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Humor is good at any time

Humor is good at any time, originally uploaded by shashiBellamkonda. Yesterday I asked a question ? to the community to help fight phishing - got a lot of good feedback & some funny ones too.

Thanks for bringing a smile during the day. We are still looking for ideas and feedback. please email smedia [ at ] networksolutions {.}com or comment at

Phishing Alert : This is not from Network Solutions

Network Solutions has  been receiving reports that some customers are getting  spam/phishing emails that are fraudulent. There are reports that customers of other registrars are also receiving similar spam/phishing emails. The email may have  the subject line "Attention: domain will be expired soon." There is a link the email that says "'Renew your domain now and while it shows it actually goes to>  now look closer , the link actually goes to the domain " ". See image below. Gay Warner on his blog has posted some of the domain names that the spammers are using.Please take precautions, when you click on any link in an email.  Also please make sure you check the top address bar of your browser before entering any information. A genuine network solutions page should look like this in the browser, the important part of t…

10 Commandments for the President Elect - to Save the US Economy

This was one of the sessions at Pop!Tech that had me riveted to my seat. I took 100 pictures of the session and put them on my ShashiBellamkonda Flickr Feed.
Juan explained the economics in sucah a simple way and you will agree with me when you see this video and also read the discussions on the Pop!tech website (links are below) . 

Juan Enriquez (2008) Pop!Tech Pop!Cast from PopTech on Vimeo. (download Juan’s presentation as a pdf) To continue the conversation, Pop!Tech has set up a couple spaces where:1. Anyone can join in a respectful, civil and fact-based debate on how we got into this mess and what it’s going to take to fix it.  Additionally, participants can work collaboratively on a set of wikified financial commandments for the next President of the United States - to address the crisis: Participants can brainstorm about new, creative ways to tell our leaders – parties, candidates and, inevitably, Presidents-elect – that they have permissio…

Meeting Frank Warren :

Meeting Frank Warren of
Originally uploaded by shashiBellamkonda In another one of those karmic moments, as I completed security and walked to wards my gate at the Portland Maine jetport I saw Frank Warren ( ) and Joe Navarro ( and Ian Lipkin sitting at a restaurant. I joined them and had an amazing conversation . As we were on the same flight Frank Warren told me a lot about and his story and we exchanged ideas and I got a lot of ideas from him.
Post secret is a blog and its driven by user contribution. Frank started by distributing post secret post cards and anyone could send in their secret. This became a mass movement and Frank now receives 000's of post cards each week. 
Frank gives talks at a lot of colleges that encourages young people and has written several books on the post secrets .
I really want to connect the DC blogger community with Frank as there is a lot of learning here.  What do you …

Yahoo ! Sends Diwali Greetings . Thanks .

Just saw the tweet from Andy Carvin about Yahoo! changing its logo to wish Yahoo! users a Happy Diwali. Google has the logo only on its India portal.Is Yahoo! more international? What is Diwali ? Flickr has a post on Diwali too
Who does Yahoo! hope to reach by showing the page = Americans of Indian origin : Google have done this? What would they have gained?

WSJ Says "Twitter goes Mainstream"

Some of the uses of Twitter in the article by JESSICA E. VASCELLARO are:Doctors are using Twitter to update patients about office hours. Local groups such as the Los Angeles Fire Department are using it to share details about service calls with interested residents, occasionally with graphic descriptions of the victims' conditions. And dozens of major companies, like computer maker Dell Inc., use Twitter to share deals and product news with people who sign up for the serviceYou should read the article at

Pop!Tech 2008 : Wow ! Meeting Bob Metcalfe

Pop!Tech 2008 : Wow ! Meeting Bob Metcalfe
Originally uploaded by shashiBellamkonda It pays to sit in the front row specially at conferences . I was pleasantly surprised when the gentleman sitting next to me turned out to be Robert MetCalfe founder of 3Com and co creator of the Ethernet. he loved my title " Social Media Swami" for Network Solutions.

He is on the Advisory board for Pop!Tech and here is what the Pop!Tech website says.

