Sunday, November 30, 2008

GreenLand votes for freedom in Freezing cold

 

Flickr Photo by Stml

After 300 years Greenland will become independent from Denmark. A large number of voters turned up despite heavy snow and temperatures of minus 5 degrees Celsius (23 F). Its good news but Greenland has to find new sources of income to finally be independent of Denmark, Minerals and Ols maybe its path to total independence.

Green land is the world's largest island 2,166,086 sq km with 81% ice capped. According to AFP reports " In a referendum on November 25, Greenland's voters overwhelmingly approved a proposal on self-rule. The new status will take effect in June 2009.

"Education is the key to ... our independence," says Jonathan Motzfeldt, the father of the semi-autonomy status Greenland obtained in 1979 and who headed the local government for 17 years".

Flickr Photo by Nick Russill

Interesting facts about Greenland:

  • Capital: Nuuk
  • Population : 56,000
  • Size: 2,166,086 sq. Km 3 Times the size of Texas.
  • Transport : no roads between towns, and travel is only possible by boats or planes,
  • Economy : The economy remains critically dependent on exports of fish and a substantial subsidy from the Danish Government, which supplies about half of government revenues.
  • The U.S. Air Force operates a ballistic missile early warning site at Thule air base, 700 miles (1,130 km) north of the Arctic Circle.
  • language: Greenlandic (East Inuit), Danish, English

I did not see this info updated on Wikipedia

 

Sources: CIA Hurriyet AFP

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The latest Economist vs Time who wins?

I admire the Economist. It presents a world view that I have enjoyed during various stages of my life in India, Soviet Union, Russia, Ukraine and here in the US.
I collected my mail today and saw a very stark difference in the cover of the Time and the Economist. I will give the Time the benefit of doubt that maybe they intended to change the cover but could not due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday : Good luck with your shopping

I am not planning to do much shopping but a friend of mine said that he was going for a hard Drive Deal at office Depot 650GB that is going cheaply. The other deal was probably best Buy 42 inch TV for $599 I think. Network Solutions is selling domain names at $9.99 for Black Friday only. More details on the Network Solutions Blog.

Special coupon for our blog readers (for a limited time). Use the code OFFER00522 - at check out for 25% off all annual term Hosting and specific website/ hosting business packages at Network Solutions.  

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Mumbai War Zone : Great photo from Vinu


IMG_5767, originally uploaded by Vinu.

Pictures speak louder than words. This is the picture that Blogger Vinu Ranganathan took from the operations around his house.

Helicopter Approaching Nariman Bldg

From Mumbai Blogger Arun Shabagh
Uploaded by ArunShanbhag on 27 Nov 08, 10.13PM EST.

Opinion: Obama's First Foreign Test

What will india do? Search "somewhere" For answers? - Follow hot pursuit across borders? "Pressure will mount for India to act in response to the Mumbai attacks. South Asia looks to be Barack Obama's first international test."

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Mumbai Bombay Terror: 24 hours Later


saw these on the same day, originally uploaded by Rex Chen.


Photos:

Hindustan Times Photo Gallery http://go.greatbon.us/nk26
AP Story on Business impact: http://go.greatbon.us/z489
Curry King's Eyewitness Account: http://go.greatbon.us/xr94
Residents of Bombay tweeting: http://icrontic.com/news/citizens-in-mumbai-asked-to-stop-tweetingFlickr Streams from people on the scene

New York Times : http://go.greatbon.us/2f24

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Bombay Blast Pics : Blogger posts to Flickr


IMG_5451, originally uploaded by Vinu.

One of the first pics appearing online from the Mumbai area are from this Indian Blogger http://vinu.wordpress.com and @vinu on Twitter. Many  other pics  http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=mumbai+or+bombay&s=rec

If the phone lines are jammed then you can take this helpful info from @Gauravonomics great resources Mumbai Help bloghttp://tr.im/1jca & http://groundreport.com/ and @bobgourleyhttp://tinyurl.com/65gh69

India is still secure , life will go on as you will see at dawn so my advice to anyone traveling is not to reconsider travel plans. The country is very resilient and Bombay is very strong. The terrorists are trying to harm the economy by spreading fear and causing cancellations I think. I was there in July ( My parents live there)

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Photo Courtesy : Indian Express

I salute the Bombay Police who had 3 casualties : Hemant Karkare, the chief of the police anti-terrorist squad in the city, was killed during the attack.

http://ashokkamte.blogspot.com/ A tribute to officer Kamte

CNN advising twitter to keep up with the news in #Mumbai?? Wow... this is going mainstream... more mainstream..

