- Producer21/02/2017The Real Evan AlmightyThis for me is not a time to celebrate the time immemorial procession of personal brands, otherwise I would be spending time discussing the personal brand of Milo (as introduced to me by my good friend Dean Owen in a recent comment). Discussing...
- 21/02/2017As Snapchat heads towards its $25 billion valuation, old people are saying that it is worthless, young people are saying it is a part of their lives. We sure live in bizzare but interesting times.What Makes Snap Worth $25 Billion (And Maybe More)www.fastcompany.com The people who brought you Snapchat present a different view of the world through the lens of a...
- Producer09/08/2016Social Media Success Secrets Posthumously from Dale CarnegieDuring the 1930s, the late and great human relations expert, Dale Carnegie, wrote the following in his groundbreaking self-help book, How to Win Friends and Influence People: “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in...
Comments21/02/2017 #42 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThere were two people who played off the name of Andrew Carnegie. One of them was Napoleon Hill who wrote "Think and Grow Rich" (what he claimed was a figament of his imagination but he did write a very imaginative book) and the other was Dale Carnagey - one of the best sales people the 20th Century produced - and to make his brand look good, he changed his last name to Carnegie - to provide a better personal branding.
Before the Dale Carnegie organization is formed, he pays a visit to an educator called Ralph C. Smedley, and taps his brains about public speaking and other educational matters before getting into that business. Who is Smedley? He was the unassuming and totally authentic man who was bonafide educator and who founded an organization called Toastmasters International.
The bottom line is if one is in the sales or persuasion game, Carnegie has a lot to offer. Now if the whole purpose of social media is selling then I am glad that this success is happening well outside my personal space - for if one is in the spin you are spun and won't recognize being spun or spinning others. The Earth spins at about 1040 miles per hour but on Earth we feel like we are not moving or just walking - and social media is the same except what is spinning isn't physical earth but virtual mind.
Carnegie is worth a read in the 24/7 world of spin and influence. My perspective here is only as wise as the Beatles "Fool on the Hill". In the world of knowledge, there are ways of making that spin manageable - Clay Shirky called information overload "filter failure:" Now we have opened the world influence and attention to everyone - I will get back on that hill the Beatles sang about.17/02/2017 #40 Yogesh SukalThank you @David B. Grinberg for contemplative post. In my opinion, everyone has rate of evolving as a brand, faster the rate leads to non conformity in the social life, hence the social media to connect equally evolved mind or I can say platform to stand for equally evolved brand.14/08/2016 #37 Sarah Elkins#36 More water pistols! More cow bell! Humor is definitely the way to get people to engage. I've found it can be more difficult lately because of the hyper-sensitivity around all things cultural. Still, making people laugh will go a long way toward genuine engagement.13/08/2016 #35 Phil Friedman@ @David B. Grinberg - A thought provoking post. And in your usual manner, very well written. I think, however, that my view differs from yours in that I don't see social media as a road to winning friends or to influencing people. It's always seemed to me that making friends (i.e., developing meaningful relationships) involves much more than getting people to like you because you make them feel as though it's all about them. I also tend to see intellectual engagement as a two way street, wherein influence flows both ways. In Dale Carnegie's view, which is really a sales primer, you "win" friends by certain actions, whether authentic or feigned; and you influence people because they like you... because you make them feel good, independent of whether you are actually doing anything that truly benefits them. IMHO. Cheers!13/08/2016 #34 🐝 Fatima WilliamsGreat buzz and introduction of Dale Carnegie. I should read this book sometime soon. I LOVE THE FACT "IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU , IT'S ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE." If everyone were to think like this, not only when it comes to social media, this world will be a much better place to live in. Thank you @David Grinberg for this classic buzz12/08/2016 #32 Charles David Upchurch@David B. Grinberg, I, too, read the classic "How to Make Friends and Influence People" when I was in college. It all seemed pretty superficial and obvious to me, at the time, and I thought it was some sort of hypnotic phrasing intended to unwillingly influence readers and program participants. Later, I participated in The Forum, which was similar. Now I realize, after all these years, that even though I rarely think in Dale Carnegie's terms, I just naturally follow his precepts, because they fit with my personality. I like how you updated his ideas for today's social media. They very much describe how I generally act, online. Thanks! ~ CDU12/08/2016 #31 Loribeth PiersonIt's NOT ABOUT YOU! It’s about everyone else! This is what I teach my clients, I love that! I really do miss The late Robin Fray Carey, I was shocked and heart -broken when I heard of her passing. She was one of my first wonderful connections on LinkedIn. She really did talk the talk and walk the walk. I learned a lot by her kind words. Now I know what audiobook I will be revisiting on my next car ride. Thank you for such a wonderful post-@David B. Grinberg,11/08/2016 #29 Donna-Luisa Eversley@David B. Grinberg this analysis is quite revealing and spot on. Dale Carnegie was dealing with human behavior, and that has not changed. The world can be as sophisticated as possible, evolve significantly but fundamentals don't change. As usual it is concisely and Beautifully written.
Thanks for sharing...10/08/2016 #28 David B. GrinbergMany thanks fellow bees for your positive social engagement with this post. I'm most grateful, as always, for your exemplary feedback: @Mohammed A. Jawad @Gert Scholtz William (Bill) Defour Henri Galvão @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian @Zachary Ostin @Marietta Gentles Crawford @Paul 🐝 Kearley Tahir Kashif @Donald Grandy If I inadvertently miss any of your sweet honey, please tag or message me.10/08/2016 #25 Paul 🐝 KearleyThank you @David B. Grinberg. Having worked in the Dale Carnegie world for the past 30 years, I can say with certainty that your instincts are bang on. One of Dale Carnegie's gifts was his ability to "Take himself out of the conversation" and make it all about the other person. He was in complete control over his own ego and acutely aware of the other persons. He loved people and wanted nothing more than to let them know it. There've been many people over the years who have tried to criticize him for his simple principles, saying that they were only used to manipulate others. I imagine that these people just didn't have the passion for people and getting along with others that Dale Did. Thanks again David for writing so eloquently about one of my great heroes.10/08/2016 #24 Marietta Gentles CrawfordExcellent analysis, @David B. Grinberg. I completely agree that Carnegie would say that there's no me in social media (although I guess there is, but still!) Your article included one of my favorite quotes about being interested in others. It truly is about adding value to others at the end of the day. Thank you for this great reminder.