Bob Metcalfe
Bob joined Polaris Venture Partners as a general partner in January, 2001. He specializes in Boston-based IT start-ups. He had three careers before becoming a venture capitalist: While an engineer-scientist (1965–1979), Bob helped build the early Internet. In 1973, at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, he invented Ethernet, the local-area networking (LAN) standard on which he shares four patents. In 2003, Ethernet’s 30th year, 184 million new Ethernet connections were shipped for $12.5 billion. While an entrepreneur-executive (…

Attend a Small Business Conference in your Pjs OCt 29th :

See awesome experts talk about helping entrepreneurs and business owners use the internet to benefit their business at This video is a previewto the video conference on 29th Cotober at 1 p.m . Wow! this really came together.Thank you allSolutions Stars Video participants include:Tim Ferriss, Best Selling Author of Four Hour Work Week : Kawasaki, Co-Founder, All-Top: Hsieh, CEO of Zappos: http://zappos.comDarren Rowse, Author, ProBlogger: Brogan, Vice President of Strategy, CrossTech Media: Bhargava, Author of Personality Not Included: Piersall, CEO of Menchaca, Chief Blogger, Dell: Solis, Author of PR 2.0, CEO of FutureWorks:…

Pop!Tech 2008 - The Experience Part 2

It was a great experience to sit next to Bob Metcalfe who founded 3Com and co invented the Ethernet. I met Malcolm Gladwell a couple of times and he autographed his book "The Tipping Point" for my daughter. I had a quick conversation with Chris Anderson, Author of "Long Tail" and "Free" to be published soon. I had the privilege of sitting next to Harvey Ardman with great conversation. to be continued ...

Pop!Tech 2008 - The Experience Part 1

My Pop!tech experience started from Dulles airport itself where I met Ann Pace from the Washington Speakers Bureau.  By a stroke of good karma the flight crew had asked her to change seats and the changed seat happened to be next to me. Despite the early hour we had a good conversation on Pop!tech and she gave me a few good pointers on what to expect.The drive from Portland , Maine to Camden is about 2 hours and the scenery is very pretty. Among the towns I passed it seemed that Camden was one of the bigger cities. My Hotel was a beautiful place called Point LookOut which is in NorthPort about 8 miles from the Camden Opera House where Pop!Tech is held. Point Lookout cabins are very nice and the WiFi just rocks.The downtown Camden is about 3 blocks long and Pop!Tech is a huge event here. At registration I was excited to get a Timbuk2 bag as the conference bag with a nice hand woven scarf and pencils.Pop!tech had purple bikes that you could ride around town and the bike would take pictu…

Poptech2008 : Bunker Roy and the Barefoot University (Home of the Barefoot University in the State of Rajasthan India)Bunker Roy's talk today at Pop!Tech hit home for me as I was born and brought up In India. When he said that he set aside a career to go and work laying bricks in Rajastan I thought to myself - That decision needed a lot strength specially knowing the social system in India.In a 2005 article in the International Herald Tribune Bunker Roy said :In 1978, when Robert McNamara, then president of the World Bank, and McGeorge Bundy, president of the Ford Foundation, spend a night at the Barefoot College here in Tilonia, McNamara asked a man whose family lived on much less than a dollar a day what he looked forward to in life. He smiled and said very quietly, "Two square meals a day."I always use this as a perfect example when i talk about India because I have seen and heard this answer many many times. Today during this talk Bunker Roy repeatedly emphasized how the professionals in these v…

PopTech 2008 : Rufus Cappadocia : Excellent performance on Cello

I want to start of my Poptech posts with this video of Rufus Cappadoci Cellist who has designed his own instrument, This short video is so impactful and I never knew a cello could produce all these sounds. In between sessions Poptech had musicians who preformed. The other great artist I heard was Imogen Heap " ethereal, Grammy-nominated, electronica songstress." as described by

Note; I updated this post and removed the video at the request of Poptech. As soon as the HiDef video is ready I embed the official video from Poptech

Cool business card from Rachel Shechtman

Cool business card from Rachel Shechtman
Originally uploaded by shashiBellamkonda Today was the first day of Pop!tech and the way Poptech structures lunches is that you are randomly selected and given a restaurant coupon for lunch and 90 minutes to finish lunch.

