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Stop Searching for yourself : Twitter Changes to give you @mentions

Now people you can stop searching at for mentions of your name. Where previously the tab in your home page was called Replies , it is now labeled "@shashib" (in my case) and clicking on that tab will bring you to a page "Mentions of @shashib" . Cool now you can thank all the people who mention you at the beginning , end or middle of any tweet. I like this :) From the Twitter Blog: "We're updating the Replies feature and referring to it instead as Mentions. In your Twitter sidebar you'll now see your own @username tab. When you click that tab, you'll see a list of all tweets referencing your account with the @username convention anywhere in the tweet—instead of only at the beginning which is how it used to work. So for me it would be all mentions of @biz"

Kim Hart Gets in A - Washington Post

If you are among the declining breed of readers of the print edition of the Washington Post then you would have seen that the "Download" column of Kim Hart has moved to the "A" Section of the newspaper. Starting today the Washington Post no longer has the business section on weekdays. Reading the print version of the paper is a habit from my childhood growing up in India. Those days the paper did not have sections and usually my brother and me would fight for the sports or the comics section and end up sometimes tearing the paper much to the chagrin of my dad. Fast forward to the Bellamkonda household of today, there is competition between us for the Style section. Whether in print or online the Washington Post is a paper that I respect. When I first came to this country I expected all newspapers published in the US to be of this caliber. In India there are several National newspapers with editions from each town. Indian Express, The Hindu,

The 5th Annual New Communications Forum :April 27th - 29th, 2009: San Francisco, CA

I am honored that along with Geoff Livingston SNCR Fellow  I will be presenting Online Reputation Management – Best Practices & Lessons Learned at the NewComm Forum 2009 April 27th - 29th, 2009: San Francisco, CA. I love San Francisco . The last time I was there I had a good time meeting a lot of folks and speaking at the Social Media Club SF/SV. I am looking forward to  NewComm Forum '09   . The last event of Society of New Media Communications and Research - 3rd Annual SNCR Research Symposium & Awards in Boston. The presentations were full of research and findings. Since I am speaking I get a special offer for friends and colleagues to register for NewComm Forum '09 $100 discount if you use the discount code SNCRFRIEND, or a $200. discount off of a Full Access Pass to both NewComm Forum and the Inbound Marketing Summit with discount code NCFCOMBO2 . A one-day NewComm Forum FlexPass available for $395. Register at  NewComm Forum '09

Small Business Success Index : Big Optimism from Small Business. Where do you stand?

I wanted to share the news of a Small Business Success Index ( ) that Network Solutions and the University of Maryland conducted and more than 1,000 small business owners were interviewed by phone. 3 things that are key in my opinion from the Small Business Success Index findings. - The single biggest competitive disadvantage of America’s small businesses today is in meeting - The bright spot for American small businesses is in the impeccable service they provide their customers. They have what it takes to retain current customers and treat them with care. - Small businesses with a commitment to Internet business solutions feel they are highly successful in improving their profit margins 16% more often than small businesses that employ minimal Internet business solutions. Please check out the study at and give me some feedback. I was involved in setting up the site to house the study so any feedback is appre

Conficker on your computer - update

Conficker is a malicious software program that grabbed global attention when it began spreading late last year and quickly infected millions of computers with software code to convert them into a powerful computer known as a botnet. I have received a few question from friends about what this is and what should they do to combat it.   Update: German researchers score Conficker detection breakthrough from ZDNet blogs Just days ahead of an April 1st activation date for the Conficker worm squirming through the Windows operating system, security researchers at the Honeynet Project have scored a major breakthrough, finding a way to fingerprint the malware on infected networks. Read more   In today's ( March29th 2009) Washington Post Rob Pregoraro writes in an article "Combating Conficker "   If you've set Windows to install Microsoft security patches automatically and have kept your anti-virus utility current, you should be safe. So if you haven

NextWeb meetup - Darlington House - Marc h 2009

NextWeb meetup - Darlington House - Marc h 2009 , originally uploaded by shashiBellamkonda . A few folks met at the Darlington House on March 19th. The Darlington House is the former Childe Harold and Bruce Springsteen played here many years ago. Brett ( ) and Janine (@AvidGroup ) from NextWeb ( a @Mashable property) were in town from New York and organized this meet-up. The NextWeb’s NY Web 2.0 Meetup has become one of the largest and fastest growing networking organizations in New York City. The first event in DC was at the Darlington House in Dupont Circle on March 19th where I lead the dicsussion and some great folks stopped by. Doug Hadden and wife of (in the pic above) is an awesome walking encyclopedia. Brett Petersel had just run into at SXSW for the Guy Kawasaki/Kirtsy party. So we continued our SXSW reminiscences. Chris Abraham ( is as entertaining as ever. Mark D. Drapeau (@ch

