Technology and Networking in 1978: My 30 Year High School Reunion a Reminder

Can you guess which one is me?

Excuses are like long term personal contracts that freeze a person’s ability to make change, take action, move forward. One of the worst excuses I often hear people expound upon is the fact that blogging and social media networking is just too time consuming, not effective enough, or over their heads technologically. Bull_hit! It is all about your willingness to learn, expand your knowledge base, dedicate yourself to the task, and remain steadfast on course through dedication.

Back in 1978, there was very little technology that allowed a person or business to network themselves and build their brand. How did I arrive at this subject?

My 30 year high school reunion, Terra Linda High School in San Rafael, CA, is being held tonight and it sparks many memories. One of the biggest memories is how our world used to be and how technology has changed what we can do, where we can go, and who we can ultimately become due to the advances.

In order to appreciate the Web 2.0 world of Social Networking tools, blogging, and the global conversation that is inspiring a seachange in the media and information industry, lets take a look back at where we used to reside: 1978.

You have NO excuse not to network, connect, and utilize the tools of blogging and Web 2.0 to your advantage. Here is what you would have faced 30 years ago:

Technology in 1978: Or what I used to do, what I could not do, and what I never knew I wanted to do

1. Remote Control: I was my father’s remote as I sat by the TV while he pointed and “clicked”

2. Cable TV: We had 4 channels 2-4-5-7; ESPN did not exist, cable TV did not exist

3. VCR-Video: VCR’s were invented but not in the market in my area, Video stores did not exist

4. No MTV: Music videos did not exist

5. Microwave Ovens: no microwaves, no Hotpockets!

6. “Partyline”: no not some 900 number. My grandparents phone service was a party line where 6 families shared the same phone line!

7. No Internet: ?????????????

8. No Personal Computers

9. No Video games: Pong was just around the corner

10. No Cellphones

11. No Answering machines: if you missed the call you were left wondering

12. No Voicemail: same thing but now you could screen calls without screwing up!

13. No Social Media Networking: Facebook, twitter

14. No Niche Media Networking: Linkedin, Plaxo

15. No PDA

16. No Video Cameras: none that were small and affordable only the mass media behemoths

17. Microcomponents: Sterio components and speakers were HUGE

18. CB Radios: They were a national phenom and since technology have gone back to their intended use

19. Ham Radio: Same thing Hamm Operators are a dying breed with the internet, skype, and other technologies

20. Networking: Back in 1978 it was through your family, Chamber of Commerce, Barbershop, or the local rag newspaper

21. Sadly No Active Rain: Are there words to express my gratitude?

Where can you find me if not in the picture above:

1. Active Rain profile

2. Innerarchitect.com/about

3. Linkedin.com profile

4. Facebook.com profile

5. Collegeplanningspecialist.wordpress.com author

6. Plaxo.com me

7. twitter.com deansguide

If you can’t get find me to network with me–you ain’t tryin!

“Next Generation” Realtor’s Marketing Tool: Ning.com Social Networks Viral Marketing Power

“Nothing endures but change” Heraclitus Greek philosopher

Social networking sites like linkedin, myspace, facebook, and plaxo utilize viral loop or viral networking in order to grow traffic to your site. The problem for Realtors and affiliates is that these sites are either targeted to the wrong audience, myspace.com, or they are flat with limited features bloggers enjoy on their blogs.

Ning.com is changing the social networking landscape. Ning allows users, for free, to set up their own “social network.” The treasure trove of Ning features and benefits:

Social Networking

1. Create a full Social Network, for free, that you customize and brand as your own

2. Invite members, meet new people, network within or outside your business niche

3. Full message center with address book importing from Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Hotmail.

4. Customizable profile pages.

5. Photo slideshows, video players, music players, and network badges, that can be embeded anywhere on the Internet, seamlessly funneling new people to your network.

6. RSS feeds of your network’s features, such as members, discussions, photos, videos, music/podcasts, and blog posts.

7. Members can set different privacy settings for every photo, video, group, or blog post they contribute.

Full Customization

1. Add your own logo, branding, and visual design to make your network unique

2. Choose from a variety of themes and customize them to make them your own

3. Make your network public or private

4. Customize the appearance of your branded photo slideshow, video player, music/podcast player widgets and network badges

5. Customize the profile questions your network asks when members join. Make questions private, so that the answers are only viewable by you and your Network Administrators

6. Enable “one-click” Facebook Promotion so your members can add photo slideshows, video players, and music/podcasts from your network seamlessly into Facebook

7. Choose to moderate photos and videos before they are posted

8. Choose from a set of supported languages (English, Chinese, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish) or translate your social network into any unsupported language by changing one file in the code

Discussion Forum

1. Start and tag a discussion

2. Add discussion posts and reply to those posts

3. Organize discussions by categories

4. Click through the personal profile pages of other members engaged in the discussion

5. View all discussions across your social network

Groups

1. Enable members of your network to create groups

2. Enable members of your network to make groups public or private

3. Add group descriptions, images, discussions, and members