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Respectfully Yours

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Respect others as you wish to be respected. This hive is to bring awareness to the balance between social etiquette and personal expression. Let's share our ideas on commenting and meaningful conversation. To be a beBee is to be.
  1. ProducerLance ๐Ÿ Smith
    Customer Service or Disservice
    Customer Service or Disservice I went to a restaurant for breakfast this morning, and was promptly seated in a booth with a menu, then was told "Your waitress will be with you shortly." This is where the story begins, and the service ends.I had arrived at 8:45am, greeted when I...


    Lance ๐Ÿ Smith
    13/08/2017 #12 Lance ๐Ÿ Smith
    #7 @Jim ๐Ÿ Cody I don't blame you! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and for sharing!
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    13/08/2017 #11 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Even if the menu is still open, the server should have kept contact with the customer, even if to say "I'll be right with you". I also agree with @jim cody that a manager should be alerted about the poor service.

    We also alert a manager when there is good service. It helps all involved.
    Lance ๐Ÿ Smith
    13/08/2017 #10 Lance ๐Ÿ Smith
    #4 @Sandra Smith Haha, that bad huh?!?! I need to come visit the UK someday anyway, so I will keep that in mind whenever I do!
    Lance ๐Ÿ Smith
    13/08/2017 #9 Lance ๐Ÿ Smith
    #3 @David B. Grinberg I appreciate sharing it out! I work in customer service, as does everyone else really, and so these kinds of things come across my mind a lot when I go places. I try to have no expectations that anyone would deliver like I would, but I still do end up holding expectations anyways.
    Lance ๐Ÿ Smith
    13/08/2017 #8 Lance ๐Ÿ Smith
    #2 @Phil Friedman thanks for taking the time to read! I never knew that, but there was a majority of time with the menu closed in front of me. I did not know that was etiquette, or I would have put that detail in the blog. Thanks for pointing that out. There was a point when it kind of became an experiment of seeing how long it would take for someone to service me. I'm a pretty laid back, chill person, but it really just sparked me thinking about how other people would have reacted. Not everyone is as chill as I am when it comes to such circumstances haha
    Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    13/08/2017 #7 Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    Lance Iโ€™ve been in such situations quite a few times but never leaving without talking to the manager. The manager needs to know the situation. I just donโ€™t have the patience to wait anymore. Most of life has passed and Iโ€™m usually hungry when I show up in a restaurant, so fir those two reasons I refuse to wait. Buzz on.
    Phil Friedman
    13/08/2017 #6 Phil Friedman
    Bon appetite, not bin appetite.
    Phil Friedman
    13/08/2017 #5 Phil Friedman
    #3 I agree, in part, David -- but only for restaurants where one "eats" but does it dine. Where one dines, it would not be unusual to sit and sip wine or OJ without ordering, for even as much as a half hour. And I even at middling restaurants I've had wait persons return to take an order immediately that my party and I closed our menus. Bin appetite!
    Sandra Smith
    13/08/2017 #4 Sandra Smith
    You should try getting service in the UK ๐Ÿ˜‚
    David B. Grinberg
    13/08/2017 #3 David B. Grinberg
    Nice buzz, here, Lance. All businesses need to remember that old saying, "Customer is king" -- whether online or off. All it takes is one bad customer experience to lose one's business and encourage negative word-of-mouth referrals. I agree with all of your excellent points and hope that all companies heed your wise words. Also, I'm sharing this buzz on three hives.
    @Phil Friedman: while your comment below makes sense, I would still say the onus is always on the server -- not the customer -- to get it right. Moreover, experienced servers should already know it's not uncommon for customers to inadvertently keep their menus open. Just saying.
    Phil Friedman
    12/08/2017 #2 Phil Friedman
    Corrected for auto-corrector errors: Lance, although I agree, in the main, with much of what you say, I do need, however, to ask, has nobody ever explained to you that restaurant etiquette is for you to CLOSE your menu when you are ready to order. Your leaving your menu open may very well have signaled to your server that you were still thinking about what you wanted to order.
    Phil Friedman
    12/08/2017 #1 Phil Friedman
    Lance, although I agree, in the main, with much of what you say, I do need, howeverto ask, has nobody ever explained to you that restarting etiquette is for you to CLOSE you menu when you are ready to order. Your leaving your menu open may very well have signaled to your server that you were still thinking about what you wanted to order.
  2. ProducerAleta Curry

    Aleta Curry

    How to get the most out of beBee features
    How to get the most out of beBee featuresI do not have the inside scoop on the beBee algorithm(s), so I canโ€™t tell you what will boost you on the beBee radar, but I think itโ€™s safe to say that the more you interface with the project and its people, the more growth youโ€™ll see in terms of...


    John White, MBA
    12/08/2017 #23 John White, MBA
    #22 Exactly, Aleta. Just say no to algorithmic control! On beBee, your content reaches 100% of your followers. We enjoy organic reach.
    Aleta Curry
    12/08/2017 #22 Aleta Curry
    #21 You know you're a movie buff when you 'get' @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian's response to @Chas โœŒ๏ธ Wyatt.

    Maybe 'algorithm' was the wrong word? I mean things like how the platform decides what are 'related buzzes' and 'hives that may interest you', that sort of thing.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    11/08/2017 #21 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #8 No @Chas โœŒ๏ธ Wyatt, but they might mistake you for Lt. Dan.

    @Aleta Curry: Re algorithms: As far as I know, there aren't any. At least none for the platform. We have helpers like the #buzzBebee or buzz @beBee when a post crosses 20 Relevants and 5 Comments (Like this one) That will make beBee share a post on their social media accounts. Also, there's an email that goes out with posts from people you follow. Apart from those two, you get the exposure you earn.

    There's no throttling, only full organic reach.
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    11/08/2017 #20 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    Excellent tips @Aleta Curry. I ditto @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador comment. And, if they are following tons of people yet have never produced any buzzes... I won't follow those either. I sound like I'm being ultra selective, I'm really not. I have to say many times those I choose not to follow end up being fake profiles and gone within a few days. It seems beBee is quick to pick up on the fake profiles. :))
    Aleta Curry
    09/08/2017 #19 Aleta Curry
    #18 Thanks, Glo! :D
    Gloria ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿ’ซ โ˜• (Glo) Ochoa
    09/08/2017 #18 Anonymous
    Great tips @Aleta Curry !
    Aleta Curry
    09/08/2017 #17 Aleta Curry
    #16 I agree with you, @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador, although I do tend to cut people some slack if they've got *something* in that photobox (she of the glass figurine can't be too pernickety - hear that, @Ken Boddie?) I do need background info, though.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    08/08/2017 #16 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Good advice, @Aleta Curry. A profile is so important. I won't connect unless there is a complete profile. No photo, no background information = no connect.
    Aleta Curry
    08/08/2017 #15 Aleta Curry
    That's a great way to put it, @Tausif Mundrawala. beBee really *is* like an open university; I've learned so much here! I'm glad we're friends, too.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    08/08/2017 #14 Tausif Mundrawala
    You reminded me of the day when we both got connected. The poem which was a delight to the eyes of founder of The Antiques company allows me to take pride of our friendship.

    For me beBee has been an open university where we get to reflect upon great pieces on great topics penned by our intellectual bees. I love this platform to an extent where I can't think a day without it. Wherever I am, I always make it a point to carry my handset and always be logged in with beBee. I agree with you on all aspects especially about comments as It reflects our personality well.

    I am glad that you shared this buzz with us, my friend, @Aleta Curry
    Aleta Curry
    08/08/2017 #13 Aleta Curry
    #9 You're never gonna let me live that glass figurine down, are you @Ken Boddie? 'Course, I'll forgive you anything if you go on about the winning smile!
    Aleta Curry
    08/08/2017 #12 Aleta Curry
    #8 Don't sweat it for a moment, @Chas โœŒ๏ธ Wyatt, I've seen your work, you can't be accused of mediocre anything!
    Aleta Curry
    08/08/2017 #11 Aleta Curry
    #7 Thanks, @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee, I really appreciate your coming by, I know how busy you are.
    Aleta Curry
    08/08/2017 #10 Aleta Curry
    #6 Wow, Gert, I'm so pleased to have been able to share something new with you.
    Ken Boddie
    08/08/2017 #9 Ken Boddie
    The one thing you forgot, Aleta, is to advise newBees to add a good head shot, particularly if they've got good teeth and a winning smile (guess that rules me out then). Nothing worse than hiding behind an abstract absurdity, which can be a huge turnoff for prospective 'followers', unless you are in the antiques business and have a handy pic of a Madonna statuette? ๐Ÿคฃ
    Chas โœŒ๏ธ Wyatt
    08/08/2017 #8 Chas โœŒ๏ธ Wyatt
    I don't believe I post mediocre shares. I never post memes and don't think anyone will mistake me for Jack Handey.
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    08/08/2017 #7 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    @Aleta Curry great advise here! thanks

    Write and post. This is important.

