I'd like to do things a bit differently at our special tweetdiner this Saturday night. From 9 PM to 10 PM EST, I'd like individuals to be able to "have the floor" much like an open mic night. In order to make this happen, if you could let me know if you'd like to say something, I can create a line-up. Then we can chat normally after that for as long as people want.
Also, I thought it would be nice if everyone came prepared to mention3 people who are super important to them and why.
If you have any other ideas, please let me know - here, on Twitter, or on our FB page.
Reshared text: Start Something that Matters - stunning poem by David Bowden, inspired by TOMS Founder & Chief Shoe Giver, Blake Mycoskie and his new book by the same name. Wow, so inspiring. I had to play several times!! Small excerpt: ❝What the world is missing is what you have always longed to do... I invite you to find your spark, light your fuse, start something the world can truly use. ... Shout your dreams, wave your banners, plant a seed, pen tomorrow's chapter... all you painters, paint something that captures; all you writers, write something that answers... all you starters, start something that MATTERS... ❞
Reshared text: Don't forget #FierceChat tonight. It's going to be great. Have one guest who will talk about how he is helping children in Guatemala and another who used Social Media to pass laws in 2 states. It's a Twitter Chat for approximately 1 hour starting at 5 pm PT.
Amazing work being done for the children of Guatemala. 65% of them live in poverty, many without access to schools or medical facilities. 40% of Guatemalan children are malnourished. According to UNICEF data from 2007, Guatemala has the highest percentage of chronically malnourished girls and boys in Latin America, and the fourth highest in the world.
Thank you Shalom Foundation for helping. Thank you for caring about children.
People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.
So excited to be part of this terrific online magazine that talks about the great things happening here on Google+. Stop by and see what so many hard working Plussers put together for the first edition.
It’s late June 2011. As a marketing professional and social media addict I’m curious about the buzz being seen online. No it’s not Google Buzz but it does have to do with the world’s best known online web browser. Google has decided to Beta test a social media platform called G+...
See more about my journey through the Google+ waters and take a minute to check out all the great articles on the newest online social media magazine, Media Tapper.
If you like what you see and want to be a contributor, let me know!
We all know social media use in the workplace is a no-no for a lot of businesses. But do your bosses and corporate honchos have a right to fire you if you use your personal social media sites to complain about work after hours?
RESHARE: Come on Plussers let's help him out. Your idea could end up in an article on the web's newest and best social media magazine, Media Tapper (http://mediatapper.com)
Reshared text: I'm writing an article for MediaTapper titled top 10 reasons you should leave FaceBook for Google + in David Letterman Format.
I thought it would be only appropriate to get Plussers involved so I would like you to submit reasons why people should leave FB for G+ to me in a private post. Make the reasons funny but keep it clean. I will rank the reasons and create a top 10 list and the top 10 selected people will get a shout out in the article.
So bring it on and send me via private post. It's ok to submit more than one reason.
Reshared text: IT'S BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH! LEARN THE SIGNS THAT YOU MAY SEE IN YOUR KIDS AND HOW TO HELP!
BULLYING Bullying among children is aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength. A child who is being bullied has a hard time defending him or herself. Usually, bullying is repeated over time. Bullying can take many forms such as physical, verbal, emotional and cyber-bullying.
Signs that your child might be bullied:·
Torn clothes· Loss of appetite· Mood changes· Reluctance to go to school· Bruises or injuries that can’t be explained.
Signs that you child might be engaging in bullying behavior:·
Impulsiveness· No empathy for others· A desire to be in control· May be arrogant and a boastful winner and a poor loser in competitive games.
What to do if you suspect your child is being bullied:·
Talk with your child. Be supportive and gather information about the bullying.· Report suspected bullying to your child’s school. Some school districts have anonymous hotlines.
Cyber-Bullying Cyber bullying occurs when children or teens use the internet, cell 0phones or other devices to send or post text or images int ended to hurt or embarrass other children or teens. This can include sending mean, vulgar, or threatening messages or images; posting sensitive, private information about another person; or pretending to be someone else in order to make that person look bad. Children and teens can cyber-bully each other through e-mails, instant messaging, text messages, web pages, blogs or chat rooms.
Tips to Help Prevent Cyber-Bullying:
Keep your computer in easily viewable places.· Talk regularly with your child about online activities that he or she is involved in.· Tell your child that you may review his or her on-line communications if you think there is reason for concern.· Consider installing parental control filtering software and/or tracking programs.· Educate your child about the consequences of inappropriate use of his or her electronics, such as losing internet access or use of their cell phone.