Live Stream from IBN:CNN http://ibnlive.in.com/videos/video_streaming.php

How cool that Flickr upgraded Vinu's photo stream in a few hours so he can upload more

#mumbai JJ Hospital no. - 022 23735555 JJ Hospital Blood bank no. - 022 23739400‎

aeropolowoman: rt #mumbai US State Dept call center for americans concerned about u.s. citizen family/friends in mumbai 1-888-407-4747

#mumbai British Foreign Office help line in London 0207 0080000

Foreign Affairs 1-613-996-8885 from Canada, 1-800-387-3124 Elsewhere

US helpline 888-407-4747 Brazilian help line 9820686143 (C) CNN IBN FA 1-613-996-8885 from Canada, 1-800-387-3124 Elsewhere

 @Gauravonomics Indian blogger Amit Varma has a narrow escape from the Mumbai terrorist attacks http://tr.im/1jkn

Wiki Page : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/26_November_2008_Mumbai_attacks

Now Public : http://www.nowpublic.com/tag/mumbai

New York Times : http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/26/mumbai-attacks-day-two/?partner=rss

Youtube :http://nl.youtube.com/results?uploaded=d&search_query=mumbai

Indian Express : http://www.indianexpress.com/news/mumbai-under-attack-ats-chief-killed-80-die/390967/

Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE4AP75S20081126?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=10112

paulkidd: Live feed from BBC news with coverage of Mumbaihttp://wwitv.com/a1/b3307.asx

#mumbai support India and dont cancel any plans in fact give bombay more of your business

picture of the terrorists:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/dotcompals/3061655921/

skynewsaust: NSW delegation caught in Mumbai attacks: A 20-person New South Wales government trade delegation has .. http://tinyurl.com/5kqj8d

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/26/indian-terror-shootings-i_n_146708.html

Barack Obama: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/11/26/obama_transition_statement_on.html?hpid=topnews

Meeting Imogen Heap at Pop!Tech and listening to the Pop!Tech Parrot

You can see by the number of blog posts on Pop!tech that the effect of Pop!tech is still with me. Imogen heap was awesome and she is so down to earth. She was nominated for the Grammy's and has a lot of hits ( I have to depend on my daughter for all my music knowledge)Check this video out from the Pop!Cast and don't cheat because watching it is important don't move the screen and just listen :) In the video she took a phrase from the audience and just composed a song on the fly and demoed her parrot . What an amazing talent - Imogen Heap  you rock and pop ! Here is my picture with a star on the closing day dinner Pop!Tech Day 3 Imogen Heap and Shashi Bellamkonda

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Network Solutions Black Friday Widget for all Black Friday Deals

I was happily drinking coffee in a San Francisco Starbucks and Talking to Geoff Livingston and Chris Carfi. Chris pulls out his Iphone and shows me a Cerado Widget. I have a "Aha " Moment and then we think of how to get feeds from Black Friday deals in one place whether on a website/blog or a phone. Thats how this website got created.

Read Network Solutions blog.
I am excited that Network Solutions is participating in the Black Friday frenzy and will be having a surprise sale. Definitely go to Network Solutions and check out the special prices for Black Friday . ( I will update this post when the deal is final). In the meantime I have a special coupon for our blog readers (for a limited time). Use the code OFFER00522 - at check out for 25% off all annual term Hosting and specific website/ hosting business packages.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008

20 of your most hated cliches

The use of the word "actually". I find it so annoying when listening to reports on the Today programme that I end up "actually" counting the times the word is used.

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2nd Annual Open Web Awards: VOTE NOW!

Did you vote for your favorite company ?

2nd Annual Open Web Awards: VOTE NOW!