    "People need to know who you are and what you like to talk about. It will encourage them to follow you. Keep in mind that when a Bee clicks on โ€˜buzzesโ€™, beBee presents your last few posts in reverse chronological order. So avoid a string of mediocre shares that might lead a person to believe that you havenโ€™t an original thought in your head. Check your feed fairly often and make sure itโ€™s diverse."
    Gert Scholtz
    08/08/2017 #6 Gert Scholtz
    @Aleta Curry Well, well - always something new to learn about beBee. I didn't know about the profile to CV conversion feature . Great post Aleta, to which I apply your advice and happily share.
    Aleta Curry
    08/08/2017 #4 Aleta Curry
    Hee, hee - glad someone got it, @Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich. Great minds and all that! :D
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    08/08/2017 #3 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    You made me giggle, @Aleta Curry. A memory from long ago surfaced. One spring break, on holiday, I was maybe around 9, I was playing around with some other kids on the beach and it was windy - so a loud surf and someone kept asking me my name and after around 4 times, I shouted - Dynamic Energetic Brilliant = DEB - Glad to learn someone else has a list of Admirable and Awesome adjectives that they've associated with their name!!!
  3. ProducerSusan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    Wednesday Words: Are You  "Shoulding" All Over Everyone?
    Wednesday Words: Are You "Shoulding" All Over Everyone?I am republishing this post that I originally created in October 2015 thanks to a post I read that Edward Lewellenย just wrote (and that Sarah Elkinsย tagged me in).ย *****Language is meant to help us humans communicate, but sometimes even with our...


    Lisa Vanderburg
    12/07/2017 #23 Lisa Vanderburg
    #19 I have found...(a sage way of introduction), that eye-balls work..at times. I KNOW that I can incinerate people with my eye-balls, yet it doesn't stop the sweetest old dude or dudette from telling me their woes. Not that I mind - just interferes with my self-image :)
    You're a doll! X
    Sarah Elkins
    12/07/2017 #22 Sarah Elkins
    I'm so glad you shared this one again, @Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess. Like @Aaron ๐Ÿ Skogen, the original raised alarm bells for me and completely changed the way I think of - and use - that word.
    Sarah Elkins
    12/07/2017 #21 Sarah Elkins
    #3 Not so sure about the gender thing, @Phil Friedman and @Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess; it could be a generational thing, though I've met some women older than I am who would have said exactly what Phil said! https://www.bebee.com/producer/@sarah-elkins/never-underestimate-your-customer
    Aaron ๐Ÿ Skogen
    12/07/2017 #20 Aaron ๐Ÿ Skogen
    When I first read this (I think it was on LI), I made a conscious effort NOT to use "should" with my kids. I had always tried to avoid it, yet I found myself slipping it into conversation when I was frustrated. Then I decided to eliminate it, and its made a world of difference! So here is my hearty Cheers to you @Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess, and Thank You for re-posting!
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    12/07/2017 #19 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    @Lisa Vanderburg, we weren't connected, but I just followed you so we are.

    I think we all get a rise when we see someone do something wrong that we notice because we're experts in that area. I will never argue that the guy was wrong about the oil; he was RIGHT! My only gripe was his inability to rein in his frustration knowing that I'd really hurt my car (fresh oil is necessary) and to find a way to approach me that didn't demean me.

    I know that when I read articles by someone who says he or she is a published author (or even worse, an editor / copyeditor / proofreader) -- and I find glaring goofs -- I wince. But at least the writer can't see that online. Phew!

    At one lunchtime face-to-face networking meeting, there are a couple of writers who pass around their latest whatever. One is pretty darn good. The other? Not so much. I work HARD to not show my . . . frustration, knowing that the poor writer is killing his chances of anyone taking him seriously. And yes. He knows what I do.

    By the way -- many thanks for that compliment. Much appreciated!
    Cyndi wilkins
    12/07/2017 #18 Cyndi wilkins
    #17 I've noticed a trend in these 'teaching moments' all over the place this week...It's been a good week to buzz;-)
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    12/07/2017 #17 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #16 It certainly would have been a nice and professional approach, @Sandra Smith!
    Sandra Smith
    12/07/2017 #16 Sandra Smith
    Loving this thread... Just the other week, I was on my way to an interview. It was in a private office park, but that hadn't been clear from Google Maps (surprise, surprise). As I turned in, one of the security guards approached me saying, "This is private property!" I gestured at my phone with Google Maps, and he said, "Oh, your sat nav won't help you. This is PRIVATE PROPERTY" Finally, I was able to spit out the company name, and that I'm there for an interview. "Oh, oh." he says, then sheepishly gives me a visitor pass and directions to their office. Clearly, he didn't think I had any business being there when I first came in - maybe he shouldn't have assumed, and simply asked me, "Can I help you?"
    Lisa Vanderburg
    12/07/2017 #15 Lisa Vanderburg
    #14 Hey @Susan Rooks...damn...won't highlight!
    I'm (also) a 'wimmin-what-does' so I totally get where you're coming from! Anyone who is selling a necessity has a 'tude....why is that? It's a tiny acidic dollop of momentary superiority that they get in their lives. A moment where they think berating is a gesture of competence. We all see it everywhere, but I have to encourage you - your writing is pure pleasure to read! Oh...and, stuff them!
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    12/07/2017 #14 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #10 Thanks, @Lisa Vanderburg!
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    12/07/2017 #13 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #11 And that's a wonderful thing to let me know, @Sandra Smith! Thank YOU.
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    12/07/2017 #12 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #7 Thanks for the story, @Cyndi wilkins, and the second comment as well. Yeah. it'll probably be like that for a long time to come. But the more we can see how to help someone else learn from an error and not hate us for it -- the better off we'll all be.
    Sandra Smith
    12/07/2017 #11 Sandra Smith
    This is exactly what my aunt, a retired therapist says! Except she says stop saying about ourselves. Your example of saying it to other people makes equal sense, and for the same reason - we can't go back in time. Thank you for this, Susan, made me feel better about my day.
    Lisa Vanderburg
    12/07/2017 #10 Lisa Vanderburg
    Wonderful buzz I certainly can equate with and a wonderful pick-up @Cyndi wilkins!
    Jim Saelzler
    12/07/2017 #9 Jim Saelzler
    >>โ€œShouldingโ€ all over me, he was.
    Cyndi wilkins
    12/07/2017 #8 Cyndi wilkins
    I had a similar situation happen years ago when bringing my car in for service...Now keep in mind this place was a muffler shop, so I wasn't sure of their 'scope of practice' shall we say...but I went there because my dad knew the owner of the station and was a very lucrative customer, as dad assumed responsibility for the maintenance of all the police cruisers in his department...Let's just say the guy had a great gig here.

    At his suggestion, I brought in a list of some repairs I needed to have done to see if perhaps this guy employed the mechanics capable of doing the repairs...You know....keep it in the family;-) Anyway, the guy has no idea (AT FIRST) who I am when I walk in with my list...I ask shop guy if they service anything other than mufflers and he gives me a dirty look with a snarky..."Yes, of course we do."

    Duh...Ok...I wasn't sure...your sign says muffler shop...so I present him with my list...he snaps it out of my hand and shoves it back across the counter at me and says..."This is a very unintelligent way of doing this." Now the waiting area is full of people...some of which I knew as I was a mail carrier in this area at the time and was in uniform...To say it was embarrassing is an understatement.

    The long and short of it is...this guy catches a glimpse of my name at the top of the stationery...Now he looks sick to his stomach...I said not another word when he began back peddling...and you guessed it...The guy lost a great gig because of his 'unintelligent customer service' Fried that bridge to the ground.
    Cyndi wilkins
    12/07/2017 #7 Cyndi wilkins
    Huge lesson here for anyone, but especially for those in business for themselves @Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess...Unfortunately, I think this guy's attitude is typical in that setting...and you can bet your boots he would not have had the 'brass ones' to say that to another guy;-)
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    12/07/2017 #5 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #4 I have as well, @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador, but that day in the garage? What could I say . . . he was right and I was embarrassed. As Maya Angelou always said "... people will never forget how you made them feel."
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    12/07/2017 #4 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Nice one @Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess, and glad you republished! I wish I could be more like @Phil Friedman but I was raised to be "nice" as well, which sometimes is not in my best interest. However, I do my voice my opinion and coat it with sugar. I've walked out of many situations where the employees were rude with a smile on my face because I "nicely" told them to shove it.
  4. ProducerAnne ๐Ÿ Thornley-Brown, MBA
    Netiquette: The Forgotten Art
    Netiquette: The Forgotten ArtNetiquette = net (as in internet) + etiquetteNetiquette is a collection of unwritten rules of engagement when interacting on-line. These rules have existed since the dawn of the Internet age. Some of them go back to bulletin boards. I notice a new...


    Shelley Brown
    12/07/2017 #14 Shelley Brown
    @Anne ๐Ÿ Thornley-Brown, MBA this is a great buzz. I work from home and I don't know if this qualifies for innetiquette however; I don't see my colleagues and it would be nice if emails didn't feel like bombs with no "hellos" and "thank you", there just seems to be no comment courtesy. Thanks for writing this.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    12/07/2017 #13 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Well said @Anne ๐Ÿ Thornley-Brown, MBA. Respect and common sense seem to be forgotten much too often.
    Harvey Lloyd
    11/07/2017 #12 Harvey Lloyd
    #11 Respect was ten miles above disagreement. We could disagree with respect. Once respect was lost. Words were gone and action began. Let's say gluteus Maximus was warning my brain ahead of time to quit

    I believe we may have had similar raising
    Cyndi wilkins
    11/07/2017 #11 Cyndi wilkins
    #4 Absolutely love this analogy Harvey..."My motto is always, would I speak to my mother this way in person while my dad was in reaching distance." I'm sure there are quite a few 'Nooooooooo waaaaaze" my friend in that crowd!

