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Remembering 2009 in pictures

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The year started off with this bus ride where I made a lot of friends including Bob London @londonink and Cheryl Dickenson pictured here. Elizabeth Shea @eliz2shea of SpeakerboxPR was another organizer I had the good fortune to meet. Kim Hart @khart at that time with the Washington Post used my photos making it the first time that I got a mention in the Washington Post.

Speaking at SXSW with Raj Malik @rajmalikdc

I broke the news of Anil Dash's announcing Six Apart's plugins for Word Press at Word Camp Mid-atlantic
Visiting the State Department for the National Small Business event was for me next to visiting the White House. Thanks Ken Yancey of SCORE.
The first time I blogged from a Virgin Atlantic Flight from above 35k ft above the ground joining a different Mile High Club.
Receiving the Golden Quill Award from IABC for Network Solutions' Social Media efforts was a proud moment.
I thought of myself as a great photographer with this picture and about 3…

2009 Rocked as year of partnership between Small Business and Network Solutions

2009 Rocked as year of partnership between Small Business and Network Solutions
As 2009 slowly fades away into the horizon I will remember it fondly for the strong bonds that Network Solutions created with Small Businesses and partners helping Small Business. Here is a list of my thoughts that made me proud of this year: See my post on the Network Solutions Blog.

The Double 0 Decade 2000- 2009

This was the idea of a Washington Post reader Louis Cerny, Gaithersburg in a a letter to the editor published today. “Years in which the two middle figures are zeros will not occur again for nearly 1,000 years.”I was in India for 07.07.07 and temples in India were very crowded. Next year 20.10.2010 will be a special date. I predict 20.11.2011 or 11.11.11 will have some significance. what are the dates you remember?

NYC - No iPhone for you

Take care when you stream your life in the Social Media

These are some of the tips that I thought of, you may have others http://bit.ly/4Bc1QFPosted via web from shashib's posterous

Transparency and privacy - how to take care

Security may be heavy on your return due to Delta - NorthWest Incident

The president is on vacation but is on top of this incident and working 24/7 and asked for heightened security at airports. it may be inconvenient but is definitely necessary http://bit.ly/68ncqYPosted via web from shashib's posterous

Decade of email to instant Status update by @itsdgc

Good article by David George-Cosh. Facebook was not the first social network but it made the users perceive it as special. Good read from this writer who is the Canadian. Business reporter for The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi, UAE. http://bit.ly/8JaxMkPosted via web from shashib's posterous

Flight from Regan National to Kingston Jamaica overshoots runway

Washington Post reports that there are no causalities and that the airline said it had set up a special hot line for use by relatives of passengers. The number is 800-245-0999. http://bit.ly/4W6rPSPosted via web from shashib's posterous

@MikeSchaffner commentary in the Forbes "The Death Of Social Media"

Good commentary but what do you do as every technology evolves and becomes popular so do the folks who want to use it for their personal gain or use it to spam people. As a user we should fight back to preserve our use of this new media. @MikeShaffner mentions my friend @scottmonty of Ford as a good example of businesses using Social Media
Read the original article in the Forbes http://bit.ly/8QhD0y
My commentary link on Amplify http://bit.ly/5i5rLo
Posted via web from shashib's posterous

Ford What a cool idea ! @scottmonty

Cheftestants at SMCDC Iron Chef! Dec Holiday party

This post by Sarah Wurrey is a must read not solely because I was one of the contestants and won the 2nd prize. The real heroes were behind the scenes and the other contestants http://bit.ly/5xK4nhPosted via web from shashib's posterous

Kids & Santa may protest Moscow Mayor's plan to stop snow fall

I am glad Adrian Fenty and Mongtgomery County schools did not see this article last week. Also, thanks Megan Stack for writing this article this week. Who knows what would have happened if this word had got out last week. What are your ideas for preventing snowfall ? http://bit.ly/8ymDCvPosted via web from shashib's posterous

No Facebook /Social Network Access Teens say we won't work for you

I just posted another story where some teens actually wanted to cut down their Facebook time and then this survey comes along and kids want social networks in their work place. its going to be a different works in a few years http://bit.ly/7btMvLPosted via web from shashib's posterous

