Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Be Viral: Hit Social Media!


MediaPost has shown how easy it is to create viral content. How, by debunking social media, that's how! Obviously, they're going up against the web. How come I can see them smiling though?

Track the outburst here.

25 Social Media Marketing Tips. They all can't be hogwash, right?

Another 10 more Social Media Marketing Tips. Had enough?

Effective Marketing? How about spending time learning about Digital Body Language from Steve Woods!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Fast on the Draw

Quick:
Q. What's the fastest way to improve quality of learning, make information more memorable and make your ideas easier to share with others (and probably, get the longest recall)?


A: Going Visual, of course. (We're all kids when it comes to learning and visuals/drawings transmit a lot more information in less scribbles than a handful of notes).

Anyway, if you've got some dough to spare, you may want to check this out and spend for something of value - the Visual Note-Taking 101 course.

I know what you're thinking. Even drawing stick figures can be tough for you. So? That is beside the point. But if you're not ready to get your pencils wet? Check out the amazing course authors' blogs and get a glimpse of their amazing work.

Austin Kleon - Writer who draws.
Mike Rohde - Designer
Sunni Brown - Visually Articulate Being

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Perverted

Tax This! Cave Paintings. Advanced Civilization!

What is not to like when you can see sexy celebrity finally without the skimpy outfits she's famous for, without the usual brand ads hovering over her pics. Never mind that she's having a private moment with gorgeous doctor - totally proud of exhibiting his manhood and conquests, of unwitting victims for his voyeuristic pleasures. This is what reality tv - sex video is. Though hardly a scandal worth the trouble of government officials' time.

IMHO:

1. Sex is natural human activity. It's happening everywhere whether you want to turn a blind eye or not. Lot of time in your hands and love to watch? Go to web.


2. The 'admitting' part is the concern. Sex + public knowledge with proof = Shame. Shameful, indeed but not the act.


3. Hormones. Tough to wage a battle against it; threat of excommunication, notwithstanding.


4. Seen one, seen all. Just a few enticing differences in the form of curvatures, maybe. Probably, urge to watch is more out of curiosity (sic) otherwise it's a sick pre-occupation.


5. Let those involved settle this on their own. (Too late I guess). Betrayal of trust is really hurtful and I'm all for seeking redress yet I'm not sure if all the the show of hands from the different branches of government really have the victim's cause in mind. Really, are there no other more pressing national concerns?


Which leads me to ponder if the public officials find celebrities private lives more interesting than say, books? Apparently, we all do especially if we finally have proof that celebrities are just like us. Same needs, quirks and made of flesh and bones, too. (OK, a couple of baths prettier than most of us... Enhanced )
Frighteningly, horrific. Stupid, too.

You may want to learn about the frightful book blockade the government has shamefully put us all in, too. (Robin Hemley has made it his crusade.) Yes, there's also video material. Not a given, but hope it arouses something in you to do something out in the open, as humans naturally fond of learning and reading that is.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Geek Mythology

The Burden of Technology

Who doesn't want to be a geek nowadays?

With all the developments in IT, what once was the promise of the future is now already every where - wireless, green, paperless, virtual relationships, etc, etc.

Most of all, tech can readily be accessed by all because they're getting cheaper. Thank you, Mr. Moore.

And it doesn't hurt that Tech receives most of the business money nowadays. So spend those precious time working the keyboards, mate.

10 Books that will substitute for a Computer Science Degree If you think about it, you really don't need to get a degree to be successful with tech ventures. Really. (MSFT, facebook ...)

I'm not sure about the Webby winners having degrees, either.

P2P sharing is 'fair use'. Copy that.

Wolfram|Alpha. Name alone rocks.

SaaS and Open Source: What's not to like about On Demand CRM? Biased, I know.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Blog-a-bond: When Twitter becomes the norm

It will take more than a moleskine to fire those blog posts into published ones.

It is easy to have thoughts about everything - what's happening with the government, the latest movies that rocked, schoolmates who unusually performed contrary to expectations and mostly about anything under the sun, cosmos included. Yet putting those thoughts into some form of notes do require more than quick thinking. It takes something else more deliberate like putting things in a balanced perspective. In other words, it isn't easy. Content never is. Twitter and the like and yes, even blogging, too.

So as everyone has drifted more and more into filling up 140 character tweets (like myself), blog-weariness has spread. Ouch.

But here are 19 reasons on why not to ignore blogging even if you're very much into Twitter.

And my 20th reason?

Blogging, as another form of writing, is therapeutic.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Come What May!

To say that this has been an exciting month is an understatement. Haven't been able to spare much time writing as much as I want to but good thing that there's Twitter to help log in the few details of my days so far.

Here's a few random thoughts...
  • Pacquiao. Need I say more. Marv Dumon's post captures it best. H1N1 exemption ...
  • Rekindled: Besides the boxing event, I was able to finish in record time, The Jesus Papers. Yes, I've got a few books on gnostic and early Christian ideas even before Dan brown made it big. Interesting fact is that my birth date used to be feast of one of the early Church fathers who happens to have fairly conservative gnostic leanings. Hmmmm.
  • Speaking of Mother's Day, what about Mother-Earth, eh. Wifey then had to endure endless hours of Isis and Mother Mary comparisons from moi during weekend road trip. Just saying.
  • Wolverine and Star Trek! Fantasy-galore!
  • Ok, Angels and Demons, too!
  • Social CRM chat. Maybe I get it wrong or not at all but fortunately, these people do and they're sharing their ideas with people.
Shane Gibson Moderating The Chat

Ciao for now.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Mabuhay: PacMan Gobbles Twitter


May 3 was a day of surprises! Nope, modesty aside, it wasn't the way the bout between Manny and Ricky Hatton ended that is most surprising. Hey, even winning or losing wasn't the end-all for we knew our fighter will be giving his all, to the folly of death even, not for himself but for us. You know what they say about icing on the cake ...

I've been a Twitter user for quite some time now after being introduced to it by office colleagues. I never thought much about it before but somehow it grew on me and even if it was mostly 'noise' from my end (day in a life stuff), I eventually started to contribute to 'signals' by doing my share of spreading valuable information as a means of acknowledging the info I receive from people I follow as well.

But yesterday was a revelation! For a few hours, Twitter became 'the' channel by which Filipinos everywhere were able to express how proud they are being Filipino - which is a really big statement for a nation more famous for less-admirable descriptions such as servants and mail-order brides (I could argue that there's nothing wrong with it except for the irony of leaving own kids to care for those left behind by their own - but that is another story best left for another time).

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It doesn't make sense at all to find a nation of 92 million + people entranced whenever Manny 'PacMan' Pacquiao enters the ring. Nope, it doesn't. Not while there are so many Filipino unknowns fighting against corruption, injustice and crime as well as grinding poverty daily in this island nation. Or the many talented Filipinos who have contributed to science and the arts. Yet, more than anything, it must be indicative of the belief that we, with so many imperfections as a group, find that indeed, we value heart more than refined intellects. (Again, just look around - in hospitals, cruise ships and the kitchen in the White House, even. We're a people synonymous with service, or servants for the condescending.)

We've often laid our lives for others and pending catastrophe, I believe Filipinos will remain to do so. It doesn't mean that it's all because we think low of ourselves but maybe, we have really taken that guy Jesus' Gospel of Truth, hook, line and sinker. And Manny is proof with that. As he often interjects, when lavished with praise for his skills, 'glory belongs to God'!

Yet, maybe once in rare while, we're permitted to take time out from woe, high-fallutin intellectual upmanship & material impropriety to just celebrate what a simple man, of extra-ordinary skills and heart has accomplished.



Thank you, Manny!