    Look...I think it's a wonderful thing to have a self-publishing platform...especially for those who would otherwise have no opportunity to give voice to their thoughts...Not everyone is a novelist...but for cryin' out loud, cut people some slack. I'm all for a good discussion, and certainly not everyone will agree...that's cool...it's the nature of effective conversation. I just draw the line at public humiliation....Of course, it's done disguised as higher intelligence...and that maybe so...but don't stomp on the 'little guy' just because you can...Now I don't know about your dad, but I would have received a good crack upside the old noggin' for mouthing off to my mother...and that goes for being rude to anyone else as well:-)
    Lupita Reyes
    11/07/2017 #10 Lupita Reyes
    Worth reading :)
    Jerry Fletcher
    11/07/2017 #9 Jerry Fletcher
    Anne, a minor corollary -- Thou shalt not SHOUT!
    Anne ๐Ÿ Thornley-Brown, MBA
    11/07/2017 #8 Anne ๐Ÿ Thornley-Brown, MBA
    #6 @Vega ๐Ÿ Gรณmez Hernรกndez we say it in English too. Some people just don't have any manners and when they are called on it, they become defensive and attack.
    Phil Friedman
    11/07/2017 #7 Phil Friedman
    @Anne ๐Ÿ Thornley-Brown, MBA > "Thou shalt not hijack threads or discussions in groups and forums."

    Well said, Anne. Too many users these days think of the discussion thread on a post as a common, completely open forum for discussing whatever pops into their (mostly empty) minds. The discussion or comments thread on a post is for discussing the topic of the post, with some latitude for raising ancillary issues. If you want to discuss a different topic, publish your own post.

    Good advice here. Cheers!
    Vega ๐Ÿ Gรณmez Hernรกndez
    11/07/2017 #6 Vega ๐Ÿ Gรณmez Hernรกndez
    Congrats for the buzz @Anne ๐Ÿ Thornley-Brown, MBA. In Spanish we say that "common sense is the less common of the senses". I don't know if you have that sentence in English, but you've expressed and exemplified it so well that I'm convinced. Nice to read you! :D
    Yogesh Sukal
    10/07/2017 #5 Yogesh Sukal
    Useful buzz for the era of internet as we living in. Good read.
    Harvey Lloyd
    10/07/2017 #4 Harvey Lloyd
    Unfortunately Netiquette is very similar to road rage, in that when typing on a computer its impersonal much like driving your car and flipping someone off. Many folks do things behind the screen they would never do in public. My motto is always, would i speak to my mother this way in person while my dad was in reaching distance.

    Sounds corny but does let me know when i am flexing my keyboard muscles instead of my brain.

    Good thoughts.
    Cyndi wilkins
    10/07/2017 #3 Cyndi wilkins
    Thou shalt not 'link bomb' an article unless you have something of value to add to it's content...I see a lot of this on LI...not so much here on beBee;-)
    Sandra Smith
    10/07/2017 #2 Sandra Smith
    Reply all on email threads to large groups of people drives me a bit crackers, as does not removing someone from the thread who know longer needs to be involved
    Sandra Smith
    10/07/2017 #1 Sandra Smith
    Ha, well said, Anne.
  5. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    A Story About My Friend, Phil Friedman
    A Story About My Friend, Phil FriedmanI have made a lot of friends over the years, in the advertising business, in my consulting business and on line as well.One of the best online friends I have is a guy named Phil Friedman. We met back on LinkedIn, before life went to hell for writers...


    Phil Friedman
    25/06/2017 #18 Phil Friedman
    #16 Just to be clear, Peter, my personal position has always been (and always will be) that everyone has a right to express him or herself. However, at the same time, nobody is obligated to read or listen or pay attention to what that person has to say.

    Moreover, while I've never objected to being the target of on-point criticism, I firmly believe that an author's post should not be an open forum in the sense that anyone can post anything in the comments thread of another author's post. For that is like requiring a magazine to provide space for just anybody to publicize whatever they want.

    My feeling is that if you feel strongly about a particular post being wrong, publish your own piece saying so. Then take your chances on whether anyone will pay attention. Don't try to springboard on the established readership of the author whom you're criticizing. Or push some other agenda which you may have.

    Just saying. Cheers!
    Jerry Fletcher
    25/06/2017 #17 Jerry Fletcher
    Jim, Way to weigh in! That's what friends are for! I, for one, have endeavored not to let the negatrons get to me. It is nice to see to see two guys I admire have each others backs. And to see Javier react as well. There is enough inadvertent disagreement in the world without having to put up with intentional malevolence. We may not always agree but how we disagree is what makes a difference. Calm, rational discussion usually leads to both sides learning and modifying their viewpoint. Nobody gets anywhere when a conversation becomes character assassination.
    Peter Altschuler
    25/06/2017 #16 Peter Altschuler
    Trolling is a problem that needs constant attention, Jim, and you've given it appropriate exposure. That's worth doing on its own and laudable in the context of @Phil Friedman. While social sites are often interesting because they're open forums, it may be time to vet the participants or, at the very least, let authors set up temporary barriers to block the invective.
    Pascal Derrien
    25/06/2017 #15 Pascal Derrien
    Right on the button @Jim Murray . What I like about Phil (@Phil Friedman) is that he is discreet supporter of many and does not have the need to over publicize his actions in that domain, he is sometimes misunderstood for some reasons that do escape me but he is one the best of us...... :-)
    Milos Djukic
    25/06/2017 #14 Anonymous
    @Phil Friedman is my friend. Thanks @Jim Murray.
    Phil Friedman
    25/06/2017 #13 Phil Friedman
    #4 Jim, this is just about the nicest, most decent thing anyone outside my immediate family has ever done for me. Not only because of the overly kind things that you say about me but because it takes real care and sizable cajones to speak out in these circumstances. And I appreciate it more than I can express. My thanks also go out to all the others who have posted their support here and elsewhere on beBee and earlier on LinkedIn.

    Being stalked by "the troll" goes back more than three years to my publishing on LinkedIn. I lost count of the number of times he challenged my authenticity and implied or even stated outright that there was no support for the things I said about my background and experience or the things I do in my core business. Never mind that all of those claims are well documented in photo-illustrated portfolios on my LinkedIn profile. And never mind that my LI profile includes a half dozen letters of recommendation from prominent marine industry people with whom I've work, for whom I've worked, and who have worked for me. Real people with verifiable identities who can be found and reached (even on LinkedIn) as queried as to the authenticity of the recommendations. https://www.linkedin.com/in/friedmanphil/

    It didn't matter that I pointed this out to "the troll" at least a couple dozen times over the years. As it did not matter that, when he challenged my claim to have published more than 1,000 print and digital articles in magazines and on the web, I responded with verifiable documentation of the claim. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/i-ll-show-you-mine-then-you-show-me-yours

    ... cont. pt. II
    Phil Friedman
    25/06/2017 #12 Phil Friedman
    #4 Jim - pt. II.

    No, he continued to attempt to despoil my posts and my business reputation with unsupported claims and vague innuendo. Indeed, when I once called him on not speaking to the point of one of my pieces, he proudly informed me that he never read anyone's article and rarely even read through the comment thread, but commented based on the last comment that caught his eye. And he gleefully bragged that none of it was worth his time -- never seeing the irony of what he was saying, given he stalked my profile almost every day to see where my posts were appearing.

    The hardest part of all of it was that when, from time to time, I had it up to "here" and I responded with a sharp tongue, I would be labeled by some who were not aware of the circumstances, as being negative and disagreeable. And when I simply ignored his mean-spirited, disingenuous comments, other labeled me as haughty and exclusionary. Which is why I appreciate so much your stepping forward to set the record straight. Thank you again, my friend.
    Jim Murray
    24/06/2017 #11 Jim Murray
    #10 Thanks @David B. Grinberg.
    David B. Grinberg
    24/06/2017 #10 David B. Grinberg
    Kudos on this post, Jim, I couldn't agree more with your characterization of @Phil Friedman. I likewise became acquainted with Phil's talents in the so-called "Lumpy Kingdom" and we quickly developed a professional networking relationship. I admire Phil for all of the reasons you mentioned. Most importantly, IMHO, Phil always speaks his mind and speaks "truth to power" as they say. He's not afraid to be blunt and, like an umpire, call it as he sees it. This sometimes can rub some people the wrong way. However, I've always found Phil to engage with the utmost of civil discourse, honesty and integrity.
    Moreover, many historians and others of high intellect equate one aspect of true leadership with telling people what they DON'T want to hear. In short, Phil is an exemplary individual, and expert writer, and a man of the highest integrity. He is a role model who deserves accolades. Thus, I tip my hat to Phil because even when we strongly disagree on the issues, we both do so in a respectful manner that showcases the best of civil discourse in a social media space that is too often toxic.
    Finally, any professional writer learns quickly that you can't have "thin skin" in this field. However, when one's reputation is directly challenged or tarnished, and their veracity questioned, then it's "no holds barred" in defending oneself and correcting the record. I admire the fact that Phil does not back down, back off, of give in to trolls. He fights for what he believes is right in good conscience and with facts. He is indeed an honorable and admirable person whom I am proud to call my friend.
    mohammed khalaf
    24/06/2017 #9 mohammed khalaf
    I learn about the art of writing here on beBee. The platform has a superbly skilled and diverse group of writers , honey-makers all of them are creative.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    24/06/2017 #8 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    @Jim Murray, this is a great way to show how a friendship works. I started following you and @Phil Friedman back in the good old days at LI because I appreciate good writers. You and Phil have different styles of writing but there is one common denominator and that is being authentic. Keep up the good work, guys.

