The Window Socket offers a neat way to harness solar energy and use it as a plug socket. So far we have seen solutions that act as a solar battery backup, but none as a direct plug-in. Simple in design, the plug just attaches to any window and does its job intuitively.
This started as a simple picture in Facebook by an Israeli designer who wanted to let Iranians know he has nothing but love for them. It turned into a movement that was featured on CNN, Aljazira, and all the way to China. People from Iran reached out to Israelis via pictures and text, expressing their detest with their government's propaganda, wishing they could visit each other soon. They started meeting in real life in Israel and in Europe. People who grew up hating Israel because of what they were told, flew to Israel to meet with Israelis and discovered they have a lot in common.
HERE'S THE DESIGNER TALKING AT TED ON HOW IT STARTED This brought tears to my eyes. I hope it touches you too. http://youtu.be/6Lp-NMaU0r8
EVEN AFTER YESTERDAY'S KEYNOTES, THE MEDIA STILL DOESN'T GET IT. Google+ is not a social network.
If you watched yesterday's keynotes from Google I/O you're probably as amazed as I am at all the new features Google added to ALL its products and how well they're integrated with Google+.
I can count the ways Google is about to change our daily lives (in a positive way) with each of its updates (From Google Now, to Wallet, to Hangouts, to Maps...) so why does the media continues to compare it to Facebook??
+TIME just released an article calling Google+ "the most attractive and engaging web apps" (really, so it's a web app now?!?) and finishing with -
My friends, family and acquaintances are all on Facebook, where they add up to a bustling community I enjoy being part of. More than any particular feature that Mark Zuckerberg and company have cooked up, it’s the people in my life that make Facebook, well, Facebook. Therein lies Google+’s great challenge. Even if it’s good — even if it’s great — it’s not going to displace Facebook as the world’s primary social network. And most people don’t need a second social network. (Or at least a Facebook-like social network: Twitter, Pinterest and others that don’t take Facebook on directly can and do thrive.)
So what needs to happen, dear +Harry McCracken for you and your peers to get it - Google+ is not another social media web site, or web app, or a stand alone whatever-you-want-to-call-it.
It's not competing with Facebook, Twitter or even Skype or GotoMeeting. It's Google! It's the internet. It's where people go to Search, connect and FIND what they're looking for. And it's integrated with a word-of-mouth-social-layer called Google+.
Ever wondered which social media avenue will bring you the most return on investment (ROI)? ------------------------------------- PLUS+TALKS THIS TUES. AT 3PM CENTRAL / 4PM EASTERN ---------------------------------------
+Doc Harvard did too. And so he tested it and has the proof that if you're reading this you're in the right place. Join us this Tue. as we present you with the testing, the results and the conclusion.
There are 7 spots left on this Hangout. Comment and share if you want a seat.
I've passed the 40,000 followers this weekend and I am SO grateful for all of you! Your engagement with me means the world to me and I want to thank YOU for opening your heart to me, sharing your thoughts, your laughter and your time with me.
Thank you SO much for joining my Hangouts and allowing me to share my passions with you.
Now it's time for me to give back and teach you! For all 40,000 of you, and only for YOU [not open to the public], I will host a 2 part Thank You Hangout, where +Alex Mandossian will grill me on How I got 33,000 followers so you can do the same.
The second Hangout will be a Q&A Hangout, where You drill me on any action step that wasn't clear.
HOW TO JOIN THESE HANGOUTS? I'll share a special link in a few where you can RSVP and participate.
Once again - Thank you SO much for having me in your circles. YOU rock!
It's almost my birthday and I want to give back - every day at 11am CST
In 2 days, on Valentine day, I will be 21 again, and I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out how I can share the love with the people who make my Google+ experience so addictive (I'm talking about you).
After a few conversations, I realized that what I love about this space the most is the people in it, and I've decided to share them with you.
Not in a shared circle, but in a daily post highlighting each person and what they bring to the table so that you know what to expect when you circle them.
These people are the hidden gems of Google+ and I'm going to expose them so that more people can have some of the great experience I'm having.