Wow bathrooms ! Someone is looking out for passengers on the Metro's Silver Line

Good job Metro and great story by Lisa Rein of the Washington post http://bit.ly/4A0ixvPosted via web from shashib's posterous

Indian Business Association ASSOCHAM says Social networks leading to loss of productivity

Taken in the context of the questions the survey asked there are other things that are interesting : The survey showed that 77% of workers who have Orkut account use it during work hours. Interestingly, 83% see nothing wrong in surfing at work during the office hours. If your market is India you should consider having a presence on Orkut The study has pointed out that employee’s the best excuse to check out their Facebook or Orkut accounts during lunch breaks but turning to social networking sites or general Internet surfing in the office hours. See the ASSOCHAM press release here :http://www.assocham.org/prels/shownews.php?id=2265 http://bit.ly/4TrQcYPosted via web from shashib's posterous

Thundersnow begins #DCsnowpocalypse #Thundersnow #snOMG #dc

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But please don’t call him a guru. says @jenconner in #wbj

Today was a milestone in my life.Felt great to be featured in the Washington Business Journal article Sources Revealed. Visiting the Washington Biz Journal offices and my conversations with Jen Conner, Missy Frederick and Darlene Darcy. You should atleast see the best pic of me ever taken by Joanne Lawton of the Washington Biz Journal http://bit.ly/6NgvQDPosted via web from shashib's posterous

I love Outright the Web based book keeping FREE software

I have to disclose that Network Solutions and Outright are partners and we went on a 5 city tour to educate UnintentionalEntrepreneurs.com still I was a Outright user long before this partnership started and just love it . You should give it a try and read what TechCrunch had to say http://amplify.com/u/171cPosted via web from shashib's posterous

Taking a walk in Hyderabad Andhra pradesh 2008

Got some good streaming from my Nokia N95 when I took the kids to Hyderabad. See how things are different

EarthQuake in Maharashtra India -USGS No damage reports from NDTV

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Earthquake DetailsMagnitude
5.1Date-TimeSaturday, December 12, 2009 at 11:51:26 UTCSaturday, December 12, 2009 at 05:21:26 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time ZonesLocation
17.127°N, 73.832°EDepth
10 km (6.2 miles) set by location programRegion
MAHARASHTRA, INDIADistances
75 km (45 miles) NW of Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India
155 km (95 miles) S of Pune, Maharashtra, India
225 km (140 miles) SSE of Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra, India
1320 km (820 miles) SSW of NEW DELHI, Delhi, IndiaLocation Uncertainty
horizontal +/- 11.9 km (7.4 miles); depth fixed by location programParameters
NST= 27, Nph= 27, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=1.2 sec, Gp= 83°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=7SourceUSGS NEIC (WDCS-D)Event ID
us2009qcaz

Shashi Bellamkonda Persona

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Right out of a Tweet from Maggie Fox Founder and CEO of Social Media Group.com “Cool: Personas, from MIT's Sociable Media Group (no relation), visually shows you how the Internet sees you:http://bit.ly/SbNKI” It is very cool and this is the final screen of what is a very fixating screens as this application seems to know everything that's written about you on the internet. test it out. http://personas.media.mit.edu/personasWeb.html

First snow of the season 2009

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US Army Website goes social - my.army.mil

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Today was the second day of the All Services Social media Conference in Washington DC organized in association with the GeorgeTown University - Associate Dean at Georgetown University.  Meeting and talking to the enthusiastic members of the services, Information and technology , Social media and PR teams was a great experience. Very savvy, very enthusiastic and maybe a tad impatient to do do things faster made me glad i was there. After all the US Armed services gave the world the internet, gps and much more.

At the conference there was a demo of the the customizable, user friendly website of the US Army - http://my.army.mil . Service personnel, civilians alike can setup their login using new web 2.0 tools like Twitter auth, Openid, I signed upo and got a salute from the web site "HOOAH! Welcome Shashi Bellamkonda" Cool ! People working on this project have humor and imagination a very core web 2.0 necessity.

Read more about this at the US Army's web site announcing the …

Check out this presentation - The Social CEO: New Rules of Engagement by Elizabeth Shea of Speakerbox

I have heard Elizabeth Shea speak before and her talk is very down to earth and full of practical tips. This presentation is from her talk to the President's Forum of Metro Washington and I am excited that she chose to add the Network Solutions Social Media engagement case study in her presentation. Learn more about Elizabeth Shea at http://speakerboxpr.com/About-SpeakerBox/Management/Elizabeth-Shea.aspxThe Social CEO: New Rules of EngagementView more presentations from eliz2shea.

