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Google Relaunches JotSpot as Google Sites

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My Twitter friend @krishnan sent me this link to the Business week article by Rob Hof that announces the Google launch. JotSpot will be the new online collaboration service that will be included in the Google apps.The new service lets people in an organization instantly create a wiki-style group workspace, where they can post text, videos, calendars, and various attachments for their group or department to view and editI agree with the author that Google is looking for new markets to move to the Google apps to spread the usage virally, Very interesting development and according to Krishnan "Google Sites (Jotspot) is listed under new features on Google Apps dashboard but it is not showing up in the service listing."

Maryland Tech Council & Network Solutions SEO Seminar

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Network Solutions & MD Tech Council Search Engine Optimization ConferenceIntroduction by Mark Glazer of the MD Tech Council

Last week I attended a Network Solutions Seminar on Search Engine Optimization, Pay Per Click Advertising, Link Building strategies. Harry Brooks who conducts these conferences is a buddy of mine both at work and outside of work. We have brainstormed how to get more customers to his wife's skin care business and generally have an interest in new technologies.

This seminar was organized jointly by the Maryland Tech Council and Network Solutions. I went becuase I wanted to meet people and also because the seminar was a mile from my house at the University of Maryland campus in Shady Grove campus ( alright now you know where I live ) and it also gave me a chance to work from home.

I made one Linkedin friend and one Twitter friend @rajivdhawan. I have been swamped with work so I have been neglecting my follow-up but I am hoping to get up to speed soon. We may be…

Network Solutions Stands behind its Blogger Social Media Swami

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Network Solutions Stands behind its Blogger Social Media Swami
Originally uploaded by shashiBellamkonda I am enjoying making these pictures. A picture says a thousand words. If you encourage me i can keep working on my drawing skills and hopefully be better at it.

This picture is meant to convey the support I am getting internally as I work on the Social media listening post for Network Solutions
Just trying to say that it was a challenge to move from product management to a newly created Social Media Position at Network Solutions. Now I have the freedom to listen and engage with the community and sufficient support to do a good job as the Face of Network Solutions in the Social Media

Good-practices-in-corporate-blogging-v1

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Originally uploaded by shashiBellamkonda My attempt to draw cartoons and give the message :
A Corporate blogger has to be the medium through which the company can listen to the community and communicate.

Shashi Bellamkonda : Social Media Swami : Network Solutions

Dc Area Twitter Folks - Wake Up early tomorrow to meet @cathleenritt

Cathleen Rittereiser is in town for a express visit on business . Just landed today and is going back tomorrow. I have been following her on Twitter and she is very interesting . I am looking forward to tweetup with @cathleenritt at the DC Union station on Thursday morning 8 a.m . (Feb 28th 2008)Place: Center Cafe
50 Massachusettes Avenue
Washington, DC 20002
Tel 202.682.0143
Fax 202.682.0347
centercafe@arkrestaurants.com If its get busy we can just hang out in the Union Station lobby and maybe do a freeze :) http://www.shashi.name/2008/02/grand-central-how-people-work-to-make.html . No need to RSVP please just show up if you can come. ( maybe you can leave a comment here so we can look out for you)Susan Reynolds calls Cathleen - official pea fund corporate officer to raise funds. Here is some top secret info ahead of time about Cathleen Rittereiser - She is "Wall Street by day, Comedy Legend by night" -
Comedian, writer, raconteur, firewalker and media personality. Cathleen …

Have >80 followers & following >70 people, then you are in the Twitter minority at about 10%.

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it was a nice surprise to get a email from Biz Stone of Twitter. I don't like update emails much but this was an eye opener. To me this was the first time I got some stats from Twitter.I got this Graph from the Twitter BlogThe other stats that were interesting to me 60% of the Twitter web traffic
is outside the US and 39% of that is from Japan.Twitterers from India please note you can Twitter via SMS using our new shortcode: 5566511it was nice of them to mention Dave Taylor's Twittervision being displayed at MOMATwitter at the MoMA
Twittervision, a popular Twitter API project, is included in a
show at the New York Museum of Modern Art titled "Design and the
Elastic Mind." The show explores the relationship between science
and design and is open from February 24 to May 12, 2008.