    Thanks for explaining the whole story, Jim. I spotted the trouble right away and made my pitch using my own experience as an example. Stay strong, Phil. You have a lot of friends in your corner.
    Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    24/06/2017 #7 Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    That troll 'followed' me and I followed back because I was waiting for the outbreak of trollness. Not surprised it appeared, though I missed the actual attack. Uncalled for!
    You're right: Phil's inteligence is unquestionable, his writing skills exemplary. We've butted heads ourselves but I felt no need to 'troll' him, Agree to disagree and move on.
    Good to read your words again Jim, I've missed them. I've learned a few hard lessons in these 'missing' few months and they are that I have to see beyond the superficial, I need to find the true character of the people because the harm that comes from blinding yourself to other's true intent is untold hurt. Your words for your friend are truly touching.
    And good for Javier! He and his team have always protected their bees well.
    Ella de Jong
    24/06/2017 #6 Ella de Jong
    Gosh what a sad story! Didn't know about this. Thanks @Jim Murray! Keep strong @Phil Friedman !!
    Charlene Norman
    24/06/2017 #5 Charlene Norman
    And this entire thread with the two stories by two fine writers more than adequately demonstrates the love-hate relationship I have with social media and the two-edged sword that damn tool has. While I really do believe that only 2% of the population is certified loopy, they are truly s$#%$#%t disturbers for the sane. You are so very lucky @Phil Friedman to have so many good folks in your corner.
    Jim Murray
    24/06/2017 #4 Jim Murray
    #1 Thanks @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee...I really wrote this for people who didn't have the whole story. You guys are great. Which is why we love being here.
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    24/06/2017 #3 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    #2 @Kevin Pashuk I agree. I can say I have a lot of canadians friends. Thanks beBee.
    Kevin Pashuk
    24/06/2017 #2 Kevin Pashuk
    Great friendships are built on beBee.. and good friends support each other. This is a great example of such a friendship.
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    24/06/2017 #1 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    Thanks @Jim Murray for your words. Definetely the troll came back and started to disturb again. I call them "wasps". He is OUT again. Bye bye wasps ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž
  6. ProducerNic Fester

    Nic Fester

    THANK YOU beBee
    THANK YOU beBeeI only noticed the other day that I've been promoted to VIP status. So as a way of celebrating, I thought I would express the positives in being part of beBee for the last year.ย beBee gave me an appetite for bloggingbeBee is 100% responsible for my...


    Nic Fester
    15/06/2017 #40 Nic Fester
    #33 Thanks Javier! Thanks for putting up with a bee like me! I've been controversial at times, but I'm passionate about certain topics. One of those being social interaction. I'm still learning my way through multicultural interaction on a platform like this one. My heart will always be one of redemption. I will do my best to keep my honey sweet!
    Nic Fester
    15/06/2017 #39 Nic Fester
    #36 Thanks Fatima. I just joined the hive. So happy to connect.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    15/06/2017 #38 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Most deserving I would say dear Nic! Your candid summary of your beBee experience and your perspective on personal branding says it all. Congrats!
    ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    15/06/2017 #37 ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    Please join the hive https://www.bebee.com/group/why-bebee and keep sharing what beBee means to you. Thank you :)
    ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    15/06/2017 #36 ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    Hi @Nic Fester Congratulations and welcome to the Why beBee hive. That's where I spotted this buzz and on twitter even before we connected. That's how awesome is the outreach of our posts :) You've beautifully listed the reasons many of us are on beBee. Happy to follow you. Stay awesome and keep buzzing #beBeesforever
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    14/06/2017 #34 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    beBee, an engagement based community

    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    14/06/2017 #33 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    @Nic Fester BEEautiful words.

    Thank you. I love this paragraph

    "beBee is 100% responsible for my enthusiasm for blogging. I have loved the engagement. Not for one moment have I ever felt like I'm blogging in the wilderness. I have experienced proper engagement on this platform. I for the most part have loved the reality of connecting with people from across the globe on a wide scope of topics. All I can say is that I've been enriched on many levels. "
    Irene ๐Ÿ Rodriguez Escolar
    14/06/2017 #32 Irene ๐Ÿ Rodriguez Escolar
    Congratulations, I share your feelings, immensely grateful and clear that can help. Tell us. GIVE VOICE to South Africa. (Please excuse me if my words do not fit, I use the translator) Thank you @Juan Imaz View more
    Congratulations, I share your feelings, immensely grateful and clear that can help. Tell us. GIVE VOICE to South Africa. (Please excuse me if my words do not fit, I use the translator) Thank you @Juan Imaz, for sharing it and making wonderful articles come to us like this.
    Let's keep the buzzing for Sudafrica. Vamoooooosss!! Close
    Vincent  ๐Ÿ Manlapaz
    14/06/2017 #31 Vincent ๐Ÿ Manlapaz
    @Nic Fester. Welcome to beBee. Indeed a great platform. Congrats for getting the VIP flag. Wishing you best.
    Nic Fester
    14/06/2017 #29 Nic Fester
    #28 Thanks Lada! Much appreciated.
    Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    14/06/2017 #28 Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    Yes, Nic, beBee is a great platform and a much better option for blogging than LinkedIn. Congrats for getting the VIP flag. Your engagement will enlarge the English writer's community.
    There are still many flowers on beBee. :-)
    Yogesh Sukal
    14/06/2017 #26 Yogesh Sukal
    Congrats @Nic Fester feeling of gratitude is as amazing as getting proper engagement on your content.
    Nic Fester
    14/06/2017 #24 Nic Fester
    #5 Positivity is contagious! Thank you!
    Nic Fester
    14/06/2017 #23 Nic Fester
    #8 Thanks Milos
    Nic Fester
    14/06/2017 #22 Nic Fester
    #4 Respect to you John. Much appreciated.
    Nic Fester
    14/06/2017 #21 Nic Fester
    #6 Thanks David, I'm learning as I buzz along. It certainly will take a collective effort and I'm 100% in.
    Nic Fester
    14/06/2017 #20 Nic Fester
    #9 Good vibes in every respect Franci.
  7. ProducerVictoria Toumit

    Victoria Toumit

    THE ART OF SAYING "NO!"Let you imagine something very uncomfortable, for instance, one of your very best friends asking you a favor. The moment you hear the favor, deep in your heart you scream "no"! But s/he is your best friend and made you also many many favors in...


    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    09/07/2017 #15 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    I am a living embodiment of what is said here because I began my life in a state of extreme protection. I never understood why I was protected or what from but I learned not to say NO. Now had I at that time learned to say NO, I would have been a damaged human being rather than a human being living in a bubble of protection. So it is not simple as saying NO but assessing the wisdom contextually. Understand the context and what seems wrong is under some contexts what was right.

    Had I said NO when I was younger and escaped this protection, I would have walked into the same fire other people did, which was right into the hands of the major gangs in our town. I was not brought up in a middle class home with natural protections of middle class existence - I am extremely thankful for that protection because that allowed me to recognize in retrospect just how lucky I had been.

    Now just because someone has been in that bubble of protection does not erase their natural intelligence. If had been utterly simplistic to the point of being stupid about life I would not have come to a point where I learned the power of saying NO - but without betraying my past and a mother fiercely protective of her children. To this I say forever thank you Mom.

    That being said I also became self-aware enough to know the downside of living in a bubble, that when one is not touched by the hard stones and knives of reality, there is a blissful ignorance of life as it for many people. In that regard I do identify with the story of Buddha who came out of his protected state and was shocked to the core of his bones when he saw reality first-hand. That led to him exploring how to end suffering. Of course I am not Buddha, but here I accept the meaning of "NO".
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    10/06/2017 #13 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    An important subject to tackle and well-written post, @Victoria Toumit. Sometimes, it is difficult to say no for various reasons. We get caught up in situations we don't like nor do we have time for because we can't say no. Perhaps, we don't want to hurt another person's feelings or we feel sorry for them and we give in to their request. Too many situations can foster angry feelings and damage relationships.
    Lance  ๐Ÿ Scoular
    10/06/2017 #11 Lance ๐Ÿ Scoular
    Well put Victoria.
    While you put it in the context of personal relationships, the importance of being able to say no applies in our work, professional and involvement in not-for-profit, causes or religious organisations.