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg sends message to his 350 million users

I was alerted to this on Twitter by Julie Minevich. ( Thanks Julie. I never knew you spoke Russian too :)Mark Zuckerberg posted a message to all Facebook users on the Facebook blog. a few moments ago
Top takeaways:Remove regional networks completely and create a simpler model for privacy control where you can set content to be available to only your friends, friends of your friends, or everyone.  The ability to control who sees each individual piece of content you create or uploadMake the privacy settings page simpler by combining some settings ( more details )I think this is a good thing and gives more power to the user.Wow ! with 350 Million users if Facebook were a country it would be the 3rd largest in the world after India and China surpassing the United States

Social Media increasingly can be used to solve problems @rjmcgarvey

I had a chance to talk to Rob McGarvey about his article in cioupdate.com . The article talks about how this is "very early days for business use of Twitter, Facebook, etc." My Takeaways ( I was interviewed for the article )Social media a key collaboration toolSocial media dramatically increase the speed of the ping-ponging of ideas.”Social media as crucial in our customer relations.The more people who engage with a topic, the more important it is, the more you need to pay attention.”Definitely read the article and add you views to the comments.

Marketplace take on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

I love marketplace on NPR . I have been reading the releases by the various organizations on how Black Friday performed and here is the Marketplace take on CyberMonday.

Which city had the highest searches for Cyber Monday ?

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This is a Google trends snapshot on Nov 30th 2009 at 4.50 p.m. Look at the cities and see if there is any logic behind the pattern? What are your theories?
Did the French really search for Cyber Monday? See the regions graph above.

Will people travel more this Holiday season ?

The retail and travel industries are crossing their fingers for a prosperous holiday season. CNBC interview with Stephen Hoch, of Wharton, and Steve Kaufer, of Trip Advisor, share their insight.










I love tripadvisor and have used it several times to plan trips and found agencies in the local places to save money. Some examples- Car Service in London and Punta Cana. Travel agency in Peru Kuoda Tours.

Black Friday Average shopper spent $343.31

Ylan Mui of the Washington Post wrote a great article that will come in tomorrow’s paper about Black Friday 2009.The National Retail Federation released their Black Friday Verdict.Top takeaways:More people joined in the post-Thanksgiving shopping bonanza this year, but they spent less money and hunted down bargains195 million people visited shopping malls and online retailers Thursday through Sunday, up from 172 million consumers last yeardepartment stores ranked as the top Black Friday shopping destination, with 49 percent of shoppers visiting at least one. Discounters, which have typically claimed the No. 1 spot, fell to second place with 43.2 percent of shoppers, according to the NRF survey.Comscore on the other hand headlined their release withBlack Friday Boasts $595 Million in U.S. Online Holiday Spending, Up 11 Percent Versus Year AgoTop Takeaways:Over the years, the online channel has become an increasingly influential driver in offline shopping behavior. Before making purchas…

Interviewed at Gnomedex by @jyamasaki of Seesmic

I went to Gnomedex in August and we distributed these cool Network Solutions t-shirts. Yama @jyamasaki interviewed me for seesmic.

New Pew Report talks about Teens as Digital Natives

The Pew Internet & American Life Project, Pew Research always has very interesting studies and I wanted to share this with you. The slide presentation is below delivered by Lee Rainie Director Pew Internet project and heare are some findings that I found very interesting.97 % of teens play video or computer games75% of teens have a cellphone but only 60% have a desktop or a laptop14% of teens have blogs and post regularly while 54% read blogs93% of teens are online and of these 73% use social networking sites40% to 50% Tag content ( I wonder what the ratio is for adults )50% to 60% post photos online8% use TwitterTeens In The Digital AgeView more presentations from Pew Internet & American Life Project, Pew Research Center.