Small Business & Start Ups - Sleep.Fm's Ryan Spahn talks to Jonny Goldstein & Shashi Bellamkonda of Network Solutions

Ryan Spahn has great dreams. Maybe one day we will see him on the front cover of FastCompany. I ran into him at the Social Media Club DC meeting.

Here is what he has to say.


This is part of a series of interviews in preparation of launching a new blog for Network Solutions.

Social Media and Small Business - Is it right for everyone ?

Jessie Newburn is a social media coach, generational consultant, speaker, hula hooper and Iconic GenXer living in Columbia, Md. You can learn more about her on her website http://www.JessieNewburn.com/. We have been Facebook friends and met her at the February Social Media Club DC meeting. Here is her view and tips for Small business and Social Media. I am doing a series of interviews in preparation of launching a new blog for Network Solutions.Jessie thanks for the POV and wonderful to talk to you.

JetStart : Managing your Windows Start Up Program Menu

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I have too many programs installed on my Windows XP Media Center Edition ( Sorry not yet a MAC user but may be my next computer) and its a pain to use the start menu to search and open programs.I installed Jetstart and its so easy to use. I can now either use the alphabet menu or type the program name name to start the  program

Have you met your Social Media Friends offline?

I have met many of my online friends offline and want to meet more of them. Social Media makes everyone's life transparent and also allows people to make new friends both online and offline. I am hoping to find out if this is common with this poll. Please answer and also tell your friends to answer. I am not looking for ppl who were your friends and then are now connected with you online.

DC/MD/VA Social Media practitioners you have time to vote yes here by coming to this tweetup on Feb 28th in DC
Opinion Polls & Market Research

See the Poll results with a map.

Social Media Club DC Meeting - February 21st 2008 - @Technosailor spills secrets

Created with Admarket'sflickrSLiDR.There were about 20 odd people who listened to the powerful presentation by @technosailor aka Aaron Brazell of Director of Technology at b5media and a social media consultant at the offices of Viget labs in Falls Church.. The topic was “Blog Draft Day: Making it Into the Bigs” .Larissa Fair of Livingston Buzz introduced Technosailor Explaining his history of getting into the Blog arena, he confessed that he did not own a boat :). As soon as I tweeted this Chris Brogan Tweeted back '- he doesn't need a boat. He walks on water. :)"Instead of a point to point blog post about the presentation i can save you time by pointing you to Technosailor's Blog where the ustream archive is posted.The key take aways (IMHO)1) Care about your readers, find out who they are, How many ? 2) Traffic may not be important in the future but distribution will be.3) Technosailor likes Mark Twain and does not have a boatAfter a meeting specially Social Medi…

Write the next edition of the 4 Hour work Week

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I met Tim Ferriss a few months ago at the New New internet Conference organized by Executive biz. I met him in the speakers room and we chatted a bit and he is a very nice and personable guy. His book is about saving time. i think he is an advocate of not letting email destroy your life. See his post on How to Stop Checking E-mail on the Evenings and Weekends . Despite my belief in Tim Ferriss and his book I have not become his disciple yet ( see the time I am making this post :) )Now Tim Ferriss has started a wiki where anyone can contribute to the next edition of his book 4HourWork Week. To get the password and details read his blog Experiments in Life Style Design.Great idea Tim to outsource the writing of your book ;)

Get Attention to your email - at least Chris Brogan's Attention

In the post Writing More Effective Email on Chris Brogan's blog Chris gives tips on how to attract his attention in an email. The subject line is very important. Chris's suggestions for the Subject line:

DECISION NEEDED: Picking the corporate logo today SCHEDULING: Check Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday PROMOTION HELP: Looking for some blog and Twitter love [chrisbrogan.com] seems offline. You might want to check. MICROSOFT DEAL: Should we take it? (from JYang@yahoo.com)Please head over and read the full post but here is what I commented on his blog:We think alike. I have had my share of bosses and as soon as I move to their fiefdom I train them on my email subject lines.ACT : need an answer ASAPARTICLE INFO: Something that I saw online read at your leisure.INFO : CCing you on something that u have a choice to read or ignoreBREAKING NEWS: All hell is breaking loose we need to talkJOKE: Sending you a PJ please do not read in a meeting.
Usually ACT and Joke gets me the quickest respo…

Watch Out - I am going to be on Jonny’s Par-tay, the live interactive web video talk show

The world wide broadcast of the Jonny's Par-tay has a new guest this week - Your truly  ( thats me :) ). I am excited - Jonny is a very funny guy and has had celebrities on his past shows. I am honored that he has invited me.

