Thursday, December 31, 2009

Remembering 2009 in pictures

The bus that got me many friends
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.

Social Media - A Hard Sell SXSW 2009  
Speaking at SXSW with Raj Malik @rajmalikdc
Word Camp Mid-Atlantic Baltimore #wordcampmidatl

I broke the news of Anil Dash's announcing Six Apart's plugins for Word Press at Word Camp Mid-atlantic
National Small Business Week Day 1
Visiting the State Department for the National Small Business event was for me next to visiting the White House. Thanks Ken Yancey of SCORE.
Google Maps live shot from Virgin America Flight DC to San Francisco
The first time I blogged from a Virgin Atlantic Flight from above 35k ft above the ground joining a different Mile High Club.
IABC World Conference 2009
Receiving the Golden Quill Award from IABC for Network Solutions' Social Media efforts was a proud moment.
Against gravity
I thought of myself as a great photographer with this picture and about 35 people noticed but no one commented. :(
DC Chamber of Commerce Gala oct 17 2009
Did I really meet Hizzoner ?
Terracota Warriors : Guardians of China's First Emperor at the National Geographic Museum
Meeting the Terra Cotta Warriors even though not in flesh was another exciting moment. Check out the exhibition in the National Geographic Museum.

Of course the crowning moment came with a picture in the Washington Biz Journal in this article Shashi Bellamkonda: The Social Listener by Jennifer Nyz Conner @jenconner 
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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.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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?

Friday, December 25, 2009

Transparency and privacy - how to take care

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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

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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.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

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.

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@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
My commentary link on Amplify

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ford What a cool idea ! @scottmonty

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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

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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 ?

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Monday, December 21, 2009

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

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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

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

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 :

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Friday, December 18, 2009

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

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

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 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

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Monday, December 14, 2009

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

Saturday, December 12, 2009

EarthQuake in Maharashtra India -USGS No damage reports from NDTV


Earthquake Details



17.127°N, 73.832°E

10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program


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, India

Location Uncertainty
horizontal +/- 11.9 km (7.4 miles); depth fixed by location program

NST= 27, Nph= 27, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=1.2 sec, Gp= 83°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=7



Event ID

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Shashi Bellamkonda Persona


Right out of a Tweet from Maggie Fox Founder and CEO of Social Media “Cool: Personas, from MIT's Sociable Media Group (no relation), visually shows you how the Internet sees you:” 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.

Friday, December 04, 2009

US Army Website goes social -

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 - . 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 new website , see a screenshot of my page

Of course I would have liked my own URL - imagine the SEO value :) but then the US army while friendly has a lot on its hands than worry about my SEO.

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

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

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

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 upload
  • Make 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 . 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 tool
  • Social 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.

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