- 20/02/2017Why kick a man when he is down, if the new LinkedIn roll out is an unresponsive web design that is for them to work out, as for me these experiences simply add something more kinked to my learning journey and thus I play on the words "Accessibility Feedback" which is the wording that appears when the new LI pages are in snafu mode.Accessibility Feedbackwww.linkedin.com One of our greatest sources for creativity is strangely our patience rather than our dissatisfaction. One of the greatest sources for...
- Producer19/02/2017A brand new worldI had the opportunity to visit my family in Australia recently. The highlight of my trip was in fact connecting again with my eight-month old Aussie granddaughter. And yes I also climbed trees with Kaola’s and hopped with kangaroo’s, indulging in...
Comments20/02/2017 #13 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#11 Ian, I am an appreciator of the founders of HP - Bill Hewlett and David Packard. At the heart of what got to be known as the HP Way was an ingredient that continues to be missing in action, which is CONTRIBUTION. Writer and thinkers never examined it to the extent it should have been appreciated - the very idea of contribution IMHO surpasses that of the "HP Way".
The HP Way has been reduced to a Human Resource idea today and thus there are very few people interested in what made Hewlett and Packard the antithesis of what the HP board hired to transform their company a.k.a. a political leader Carly Fiorina, followed by egotistical leaders and today they are run by another political leader that operates like Fiorina but is well liked.
The Rise and Fall of the HP Way
http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/morgue/2002/2002_04_10.hpway10.html20/02/2017 #11 Ian Weinberg#9 I think you've nailed it @CityVP 🐝 Manjit It's about value contribution - making something out of nothing or making something better than it was before you engaged with it. I would propose that being discerning requires a sensitivity to both the available substrate as well as to the extended environment who would be receptive to that value contribution. The question arises however whether someone who copies/steals someone else's value contribution, puts it in their name and markets it, is a value contributor in his/her own right because he/she is more discerning about how to maximize the value? I suppose that the ultimate reward is in the doing and in the creating and if your name is not 'branded' to the creation and you don't inherit the reward and the recognition, so be it. Wow, spoken like a true Buddhist!20/02/2017 #10 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI would love to fly first class one day but that probably won't happen in this lifetime! The audacity of this person to state he worked with you on researching neuroplasticity, yikes... that takes cajones (excuse the term). As for branding, I don't have a personal brand... I wear many titles though. 14 hour plane flight, that's long. I fear I'd be awake the entire time since nothing seems to 'knock me out,' on a flight.20/02/2017 #9 CityVP 🐝 ManjitFor me authenticity is examining the actuality rather than the act. Today we have a lot of new actors using personal brands but also authentically brilliant people who happen to know branding, the way they do fashion or fine wine. There are also people who are authentically dull people and I honour both because the actual value is an individual trait that is called discernment.
I don't need to be authentic because that is an oxymoron. When I read a buzz called "A Brand New World" the first thing I think is that it is a nice play on words - which in part makes us think about brand, as it also does the idea of a "new world". The principal thing I explore here is what I can find that exercises my curiosity, or interest or even something new, but most of all discernment.
The something new I see here is the reference to Fabio Sasso. How authentic is Fabio Sasso? I don't know but he gives a step by step detail of how he created the image you have provided attribution to. In seeing these steps I see how he breaks down the work of creating the zeeneon sign - and in so doing I see his thinking, his talent and his technique. That is what is important to me.
Fabio Sasso - Super Easy Neon Style in Photoshop - 10 Steps
I am not viewing Sasso's steps because I use photoshop, I do not. I appreciate his talent without suggesting that I know him, but through personal brand we are expected to know each other. Here I can value the pragmatic and practical without overdosing on story. Someone telling me that I am authentic does not make more authentic - because we all have inauthentic bad hair days. I don't want a world that is an airbrushed new world when the hairy arse of the world is as obvious as a conman using branding. In a many-to-many world, the talented can become fodder for the masses. That is not a brand new world, it's same old crappy one.20/02/2017 #7 Aleta Curry#1Exacto! I'm working on an article about this. I'm heartily sick of 'personal branding' being bandied about the way 'SEO' was a year ago. I remembered being bugged and bugged to join Klout so that people would know who I was; my response was: Jesus doesn't have a Klout score and everyone knows who HE is!19/02/2017 #6 Gerald Hecht#4 @Ian Weinberg ahh loprazolam... I wonder if calling it "Dormonoct" somehow changes the way GABAa Receptors react to that Trade Name with a different benzodiazepine "Brand Reception" (as opposed to when it's referred to by its lower case) generic name?
I'm gonna go with no.
I'm even gonna speculate further that the benzodiazepine subunit of the GABAa Receptor Complex can't read...
...I know, I know --I'm such a rebel...it's a wonder they ever let me do Receptor Binding studies at all;
what with me blatantly insulting Neurotransmitter Receptors: Calling them "illiterate", and "demonstrating complete ignorance of the importance of BRANDING!"19/02/2017 #3 Gerald Hecht#2 @Ian Weinberg could I trouble you for the name of the sleeping tab compound you find to be most effective (generic name is fine, I know that "Brand Names" can vary by country)?
Empathy is good...I must admit that lately, I've experienced occasional episodes of empathy induction failure...lol.19/02/2017 #2 Ian Weinberg#1 @Gerald Hecht following the sudden and reflex amygdaloid storm, I went into auto-coach mode, ate a large slab of chocolate 🍫and while I didn't exactly chuckle, my hair didn't get any whiter. Just felt empathy for the poor f*ckers that are going to read the guy's book!19/02/2017 #1 Gerald HechtWow... I think that this is the last straw for me. The truth is that Branding is a word...it's a pretty useless word...Personal Branding is a useless phrase...I'm trying to picture Jesus walking around and contemplating his Branding Strategy...I hope that you are laughing as hard as I am.
- Producer20/02/2017Social Media TodayThe term social media is usually used to describe social networking sites such as:LinkedIn - 2002LinkedIn is a networking website for the business community that allows users to create professional profiles, post resumes, and communicate with other...
Comments20/02/2017 #20 Robert C. SternWhat's great about all of them, and others that are not on this list, is that they are like a Family. Each social media Platform has its own personality and identity.