Tony Hsieh CEO Zappos inspiring companies to deliver happiness more than products

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Notes from the presentation at Pubcon

Zappos Keynote at PubCon – Tony Hsieh CEO Zappos
• Zappos wants to own the three C’s: clothing, customer service, culture.
• Zappos labels their products “happiness in a box”. Delivering that experience through both digital channels and a tangible product.
• Zappos has grown gross merchandise sales from $1.6M in 2000 to over $1 billion in 2008 by focusing relentlessly on customer service – a potent digital marketing tool
• #1 driver of Zappos’ growth is from repeat customers and word of mouth. Put a focus into the customer experience, create something that is worth talking about. Let customers do the marketing for you through digital (and physical) channels.

• Customer service: What customers see first on the Zappos website:
o 24/7 1-800 number on every page
o Free shipping
o Free return shipping
o 365-day return policy
• What customers experience:
o Fast, accurate fulfillment
o Most customers are “surprise”-upgraded to overnight shipping (create…

A DM is better than calling me ? Communication tools that help you stay connected

A DM is a direct message on Twitter. To send a DM you type d followed by a space and the Twitterid of the person example : d shashib stop stealing the doughnuts :)Have you ever experienced the panic that hits you when you look at your phone and there is no signal. You are now disconnected from the world and all alone by yourself. For some strange reason this happens to me specially in hotels.Don’t panic help is on the way. You will still be able to communicate with me :a) If there is wi-fi you can be sure I am connected ( specially if wi-fi is free)b) If there is wi-fi I probably have Skype on so you can call me “shashibonskype”c) I check Twitter and so I can get your tweets and DMsNow if you have wi-fi you can pretty much reach me by email too but then its sounds like so yesterday :)On a recent trip to Poptech Michelle Riggin of Batch Blue gave me a tip to use web video conferencing to keep in touch with the kids who are thrilled to see parents even if on a computer screen. I need to…

INNOVATION: The Key to Pro$perity :Thursday, November 19 6-7:30 p.m: Johns Hopkins Rockville

INNOVATION: The Key to Pro$perity
Technology & America's Role in the 21st Century Global EconomyA Book Signing and Evening Talk with Aris Melissaratos
Senior Advisor to the President for Enterprise Development
Johns Hopkins UniversityWHEN:
Thursday, November 19
6-7:30 p.m.
WHERE:
Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus
9605 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MDRSVP to:
Barbara Crews, bcrews@jhu.edu or 301-294-7004

Social Networking: the Two Dirtiest Words in Gov 2.0 (a Sweets and Tweets event) by @debbieweil November 17, 2009

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Baked
1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW
Washington, 20007Tuesday, November 17, 2009 from 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM (ET)Register here http://sweetsandtweets3.eventbrite.com/?discount=VIPcupcakeeaterAbout the EventThe point of social networking on Facebook, Twitter, etc. is not about being social or frivolous or wasting time. Social networking is also about more than collaboration, a new "in" term in government-speak. Social networking can improve the process of government, according to Mark (aka @cheeky_geeky) who writes for O'Reilly Radar,Federal Computer Week, Mashable and many other publications.Our sponsor is Neighborhood America, an enterprise software company that has been doing cool things in the Gov 2.0 space before it was Gov 2.0. Neighborhood America develops enterprise social media solutions for public sector, non-profit and Fortune 1000 clients. Their software powers the content-rich AmEx OpenForum, one of my favorite small biz sites. Neighborhood America's CIO Jim…

Breaking News :Magic at a pubcon conference panel #magic Really!

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#pubcon magic at this panel really magic by http://www.mysticjoe.com, originally uploaded by ShashiBellamkonda.
As I am blogging this David kelin is doing a magic trick with Mystic Joe of http://www.joemystic.com/ beside him. I attend a lot of conferences but this is a first and I have never seen this before.

Book signing by @greenhance - Greening Your Small Business Saturday, November 14, 1 p.m. at politics & prose DC

Book Signing by Jennifer Kaplan - Greening Your Small BusinessSaturday, November 14, 1 p.m.
Jennifer Kaplan  Greening Your Small Business(Prentice Hall, $19.95)

For companies too small to hire a consultant to implement green policies and practices, this is an affordable, comprehensive guide. Designed to address every aspect of going green, the manual assists in basics such as recycling, reducing waste, energy efficiency, and reducing the IT footprint, as well as considering wider concerns such as green marketing and communications, green business travel, and green employee benefits.Location: Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave. NWWashington, D.C. 20008Jennifer Kaplan is a well-respected voice in the green space. She is a founder of Greenhance LLC and Adjunct Faculty of Marketing at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