I had the good fortune of having lunch with among other Herb Kim and Rachel Shechtman. Rachel has a new ideas firm called Cube Ventures and is starting another company called Show and Tell. During lunch she gave her business card which was from and has customized candy with Show and tell on each candy.

During lunch I heard a lot of interesting new methods that Rachel has been helping companies with including making top Bankers cook food at a networking event.

I am happy i met a lot if intetesting people at Poptech and Rachel is going to go places :) Good luck to her and Show and tell.

her current company is

Network Solutions Video Conference : Oct 29th 2008 : Online Marketing Tips from Experts!

At Blog World Expo, along with Geoff Livingston we interviewed several experts and asked them to give tips for Small Businesses. I was very excited that these people took the time out of their busy schedule to do the interview. We will have the videos of the interview up for a virtual conference on Oct 29th at Along with the videos Geoff Livingsto and I will have a live chat . I hope you will set aside time on your calendar from 1. p.m EST to join us.If you think its a good idea we would be honored if you helped us spread the word by picking up a badge here ; are the details from the post at Solutions Are Power : Network Solutions Small Business Blog and Geoff Livingston's post on the Buzz Bin. If you’ve been enjoying the events that we’ve been bringing you, then you will NOT want to miss this one! This one requires no travel you can attend it from the convenience of your office or home! We’ve c…

Education on Twitter : Real people help me with What or Who is Flat Stanley

Today a lot of folks on Twitter helped me with stuff that would have taken me some time to find and educate myself. I am hoping that this post will be helpful to anyone else who does not about Flat Stanley.StarrGazr: @shashib Check FB for some links to some info on Flat Stanley or go here If you want more info, let me no.Jillmz: @shashib it's a board of a person that travels around - gets sent around from person to person, journeying through lifedarrylohrt: @shashib HA! we were just chatting about flat stanley in our office today! Great program for kids: @shashib flatstanley @shashib Flat Stanley is a geography teaching tool in some schools, a cutout guy you mail around & take pics with in different placeslizscherer: @shashib. Flat Stanley is a character in a children's book that was flattened when a bulletin board fell on himParentopiaDevra: @shashib It's a book and elementary scho…

Fine of $336 ? why not $250 or $400

Fine of $336 ? why not $250 or $400
Originally uploaded by shashiBellamkonda Sign on the Great American Parkway in Santa Clara

Blog Action Day :SalaamGarage : Amanda Koster

Gnomedex Seattle
Originally uploaded by shashiBellamkonda I am late by a day for the Blog action Day ( apologies) I met Amanda Koster at Gnomedex and after her session we spoke for a long time. Amanda Koster runs and works with NGO's (non Governmental organizations) to help with social causes.

SalaamGarage also organizes trips to places to help people be philanthropic and see new places.  Amanda is a accomplished photographer and its wonderful to see that she is using this talent for a good cause. her story "In 1993 Amanda Koster landed solo in Asmara, Eritrea (East Africa) about 1 month after then end of a 30-year civil war with Ethiopia. WIth her were written directions to her friends grandmothers house in Tagrinia (Eritrean language). Regardless of the directions, the cabbie and she were lost for hours. Once Amanda said out-loud the only words written in English, “Salaam Garage?!” (the garage next to the grandmothers house) everything came together. They…

How The community helps you take good photographs

I have been taking pictures and I think my picture taking skills have improved thanks to social media. Here are a few individuals I would like to thank for going out of their way to help:Nahum Gershon |  | | I meet nahum all the time and we got connected on Facebook first.John Wall | | | I met him at Blogger Social and I followed his lead. He looks at my Flickr stream and sends comments and tips.Todd Jordan | The Broad Brush | | We connected face to face at SobCon 08. He took me through a quick 101 on shooting without a flash.Kris Krug  | | | He gave a great presentation at Gnomedex and later he let me use his camera ( must be costing a lot) to test shoot. He is avery nice guy for a professional Fashion photographer. Timothy Wood || http://www.flick…

SCNR Symposium and Awards Boston Nov 14th

Network Solutions is among the finalists for the SCNR award for companies using New media tools for communication and reputation management. I am excited to attend and would like to ask for my readers support for wishing us well. I will arrive Boston late on 13th as i am attending PubCon  in Las Vegas. If you are going to be there for the SCNR Symposium and awards it will be great to meet you. let me know. Thanks.

