Monthly Archives: October 2011

Mementos

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Conceivably at one point or another we have all been plagued by a stream of useless, pointless, and dismal, Facebook, Twitter, or various other forms of social media posts. Amid the melancholy, there is a glimmer of resilience and unique qualities unlike any other offered to the individual user if properly utilized.

In the vein of personal branding, I think to some degree it is necessary to promote oneself and achievements online and share them with others. Similarly, Franklin D. Roosevelt understood “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” This could apply at both an individual and general level. We should strive to support the creative efforts and achievements of others just as much as ourselves. In a conscious effort to further the limits of creativity or contribute to the betterment of our online or actual communities.

On the other hand, there are some things that are better kept to ourselves. Pictures, comments, or videos incidentally undermining our online image or people’s conception of our values or beliefs. Caution is key when managing individual or corporate social media and networking content. Don’t be afraid to think more than twice before you post. Deferring again to a prominent historical figure let Benjamin Franklin’s words drive my point home, “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”

For example, breaking the world record for the most chicken nuggets consumed by weight in under three minutes is an excellent Facebook post. Not only is this an extremely creative effort and wonderful personal achievement but it’s super entertaining. Thank you Jon Lau for filling my Facebook stream with good content.

Breaking a world record qualifies as a solid Facebook post!

Consequently, don’t be afraid to stop following or unfriend individuals who provide no benefit to your social networks. If your extremely unsure how to manage your various social networks, where to begin, or what qualifications go into even assessing an individuals added value to your life or networks. It be could be helpful to defer to this infographic on whether or not it’s time to unfriend someone on Facebook:

White Men Can Still Not Jump

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“He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.” A wonderful quote from Benjamin Franklin that accurately sets the stage for the nature of this post.

With a bit of research on the world wide web, I believe the NBA could and should come to a timely solution for the current lock-out. A quick glance at some statistics on the current NBA owners average net worth or the fact that 12 of the current NBA owners are on a list of the Forbes 400 richest people in America, speaks to the fact that perhaps they could concede a bit of ground.

However, I feel no sympathy for the players either. Grabbing only a few statistics on average NBA player’s salaries, their hovering around a ya know, measly 5.15 million(NBA.com), the most of the major American sports. Here’s another site with some information on NBA player’s salary. Leading to the notion that the players may also have a few concessions to make.

Using the very same Google search engine or ways of gathering information online, the players and owners could run across some facts on the average teachers salaries by state or the average salary for all surgeons jobs in the United States. For teachers their best bet would be to take their talents to Illinois according to the figures. The surgeon average comes in a just over 300,000 which isn’t even as much as the NBA rookie minimum salary. The idea of comparable worth if applied here for me would indicated that teachers or surgeons are vastly under payed comparably and though it’s not the NBA’s job to correct such injustices. They might consider them in dealing with their own situation.

Just food for thought but just maybe both sides could remember it all really started with a hoop and a dream…

The Graduwait?

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Without ruining the classic 1967 film The Graduate starring Dustin Hoffman  for anyone who hasn’t seen it. There’s something about the exchange between his father and recent college grad Benjamin Barddock(Hoffman) at his grad party in this clip, I can really relate too.

The uncertainty,the  fear of the future or ambivalence toward a perceived “normal” life. Considering my own college graduation is within reach I often find myself contemplating similar dilemmas.

 

Admittedly, something I believe Benjamin and I could use a bit more of is foresight. Presumably a precept that can be equally useful in the field of business. “You can analyze the past, but you need to design the future. That is the difference between suffering the future and enjoying it.” A good quote from Edward De Bono, in this modern world it pays to see the bigger picture.

When engaging people offline don’t underestimate the potential online value you can provide them with or visa verse. Sometimes it’s not about translating connections you make online into genuine offline contacts  but rather turning people you know and meet offline into strong online connections. Allowing both individuals the opportunity to share content, exchange contacts, stay updated, and a number of other assets readily available when connecting online.

Don’t be afraid to share an online image or prescience you’ve taken the time to cultivate. Especially if it accurately conveys your desired profession or mission. Constantly cultivating or simply staying committed to this mission can be essential to your eventual success.

Magnolias

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In the vein of E.M. Foster’s novel Howard’s End: “Only Connect!” because as his own sentiments reflect; “Nonsense and beauty have close connections.” The internet is and can be a unique instrument for equality between countries, races, genders, and essentially anything if properly utilized.