Presentation at the Prince William Regional Chamber of commerce

Social Media To Increase Your Business At The Regional Chamber Of Commerce Prince WilliamView more presentations from Shashi Bellamkonda. This is a presentation I made at Innovations 2009 at the Prince William Chamber of Commerce on Nov 6th 2009

#Pubcon Waiting for the keynote to begin Day 1

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Hear recording of my interview on KFNX 1100 :Marketing with Social Media 11-08-09

Subscribe FreeAdd to my PageIt was great to be on the IMI Tech Talk show with Tom D`Auria and I have to thank my friend Gabe Goldberg who heard me speak at the CPCUG EIG meet at Clevland park and recommended me to Tom.I got a chance on the show to show the immediate effects of Social media when I asked the question on Twitter for examples of Small Business using social media. Examples that we received  are : United Linen http://www.unitedlinen.com/, BlueSmoke Salsa http://www.bluesmokesalsa.com , @Sprouter , @FreshBooks , @Ben_Kwan; his family's restaurant, @AmazingChinese,The Show website is http://imitechtalk.com/

Listen to me today on TechTalk on KFNX 1100 @ 5 pm EST | 3pm MST/PDT Nov 8th 2009

Every Sunday Tom D’Auria, discusses tech topics to help you run your business and your life. Today  I excited to be a guest on this show today. You can listen live if you live in the Greater Phoenix area on 1100 KFNX AM or online at http://www.1100kfnx.com/.  If you can't listen to the live show you will find the show as a podcast archive on the IMI Tech Talk website http://www.imitechtalk.com/archives.htmlON AIRQuestions for Tom or Guest
+1 602.277.KFNX
+1 602.277.5369
TechTalk[AT]imi-us.com Follow the show on Twitter : @imitechtalk and head over to the show's Blog http://blog.imitechtalk.com/2009/11/november-8-time-to-get-to-business.html for details of past shows.Folks behind the show :Production Staff Members (http://www.imitechtalk.com/about.html)Host - Tom D'Auria IMI President - Terry Ruggiero Executive Editor & Executive Producer - Matt Campagni Producer & Senior Editor - Eric Johnson Foreign Bureau Chief - David Brandin Technology Bureau Chief - Jose …

Interesting Nov Events from the CPCUG Calendar for DC MD VA Folks

[Wed., Nov. 18] 7:30 pm, Digital Video SIG, free
MAKING A SUCCESSFUL FIELD DOCUMENTARY:
"We Remember Grundy"
Speaker: Russell Belcher, Arc Lamp Productions
Bethesda Chevy Chase Services Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane, 2nd floor, Room A
(southwest corner of Old Georgetown Road and Edgemoor Lane)
Bethesda, MD
Parking: Garage in building (small fee)
Metrorail: Bethesda Station, Red Line, 1 block away
http://www.dvug.org
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Saturday, November 21
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    * RSVP requested--send e-mail to bconn@cpcug.org *
1:00 pm, Entrepreneurs and Consultants SIG, free
PRODUCTIVITY WITHOUT THE STEEP COST:
An Overview of Free Open Source Software
Speaker: Tom Gutnick, Sunny Banana,
President and Chief Dragon Slayer
Cleveland Park Library
3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 1st Floor Large Meeting Room,
Washington, DC
(west side of Connecticut Avenue between Macomb …

Tweetup Rockville Nov 9th at 6.30 p.m

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Mike Neumann @mikeneumann and Lindsey Mastis @LindseyMastis are organizing a tweet up in Rockville. Mike is visiting from Austin and I had a chance to meet him at the #GrowSmartBiz meetup at Indique Heights on 29th October.Where?
Gordon Biersch
200 East Middle Lane, Unit A
Rockville, MDWhen?
Nov 9, 2009