I hope I have intersting things to say if not e I invite you to send me photos of rotten tomatoes by email :) Jonny is multi talented and with Scott Stead behind the camera the show will definitely succeed. 

What:Jonny’s Par-tay, the live interactive web video talk show.

Who: Jonny Goldstein & Scott Stead, with Featured guest Shashi Bellamkonda.

How to watch: Just go to jonnygoldstein.com.

When: 9PM EST, Weds, Feb 20


Details on Jonny's blog - 
"Weds, Feb 20, 9PM EST Shashi Bellamkonda, Social Media Swami, is Ready to Par-tay"

Search Engine Optimization Conference (Sponsored by Network Solutions) Rockville MD

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EventsSearch Engine Optimization ConferenceFebruary 21, 2008 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Universities of Maryland at Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 2085071% of consumers use a search engine to find websites*. To be found by new customers, your site must first be found by search engines! Come join us for a live in-person seminar and learn the best practice Search Marketing strategies to grow your business, along with: How to get increased traffic to your Web site The best way to get qualified customers actively searching for the products and services you offer The factors that affect your search engine rankings The impact of search technology on your bottom line Join us to hear expert speakers discuss topics such as Search Engine Optimization, Pay Per Click Advertising, Link Building strategies, and more. You get four hours of information-packed tips and techniques for only $99. Just pick which session you would like to attend when you register. For more information about this…

Travis Fore Joins the Team at Network Solutions

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Over the weekend I connected with Travis Fore the new  Senior Vice President of Sales at Network Solutions .  He is starting next week and I look forward to meeting him in person.

Travis was previously Vice President - Sales and Service at Citysearch, IAC in Atlanta . Prior to joining Citysearch, Travis was Director of Sales for Yellowpages.com LLC, a joint venture of AT&T and BellSouth, responsible for increasing revenues and expanding its sales force while managing the migration of SMARTPages.com, RealPages.com, and Yellowpages.com into a single site and platform. Being the Social Media person ( My Choice : Social Media Swami) at Network Solutions I connected with him on social media first - On LinkedIn. We also have a shared connection Richard Rosen - FastCall411, CEO & Founder. Local / mobile search and pay-per-call expert.
Travis is a huge Social Media advocate and I am looking forward to exciting times with him on our team. Welcome !

1.14 trees/year can be saved with the smaller margins in Word

The Sunday Source yesterday (Feb 17th 2008) carried a article  by Eviana Hartman describing a project founded by Los Angeles-based actress and writer Tamara Krinsky to conserve paper. Tamara advocates a simple change that anyone can believe in: By altering the printing margin preference for Microsoft Word documents from the standard 1.25 inches to 0.75 inch, Americans can save a whole lot of paper -- and trees, and money.This is so logical and given the minimal affect on people reading the document this is something we can all easily do. In fact on her blog http://www.changethemargins.com/ Tamara has a petition to get Microsoft to reduce the preset margins in Word.Changing Margins InstructionsIf you have a PC, here's how to change the margins in Microsoft Word: 1. Go to File, then Page Setup. 2. In the Margins tab, type in 0.75 for top, bottom, left and right. 3. Click the Default button at the bottom of the Margins tab. A prompt will ask if you want to change the default settings…

Discovering: WhyGoSolo - Connecting online buddies offline

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Splendid review of WhyGoSolo by Jeff Pulver. Imagine you are in a hotel away from home and you could discover that another buddy of yours is in the hotel a block away and you didnt know this. WhoGoSolo solves that problem and meet new people instead of sitting in your hotel ordering room service. Connect with a local and do something new and fun.

I use the website tripadvisor quite a lot and then when we actually go on the trip sometimes by coincidence I talk to another vacationer and they happen to be from the same thread. WhoGoSolo can make this a reality instead of a coincidence.Now if you are a event organizer or if you are just going out to dinner and want like minded friends to join its easy to create a event and your circle can join if they are free.