(Much of this information was obtained from the Broward Sheriff’s Office)
Are you struggling to find the right people to follow (or even finding people at all)? +Grace O'Malley talks about her experiences of first starting off with Google+ and how it felt like an urban wasteland with nobody in sight. She calls on her readers to give their experiences from when they first started off so go take a look and give a reply! http://mediatapper.com/my-g-journey-%E2%80%93-who-needs-people/
I'd also like to remind everybody that subscribing to our site will get you into our prize drawing to win a $50 Amazon gift card (just in time for the holiday!) and take our demographic survey on the website will also get you into the prize drawing for a $50 Starbucks gift card. Subscribing is merely a way of helping us determine where we're reaching out to and it's always nice to know people will be seeing your articles.
Also, please provide feedback in regards to the site or even comment on the articles themselves on the website! There's a comment box there for a reason so that discussion can be had.
Please enjoy this installment of Media Tapper and I hope you all enjoy your day!
Repeal of don't ask, don't tell in the US Military? Please, Mr. Santorum, let's not go backwards. Gays are not the boogey-men and women you want to make them out to be. They don't care what you do behind closed doors, don't be sticking your nose into what goes on behind theirs. I can't believe in this day and age there are still people like you around who believe that straights/gays showering together could make some uncomfortable and "it could hurt our ability to retain and recruit and to put the best fighting force in place." Seriously???
+Grace O'Malley has graced (pun) us with another part in her series: "My G+ Journey." With video, picture, location, and link uploads there are plenty of options for sharing. This time she asks the audience what do they enjoy sharing with the audience? Leave some comments on the article and discuss what really gets your brain running. http://mediatapper.com/my-g-journey-%E2%80%93-sharing-is-caring/
I hope you all enjoy these articles. Plenty of time was put into them for your reading pleasure. Please comment in any of the articles that you have questions, comments, or concerns about. That's what the comment box is for!
RESHARE: Oh the things we can learn by being part of Google Plus.
Reshared text: My article on how I got introduced to HDR photography by Google+ was published this morning on Mediatapper. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range imaging, and it basically consists of taking several shots of the subject at different light exposures, and then merging the results. You dont need expensive special equipment to do this.
Google Plus has improved my photography life. I am now taking more photos, looking into more detail at the angles and getting better shots with the smart-phone camera that I always carry along. I hope this article will also help you improve your photography life too.
1. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The stuff dissolves adhesive.
2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean. The alcohol in the vodka kills mold and mildew.
3. To clean your eyeglasses, simply wipe the lenses with a soft, clean cloth dampened with vodka. The alcohol in the vodka cleans the glass and kills germs.
4. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.
5. Spray vodka on wine stains, scrub with a brush, and then blot dry.
6. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face. As an astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.
7. Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.
8. Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle with vodka and spray bees or wasps to kill them.
9 Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water into a Ziploc freezer bag and freeze for a slushy, refreshing ice pack for aches, pain or black eyes.
10. Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed lavender flowers, fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly and set in the sun for three days. Strain liquid through a coffee filter, Then apply the tincture to aches and pains.
11. To relieve a fever, use a wash cloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.
12. To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka.
13 Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.
14. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the urushiol oil from your skin.
15. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.
......And silly me! I've only been drinking the stuff. Or eating the candies.
RESHARE: What's your opinion on the new #hashtag option?
Reshared text: I love +Grace O'Malley's article today in Media Tapper. I disagree entirely with her on hashtags (sorry Betty) but there is a well laid out dynamic in the article. As always, please share your thoughts in the stories comment section.
"or how I managed to live 40+ years and still not be incarcerated"
Life is not always greener on the other side. Sometimes people use spray paint to cover up all the crabgrass that grows on their end. Don't want what other's have. Appreciate what you have and quit worrying about what you do not. If you are able to wake up today, you are one step ahead of those who cannnot.
Being a social liberal and fiscal conservative is not an oxymoron. It is possible to be both. You just have to be creative.
When life gives you lemons, screw the lemonade. Throw the suckers back.
Do not be a victim of your own success. Adulation is great, but you are not any better than Joe Schmo at the local car wash. You just have sycophantic groupies telling you otherwise.
The higher up the ladder you go, the farther you can fall. And people will make sure to remind you of that once you are lying on the ground, flat on your back.