So when cross promoting your content you need to take this into mind. Your wording, graphics and CTA might have to be altered before posting on a different site.20/02/2017 #18 Carlos Souza RibeiroEu uso 3 delas fortemente e na bebee eu uso muito o compartilhamento que nas outras como o grande Facebook você não tem esta opção e sim você só pode compartilhar entre as páginas e grupos do próprio facebook. Com isto, eu postando na bebee e levando o assunto para as outras plataformas, você já faz a divulgação da bebee, utilize-a mais vezes!20/02/2017 #9 Luizia PatrícioDas redes apresentadas, utilizo Facebook, para divulgação de meu trabalho em fanpage e para uso pessoal com amigos e familiares. Instagram, divulgação de trabalho. O beBee em minha opinião e a inovação que faltava em termos de redes sociais, estou me inovando profissionalmente e como pessoa cada vez que passo tempo na colmeia vejo o quando sou leiga e o quanto tenho a aprender e esta oportunidade eu tenho através da colmeia, deste que me tornei uma abelha so tenho a agradecer divulgando esta fantástica comeia , quero que muitos tenham a experiência de ser uma abelha !. O beBee investe em seus usuários os colocando em uma uma colmeia, com plataforma individual em cada perfil dando a cada usuário criar seu próprio blogue, interagir, seus hobbies, seus trabalhos, sua empresa, suas buscas, seus conhecimentos, também fazer um marketing pessoal e profissional ampliando seu conhecimento na área que desejar atraves das colmeias, interagindo através do live buzz, contribuindo com informações diversas através dos buzz e muito mais...! Como gostumo dizer as pessoas que apresento o beBee, tudo que você precisar é... se cadastrar e interagir a colmeia tem as abelhas que as nomeio como polinizadoras, compartilham seu mel produzido, interagem. E em termos de métricas mil vezes beBee que todas esta redes apresentadas, eu e três abelhas discultimos isto e vimos que basta usar a rede, esta presente que as abelhas fazem todo o trabalho de polonizar, unidas em expandir a colmeia. Obrigada por nos dar esta oportunidade @Javier, por acreditar em cada abelha #tmj #ilovebeBee20/02/2017 #8 Mike Rana#6 One thing I do now is being more active on Twitter, is if I'm discussing branding or social selling, I will throw in a casual plug for BB.
When I create author blurbs, I have my BB link there. It's on my website, and when I eventually create business cards again, it'll be on there.20/02/2017 #7 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanI set up a LI profile in 2011 in order to stay in tune with the Insurance industry, which was my career industry before I retired. I am not a FB fan but my husband is thus our FB account.
I didn't pay much attention to Twitter until I started my WordPress blog. Now, I'm more involved in Twitter because of beBee. I have an Instagram account but rarely use it. I also have a Niume account, which I just started.
beBee is my home base for socializing, learning, and sharing. WordPress is my base for writing - I have 2 blogs on WP, which there is a beBee presence on both. I also am an editor/author for another blogger site via WP. I don't consider WP a social media site, per se. I think of it as a place for bloggers/writers/photographers/artists and those that like to set up their own site and have the ability to be creative.20/02/2017 #2 David B. Grinberg🐝🐝 🌎is my home base for blogging, buzz, personal branding and networking. I also use Twitter and LinkedIn for cross channel marketing and making new connections. Lastly, I also write periodically for Thrive Global, the new publishing platform of Arianna Huffington on Medium. Unfortunately, I'm not pretty enough for Instagram 🤓and not young enough for Snapchat😐. I have never had a personal account on Facebook, but I do use the platform for my day job which has its own handle. Likewise, I am not on Pinterest either.✌️️20/02/2017 #1 Devesh BhattLinkedin. To stay connected and apply for specific projects.
FB, takes too much space and requires too many updates. It is out of my phone till im in a metropolitan. Still no longer use it..but plan to :)
Bebee all the way. One place to do it all.Whatsapp for friends and family.
Just gettin to love twitter
I thought i was agnostic to social media, now i think this is what most people do, professional network and instant messenger. Few on twitter.
Personally, bebee is a better place to start, get the online persona right and then migrate onto Linkedin.
I learn better from conversations than reading when it comes to new things, in this case social media, seeing some good enriching practices here, networking has its lessons in branding, social media, writing and communication. It has improved the way i interact across the board.
Suddenly many of my weaknesses look like strengths :)
- 16/02/2017Facebook’s new job opening posts poach business from LinkedInFacebook’s new job opening posts poach business from LinkedIntechcrunch.com LinkedIn has neglected two big opportunities Facebook is now capitalizing on: helping lower-skilled workers and people who aren't actively looking for a...
Comments16/02/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 ManjitWorkplace by Facebook has all the right elements to scale. They have pitched it perfectly with the notion of collaboration. This is a 21st Century idea which is a simpler way of saying "Network Intelligence" or "Alliance" which as ideas of Reid Hoffman are brilliant, but Facebook have taken all that and messaged it brilliantly. They see the blue ocean that LinkedIn has failed or maybe even does not want to attract which is lower-skilled workers - just as beBee found its blue ocean in global markets that LinkedIn never thought about..
According to Fortune Magazine http://fortune.com/2016/10/10/workplace-facebook/ Facebook have penetrated and has been adopted by over a 1000 organizations. LinkedIn left the barn door open for them and all I can see is a big blue bull but it is a paid subscription model and that is a recipe for more strategies that try to lock users to their platform. They already have had their knuckles wrapped for trying to lock "free internet" in India to their platform, but the Indian government saw that coming from a mile away. This development is indeed interesting to watch as it now unfolds, and ironically at a speed which Reid Hoffman calls "blitzscaling". Know what is Momma Microsoft gonna do to Father Facebook???
- Producer15/02/2017RWD: Adapta tu web a todo tipo de dispositivosHace años cualquier dato a consultar o buscar en una web a través de un dispositivo móvil era un suplicio. Web diminuta, tipografía para leerla con lupa y un diseño que se "rompía" cuando salía del escritorio. Antes existían solo ordenadores donde...
Comments15/02/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitIn my own learning journey responsive web design is a study of thinking, whereas for a technologist it is a study of application and consistency of delivery across varied platforms. Along with customer experience management, I regard this part of my learning as a shift in thinking. Thanks for introducing me to the work of Ethane Marcott
A Book Apart by Ethan Marcott
As I browsed this site, I saw a complimentary thinker to Ethane Marcott in Scott Jehl
Responsible Responsive Design - Interview with Scott Jehl
So I am interested in examining how Ethan Marcott thinks from a general level, but equally to learn in due course what Scott Jehl means by Responsible Responsive Design or RRD
Here RWD is complimentary with RRD - and that as I understand from an initial dip into this subject involves long-term thinking and viable product, rather than minimum viable product which promotes agility to go to market, but it is not the same design thinking that Steve Jobs and Jonathon Ive obsessed about when they were working together at Apple.
