Really Twitter?

Really Twitter?  I think you might need to adjust your suggestion Algorithm.

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Conference to Inspire Post-Election Refocus and Recovery

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#140conf Brings Together People in Technology, Business, Arts, Health, and Lifestyle

Friends can get a jump start on post-election recovery by hearing inspirational speeches and making connections at the #140conf, returning to Los Angeles on November 14 at The Crest in Westwood.

With both name and format inspired by the brevity of Twitter, the #140conf schedule is fast-paced. Influencers in the areas of technology, lifestyle, health, art, mindfulness, and more will take the stage. These 10-minute talks and 15-minute panels are interspersed with networking throughout the day.

The #140conf events have taken place worldwide since I started hosting / curating and producing them in 2009. #140conf provides a platform for people to listen, learn, and most of all, create relationships that inspire positive change. Dubbed “The State of Now,” the conference underscores a commitment to exploring how the “real-time web” affects business and personal lives, but it’s much more than that. I am grateful for everyone who will be both speaking at the conference as well as those joining us in the audience. #140conf has had a positive effect on my life and I am looking forward to bringing the conference back to Los Angeles this year.

Taking the time to listen to people who have a story to share that can resonate with you, that’s priceless. Yes, you can go for business purposes and you will learn things to better your practices, but more importantly, perhaps, better yourself and realize that people have the same struggles as you, and maybe you can help them as well. At the end of the day, we are all about community. The #140conf is not your ordinary networking event. It’s filled with people who genuinely want to help each other and create meaningful relationships.

Speakers include award-winning poet and author J. IvyOscar and Peabody Award winner Howard Rosenman, The Sonnet Man Devon Glover, Youngry founder Ash Kumra, Techwalla Editor-in-Chief Dave Johnson, The Fit Cycle’s Andia Winslow, and authors Chandresh Bhardwaj, Marsha Collier, Robert Rosenthal, Amy Friedman, and Liz Strauss and many others. About 40 people will be speaking during the course of the event.

In addition to learning and engaging, the conference also creates a sense of synchronicity and serendipity. There’s something to be said about sitting next to somebody you’ve never met, but who could possibly change your life, or someone with whom you may be virtually acquainted, but who otherwise would not have met in person.

The #140conf “State of Now” will take place on Monday, November 14, 8:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Crest in Westwood, 1262 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, 90024. Tickets and the complete speaker lineup are available on the event’s page.

Looking forward to co-hosting the 2016 #140conf next week in Los Angeles.

Hugs, Jeff

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Five Problems with Social Media.

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I’ll begin with a list of things.
Snapchat
Facebook
• Friend Requests
• Communications overload
• Simplify
I’m on Snapchat, you can find the link to the right side of the blog. I’ve been on for a few weeks now and I’m still learning. I’m using it at 10% of its capabilities. The learning curve is a steep one to be sure. It’s not the making and posting of video’s or photos, rather it is the interacting with my friends. Also, some sort of threading of postings would be nice so I can go back and find a post I want to reply to or comment upon.
I have mixed emotions about Facebook. There are times when it is a fun and informative place and other times a frustrating piece of horribly designed user interfaced software. The fact that I need to change my settings each and every time I log into the software to see the most current postings is a major #FAIL. I know they want me to see their ads and promoted items, and that’s not what I go to Facebook for. If they bothered to look at my purchasing habits from Facebook promoted ads, they’d find none. Get a clue guys.

Friend Requests are a mixed blessing. I get some each and every week from the usual suspect social media outlets. Some are welcome and others are clearly and blatantly #SPAM. It would be great to stop the latter type of requests before they reach me. If algorithms are so great, why hasn’t anyone written one to address this issue?

I’ve written about communications overload previously, so I’ll direct you to that missive to draw your own conclusions.

Simplify, simplify and once again, simplify. I have an iPhone, no cell service, and an iPad with a duplication of many apps. Sometimes it depends on my mood or if I’m going to the store or out and about town. I seem to have many apps that function in the same way, providing the same end result. I’ve begun to use Skype as my primary communications app for daily use. Yes, I’m using other social media apps for postings and some communications, as not everyone is on Skype.