Polaroid makes a comeback with PoGo

ZINK - Zero Ink printing technology is here. Polaroid was the company that fascinated me in the 80's when in India I heard about the product but it was not available then in India.  Now Poalroid has come up with a pocket sized printer which I wish I had when I went to India in July. I would have loved to have given my parents pictures from the trip .The PoGo can be connected direct to your digital camera or cell phone and prints.The pictures print in 60 seconds – instantly dry to the touch! Zink technology uses a special paper that is a composite material which houses cyan, yellow and magenta dye crystals in a protective coat. The crystals are colourless before printing so the paper appears white. The secret to the process is the heat activation which brings the photos to life through colourising the crystals, printing high quality images in less time than a traditional Polaroid photo!The 30 pack 2" x 3" paper costs about $10. Amazon sells the Polaroid PoGo for $99.95 or…

Guy's Index of Absurdity: Must read Guy Kawasaki post

I think I disturbed more than enough of my office mates by laughing ludly when I read this post on Guy Kawasaki's Blog.  I spcially liked the last one " Men can speak at Blogher as long as they pay for the time slot." I was just talking about this with Elisa Camahort one of the co-counders of BlogHer yesterday when she was explaining to me how they poll thier community to see if they should continute the no male speaker rules.
Maybe Guy Kawasaki should be the first speaker paid or unpaid and I hope I am not far behind :)

JS-Kit Closes $3.6m Funding Round

Have you used JS-Kit? I saw JS-kit first on Guy Kawasaki's blog. Today Khris Loux, CEO sent me an email with the good news that they now have some added funding. Using Js-kit you can create widgets on your website for Comments, Ratings, Product Reviews, & Polls. I met them at BlogWorld Expo and they have some exciting plans for the HaloSCan users.

Are you coming to Capital Cabal today at Arlington

Hank Dearden brings a good community of people together and network. I enjoy meeting Hank at a lot of local events and I am looking forward to seeing the Capital Cabalists this evening. Network Solutions is one of the sponsors this evening and Andy Bates will be there . See him if you have questions about websites, SEO etc.
More details:Who:You and dozens of other New Media Professionals What:Second Tuesdays “Dot Com” Cocktail Party and Networking Salon  –, October 14th - TONIGHT!
5:30PM - 9:00PM
Appetizers, drink specials, parlor tricks, door prize swag, CUPCAKES, and two tickets to a  WASHINGTON CAPITALS game!  Where:Upstairs at Gua Rapo
2039 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA22201 - Courthouse area
Use Courthouse Metro - Walk One Block East on Wilson and there we are.
Plenty of metered parking on Wilson, free after 6:30PM. Also, there's a large public metered parking lot on North Courthouse Road between 14th and 15th Streets, …

10 Ways to Use Linkedin : Guy Kawasaki and the Linkedin Blog

Today as I was looking at the updates on my Linkedin Profile page I saw a tip : Learn more about using LinkedIn by reading Guy Kawasaki’s post, Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn. by coincidence I had just finished an article in the Economist article today that called Facebook for Suits. The article hightlights:- People are updating their Linkedin profiles in record numbers because of the economic upheaval.-Top Business social  networks are Linkedin and Xing with 29M and 6.5M members. Both have a premium paid version and are profitable- For the English speaking audience LinkedIn is better and Xing has 16 language versions including Madarin.According to the article Xing can position itself as the European leader for business social networking if it plays its cards right. Jeremiah Owyang quoted in the Economist article says that things could change if Facebook Grows up and becomes a place for serious business.Are you a member of both Linkedin and Xing? Do you think Facebook can be used for busine…

