Breckenridge Ski Resort and The Winter X Games.

Breckenridge Ski Resort today announced the roster of Breck Pro Team athletes that will compete atBreck Pro Team this weekend’s Winter X Games live on ESPN. Among the six Breck Pro Team athletes competing across multiple disciplines are recent Grand Prix Free Ski Slopestyle winners James Woods and Keri Herman.
Bobby Brown returns to Ski Big Air as the only athlete to win this event twice, having claimed gold last year with his switch double 1440 mute grab and a switch double cork 1260 high mute grab. Anna Segal, also a top podium contender in this year’s games, has repeatedly earned gold medals in Women’s Ski Slopestyle since 2009.

The full list of competing Breck Pro Team athletes and their mountain events are as follows:
Bobby Brown – Ski Big Air and Men’s Ski Slopestyle
James Woods – Men’s Ski Slopestyle
Keri Herman – Women’s Ski Slopestyle
Anna Segal – Women’s Ski Slopestyle
Brett Esser – Men’s Snowboard Superpipe
Eric Willett – Snowboard Big Air and Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle

Check out the Breckenridge Blog, or @breckenridgemtn on Twitter for live updates, results, photos and more info. on all the Breck Pro Team athletes competing at X Games and throughout the season.

The Breck Pro Team

The Breck Pro Team is an elite cadre of 27 ski and snowboard professionals and amateurs, both male and female, sponsored by Breck, who represent the Breckenridge Ski Resort and the Town of Breckenridge with professionalism and heart at competitions world-wide. The Breck Pro Team is recognized as the top resort team in the ski industry today, comprised of some of the most exciting young talent in action sports from around the world. This year’s team features athletes from 5 different countries, 15 Coloradans, and 7 local heroes who were born and raised in Breckenridge, and who now all call Breck their hometown.

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Get Up to Speed With the Latest Technology.

North side of Vail Mountain, and Vail Valley.

North side of Vail Mountain, and Vail Valley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Get Up to Speed With the Latest Technology while you ski or snowboard here in Colorado. There are several ways to accomplish this.

#CelebrateWinter with Social Media Technology

Having an amazing time on the hill, at your favorite aprés spot or just playing in the snow? Let others know about it on Instagram and Twitter using #celebratewinter.

New Technology – State-of-the-Art Gondola, Vail

Catch a ride on One, Vail’s new state-of-the-art gondola. Its 10-passenger cabins provide skiers and snowboarders a cozy 7.5 minute ride from the base of Vail Village to Mid-Vail with heated, cushioned seats and Wi-Fi access.

EpicMix Racing: See How You Stack up Against World Champion Ski Racer Lindsey Vonn and Share Your Results with Social Media Technology

With the introduction of Vail Resort’s EpicMix Racing this season, skiers can see how they stack up against the greatest American ski racer – Lindsey Vonn – and share it with their family and friends. EpicMix Racing provides skiers a new way to experience ski racing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone in Colorado and Heavenly and Northstar in California and Nevada. When EpicMix first debuted two years ago it started by tracking skiers and snowboarders vertical feet on the mountain and awarding digital pins for special accomplishments. In its second season EpicMix Photo was introduced and enabled guests to visually capture and share their experience on the snow. Now, with EpicMix Racing, skiers will automatically have their race times compared to ski racing great, Lindsey Vonn, with gold, silver and bronze medals awarded based on achievement. Race times, digital medals, overall leaderboards and leaderboards with just family and friends will all be available on both the EpicMix website and mobile application. For more information visit

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Call for Speakers: State Of NOW 2013 / June 18-19 2013 in NYC

Now is the time to be considering your travel arrangements and plans to attend this conference.

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English: Jeff Pulver, at the Ontario 140Conf in Kitchener, Ontario 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Call for Speakers: State Of NOW 2013 / June 18-19 2013 in NYC
Today I am posting the “Call for Speakers” for our major annual conference, State of NOW (#140Conf) to be held on June 18-19, 2013 at the 92nd Y in New York City. For our 2013 event, the core focus will be on business.

So far this year friends have dealt with the Wildfires in Colorado, the US election, Hurricane Sandy, the crisis in Gaza and more. I suspect going into 2013, unexpected events and fundamental shifts in our society will continue to evolve, particularly as mobile communications continues to become even more mainstream.

In the backdrop of these events, social media continues to play an increasing role in how businesses are connecting, reaching out for help, expressing themselves, creating movements, and connecting with brands.

With today’s “Call for Speakers” I am looking for creative, out-of-the-box thinkers to come forward and pitch me something relevant related to their business they would like to discuss from their respective industry sector. I am interested in people who have experienced the effects of the growth of social media in a specific sector and how they feel their future will impacted as these technologies continue to evolve.