Everyone has a talent. Some are just hidden and need prodding to come out. But that does not mean pooping green and taking a photo of it is really art. Try flushing that particular one instead.
Sometimes being the squeaky wheel does not mean people will listen. It can just mean you need to learn volume control.
Rap is not music. Music is like pornography and the Supreme Court: I cannot define it, but I know what it is when I hear it.
You are not going to please everybody, so don't even try. However, if you want to displease everyone, do what makes you happy.
Spandex is a privilege, not a right.
Aspirations are a good thing. Aspiring to look like the next candidate for Hooker of the Year? Not so much.
Saying no does not make you mean. It makes you smart. Unless someone offers you a million dollars, tax free, and you say it.
(Fill in the blank)-ism is just another way of saying narrow-minded. Taking off the blinders of ignorance opens up a whole new world, ready for exploration.
Death and taxes are no longer the only two things certain in life. Have an opinion on sex, religion or politics and you are certain to hear how wrong you are.
Life is not like a box of chocolates: it is not sweet, gooey and luscious. It is more like an artichoke: tough getting started, needs something added to make it easier to swallow and worth the effort in the end.
Abuse, of any kind, is intolerable. Become a member of P.E.T.A.H. (People for the Ethical Treatment of All Humans)
Children are precious: even the horrid ones. Love and cherish them with all that you have. They will give it back, 100 times over.
Life is not fair. Love will hurt, jobs will be lost, you will not get everything you want and not everyone will like you. To bad. Quit whining, grow a set and move on.
Laughter IS the best medicine. It's free, easy to take and never loses its potency.
Reshared text: We just surpassed 50,000 names and over 400 circles shared on the Google+ Shared Circles Database. Thanks to everyone who has either publicly shared a circle or added circles to the list.
Please continue using the database to find great, engaging new users to follow. Or if someone has shared a circle with you that needs to be documented, feel free to add it to the database.
One of the best things about Google+ is the ability to share, circle and communicate. In his article today +Miguel Rodriguez talks about how he found out about an online course and how he can "partner" with other Plussers.
When I first read this by +James Barraford I couldn't help but think of all the times I've seen people comment on other social media sites about people filling up their in-boxes with things they don't want to read.
Makes you wonder if we shouldn't all be given crystal balls every time we sign up for a #socialmedia platform.
In today's article on Media Tapper he questions Mashable once again. In his own words: "Mashable likes to make claims that they cannot support, but are sure to bring Geeks running in from all over, to view those pages and earn Mashable the ad revenue that sustains them."
This "revolutionary without a cause, a rebel submitting to boredom, and a rogue secret agent that’s obviously gone AWOL" says:
"I don’t think we can actually make the world a better place until those forbidden dinner topics are something we can talk about – whether it is sex, religion, nationalism, prejudice, or politics. By going to the extreme – sometimes it makes the radical seem very reasonable and often it exposes just how extreme those who portray themselves as reasonable really are."
Read more of what he has to say on the link below.
I am writing an article for MediaTapper.com and would like your help.
I want to know what you like about G+, what you may not like, what kind of things you want to see in this community. I'd also like to know what kind of articles we should publish at Media Tapper (http://mediatapper.com) and what we could do better.
Warren Buffet is asking everyone to forward this message to a minimum of twenty people; asking each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. In a recent interview, Buffet offered one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:
"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election".
The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure.
Congressional Reform Act of 2011
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.
2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.
Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.
RESHARE: Yes ladies, this is definitely worth a share!
Reshared text: This is a public service announcement:
To the women of Google+;
I just completed a planning hangout with +Ayoub Khote and +James Fierce, and I want to point out,(because he is shy) that Ayoub has got that soft, approachable, sensitive type of voice that you women like.
He is single, handsome (if you like hair) and a very decent human being. Tonight, he even showed me his Gummy Bear stash over video, so you know he's good people.
So, you single, lonely gals, you might want to circle, encircle, or ultimately enslave my brother from the U.K., before he gets snapped up by some evil British troll. I suggest you get on that.
Go to his stream, read "Peach", then ask him....."how YOU doin....Ayoub....?
He likes long walks in the park, and all that other crap you gals are into.
If you haven't stopped by yet this morning you should. Lots of good articles abound.
One writer talks about the globalization of G+, another about those annoying people on social media who want to sell you something, a third gives great insight into WHY we use G+. If you never heard of Alltop, take a minute to read that one: what you can learn is astounding!