7pm - 10pmPlease RSVP here http://twtvite.com/iqkbao/1

Deadline for Chesapeake TechBridge Program and Showcases Nov6th

The Chesapeake Innovation Center, CIC, is currently conducting an active search for one of our Agency and Prime Contractor Partners.  A select group of companies will get a unique opportunity to provide an in-depth company overview presentation and demo  of their product and solutions to key senior staff at one of the Agencies and Major Primes (Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, ARINC, Alion, and others)  at the CIC TechBridge Showcase.  Slots are limited for the presenting companies.  Please urge your companies to apply today!We are seeking to identify companies with developed and real technologies that are considered to be newest and/or  greatest that are revolutionary – faster, lighter, cheaper, less bandwidth, etc…  (please refer below for a list of targeted technology areas).  We are looking for companies that have clear AND significant advantage over their competitors.  TechBridge Program and Showcases:GET nOTICEDgROW fASTERTarget Technology Areas· Secure wireless multim…

Listen in to the Word On the Tweet tonight Nov 1st

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Word On The Tweet a weekly podcast for everything about Twitter. The show is hosted by @jeffparsons and @CostaVidaFred  and today I am one of the guests on the show too at 08.30 p.m EST. URL for the live show and chat is http://www.wordonthetweet.net/live-show-and-chat/ Hope you will join us.

Google Maps kicking GPS manfacturers on their shins @robpegoraro

Key message :That is not to say that Google is some reincarnation of the dot-com-era Microsoft. It has yet to engage in such hubristic excesses as co-founding a TV news network, and it hasn't trampled over the antitrust laws. Google avoids locking in users with proprietary data formats or protocols; last month, it set up a site (http://dataliberation.org) to document and promote ways for users to take their data out of (and into) Google services.

Read the rest of the article and see how Google is a major presence in probably your livesin reference to: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/30/AR2009103000753.html (view on Google Sidewiki)

Northern Virginia Women’s Business Conference Thursday, November 12, 2009

Conference DateI wanted to alert our readers about this conference which is being organized by Kristina Bouweiri  of Reston Limo . The agenda that i saw will make this a great conference for exceptional attendees from the DC area. Register here http://novawomensbusinessconference.eventbrite.com/Thursday, November 12, 2009 – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Networking Reception – 4:30 to 6:30 pmConference LocationNational Conference Center
18980 Upper Belmont Place
Lansdowne, VA 20176
get directionsConference Agenda (subject to change)Registration, Continental Breakfast and Vendor Fair Morning Session – Welcome and Opening Remarks Opening Speakers…The Million Dollar Panel Featured Speakers: Lovey Hammel, Employment Enterprises, Lynette Spano, SCI Consulting Services, and Linda Mathes, American Red Cross
       Panel Moderated by Misti Burmeister, Inspirion, IncEducational Breakouts Women's Health – presented by Inova Loudoun Hospital Six Steps to Better Time Management and Org…

Poptech Encounters : Laurie Rosenwald

I met two amazing designer Laurie Rosenwald (www.rosenworld.com)and Chris McCray of Syracuse University (http://colab.syr.edu)  at the Closing Gala of Poptech.  Here is a video that Laurie referred me to and is very interesting.

laurie rosenwald: so i fired the shrink from laurie rosenwald on Vimeo.

PopTech : Networking in the restroom line

Poptech is a conference with great content. This year it is filled with speakers and presenters with ideas that will definitely make the world a better place. The conference PopTech  has been held for the last 14 years at the Camden Opera House which opened in 1894.I love the conference and at first pondered the problem of long lines to the rest room. Particularly on the 3rd floor the restroom is unisex and line usually long during breaks. Now the amazing thing is this actually helps with networking. I have met some amazing people in this line, exchanged cards and made new friends. So Poptech and Camden Opera House it is Ok to have those long lines :)What about you do you have any unusual places hwere you have networked during a conference?

Flickr has a hiccough

6:00 PST We are still working on bringing the site back online. Just in case you are wondering: All photos you might have posted on your blog or elsewere should still be serving without problems. Our engineers are working as hard a possible to bring Flickr back to you. Thanks for your patience.Read more at the Flickr Blog :http://blog.flickr.net/en/2009/10/24/flickr-is-unhappy/

Poptech 2009 Some common themes and threads

As I listen to the presenters at this year’s PopTech here are some common threads that seem to stand out for me:a) More young people are involved in social causesb) More social causes are using mobile technologyc) Diagnosing medical conditions quickly helps save livesd) We need to reduce consumption or reduce the population growth in the worlde) Provide cheap electricity to 2 Billion people in the world who have no power.f) Power generation in the US needs to be more efficientg) IF you do not recycle and stop using plastic you are killing birds in the pacificDid you get the same message ?