As I asked people to Digg this story @lalunablanca already created a Sushi dinner event for anyone to join him and his wife for Sushi dinner in Memphis. Now I wish i was in Memphis. My gut feeling is that as the network grows WhyGo…

New Venue for MD/DC/VA Tweetup - Feb 28th

I had posted the Tweetup details on a previous post and the venue is now changed. We have a good response and also some out of town. The venue is now in DC and is combined with the DC Media Makers meet. Sorry if anyone is inconvenienced by this but I thought this was best for a majority of people even though I would have loved to have brought the fellow tweeples to Rockville.

Details of the new place and location :DATE:
Thur, 2/28th TIME:
7:00-8:00pm*
*a one hour Meetup on....:
Stowe Boyd (The Stowe Boyd- @stoweboyd, www.stoweboyd.com/message/) will chat with us.
Andy Carvin will share avcool new NPR video project .
PodcampDC this April; WomenWhoTech Summit this March; changes in DC Media Makers plus DINNER:
8:00pm-As It Flows:pm...
For all socially & nutritionally inclined, join us for dinner afterward at nearby Capitol City Brewing Co NEW LOCATION, SECURITY, METRO (for February's meetup):
ContentNow http://www.contentnow.com/ Michael Goldstein, founder/CEO
1100 New York Avenue, NW, Sui…

Startup in my Backyard : cookthink: Ingredients to Recipes

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I saw the TechCrunch review of CookThink by Duncan Reiley and was surprised to see that CookThink is based in DC. Techcrunch calls it "Pandora for Recipes'. How it works  is that you sign up and you can choose based on ingredient, dish, cuisine, mood. There is also a tag clud that you can click to get your recipe.Search through or browse all the recipes. I searched for Curry +stew and it gave me a recipe for Simmered Red Curry Fish. it gave me  2 accompanying dishes ( simple whole wheat couscous- my wife will love the whole wheat part and simple pearled barley) and also 2 related tips - how to slice zucchini and Onion.Commenters on the TechCrunch post also suggest the following sites :www.opensourcefood.comgrouprecipes.comCooking With FriendsBeing a DC company and privately funded I wish them the best and hope to meet the founders at a local event.

Printable Calendar

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There used to be a time when I depended heavily on wall calendars. Now in the computer age its my Outlook and the TMobile Dash that does most of the calendaring. But when I have to plan something that involves many days and many tasks like a trip I look for wall calendars.   I have a James Bond calendar on my cubicle ( I like James Bond and this was on sale :) ) . On the web I go to timeanddate.com for any time zone planning or planning a meeting in advance.Today I discovered pdfcalendar.com that lets you choose individual months to print as a PDF doc. As i don't have Adobe 8.0 pro I cannot fill up the calendar. I don't mind  using a pen or pencil now and then.its a simple need but Still made me excited that I could use a online tool to do a offline task.

Forbes : Presidential Candidates not courting America’s small-business owners and employees

I saw this in Rich KarlGraad's Column in the printed edition of Forbes this morning. it had a interesting ring to it because I had not read or heard the Small Business angle before. According to his Blog post / Column :Small business employs half of working Americans. It creates 80% of the new jobs. Yet no candidate talks much about small business.Reagan won the hearts and votes of small business.Every Republican candidate in 2008 claims to be the true heir to Reagan. Oh yeah? If anyone is serious about claiming Reagan's mantle, he should court small business with more gusto.What do you think? Is the small business vote up for grabs? Do you think a Republican, against the prevailing winds of 2008, could win the presidency by aggressively courting small business?I am not adding any commentary to this since I posted this in my industry, technology blog. Please read the post and form your own conclusions

Bradley Horowitz Says 'Goodbye Yahoo!"

According to New York Times, Bradley Horowitz was Yahoo’s face at countless technology conferences and according to Tech Crunch he was " universally liked and respected ". Bradley Horowitz  is going to join Google and work with Joe Kraus, director of product management and head of Google’s OpenSocial initiative.

