Twitter’s Impact On Web 2.0: Making The Web More Sensory Like

Tim O’Reilly, the driving force behind the concept of Web 2.0 and a genuine social media thought leader, details why Twitter is becoming the leading social network in today’s social media world. The interview is conducted by President & CEO Blaise Zerega. Asked to compare social networks to human “senses” and to name the most important social network, O’Reilly nails it with these ideas:

  • Unexpected impact: “I don’t know if there is a single new thing, right now, or if we will notice it right away. People didn’t know how big Google would be in 1998.  .  . if there is anything in that category today I would say it’s Twitter.”
  • Twitter’s Impact: “The thing that has impressed me the most about Twitter is it’s brought real time to a peak on the web”
  • Trend: Twitter’s impact on how we expect  real time information is “making the web more sensory like. . . “
  • What Does it mean?: “It means you start to build systems for stimulus and response.”
  • Humans & Computers: “There is a whole part in what we’re building here, is this new hybrid human computer machine”
  • Constant Factor: We are moving toward a “Collective Intelligence” which will cause a “Revolution in Business.”

The Top 10 Blogs For Writers: A Blogger’s Resource Library

If you need tips on how to become a better writer, you may be acquinted with Copyblogger. If you need more resources to help your writing, the following Top 10 list is sure to provide the content you are looking to read. Michael Steltzner the author behind chose his “Top 10 Blogs for Writers-The 2009/2010 Winners” awards. This list can be a content library unto itself. Congratulations to Coppyblogger the winner of this years competition.

Michael Steltzner’s Top 10 Blogs for Writers

The following is Michael’s list in his own words on why he chose each site:

Copyblogger award

  1. Copyblogger: This site is the heavyweight champion of the world four years running (and one of the top blogs on the planet)!  The brain-child of Brian Clark, his blog keeps winning because of its insightful articles.
  2. Men With Pens: James Chartrand and Harry McLeod maintain the number two slot with their inspiring content and rich community discussion.
  3. Write to Done: This blog nearly always delivers a home run with its excellent articles for all writers and is the product of top blogger Leo Babauta.
  4. Editor Unleashed: Inspired by the former Editor-in-Chief of Writer’s Digest, Maria Schneider explores writing, social media and community on her excellent blog.
  5. Freelance Writing Jobs: This site is the first stop for freelance writers seeking new work and great articles (and it remains a top winner since this contest began).  Congrats Deb Ng!
  6. Confident Writing: Joanna Young delivers rich and useful articles that will help you take your writing to the next level.
  7. Urban Muse: Susan Johnston covers a wide range of excellent topics that all writers will enjoy.
  8. WordCount: Journalist Michelle Vranizan Rafter explores the challenges freelance writers face on her excellent blog.
  9. Quips & Tips for Successful Writers: A true cornucopia of ideas for writers, Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen provides endless content and freelancing tips.
  10. Fuel Your Writing: This site will certainly fuel you! Michelle Krasniak Oxman and her huge team of contributors provide great content for writers.

Open House Tips: 3 Steps To Marketing On Sundays

Open House signCourtesy RealtySignXpress.comF published this deansguide article 9-24-09

How many of you Realtors are guilty of arriving at your open house, spending 30 minutes setting up flyers and marketing materials, and then sitting back and reading the paper? Making phone calls to friends? Feeling bored with nothing to do? Be honest and don’t lie to yourself. If that is the scenario for any of you, I have an alternative activity that will help your business.

Step 1: The Laptop

  • Display an open laptop, online, with pages open to your Facebook Business page
  • Display a second tab with your Twitter account
  • Call to action by asking Open House attendees to “fan” your Facebook page and follow you on Twitter

Step 2: List Building

  • Provide your standard Sign-in sheet but place it next to the Laptop(s)
  • Display a third tab that allows Open House attendees to sign up for your “newsletter” online giving them the option to join you in the “real world” or online

Step 3: Your Blog

  • Display your blog in a fourth tab
  • Call to action by asking Open House attendees to RSS subscribe to your blog
  • Write a blog article about your open house and describe the city, neighborhood, and the property-your online sales pitch

Conclusion: Benefit-Takeaways

1. If Open House attendees do not know anything about blogging, facebook, twitter or social media-this is an Opportunity to provide them with a nice introduction to social media-tutor them (on the spot) if they are willing

2. The Laptop becomes your “coffee table book” a point of curiousity and a conversation starter.

Children’s Tip: Kids hate Open Houses and parents drag them into open houses all the time. If you are bold and want to keep the children inline, set up (with client permission) a non violent playstation game for the kids to play while the parents stroll the property

Plan & Disclosure Statement Conference Call 9-10-09: Okun Victims Sorting Through The Rubble

Ed OkunCourtesy

September 10, 2009 Gerald McHale, US Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Trustee, lead a conference call Q & A session for the purpose of providing  “a forum for creditors and victims alike to ask any questions they may have had related to the Bankruptcy and also to the Class Action litigation against Ed Okun and his 1031 Tax Group.” With the way the victims have been victimized they might as well have scheduled this call for September 11th as a 9-1-1 call seems to mirror the entire case.

