- Producer10/12/2016Transcending the Virtual World: Are We Desperate for Real Connection?Preface: The objective of this series is not so much to debate issues among its four co-authors, but to seed engagement and conversation pertaining to the topic at hand among our readers. We, therefore, solicit your questions, comments, and...
- Producer09/12/2016The Man in the MirrorI was born in December. For a highly introspective raging introvert, that creates a double whammy, particularly as the number of birthdays climb. I am faced with evaluating both the year that just passed, and at the same time, the years of...
Comments09/12/2016 #22 Donna-Luisa Eversley#16 @Randy Keho, if your wife asks if a dress she is wearing makes her butt look big, there is only one correct answer... Repeat after me.."honey, every time I look at you behind there its the best A## I have seen in a long time..with or without the dress " 😊😁... and that's going to have her blushing and excited and feeling special all day 🤗09/12/2016 #21 Donna-Luisa EversleyWell at least you saw that beautiful face staring back at you my friend..let me do this in poet mode 😉
I see your face , and it makes me smile
Have not been looking much at faces for a while
Maybe you see the creases, looking back at you
While I see the ageing of a strong manly brew
May your time and experience
Keep that twinkle in your eyes
May you weather the new storms
With all the vigor of your strides
May you find that golden pathway
That takes you to your dreams
May all the other birthdays to come
Keeping showing us, you...a beautiful human being. 🎂
Ok, so that's an on the spot birthday blessing from D-WORDSLAYER 😀😇🤗09/12/2016 #20 CityVP ManjitEvery morning I wake up and I say to myself - wicked life has given me one more day, cool, I will aim to do this all over again until there is no tomorrow. I am not too concerned about aging as I am about the fact that we all have a one way trip but what is the use of shaking our fist against the ultimate act of nature, when in the grand scheme of things the act of awakening to all of this is the only deal we get that is ours. All I can hope for is the middle between birth and death there is all the good stuff.09/12/2016 #16 Randy KehoIf a tree falls in the forest, does it make a noise?
If there were no mirrors, would there be no aging?
After all, the outside is not a reflection of the inside.
What do you tell your wife when she asks if the dress she's wearing makes her ass look big? That, is question.09/12/2016 #10 Renée CormierHappy Birthday, my friend. My birthday is just a few days away. It's always good to be self-reflective. Understanding who you are and what your values are keeps you in harmony with your inner self. When our actions conflict with our values we lose self respect and then everything just falls to shit after that, in my opinion.09/12/2016 #9 Gerald HechtAlso...the mirrors in my house and car are two dimensional surfaces...it turns out that when I walked in to the one in the bathroom --I DID NOT walk into it, just in to it. I'm starting to distrust those things. I suspect that they are lying and I suspect that they know it. I find myself asking the same questions that you ask in this piece sometimes (especially now --having just read it). I've come up with a couple of things I'm gonna try --I want to get some answers here dammit! 1) I'm gonna eavesdrop on people who I suspect may be talking about me; hopefully I will be able to get a valid sample of the sought after information. 2) I saw this episode of some sitcom where they thought one of the characters was dead (but he wasn't) ...he spied on his own funeral. I hope to have something to report soon!09/12/2016 #7 Franci Eugenia HoffmanChronological years don't have to govern our mindset. I agree with @Susan Rooks "But as long as our younger self is happy, healthy, and eager for life -- we should be fine". Keep up the goo work, Kevin. Your articles are always enjoyable and good food for thought.09/12/2016 #6 Jim MurrayNice stuff @Kevin Pashuk. This post reminds me of a lyric I write a while back, when I was thinking a lot of the same thoughts. This is the chorus.
"Just as long as you ride the road
Like you know where you're goin'
Just as long as you carry the load
Like you know where you been
Life will be good
And you'll be much wiser for the knowin'
And tomorrow will open
Her lovin' arms and take you in"
There's a realm sense of optimism in all the posts you write. That's what makes them so damn enjoyable.
Keep on truckin', my brother. You're a Beezer and Beezers live forever.
- Producer06/09/2016That Jewish Man Who Made My Grandfather a PriestThis article was originally published on Times of IsraelI haven’t seen my grandfather for the last five years. But it wasn’t his fault. And it wasn’t my fault either. It was life and all its complexities around it.I moved away from Hungary for the...