Speaking at the GOING FREELANCE Seminar on October 18th

I am honored to speak at the Going Freelance Seminar sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Masters of Arts in Writing Program and American Independent Writers. Details of the event are here:GOING FREELANCE: An All-Day Seminar on Saturday, October 18, 2008
Jointly sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Masters of Arts in Writing Program and American Independent WritersJohns Hopkins University
Bernstein-Offit Building  (Lower-Level Conference Hall)
1717 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Metro: Red Line, Dupont Circle
8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast9:00-9:15 a.m. Welcome9:15-10:30 a.m. The Fundamentals of Freelance BusinessHow do you know what to charge for your hard freelance work? Or what records to keep? Or whether you’re being taken advantage of? This panel presents expert and experienced advice on rate-setting, accounting, record-keeping, legal issues, tax basics, and other nuts and bolts of successful freelancing…

Join the PopCorn party and help
Originally uploaded by shashiBellamkonda We are asking for help to support Connor a 10 year old Scout who is raising money for hungry kids at . See how you an help here

Gail Goodwin : Inspiring the Warriors

Link to the inspiremetoday post: you hear "Baby Come Back Home" its a touching song and resonates among any family that experiences a loved one going away for work. I salute Gail for this post that brings emotions to the fore as you read it. I think the key message here is if you have the inspiration just work to do it. I have met Gail and she is a wonderful person doing some great work. Taking your inspiration to executable ideas like Gail did with the scrolls for the military required courage and sacrifice. Gail, WIsh you the best and lots of good luck.Also want to mention two other inspired and

Uncle Joe's Business still not online ? Ask him to see this clip

Have you been home for Thanksgiving and since you are the only geek in the family your relatives ask you how to get online. Don't fret - just send them a link to this video and you are a hero.
Other places to get thisYou tube;Daily Motion : personal accountsFlickr:

Eyespot : Another one bites the Dust : Letter from CEO

I got this email from Eyespot which is vidoe sharing site . Jim I salute you for your entrepreunership and hope things work out better for you next time arouns. Please keep trying.We deeply regret to inform you that Eyespot Corporation will no longer be able to continue serving you.
For our users at, we're no longer allowing you to upload new videos. You can retrieve your uploaded video and mixes by going to your mymedia gallery and clicking the download link below the video thumbnail.
For our business customers in the eyespot video network, your site will continue operate unaffected for a limited period of time. We encourage you to migrate your video solution to one of our competing providers in the video mixing (e.g. and video publishing space (e.g. immediately. We'll soon be providing you with the means of downloading your community videos from within your dashboard at]…

Following a Network Solutions Customer

Following a Network Solutions Customer
Originally uploaded by shashiBellamkonda It is always thrilling to find a Network Solutions Customer and associate with them in real life. is a great website. Check them out and order flowers from them.I took this picture while I stopped at a light as the domain name caught my attention. When I went home I checked whois to find out if this was a Network Solutions customer and was thrilled to take this picture.
What do you think ? Do you take pictures of how your product is used and who is using them?
When i showed it to friends ans colleagues they offered to get hlep for me if taking pictures with domain names in them was giving me so much pleasure :)

Well , in life you have to have some crazy habits. What is yours ?

Ten Golden Rules Online Marketing Workbook - Jay Berkowitz

Ten Golden Rules Online Marketing Workbook - Jay Berkowitz
Originally uploaded by shashiBellamkonda I got a copy of Jay Berkowitz 's new book on how to turn your website into a profit center at the Affiliate summit. This is a limited print review copy and I am previleged to have one.. See Jay's interview at

October 21st meetup in Atlanta

I am excited that I will be in Atlanta on 21st of October for a Networking evening at the LITKitchen
433 Bishop St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318-4363Register here : already have some good friends in Atlanta - Brent Leary of, Christina Warren , Toby Bloomberg all of whom I have met and I am looking forward to meeting more of my friends. If you can spare the time it would be awesome to see you there.I have been to Atlanta once a few years back when i visited Savannah. I loved both places and I am excited to be going back. If you live in and around Atlanta I hope to see you there. please help me spread the word.
Atlanta here I come !