You know you are too popular on Twitter when…

1. You ask yourself: Why bother confessing in church when I've already Twittered what I've done? —— 2. People don't invite you out anymore, they just go without you and then livetweet you about it…

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Domain Names from Network Solutions and Bagels

It's all about bagels

I am sitting in my cube and eating a Bagel and then it strikes me- someone at Network Solutions loves bagels a lot.  I am looking at the  free keyword alert page which is for anyone who wants to track expiring domains and there is a bagel on the page.

Believe me the keyword alerts is a useful service that I personally use to keep track of all domain names that are expiring with the words "shashi" in them. You should use it for keywords that have to with your name or your business and then if a domain name becomes available you just buy it.  Of course this Keyword alert service is free but the Bagels ? You have to buy them on your own. If you are addicted to RSS feeds the here is another way to get information about expired domains an RSS feed . http://www.networksolutions.com/domain-name-registration/expiring-domains-rss.jsp 

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Now continuing with my bagel story , I used to be the product manager for Network Solutions Email long before I became a Social Media Swami at Network Solutions. What do you see on the Network Solutions page where you can buy Network Solutions email ? Bagels -example of a personalized email address -  jane@janesbagels.com

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I thought I was done here. Then I remembered we have a new site search button and using that I came up with more from the "Bagel person". The page that sells our Performance clicks also has bagels. This is where you buy the online marketing package of Network Solutions.

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And as I am writing this post my colleague Jason Hunter ( Blogger at timelooptheory.com) come to my cube and says " Who doesn't like bagels or bagel businesses?" How often do people really get a really good bagel ? Ok. There is my answer I found another bagel fan and there must be more of them at Network Solutions

Ok I Better go home and eat some Bagels too. Do you have any examples like this? Should I suggest other food products for examples? By the way stand by for a Black Friday Sale on the Network Solutions home page next Friday.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Coming to DC for the inauguration, its only 82 days away! :)

Guest post by Caroline Allison - viscape.com

If you're planning on coming to DC for the inauguration, its only 82 days away! :)
My hometown - Washington DC - is expecting 1.5 million people for this big historical event! Its going to be a blast!
Apparently, all the hotels (90,000 rooms) are sold out. Can you believe it?
If you would still like to come to DC and are looking for a place OR would like to rent out your DC pad - you should consider checking out Viscape at http://Viscape.com. Viscape is a great way to make a short term housing connection through trust-based social networks!
Viscape is totally FREE, and lets your friends in your network know that your house is available for inauguration weekend. Way cool!
So now you may be thinking - "OK Caroline, this is way too much of a marketing message." BUT I'm only doing this because it would be so great to see all of you and enjoy this great historical event with friends! So, I hope to see you all real soon!
Meanwhile, I'd just like to share the "My Sweet Viscape" blog post from today - http://blog.viscape.com.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Andy Beal : How to spy on your Competition at PubCon 2008

I met Andy Beal first at SXSW and have read his book Radically Transparent: Monitoring and Managing Reputations Online. At Pubcon 2008 I attended his panel on Competitive intelligence . All the panelists had some good tips on spying on your competitors. Andy posted his presentation on his blog 14 Competitive Intelligence Tools (aka How to Spy on Matt Cutts). Thanks Andy.

The Shashi's in the Blogosphere

I have a google alert for my name "shashi" and through that I have come to know my namesakes who blog. it is intersting to read my namesake's blog. here is a list:
Shashi Tharoor : Writes a blog/column for Times if India Called "Shashi on Sunday"
Shashi Nayagam : http://sewingwithmoonbeams.blogspot.com/
Simon Shashi: http://www.simonshashi.blogspot.com/

Shashi Bhat : http://www.shashibhat.blogspot.com/

Are you a "Shashi" who blogs? Do you know of any Shashi who blogs? Comment here and let me know

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Video : Clay Shirky's Talk At Pop!tech - Designing For Generosity


I posted a recap of the talk by Clay Shirky at Pop!tech on the Network Solution's Blog  The video above is the actual talk from the Pop!Cast Videos

Clay gives a good example of how Josh Groban's fanc collected money for charity and how the moment grew. 

My Friend Jeremiah


My Friend Jeremiah, originally uploaded by Thomas Hawk.