    The reasons can vary but can particularly relate to being over commited with our time on other responsibilities or unwarented high expectations of others.

    Often in these cases, it is some thing we actually want to do, yet if we say yes, it will impact other activities with a higher priority or impact.
    stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador
    10/06/2017 #10 stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador
    stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador
    10/06/2017 #9 stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador
    #2 Read this useful article -https://www.bebee.com/producer/@stephan-metral/how-to-save-good-bebee-s-articles-by-stephan-metral
    stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador
    10/06/2017 #8 stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador
    #2If the type of content you want to save is mostly reading the material, then your best bet is to use one of the reads it later services like Readability or Pocket that support tagging. Both services have browser extensions (Readability, Pocket) that allow you to quickly save links, and the next step is organization.
    stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador
    10/06/2017 #6 stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador
    CC @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee , @John White, MBA and @Juan Imaz. Victoria wrote a good piece here about authenticity and the power to say No..sometimes. It deserves a share if you think it met the quality content criterium..Up to you guys. For my part, I am gonna Facebook It and Tweet!
    Sometimes, just take a deep breath, say why and end by this is why is say No..or to be politically correct..why you decline for today the favor you have been asked for. If they insist because of many reasons...say you are not the appropriate person and point someone they despite or you despite. For the no receiver, it helps him or her to grow,
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    10/06/2017 #5 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    These really are some of the hardest decisions to make...when it comes to friends...or even family. But yes, everyone has gotta learn how and when to say No.
    Tom Short
    10/06/2017 #4 Tom Short
    #2 Save articles copy and paste to libre office as it is free.
    Tom Short
    10/06/2017 #3 Tom Short
    Thanks for the advice. Now I need one that only gets a yes from customers. Thanks for your time, Tom, from the land down under.
    Ray Wallace
    09/06/2017 #2 Ray Wallace
    "HELP"!!!!!! I'm having a hard time figuring out how to save Your articles and then print them. Any suggestions?? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”
    Yogesh Sukal
    09/06/2017 #1 Yogesh Sukal
    Very well said @Victoria Toumit Life is beautiful to do many things rather than just wasting in the uncomfortable yes and to live in the justice to utilize time for better cause.
  8. ProducerPhil ๐Ÿ Johnson, MBL and Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Understanding Social Networks
    Understanding Social NetworksWe fair better and worse off because of our connection with others. For many of us, the effects of social-emotional contagion often cause us to behave like the average of the five people around us. The more we are able realize and connect...


    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    22/05/2017 #3 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    "Trust and reputation are the currency of the trust economy." Worthy statement, @Phil ๐Ÿ Johnson, MBL and Brand Ambassador @beBee and well-written post.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    22/05/2017 #2 Tausif Mundrawala
    Wonderfully penned and the topic of emotional intelligence was put forth intellectually. We humans can connect well if we have gone through same experiences. In fact, the most experienced one can help the one who is still grappling with the situation. Thanks for sharing this buzz with us, @Phil ๐Ÿ Johnson, MBL and Brand Ambassador @beBee
  9. ProducerRobert Cormack

    Robert Cormack

    Just a short note: When creeps become critics.
    Just a short note: When creeps become critics.Phil Friedman mentioned something in a post not long ago. I'm paraphrasing here (forgive me, Phil). He was saying that he got into trouble responding to comments where the remarks were, let's say, acerbic. He replied in kind and got all kinds of...


    Milos Djukic
    07/05/2017 #34 Anonymous
    #32 @Phil Friedman, I could agree more, but fractal trolls are usually admirers of the donkey's rear end. :-)
    Phil Friedman
    07/05/2017 #32 Phil Friedman
    #29 I agree, @Praveen Raj Gullepalli, in order for the platform to evolve, we must all move past old skirmishes and scabbed-over wounds. And I personally believe we're moving forward, away from the donkey's rear end. :-)
    Robert Cormack
    07/05/2017 #30 Robert Cormack
    Will do @Phil Friedman, as long as I don't come off sounding like the orifice at the hind end of a donkey.#28
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    07/05/2017 #29 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #27 The past, like the orifices Phil mentioned, are best left behind. Literally. ;)
    Phil Friedman
    07/05/2017 #28 Phil Friedman
    Thanks, Robert, for the shout out -- I think.

    I have never had any aspirations to become the Poster Boy of Retribution Retorts, but as I am wont to say, "If the shoe fits, wear it." :-)

    I can only speak to what I do and have done. Which was for a while counter-punch at the same level as the original attack by whatever Troll or other mean-spirited commenters who chose to come onto my post with a remark. And yes, that often earned me criticisms for being so "mean" to the people who commented, never mind how nasty or offensive they were in the first place.

    Eventually, I developed a policy to not respond at all, but to completely ignore such comments. Indeed, I even went so far as to publicly announce that personal policy. But when I implemented that policy to a reasonable level of consistency, I was then criticized for seeking to "exclude" the bullies from the conversation -- never mind how obnoxious or arrogant or mean were their remarks. BTW, this is not a complaint, but rather a statement of fact, made because you asked.

    What has struck me is how ready are those who preach passivity in these matters to turn on the target of nasty or arrogant comments when that target has the "temerity" to reply in kind. And I've dubbed the phenomenon "aggressive passivity".


    Thanks for raising the issue. And BTW, I'd suggest next time referring to the guy as "the orifice in the hind end of a donkey." Cheers!
    Robert Cormack
    07/05/2017 #27 Robert Cormack
    #22 Thanks, @Praven Raj Gallepilli, I've been shooting blanks for years.
    Robert Cormack
    07/05/2017 #26 Robert Cormack
    #23 Thanks, @Mohammed A. Jawad. I'm not quite sure what precepts they'll understand, but I'll give it a try.
    Robert Cormack
    07/05/2017 #25 Robert Cormack
    As I mentioned to Fatima, @Todd Jones, it's good advice. I'll follow it from now on. Thanks for your interest in "Horse." If you get a chance (and still like the book at the end) please post a review. It works wonders for us writers. So many people have had their reviews rejected because they wrote "Cormack brings stiffies to the forefront of our vernacular." Seems Amazon's sensitivity readers don't like the word (or its implications in terms of vernacular).#24
    Todd Jones
    07/05/2017 #24 Todd Jones
    I'm with @๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams on this one. To paraphrase Churchill, "If you take time to throw stones at every barking dog along your journey, you will never reach your destination."

    By the way, yesterday I bought the audio version of "You Can Lead a Horse..." from audible.com. I'm a few chapters in, and give it two thumbs up. Great work that speaks for itself (literally in this case). Perhaps the best response to these detractors would be to simply send them a copy of your book.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    07/05/2017 #23 Mohammed A. Jawad
    When critics go nasty, they ought to be silenced with pungent punch or treat them patiently with precepts.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    07/05/2017 #22 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Dear Bob, i think it is just fine as long as we are shooting blanks at each other ;) But yes you have touched upon a very valid point. If you can't turn the other cheek you may very well perform a nose tweak...on the other person! ;) Besides increasing engagement, it would at least help define (and reveal) some personalities who otherwise would remain hidden from view.
    Robert Cormack
    07/05/2017 #21 Robert Cormack
    #17 Yes, @๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams. Eventually, we have to go to the dogs.
    Robert Cormack
    07/05/2017 #20 Robert Cormack
    Good thoughts (and advice), @Chris Guest. Thanks.#18
    Chris ๐Ÿ Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    07/05/2017 #19 Chris ๐Ÿ Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    #2 Well said @Donna Wood. You write great uplifting articles which are always worth reading by the way.
    Chris ๐Ÿ Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    07/05/2017 #18 Chris ๐Ÿ Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    Diplomacy was once defined as "the art of telling someone to go to hell in such a manner that they look forward to the trip". Might well apply in the scenario outlined. Generally a good approach is to react in the opposite spirit. Otherwise take a deep breath and a step back and refrain from commenting. @๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams is spot on about the barking analogy imo.
    ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    07/05/2017 #17 ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    Maybe she had a bad hair day @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador You gave me a good laugh ! I'd let the dog bark eventually it gets tired :)
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    06/05/2017 #16 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Ah c'mon, some people should crawl back under the rock. Maybe she had a bad hair day.
    Robert Cormack
    06/05/2017 #15 Robert Cormack
    #13 Now I know, @John Rylance. Thanks.
    Robert Cormack
    06/05/2017 #14 Robert Cormack
    There's that, for sure, @Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee, thanks.#11
  10. ProducerMilos Djukic

    Milos Djukic

    Writing and Editorial Board in Social Networks
    Writing and Editorial Board in Social NetworksAs a professor, I also feel the need to boost people. It's my job. With due respect to all ideas about an advisory editorial board, my opinion is that this approach is not entirely correct. People need to understand that whether it is one voice...


    Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    22/07/2017 #79 Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    #77 You're welcome, Milos. The topic is important.
    Milos Djukic
    22/07/2017 #78 Anonymous
    #76 Thank you @Lupita Reyes.
    Lupita Reyes
    22/07/2017 #76 Lupita Reyes
    Excellent post @Milos Djukic!
    Milos Djukic
    12/05/2017 #75 Anonymous
    #74 Thank you @John White, MBA, as I already pointed out in my comments within a great post by @Jim Murray entitled: "The Internet Is Manufacturing Idiotsโ€ฆIs beBee The Antidote?" (https://www.bebee.com/producer/@jim-murray/the-internet-is-manufacturing-idiots-is-bebee-the-antidote), Yes it is, beBee is the antidote, believe it or not. The most popular social media, known as the mainstream media, are responsible for what is called a mediated culture by sociologists or a content based on what majority wants to see and hear. However, this is often an illusion because there are imposition of favored content, authors and sources that are carefully selected by the editorial board and a company's inโ€“house marketing team, and which are used for the transformation and reshaping of public opinion. This is also the reason for a lack of authenticity and self-organization on mainstream media, while that is not characteristic for a young social media such as beBee. And that's one of the reasons why I wrote "Writing and Editorial Board in Social Networks". This is an article about the mainstream SM (networks) and potential pitfalls, which has a broader meaning.
    John White, MBA
    12/05/2017 #74 John White, MBA
    Scheduled a 249 tweet campaign over the next month. Buzz! #MyTweetPack

    CC: @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Joel Anderson
    12/05/2017 #73 Joel Anderson
    Grit is that 'extra something' that separates the most successful people from the rest. It's the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality. - Travis Bradberry
    Milos Djukic
    12/05/2017 #72 Anonymous
    #70 @Gerald Hecht, I'm happy to hear that. The topic is not simple...
    Gerald Hecht
    11/05/2017 #71 Gerald Hecht
    #59 @Ian Weinberg Thank you kindly; trying to expand on it --something to leave behind.
    Gerald Hecht
    11/05/2017 #70 Gerald Hecht
    #53 @Milos Djukic Actually, that's what I have been doing...I'm crafting this one carefully...I've a feeling that we're running out of time.
    Todd Jones
    11/05/2017 #69 Todd Jones
    Just reread that comment. Sorry about the redundancy- Pain meds from tooth surgery have me a bit delirious. If the repetition doesn't kill you, the repetition will kill you :)
    Todd Jones
    11/05/2017 #68 Todd Jones
    Excellent, @Milos Djukic! My primary reasons for using beBee as my primary social media outlet is to learn all sorts of interesting things from experts with experience well beyond my own, and be of course to be entertained. BeBee has managed to develop a platform that seamlessly integrates these objectives. Great post.
    Milos Djukic
    10/05/2017 #67 Anonymous
    #66 Thank you @Paul Walters.
    Paul Walters
    09/05/2017 #66 Paul Walters
    @Milos Djukic The words in this post echo through your numerous comments on writers posts on this site. All of them much appreciated I am sure. Thank you
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    08/05/2017 #64 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #63 Thanks for bringing that post back, Milos. We should call to a bunch of beBee writers to do an "Inside the Mind of" piece
    Milos Djukic
    07/05/2017 #62 Anonymous
    #43 Thank you @Linda Skarrup. Wish you the same, all the best, my friend!
    Milos Djukic
    07/05/2017 #61 Anonymous
    #60 Thanks @Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador and discussion too.
  11. ProducerAli ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Following simple Rules of life
    Following simple Rules of lifeThe comments on my last two buzzes sent me into a deep journey with myself. I know that every day passes my existence on earth will be closer. Has my purpose in life has changed? When I was young I had more time to live than now. Does having a...


    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    05/05/2017 #57 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #56 They say those who appreciate beautiful are too beautiful. So you are my friend @Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMA
    Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMA
    05/05/2017 #56 Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMA
    My parents instilled within us the importance of respecting others. Your article points out - without belaboring the fact - before we can respect others we must respect self. In respecting self we are able - as your 3 short - but invaluable statements conspicuously point out - 1. Treat others as I would love them to treat me; 2. Do what you have passion for and act on it; 3. In serving others I serve myself". Thanks for another wonderful share, Ali. You are an example, to us all, of a life well-lived. And still working on refining it!!
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    05/05/2017 #55 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #53 My dear friend @David Navarro Lรณpez- we have been connected on social media for more than six years now. During this period we developed enough trust between us even to exchange our private concerns. So, your comments have their unique value to me. Your comment here is so pleasing because I know it comes from your own experiences. You put in it a practical meaning. Yes, we set the rules for our behaviors and these rules later shape our behavior and even unknown and unexpected results. I know even in the darkest our something great out of nowhere emerges. I know one thing for sure- love for your manners and human quality fill my heart towards you.
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    05/05/2017 #54 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #52 gain, I am very touched and boosted morally with your encouraging words dear @Tausif Mundrawala
    David Navarro Lรณpez
    05/05/2017 #53 Anonymous
    What do I think? That you have described with very little and wise words something I have tried to explain many times, which is, the path my parents taught me and I have been following mainly due to some inculcated instinct. Many times we have concurred in similar questions along with many posts, on which I always wanted to escape from being tightened to patterns, claiming that putting my energies on stitching to high human values instead of trying to discover a formula or a pattern that explains the human behaviour was the wise thing to do.
    Human behaviour is by far one of the most complex issues we can face. In order to master it, instead of trying to understand it, we need to make it happen, that is, overwhelming our soul with the things we decide we want to have in our life, and our path on it will have no other option than following the rules we imposed. If we target love, love is what we are going to get.
    Bravo Ali, you are the one.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    05/05/2017 #52 Tausif Mundrawala
    #51 You deserve all the praises and applause of all our bees here. May Almighty bless you with long and healthy life so that you serve this mankind with your intellectuality.
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    05/05/2017 #51 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #48 Thank you dear @Tausif Mundrawala- you never fail to move me with your comprehension and support
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    05/05/2017 #50 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #47 @Harvey Lloyd- the subtleness of your filters and their differentiation are wonderful. I thank you for your supportive words and coming from you I trust them fully.
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    05/05/2017 #49 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #46 Thank you dear @debasish majumder for raising the what I call "The greedy passion" to destroy our earth with purposelessness. It strikes we that we keep doing the same while hurting us by hurting the environment. Very thoughtful comment indeed
    Tausif Mundrawala
    05/05/2017 #48 Tausif Mundrawala
    According to me you are an university in itself. Though you think that with each passing say your existence on earth is nearing end. But you know the value of each and every minute. So for you each and every minute has more seconds to utilize it. You didn't know the value of single minute when you were young. I hope My answer suffice your question, Sir @Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Harvey Lloyd
    04/05/2017 #47 Harvey Lloyd
    Your rules are everlasting in nature. Within our life we see through filters, either by design or by reaction. When we design our filters ourselves as your rules would imply, we see in life what is real and not necessarily what is presented. When our filters are designed by our experiences and needs then we often take what is presented at face value.

    Your questions are ones of a wise man who has experienced much and wants to share that experience and wisdom with others. I enjoy your search and display of thoughts.
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    04/05/2017 #45 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #43 Dear @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador- I tagged you for this buzz because I expected a lovely feedback from you. However; you exceeded my expectation by "putting my best foot forward and be all Ican be". This is an organic comment, to borrow the term from the comment of @CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit. I like also your two-ways approach to purpose "I believe our purpose in life finds us as much as we may endeavor to find our purpose". A very profound comment indeed
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    04/05/2017 #44 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #42 All I can say to your wonderful comment dear @CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit that you made me I am organic. This is a great sense. I can't thank you enough.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    04/05/2017 #43 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    I agree with your three simple rules. Rule #2 is quite interesting because it is subject to change, as we change. During our journey, our passions may take a different a path and that's okay because as we mature, our path and purpose change as well. With that said, I believe our purpose in life finds us as much as we may endeavor to find our purpose. We, however, have to open minded, accepting and mindful of others. Our passion and our purpose should not just be for ourselves but for the betterment of our world and all that it encompasses.

    I find this buzz very inspiring, @Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee because it makes us want to put our best foot forward and be all we can be.
    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    04/05/2017 #42 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    All three of these rules are organic intent. We live in a world of manufactured happiness, manufactured purpose and manufactured image. We must surely want organic intent because otherwise why create the word "organization"? In all three things whether it is happiness, purpose or authenticity, these are outcomes of organic intent. Does life throw supreme challenges and unexpected moments at us? For sure and when life does, we remember that we are an organism and not a mechanical construction and the way back where there is one, is in being in touch with our organic being and its inner wisdom.
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    04/05/2017 #41 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    #38 thanks @Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. These issues will be solved in the next platform. It is coming during the next weeks!. Thanks for your patience
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    04/05/2017 #40 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #39 Yes, for me the journey is more interesting than the destination. We experience far more on a journey than arriving at the destination. No question that I support and concur fully with your comment.
    Louise Smith
    04/05/2017 #39 Louise Smith
    #37 Yes I think it takes a number of decades to get to be content with your/one's self.
    But that's ok as the process is as important as the product.
    Just as sometimes the journey is just as, if not more important than the destination.
    Many people do not understand that and are impatient, rush and take short cuts.
    I doubt they have insight and contentment as their product.
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    04/05/2017 #38 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee- I am trying to share a comment on a buzz today by @Sara Jacobovici (not producer honey) and it is not working. I experienced this before lately. I hope you would look into this issue. I also find it difficult to relocate a buzz> I feel a buzz has a lower status than a honey produce.
    I take this opportunity to thank you warmly for sharing this buzz with your followers.
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    04/05/2017 #37 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #36 As long as it is a new coat, new blood, new self I am satisfied @Louise Smith., regardless who I am:)))
  12. ProducerPreston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    We all Need to Stir the Honey Pot
    We all Need to Stir the Honey PotI was recently reading a buzz by Gert Scholtzย calledย "Golden Moments on BeBee". ย While I was reading his buzz, Gert mentioned that this buzz was his 70th article and he has been with the hive for a year. ย So first I wanted to say congratulations to...


    Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    26/04/2017 #27 Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    #26 @Chris Yates I feel that you will really enjoy the Hive. It has the best qualities from both Facebook and LinkedIn in one space.
    Chris Yates
    24/04/2017 #26 Chris Yates
    I read about this community today on Linkedin. I look forward to contributing and learning from this group.
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    24/04/2017 #24 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    @Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven, I'm running into the same issues, people who've joined and I may not come across them for 4 weeks or longer. That's good news, beBee sure is growing and I love your suggestion!! I already try to find buzzes that have no comments and promote them as well. I feel bad when someone takes the time to create a buzz and 12-24 hrs later I find no relevant or comments. I go as far as to read buzzes that do not pertain to me - haven't been seen but pertain to many others. We need to go outside of our comfort zone and promote buzzes for everyone. Again, I will try to remember your suggestion too, it's a great one!!
    Irene ๐Ÿ Rodriguez Escolar
    24/04/2017 #23 Irene ๐Ÿ Rodriguez Escolar
    #8 In comment 21 I explain my way and why. I would like to read your article but it does not appear blue.
    Irene ๐Ÿ Rodriguez Escolar
    24/04/2017 #22 Irene ๐Ÿ Rodriguez Escolar
    #9 Is a very sweet gesture. And simple to do. I have found that by giving relevant, you also present it to your new followers, you also help with this gesture to bees that may feel ignored.๐Ÿ˜‰
    Irene ๐Ÿ Rodriguez Escolar
    24/04/2017 #21 Irene ๐Ÿ Rodriguez Escolar
    It's so easy, I've done it several times, the first by accident. By reading an article that came to the mail, I realized the detail, by marking relevant, punctuating and commenting. I call it refreshing the article, sometimes there are bees that feel ignored, nothing like making this gesture, in doing so and give relevant, and present it to the bees that follow you. Remove the honey from the bottom that we know is sweeter.
    Chas โœŒ๏ธ Wyatt
    24/04/2017 #19 Chas โœŒ๏ธ Wyatt
    Simple enough to go view the Prducer posts of someone you may be interested in.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    24/04/2017 #18 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Revival of posts is a great idea, especially those beBee guides which will be a great help for newbees. This is also helpful when attempting to find a particular post by an author you follow. Thank you for sharing @Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven View more
    Revival of posts is a great idea, especially those beBee guides which will be a great help for newbees. This is also helpful when attempting to find a particular post by an author you follow. Thank you for sharing @Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven. Close
    Tausif Mundrawala
    23/04/2017 #17 Tausif Mundrawala
    I have started doing this since past several days as I was browsing and searching answers for my questions co-incidentally I chanced upon my friend @Gert Scholtz buzz on his experiences relating to learn Spanish. I read and commented on it and shared with our fellow bees. Maybe they might be finding answers for the same question. Then this buzz would be of great help.

    By the way even you are an excellent writer who have stimulated thinking with their intellectually charged buzzes. Thanks for this wonderful buzz, @Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    23/04/2017 #15 Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    Thanks for the share @Milos Djukic
    Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    23/04/2017 #13 Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    #8 @Gert Scholtz That is a great idea. If I am not following a fellow bee, then I will need to find there honey in that method.
    Kevin Pashuk
    22/04/2017 #12 Kevin Pashuk
    Nice to see someone else who can tie two seemingly unrelated things together to make a point. There is indeed gold in them thar' hills (or producer pages)
    Harvey Lloyd
    22/04/2017 #11 Harvey Lloyd
    Great concept and thoughts but will have to say that it brought a laugh this morning. Honey Pot also refers to the device utilized before indoor plumbing when the out house was outside. Grandma spun some tales about the pot and how it was used to to thwart siblings and behaviors.

    I like your suggestion and will take a look.
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    22/04/2017 #9 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    @Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven very good initiative ! Many thanks
    Gert Scholtz
    22/04/2017 #8 Gert Scholtz
    #7 @Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee @Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven That is true and a very good observation Ali. One way to shorten the line is to every so now and again look at the Producer page on beBee and see which new articles are to oneโ€™s liking and can be shared. Especially newer Bees may find it more difficult to become part of the honeypot. This is something I advocated in my post on relevants some time ago: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@gert-scholtz/a-rally-on-relevant
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    22/04/2017 #7 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #4 Thanks @Gert Scholtz for your lovely comment, which drew my attention to this buzz by @Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven. The problem is that the pot gets bigger, the density of honey becomes thicker and to stir the pot is getting more difficult. These are all sweet problems.
    One issue that also is worthy is the number of authors and followers increase and so picking one author at a time will leave it late for others.
    Nice thinking and a great spirit for sharing, but because of the phenomenal growth of beBee the implementation may leave many of bees left out for no good reason other than waiting for the opportunity to come to share theirs and it might be a long wait.
    Paul Walters
    22/04/2017 #6 Paul Walters
    @Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee When 10's become 100's and,100''s become 1000's and 1000's become 1,000,000's ( as is beBEE today ) its inevitable that one's buzz can get lost in the crowd. Loyal followers read and share which keeps the content relevant and 'fresh' I too find I miss some of my favourite writers simply because of the sheer volume of posts being attached each day. Kudos to the founders, for this is the success story of the year. However in one's down time one can seek and indeed ye shall find . Searching out one's favourites is a little like it used to be when we went to the library.
  13. Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    I completely agree with this note of @Sarah Elkins!
    "Do you read through an article, smile & nod, and then move on? Here's a little secret: The author doesn't know you read it, related to it, and liked it unless you let him know.
    Give your writers a little applause, just as you would a live performance, but easier. *like* the piece, comment on the piece, share the piece. Please?"
    Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic


    Sarah Elkins
    27/04/2017 #19 Sarah Elkins
    #14 That's exactly right, @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee, you need to be engaged, respond to comments, and share other people's work if you want good feedback for your own.
    stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador
    09/04/2017 #18 stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador
    #14 Totally agree with You @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee, beBee impacted my brand dramatically, especially in the outside social media reach, and of course with bees i have affinities here, but it is out of the comfort zone that beBee impacted the interactions the most, views are a metric, depending on many factors, i look forward to the next release. Keep the great work ! SERVANTLEADERSHIP !

    feliz cumpleaรฑos ! Haha !
    stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador
    09/04/2017 #17 stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador
    #15 As far i as can "read" views are coming form outside beBee's communities thanks to several factors among which MyTweetpack experience is significantly impacting the results, but the social media reach is also a great factor outside beBee. And it bring so many views and connections on all other platforms, twiitter, google+, and lol...linkedin...Now i am interacting with more than 700+ individuals with specific requests, for business matters, pro bono counselling or team work.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    09/04/2017 #15 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Hmmm, @Robert Bacal, to sure, if that is indeed the case, it would be troubling.

    What method did you use to determine that that was happening? I'm curious since views are always listed as approximate. It would take a sizeable number of Hive page openings to notice a view count change.

    Still, I ran a little test. The first post in the beBee in English Hive was Matt Sweetwood's share of Virag's Happy Birthday, Javier buzz. It had ~100 views.

    I then ran a script to open and close https://www.bebee.com/group/bebee-english 500 times in short order. The server waited for a HTML code 200 before closing and repeating.

    If opening a hive page counts as a view. I would expect to see that post now have ~500 or ~600 views, depending on where the actual count started.