Poptech 2009 Mayor John Fetterman Gets a Standing ovation

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Poptech 2009, originally uploaded by Network Solutions. At Poptech 2009 in a session entitled American Stories the Mayor of Braddock PA John Fetterman got a standing ovation for his talk on a community that is getting destroyed and seems to be forgotten by mainstream America.

The town of Braddock is on the Monongahela River , 10 miles from downtown Pittsburgh.

In a New York times article in Jan 2009 DAVID STREITFELD http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/us/01braddock.html described the town as "Braddock is a mix of boarded-up storefronts, houses in advanced stages of collapse and vacant lots."

Andrew Carnegie started his first steel mill here and the population of the town has reduced from 20,000 people to less than 3000. John Fetterman studied master’s degree in public policy from Harvard and came to Braddock in 2001.

In his talk John Fetterman was very emotional as he told the story of the fight to save Braddock and ironically he was featured in Nov 2009 Atlantic Monthly and at…

#poptech You will think twice about throwing plastic when you see these pictures from Chris Jordan

Please read the blog http://chrisjordan.com/current_set2.php?id=11 and support any conservation effort. Details of the Midway Journey at http://www.midwayjourney.com/Details of Chris Jordan http://chrisjordan.com/

Event Saturday, November 7, 2009 American Independent Writers “Going Freelance”

I spoke at this event last year in what began as a great association with the American Independent Writers and will be speaking this year too Details : http://www.americanindependentwriters.org/SAVE THE DATESaturday, November 7, 2009“Going Freelance”Sponsored jointly by American Independent Writers and The Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts in Writing Program and presented at the Dupont Circle JHU CampusBernstein-Offit Building
1717 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036Metro: Red line, Dupont CircleFOUR SESSIONS:The Fundamentals of Freelance BusinessFinding Work in Commercial WritingIt’s Time to Get PublishedUsing the Web to Advance Your Writing CareerThree ways to register: Phone: 202-775-5150, Online:www.aiwriters.org, and E-mail:rsvp@aiwriters.orgRegistration cost: Before October 26, Member price, $69, Nonmember price, $99, and Student price, $39.After October 26, Member price, $89, Nonmember price, $129, and Student price, $49Important Note: New membershi…

Event November 6, 2009 : INNOVATIONS 2009 Regional Chamber Science and Technology Expo!

INNOVATIONS 2009Regional Chamber Science and Technology ExpoNovember 6, 20092:00-6:30 p.m.George Mason UniversityPrince William Campus - Bull Run HallSCOPEINNOVATIONS 2009 is an event designed to educate attendees on how to grow their opportunities and enhance their skills by gaining a better understanding of how to leverage today’s new and emerging technologies.  Attendees and exhibitors will have the opportunity to connect with technology experts and prospective teaming partners, clients, investors, employees, educators, and service providers.Attendance target: 100-150 gate / 20-30 per workshopPromoters: The Chamber, GMU, Media, Exhibitors, and S&T Council membersRegistration: All registrations/ fees shall be managed by the ChamberAGENDA2:00 - Open Doors2:00 - 2:15 - Attendees Assemble in Bull Run Hall to Network and Explore Displays- Exhibitors may man exhibit or send in materials ahead of time to set on their table2:30 - 3:15 - Workshops Round One (choice of one)1. Using Socia…

Livestream is partnering with PopTech in 2009 to present the PopTech conference live via simulcast.

POPTECH 2009: AMERICA REIMAGINED Free, Live Webcast, http://poptech.com/live! October 22-24 (Thursday – Saturday), 2009 9 AM – 6:30 PM EST DAILY Watch and participate here! PopTech’s annual ideas summit will be presented live via simulcast. Join more than 70 extraordinary speakers and performers, and even submit questions live to our stage! Come along on our shared exploration of the issues, trends and technologies that will shape the future of our businesses, economy, society and world. Check out the speakers and schedule and sign up for a reminder email through the contact form so Pop!tech can send you a note when the webcast is about to begin.