This picture of Jeremiah Owyang taken by Thomas Hawk Has some interesting commentary on Flickr. The title of the Picture is : My friend Jeremiah .. Now you should go there and say something creative .

- My Friend Jeremiah .. is running away from Global Warming

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Can Charlene Li be both at the East Coast and West Coast


charlene li at sncr, originally uploaded by shashiBellamkonda.

Josh bernoff is a true Gentleman and did want to make sure Charlene Li was represented at the SNCR award winning ceremony in Boston on Nov 14th. The award for Groundswell. How did Chalene manage to be both in the West Coast and East Coast at the same time ?

We always knew she had super powers ;)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Twitterank Creator Speaks at ZDnet : Its all good

After Oliver Marks wrote a post on ZDnet  Gullible Users hand over their username and passwords  the creator of Twitterank Ryo Chijiiwa contacted Oliver and wrote a guest post on Oliver's ZDNET blog.

Hi. My name is Ryo, and I’m the developer of Twitterank, which is not some grand scheme to steal thousands of Twitter accounts, but a casual experiment gone horribly horribly right. Here’s my side of the story:

Read more ...

 

You can read Royo Chijiwa's posts at http://twitterank.wordpress.com/. I think you should appreciate his creativity in creating this application

"One hour I had 8 new users. The next hour I had 109. The next 400. Then 1500. Then 2400. All this happened while I was at work, and my primary concern was keeping the site up"

This is a case study on how things can go viral both ways. Yesterday despite the heavy Twitter users at Pubcon 2008 Twitterank was the top trending topic on Twitter. Users were using Twitterank and rumors were spreading about twitterank.I am sure Twitterank is getting even more traffic today because I cannot get to it. I hope Dreamhost supports Ryo as long as this lasts :)

 

of course as Ryo says in his post a beter way of doing this is to use the "Twitter’s Search API, which doesn’t require authentication"

 

What is Twitterank ?

Its a application that Ryo Chijiwa created where you enter your Twitter username and password and get a score based on the number of people who talk to you on Twitter using @yourtwitterid

Now you can judge people using Twitter several ways :

- How big is their Ego?

- How many Followers they have?

- How many updates ?

- How many they follow 

Ryo Chijiwa says he took the approach that he wanted to measure engagement. How many people are conversing directly with the user using @. Could this be a good measure of how many people value the opinion on the Twitter user ?

Other posts on this subject:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/

Mashable Story

Louis Gray's Blog

Bill Austin

Brian Ambrosy

Great way to check your domain name's redirect rexswain.com

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Bill Hartzer's latest post on the Vizion Interactive Blog has links to 2 good resources  -  Rex Swain's HTTP Viewer and Google' s new Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide. In the post Bill explains a few ways to redirect the page. Go here to Bill Hartzer's post to read more.

Rex Swain's Tool : This can be used to find out if you are doing your redirect right, checking headers. Rex is a software developer of over 30 years experience and has some great free tools at http://www.rexswain.com/. Thank you Rex.

The Google Search Engine Optimization guide is a good read to learn the basics of optimizing your web site.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Can you Really Blend a Rake? George says Yes !

Today's Keynote at Pubcon was by George Wright, VP Marketing & Sales, Blendtec. George told us the story of how with $50 as a budget and some innovative ideas can get a company better branding. The story of Blendtec started with great products but not much brand recognition. The Will It Blend viral video series by BlendTec increased BlendTec sales by over 700%. I will add to this post so please come back to this post in a few days. I met George and asked him if he tracked the traffic from specific videos to sales and he answered by saying that this while exercise wan not about sales but about brand promotion which leads to more sales.

 

great Tweets from @skitzzo http://flippingeasy.com/ on this keynote:

"Instead of making ads, make content." - Blendtech's George Wright #pubcon keynote

"the result of a strong brand is sales" - George Wright #pubcon keynote

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Personal brand is when people tattoo it

I actually heard a professor at Wharton tell me this in relation to brand value for companies and he used the example of Harley Davison ( see flickr for harley tattoos http://flickr.com/search/?q=harley%20tattoo&w=all)

Today Geoff Livingston was writing a blog post that is going to be published on http://www.livingstonbuzz.com/blog and he wanted this picture. Imagine that ! I took a sneak preview of the post that will be published shortly and its verrrry interesting .