Great information Federico. While I kind of go banana's hearing the term "Successful Personal Branding" - RWD and Responsible Responsive Design gets my mind refocused on the subject of 21st Century and then I can get beyond 20th Century ideas, other than the implications of marketing to the masses, as opposed to the transformation in marketing (which is way more interesting).
- 14/02/2017Will Snapchat snap out of Wall Street IPO worries?Will Snap Pop? Investors Seem Skepticalwww.wsj.com Investors are preparing a barrage of questions for Snap Inc. executives ahead of the company’s cross-country pitch, which could begin as soon as...
Comments14/02/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#4 I love it.
I want to fight for the future, not punch the present or the past.
I love the "F" Word - F for Freedom, F for Founder, F for Future.
This is beBee, there is no Pee in my beBee.
I enjoy the Force of beBee not the Push of pePee.
I am beBee strong, I am beBee wise - with this I can THRIVE IN THE HIVE.14/02/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 ManjitUSA Today asked the key question regarding IPO, will its millennial users bite? Success of this IPO does depend a lot on their deeper relationship with Snap.
- Producer14/02/2017Influencer Marketing Course For BrandsWord of mouth is still king! When it comes to affecting people’s decision making, all the evidence suggests that we still trust our nearest and dearest above any other source.However, nowadays there are people who have built themselves a reputation...
Comments14/02/2017 #2 Mohammed SultanWord of mouth is a king in both sides ,yours and the competitor's.The king is always has a passive defense strategy and can be killed by an opposing effective strategy and a series of genuine moves by your competitor.It's also insecure trying to influence something and at the end you discover that you didn't influence anything because you were not in full control of any .In marketing anything the real king is your strategy and endorsements are always a passive strategy which you cant count on all the times.
The king in marketing luxury products is the "brand name" and the romance ,dream ,sexiness and mystery associated with its advertising.14/02/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitFrom a personal point of view, the whole conception of influencer marketing will never sit right with me, but from a professional point of view, there is a mass market out there full of influenced people who are a marketers dream (I would like to say what kind of dream but this is a family show) and since there is this mass, I would rather that be in the hands of marketers who are bright people, because there is a fair degree of charlatans in the world of marketing who make Machiavelli look like Cinderella.
So while I do not have an affinity with a "influencer marketing" conception that would get one of the worlds worst marketers called Joseph Goebbels highly excited, I have great respect for you as a professional marketer. You, Luisana Cartay represent among the best faces in your profession and ironically I guess that makes you an "influencer" 😊
- 13/02/2017A reminder to me that Twitter is the place I can always go back to when to rekindle what personally mean by the word APPRECIATION,
@Amrinder Singh is one of three people who led me to discover Dehadrun, the others being @Rinki Sharma and @Ranjeet Kumar as well new arrival . @Ashish Bisht - for now I will unofficially name them our "Dynamic Dehadruns" The Hive of Dehadrun is beginning to form.AMRINDER SINGH (@amrinder_0412) | Twittertwitter.com Los Tweets más recientes de AMRINDER SINGH (@amrinder_0412). #DigitalMarketing & #GrowthHacking Professional | Part-Time Web & Mobile App Developer | Technology Enthusiast | #SEO #WebDev #AppDev....
- Producer09/02/2017Speed is a killer - User ExperienceHow Loading Time Affects your Website and/or AppI think this opinion about User Experience can be important for any entrepreneur and also anybody who is working on a product/service. CC Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín, Alberto Anaya Arcas, Daniel...
Comments10/02/2017 #18 Kevin Pashuk@Javier 🐝 beBee... You said "Younger people are less permissive with slowness. They have no patience and they want everything fast and right now ! " When it comes to the Android app... you should add "Old geezers" to this list. It will be a delight when beBee loads quickly on my phone. As is noted by the others, the website works quick enough.
Will you be adding notifications to the app as well?10/02/2017 #16 Donna-Luisa Eversley@Javier 🐝 beBee..Yes.. it's very slow loading via app . As a regular user im looking forward to the speed, but don't want quality compromised. LinkedIn would load fast, but was a nightmare to close..So I stopped using app. A shortcut link works OK. Thanks for your transparency.10/02/2017 #11 CityVP 🐝 ManjitSpeed is definitely top of mind of younger users but so is privacy. Right now the "House Party" app developed by the makers of Meerkat is going absolutely viral but with multiple users it can hang and that will eventually be a bottleneck for them. There is a third factor which is important to younger people and it is an application that does not drain battery life - The "House Party" packs a punch in terms of the battery draining which is not a good thing and a potential KO point for a scaling app. . These three factors are key with millennials on mobile - speed, privacy, battery.
BUSINESS INSIDER: Here's how to use Houseparty, the live video app that teens are going crazy for :
http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-use-the-houseparty-app-2016-1210/02/2017 #9 Devesh BhattTrue, Lower attention spans and social media is usually viewed as a distraction.
Another fact, one cannot really segregate speed issues with spontaneous choices , simply because these questions are asked in retrospect.
I believe in addition to consumer centric high speed hungry economies, a ast app holds greater value in countries where net speed is inconsistent. Here speed translates to convenience.09/02/2017 #5 debasish majumderstill speed is the key to reach high. if we eager to reach on stars, at least we can land on moon. speed is essential to acquire a rocketing speed, enabling to go beyond gravitation. we all aspire beBee to soar high and high, beyond others reach. however, sensible post @Javier 🐝 beBee. enjoyed read. thank you for the share.
- Producer08/02/2017Self esteem and authenticityA recent post by my friend Pascal Derrien and the commentary thread, most notably contributions by CityVP 🐝 Manjit and Aurorasa Sima prompted me to share this perspective on the notion of personal branding.My comment on Pascal's post (...
Comments09/02/2017 #43 Donna-Luisa Eversley@Don 🐝 Kerr your post provokes considerable thought. It's quite revealing that I'm at a loss for words. I have wondered about the authentic self, and authenticity being not absolute in terms of being good, etc, but being real and true to who you are when in and out of the public domain. It becomes more interesting if authenticity is aligned with what we think as unacceptable. If someone says they are bad and behaves badly can that person be displaying their authenticity?