Headlines this week

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Headlines this week, originally uploaded by ShashiBellamkonda. Usually it is easy to buy two magazines and they have the same cover story. I was inspired to take this picture because of the variety in the cover stories in these magazines.

I love the feel of holding newsprint so I am one of those who hope that the physical paper does not go away.

What magazines do you read ? What do you think of these headlines?

Event : Thursday, November 5, 2009 - DMAW Optimizing Social Media Day

I am on a panel with my friend Gayle Weiswasser (@gWeiswasser) and Josh Green of Shop.org for the  DMAW Optimizing Social Media DayWhen : Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 9:00 AM – 4:30 PMWhere : National Trust for Historic Preservation  |  1785 Massachusetts Ave, NW  | Washington, DCWhether you’re a social media newbie or you’re already managing social media campaigns, you’ll leave this one-day social media conference with dozens of ideas and tips on how to launch and improve your social media campaigns. Get inspired by case studies on commercial and nonprofit social media campaigns – and get practical, actionable advice on how to use mobile, widgets, blogger outreach, video and more for great results! Click here to register!
Members - $125     Not-Yet-Members:  $150
Registration Opens 8:30AMSeating is limited!Location is approximately 2 blocks from Dupont Circle Metro StopBring your laptop and plan to interact with the session live, online. PRELIMINARY PROGRAMMobile Marketing:  How to Tur…

ThinkBusiness presents Leveraging Social Media for Business

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This video is from the breakfast panel on Leveraging Social Media for Business held on September 23, 2009 at the Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner. orgnaized by the ThinkBusiness Media it was on the topic -Social media: by now you know what it is.  But do you know what it means for your business?  Can it really impact your bottom line?  How can Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any of the other social media tools and technologies help generate more sales leads, help in growing your business or in recruiting top talent?The panel consisted of many good friends . Details are hereModerator Debbie Weil is the author of the original and definitive book on corporate blogging, THE CORPORATE BLOGGING BOOK (Portfolo 2006). She is a D.C.-based corporate social media consultant who has advised clients such as GlaxoSmithKline and the American College of Radiology on how to embrace and execute social media marketing. She has been blogging since 2003 at www.debbieweil.com/blog and was named by Washingtonian …

2009 Chamber's Choice Awards Gala (DC Chamber of Commerce); Washington, DC; October 17, 2009

I am thrilled  that I am going to the DC Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala today . I hope to get a lot of pictures and will watch to see if DC Chamber Chairman and Washington Business Journal Publisher Alex Orfinger tweets from the event.  Stay tuned for more info on this blog.

Details of the event :


The Chamber's Choice Awards will be the year's largest gathering of Washington's brightest and most succesful business leaders. Our theme, "Connecting Business: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,honors those who have contributed to the local business community for many years, and those who are pioneering new paths in industry. The DC Chamber expects to have over 1,500 of the city's most prominent business minds in attendance for an extraordinary night of networking, fine dining, and entertainment at the Marriott Wardman Park. This year, the DC Chamber will honor a stellar group of leaders who are changing the business landscape in Washington including:
Willard InterCo…

Technorati : 2009 State of the Blogosphere

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Technorati SOTB 2009 - This a  presentation from Richard Jalichandra of Technorati who shared the findings of the annual State of the Blogosphere report today at BlogWorldin Las Vegas.72% say Blogs attract new clients to their business.53% blog to attract new clients for the business they work for.Currently have an average of 4 blogs73% of all Bloggers use TwitterProfessional Bloggers care about Unique visitors and page viewsWhat do you think ? Which category are you?

40th anniversary of the Internet on October 29th at UCLA

I got this event from my friend Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and Publishing, Inc.     LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/gabegold
On October 29, 2009, UCLA Engineering will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Internet with a Symposium that focuses not on the history or even on the technology, but rather on the impact the Internet has had on society, business, communities, lifestyles, culture, etc., and on the likely directions it will take in the future.
Forty years ago, a team led by UCLA's Professor Leonard Kleinrock, sent the first message on the ARPANET, which later became the Internet. The Internet has revolutionized communication, education, business and entertainment leading to dramatic changes in our social, political and economic lives.
What's next? The event's featured Internet leaders, activists and analysts will offer valuable insights on the opportunities and pitfalls that lie ahead.  Please check the website http://www.engineer.ucla.edu/IA40/index.html
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