Do you have a brand tatoo ? If you did think about it which brand do you love that you don't mind tattooing to your arm.

How to get links #pubcon


How to get links #pubcon

I always carry this with me in case I have to charge both my laptop and phone and there is only one power point. At Pubcon it came in useful to make new friends and help old friends.

Specially met Jessica Cameron @camrudd www.toprankresults.com and Kenny Hyder http://hyder.me/ OF course @geoffliving is here too http://www.livingstonbuzz.com/blog/.

Linking The Laid Off On Linkedin, On Facebook, And On MyLinkingPowerForum.com

I thought this message from Vince Wright was noble so I am reproducing his message below in the hope of spreading it.

 

Are you, or someone you know, one of the 1.2 Million Americans who lost their jobs in 2008? If so, please join us in "Linking The Laid Off".
The purpose of "Linking The Laid Off" to help those who've been laid off to expedite their job search via brainstorming about the social media services you and I know so well. If social media can be used to help fill the most powerful job in the world, it stands to reason that social media can help you and me find the jobs we need for ourselves and for our families.
At present there are three places you may choose to join "Linking The Laid Off":
1. On Facebook, it's located at: http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/group.php?gid=33270034268
2. On Linkedin Groups, it's located at:http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/1207327
3. On My Linking Power Forum, it's located at:http://mylinkingpowerforum.ning.com/group/LinkingTheLaidOff
We intend to focus on job search so, PLEASE help us get the word out.
Thanks, and Keep STRONG, Everybody!!
Vincent Wright
Entrepreneurial Recruiter/Social Media Consultant

Google queries for the last 24 hours from Pubcon

This came up int he panel Understanding The Complex Social Marketing Playing Field and the query that will give you the all the Google results in the last 24 hours is by adding &as_qdr=d to the end of your search query.To explain this in steps

a) Search google just like you normally do

b) in the address bar add this &as_qdr=d example  http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1C1GGLS_en-USUS292&q=barack+obama&as_qdr=d

c) You will see the results for the last 24 hours and also a drop down to change the period to 24 hours, last week, last month, last year.

 

Thanks Rand Fish of SEOMOZ

Other blog posts on this subject

http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2007/08/easy-way-to-find-recent-web-pages.html

 http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/useful-google-feature-better-date-search/

Social Media Club in San Francisco/Silicon Valley Nov 18th 2008

I am always excited to go to the West Coast even though it means that I fly almost what seems to be halfway to India :) This trip 16th to 18th November I am excited to be part of the Social Media Club in San Francisco/Silicon Valley event on Tuesday  November 18, 2008 in San Mateo for “Five for Sharing” a night of five 10 minute presentations of social media case studies.

The Social Media Club in San Francisco/Silicon Valley  would like to hear about ideas you want to present or want to see presented. See the Social Media Club site for more details. http://www.socialmediaclub.org/2008/11/07/five-for-sharing-social-media-case-studies-event-in-sfsv/

 

Five for Sharing: Social Media Case Studies

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PT)

San Mateo, CA

 

Signup here http://fiveforsharing.eventbrite.com/

 

If you are upto it and have time to meet let me know on 17th or 18th November in San Francisco we can have a tweetup maybe.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Blogger Relations in Network Solutions Corporate Website

I am very proud that the Network Solutions website has a tab under the PR contact that says Blogger Relations and has my Network Solutions phone number and contact information. As the Network Solutions Social Media Swami I have been working with our team to  help people on all possible channels where our customer's are. We have an id @netsolcares on Twitter. We encourage people to reach out to us on social media channels including the the Network Solutions Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/NetworkSolutions/6030829861?ref=ts.

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I sometimes get calls on my cell phone who have found my number on the Network Solutions page. I am thrilled about this as this gives me a chance to speak to customers directly. What can be more powerful than that. I pass some requests that Are beyond me  on to smarter people at Network Solutions who can help and we have been successful in providing a great experience using social media tools. I sometimes tweet my cell phone  number on Twitter during my commute and have had fantastic conversations with people all over the country.