I will need to return, as I'm struggling, for words 😀 based on my thoughts.
Think this is interesting09/02/2017 #40 Mohammed Sultan#26 Philip Morris was extremely successful in creating a unique image that allowed a man to project himself through the cigarettes he smoked.The Marlboro cowboy is now a legend in many parts of the world and people are accustomed to seeing the Marlboro Man.Marlboro was able to sell for "image" and not for features and was able to keep their reputation updated.Philip Morris Marlboro is not productized and all their advertisement of the Marlboro line ,flavored or light or menthol or the not-burned have one thing in common -the cowboy.Philip Morris Marlboro line are not promoted based on the character of the product but on the character of the smoker.Thank you @Don Kerr.09/02/2017 #39 Cyndi wilkins#11 From you @Gerald Hecht..." @Cyndi wilkins Please remember that in this Universe ...there are no accidents..." I stated that where??? Oh, and...
#16 "@Cyndi wilkins I'm not sure if or where you questioned the Universe...we don't query such stuff...do we?" Really? Then why the link bomb???
I hope you managed to consume something other than fast food...09/02/2017 #38 Randy KehoI find it difficult to separate personal from product branding. To me, they are one in the same. Both require authenticity.
I recently launched a website that helps connect a number of related businesses, all of which are after the same customers, with those customers.
It's a one-stop shop for the customers, allowing them to view all of the available choices without having to search them out individually.
I have formed personal relationships with many of the business owners, therefore, establishing a high level of trust. In return, they have taken it upon themselves to introduce me to those I have yet to form a relationship with. I have also been invited to address them all at once at their next association meeting.
I am my product.
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Comments08/02/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitHi Rinki,
Welcome to beBee - I have already acknowledged Dehadrun today here
Return to the Foothills of Dehadrun
My modus operandi at beBee is my own personal learning journey, and not as marketing or social or whatever reason people have for using social networks. beBee is for me a hub of my own learning network and so I am a free agent of the virtual universe and whatever intrigues me or I want to learn more about is my whim and personal choice. So it is I wrote about the hour I had seen not one person but three people from Dehadrun and I am much the wiser for having done so.
- 07/02/2017Another trending private chat app I am seeing big time with the kids right now is HOUSEPARTY - an app fashioned by the Meerkat people that Twitter bumped in favour of their Periscope application. Houseparty can accomodate upto 8 people in one go - and seeing it work live in action, I can see immediately its viral qualities (even though it does drain a mobiles battery). Cool new app !!!Meerkat could be on to a real winner with its new video chat app Housepartywww.digitaltrends.com Houseparty is the latest app from the creators of Meerkat. A video chat network aimed at teens and millennials, Houseparty already boasts 1 million...
- Producer07/02/2017The Week In Social Media Volume 17A whole very social week has come and gone, we have to admit, social media is a busy affair, too much information and too little time, but don't you worry, because we at The Week In Social Media are doing the hard work for you !!!Hope you enjoy...
- Producer05/02/2017Marketing QuackeryIf it looks like a marketing duck and quacks like a marketing duck, then it is a content marketing duck.The QUACK may be related to a duck but in the world of healthcare "quackery" is a dangerous practice because it betrays trust and is a...
Comments06/02/2017 #12 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#11 There are always exceptions to the rule.
Here is my personal message to the world - do not hire me on the account of my brand because I will not work for you for the exact reason that you did so. What part of "I am not for sale in this space" have I not absolutely and fundamentally made clear.
Then there is the non-professional beatitudes that begin with "blessed be the housewife for she shall not enter the kingdom of branding but shall inherit serving the branded".
Not that I do understand the value of personal brand, but it is terribly hard to explain to my 3 year old grandson.06/02/2017 #11 Mohammed Sultan#8 @ Dear @City VP Manjit.No one can stand out in business without marketing h/herself.Some people think that brands apply only to products and organizations and some others think they are both the product and the salesperson and should position themselves in their prospects mind.It depends on your choice,not only to find a synergy between what you already have and audiences/prospects need or leave it to chance.By synergy I mean the synergy of objectives which may also differ between family members.
Personal branding will allow you to dig down inside yourself to understand their needs and objectives to provide evidences that you are the right person to help them address the challenges they are facing.Positioning your personal brand will help telling your story from the audience/the prospect point of view.So before you think of changing their perceptions you have first to change yours because you are only ONE and they are MANY with different needs.Given that prospects /audiences have different needs you have to customize your message by positioning the output of the three faces of your personal brand rather than presenting your story.06/02/2017 #10 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#9 Dear Lisa, most of all there is a place for us to understanding the instruments of marketing and how our data is not a divine right without our permission. Then there is also an individual responsibility to understand how hucksters engage and also how corporations speak in platitudes about the customer or the patient but bury information or at least market attributes that sell. Then there are downright scam artists which are the bottom feeders in this traditional marketing pool..
Now if I study branding and marketing - I will study both the best practitioners and forward thinkers (not thought leaders) AND I will also endeavor to learn about practices that are out of touch with citizens of a 21st Century - where citizen is above the hierarchy of customer. All of that is just one part of my personal learning journey - but an important part never-the-less.
The key is how do we do this peacefully and transform the way head without schisms and ruptures that plagued the 20th Century. I don't think we need to destroy in order to create, which is what this present POTUS would be more inclined to support. At least not at the grassroots level and that which we directly touch. Here the most peaceful system is that of attaining competitive advantage - if it can navigate the system.06/02/2017 #9 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#5 I always comment to friends about the numerous Pharmaceutical commercials on TV. They push so many drugs on TV and list all the horrid side effects, many which are worse than the disease/illness they are supposed to be treating. I think there is a place for Eastern Medicine, it can compliment Western but buyer beware... it can be tough to tell at times.
Good point about Maddoff! He sure did swindle a ton of money from many intelligent people.06/02/2017 #8 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#7 Personal branding should be a choice and not a dogma. For those who want to offer their services and be measured for purchase then personal branding has a place and purpose.
I can engage learning without being enslaved to a dogma, but if then I can learn without engaging in public it may prove wiser if not better for me not to be online. Not one member of my family goes online to my profile to check me out and even if they did it does not alter who they know me to be - and so if I am to view myself as a public presentation then those that view my life that way are complete strangers to me, for they do not respect my wishes but only repeat that I cannot escape this public image.