Affiliate Social Media Summit : Making Social Media Make Money

Social Media has exploded into our lives and media consciousness. This presentation will explore practical business applications to deliver real bottom line profitability.Jim Kukral, Owner, (Moderator) Larry Bailin, CEO, Single Throw Internet MarketingShashi Bellamkonda, Social Media Swami, Network SolutionsJay Berkowitz, CEO, Ten Golden RulesThis was the panel that I was on had two powerful people actually 3 if you include Jim Kukral who has been Blogging since 2001. The other two Jay Berkowitz and Larry Bailin are authors. I started off my panel with saying that I hoped being on the panel with them will rub off on me and I will also write a book one day.Jay's presentation was good. He has a great style and the reasons for saying this are:Going through 50 slides in 10 minutes is a talentEach slide has one picture and only a few wordsThe points he makes relate to immediate happenings and personal connections. Like speaking to @comcastcares just before the presentat…

Affiliate Social Media Summit : Social Media Case Studies

Affiliate marketers are working with social media in a variety of ways. Hear about the nuts and bolts of successful efforts in social media.Jim Kukral, Owner, (Moderator) Michael Jenkins, CEO/Founder, MarketLeverageJames Keating, VP of Marketing, ShopWikiJivan Manhas, President, Advaliant, a Division of MediaTrustFor top sites affiliate sales is number 2 now for driving sales. product and the message creates evangelism.How to do Facebook Marketing?MLTV is a internet Tv show that inerviews bloggers. Show bloggers how to make money and double the revenue. This was a great panel and this post does not do justice to the content so look out for the videos and check out for updates on where the content will be posted.

Affiliate Social Media Summit : New York

Dan Crowther started the conference off with a keynote where he emphasized the importance of best practices. His presentation was full of tips and executable tasks that I am sure all the attendees will implement ASAP.Movable Type is the best for search compared to Blogger as since they are paid search engines are almost sure that there will be no spam blogs.Top social bookmarking people boorkmark 6 links from other people to every single one of their own that they submit.Use Tube Moghul. it is good for syndication and also lets you track competition.Squidoo is a good place to get inbound linksEven if you have one Digg it is still a linkUse Camtasia from Techsmith to create valuable "How to's" that people are looking for.

Affiliate Social Media Summit : Melissa Salas and Steve Rosenbaum

Steve Rosenbaum, CEO and Founder, Magnify.netMelissa Salas, Director of Marketing, Buy.comTo Jim Kukral's question as the moderator " how do you make a viral video" Steve answered , " How do you make a hit song" .  Toldya is a Social Commerce Platform that partnered with to create advertising widgets and  Qoof is another company that uses for clickable links in the video that goes to the product page.Steve Rosenbaum narrated a case study from Reader's Digest and used the principle of 3 C's.Created Collected User contributed Editors went to different video sites and tagged videos and used them to create channels for their TasteofHome channel . Now that they already had many videos users contributed more videos and trafic went up. Videos should have actors in the videos should look like you or me instead of well decorated.UGC = User generated contentMessage your members/customers and give them an incentive to create and upload video. Give …

Who is talking about you ? Where?

This post is inspired by Beth Kanter's Tweet (Twitter message) about tools you can use to track who is talking about you, your brand or even members of your family . They are usually easy to setup read these two posts for more details. Personal Branding Blog - Dan Schawbel :  ( I like his quote “Social media is a career catalyst…it let’s you accomplish a lifetimes worth of work in a short period of time.")

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media : the tools mentioned backtype is totally new to me . One tip from my side it that when you use you can search for multiple terms using the OR and AND in between search termsExample  1: shashib OR sashib OR shasib OR shashi OR "shashi bellamkonda"Example 2 : Shawn  AND "affiliate summit"Happy searching !