Ok, there are my five. Let me know your thoughts.

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A work in progress.

You’ll notice a change here today.  I’ve changed the theme and added to,  and cleaned up

the right side of the page.  And your first question is why?

Not only because I can, and I’m using this space as a test bed for a couple of other sites I’m working on or will be working on in the very near future.

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Ongoing Hootsuite challenge

I have this Ongoing Hootsuite Challenge. Please check the notes and description associated with the attached photo. This has been an ongoing irritant for me with making full use of Hootsuite.

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How Google Glass is going to Innovate Education

How Google Glass is going to Innovate Education

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Innovations in education have always been a little stagnant, ans while we see new inventions and developments in all other fields, educational innovations are very less. People have always stuck with the known, tried, tested and traditional methods in case of education. Recently, we’ve seen a boom in this field too. More and more people are now paying attention to the almost obsolete methods of teaching and striving to make some development in the educational system.

Google is known for innovations in almost every area they could get their hands onto, and it is soon to launch its flagship product ‘Google Glass’. And the tech-savvies say, it’s going to revolutionize the current educational trends. How? Let’s read.

Google Glass is touted as the next big thing in portable technology. Poised as an eyewear and doing a plethora of things which don’t require any taps or navigation, it responds instead to voice commands, taking pictures with a wink, taking commands for search, share content, video recording, detect objects in front of you and look up related information like directions or maps. Etc. The possibilities are endless though among all the possible consumers of Google Glass, the device has the potential to bring exciting new possibilities to teachers and students alike.

Admit it, Google’s Search is phenomenal. And the Glass will allow the student/teacher to stay connected to an interactive environment featuring online tools all the time. This could pave way to a leap into the future of educational system. Teachers as well as students can refer to topics related to their studies on the go. No fiddling through phones in the middle of the lecture; all you have to do is speak and voila…your search is done!

Students can record their lectures in real-time for future reference. The time saved on scribbling notes could be remarkable.
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Google Glass could help students to create visually-rich projects and presentations. Students can shoot relevant videos and images with a wink. The same can be integrated onto their presentations via Google docs.

Learning new languages and speaking them could be done on the go with Glass coupled with Google’s own Google Translator. Google Glass would be able to present text based translations in real-time.

Teachers could use Google glass coupled with facial recognition to take attendance and could be used to generate Student Information System. Just by looking at the student you will get access to his/her student records with details of academic and non-academic performance, attendance etc… Creating students reports, schedules and class timings for students is only the tip of the iceberg.

Distance learning could be made a lot easier than before with Google Glass. Webinars and such can be streamed directly onto your Glass than your Smartphone or laptop so that its easy to be accessed anywhere, anytime.

The Glass could be used to set timetables for students along with information regarding the halls where classes will be held with details on professors to take the classes.
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Google Glass in Education: The other side

While all this could be a boon in the education system, there are some cons of having Google Glasses at Schools/Colleges.

You must keep in mind that electronic devices are still prohibited for students in most schools; though, this is changing very fast. Students could misuse the Glass in a lecture in ways unimaginable. The distractions a Smartphone causes in a classroom are well known, students wearing Google Glass will bring about a whole new level of the same.

There are many restaurants and business concerns already banning the use of Google Glasses as well as apps like Instagram. This could also happen to Google Glass, being banned at all major concerns/colleges/universities.

Not to mention a certain invasion of privacy.

Like with any electronic device, prolonged usage of Google Glass can cause health issues mainly damaging eyesight.

Lastly, too much use of social media and on the go availability may harm your personal life.

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Cheating in exams using Google Glass! Only time will tell how Google Glass will stand out from the tech-crowd. As previously mentioned, the possibilities are endless given the increasing number of third party developers working on Google Glass SDK, to make it a lot more than what it seems to be. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and just wait and see what marvels Google Glass holds for the future of education.