I am free not to accept this commercial dogma when branding is but one line item in my own learning journey. Are we citing personal brand because a master says it so? I say if this is a doctrine, a marketing or an attachment to image, I would be much happier deleting all of this and not be online.
If what you say is correct then I am battling an image rather than be at peace with life. Are you sure that you would like me to be a personal brand? People are free exhibit or feel good about their personal brand because that is their choice.
I can learn i private without a personal brand so if online my learning journey is nothing but a personal brand, a concept, a role model, a targeted strategy, an offer or something to instill? I can escape all of that by engaging offline. This concept which makes my very stomach turn is not for my intelligence, and this is my felt experience. This as a choice now becomes interesting.06/02/2017 #7 Mohammed Sultan#6 Dear @City VP Mangit.I believe the concept of personal branding does't aim at creating an image among the mass,but instead should be targeted at whom may find a synergy with you, whether they are groups or business organizations.You develop your personal brand based on their needs not based on what you can offer them.
You as aspiring leader has to convey not only your past core skills or present core interests but also a philosophical part of your personal brand which is related to your identity and history and often conveyed through a "role model" of being a man of integrity showing respect for others.These values instill faith,respect and trust in them and helps your personal brand shows a "special gift" and what people can consider is morally and ethically right to be seen in you as a consistent role model.Thank you for entertaining my thoughts with Amy's reflective song "Wise Up"06/02/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#4 Dear Mohammed, I have no qualms in appreciating the skills and abilities of top tier practitioners of branding and top sales people, for there is sophistication and elegance in what they do. I do have a problem with personal branding for the masses because we have enough bottom feeders and hucksters in this world than to encourage a trust in the creation of mass image. If someone does not trust me, why would I want to work with them and expend energy on convincing them otherwise. Personal brand brings with it an assumption of respect - whereas for me respect is earned and it is a relationship that if forged in the wellness of time. It is also tested through relationship - because disagreements and tiny fires do happen and then here there is forming, storming and norming. At the end of the day, my discernment, my personal pathways of trust, testing my beliefs, learning from my mistakes i.e. my life choices are on my own shoulders - and I will discovery them through my own journey. In other words back to Amy and her reflective song "Wise Up" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcIs3rAEytk I don't have answers for how others should live their life - I have questions that are hopefully wise.06/02/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#3 The origins of quacks and snake oil salespeople originates from a common origin of providing dubious products or services to improve health. The medical community want quacks to include eastern medicine, yet pharmaceutical companies are no better than quacks, except they pay for biased research and still sell massively despite actually stating serious side effects in a fast voice or in small print. Those who pray on people's trust don't care if 99% of people are wise to their ways, they will always find the 1% who will bite - and it is hard to save people from their own habits.
Spam works the same way, they are not targeting us but the person who demonstrates zero due diligence or discernment. Every now and then we too can be fooled and education is no protection against frauds, for how did Bernie Madoff make millions off intelligent people other than create a personal brand of absolute trust - and so image does fool otherwise intelligent people - ironically in Madoff's case it was called "affinity-fraud" - so we cannot save the world from these hucksters and where a relationship is based on money rather than love, it is caveat emptor which means "buyer beware". https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/02/madoff-jewish-affinity-fraud/460446/06/02/2017 #4 Mohammed SultanIn principle,we should confirm that advertising is all about selling although it implies "learning" through educating and informing audiences about specific brand or range of products.Unfortunately,most advertising or content strategies are targeting for" head counts" or "exposure level" rather than reflecting audiences feeling or behavior.Their main concern is to induce or persuade them to buy.Advertisers ROI is calculated not to so much on educating the public,but by the audiences exposure.The advertisers often have a held belief that their brand is 'larger than the world',and its audiences are heterogeneous to the extent that they can't associate the brand with a narrow cause.They think the more narrow the issue is the more the content is going to distract more people.However,for any advertiser trying to revitalize brands by associating them with the issues like learning or health or any societal issues we always advise advertisers to convey their messages through corporate advertising which value image over selling.Thank you for sharing a great post.06/02/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI detest those who prey on people with health problems. Typically a person who has health issues is already vulnerable because they want to feel better. Sometimes quackery can come in the form of what appears to be a caring friend first, then they are trying to 'sell' you a bowl of quackery. People do need to beware because it can be a matter of life or death. I prefer to stick with verified Professionals that I SEEK out. If someone tells you that what they will offer is the one thing that does work, do your research first! I've seen people who are self-labeling themselves as life coaches for those with mental issues as one of many examples. People, please take the time to search for Licensed health professionals, check their references by using tools IE: Healthgrades, vitals.com and ask others you trust if they know of someone who has an excellent reputation. Either way, you will pay for the Licensed Health Professional via Insurance w/a Co-pay or out of pocket for people on the internet stating they have a solution for you. A good health Professional doesn't need to advertise via blogs.06/02/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#1 It is a transitional phase between people who have been used to traditional broadcast messaging and now engage in mass-scale following, and people who are using technologies to create personal conversation and now engage in digital lifestyle immersion. This is the difference Donald Trump = Twitter and Kylie Jenner = Snapchat.
Fortunately for Facebook that they had the good sense to acquire Instagram when they did and they are also developing Workplace by Facebook - and even though Free Internet for developing countries was a really messed up roll out because they underestimated the political savvy of Indian leaders, but they are smart enough to read market sentiments in launching the Facebook Journalism Project and can smell that one all the way to the bank https://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-journalism-project-strengthen-online-news-fight-fake-news/
Unfortunately for alll us mass-scale following still "trumps" treating digital technology as a way of life norm - so a $7 billion election produces a 70+ year old narcissist who has proven that he is king of marketing to folk who still respond to mass-scale. How many citizens are going to love the marketing profession after Trump has finished or is stopped in his journey of alt-right randomness and anarchy? It is exactly marketing quackery that won Trump the Presidency. Personal brand rocks doesn't it?06/02/2017 #1 Dean OwenPrecisely why the social media crowd is gravitating toward connections without an agenda, and precisely why marketers are desperate to create an authentic message in order to dupe people into thinking it is a real human story. I miss the days when ads were ads. See a picture of a product and want to buy it. No trickery. Now we need hone a sixth sense to distinguish what we see. But I suspect this is just a phase.