I just posted all the Network Solutions Customer Service Phone numbers and other information on the Network Solutions' Blog http://blog.networksolutions.com/2008/network-solutions-phone-number/  to make it even easier for people to get in touch with us. Network Solutions phone numbers and Network Solutions Customer service numbers Customer Support 1-800-333-7680 are on the top of every page on the Network Solutions web site.

Talking about Blogger realtions Brian Solis has a good resource an EBook on  Blogger Relations


ebook: A Guide to Blogger Relations (New version available- This is 1.0) - Get more Business Plans


What other opportunities exist  that we can make use of for  communication to customers? Do you have  Blogger relations' contact? How do you manage to communicate your Customer service phone numbers ? Please comment and lets have a conversation

How to Change StumbelUpon password

This was bugging me a lot and I did not find a way to do this. Fortunately using Search I came up with this answer on a blog . It may be a way to encourage more people to download the toolbar. Well if you like StumbleUpon I guess you have to live with it. Did not see support for Opera and Chrome yet.

Good luck remembering your original password :)

Offline Link Love

Washington DC National Book Fair on the Mall had a board where you could recommend a book to the Library of Congress ( They probably have a copy of every book published anyway :) ). here is my offline link love to Rohit Bhargava for "Personality Not Included" . How do you relate your blog/website to your offline community ? Does an offline community exist?

In my case when I attend or speak at a event i get a hadnful if more blog visitors. Do you?

Friday, November 07, 2008

Evolutions of Dance ! Judson Laipply in Las Vegas

Blog World Expo Day 2

At Blog World Expo I had the pleasure to meet Judson Laipply at the Zappos party at Blog World Expo in Las Vegas. He literally danced on a ledge at the Planet Hollywood.

This is the best 6 minutes you will enjoy :

Reconnecting with Dan Roam - Author The Back of the Napkin

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In my first email to him after maybe 2 decades i almost said " Dude ! Where is the beard !". I met Dan Roam in the late 90's in the Soviet Union soon to be Russia where  he founded Red Square Productions in Moscow. I am not sure if he remembers this but my first ever video game in my life was from him on a 8088 HP laptop that had a battery that weighed like a tank. Dan looks very young in this picture above but don;t let that fool you , he looked younger when I knew him.  I hope I meet him again sometime soon.

It amazes me that I have met so many authors and consider many of them my friends. Here is a list of authors I have met - Dan Roam, Tim Ferriss, Guy Kawasaki, Rohit Bhargava, Debbie Weil , Geoff Livingston, Greg Cangialosi, Charlene LI, Sarah Lacy, Barry Moltz, Frank Warren, KD Paine, Jay Berkowitz, Malcolm Gladwell,  ( I may have forgotten some people)

Dan Roam's blog is at http://www.digitalroam.typepad.com/ and his bio courtesy of the Advertising show (http://www.theadvertisingshow.com/en/art/?1136)

here is a presentation he has on Slideshare :

Dan Roam is the founder of Digital Roam Inc, a management consulting company that helps business executives solve complex problems through visual thinking. His business book The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures was published March 2008 by Penguin Portfolio.
Through consulting projects and lectures, Dan has used his unique visual thinking approach to resolve business challenges at Microsoft, Google, Wal-Mart, eBay, Wells Fargo, Infosys Consulting, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, The Thomson Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, The MIT Sloan School of Management, The US Navy, Time Warner, Microsoft, Schlumberger, Aetna, HSBC, Lehman Brothers, GE, and the United States Senate.
Dan developed his understanding of the power of pictures as a business problem-solving tool when he founded Red Square Productions in Moscow in 1990, the first marketing communications company in the (then) Soviet Union. When he arrived in Russia his lack of Russian language skills forced him to use his visual skills to share ideas with colleagues and clients, and that is when he began developing the visual thinking tools introduced in The Back of the Napkin. When he returned to the United States seven years later to become a Client Partner at Razorfish, he spoke Russian well (not that it did him a lot of good anymore) but still found that pictures were the best way to share complex ideas and to solve business problems.
Dan received two degrees at the University of California, Santa Cruz: one in fine art and the second in biology. This combination of creative art and hard science began Dan’s cross-disciplinary approach to problem solving that is the backbone of his work and seminars. Dan is also a licensed pilot, a skill that demands constant practice in understanding visual information displays. Dan has applied his business-oriented visual thinking skills while living and working in Switzerland, Russia, Thailand, France, Holland, and the US. He lives with his wife and children in San Francisco.