We are 90 minutes away from our first session of Hangout Marketing Secrets, and I'm really excited about today's guest!
+Luis Galarza is an Internet marketing, mobile marketing and social media strategist who specializes in local SEO. He lives in Leominster, MA and helps small and medium-sized companies reach their online growth potential. He applies local SEO marketing methods to boost client lead flows and his mantra is...find out in 90 min ;)
Send money from Gmail - even if THEY don't have a Gmail address. With over 5 million downloads, will Wallet replace PayPal?
Gmail users can just add money to an e-mail as an attachment, just like they would add a photo or document, and send any amount to family and friends for a flat fee of 2.9 percent per transaction, for a minimum of 30 cents.
For some reason, I don't see the option in my Gmail yet. Do you?
Google's personal assistant for its Android Jelly Bean mobile operating system is coming to the Internet search leader's Chrome browser.
By hooking Google Now into its Chrome browser, the service has the potential to become a cross-platform offering, since Google makes versions of the browser for Windows, MacOS X and Apple iOS operating systems. That contrasts with Apple's personal digital assistant Siri, which only works on some Apple devices.
In future, the real world is set to combine with the virtual.
+Google Glass Fan Page got the a lot of hype recenctly . Did you know that BMW has their own glasses too? Have you heard of the i-Cocoon? A device that allows you to be part of an intuitive and holistic experience where your interface is YOU..
Join Prof. +Yesha Sivan and I and discover the latest devices and ideas in augmented reality today, and more importantly - let’s discuss how we can make money out of them.
WE'LL COVER The cirital compoants of Augmented Reality today. The broad settings of 3D3C (Community, Creation and Commence) The future business models. Business opportunities in this field.
Prof. +Yesha Sivan is the Manageting editor of the Journal of Virtual Worlds research and Head of the Management Information System Program at the Tel Aviv Academic College. He is also the man behind the 3D3C theory that talks about the 3 critical component s to the 3D reality: community, creativity and commerce.
More information about Prof. Sivan
Prof. Yesha Sivan is the head of the Management Information Systems (MIS) Program (http://is.mta.ac.il) at the School of Management and Economy at the Tel-Aviv-Yaffo academic college (http://www.mta.ac.il). He is also the founder of Metaverse Labs (MVL) - a leading think tank focusing on connecting virtual and real worlds. Sivan's professional experience includes developing and deploying innovative solutions for corporate, hi-tech, government, and defense environments (see for example: the Harvard 9-Keys for Knowledge Infrastructure). He published numerous papers in the areas of Strategy and IT, knowledge, 3D3C virtual worlds, and standards. Sivan received his doctorate from Harvard University. His avatar is Dera Kit, and his blog is http://www.dryesha.com. He has taught EMBA, MBA, engineering and design in the areas of strategic value of IT, the emergence of virtual worlds, and software development in virtual worlds.
Paul Ramsay, Alex Mandossian, Holger Alexi, Kathi Browne, Chris Lang, Viv Oyolu, Robert Pacheco, Randy Hilarski, Bess McCarty, Rene Bastarache, Carole Rigonalli, Vern Ross, Blair Warner, and Luis Galarza
These visionaries have accurately forecasted and harnessed the many changes and opportunities in their lives and in the world. Each has made a noteworthy and lasting impact.
Now, they are all in agreement about a new opportunity, and in fact the largest opportunity yet, and they want you - and all of us - to join them in harnessing it.
The CHOICE POINT FILM Reveals the Hidden Fundamentals of Innovation, Success & Change: During this feature-length documentary film, startling science along with heartfelt intimacy will awaken you to a new power dawning in you and in the world.
And for the first time, this film is being released in a special digital screening room, for a limited time, for FREE. Watch it now here: http://bit.ly/Z10tmt
Reshared text: In my latest blog post at +SwellPath, I not only got to break down a super cool new functionality for Google+, but I released a free tool for composing and pushing out Google+ Interactive Posts on the fly!
Download the +Google+ Interactive Posts Command Center and let me know what you think.