Comments02/02/2017 #29 Anonymous#27 Thank you very much dear @Praveen Raj Gullepalli! That's all I have to say, as you so eloquently put it. I presented my thoughts and dilemmas about effective communication on social media within my articles and in numerous discussions here, but also on the other social media.. Cheers and more cheers to you too!02/02/2017 #27 Praveen Raj GullepalliAll said and done dear Milos, you do genuinely love connecting with folks! You deserve that accolade. Personally I would say you have been the most misunderstood bee (folks have mistaken your passing statements for gospel truth and new religion, without understanding the conversations afore-spoken and not bothering to look deeper into the relationships and affinities built already; You stood alone even when no dear voice was raised to defend your words (except maybe a couple feeble ones); I have also seen you bullied at times but you do put up with a lot here on beBee and forgivingly so...and continue to win hearts and stay true to our spirit of affinity ;) Cheers and more cheers to you!02/02/2017 #22 Mamen 🐝 DelgadoMy dear @Milos Djukic, you really ARE one of the Best Networkers I've ever met. Your fractal mind and soul are two wonderful trampolines to "spread" yourself beyond the tangible.
This award is absolutely deserved. Congrats for it!! Such a pleasure we have found each other... 💫✨💫02/02/2017 #18 David B. Grinberg#16 Thanks for the "shout out" Milos and thanks for all YOU do!
You've always been extremely helpful, gracious and kind in all of your social media interactions with me over many years. You are indeed a scholar and a gentlemen (literally and figuratively). You will always be a VIP with me!02/02/2017 #13 Anonymous#11 Thanks @Jim Murray, my friend. This is the gratitude from a good man. Each c-butterfly deserves gratitude from others. All of you are best networkers. If LinkedIn network does not care about us, maybe we could care a little more. The same personal award from Richard have also received on LI @Laurent Boscherini, @David B. Grinberg and also some other people and rightly so. That's what It's all about or fractals forever.
- Producer31/01/2017How I Became Finalist of UK Blog Awards and Top 10 Social Media Blogs 2017This year couldn't start any better. On 2nd of January I found out that my Social Media Blog is Finalist of UK Blog Awards 2017, the most important contest of this type in the UK, and today Social Media Examiner published the list with 20 finalists...
Comments02/02/2017 #9 Carmen Lascu#8 Thank you so much for your king words of encouragement. I also appreciate you advice, I will ook into this to improve my website.
Good point about Amazon. I will clearly mention this just above my books or add tbe logo.
I think call to action is essential on any website.01/02/2017 #8 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThe mere fact that you are listed on a list with Peg Fitzpatrick is really cool street cred. I've seen her contributions and they are quality. The more I looked into you the more I was not surprised by your success, and am specially impressed with the three books, not only do they look legit but your great sense of title and targeting is absolutely apparent to me . I also like the fact that you treat your home page as a landing page with lots of pathways into content - immediately I found three calls to action
1. Work with Me
2. Free Social Media Course
The other thing I like is that you know where your landing page is and where your home page starts. The only two things that I would say could stand out more is that the fact that you are a published author, and that was not readily apparent unless one notices the the Amazon link. The other thing was strange - the page did not render well at 100% on my Firefox and as expected it displayed better at 90% but here is the strange thing, it also displayed better when I zoomed the page to 110% - so that is just a heads up from my end but I am on beta version of Firefox 52b.0b2 so this might be a glitch in the Firefox beta.
Otherwise - this is fantastic, and you should be very proud of your accomplishments - more so as an author and now recognized!31/01/2017 #1 Jan 🐝 BarbosaGreat read @Carmen Lascu !!! Found the UK Social Media scene to be a great experience, while in some parts my social media engagements were met with closed doors, in the UK its been an open door policy 24/7 !!! Tim Hughes opened the doors for me, then Sam Hurley... Also made some great friendships like @Gary Farmer, @Ollie Whitfield and @Ross Campbell... Must admit the UK scene is really buzzing !!!
- Producer31/01/2017My interview with Gareth O'Sullivan-What is going to happen to Social Media Marketing in the future?It is a privilege now to interview my next influencer Gareth O'Sullivan, Content Marketing Manager, with the Creation Agency, seen and featured also on SEMrush and Social Media Week, who came out of his way to answer some vital questions, What is...
Comments01/02/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 ManjitI checked out https://workplace.fb.com/ workplace at Facebook - it only competes with LinkedIn so far as much it will vie for those employees who have their LinkedIn Premium and now I guess Workplace FB accounts paid by their employer. Two of my kids already have their employer paying their accounts and use of those accounts are a part of their work duties.
The only reason I finally opened a Facebook account was because our college club students are there, so it is bit silly being a Facebook refusenik under those circumstances. The good thing is that our club students have already adopted Slack - so thankfully there will be no need for me to delve into Workplace - unless of course they do.
On the marketing automation side and digital analytics - it is difficult to fathom what really is working and what is marketing hype. The speed which the marketing side of technologies and apps is changing is reflected by the new names arising in social media. It can be a very short-life cycle for a social media expert if they don't keep up with latest trends - thankfully I won't be making my living in that arena anytime soon.
- 30/01/2017Snap set to publicly file for IPO this week | PitchBook Newspitchbook.com Snap is rumored to be planning to publicly file for its upcoming IPO in the coming days, offering up a rare opportunity to see its closely guarded...
Comments30/01/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 ManjitI absolute respect for Snapchat and I don't even have a cell-phone. I have seen how it is a daily part of my kids lives and not because Snapchat sold them but those kids are using it because it does what they want to do - which is maintain relationships with their friends.
Then there is another application which is a part of our daily life which also requires a cellphone and that is FaceTime. Last week the facetime was with my daughter in our house learning to make meatloaf. She (the cell phone video) stood on the table as she cooked. For people like me who used to watch Space 1999 and Star Trek - the future we dreamed back then is here.
The time for me to have put money into snapchat is when it was a snap. This IPO will do well because I see how the founders minds work, they get the 21st Century and treat it as the new normal. Just another part of ordinary life. I am so cool with that.
- Producer27/01/2017Building Your Personal Brand…A Blueprint The personal brand. If you’re like me it took a long time to figure out just what that actually means. And I’m in the business of creating brands.And judging from what I see on social media these days, a whole lot of people are still in the process...