Conference Call Speakers

The following people connect to this case were invited to answer questions from the victims:

Participating in the call as speakers were:

  • Gerard “Jerry” McHale, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Trustee
  • Jonathan Flaxer of Golenbock, Eiseman, who represents the Trustee
  • Jacqueline Veit of Golenbock, Eiseman, who, with Michael Devorkin, serve as chief litigators for the Trustee
  • John Sordillo of Deloitte, who served as Forensic Accountants and Real Estate Advisors for the Estate
  • Robert “Rusty” Brace, who is the lead counsel in the Class Action litigation (no information available)
  • Mark Felger of Cozen, O’Conner who acts as counsel for the Creditors’ Committee

Mission of the Call: McHale’s Statement

“We hope this call answered your questions you may have had regarding the Plan and future events related to the ongoing administration of the Liquidating Trust after the confirmation of the Plan.”

The Results

A call to action for the people involved with this call:

  • Did the call help your understanding of circumstances surrounding your efforts to collect your monies?
  • Were you satisfied with the format of the conference call?
  • Did you feel you were given the opportunity to express your concerns or opinions?
  • Are the results of this call confidential information or do you have the ability to express your opinions publicly?

Public Speaking Challenges: The 3 Toughest Audience Members

A child wearing a dunce cap in class, from a staged photo c.1906

So you want to be a speaker, workshop facilitator aka presenter? The benefits are exposure for your business and brand, lead generation, and networking. A public speaking platform can lead to far more business as well as a rewarding experience for you. We are public speakers, workshop facilitators, and presenters in support of our business at Inner Architect and we have experienced the challenges of public speaking first hand.

The following is a short profile of the 3 most challenging types of audience members you may encounter in your public speaking career. Take notice because if you decide to perform, you WILL run into all three of these people. For your sanity, I hope you won’t have all three types in your audience at the same time.

3 Most Challenging Audience Members

1. Dissatisfied Customer: this person is very negative, aggressive, and often verbally combative. They will make pointed remarks to tell you, and your audience, that your presentation is less than relevent, you are less than knowledgable, and they are dissatisfied with the entire experience. There is no appeasing or reasoning with this person; their purpose is selfish fulfillment of a need to lash out

2. Know it All: this person believes they know everything about the subject matter and have a burning desire to let the audience know how smart they are–to the detriment of you the speaker. They need the spotlight but they are unwilling to launch their own speaking platform. It is safer to be sitting in an audience than to stand up and become a target.

3. Disconnected: this person did not read the workshop-presentation description. They are normally complete beginners. They become increasingly frustrated with your presentation because it is not giving the “how to” beginner’s first steps.

Look For These Warning Signs

  • Do not listen, partially listen missing the gist or point, or selectively listen for what “they want to hear”
  • Abbruptly interrupt with a continuous stream of questions that goes beyond good decorum
  • Disrupt the class, workshop, presentation in a self serving selfish manner with little to no regard for fellow students
  • WILL provoke you to the point of placing you, the speaker, in the position of having to take action ie. asking them to hold questions until after presentation, asking them to listen since you answered the question, and in some cases forcing you to eject them from the class because they are ruining the attendees’ ability to participate, learn, and enjoy the material

Twitter Strategy: Eliminate Protected Tweets or Revise

Twitter etiquette and Twitter strategies do not always mix, go hand in hand, or remain inline with your purpose for utilizing Twitter. The best example of this dilemma is the locked Twitter account. The  message “This person has protected their tweets” is essentially a walled garden allowing only the people approved to follow a Twitter’s tweet stream and keeping everyone else out.

Protected Tweets

Protected Tweets: How Does That Make You Feel?

I have a number of people who follow me on Twitter who have locked their tweets. When I see this my initial reaction is to:

  • Ask if they will approve me as one of the “special few” in the club
  • DM them asking them personally to include me in “their” club
  • Block them so that they can not follow me to access my information–maybe it’s a content stealing competitor?
  • Ask my network if they request follow status from one of these locked accounts
  • Hammer them for their pretentious attitude
  • Remain very curious as to what I might be missing

Have You Been Approved?

I run the following Twitter accounts deansguide, innerarchitect, napavalleynews. I have people who follow us on all of these accounts who are protecting their tweets. With close to 5,000 microblog posts and tons of informative content, I have never been invited into the inner circle of a “protected account.” That is just wrong!

Protected Accounts Eliminate or Revise Format

The solution is simple. Only allow people with protected accounts to follow those who they approve. Do not allow them to share in my content with their walled garden account only to freeze me out. This is a simple sharing of information and sharing is the piece that makes Twitter so fantastic. Keep the walled gardens but eliminate their access to people they will never allow in to their domain