Before I transform back to mommyhood and disappear for a few days, I wanted to thank YOU - For following me, For engaging in my stream, For commenting and sharing your ideas, For Hanging out with me, For moving from strangers into real friends.
You make this space so enjoyable - it won't be the same without YOU
I hope you're spending this holiday with special people you care about as well, that you too have lots to be thankful for, and that we continue to get to know each other better on this beautiful journey of ours.
From the +G+GoTo Gal to you and yours - Happy holidays and THANK YOU!
The governor of Texas just gave our Work From Home initiative his blessings!
If you haven't been following the revenge of my giant face journey, I've been a part of the +Social Good Summit Austin and we've been working hard to convince local organizations to start working from home in order to clean our air.
Last week I introduced Hangouts as a Business Tool at Google Austin to local executives, and today we have the governor officially blessing our efforts with his signature. What does it mean?
On Feb. 8th all the State employees will be working from home and joining them will be major companies in Austin. Our goal is to have 10,000 vehicles off the road that day to see a major impact.
We'll report our joint effect during SXSW - and ya'll are welcomed to join our celebration!
In 2008, at the age of 24, +David Garland took all of the Bar Mitzvah money he'd saved up and started a television show in St. Louis, Missouri on ABC with literally zero experience writing, producing or hosting a television show. The Rise To The Top TV show focused on entrepreneurship and aired for 36 episodes.
HOW DID HE DO IT, AND HOW CAN YOU DO IT TOO? How did a kid with no experience managed to interview The Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger, Two-time New York Times Best Selling Author +Tim Ferriss and creator of Wine Library TV +Gary Vaynerchuk, among others?
YOUR 30 MIN. WITH DAVID In the tradition of my What's Your Story? Entrepreneurial Interviews, you get the last 30 minutes to engage in conversation with David and fill in your own gaps so that you get the answers you need to reach the same level of success.
RSVP FOR EARLY INVITATIONS And to make sure I get your questions answered - start typing them here.
FUN FACTS ABOUT DAVID David is the Creator/Host of The Rise To The Top: The #1 Badass Show, Resource & Community For Mediapreneurs.
Author of Smarter, Faster, Cheaper and super passionate about helping mediaprenuers (entrepreneurs who create media) grow their biz like a weed and dominate online. (Grab it here: http://amzn.to/P5g11D)
David's interviews have been viewed over 6,000,000 times in over 100 countries.
Creator of Create Awesome Interviews the #1 program to help folks create their own interview-based web show with hundreds of graduates creating shows on everything from NASCAR to healthy living.
As part of my birthday month, allow me to introduce you to the people who make my stream so addictive. Meet +Luis Galarza
This is where we really get personal, because I'm sharing my own secret weapon with ya'll!
Luis is one of the most positive, fun, playful people I know, who is also super romantic (sorry ladies, he's happily married) and who manages to run 3 restaurants, a successful online marketing business and 6 kids! Talk about projects management! lol
Why did I circle him?
Luis knows social media and he walks the talk. I learn from him daily, I test strategies with him and every once in a while I take his dares. :)
He is SO generous with his knowledge that he gives away tips others charge good money for. Check out his *31 Days G+ Engagement Challenge!* here - http://bit.ly/12bJ3p9
Reshared text: HOW TO CHECK YOUR GOOGLE+PAGE RANK Even if you have a vanity URL
You can check your G+ Page rank by entering your profile URL here - www.checkmysi.com But how do you check it if you have a vanity URL? And how do you check other people (like +Vic Gundotra, or +The White House) Page rank? Here's how I checked both:
RESHARE: If they're not circling you, they might never see your posts...unless..
I've been getting emails lately from people who messaged me on Google+ and I've never seen their posts.. It's because they forgot to #mention me. Or maybe they didn't know how... I hope this short video helps clear that out.
Reshared text: How to send a private message on Google plus.
Do you know that sending someone a private message doesn't mean they'll see it. In this video, +Yifat Cohen, your G+GoTo Gal, shares how to: Send a private message Mention a person and why you need to do that Prevent your private messages from being shared with others.