Then there is the story about social media polygamy...
Reshared text: WE CRASHED THE CMJ MUSIC MARATHON IN NYC! Hey G+niuses! I was up all night editing, and here's the first video from our first "On Location" Hangout Concert - Live from the CMJ Music Marathon Wrap Party in Brooklyn! Thanks to you, we snuck a few thousand G+niuses into this invite-only event! ;-)
The 2011 CMJ Music Festival just ended this weekend, and on Sunday I was thrilled to perform at uber-cool Wrap Party at The Ariel Publicity Cyber PR Offices in Brooklyn! Huge Thanks to +Jason Loomis hostess-with-the-mostess +Ariel Hyatt for inviting us!
There were 3-floors of awesome going on! We set up an official "Google+ Hangout Room" on the top floor and played and chatted all day with you G+niuses from The UK, US, Portugal, South Africa, Ukraine and more...
There were more bands playing downstairs (by the end of the night we were pulled on for a "main stage" set as well!) and they would pop up to say hi and meet you, our G+nius Gl+bal entourage, as the day wore on...
... And the next thing we knew, their harmonica player, +Jonathan Hull was sitting in on a cover of Jackson 5's "Want You Back" with us! ;-)
It was a fantasticly fun day that ran well into the night. Thank you to everyone who joined the Hangout, watched the livestream and who we met at the that day! Almost no one at the party had seen a Hangout or even had signed up to G+ yet. I think toG+ther we blew some minds. ;-)
All of this is because of you G+ys! And I am so honored to sinG+ for you, bust my booty to break some barriers, and go where ever this adventure takes us... And I'm bringing a laptop and a mic because I'm taking YOU with us where ever we go in the world, because you're my world now. ;-)
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It's Sunday so that means it's time for another edition of Meet the Plussers.
This week there is a fantastic interview with Alex Grossman. Alex was one of the first people to follow me on Google Plus. But what really made me stand up and take notice of him was how he handled a heckler on one of my posts. His cool, calm demeanor, along with his words, took a lot of the sting out of the troll’s comments. After that I couldn’t help but want to interview him.
Reshared text: Time for another survey for an article I'm writing in http://mediatapper.com/. This time the survey is about visiting your local farmers market. It's super quick and super fun. I promise more good Karma if you participate. :)
If you have every felt like you had a problem and didn't know where to turn take a moment to look at this. A must read article written by +Ayoub Khote . An uplifting story on what we who use social media and Google Plus can do for one another
I was thinking earlier about "popularity" and whether I care about it or not. I'm specifically talking about online popularity. And more specifically; social networking popularity.
I'm betting that, if I were to ask the question; Do you care if you are popular or not? - Most people will probably say "No".
But here's the problem:
I think you would be lying (you just may not realise it)
Personally, I have never cared how many friends I have. What matters are the relationships you form with the people you actually do consider to be your friends. It's slightly different in the online world because you form connections, largely, in a different way.
So why is social networking different? Well; let's ask a few questions:
Does it please me when someone +1's my post? Yes. Does it please me when someone adds a [thoughtful] comment to my post? Yes. Does it please me when someone re-shares my post? Yes. Does it please me when someone adds me to their circles? Yes.
All these things are compliments. They are indicators that someone appreciates what I have said in my post(s). They please me.
Who doesn't like a compliment?
Since it's easier for a large number of people to provide compliments in this way, I think it's also easier to desire popularity. And if popularity in a social networking sense means that you are getting gratification for your activity; is that such a bad thing?
I don't know about all of you, but whenever I want to go into a site or comment on something and I have to use a Facebook account to do it, I'm put off by it. Understand the need to keep trolls and bots from spamming comments but isn't this going a little bit too far?
Well, as is common these days, I passed out at the computer chatting with you guys in bed in Dover, NH. I've got one shoot today, and then I head to Boston, and will hopefully make it in time for the Game tonight. I'm going to post my NFL picks tomorrow before the games start for our Football chat post, combining the two. This way, the people who love football get a strong dose, and the people who don't get a weaker dose. Everyone wins!! lmao.