Though I currently do not have a gotomeeting.com account set-up. I think this commercial below provides an excellent example of the way the internet could be used to change the world or more specifically can considerably improve humanitarian efforts the world over. Something I personally have a vested interest in.

 

With the advent and continual improvement in being provided instantaneous news; as well as video for almost every incident, it is now harder to remain apathetic to the injustices and inadequacies suffered throughout the world. Here’s another post by someone known as Runaway Jane about how the internet is changing the world.

Another interesting individual offering insights in this area is Thomas L. Friedman and his book The World is Flat or check out this video of a lecture he gave at MIT some time ago.

Even if the world isn’t technically “flat”, the internet has certainly shown me that it’s small and interconnected now more than ever. Subsequently, I hope the best is yet to come and this extremely diverse “community” of online users will someday have the interests of each other in mind.

 

Raging Bullsh*t

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As the below statistics would indicate internet usage the world over is multiplying at an exponential rate. Which undoubtedly means, the amount of content and in formation either produced or shared on the internet by these users is growing in a similar manner.

So, how do you what information is trustworthy? Factual? or just plain bullshit?

Well this quote from Mitch Kapor, who has been involved in the creation of a number of internet-oriented organizations, virtually sums it up; “Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.” variation of a quote by Jerome Weisner (Getting an education from MIT is like taking a drink from a fire hose.) Essentially, there is sooo much information and content coming at you that its hard not to get overwhelmed and it pays to be vigilant in your cross referencing and verifying of anything you intend to use.

Run down something of a mental checklist when arriving at a source, reminiscent of this one:

  • Verify that it both has an Author and the author has some credibility.
  • Note the date the content was created and other content on the page.
  • Find out who if anyone is publishing the information.
  • Always cross reference the information with at least one or two more sources!
  • Check what type of URL it is, .EDU and .GOV are generally more credible.
  • Figure out if the site is supported by or supports other credible online sources.

These are just a few things to consider and certainly can be expanded or developed to fit your own standards. Though I do believe when it comes to online information its better to be safe than sorry.

Here’s another link to some interesting statistics on the growth of world internet usage and it’s population from the a site called Internet World Stats. They also link a number of interesting sites on the history of the internet and other areas related to the internet.

Babeling

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Are the internet and social media sites changing the way we speak or communicate offline? What or who we speak about?

Do or will the ways in which some of us have incorporated numerous online platforms for interaction or mingling into our everyday lives have(having) residual effects  on real world socializing?

If you’ve ever found yourself or someone your talking to using “internet slang” as acceptable terminology or even had an entire discussion about something that’s happening,was posted, etc. on Facebook,twitter, or any other of the social networks, then it’s already happening! However, for some, I would go so far as to say it’s even made most exchanges more concise and to the point like those that occur online. Here’s an entire index of online information and content about how the internet is changing the way we think.

Should we now be weary at all times of the things we say and do ending up online in the form of a viral video or popular blog’s post? How often do people sound like a “broken record” asking questions or referring to things you’ve already discussed online? There are a number of similar questions seemingly entering into the average internet users’ psyche. These inquiries only begin to scratch the surface of the things we must now consider in our daily routine on and offline.

If you have the time, this video gives people a lot to think about as far as the way our modern society is connected and the actual degree to which social or general media and the internet are connecting us globally more than you may have ever realized. Specifically focusing on Youtube.

Totally Recalled

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Influential American publisher and Time-Life creator Henry R. Luce once said “Business, more than any other occupation, is a continual dealing with the future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight.” Sentiments I believe are true now more than ever, in an age of instant news and information.

At a personal or individual level, one must exercise foresight in the creation and maintenance of their social media or networking content. Here is an interesting article on the effects the online information people are sharing(like photos on Facebook) is having on potential employment opportunities. There is clear evidence to support that employers are considering an individuals “online image” in the employment process. Most notably that if you have a strong online presence and good reputation it can have major positive implications in the hiring process. Simply exercising a certain degree of foresight before posting things online can go a long way.

Essentially the same principles can be applied within an organizational or corporate context. Everything the business posts or endorses online should be in line with their mission and vision. Unfortunately this calls for a degree of oversight on employees who directly represent the company, for fear of situations like the one outlined in this blog post by Peter Shankman. There should be an agreed understanding between the employer and employees as to what is acceptable online.

I’m not saying that you should be afraid to be yourself online but rather in generating any online content consider what message it really sends about you. Now with this said, i’d like to share a little online content myself and spotlight a local Reno hip-hop group called New Age. Check out their music and support your local artists.

New Age and New Age’s Facebook Page