I hope you enjoy it, but more than that, I hope you do something with it.
"Klyuchevskaya Sopka (Russian: Ключевская сопка; also known as Kliuchevskoi, Russian: Ключевской) is a stratovolcano, the highest mountain on the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia and the highest active volcano of Eurasia. Its steep, symmetrical cone towers about 100 kilometres (60 mi) from the Bering Sea. The volcano is part of the natural Volcanoes of Kamchatka UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Klyuchevskaya's first recorded eruption occurred in 1697, and it has been almost continuously active ever since, as have many of its neighboring volcanoes.
It was first climbed in 1788 by Daniel Gauss and two other members of the Billings Expedition. No other ascents were recorded until 1931, when several climbers were killed by flying lava on the descent. As similar dangers still exist today, few ascents are made."
Reshared text: HANGOUT MONETIZATION VIA YOUTUBE - $1.99 AT A TIME. Google adds paid subscription option to YouTube.
As CNN reports, there are a billion people watching 6 billion YouTube videos every month!. That's more than Netflix, Hulu, News Corp and Comcast combined.
As people choose where to get their information from, as YouTube moves to your living room with the introduction of +Google TV, Roku and others, these paid subscription option can turn Hangout hosts into highly paid experts in their fields.
Reshared text: So your stream is a ghost town? Here's how to bring it back to life.
Many people have been struggling with breathing life into their stream. Being misled by the media to think that Google+ is just another social media web site, they arrive here misinformed and get frustrated with the lack of engagement.
In this video +Yifat Cohen, the G+GoTo Gal, shares 3 ways to search for people who share your passion How to search using hashtags How to search for professions How to engage.
Finally, how you get someone to notice and love you right away.
I hope you enjoy it, but more than that, I hope you do something with it.
HOW ONE MOM’S BLOG BECAME THE BIGGEST NETWORK IN THE UK.
+Sally Whittle was a tech journalist contributing stories to ZDNet, Computing, Computer Weekly, Information Age, Mac User and the Guardian.
When her daughter turned 2 she started a parenting blog at Who's the Mummy, (ranked the UK's #1 parenting blog by Cision.) As comments started to come in, she realized there are other women bloggers out there but there was no way to find them, or know who the influences are.
So she created +Tots100 *a directory of 2,500 parent blogs that is fully updated every month, and allows brands to search, identify and contact the UK's most popular and influential bloggers.*
WHAT CAN YOU GET FROM A SUCCESSFUL BLOG? How about an invitation to go and tour the sets of Harry Potter at Warner Bros Studios Paid trips and accommodation like the one Sally got to the South of France.. Free products to review and of course - a nice income.
SO HOW DO YOU GET YOUR BLOG TO THAT POINT? Join us this Thur. and ask Sally directly.
In this season of giving - give a cuddle. (and share)
Sometimes the best way to feel you matter is to make someone else matter.
When my little one was sick and kept falling asleep in my arms, I started thinking of how secure and safe he must feel - to fall asleep at the Doc. office, at Jiffy Lube, in line at the bank, because one thing stayed constant: his mother's arms. And then I started to think of sick children who don't have these arms to fall asleep in, who don't have care givers who care, who were left and never picked up. My heart sunk and I held my baby just a bit closer, breathing him in as my mind drifted off in thought.
Then a friend told me about a baby cuddling program where volunteers come in and simply cuddle babies. The program is now in place at most children's hospitals. To get started, simply use the American Hospital Directory (http://www.ahd.com/freesearch.php3) to call the hospital or long-term childcare facility nearest to you. Just ask to speak with a volunteer coordinator.
You can make an immense difference in a baby's life just by holding them close for a little while.
Reshared text: New Hangouts plugin turns your hangouts into webinars. Get it herehttp://goo.gl/mWXxW
I've been asked many times how to use Hangouts to build a list, how to show them in private just for my members, or basically - how to do what some currently do with GotoMeeting without the extensive price tag.
Here's a WordPress plugin that allows you to do all that, and then some. And super easy to use and simplifies the entire process.