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The Sunday Share – 10 Google Reader Alternatives

The Sunday Share – 10 Google Reader Alternatives. There has been much hand wringing and weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth over the announcement by Google this past week over the death of Google Reader.

While I can’t vouch for any of the 10 Google Reader Alternatives, mentioned below, I can recommend NetNewsWireone RSS News reader that I’ve been using since shortly after it began. NetNewsWire was introduced in July of 2002, and I’ve been using it ever since. The best thing I like about the application is it’s interface with another of the company products MarsEdit. In fact I’m using both application is the creation of this blog post. Being a longtime user I can highly recommend the application should you be seeking an alternative to Google Reader.

 

The Sunday Share – 10 Google Reader Alternatives: “

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As a business resource, Slideshare stands pretty much head and shoulders above most other content platforms.

From presentations to educational content and more, you can find information and curated media on pretty much any topic you have an interest in.

As a research solution, Slideshare offers analysis from some of the smartest minds on the web across all verticals. These include standard presentations, videos, multimedia and more.

Which brings us to this week’s Sunday Share.

 

Every week, I’ll be sharing a presentation that catches my eye and where I feel you might be interested in the information inside. These will range from business to content to social media to marketing and more.

This week, a particularly useful Slideshare from professional blogger Ana Hoffman of Traffic Generation Cafe.

With the big news this week that Google is closing down its popular Reader service in July, Ana shares 10 great alternatives to Google’s service, including a surprising addition to the mix.

It’s short but offers some great options for bloggers and blog readers.

Enjoy.

 

The Sunday Share – 10 Google Reader Alternatives originally appeared on Danny Brown – Social Media * Marketing * Influence under a Creative Commons license.

(Via danny brown.)

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Kred Lacks Credibility.

Kred lacks credibility. I recently received and email with the following graphic. Kred lacks credibility.

Now, I’ll admit at first glance this is a nice accolade. However I’m completely inactive on Kred. I’d don’t check in, and while I admit I might have at one time checked out the site, I’ve not done so since that initial time.

Also interesting is that this announcement is for an event that I’ve never attended. That raises the question on just how accurate the information Kred is using for this announcement. While I do follow some friends who have attended the SXSW Conference, I don’t drop everything for the time that the event is going on.

I can only surmise that Kred is in trouble and they’re attempting to bait those of us in the Social Media arena to check out their site and to promote their platitudes.

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The Love/Hate Relationship with Facebook.

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The Love/Hate Relationship with Facebook. Admit it, we all have it. I’m surprised there’s no support group established for those of us in this state.

It appears that I’ve had a presence on Facebook since 2007. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not using the platform anywhere near its capabilities. Of course if I only knew what those capabilities were, I’d be way ahead of the game. Over the past 5 years I’ve managed to gather 1,090 “Friends”, posted 39 photos, posted or referred to 114 maps and “Liked” 1,482 pages or items.

I took a look at some Google Analytics the other day and found that Facebook is nowhere to be found in the 130 domains that have links to my site. This data goes back over the past year. Now, I’ll be the first to state that I’ve not been intentional in making sure that I cross post or reference everything done here to Facebook. However, I’ve got links to my site from domains with which I’m not completely familiar, so the word is getting out somehow.

Since July of 2012 I’ve had a fan page or business page for my journalistic and writing endeavours. Facebook in it’s infinite wisdom requires 30 likes in order for me to have full access to whatever it is that Facebook has to offer. So far I’ve had 26 “likes” to the page. I consistently post via the page and the postings are SEO linked and distributed.

I’m not really in favor of spamming all of my Facebook contacts to, “Like” the page so I’m curious as to what the best practices are in gaining more “Likes” or followers. I’m thinking that once I reach that threshold I’ll be able to offer more content and other services. So the question, is what is the best way to approach growing this portion of my social media presence.

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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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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: http://nyc2013.stateofnow.com/call-for-speakers

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,

Jeff

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