Today, I figured I would share a recent interview I had. I was told it was a good read by a few people, so figured I would share. Hope you guys enjoy! I talked about you alot in it, and even name dropped a few people ;)
Reshared text: Do you appreciate the range and assortment of people you find on Google Plus? Would you like to let the world know what a great place this is? If so come join us at Media Tapper and help spread the word. MediaTapper.com is promoting the variety of talent on Google Plus with their series “The Diversity of Google Plus – A 30 Day Project”. Starting November 7 we will publish an article written by a G+ member showcasing their talents, thoughts and ideas every day. As one of the writers in this series says, “The beauty, fundamentally, of social media services is that they provide each of us with the ability to get to know people around the world, people from disparate cultures and varying backgrounds. By using social media, we have the opportunity to meet new people and not judge them by their name, their appearance, their gender, their race, their religion, their orientation, their culture.”
Please come by and see what you might be missing in your stream, read interesting articles and maybe make a new acquaintance to add to your circles. Better yet, why not be part of it yourself? The staff is ready and willing to help in any way we can.
While I personally don't care what Lindsay Lohan or any 'celebrity' does in their private lives, when I consistently see stories popping up in my 'news' inbox that once again this person, who habitually breaks laws, is (for the 5th time) sent to jail and released within hours, my blood boils.
What type of message does this send to people when our justice system and overcrowded jails make a mockery of the entire process of being convicted for a crime? You have to know that people do not care if their actions have consequences as we have been taught to believe. So what if they have to pay a small fine and check into and out of jail for 8 hours? They'll be back on the streets doing it again... and again... and again.
RESHARE: Not only am I appreciative of all that Alex brings to G+, even when I may disagree, but reading this article made me think: which some days could be a good thing :)
Reshared text: This article from +Alex Grossman reminds us that we are a village made up of people from all over the world from different races, religions, sexes and sexual identities. We are very fortunate to have Alex as a regular contributor to our magazine and I feel privileged that I will be able to meet up with him in person and break bread during the holiday season. He is a fascinating person who worked as a Special Assistant in the State Department during the Bush administration for the Madeline Albright in the State Department. To learn more about Alex http://mediatapper.com/meet-the-plussers-alex-grossman/
Reshared text: We’re here! Now that you can Circle us, we bet you want to spend more time with us...maybe in a Google+ Hangout at 4:30pm PST today? Miss Piggy has been primping for hours to see you and you don’t want to upset her...trust us.
Reshared text: I am very excited and proud to present to you the first of three articles that I will share this morning from MediaTapper for our series titled "The Diversity Project - A 30 Day Journal Through Google Plus." This article discusses the premise for our project and will run during the entire series. Google Plus is a social media site like no other. At this moment I have an array of posts in my stream including 4 that are in Chinese, one that has a picture of an Alaskan Malamute posted from someone who lives in France, and another posted by a female software engineer that claims Google is saving billions by using a foreign tax haven.
We are a diverse community and we are going to spend the next 30 days celebrating our diversity by introducing you to people we have been fortunate enough to come into contact with through posts, hangouts, or one of the many other venues that Google Plus supports.
+Norbert Rabai (I think you will find this an interesting read...you will understand after you have read it) :)
I am a strong advocate for education and I think it is something that we should all be concerned about. Many USA communities have a graduation rate of 50% or less. This is going to impact the country in ways we cannot even imagine.
Kaela and I would like to start a community on G+ that gets together occasionally and talks about ways that education can be improved and ideas you can use with your children to help them do better in school. If you are interested let me know and we will add you to our "Education" circle.
Below you'll see the first promotion I've seen a Business offer via their Google+ Page. While the TOS for Pages preclude contests and offers hosted here, it is acceptable if they are displaying a link to a separate site where the promotion is hosted (which apparently the NY Times verified before they posted this and again afterwards after some concerns were raised in the comment thread for this original post).
What do you think? Is this acceptable? If so, what is an appropriate level of this type of post by businesses? Please give me your feedback which I will use anecdotally for an upcoming article on Media Tapper.
The New York Times originally shared this post: A few of you have asked for subscription promotions. The Times’s digital subscription team has responded with this message: "We're pleased to share a special offer. You can now try unlimited access to NYTimes.com for 99¢ for 8 weeks." http://nyti.ms/u2XZuw
Thanks for helping us build a Times community on Google+!
Update: We did talk to our Google+ contact about this offer before we posted it. In response to some of your concerns, we just double-checked and confirmed that our offer does not violate their terms.
RESHARE: +James Fierce asked if any of us know a woman in technology. After all my years in the workforce, and they are legion, I realize I have never met a woman who worked in that field. It's always been a man. Hooray to +Krisha Rhee for being my first.
Reshared text: Today's Diversity Project series continues with Women in Technology. Do you know any women in technology?