LinkedIn has stepped up its play with various new and improved features and functions.  The site continues to get better and better – and easier to use.  Many of the additions/changes are mirroring the other top social networking sites, like Facebook & Twitter. 

Check out a few of the headlines…and stay tuned for more to come!

LinkedIn Takes Groups To The Next Level With Likes, Follows And More, TechCrunch, June 22, 2010
LinkedIn Makes Some Changes to Groups, WebProNews, June 22, 2010
LinkedIn Tops 70 Million Users; Includes Over One Million Company Profiles, TechCrunch, June 20, 2010
LinkedIn For BlackBerry Storm And BlackBerry Pearl Now Available, RIMarkable, June 7, 2010
LinkedIn for Blackberry 1.1 Adds Storm, Pearl Support, eWeek, June 7, 2010

Applying Coach Wooden’s Principles to Social Networking

In General, Strategy on June 12, 2010 at 5:36 am

Coach John Wooden.  Wow, what an incredible man who truly touched people’s lives.  :)

The former UCLA basketball coach and Basketball Hall of Fame member (both as Player & Coach) recently passed away on June 4th at the age of 99.  He will be most remembered for his humanity, the life lessons he shared, and the legacy he left behind.   

Coach Wooden was a wise man who shared the list of  “Seven Things to Do (in life),” which his father gave him when he was young.  Mr. Wooden had told John, “Son, try to live up to these things.”  

We should do our best to do the same in life.  And, these principles happen to fit smoothly into the social networking setting…where it’s all about relationships.

1.  Be True to Yourself – Be the best you, rather than a second-rate version of someone else.  Now, more than ever, it is crucial to your career success to be transparent and authentic online.  Various social networking tools allow you share your knowledge, passions, experience, and personality with others…which accelerates relationships, as well as the buying cycle (know, like, trust, try, buy, refer). 

Tips for being true to yourself, from Coach Wooden:
-Be self aware
-Understand your values
-Be honest with yourself

2. Help Others – Yes!  We’ve all heard “give to receive” and “what goes around comes around.”  And truly, giving is the most ‘selfish’ thing you can do because of how much will come back.  Helping others is exactly what your mission is online (offline too).  

Ways to help others online:
– Share valuable content & tips
– Answer questions
– Connecting others to the right people
– Give aways (free ebooks)
– Refer & promote others 

3. Make Each Day Your Masterpiece – Time is so precious.  To make every day your best day, it is best to plan your days, deciding what’s important, and doing everything to the best of your ability.  Coach warned “never mistake activity for achievement.” 

Ways to create a Masterpiece day, online:
– Plan how much time & what activities (be mindful)
– Share your best content
– Leave meaningful comments
– (see #2)

4. Drink deeply from good books – Absolutely!  Leaders are readers, and readers are leaders, right?  Well, social media allows you to read LOTS of information.  Watch what links/articles people are sharing & read those.  Set up your Google Alerts to get notified when any keyword/phrase gets mentioned in the news, blogs, discussions, etc.  (like a free research assistant).  You can also read LOTS of free e-books & regular books online.

5. Make friendship a fine art – Your family and friends are the key to success in life, and do require work.  Yes, this principle fits like a glove with what social networking (LinkedIn & Facebook especially) is about – communicating with people & building/growing relationships.  Coach Wooden said, “Friendship comes from mutual esteem, respect & devotion.  A sincere liking for all.”   We are all in the H2H business…Human to Human.  Value people.

6. Build a shelter against a rainy day –  Mr. Wooden was talking about the shelter being your health, finances, emotional well-being, and family/friends.  Of course, family & friends would be the top shelter priority.  In the online world, it’s important to have a strong network, so if a rainy day comes (job loss or someone talks negatively about you or your company), you have a group of people who will help and/or defend you (or hand you an umbrella, hehe). 

7.  Pray for guidance and count and give thanks for your blessings every day –  Personally, I’m all about this one!  And, social media wise…guidance can be found within your network & in forming new relationships.  Just post a question on LinkedIn, or in a status update, and within a day you’ll have plenty of advice and tips on that question. 

Finally, we are all so blessed – considering that you obviously have a computer, know how to use it, can read, etc.  And BIGGER yet…I feel blessed with the people who have come into my life via social networking sites.  Amazing how just one person/connection can change your life.  :)  Everyone has had one of those “life changing” people in their life.

Thanks, Coach Wooden. 

“Stay faithful, finish strong.”

Launch of Google TV, this Fall.

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Imagine having the high quality viewing experience of television, married with the easily accessible information of the Web… 

An interactive television-watching experience, where you choose what you view:  your favorite videos, television shows, pictures, websites, news sites, ….  and at whatever time you please (no waiting for a program to come on).

Well, GOOGLE TV is doing just that…putting a spin on the “American Dream,” or lifestyle, as we know it.

Google TV is a new experience for television that combines the TV that you already know with the freedom and power of the Internet. With Google Chrome built in, you can access all of your favorite websites and easily move between television and the web. This opens up your TV from a few hundred channels to millions of channels of entertainment across TV and the web. Your television is also no longer confined to showing just video. With the entire Internet in your living room, your TV becomes more than a TV — it can be a photo slideshow viewer, a gaming console, a music player and much more.

Google TV uses search to give you an easy and fast way to navigate to television channels, websites, apps, shows and movies. For example, already know the channel or program you want to watch? Just type in the name and you’re there. Want to check out that funny YouTube video on your 48” flat screen? It’s just a quick search away. If you know what you want to watch, but you’re not sure where to find it, just type in what you’re looking for and Google TV will help you find it on the web or on one of your many TV channels. If you’d rather browse than search, you can use your standard program guide, your DVR or the Google TV home screen, which provides quick access to all of your favorite entertainment so you’re always within reach of the content you love most.

Google’s latest innovation should be something for web developers to be thinking about too… read more & check out the video below.

Check here for full article from Google