What's left now is just creating high value webinars hangouts that people want to attend. :)
When I got home that night, as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said “I’ve got something to tell you.” She sat down and ate quietly. I observed the hurt in her eyes. Suddenly I didn’t know how to open my mouth, but I had to let her know what I was thinking.
“I want a divorce.” I raised the topic calmly.
She didn’t seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, “Why?”
I avoided her question. This made her angry. She threw away the chopsticks and shouted at me, “You are not a man!”
That night, we didn’t talk to each other. She was weeping. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to our marriage. But I could hardly give her a satisfactory answer; I had lost my heart to Jane. I didn’t love her anymore. I just pitied her! With a deep sense of guilt, I drafted a divorce agreement which stated that she could own our house, our car, and 30% stake of my company. She glanced at it and then tore it into pieces. The woman who had spent ten years of her life with me had become a stranger. I felt sorry for her wasted time, resources and energy but I could not take back what I had said for I loved Jane so dearly. Finally she cried loudly in front of me, which was what I had expected to see. To me her cry was actually a kind of release. The idea of divorce which had obsessed me for several weeks seemed to be firmer and clearer now.
The next day, I came back home very late and found her writing something at the table. I didn’t have supper but went straight to sleep and fell asleep very fast because I was tired after an eventful day with Jane. When I woke up, she was still at the table writing. I just did not care, so I turned over and was asleep again. In the morning, she presented her divorce conditions: she didn’t want anything from me, but needed a month’s notice before the divorce. She requested that in that one month we both struggle to live as normal a life as possible. Her reasons were simple: our son had his exams in a month’s time and she didn’t want to disrupt him with our broken marriage. This was agreeable to me.
But she had something more, she asked me to recall how I had carried her into our bridal room on our wedding day. She requested that every day for the month’s duration I carry her out of our bedroom to the front door every morning. I thought she was going crazy. Just to make our last days together bearable, I accepted her odd request.
I told Jane about my wife’s divorce conditions. She laughed loudly and thought it was absurd. “No matter what tricks she applies, she has to face the divorce,” she said scornfully. My wife and I hadn’t had any body contact since my divorce intention was explicitly expressed. So when I carried her out on the first day, we both appeared clumsy. Our son clapped behind us, “Daddy is holding Mommy in his arms.” His words brought me a sense of pain.
From the bedroom to the sitting room, then to the door, I walked over ten meters with her in my arms. She closed her eyes and said softly, “Don’t tell our son about the divorce.” I nodded, feeling somewhat upset. I put her down outside the door. She went to wait for the bus to work. I drove alone to the office. On the second day, both of us acted much more easily. She leaned on my chest. I could smell the fragrance of her blouse.
I realized that I hadn’t looked at this woman carefully for a long time. I realized she was not young any more. There were fine wrinkles on her face, her hair was graying! Our marriage had taken its toll on her. For a minute I wondered what I had done to her. On the fourth day, when I lifted her up, I felt a sense of intimacy returning. This was the woman who had given ten years of her life to me. On the fifth and sixth day, I realized that our sense of intimacy was growing again. I didn’t tell Jane about this. It became easier to carry her as the month slipped by.
Perhaps the everyday workout made me stronger. She was choosing what to wear one morning. She tried on quite a few dresses but could not find a suitable one. Then she sighed, “All my dresses have grown bigger.” I suddenly realized that she had grown so thin, that was the reason why I could carry her more easily. Suddenly it hit me… she had buried so much pain and bitterness in her heart.
Subconsciously, I reached out and touched her head. Our son came in at the moment and said, “Dad, it’s time to carry mom out.” To him, seeing his father carrying his mother out had become an essential part of his life. My wife gestured to our son to come closer and hugged him tightly. I turned my face away because I was afraid I might change my mind at this last minute. I then held her in my arms, walking from the bedroom, through the sitting room, to the hallway. Her hand surrounded my neck softly and naturally. I held her body tightly; it was just like our wedding day. But her much lighter weight made me sad.