Comments07/09/2016 #14 Virag Gulyas#13 Yes, @Ben Pinto. That era in the Easters part of Europe is something most nations would not comprehend. Things happened that for the West is only a story in history books. Hiding Jews was one such acts when you need to risk your life. But Hungarians were obliged to report and spy on other Hungarians as well. It was not only about religious freedom, but yes, it played a huge role!07/09/2016 #13 Ben PintoWe can see into a glimpse of history and wonder why so many do not realize that choice of religious freedom does not make a person. Europeans that were successful in hiding people with Jewish beliefs did so because they made a vow to themselves to never tell a soul. They could not share their secret with the closest of relatives. This was especially difficult to do if one had children. All it took for those in hiding to be caught, was your child sharing a secret with a close friend. Bless your ancestors for their compassionate humanity. Those that ask themselves WWJD can see the outcome here. Let's us not forget this concept of Freedom in the USA. Our forefathers caught for this right. Let the vetting of immigrants start with something other than their religious beliefs.06/09/2016 #9 Deb 🐝 HelfrichWhat a compelling story of the twists and turns of history as they wind through your paternal lineage, @Virag Gulyas, creating both a great deal of love and a lot of torment, too. It is curious how sometimes we can care for strangers while hurting the people who are close to us and who we could so easily lift up in joy. And then because we aren't fully loved and acknowledged by our family we take that out on others in the world who are different than us.
I think tears and words are equally healing in different ways, but the spread-ability of words makes them more useful in uncovering a dose of healing for many people struggling with the tenants of the religion they were born into or unable to understand the rigidity of feeling that locks us away from members of our families.
- Producer09/12/2016Transcending the Virtual World: Are We Desperate for Real Connection?Preface: The objective of this series is not so much to debate issues among its four co-authors, but to seed engagement and conversation pertaining to the topic at hand among our readers. We, therefore, solicit your questions, comments, and...
Comments10/12/2016 #39 Sarah Elkins#26 I love the idea of local chapters. Part of the reason for NLV, though, is that our networks span across continents and oceans! If we had a local chapter here in Montana, I'd end up with the people I already know and see regularly. The beauty of NLV in Atlanta is that people are coming from all over the world to meet and learn from each other face-to-face.10/12/2016 #38 Sarah Elkins#23 I just realized I didn't address the word desperate in my response to your thoughtful comment. I do believe many are desperate for real connection. Maybe not all of us, some of us are really good at making connections in real life and online. There are many in our networks who struggle with a balance, though, those who would love to connect for real, but are too comfortable sitting behind the screen to step out. As a matter of fact, there have been some major studies connecting depression with extensive social media use: http://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2016/04/30/study-links-heavy-facebook-and-social-media-usage-to-depression/#2953e9187e4b
This is why No Longer Virtual is so important, among other reasons. Meeting each other face-to-face forces us to see each other as real people, with real struggles and experiences. As long as we stay behind our screens, we can pretend that what we say here has no impact on other people's lives. But you and I know that's just not the case.10/12/2016 #37 Sarah Elkins#23 Thanks for the comment, Wayne. I really considered a meet-up style, but realized two things: Very few of us can take the time and money to travel somewhere for a meet-up. A conference, however, can be worth the investment of time and money, especially if the topics are relevant. Some people were able to sell the idea to their companies, and others will be able to write-off the investment as a professional expense.
As @Phil Friedman mentioned a few times, meeting face-to-face provides incredible opportunity to deepen relationships (or the opposite, which is also nice to know before you make a time/money investment.) One of the things that I find disturbing is the disconnect between some online vs. offline personalities. I've met a handful of people face-to-face that simply don't match up with what they're putting out here on social media platforms - and let's just not get into dating sites!
The idea for NLV started as a way to meet my closest network members face-to-face, and then became something much stronger: It's a different kind of conference, built with a solid curriculum of relevant topics, with no keynote speakers, and co-facilitated sessions that build off of each other. I've never been to a conference like this, which is why I believe so strongly in the concept.10/12/2016 #33 Sarah Elkins#6 Luckily, @Randy Keho, there will only be 50 people, and I'll bring reinforcements. Seriously, though, No Longer Virtual isn't just about meeting face-to-face. There is a major professional development component I think many of these comments are missing. I've been to plenty of conferences as a speaker and as a guest, and none have ever had a cohesive curriculum.
The conference structure is an alternative to the traditional conference, making it unique not only by it's focus on leveraging our online networks, but by structuring the conference to leverage those valuable side-conversations we get so much value out of at traditional conferences.10/12/2016 #31 Sarah Elkins#5 Agree. Our online connections are only as strong as the effort we put into them. And starting with the online relationships is terrific in order to get at that diversity @Max🐝 J. Carter brought up in his comment. I know people have a tendency to surround themselves with like-minded folks, but that doesn't mean they agree on everything, right?09/12/2016 #26 Harvey LloydReading this i would have to say that i think Don nailed it. Events like these would be difficult to get together and execute. It appears the four of you were able to make it happen on a small scale and it worked. Given today's environment, families, professional obligations and other schedule shrinking activities, i would think, going from keyboard to an event would need to hold some serious value in the mind of the attendee. The cost and schedule hanging in the balance i could see the "local chapter" aspect working well.
