Come Meet Me at the 140 Character Conference Nov

I have the honor and privilege of speaking at the 140 Characters Conference (#140conf) on November 1, 2010.

Since the launch of the #140conf events, conferences have taken place in a number of BIG cities including: Los Angeles, London , Barcelona, SXSW (Austin), New York City, Washington D.C., Tel Aviv and San Francisco.

At these events we have explored the effects of twitter on a wide range of topics including: Celebrity, “The Media”, Advertising, Politics, Fashion, Real Estate, Music, Education, Public Safety, Public Diplomacy and quite a few other topics. #140conf is a ground breaking opportunity to look at the effects of the real-time web on the people and the businesses inside of and around the world.

We are planning our part of the presentation to discuss the impact of using “the technology of now” to reach goals in social good and making an impact in the world we live in.

For more information on the event, go to

Learn About Google’s Priority Inbox

Have important messages you always want to check now and save the rest for later? Google has you in mind as it rolls out it’s Priority Inbox over the next several weeks. In addition to prioritizing emails some of the other features include;

  • Custom importance filters,
  • Label categorization,
  • “Important” and “Everything Else” settings, and
  • Ease of email “catch-up” after long absences such as vacations.

To learn more about the upcoming features, watch the video below and click here to go to Google’s info page on Priority Inbox.

Google: “Email is great, except when there’s too much of it. Priority Inbox automatically identifies your important email and separates it out from everything else, so you can focus on what really matters.”

Proposed Panel for SXSW 2011 – Mobilized to Feed the World:A True Story

This year we (Lloyd Zeigler and myself) have submitted a very special panel proposal to South by Southwest 2011 (SXSW 2011)  for consideration to present at the Interaction portion of the conference. In this panel we will tell the story a group of college age kids from around the US that have joined together with one of  the world’s most respected humanitarian organizations, Food for the Hungry, to make a real difference. For a more detailed description of the presentation, please see below.

Your vote to have this panel at one of the world’s largest conferences is critical. Voting from the public accounts for 30% of the decision-making process for SXSW panel programming. Also important in this process is the SXSW Advisory Board (40%) and the input of the SXSW staff (30%). We encourage you to go to the Panel Picker page for the presentation and vote. If you have never voted at SXSW before you will need to fill out a 30 second secure, no spam registration to vote.

This presentation will be unique to a venue like SXSW. It is a faith based effort to mobilize people behind a common cause to make an extraordinary difference. The story deserves to be told and the only way it can be is with your help.

Below is a detailed description of the proposed panel.

Mobilized to Feed the World: A True Story

Organizers Mark Linder, Lloyd Zeigler
Description Can a small group of college age kids really change the world? Can they use digital platforms and modern day communication mediums to organize behind a cause and make a difference in thousands of lives? Can this group, decentralized across the nation become motivated as one to create real change? Across this planet people have real needs. Needs that rip the thread of the life’s fabric; food, shelter, clothing, disease, water and education just to name a few. But how often do we bind together behind a cause and make real progress with real people? Hear about how a small group leveraged their efforts to create real change, make a real difference and create real relief for starving and needy children around the globe. Learn lessons on picking the right partners, group dynamics & decision making, leveraging technology, mobilizing with a unified plan and execution with passion. The story is amazing and should not be missed by any leader that is trying to motivate their Team to achieve a goal or move their organization forward.
  1. How social media tools and a digital platforms were used to organize and energize a group of dedicated people.
  2. Interactive, training and motivational tools implemented by sample group.
  3. How to choose the right partners to insure goal success.
  4. How to blend people and technology with a common goal for maximum results.
  5. How this group achieved amazing results and how they literally changed their world.
Category Social Issues
Tags feed, hunger, world hunger
Event SXSW Interactive 2011

Please choose our panel at SXSW 2011

A Simple Lesson on Corporate Personality

How many times has your favorite service/product/company been purchased by a larger fish and the end result is a watered down (more “larger fish like”) version of your fav?

Dallas area based woot! has been acquired by Amazon. And it seems to me, woot! is determined to stay true to it’s course of a great deal(s) everyday that attracts lots and lots of traffic. It also seems with this “announcement video” woot! is determined to keep its fun and quirky personality.

The lesson is this…

Being different, fun and a value is what made woot! a great site. As long as they continue to do so, they will continue to be a great site. And guess what, Amazon will get great value from the purchase. :)  Don’t lose the personality that made your corporation great and miss out on the huge returns coming from that big payday.

Understanding the Size, Scale and Growth of the Internet

Trying to understanding the size, scale and growth of the Internet? Watch this video by from Jesse Thomas on Vimeo.

A Year for Resolutions…

There is something about a New Year. Something fresh, a starting point. Something that makes us want to get rid of the old and bring on the new.  Something magical that happens the second the bell tolls midnight and the fall of the crystal ball brings on the New Year.

So what are your plans for the New Year?  What are your resolutions? What do you plan to leave behind?