On his own Blog Elatable | Bradley Horowitz provides a classic example of how cordial a seperation can be between the company and an employee. I am inspired by this blog post and anyone under these circumstances should adopt this spirit of professionalism.

Heathrow Launches RFID Trial to Track Luggage

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The New York Times has a article by By Jeremy Kirk that Heathrow  airport is starting to affix radio chips to the luggage of passengers as part of an experiment aimed at reducing lost bags. The six-month trial will involve tagging around 50,000 bags a month with RFID (radio frequency identification tags) for passengers traveling or transferring on Emirates Airline between Dubai and Heathrow, said BAA, the company that runs the airport.I have traveled through Heathrow 2 times in the last 5 years and my baggage was misplaced both times. Both times I traveled Emirates from London . Emirates is a wonderful airline and they delivered the luggage to me the next day at 2 a.m but I still love them.I hope this trial is successful and it gets implemented by all airlines and they also provide a way for you to track your baggage online and maybe be able to say -"Wow My Bag went to Indiana instead of India" :)I like Emirates also because this is what they give kids and also seem to have …

Shel Israel Rolls out "The Revised SAP Roll-Your-Own Survey "

I was interviewed by Shel Israel for his SAP Global Neighborhood Survey - Social Media's impact on business & culture. early this month. I am very happy that Shel has a DIY survey on his Blog Global Neighbourhoods that you can answer and post on your blog or send it to him in an email.

In his words so far the SAP series has "60,000 words based on interviews with people in 32 countries on how social media impacts their cultures and business."

Go for it if you are involved in the Social Media.

How Small Business Can Use Search Marketing - Small Business Technology Summit

Harry Brooks my friend and colleague was a guest speaker at the Small Business Technology Summit New York Feb 11th 2008 which I attended. Network Solutions was one of the sponsors. This was my attempt to record a conference speech. Please let me know how I did Score 1-10. Thanks!

Harry Brooks manages sales and search marketing education programs which trains small business owners on how to develop a search marketing strategy. He created and launched the Internet Marketing Webinar series for Network Solutions which covers topics like Search Engine Optimization, Pay Per Click Advertising Campaigns, Link Building.

Harry contributes to Network Solutions Online Marketing Blog.

Meeting Barry Moltz who asks " How do you bounce?" - Small Business Tech Summit New York

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AMAZING SPEAKER HELD THE AUDIENCE SPELL BOUND

Barry Moltz is the author of 'You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business " and just released his second book "Bounce! Failure, Resiliency and the Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success". I met him at the Small Business Technology Summit NYC Feb 11th that i attended with a few of my colleagues from Network Solutions. Barry was the keynote speaker for the theme "Bounce! The Path to True Business Confidence". We met even before the speech as he was going around distributing balls made of rubber bands and asking people " How do you bounce?". He captured the responses on a cool Flip camera and posted them on You Tube and on his blog "Crazy about Business, Insane for Success"



You still have an opportunity to tell him "How you bounce?" by uploading a video here or commenting on his blog.

In his captivating and full of humor speech, the message w…

Advice to Small Business - Backup, Use CRM , Use Social Media - Small Business Technology Summit - NYC Feb 11th 2008

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This is the 2nd year that along with a few collagues from Network Solutions attended the Small Business Technology Summit at the Crowne Plaza Manhattan Times Square- New York City on Feb 11th. One of the reasons I was back was the sheer energy of the Ramon Ray in organizing the summit along with Marian Banker. The people I met at the Summit were small business owners, marketers , business and efficiency coaches, product companies. ( Network Solutions - the company I work for was also a sponsor)Last year I recollect the oft repeated themes from the various speakers and panels was "web sites ", "Search engine optimization" . This year "backup" was the buzz word and by the end of the summit I am sure all small business owners present went home and eagerly googled for a solution if they were not persuaded to try Jennifer Waltzer's company Back Up My Info . Backupmyinfo offers a completely automated online data backup and recovery service for your compute…

Small Business Tech Summit New York - ThinkXic.com

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I met Paul Groncki at the Small Business Summit in New York on Feb 11th 2008 that in attended on behalf of Network Solutions. We sat at the same table and as we chatted he told me that he worked for ThinkXic.His firm helps companies with facilitation for meetings. Help companies  get productive results from meetings/brainstorming sessions. That would enable companies to adopt a disciplined, systematic approach to innovation and creativity and change the way they  perform. Paul has a impressive bio at the ThinkXic.com website.Tim Hurson ( author of Think Better : An innovator's guide to productive thinking) one of the founders of ThinkXic will be speaking at the : Productive Thinking workshop on April 4th in NYC. Network Solutions was one of the sponsors of the Summit and Harry Brooks my colleague and friend spoke about Search Engine Marketing for Small Businesses.