Good discussion topic of now closing the circle, looping back, face to face. Appreciate ya'll taking the time to discuss the topic.09/12/2016 #25 Phil Friedman#23 It's just like you, Wayne, to bring an overabundance of common sense to the party. :-) I agree that "desperate" may involve some overstatement -- which I lay on Sarah's title for her article. But consider that, if you lived in the wilds of Montana, spent most of your time killing and skinning game for your meals, chopping wood for your stove, and melting snow for water to drink, you might be "desperate" for some live connections, as well. Okay, okay, just kidding.
Seriously, though, you make a good point. There are numbers of national and international organizations which establish local chapters that meet locally regularly for social networking and just for sociability. Car clubs are a good example. At one time I belonged to the Chicago Area chapter of the International Austin Healey Owners Club, which would meet at a restaurant once a month in the evening to talk about sports cars and break bread together. It was a perfect example of affinity networking long before microcomputers, let alone social media. And maybe with an international organization such as beBee as a base and conduit, local Live Hives could be established in a similar fashion. Thanks for reading and commenting.09/12/2016 #23 Wayne YoshidaGreat discussion. But I think the word "desperate" is a little strong. I have a perfect analogy for this "virtual vs real" meetings - ham radio. Playing around with two-way radios - using Morse Code or voice - might be even more virtual than today's social media. And for most folks on the radio, the desire to meet in person is strong.
But when "meeting" people over the radio, I learned a long time ago to never make judgments, good or bad. Using machines to communicate cannot provide nuances such as tone of voice and other things. I like this aspect because talking over the air can break all barriers - including age, gender, race and political affiliation.
I would enjoy a 3D meeting. Is there a way to search for Bees based on city or ZIP/Postal Code?
For the NLV event, it looks interesting and the topics on the agenda look great. I hope this idea spreads.
Has anyone gone to the Social Media Marketing World? http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/smmworld/
And, yes, I asked those guys if they are aware of beBee. Hopefully, they are - or will soon . . .
If this would be on the West Coast (think about the winter weather over here vs over there) - it might be more reasonable.
But maybe we are making this too complicated. Why not simply get a place to meet, and just talk to each other in person? If the gathering is local, like Kevin says - just meet for a quick lunch or something.
Where are the Orange County / Southern Calif. Bees?09/12/2016 #22 Phil Friedman#21 That is a lot, Donna-Luisa. I think Sarah's choice of Atlanta for the first NLV conference is a good one. You can fly from Miami or Fort Lauderdale to Atlanta for under %150 round trip. Or Chicago to Atlanta round-trip for less than $200 Or NYC/NJ for under $200 return. Which puts the package cost under $1K. How much under depends on several factors. If two people register at the same time, under a newly announced "buddy" registration package both receive a 20% discount. And if two people share a twin or queen two-bed room, they can cut the already reasonable room cost in half.
Unfortunately, even the lowest amount.that could be worked out might still be too much, or the travel time too long, Which is why I've suggested to Sarah that she consider adding "remote registration" which for a modest registration fee would allow someone to follow the proceedings real time via video conferencing.
Thanks, D-L. You are the best. and Cheers!09/12/2016 #21 Donna-Luisa Eversley@Phil Friedman..I promise to do my best Bob Marley impersonation one day as a shout out 😁..
Okay so to get serious @Sarah Elkins conference/ networking Gig will cost me from Trinidad approximatly 3000USD$..and I think it would be worth it. Can I physically make the trip..I'm not sure, but it is one of 2 trips I wish to make next year. I'm not as mobile as I had hoped to be so if I can be closeby around that time I will be the crazy lady with the "let me in" sign. For anyone who can make it I'm sure it will be great. One day I hope to meet all you Beezer's ...and that is a bucket list wish I'm hoping to fill oneday.
- 09/12/2016Red Sox Active Trade Seasonlrbandassociates.com Boston Red Sox active trade season is underway for the 2017 baseball season. Since the Red Sox won 93 games in 2016, they are out to win it all in 2017. MLB Winter Meetings While the MLB Winter Meetings takes place between December 4th and...
- 08/12/2016Four Strong Winds are blowing again. A new post should be up sometime this week, as soon as Maestro Phil can put it together.
- Producer07/12/2016The Radio Man That I Will Always MissDaddy Cody—The Radio man was my father who passed in 2013. Many called him Bob, I called him Dad.They all stared up at the big steep hill, covered with large trees and all sorts of wicked brush. The old farmer was silent for a while, just looking...
Comments08/12/2016 #19 Mohammed A. Jawad@Jim Cody That's great how well you have put forth this story, which carries great inspiration, show of courage and strength, love for hard toil to live with ease and joys and unwavering zeal to prove performance. There are more lessons. ..all one needs is to delve thoughtfully and observe what's lost and what's gained.08/12/2016 #18 Lisa GallagherGreat story @Jim Cody, thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed and could relate in some ways. I wish kids today understood how much fun it was to just be creative in order to have fun without gadgets controlling their lives. But, then again, they are now required to use them in School from a very young age from what I understand. The value of working and helping others is something that should never grow old.