Participate in Walk MS on April 26, 2009 in Reston

MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn't. That's why a few of my collagues at Network Solutions are participating in Walk MS on April 26, 2009 in Reston. During the event, thousands of walkers and volunteers will join forces to raise funds and awareness, and move us closer to a world free of MS.  MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and wears away the control a person has over his or her body. When someone is diagnosed with MS, it can dramatically affect their daily life.  All donations to Walk MS support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and offer hope to the many thousands of people affected by MS in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  Our team fundraising goal for Walk MS is $3,000. To make a donation and/or join our team Tracy SEA to NOVA , please visit;

SXSW : When in Texas do as Texans Do

DSC_0855 , originally uploaded by jstorerj . When you visit a store like Allens Boots two times in the same day it is difficult to resist the urge to buy a Stetson and boots. The first time was a lunch by Dell and Mack Collier as the special Guest. The second time and this time Guy Kawaski encouraged me along with folks at the Alltop and Kirtsy party. How do you like the Swami Cowboy look ? See RichardatDell's pic David Alston Radian 6 took this pic Photo courtesy JIm Storer @jimstorer

You can't choose mentors - They choose you ! Linda Rabbitt at GWU

I am lucky to be part of this list of Hotmomma Project judges.   The Hot Mommas ® Project is an award-winning women’s leadership program housed at the George Washington University School of Business . The project mission is to increase self-efficacy of women and girls across the globe through exposure to role models. The Hot Momma's project is building the world’s largest women’s case study library to produce not just vignettes, but credible academic tools that can be utilized in a classroom environment. The keynote by Linda Rabbit was very engaging. She shared her life's ups and downs and the challenges she faced as she rose from life as a housewife to chairman of Rand*  a commercial construction firm specializing in tenant build-outs and building renovations.   Founded by Linda Rabbitt in 1989, rand* is ranked 2nd largest woman-owned construction company in the nation and the 8th largest interior construction company in the metropolitan area. Be a people person

Gail Goodwin needs your support for the GlobalHugTour

Gail Goodwin @inspiremetoday on Twitter is busy preparing for our worldwide project, the Global Hug Tour. She and hubby  are leaving in September, flying 31,000 miles around the world in a small prop plane to deliver 100,000 hugs and share $1,000,000 with important causes. ( ). I have met Gail twice IRL and she is quite inspiring and I am not sure where the energy to do stuff comes from. If you can help Gail please do. her appeal is reproduced below : We've identified charities where a small donation of $10 will make a difference. We're offering the public an opportunity to "Sponsor a Hug" on our website for just $10. The entire $10 will be donated to show the power of a hug worldwide in a very tangible way..... i.e. - One hug in Chicago will feed three homeless people. Two hugs in Cambodia will pay the educational expense for a child for a year. One hundred hugs in Chennai, India will fund the cost of heart surgery to save a life. Each cit

Real-life role models in business and life honored at George Washington University School of Business on March 9, 2009.

I was honored to be a judge in the Hot Mommas' project .The Hot Mommas® Project is an award-winning leadership initiative raising self-efficacy of women and girls through exposure to role models.  Kathy Korman Frey, is the founder of the Hot Mommas Project and George Washington University School of Business adjunct professor of management. You can read some of the case studies here In concert with International Women’s Day, dynamic women from around the world are descending upon Washington because of their association with the “ Hot Mommas Project ,” an initiative housed at the George Washington University School of Business which produces “role models on paper.” These women will be honored on March 9 at a Hoffman Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Linda Rabbitt, CEO and chairman of Rand Construction, a member of the Washington Business Hall of Fame and a former Washingtonian of the year. The event promises to be a powerhouse of

The Online Media Boot Camp Economic & Brain Stimulus Package: A chance to win a FREE Ticket!

Customers and prospects searching the Internet for products, services―and conversation―and the world of marketing has changed forever. Your company, brand and industry are being discussed online… Are you prepared ? We know times are tough, but we also know that business owners and marketers/communicators need to get a leg up on competition (whether you are competing for business or that new job). Now is your chance! We have three tickets available…will you be the lucky winner? Online Media Boot Camp is April 9 th , 2009 in King of Prussia, PA. The three lucky ticket winners will be picked on March 27 th ! For more details visit: Want a chance at winning a free ticket to the Online Media Boot Camp (a value of $349), you have to be nominated by someone else. A person can be nominated in one of four ways: A blog post A video On Twitter Via an e-mail sent to OMBC (beth [at]onlinemediabootcamp [dot] com).

SocStarDom2 at John Hopkins on March 9th

Monday, March 9 th from 6-8pm Johns Hopkins University Montgomery Campus 9605 Medical Center Drive (far right building when you drive onto campus)   Event registration : Mayra Ruiz-McPherson, aka @marketingMisfit, is organizing #socStardom2 in partnership with Robin Ferrier of Johns Hopkins University's Montgomery Campus. The original #socStardom (a hashtag coined by Mayra) was in January 14 and was also done in conjunction with Robin. The January #socStardom was entitled "If You Build It Will They Come?" and featured influential marketing guru Rohit Bhargava and blogger Frank Warren. That event, hosted tby Network Solutions , was a big hit and the room @ JHUMCC was packed. A good time was had by all. If you missed it, you can see view the #socStardom recap on Mayra's blog here: For #socStardom2, there will be a new fire side chat format and the speaker, Dave Evans (