Sunday, July 26, 2009

Companies engaging in Social Media much before a crisis have an advantage in quicker communication to customers

Over the last few days I have been working with the whole team to communicate with the customers and community after Network Solutions issued an E-Commerce Data Security alert to merchants who might have been affected by an unauthorized code on servers supporting some of its ecommerce merchants’ websites. The code has been promptly removed and all of the ecommerce servers are checked regularly. No servers supporting Networksolutions.com customers were affected. More details at http://www.careandprotect.com

At Network Solutions  we have been engaging in the Social Media for  some  time now and that helped with our communications with the customer and community.  Here is a link to our post explaining how Network Solutions is using social media to act faster in a crisis. Thanks to the community who is helped us spread the word.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Social Networking for Law Firms 102: Washington DC July 22

Social Networking for Law Firms 102 Washington DC

A few weeks back we had a Social Networking 101 for legal firms and Raj Malik who spoke a the event wrote a recap "Even Lawyers Can have a Conversation"

The next event is Wednesday, July 22, 2009 from 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (ET). Register here for the event http://growsmartbizlaw2.eventbrite.com/ Thanks Larissa !

Increasing budget cuts due to the economy is on everyone’s mind this year. How can you advise your clients on the best strategies for engaging in social networks? What counsel can you provide in the way of guidelines, tips, and legal standards?

In this digital age and 24-hour news cycle, it’s important also for companies to be proactive in managing their web presence, especially in times of crisis. How can you best use social media to relay your message, and be within your legal rights? Join us for a breakfast meeting with Vice President of Digital Media at Levick Strategic Communications, Dallas Lawrence and TMG Strategies Vice President Gayle Weiswasser to discuss how to counsel your clients on these important issues.

This event is being sponsored by the Small Business Index: http://growsmartbusiness.com. Special thanks to Steptoe & Johnson, LLP for hosting the event.

Join us in August for the final event of the series, where we talk about ethics in social media.

Unintentional Entrepreneur: San Francisco - Meetup July 15th

Unintentional Entrepreneur: San Francisco - Eventbrite I am thrilled to be speaking at Unintentional Entrepreneur: San Francisco event - A free workshop for entrepreneurs (with beer + pizza)


Wednesday, July 15th
6:00 - 8:30pm
Langton Labs
9 Langton St

I believe this is SOMA and its very contemporary. If you or you know someone who is interested hope you will come or send this invitation to your friends.

What would you like to hear at events like this ?

Gnomedex T-shirts


Horse back, originally uploaded by ShashiBellamkonda.

Of all the swag I got last year the first place goes to the Gnomedex 8.0 Human Circuitry T Shirt . I hope Gnomedex excels even more.

Gnomedex is Aug 20-22 details at http://www.gnomedex.com

Saturday, July 11, 2009

How to strip and crimp a Wire?


Crimp & Strip Woofer Speaker Wire -- powered by eHow.com

I founf this very useful when over the weekend I setup a new speaker system. Thanks everyone on Twitter and Facebook who helped me by recommending the best value products

Friday, July 10, 2009

Social Media and New Roles For Employees - BusinessWeek

Social Media and New Roles For Employees - BusinessWeek

Great article by Dan Schwebel @danschawbel in the business week. Must read for people helping their company in the social media.

My advice is take advantage of the fact that branding has been transitioned solely from the grasp of companies and their "official" brand messengers. Regardless of your job title, social media allows you to assist your company like never before, while also garnering some career protection for yourself.


I love this statement from the article 'The more employees that become brand guardians, the safer the corporate brand will be."

Ken Yancey : SCORE CEO on Fox Business News

“Treat your customers like royalty” said Ken Yancey in this interview on FoxBusinessNews. The CEO of SCORE.  Tap angel investors and friends and family for funding if banks are tight.. were among the advice for Small Business given in the interview. In these times  entrepreneurs should  pay a lot of attention to feasibility and thought while starting business and SCORE advisors can help by providing free consultancy.
More info on Ken Yancey  and SCORE : http://www.score.org/management_team.html

Blogger appointed to GM’s helm

I was thrilled at the News that Bob Lutz who started blogging on the GM FastLane blog is back. The Gm press release says:

Bob Lutz has agreed to join the new GM as vice chairman responsible for all creative elements of products and customer relationships. Lutz and Tom Stephens, vice chairman, product development, will work together as a team, partnering with Ed Welburn, vice president of design, to guide all creative aspects of design. GM's brands, marketing, advertising, and communications will report to Lutz for consistent messaging and results. He will report to Henderson, and be part of the newly formed executive committee.

"I am pleased to announce that we are 'unretiring' Bob Lutz so he can fill this important position in the new GM," said Henderson. "He has a proven track record of unleashing creativity in the design and development of GM cars and trucks. This new role allows him to take that passion a step further, applying it to other parts of GM that connect directly with customers."

I read about Bob Lutz in Debbie Weil’s  “The Corporate Blogging book” . A few month’s ago he came to Washington DC to demonstrate eco friendly GM  vehicles to Montgomery County school kids.

Shel Israel interviewed Bob Lutz for his blog Global Neighbourhoods

As a board member at the Fortune 3 company, Lutz began blogging on GMFastLane in early 2005. FastLane has become one of a growing number of GM blogs and social media programs. FastLane has evolved into a team blog.

I am confident that Bob Lutz as vice chairman responsible for all creative elements of products and customer relationships at Gm will do a fantastic job. Congrats ! GM

Monday, July 06, 2009

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Hats & Heads on the National Mall

In the sweltering heat on the afternoon of July 4th 2009 it was not surprising that a lot of folks were wearing something to protect their heads. From the pictures I took i choose the ones that the subjects had hats on. Which is your favorite ?

Its a bird, its a plane or .... ?


July 4th 2009, originally uploaded by ShashiBellamkonda.

This was a cool bike I saw on the Mall on July 4th 2009. Many admirers surrounded the rider who had the NASA tshirt

Dreams Vs. Nightmares : Honda

Saturday, July 04, 2009