- 07/12/2016Holiday Home Decorating Ideaslrbandassociates.com Time to get ready to do some holiday home decorating with Christmas right around the corner. So my tree came out the night before Thanksgiving and I decorated while watching the Macy's Parade. After all, don't let stress interfere with your...
- Producer06/12/20165 WAYS TO WIN READERS BY MAKING YOUR CONTENT MORE ENJOYABLE~Overcoming content overload~I don’t know about you, but my email inbox and social media feeds are chock-full of good content that I am never going to read. I tell myself I don’t have enough time for it all, but that’s not true. What I don’t have...
Comments06/12/2016 #6 Kevin PashukThanks Alexa for a post worth reading. I love the phrase "Jettison the jargon, banish the buzzwords, and hold the hype" - I would add "Hand the hyperbole" to the list. Don't pretend to be an expert. I stop reading articles the moment my Male Bovine Fecal Matter Detector goes off.
Sharing this post on beBee and LI.
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- 05/12/2016Tom Brady 201st. N.E. Patriots Winlrbandassociates.com Not only was yesterday another win for the New England Patriots, but it was also Tom Brady 201st win. Furthermore, 201 wins is the most in the NFL history. Tom Brady 201st Since Tom Brady became a starter back in 2001, he has 201 wins in 264...
- 05/12/2016Last week I was going to write about the sermon at Trinity First. However, as Christians know old Satan is always trying to block our growth. Anyway, the Pastor spoke on the coming of Jesus. The believers know that he is coming. What we do not know is when. There are many passages on this. One you can find is Mark 13:32 “But about that day or hour, no one knows not even the Son”.
As we live out our daily lives, we might not even be thinking about when He will return. What would you do if today were His return? Would it not be better for us to be prepared? The sermon made me think about it. Am I ready for his return? I wake up and start my day, forget to pray. On my way to work, some driver cuts me off and I yell at them; telling them, I wish them to die or worse. I step out of the car at work and I notice some of the people being taken in “a twinkling of an eye.” However, I am still on earth. Jesus returned today, I was ready for some time in the future. I was still working on today.
The point of the sermon was to get us thinking about his coming, we should live as if His coming is TODAY. We should be ready at all times. Do we make mistakes? Sure we do, after all we are human. Prayer for forgiveness works wonders. Spend more time with Christ and you will be ready for that coming, and it will not matter the day or hour. WWW.trinity-first.org Take a look at the Webpage.
- 04/04/2016Creating a buzz. /How To Create A Relevant Buzz | HiveBlog By BeBeeblog.bebee.com Make your beBee posts more relevant. beBee’s bees are always hungry for new and relevant content but, do you know how to create quality content? We’re going to show you how to make buzzes that every bee in the hive will want to share! Don't miss...
- Producer01/12/2016Windmills, Bicycles, Clogs and ..... Tulip and Hamster JamIt was springtime, this was our second day in the Netherlands, and here we were, soaking in a sea of tulips; subtle pastel shades alongside bold bright hues; a mirage of fragrance in a semi-rural landscape, just a short drive outside Amsterdam. My...
Comments04/12/2016 #31 Franci Eugenia Hoffman#27 #28 Speaking of public toilets, Mu hubby and I were at a Porsche dealership in Alpharetta, Ga. I used the ladies room and OMG, the only thing that didn't get done was my nails and hair. Heated seat, bidet, dryer, perfume and music. Quite the experience.04/12/2016 #23 Claire Cardwell 🐝#22 Maybe - my parents took me all over Europe when I was a child - even up the Leaning Tower of Pisa (my Dad had to carry me about half way up as my toddler legs got tired - so of course he gave me a fireman's lift!) I got exposed to absolutely stunning architecture and beauty. I was v. lucky!03/12/2016 #17 Deb 🐝 HelfrichWay to cover the big 4 of Dutch tourism, @Ken Boddie. One of the most memorable books I have ever read is "Amsterdam" by Russell Shorto where I learned 4 things:
1. The Underwater situation of the landscape can be directly traced as a source of the city's famed liberalism.
2. One of Anne Frank's contemporaries - Frieda Menco Brommet whose life was intertwined with Anne's including being in Auschwitz together for awhile - was still alive in August @ 91 years old to meet with Shorto on his trip.
3. That the Dutch are very suspicious of pharma, even though famous for tolerance to soft street drugs.
4. One of the most bizarre things I have ever encountered is that I have a male look-alike whose portrait in the Rijksmuseum is from 1642. Spooky likeness at a distance, for certain.02/12/2016 #15 Gert Scholtz@Ken Boddie "Poffertjes" haven't heard that word since last my children could not stop eating it when we traveled the Netherlands. Bicycles are probably so popular because Holland is flat and peddling is easy. But I think it is more that they share the trait of thriftiness with the Scots?
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- 02/12/2016BEFORE WRITING COMES THINKING... My newly launched writing improvement program is fully up and running now. Offering better writing through improved thinking. For more information go to ... http://www.learn2engage.orgWriting Improvement Better writing through improved...