On the last day, when I held her in my arms I could hardly move a step. Our son had gone to school. I held her tightly and said, “I hadn’t noticed that our life lacked intimacy.” I drove to office, jumped out of the car swiftly without locking the door. I was afraid any delay would make me change my mind. I walked upstairs.
Jane opened the door and I said to her, “Sorry, Jane, I do not want the divorce anymore.”
She looked at me, astonished, and then touched my forehead. “Do you have a fever?” she said.
I moved her hand off my head. “Sorry, Jane, I said, I won’t divorce. My marriage life was boring probably because she and I didn’t value the details of our lives, not because we didn’t love each other anymore. Now I realize that since I carried her into my home on our wedding day I am supposed to hold her until death do us part.”
Jane seemed to suddenly wake up. She gave me a loud slap and then slammed the door and burst into tears. I walked downstairs and drove away. At the florist shop on the way, I ordered a bouquet of flowers for my wife. The salesgirl asked me what to write on the card. I smiled and wrote, “I’ll carry you out every morning until death do us part.”
That evening I arrived home, flowers in my hands, a smile on my face, I ran up stairs, only to find my wife in the bed--dead. My wife had been fighting CANCER for months and I was too busy with Jane to even notice. She knew that she would die soon and she wanted to save me from whatever negative reaction it would have on our son, in case we pushed through with the divorce. At least—in the eyes of our son—I’m a loving husband….
THE SMALL DETAILS OF YOUR LIVES ARE WHAT REALLY MATTER IN A RELATIONSHIP. IT'S NOT the mansion or house, the car, property, the money in the bank. These create an environment conducive for happiness but cannot give happiness in themselves. So find time to be your spouse’s friend and do those little things for each other that build intimacy. Do have a real happy marriage! Most of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up... YOU DONT REALIZE WHAT YOU HAVE UNTIL IT’S GONE!
This was shared as a post on Facebook and I received it in an email. I don't know who wrote it, but I knew more people needed to read and internalize it
WE'LL DISCUSS: The Relationship of Google+ to SEO Authorship: Myths, facts and misconceptions (is the badge enough?) +1, shares, comments - which one affect ranking the most? The growing benefits of being social, link building - which ones Google likes social signals.
And if we have time.... Google+ local and SEO - The importance of creating a local google page, and how to do that. How to verify the local page and why should you.
TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THIS HANGOUT Read Mark's post, prepare your questions and come ready to learn how to get your post rank higher in Google Search.
I doubt it. Both Google and we keep changing, so what's perfect today might not work tomorrow. Still, this is a great infographic to make sure your profile is complete, even if it's not always perfect. :)
How's your G+ activity / engagement graph looking today?
1. Got to http://nod3x.com 2. Type your name or your Google+ ID if you have weird characters like I do... :-) 3. Click profile search 4. Take a screen grab of the graph 5. Upload and tag +NOD3x in the image :) 6. Done
Note: You don't have to publicly publish your graphs just put +NOD3x as the recipient.
MEDICINE IS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE. NOR IS 3D. An airway created with a 3D printer saved this baby's life
This is why I believe people become doctors. Stories like this one. But here's the amazing part: The image-based design and 3-D biomaterial printing process we used for Kaiba can be adapted to build and reconstruct a number of tissue structures. We’ve used the process to build and test patient-specific ear and nose structures. Scott has also used the method with other collaborators to rebuild bone structures in pre-clinical models.
So can you see a future where a doctor designs your face on their computer, prints the required parts and you come out looking exactly like that picture in the magazine? Scary!
2013 is less than a month away - is it going to be the same old same old, or the beginning of an amazing life?
A few weeks ago my hubby and I joined +Andy Dooley in his Vibration Activation workshop in Austin and we touched on deep subjects that neither one of us has ever communicated to each other before. Andy walked us through discovering the story we tell ourselves, and how to start telling a better story - the one we want to live.
If you're tired of your old story, and need some concrete, easy, fun steps to start telling a better one, this Hangout is for you.
