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.



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,


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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.

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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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