Comments03/12/2016 #29 Phil Friedman#26 Sou, it is always good to hear from you. I still marvel that you are able to stand downunder on the bottom of the world without falling off into space. Goes to show that there are things in heaven and earth that exceed my philosophy, Horatio, um, Sou. Seriously, thanks for watching the video and commenting. And cheers back to you.03/12/2016 #28 Phil Friedman#25 Thank you, Mark, for your interest and comments. My original "beta" PR effort was interrupted by the demands in my core consulting business, and the fact is it took a lot longer to develop the curriculum, supporting materials, and website ( www.learn2engage.org ) than I anticipated. That is all cleared up now, and learn2engage is up and running. Since this promo appeared a couple of days ago, I've been in the process of producing ver.2 based on all the terrific comments that readers and friends on beBee have been making. I expect to release ver.2 by the end of the weekend. My thanks to you and everyone else for being so supportive. That response has been especially gratifying. Cheers!03/12/2016 #27 Gerald Hecht#26 @Sou Abbas Wonderful? The honing of our ability to document our collective extinction --in real time? Perhaps there is an ironic and poetic beauty to it...maybe it will be discovered by intelligent beings after we have been long gone...existing only as another curiosity in the fossil record; perhaps they will learn from our folly...our deliberate journey into oblivion...perhaps;03/12/2016 #25 Mark AnthonyAnything that helps me to piss people off in a polite and legal way has my vote. Anyway, I signed up for info on this ages ago. Good ad, but wording disappeared fast. The advertising has already happened through your years of writing. That is what attracted me to this course in the first place.03/12/2016 #21 Phil Friedman#20 Franci, thank you for saying that. I agree. What I am offering is based on a lot of years doing what I do, and I guess my belief is that if you don't want what I personally offer in this regard, then my program is not for you. Thank you, as well, for sharing this video. I am finishing an easy 2 version based on some of the feedback received, and v2 will be a lot better. Cheers!03/12/2016 #20 Franci Eugenia HoffmanWell, I like this! It's you, Phil. You're selling yourself as yourself as well as your services. I understand David's comment but I believe your personality should shine through from the start. I believe part of a strategic marketing plan is to have unique appeal. And in this case, your personality is the draw and the rest should follow. Sharing.02/12/2016 #16 Phil Friedman#15 David, thank you for watching and commenting. I genuinely appreciate the feedback. Some of your suggestion are going to be difficult for me to incorporate into the clip, mostly because it was already difficult to clean my vocabulary of phrases like"Hey, jerk" and "don't write like an idiot". Just kidding, of course. But fact is, in some things, I have to remain authentically me -- which is somewhat brusque. Cheers!02/12/2016 #15 David B. GrinbergPhil, I think you did a really nice job. I like the music too, very upbeat and welcoming. I just have a few constructive suggestions for your consideration:
1) I would cut the time down to a 30-45 second spot, and not more than 1-minute, because attention spans are low and folks are pressed for time. Think brevity with video, as with writing.
2) Replace the gorilla image with "David the Thinker" image (see point below)
3) At the risk of being overly sensitive to outside perceptions, I would consider changing the term "improve your thinking" as some prospective clients might take that the wrong way as an insult. I would try something like "clarify" or "distill" or something else to replace "improved." A lot of potential writers probably think there's nothing wrong with their thinking, per se, because they are intelligent people. And folks with big egos and thin skins are usually offended easily. Thus, I would be careful not to use anything that even has the potential appearance of driving away prospective clients.
Obviously, this is just my own 2-cents for what it's worth. Others may disagree. Nonetheless, I hope this is helpful and wish you success.
- Producer02/12/2016Make Your Producer Pictures Look PerfectYou already know about our on-site blogging tool, beBee Producer, and we are sure you use it often so today we’re going to give you some more tips to improve the quality of your great articles by showing you how to make the pictures look awesome!...
Comments03/12/2016 #8 Phil Friedman#5 I agree, Paul. I like varying the size and aspect of inside images for variety. I have, BTW, stopped using left or right aligned with text wrapping because I've found that often scrambles the design when viewed on a mobile device, particularly a smart phone. Now I use center aligned only. It doesn't make for as nice design on desktop or laptop viewing, but it also survives the morph into mobile view better and more consistently. I also don't like the header photo ratio of 3.5:1 -- which reminds me of LinkedIn's new format, so I reformat the jpeg with white space each side of the original photo, and this seems to keep the editor from screwing with the photo. Cheers!03/12/2016 #7 Dean OwenProducer is by far the best publishing platform I have used. As most people know, my articles are often a bit of a production. Yes I could probably do this on other publishing platforms, but not with so much ease and I just don't think it would ever look as good as on Producer -https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dean-owen/the-great-china-roadtrip02/12/2016 #5 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#4 I think I touched on that. I don't see how an "ideal" interior image size is possible to define. If you like the look, it works.