3 EASY STEPS TO MAKING REAL CHANGE NOW. In this Hangout we will take the mystery out of manifesting, plus Andy is going to give you 3 revolutionary steps to manifest money, health, love!
BONUS TOOLS by the end of the Hangout, Andy will give you free Vibration Activation™ workbook and guided visualization videos that will help you attract health, wealth and happiness.
ViBRATiON ACTiVATiON™ is the art and science of activating a positive vibration within yourself that becomes your new point of attraction. Andy's clients have attracted loving relationships. They've manifested large sums of money, new clients for their business, better jobs and lost weight! The results have been amazing. Most importantly his clients have come into alignment with their purpose and passion. Best of all, it’s FUN!
This Hangout is open to everyone - Feel free to share and invite your friends.
Get your year started right with this 60 minute special training. This is a public Hangout. Feel free to share and invite.
Last week we had a great Hangout with +Alex Mandossian proving why the money is no longer in the list (if you've missed it, simply play the video above).
It was one of those great interactive Hangouts with close to 80 comments, shares and +1. Now Alex is back again to share with you a simple 7 step template to get you started off right on your social media posts and world class articles.
CONTENT IS KING, ENGAGEMENT IS QUEEN Alex describes communities and engagement as the queen - the ones that run your social media kingdom. But you still need a king to generate attention and bring people in. How do you do that?
1 ON 1 WITH ALEX Last week Alex proved that he loves sharing his knowledge and doesn't shy away from answering any questions. If you want to learn what to do, and most importantly what NOT to do, join us this Sat. and get face to face with one of the top internet marketers today and the only one who's using Google+.
Are you ready to let someone in and help you unpack?
I think I am. :)
I met +Kerrie Blazek yesterday and that girl is full of life and laughter. We had such a great time watching accidents about to happen, and then missing them all together. She shared this image with me, and I had to share it with you.
RESHARE: Here's how to remember who you met on Google+ and how - add a personal note to their profile
This feature is only visible to you, so you can write anything you'd like (kinda like the circles you put them in). Another cool feature is that it's integrated with Gmail - so anything you add to a person's profile also shows up in your Gmail contacts.
So no more wondering "where do I know that person from..?!?" :)
Reshared text: Oooooohhh... A new wee nifty feature has been released on the main Google+ site (not mobile) where you can add your own private contact details to view personally on other people's About sections for your reference later.
So you can save things like a nickname, email address and birthday..
And if you click on the Show all fields, you can see sections to even phonetically store the first and last names if you put them in. (I can understand... with a name like Dolidh... A lot of people just default to 'Miss Young')
I can see the benefits, although I'd like to see how I can utilise some of the fields (ie. In the extended list, there's an option for 'Add a name used for sorting')
So pop along to my about page, scroll down to the bottom of the page and you can try it out yourself. ^_^
HOW TO GOOGLE+ Concrete advice to Google+ success.
I've been interviewed on The Entrepreneur's Radio Show by the captivating +Sandra Champlain and +Travis Lane Jenkins and went as far as actually critiquing Travis' profile (what a better way to learn than from other's experiences).
In this interview, we're talking about:
The 5 things you’re missing when setting up your Google profile
Understanding what Google+ is and what it is not
How Google+, Google Hangout and other Google services works
What makes Google+ different from other social media
What Google Hangout can do for your brand
How to increase your visibility in your click through
How to engage with people, find your audience, optimize your profile through keywords and many more
How to build your engagement in Google+
Oh, and if you want to know what +Kurt Smith is doing right, make sure you listen past the 45 min. mark. You can learn a lot from him ;)
Reshared text: It's a newborn, still in the sac. It's was an amazing opportunity to see something so rare. Like a glimpse of what it's like "on the inside". Hope you all appreciate it as much a s I do. I can't believe how squished up they are, inside of it! Amazing!
Giving birth with the amniotic sac intact is called a "veiled birth." It is very rare but it is possible. It is less painful because the water cushions the baby's head, meaning less bruising for both of you. Don't worry about the baby drowning, he or she will not take a first breath until he/she hits the air for the first time, and the placenta will continue to provide oxygen until that happens... thanks lynn Gomez
How to tell the story of the good work you do in ways that build your business. This is a Public Hangout. feel free to invite your friends.