Comments28/01/2017 #5 Jerry FletcherJim,
Thanks for adding to the store of information I have on Branding, part of which is on display at www.BrandBrainTrust.com. Personal Brand of the major possibilities (Personal, Professional and Product) is the hardest to find solid how to data linked to outcomes. It takes a lot of skull sweat just to get started much less track results.
- Producer23/01/2017Viewability isn’t an issue if you know where to lookAccording to an article last year in Digiday which quotes multiple sources, 85-90% of Facebook’s commercial video views are silent. There is also evidence showing that Globally only 13% watch commercials in their entirety on the social platform....
Comments30/01/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 ManjitPS I know it is Tottenham Hotspur, but with years singing Come on You Spurs - it is natural for me to say Hotspurs. That being said it took some time to figure out what COYS was - sometimes the obvious is sitting right in front of our nose - that is the best thing about being a Tottenham supporter because that is what life is - until of course Daniel Levy begins to learn how to "buy" success - so long as he does not move our new ground one day to the Chinese Super League. He will still sell Dele for a 100 mill.30/01/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#3 Dear James, I need to declare that I have not been a Spurs fan for my whole life - for the first 8 years of my life I did not know what football was. It began as peer pressure at the age of 7 when another kid in the school asked me which team I belonged to. I was utterly clueless to what he was talking about "The red side or the blue side". I responded "blue I guess". In that moment I had signed up to the blue gang and in 1968 the blue side was Tottenham Hotspurs.
I had chosen the red pill today I would have been a supporter of a team called Manchester United. Those were the only two options in the playground - so I count my blessings that those options were not Red=Arsenal and Blue=Chelsea. Ultimately by the time Martin Chivers scored his goals in the 1971 League Cup Final I had already been transformed into a die hard Tottenham fan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kM-RgqVD7Dk
Yes I don''t regret taking the blue pill which next year will be 50 years ago - for all the titles Alex Ferguson won, nothing tops hungering for rare success and being rewarded every 20 years with a moment to remember like Ricky Villa - as I remember 1991. Though Spurs Fans treat White Hart Lane as hallowed ground, I did not enjoy much sitting on those small size seats or using the washrooms that reminded me that Tottenham has been around for a long-long time. Looking forward to the new stadium build, and perhaps the promised land that has not existed since Bill Nicholson stood larger than life as our manager, and when the most unlikely of managers Keith Burkinshaw turned out to have a cup winning midas touch. Now I offer you the "blue pill".25/01/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 ManjitNow when do I say the words "welcome to beBee?
I hope Messieurs Javier [ @Javier 🐝 beBee ] and Juan [ @Juan Imaz ] discover what it means to have a brand chill, because today understanding branding is critical communication competency but diluting brand is a crime and when we turn brand into a prostitute, we turn it into a knock shop, something one can do for $5 on the backstreet of a branding quickie.
There are no short cuts, no simplistic messages, no platitudes, no easy riders - branding is a long-term craft for the banquet and not the soup kitchen. So indeed welcome James May, your arrival is most timely :-) Welcome to beBee !!!25/01/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThere are words here that jump of the page and these are words which I am particularly resonate about :
We know that great brands are appreciated deeply because Superbowl Ads have become cultural phenomena.
Yet branding is beginning to fall into the pearls category because people have are trying to drink brand like they line up outside Starbucks like teenage mutant ninja turtles. When I look at brand I either see the best of it or I see its degradation as in this pearls before swine clip from Streetcare Named Desire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLxUYa47OXE
In this clip I am Marlon Brando saying the same thing that Nova Spivak has said "people maybe brands but brands are not people" - and personal brand is that woman that Brando exposes - the brand that we appreciate is much bigger than the brand that is puss (I mean us). So this is a conversation about elegance, about resonance and most of all appreciation. The craft and the marketer today are two different animals. In this century to appreciate brand is to appreciate its craft then brand is personal.
- Producer16/12/2016Like Eye SinkIs online friendship the same than having a potato pet? Can you build a long-lasting relationship with a potato? Can you add garlic to the gratin without being fried? These are all the fundamental and existential questions I am asking myself on this...
Comments26/12/2016 #77 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#66 Couldn't agree more @Pamela 🐝 Williams, it's always about perspective when reading. Even when presented with facts people can interpret facts differently. That's what makes us all so unique. As for the potato eye @Pascal Derrien, I saw this photo when I first purchased my camera and I tried so hard to duplicate it because it's so cool to look at. I wasn't successful. I will have to see if I can find the actual pics I did get and you can laugh at *one* if I can find it. Nice read, is it potato or patatoe?18/12/2016 #76 Phil FriedmanI just opened my root vegetable drawer, only to find all the sweet potatoes "yammering" at me! Do you ever wonder if garlic cloves speak French? The other day I had to tell the green beans to cut the French. Lettuce ponder the advice of vegetables and think about once again becoming carnivores. Cheers!18/12/2016 #69 Ken BoddieWe share the exact same allergy, Pascal, to egotistic expertism and, like you, I am neither a twit nor a twitterer. That having been said I am strangely uplifted by your questions for which I have no answers and even more so by your answers for which I have, as yet, no questions. Could it be that we were brother actors in a former stage play on life, or are we merely both battle scarred by exactly dissimilar life episodes?17/12/2016 #64 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsPascal, the way I view social media as having potential for friendship building from friend-chips but mostly it expands and changes perspectives. The majority of us live our lives in the isolation of our self-built communities. The size and geographic stretch of the community differs for everyone. Social media has expanded our community and blurred the limitations of our vision. Dean Owen has completely changed the way I envision China, the Canucks I've 'met' (Jim Murray, Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, Kevin Pashuk) are no longer envisioned as cousins of the Eskimos (kidding), but most especially people like Qamar Ali Khan, from Pakistan, a country that US media has vilified, I have come to truly respect.
To those that want their eyes opened to new perspectives can find it here. I don't see it as not having true value. Though we may bring painted personas we are opening lines of communication on a global scale. We are all potatoes, with all our dark spots and lumpy imperfections. I like potatoes, I consider them one of my most important staples and finding new ways to use the spuds is an enjoyable endeavor, no matter how you dice, slice, or peel it.17/12/2016 #59 Pamela 🐝 Williams#44 Hey, why is Bud and America always aligned!!! huff huff! :-). Kidding! but as Deb mentions; there are some great artisans in the U.S. Come to Greensboro and I know of two great local breweries and some wine bars which are fabulous eateries! Or we can grab some NC BBQ at Fuzzies!