How Small Business can use Social Media - Small Business Summit New York February 2008 -

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I attended the Small Business Technology Summit on Feb 11th at New York. Network Solutions was one of the sponsors. I met a lot of interesting people here and will post them in a series. Here is the first of the series with Pamela O'Hara President of BatchBlue talking about how small business can leverage Social Media. She is also a blogger at http://blog.batchblue.com/ and Michelle Riggen-Ransom who is the Communications Director at BatchBlue and blogger on the BatchBlue Blog lets us know how BatchBlue has adopted the social media.Their company Batch Blue makes tools for other Small Business. One of their products the BatchBook is a combination of a contacts management system; a communications management system; and a task management system.I met Pamela and Michelle as we sat at the same table and they asked me if I was a "VIP" as I was sitting at a table versus the chairs :) . They have a great story of how they started the company but that's another post. We talke…

OoVoo video calling - Multimedia conversations moving to Video

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I joined the MyOovooday.com video chat with Conniereece and SusanReyolds. Today (Feb10th is Susan Reynold's Birthday) .Oovoo facilitates a video chat using a webcam so people can converse while actually seeing each other. Its in beta so there is a certain learning experience involved in joining the chat. On its own Oovoo is a chat client that you can use with your webcam , its not different from Yahoo/ MS messenger. While its easy to open a chat for now the sync between signing up for a chat at MyOovooday.com and the Oovoo client is not fully integrated. There was some feedback echo while chatting. That being said it was a great experience to be able to chat on video. I saw people's cats and dogs and also got to show my spokesperson ( 2 yr old son !). As Oovoo gets more tested it will be nice if it had a Twitter integration where you can chat in Twitter and OOvoo simultaneously.Of course over the weekend Utterz also added the ability to chat using video and you can even upload…

Yahoo Board Rejects Microsoft Offer - Washington Post

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This could be a prolonged battle as the Microsoft offer was unsolicited. The Washington Post article quoted "sources close to the discussions" so no official statement yet. here are some highlights from the Washington Post article. The Wall Street Journal website  reported this online yesterday.Microsoft's response could be:Circumvent the board by appealing directly to the shareholders Apply for board positions on Yahoo's board( all 10 positions are up for re-election) Increase its offer per share Meanwhile the Post article and several other news web sites are speculating on Yahoo's strategy:Yahoo outsources its search-ads function to Google Google must be happy at least for now. The Yahoo Internet properties have the largest online audience 137 million monthly visitors.What does this mean for you and me. Life as usual for now and we may be a month away from any new developments here. Let me caveat that by saying I have been proved wrong many times.

Meeting Jeff Pulver in DC

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Jeff Pulver and Shashi
Originally uploaded by shashiBellamkonda Jeff Pulver likes the title "Technology Anthropologist ". I had heard of him through Pulver.tv and his involvement in Podcamp Boston. When I spoke to Chris Brogan about the old irc days he mentioned Jeff Pulver as a great expert on the subject. He is active on Facebook and Twitter and always thinking of something new. A group of DC twitter folks met him for diner at Chef Geoffs in DC on feb 6th. Jeff told us some intersting stories including the FCC's Pulver Order.

As I learnt more I got to know that he has been involved in the Internet/IP communications and innovation arena since 1994 . People consider him among the one of the true pioneers of the VoIP industry and a leader in the emerging TV on the Net industry

Jeff Pulver is the Chairman and Founder of pulver.com, and one of the true pioneers of the VoIP industry and a leader in the emerging TV on the Net industry. Leveraging well over a decade of hands-o…

Meeting a VC in DC - Eric Litman

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Eric Litman & Shashi
Originally uploaded by shashiBellamkonda I have been following Eric Litman for sometime on Twitter. He is the Managing Director of Washington VC. I was excited when my friend Rana Shobaney joined Washington VC. She is a great asset. Washington VC, a private equity fund that incubates early stage companies through the exchange of complementary technologies and marketing services

Washington VC has a great portfolio of companies . See the list at the Washington VC website. I was so thrilled to hear that they are working with non-profits like grassroots.org and Make Change! Trust .