Read more? Lose weight? Watch less TV? Eat the right foods? Get organized? The list goes on…

Every year I struggle a little with resolutions. Not because I can’t figure out some good ones that will apply but because within a few weeks or months it seems I have forgotten all of them. So this year is going to be different. Nope, no resolutions. Just a few things I need to resolve and here is my list;

  • be better at following the “Golden Rule”
  • embrace changes in my life (like kids getting married)
  • work hard at being a better person
  • help others succeed
  • re-invent myself once again with my new businesses
  • get a better haircut (LOL…but true)
  • be a better Leader
  • do the right things not just doing things right

Yup, nothing about food, weight, TV, exercise or organization. This year is about resolving things and when 2011 comes around, I want to honestly say, “I left the world a better place in some way last year.”

That will do.

Remember When…

A post on a friends blog spurred a chain of thoughts which lead to a little reminiscing which lead to this post…

  • Remember when Twitter had no spammers, no MLMarketers, no DM’s offering free e-books on how to make a fortune?
  • Remember when you had to be in college to use Facebook?
  • Remember when Adam Curry did a “daily” Daily Source Code?
  • Remember when everyone was saying, “Have you heard about this thing called PodCamp?”
  • Remember when the hottest new marketing thing in the world was a place called Second Life?
  • Remember when Google Feedburner was called Feedburner but before was called Burning Door?
  • Remember when the term social media meant nothing?
  • Remember the world before YouTube?
  • Remember when you had to explain to everyone what a podcast is, what a blog is?
  • Remember when iTunes opened up to podcasts?
  • Remember when Mevio was called Podshow and Mevio Music Alley was called the Podsafe Music Network?
  • Remember when the Podcast Expo became the Portable Media Expo which became the New Media Expo and now the Blog World and New Media Expo?
  • Remember when no one, I mean no one used FriendFeed?
  • Remember “Pownce?”
  • Remember when the official name for a blog was “weblog?”
  • Remember when Google launched adsense? or when people would ask, what’s a Google?
  • Remember when reading your favorite blogs became easier with the creation of news feed technology, called RSS, by Dave Winer?

I could go on and on and on…I would love to hear some of your “remember whens.”

When the Community Turns On You

One wonders if there is justice in the world? In our society when someone feels they have been wronged there are laws to protect them. If the act is bad enough, someone goes to jail, if not…they just get sued. It is the “get sued” part where the cross hairs live for often a person may be unjustly sued (whether true or not) or in the opinion of a community unjustly sued (whether true or not.)

Earlier today Chicago Now reported that a tenant of Horizon Realty was sued for a “tweet” they sent regarding the place they lived. If you are bored and want to read the complaint, here it is;  Twitter lawsuit.pdf.  A woman with less than 20 followers on Twitter complained about mold in her apartment to a friend, so Horizon Realty sued her for $50,000 in damages.

Lawsuit Twitter

The purpose of this post is not to agree or disagree with the lawsuit, but rather to point out when the online community turns on someone/something because they see injustice…the results can snowball. I mean snowball in a big way. One of the top tweet topics today are commentary from literally thousands of Twitter users spreading the word about the injustice they perceive.

Business can learn a big big lesson here.

Seek to resolve before you pull out the big guns. The lawsuit and report of the lawsuit has created a huge PR problem for this company. In a world where information is in real time one would think companies would adjust their actions to take the every changing world into account. Once the mob turns against you the damage is irreversable and the public relations nightmare just grows bigger and bigger.

What would I do? I would withdraw the lawsuit, address the issue, work towards a productive resolution for all parties and if at fault, I would stand up and let the community know I made a mistake and I am sorry.

Will this happen, only time will tell…but till then you can read the Twitter communtiy tweets about it here.

Twitter Search Horizon

Take Time to “Wave” at the Future

The Future

Yesterday I had the chance to watch a video produced by Google from a conference they held a couple days ago. The video was about a new communications/collaboration tool under development planned to roll out later this year. The name of the product is “Wave.” Granted the video is 80 minutes long featuring the development team that is creating Wave (the same brothers that brought us Google Maps) and all I can say after watching the video is…wow!

For a moment think of email, document sharing, mapping, texting, IM’s, picture sharing and more all built into one tool that delivers information instantly along with needed levels of security, accountability and functionality. Imagine a tool where client side applications can be added into the product to produce instant language transalation, polls and more. Then, on top of all that, imagine the addition of gadgets to add untold functionality to your communication. Then finally, it is open source. Which we know means third parties can produce applications for Wave that will give it even more powerful functions.

Once the video started I was quickly captivated by the demonstration of the product under development and instantly could see how it will change everything. I mean everything, email, sharing documents, project management, feedback & comments, instant messages and collaboration. If you don’t believe me, take the time to watch the video below. Then when you are done, wave hello to the future.

If you want to get in early on Wave, go here to sign up.

World Changing at the Speed of Light

This video is so impactful and relative, I had to post it… Watch it and see for yourself, would love to hear your comments.