If anything, I find that interior images work better as portraits (i.e. higher than wide)
I find 2:1 is an awkward ratio. 1390X400 is 3.5:1 or close enuff.02/12/2016 #4 Phil Friedman#3 Thanks, Paul, for the tips. My question, however, had to do with the size 1390 x 400 shown in the article for "inside" pictures. I think that has to be an error or a typo. As that is not 2:1 but more that 3:1, and I think suitable only for main (title) photos. Cheers!02/12/2016 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#2 From what I see, Producer is the most forgiving platform when it comes to image sizes. I use 930X620 (or 3:2) for the main images to a post. What Tess (I assume) is saying about a 2:1 ratio sharing better to Twitter makes a lot of sense, so I may change my ways.
I also once fooled around using a 600X600 Twitter image in a post. It worked well too. If anything, it looked better in the feed.
Going forward, I'll be using 930X465 to see what's what. I find that the 930 fits the width while respecting a minimum file size. (Server storage is cheap, but not free.) I also save files as PNG 8-bit for the same reason. I would think that a single 600X300 image would work for both Producer (stretched to fit width) and Twitter.
I'll continue making Twitter-specific images at 600X600 because their impact is so much greater.
I rarely use interior images. When I do, I find that just about anything works. If it looks ok on your screen, it probably IS okay. There's too much variance in author needs to specifically state an "ideal" interior size. My personal opinion is that I don't like margin-to-margin interior images, so I don't use them. I prefer to have text flow around an image rather than run over and below.
Again, that's a personal preference, not a "rule."
I don't know about mobile views, though. I assume beBee scales to screen size.02/12/2016 #2 Phil FriedmanPardon me, but you say, "Inside pictures ... For the photos that go inside your article an ideal size would be 1300 x 400 pixels approximately. Sizes similar to that one will help to not interrupt the reading with a long picture, specially when someone is reading on a mobile device!"
Perhaps, I am not understanding correctly, but it seems to me that a 1300 x 400 pixel picture is the size for the "main" or title image, and not suitable for the "inside" images?
What say you, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian? You've worked a lot on the issue of sizing photos.
- Producer02/12/2016The Indigena There are many places in Mexico that are beautiful, but tragically there are also things that would turn your emotions into an explosive volcanic eruption of complete anger! The government officials and residents of Mexico walk by these things daily...
Comments02/12/2016 #1 AnonymousThank you @FancyJ London for sharing some of your heart in witnessing life's harsh realities. It opens our eyes to other realities that could inspire positive change. Governments cannot be relied upon whereas the people are the true agents of change. Stay passionate, be bold - one person can start a movement. Every human being has intrinsic value.
- Producer01/12/2016Whatever Happened To The Human RaceI am at odds with a really substantial number of people these days.These people who are so certain in their beliefs: political, philosophical, moral and spiritual.These people who expound and wax poetic on those beliefs.These are people who claim...
Comments03/12/2016 #9 Jim Murray#8 Thanks @John Rylance. My comment back to you is something I just wrote back to my friend @Don Kerr. 'There are now only two kinds of people in the world. The idiots and the ones scratching their heads wondering why there are so many idiots around.' It was an attempt at humour, But the more I think about it, it might just be pretty accurate02/12/2016 #8 John RylanceThe Human Race is like any race there are winners, losers, also rans, those who withdraw, those who opt out, and those who didn't know they were part of the race. Some are "hares" some "tortoises " and some are "leemings".
Many are spectators waiting for the moment to fully commit when they find where they fit in to the scheme of things.
To quote you Jim "I'm glad I got that out of my head"02/12/2016 #7 Zacharias VoulgarisNo offense, but your daughter has got it a bit wrong. There are people out there who are incapable of good. These beings (whom I'd refrain from calling human) tend to "evolve" downwards, since they cannot go up. So, even though it's beneficial for a child to maintain the naive belief that everyone is good but some people are just misguided, it doesn't hurt to look at the facts too. That's the difference between being a realist and a romantic. And although the latter is more inspiring, when it comes to survival and evolution, my money is on the former.02/12/2016 #6 Brian McKenzieWhat is it to understand man? Start with Pavlov, add a bit of Adam Smith, pour in entirely too much Hegel / Engels / Marx / Lenin - coax with doses of money, power, fame, sex, narcotics or threaten them with pain, imprisonment, torture, murder or disappearance....next invite them to the Bread and Circuses Tour. I find no exception to this path in history, economics, conflict or government.02/12/2016 #5 Donna-Luisa EversleyMaybe some folks in this human race went to sleep or took a vacation..if I believed that they can be uncaring, unkind and hateful among other words I can't bring myself to write... Then I would have to accept that I'm living in a world with a lot of sick folks... Great post @Jim Murray...im feeling disillusioned this morning and the reality check is like cold coffee 😇😊🐝🐝01/12/2016 #4 Julio Angel Lopez LopezLet's get to know each other better
The Sapiens (all humanity today is Sapiens) are still evolving.