The role of purposeful storytelling is to unlock people's emotions so they can connect to your story and brand.
JOIN +Simon Mainwaring AND +Yifat Cohen FOR AN INTERACTIVE HANGOUT ON AIR Simon Mainwaring is a Fortune 50 consultant and New York Times bestselling author of +We First (voted Best Marketing Book of 2012 by strategy+business) joins us in an interactive OnAir Hangout to explains how the most successful brands in the world are using social media to accelerate their brand awareness, profits and positive social impact.
IN THIS HANGOUT... You’ll learn how to tell a unique brand story that sets you apart from competitors and brings in new, loyal customers.
You’ll learn how to use social media to inspire existing customers to buy and promote your brand.
You’ll discover the proven digital, social and mobile marketing techniques that rapidly grow your reputation, profits and impact.
I was very disappointed to find out that +Tony Robbins's account is run by his PR team and so I'm not following him any more. Why? Because there's a difference in expectations when I'm following +Cadbury UK or +Mashable and when I'm following Tony. If Tony didn't have a personal account and instead had only a company account like +Team Coco (Conan O'brien's company) then I'd know not to expect Tony there. But having a personal account and outsourcing the interaction is basically being real good at being fake.
Reshared text: Should Famous People Do Their Own Social Media?
Recently it was revealed that +George Takei does not do all his social media, but in fact has a team of people creating content and sharing things out for him.
I know many many many(most?) social media "big names" do the same thing. They hire an intern or an assistant that does all the posting for them... and except very rarely, they personally would hardly know they have an account on the platform.
I partly understand why. The backlash you get as a 'popular poster' can sometimes be as depressing as reading tabloids about yourself and often show the worst parts of humanity....
But I personally still read it all. All the comments, all the mentions, all @ replied on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+. I still find posts to create, add my own thoughts and share them on multiple platforms every day. I still plus one comments that people take the time to write, hangout publicly, Retweet others and follow back any person who makes any kind of effort. It doesn't take as long as you would think it would.... Some others do too... +Chris Pirillo , +Robert Scoble , and +Mike Elgan are some names that come to mind that still "take the time" even with huge audiences.
I really do think its sad that so many 'famous people' hire teams of people and still somehow can't mention names directly, interact with you directly anywhere or follow you back on say Twitter. What are these teams doing all day long? If you are famous and you don't have the time, get your PR teams to at least PRETEND to interact as you with say... an odd facebook like eh?
What do you think? Do you care if the "famous person" is really there or its just an intern / PR person? :)
Google+ Marketing: An Hour A Day - now live on a Hangout
I'm addicted. I know. I spend hours a day here and I enjoy every minute of it. But some people have a business to run, a book to write, or a job they have to go to. They can only invest an hour or two a day and they want to make it count.
So just for you, we're starting the New Year with +Chris Lang, the author of Google+ Marketing: An Hour A Day
When:Thur.@3pm central time/1pm pacific What:A live Hangout & interactive broadcast so we can accommodate more than 10 people why:because you're worth it (and that's what we do). :)
So gather up all your G+ questions, type them bellow and let's milk +Chris Lang for all that he knows :)
You get invited to the Hangout by sharing, commenting and +1 so go for it.
+Bar Refaeli will be Hanging out on Nov. 12th. with you guys. Want to join her Hangout? Share this post
Here are a few facts about Bar - you'll need to know this for the Hangout: This is how you write her name in Hebrew: בר רפאלי She's a model AND an actress AND an entrepreneur She owns the cloths line +Under.me by Bar Refaeli Her mother was also a model She used to date +Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio And she's just 27 years old..
Reshared text: Want to Hangout with me? On November 12 I'll be debuting a new underwear collection for under.me and Hanging out with a few lucky friends who re-share this the most. Log in to Google+ and follow me so we can Hangout, I'm looking forward to it! Love, Bar.