Mary Meeker - Technology and Internet Trends 2008

This is a very sought after report each year from the Web 2,0 conference. its good that Morgan Stanley makes it available at sites like Slide Share for people to see. I am posting it in case it is useful to my readers. let me know.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Photo optimization : Inside the Marketers Studio - David Berkowitz's Marketing Blog

Dave Berkowitz wrote about Photo Optimization in the Media Post column Search Insider and has an interview of :



Meeting a self-described social media swami isn't necessarily a religious experience, but it's almost always a learning experience. At least that was the case when I met Shashi Bellamkonda, whose more formal title is the Chief Social Media Evangelist for Network Solutions.Inside the Marketers Studio - David Berkowitz's Marketing Blog, Nov 2008



You should read the whole article and post your comments

This picture got viewed 260 times on the day this post was published.
Blog World Expo 2008 Berkowitz meet Berkowitz
See Follow up post by Joe here http://thedailyjoe.net/?p=154

Live #votereports across the country:http://twittervotereport.com/

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You should check this site and also contribute to the votereport . it is easy :

Four ways to submit reports to Vote Report:

  • Twitter: include #votereport and other tags to describe the scene on the ground
  • SMS: Send text messages to 66937 (MOZES) starting with the keyword #votereport plus other hash tags
  • iPhone: We have a Twitter Vote Report iPhone app in the App store!
  • Phone: Call our automated system at 567-258-VOTE (8683) to report about conditions, using any touch-tone phone
Here is a message from Twittervotereport :

Today -  November 4th 2008, millions of Americans will go to over 200,000 distinct voting locations and using different systems and machinery to vote.  Some voters will have a terrific experiences, and others will experience the same problems we have been hearing about for years - long lines, broken machines, inaccurate voting rolls, and others will experience problems that we haven’t heard about before. That’s why a new citizen-driven election monitoring system called Twitter Vote Report (www.twittervotereport.com) was just launched. Using either Twitter.com, iPhone, direct SMS, or our telephone hotlines, voters will have a new way to share their experiences with one another and ensure that the media and watchdog groups are aware of any problems.

And YOU can help!  Be a citizen journalist!  Submit a report about conditions at your polling place.

Four ways to submit reports to Vote Report:

  • Twitter: include #votereport and other tags to describe the scene on the ground
  • SMS: Send text messages to 66937 (MOZES) starting with the keyword #votereport plus other hash tags
  • iPhone: We have a Twitter Vote Report iPhone app in the App store!
  • Phone: Call our automated system at 567-258-VOTE (8683) to report about conditions, using any touch-tone phone

And if you would like to talk to a human to report bad conditions you’ve observed, please call our partner 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

As news outlets and blogs will report on Election Day stories, www.twittervotereport.com is an invaluable resource for thousands of voters to get immediate help. From questions like “where do I vote” or “how do I make sure that my rights are being upheld,” Twitter Voter Report augments these efforts by providing a new way for voters to send text messages (aka tweets) via cellphones or computers which will  be aggregated and mapped so that everyone can see the Nation’s voting problems in real-time.

Imagine a nationwide web map with pins identifying every zip code where Americans are waiting over 30 minutes to vote or indicating those election districts where the voting machines are not working. Collectively we will inform each other when the lines are too long and ensure that media and watchdog groups know where problems exist.

For more information, go to www.twittervotereport.com.  The complete list of tags or keywords that you can include in your reports is listed there.   And please help to spread the word — send this to everyone you know!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Poptech 2008 - Camden Maine - Cool Gloves

These gloves were co cool that I had to take a picture

Rufus Cappadocia and Friends - Pop!Tech 2008

I wrote in a previous post about Rufus Cappadocia and his amazing cello performance and then on the last day of Poptech Rufus Cappadocia performed again with an amzing trio from Haiti. Here is apicture of me with the master drummers from Haiti.

Pop!tech Day 3