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The Sapiens (all humanity today is Sapiens) are still evolving.
Each time the DNA analysis shows the variety in our genetic chain.
You're right, but there's nothing left to go on. Close01/12/2016 #2 Jim Murray#1 @Jim Moodie I totally agree. My tribal thesis was inspired by the Charlie Rose PBS interview with author Tom Friedman, who really laid it out beautifully. I had actually start out writing about mass confusion, but it kind of morphed into this. mass confusion may be just a symptom and not the disease. Thanks for the comment. I will file it under "great minds think alike' , he said humbly.01/12/2016 #1 Jim MoodieJim, this is exactly along the same lines as my post on "How the focus on inclusion creates division"... the more we define separate "groups", be they race, gender, belief, political alignment, hell even astrological (okay... maybe that is a bit of a reach), the more we prevent humans from realizing we are all the same group. Go back far enough and we all came from that same cell that split all those millions of years ago.
We need to go back to teaching people to live and work WITH each other, to find a way to become part of society rather than teaching everyone to go there and change society. Change is a gradual process that our "instant gratification" world can't seem to wait for.
At some point, maybe we have past the point, as a society we will collapse unless we stop bickering about our differences and work together.
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Comments08/12/2016 #150 Max🐝 J. Carter#149 So what you are saying here Phil is that you want the power to choose who can give you a critique of your work.
It seems to me that the more eyes you have on it, the better chance you have of someone catching something the others would miss.
In my mind you are only limiting your own potential for growth in this practice.08/12/2016 #149 Phil Friedman#148 Pretty obviously, Elizabeth, closed groups should not predominate on a "social" media platform. But, as a natural matter, they would never do so because the owners of most groups want high membership numbers. But sometimes and for some purposes, a closed group works best. (Closed in the sense that only group members can see the interactions.) I own a long-established writer's group on LinkedIn, which was closed, And because it was, members could comfortably discuss their work candidly, critique each other's ideas, styles, and so on -- and in general have a sometimes raucous good time without fear of being ridiculed by trolls or others.
I also own an industry-specific group there, which is composed mostly of industry professionals and business people in that sector, and before LI changed the rules concerning moderation, we had many very informative and intense conversations about issues pertaining to the particular industry sector involved. You just can't do that when anybody and his brother can willy nilly post whatever blather they feel like posting, relevant or not, informed or not.
My point is that private and closed groups can work out better when set up and run properly. As I'm sure you will agree, although one had the right to speak his or her minds, we don't have the right to force everyone to listen or to expect free access to all conversations.
Thank you for reading and commenting. Cheers!07/12/2016 #148 Elizabeth BaileyWell I may as well add my ha'pennys worth. I hate the thought of being excluded from a group I requested to join, but ... I am a member of a number of closed VA groups on Facebook which is a safe place for VAs to ask for advice or help. It is a very valuable resource and I wouldn't be without it.07/12/2016 #147 Robert Bacal#141 I agree that more tools are good. I also believe that if you want TOTAL control over the tools you get, set up your own damned forums on your own domains, and then you can do exactly as you wish, and stop being dependent on, and whining to companies that owe you nothing.
Why smart people continue to rely on third party platforms, WHILE complaining all the time is beyond me. You and others bash linkedin incessantly, and no doubt you'll do the same if BeBee doesn't do as you wish.
Such a sense of entitlement, and helplessness. Get off your duff and do it. The only way to get what you want.07/12/2016 #146 Phil FriedmanAll - your engagement and contributions to this conversation are genuinely appreciated. For those who may not have seen or read it, the following post is recommended as a precursor of this one: ( https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/affinity-networking-is-on-the-line ) Thank you all for all your contributions. Sometimes the comments and discussion are more important than the post itself, and this is, I think one of those times.07/12/2016 #143 Max🐝 J. Carter#141 The Ted Unoffical grou Ideas wiorth spreading.
I was a moderator for a while and got an intimate look at the process.
It really is as simple as adding the ability to add moderators or admins to a hive and then it is a matter of the hive owner working with hive members.
It's this simple Phil, beBee in spirit is about including people and not using the same old tired processes to exclude people based on personal whims or a need to have the the illusion of control fulfilled07/12/2016 #141 Phil Friedman#139 Really? Being a MEMBER of a group has nothing to do with it. And if you were a MANAGER of an LI group with 500,000 members, please tell us which one. I am saying that as an experienced owner and/or manager of several profession- and industry-specific groups and of one of the few business-related hives on beBee, my considered opinion is that the additional tools suggested in this post would help make management of certain types of hives more feasible. I am not suggesting that anyone tell you how to run your hive(s) or groups. You may do as you wish. What I don't see is why you don't want to reciprocate and allow me to run my hive(s) the way I see fit. Let's just agree that this is a matter of opinion and personal preference and leave it at that.07/12/2016 #139 Max🐝 J. Carter#136 No one is forcing anyone to take on the responsibility of running a hive.