Usually I would have been awed to be in the presence of a VC ( Guy Kawasaki always comes to mind) After meeting Eric I now realized that VCs don't bite ( My attempt at humor)We met at the dinner in honor of Jeff Pulver at the Chef Geoff's in Downtown DC.

In the brief chat I had with him I learnt that he had also worked for Apple. He answered all my questions patiently and asked me ge…

Media Rules Launch party - Downtown DC

Went to DC this evening for the launch of the Media Rules. The party was at the offices of Virilion. in Downtown DC. The party was spread all over the office. I liked that as the conversations were going on all over the corridors. The audience was cheerful and formally dressed. Ironically that was the first party I was dressed causally. I will review the book on a later post since I have a queue of books to catchup on. Since taking over as the Social media Swami for Network Solutions I am lucky to meet a lot of authors and its interesting to watch the tone of the launch parties. I attended the launch of Geoff Livingston's bookNow is Gone and it was at a restaurant Piola (Reviewed here). I met Shel Israel virutally on Twitter. My friend Rohit Bhargava is launching " Personality not included " and I hope to go to that lauch and also see if he can speak to us at Network Solutions for a learning lunch.

Sign that welcomes me on the 3rd floor

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Network Solutions helping Small Business with complete solutions Originally uploaded by shashiBellamkonda
This is a new sign that came up as I enter my 3rd floor corridor. I am trying to show more of what happens within Network Solutions and would like ideas on what you think may be interesting. I blogged about my neighbor who I was pleasantly surprised is an actress :) I am looking forward to your comments and suggestions.

As I said in my interview with Shel Israel -Network Solutions has reinvented itself to focus in on providing tools to help small businesses succeed online- ImageCafé – the product that I managed was one of them (Publish a website easily with absolutely no tech knowledge.).

Meeting with Diane President & CEO Communispace

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Meeting with Diane President & CEO Communispace
Originally uploaded by shashiBellamkonda In the picture along with her is Andy Hessabi my friend and Manager, Market Research at Network Solutions It was good to meet Diane Hessan President & CEO of Communispace  at the Network Solutions offices today. We discussed Social Media and got some interesting insights and advice from her. She mentioned that she had seen Shel Israel's post with my interview. ( Shel thanks for opening a few doors for me :))

Communispace has helped me a lot while I was the Product Manager of ImageCafe - Network Solutions easy to use web site building tool. My monthly chats with the Communispace community were both fun and very insightful. Gave me a indication of what the customers were looking for. Network Solutions has been been using CommuniSpace as a social media tool for a few years.

Jeremiah Owyang has a great post on the 4 tenets of Community Managers and it has a mention of Communispace.

Diane pa…

Fresh Peel: Creativity Contest

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Thank you Chris Wilson for sending me details of this contest. I am not sure if he thought my Flickr pics were creative but I know a lot of friends who are good photographers and hope they will enter and win.Details at The Marketing Fresh Peel an extract below :Who can Enter?Anyone can enter. The only restriction is that you are only allowed to submit one photo per person and no spamming. All you have to do is show us what creativity means to you in a digital photograph. Entries will be judged on creativity. How to EnterTake a photo showing what creativity means to you.Upload it to your Flickr account. (Open an account if you don’t already have one. It’s free!)Join the Flickr the Fresh Peel: Creativity Contest group.Send your creativity photo to the Fresh Peel: Creativity group.Tell your friends to vote for you when the time comes!Good luck !

Funny Video - Network Solutions is a changed company

I got interviewed by Shel Israel for his series Global Neighbourhoods - Social Media's impact on business & culture. where I said that "Network Solutions has reinvented itself to focus in on providing tools to help small businesses succeed online" and hope this ad proves the point that we are no longer just a domain name company. As for me personally I hope people will know where I work by looking at this ad. Its funny and the Advertising folks did well in my opinion.