Our 2013 event will be taking a look at the continued long term effects of the emerging real-time Internet on business, and systemic changes the worldwide adoption of social media is having on a wide variety of industries and markets.

So please, think about how YOU could contribute to the dialog, and who you may know who would be interested in being part of this event.

If you are interested in speaking at the State of NOW 2013, please visit:

The deadline for speaking proposals is: Friday, January 25, 2013.

For information about sponsoring and exhibiting, please free free to contact me.

Happy Holidays and Hugs,


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Update – Hootsuite Problem.

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This ongoing issue with Hootsuite has been resolved with my renewed access to the Apple App Store.

Now that I can access the App Store I’ve downloaded Tweetdeck.

With Tweetdeck now being a part of the Twitter Family the UI and its presentation has changed since I’ve last used it regularly. The best part of the change to Tweetdeck, it now I don’t have to do all the update work that I had to do while using Hootsuite.

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Hootsuite Problem.

My name is Paul and I have a problem with Hootsuite. There, I said it and its now out in public for all to see.

I’ve been on Twitter since April of 2007 and I’ve seen Twitter grow and evolve. I’ve grown and begun to make use of the social media tool in more useful and purposeful ways as well. Now nearing six years on the site, I’ll assert that twitter is looking tired and past its prime.

I also note that while over the past nearly six years, there have been great advances in how we interact with Twitter and social media generally. Tools like the twitter dashboards of Seesmic and Tweetdeck are tools I’ve used previously.

I see many of my friends using Hootsuite, and they rave and seem to be very pleased with the features and benefits it has to offer. As I stated initially, I’ve got a problem with the Hootsuite dashboard and have had from day one.

Hootsuite Problem

Across the top of the screen shot you’ll notice the yellow boxes. These tell me how many unread messages I have in each of the associated columns. Then there are the grey sawtooth boxes across the page at various intervals as well. These tell me nothing. They appear to me to indicate that Hootsuite has an internal problem with the associate list feed.

I don’t understand why Hootsuite doesn’t automatically update each of my lists that I have on the display. I seem to remember that both Seesmic and Tweetdeck were able to accomplish this with no problem. I also don’t remember seeing the sawtooth type boxes in any of the Twitter dashboards, desktop or mobile.

I’ve done some searching to find an answer to these perplexing questions and I’ve come up empty. That being said, I also note that there has been a lack of progress and innovation for the next evolution of Twitter and its related tools. Is anyone working on bold, innovative steps for Social Media, Twitter or its related social media siblings?

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Web Traffic, Views and The Bottom Line.

If you’re reading this, you’ve then been, web traffic,

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a visitor to one third of the web sites for which I write and provide content. At the start, let me say thanks for visiting and encourage you to return.

Having gotten all the politeness out of the way, I have a confession or at least an acknowledgement of this entire web site content mess. I have no real clue as to how to actively and consistently drive more web traffic to the sites. Two of the three sites have very good ad rotation that should you click on them, puts a few cents or so in my coffers and eventually I get paid.

After articles are posted on the sites I do what I can to distribute the article links to all the usual suspect social media sites. This is helpful and does drive some traffic back to the sites. I’m aware that two of the sites for which I write have internal distribution, and so far for the nearly six months of writing, has generated less than $100 combined. Now, to be fair, both of the sites have invited me to write for them and have given me a platform for my voice and for that I’m grateful. I also know that I agreed to a payment plan that isn’t guaranteed, and is reliant on the number of visitors and their ability to click on ads.

Therefor I find it incumbent upon me to be the force behind bringing, engaging and enrolling visitors to the sites.

I’m attempting to learn what I can regarding how to provide compelling content, and providing porn and paparazzi shock photo’s, isn’t an option. I do have a good analytics tool that does give me a great breakdown of visitors views and from where they came. This also gives me a sense of topics that readers are interested in. My presumption is also that two of the sites and their ad rotation is predicated to the content provided.

I might need to take a look at content options driven by trending topics as found on Google Plus or on Twitter. Overall the sites continue to be a work in progress and will continue to evolve as we move through the upcoming holidays and into 2013.

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More Hootsuite Annoyance

Hootsuite Annoyance 1.1

I really wish that Hootsuite would allow me to rid my screen of the yellow bar messages on the number of messages as well as the numeric red dots.More Hootsuite Annoyance

Why is Hootsuite unable to allow users to have their stream column’s automatically show the most current tweets at the top of each and every column?

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Using Slideshare?

8 Ways to Get the Biggest Marketing Bang Out of SlideShare.

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National Restaurant Chain Launches New Entree with Campaign on Mobile, Email, Social Media

Integration of mobile in the arena of Retail and Restaurants.

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Pei Wei Asian Diner Adds Nearly 20,000 New Email Subscribers in Two Weeks
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Useless pop-ups.

Information Free pop-ups.

Tweetdeck is updating what, and why won’t they tell me?

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