Phil I spent more than a year in Li's biggest group with over half a million members and the best way to address your issue is to allow Hive owners to give others in the Hive administrator privileges and then it is all volunteer and takes inspiring your Hive to work with you.07/12/2016 #138 Phil Friedman#137 No, that is just plain false. Removing posts after they have appeared and remained for some time, and possibly received some counter-comments is disruptive to the discussion threads. And people in profession- and industry=specific groups get tired of seeing posts that are totally off topic, even if they are removed after being posted. Pre-moderation is the best way because it allows owners and managers to deal with the issues related to topic filtering at their convenience, which should be their prerogative. Not for everyone, just for those who want the ability. And being able to block persistent, repeat offenders and spammers and other disrupters is essential. It doesn't have to do with the length of one's experience alone, but with the size of the groups one has experience with. For example, I help manage an industry-specific group with about 7,000 members (used to be more than 10,000 before LI changed the rules for groups) and losing the ability to pre-moderate was a big blow in terms of the time required.07/12/2016 #136 Phil Friedman#135 Yes, I am fully aware of that. Please see my prior post ( https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/affinity-networking-is-on-the-line ) You may have missed it, since it did not receive much notice.
I am talking about something that is much more complicated than you presume. The simple ability to remove an inappropriate post from a hive becomes seriously insufficient when hive or group membership grows into the thousands and tens of thousands. Or, for that matter, when the general user base grow into the hundreds of thousands. At these levels of activity, post-removal becomes cumbersome and impossible because it sucks up too much administrative time.
I speak from experience, as the owner and manager of a number of LinkedIn groups dating back to 2009, a couple of which have memberships in the tens of thousands. My experience as one of the earliest hive owners on beBee USA confirms this as well.
At a certain level of participation on the platform in general, and in hives in particular, it becomes necessary to be able to pre-filter and moderate, if topic- or industry-specific hives are to be properly administered. As well as the ability to block spammers, trolls, and other disrupters who seek repeatedly to interfere with the operations of a hive or group. Thank you for reading and commenting.04/12/2016 #132 Mohammed A. Jawad@Phil Friedman Pensive post, with vivid comparison between beBee and LinkedIn.
I think it’s time to grab some insights and updates to keep buzzing in momentum. Yea…when every bee becomes passionate to bolster beBee, then that’ll trigger beBee’s popularity more…and definitely beBee is going global, with upcoming novel features and growth strategies, besides more ease and options.
Proud to say that being part of expanding beBee platform, plus the cordial, spirited virtual environment along with the responsiveness of beBee founders comes as a great jubilation. And then, brand ambassadorship at beBee is a worthwhile brooch of role recognition. So, with dynamic attitude, let’s all be on the move!
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Comments01/12/2016 #3 Francisco Lopez#2 Yes I did, and risked to be arrested at my age, a thing that will make me proud, as it is for a great cause. Trump didn't come to drain the swamp. He, and his cronies are the swamp. I am sorry for those suckers who voted for him and for us, who will suffer the consequences of their plain stupidity.30/11/2016 #2 Robert Booker#1 You have stated to go to the streets and protest. Do you do that? Have you or anyone you know fought to help get this nation back in the direction it should be going? Look at the staff that Trump is putting into office. Most of them are there in support of Trump's power hungry agenda. I have voiced my opinion of those people and have let my representatives know I am not happy with them at all. I have written to the Republicans that don't support Trump as well as those that do. They, just in case you don't know, can be voted out. We continue to re-elect them to office as sheep continue to go and get sheared. You are right about one thing: Trump came to win. He fooled a lot of people with the talk of making America Great Again. It seems as if no one was really listening to what he was saying. This includes some of the people I know. I am sure of one thing; Trump will not make it for his four year term. His mouth or actions are going to get in impeached for sure. If her does make it the four years, I wonder if the people will be foolish enough to re-elect him.30/11/2016 #1 Francisco LopezThe protests and every form of not making life easy for the fascist should be the order of the day for the next four years. Trump may wanted to sound conciliatory, but judging for the people he is putting in key positions, is far from it. No one should get its arms down. Mr Trump come to win, his way, not into a win win scenario. This are dangerous time for the American Democracy. No checks and balances. I wish the electoral college think with their conscience and do not vote for him. Worst, the real enemy is the GOP and its morally repugnant ideology and its support for racism, bigotry, hate-mongering, xenophobia, ignorance, lunacy. It is time NOW to put together an organization capable of putting real progressives (the real patriots) in to office, from the small towns to the states legislatures to governorships to Congress and the Presidency. To raise the enormous money, even if one dollar at a time. Go to the streets and participate in any protests. Let the world know we are not these as the evil people in the GOP leadership are.