How to Manage multiple Tabs in Firefox

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My Friend and fellow DC Twitter Andre Blackman @mindofandre on Twitter tweeted:Have too many tabs in Firefox? Interesting post on MakeUseOf.com  I'm hoping @leslieann44 can benefit The site MakeUseOf.com is a really a cool site - in this post it lists 7 powerful add-ons to improve your tabbed browsing. If you open too many windows at the same time check this site out. They have a large list of free web apps too.

Business Week Reports .Post Domain Name in the works

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Just saw a Google alert that lead me to a story on Business Week online. The report from AP ANICK JESDANUN says that A new "dot-post" Internet address in the works aims to set apart the electronic services increasingly offered by postal agencies around the world.Backers say restricting the ".post" domain name to postal agencies or groups that provide postal services would instill trust in Web sites using such names. By contrast, popular suffixes such as ".com" and ".org" are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.It seems a nice idea and the logic seems good.

Just wanted to make it clear that this post has nothing to do with my day job at Network Solutions. I just found the news interesting.

Twitter - A Captive Audience Measurement Tool

The Super Bowl is still a traditional media Advertising's Mega Market. While the game itself is sometimes secondary to people who watch the Superbowl for the buzz that it creates.

Today on Twitter as the game went on there was a huge twitter participation. I estimate there were about 400 tweets that included the word "Superbowlads".

Such data is huge for marketers to judge audience reaction. What are the reactions the ads caused? I am sure the demographics of the audience , geographical location , viewpoints were varied and a treasure trove for market research. The only common factor is that the audience consists of Swimmers as Jeremiah Owyang calls early adopters.
Imagine if a market research company had attempted this by inviting people of similar profiles as the Twitter community to watch it in a place there they could instantly get the reaction. Now they just have to search Twitter and analyze this data.

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What will it take for Twitter folks to move to a Competitor?

Every time Twitter has been down it was an event. The first major maintenance, I recall a lot of us went to Pownce during that time. Jaiku has been  allowing your Twitter feed to be posted to Jaiku so you are virtually there anyway. Last week's maintenance was a surprise to me and it seems to have gone beyond the window announced. This time some of us used a  place called Chatmaker.net  thanks to Jeff Hibbard my friend who is a mobile video blogger.

Shel Israel wrote an open letter to the Twitter Founders in his Blog 'Global Neighborhoods" where he asks the Twitter founders to fix what is broken and reveal the monetization plan. I asked Twitter in general whether they had introduced any new features in the last maintenance outage and Mike MCAllister  .Pointed me to these two links where it appears that Twitter moved Hosting companies to NTT America ( Formerly known as Verio) The Twitter Blog confirms that and Techcrunch has its own view of the move

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Grand Central - How people work to make you smile and have fun

I saw the chatter about Grand Central on Twitter and thought Google had announced something on thier property Grand Central. I followed @jowyang Jeremiah Owyang of Web Strategist to come across this video. Watch and enjoy.Jeremiah has a SF version of a similar activity "Zombie Flash Mob"See the website os the organizers : Improv everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 70 missions involving thousands of undercover agents. The group is based in New York City.

My Social Media Friends on Washington Post's Blog Roll

I was thrilled to see the people I know on Washington Post Blog's Blog roll.

Nick O Neil - Social Times    @biznickmanGeoff Livingston's Buzz Bin  @geofflivingRoss Karchner's DC Tech Events @rosskCongrats people ! One Day when I write better I hope to join you :)

Communication Overtones: Social Media Trends Revisited: What's Hot and What's Not for 2008

Communication Overtones: Social Media Trends Revisited: What's Hot and What's Not for 2008

Kami has written a good post that focuses on Social Media Predictions for 2008. Her blog is about about public relations and communications .I met her at a meetup in DC and took her help to convince my bosses to setup a Social Media Relations position in Network Solutions.

That proves a point that the new social media is about enmeshing your Social Media contacts into offline friends.

That was among the topics of the DC Media Makerss meet yesterday.

Kami's Blog - Communication Overtones - is a great read. You should subscribe to her feed.