    Views are still ~100. So, I doubt that your allegation is true. Or did I misunderstand your statement?
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    09/04/2017 #14 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    If you want someone to comment, share, or like your posts, you need to do this for others first without the expectation of the return.
    Phil Friedman
    09/04/2017 #12 Phil Friedman
    #7 Not sure I agree Ken. I suggest that if you are not moved to take the time to write a comment that demonstrates, rven in some small way, that you've read the post, then the best thing you can do is click on relevant -- because on beBee relevant help position a post for further promotion by beBee. Of course, it's also cool to share the post to your network of followers, even without further comment because the helps distribute the post to a greater number of people. Both these action have a direct effect on helping the post and the author reach more readers -- something that a "Nice post" comment doesn't do.
    Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    09/04/2017 #11 Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    #7 I agree, Ken, by commenting we build a community.
    But for me the comment like โ€žnice postโ€œ or โ€žwowโ€œ is some kind of an empty praise for all the efforts and time put into writing the post. It's not a proof that a commenter actually read the post and found it valuable.
    To give a โ€œrelevantโ€ is like giving the writer a little applause, but to share a post should be like giving him a standing ovation. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    09/04/2017 #10 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    Could not agree more!
    Ken Boddie
    09/04/2017 #9 Ken Boddie
    Long way,
    Delightful day,
    What more can I say? ๐Ÿ˜€
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    09/04/2017 #8 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    #7 Well said, @Ken Boddie. A comment goes a long way in the making of a delightful day.
    Ken Boddie
    09/04/2017 #7 Ken Boddie
    This is a very important point you make, Lada. One of the unique things about beBee is the high strike rate of engagement through comments, yet the penny doesn't appear to have dropped for many bees. Those who spend time and effort preparing posts deserve more than a view and a nod in agreement or even a tut tut in disagreement. Jumping onto comments is the only way to build a community. Even the minimal "nice post" is better than a silent smile and conveys a polite appreciation of effort made.
    Lyon Brave
    09/04/2017 #5 Lyon Brave
    Nice read
    Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    08/04/2017 #4 Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    #3 It would be a great feature, Javier, to keep track of my followers who have viewed my updates. Something like FB Stories. I am looking forward to all the new features.
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    08/04/2017 #3 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    @Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic beBee will tell you exactly who read your content from your following. We expect to have it during the nexts months.
    Gloria ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿ’ซ โ˜• (Glo) Ochoa
    08/04/2017 #2 Anonymous
    I always try to comment..but I always make sure to click "like/Relevant" because the author took time to write it, I took time to read it.
    stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador
    08/04/2017 #1 stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador
    This is why it is upmost important to support and engage the conversation as great leaders such as @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee and @Juan Imaz are doing on a daily basis. it takes discipline and inspiration above all other daily tasks and priorities. Have you ever seen Mr Weiner engaging with john and jane does...if yes, beg you...post it on http://bebee.com
  14. Milos Djukic

    Milos Djukic

    Milos Djukic
    Understanding Blogging & Social Media
    blog.markgrowth.com Marketing and consumer...


    Phil Friedman
    04/04/2017 #5 Phil Friedman
    @Donna-Luisa Eversley brings fresh perspective and solid experience to this important subject for small-business people.
    Claire L Cardwell
    04/04/2017 #4 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks for the link @Donna-Luisa Eversley! Great article am sharing it!
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    03/04/2017 #2 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    A must read by Queen Bee, Donna-Luisa.
  15. ProducerRenรฉe  ๐Ÿ Cormier
    How to Not Follow the Herd and Still Get Respect
    How to Not Follow the Herd and Still Get RespectThose of us who dance to our own drum beat are often criticized for our beliefs and actions. Somebody will always have something negative to say about you, but on the other hand, there will also be people who like you in spite of your being...


    Renรฉe  ๐Ÿ Cormier
    18/07/2017 #60 Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier
    @Ness Campagnaro, you may like this!
    Renรฉe  ๐Ÿ Cormier
    08/05/2017 #59 Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier
    #58 Absolutely!
    Deborah Levine
    08/05/2017 #58 Deborah Levine
    Love your philosophy, @Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier. Wish there'd been more folks around like you when I was growing up in the fifties. Having said that, we should never think that we're too old to launch a new adventure and courageously go where we've never gone before. #57
    Renรฉe  ๐Ÿ Cormier
    08/05/2017 #57 Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier
    #56 I always say, live life like you never lived before and dare to do what you would otherwise never do! I never want to spend time wishing I had the courage to do something. Dare to be different. If it doesn't harm anyone, then try it!
    Deborah Levine
    08/05/2017 #56 Deborah Levine
    Thank you for this excellent post, @Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier. It is particularly helpful for women. We are often rewarded for efforts to be like and shunned if we do not make those efforts. The desire to fit in was deeply ingrained in my generation. It's truly a pleasure to see others break out of that box.
    Timothy welch
    08/05/2017 #53 Timothy welch
    #52 youre welcome
    Renรฉe  ๐Ÿ Cormier
    08/05/2017 #52 Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier
    Thanks for the share @Timothy welch!
    Jim Murray
    14/04/2017 #50 Jim Murray
    Good advice, @Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier. Humanity is all about being human.
    Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    14/04/2017 #49 Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    Great Buzz @Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier. I first want to say I agree with all the points you said about getting respect. Yet, I feel that sometimes better animals to describe us are crabs instead of sheep. I have learned that when the crowd is going against you, usually your going the correct direction. The extra mile always seems to be the wrong way for others. Society has a "Crab Mentality", "if I can't have it, neither can you." The metaphor refers to a bucket of crabs. Individually, the crabs in could easily escape from the bucket, but instead they are described as grabbing at each other in a useless "king of the hill" competition which prevents any from escaping and ensures their collective demise. The analogy in human behavior is claimed to be that members of a group will attempt to negate or diminish the importance of any member who achieves success beyond the others, out of envy, spite, conspiracy, or competitive feelings, to halt their progress. A crab on its own will get out, yet throw two or more in and they will be stuck in forever. To free yourself, "don't be a crab" and share the respect as shown in the Buzz above.
    stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador
    14/04/2017 #48 stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador
    hi renee, problem with bullies they can as old as our fathers can be....no one stopped them, they can even be successful people from great writers like Celine in France known for his open antisemitism....to any one using social media to win campaign based on hate...in the middle you have plenty of anonymous trolls misfit that still refuse to consult to help themselves becoming a better person. That is a sad, statistic, i recently read an article here, moquing again at people belief and habits on this platform. Usually the rule is to ignore them....well that harm users experience and worse it isnt good for the business.
    Would you keep goin in a restaurant where the same 2 muppets shows old trolls were bullying about the food, the furniture, the customers.....i think the restaurant owner would see slowly but surely ihis customer base shrinking.
    What do you do with pest control, do you let the bugs prosper?

    What i liked in your article in the simplee rules of thumbs we can keep in our pocket to keep thes hings positively neutral.

    As for myself, i never negotiate with any form of terror....Who would enter a lion cage to kick his &$:/-@$)(, behave at your own risk and don't complain that the lion rippped your head off.

    Surprisingly on a constant methematical basis bulliers still confuse sheeps and Lions.

    Too bad.
    Renรฉe  ๐Ÿ Cormier
    14/04/2017 #47 Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier
    #46 Yes. You are absolutely right. Abuse is abuse and verbal aggression is a form of violence. Both bullies and victims can benefit from following my guidance. Deep inside, bullies don't like who they are and they feel very weak and threatened. Self-love and acceptance are at the core of having harmonious relationships with anyone. "Love yourself above all others."

    Thanks for sharing and commenting, @stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador.
    stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador
    14/04/2017 #46 stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador
    i love this article because it shows with simple points and tips how to react and manage what is called social disrespect, and very unpleasant but not dangerous form of aggression..because let's not get fooled by words...disrespect in a verbal aggresision...it is violence, nothing else.
    stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador
    14/04/2017 #45 stephan metral ๐Ÿ Innovative Brand Ambassador
    This post is great so i will campaign it on other social media such as twitter and a few others. bebeeing different is sometime being just yourself, but your eye color, your weight, your body, your social status, your lifestyle, your silent opinion , all what you are not by choice but by nature, discomfort the perception of rather ignorant and disrepectful individuals that have themselves suffer from disrespect since their childhood....or doesn' t fit the cultural standards dictated by their society....it does start at school with bullying, then on social media with harrassment till you push some teenager to the suicide....and then in the streets of anywhere in the world....the ultimate human value disrespect.....the public bombing.
    Human kind is not sick, some people are and they need to be contained.
    They only thing we can do as simple citizen, is to say very soon in individuals' lives, zero tolerance for bully-stop it.
    if you have supervisors in school yards to modrate the kids, there should be algorithms to monitor the teenager contents online by socialmedia providers before you ended up by decision of law with a request to grant access to your platform adminsitration to Homeland security for proselitism or radicalsim activities of any kind. Becausee when haters will understand you kind of betrayed them, how long do you think it takes the to upmost disrespect your HQ work environemnt like Charlie hebdo in Paris?
    Renรฉe  ๐Ÿ Cormier
    28/03/2017 #44 Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier
    My pleasure!
    Jean-Yves Piton, MBA ๐Ÿ
    28/03/2017 #43 Jean-Yves Piton, MBA ๐Ÿ
    Great advices Renรฉe. Thank you for sharing.
    Renรฉe  ๐Ÿ Cormier
    26/03/2017 #42 Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier
    #39 #40 #41 Thank you all very much!
    jeff carter
    26/03/2017 #41 jeff carter
    Excellent...and timely! Thx. :)
  16. ProducerSusan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    Well, enough about me. Letโ€™s talk about you. What do you think about me?
    Well, enough about me. Letโ€™s talk about you. What do you think about me?Hey, listen! Listen.ย Listen to the silence.ย Listen to the noise.ย Listen to the birds chirp, the clock tick, the babies giggle, and the wind blow.Oh! You canโ€™t hear those sounds? Why not? Are you too busy talking?How many times do we stop our own...


    David B. Grinberg
    15/03/2017 #37 David B. Grinberg
    Belated kudos on a nice post, Susan. You are so correct. Too many people fail to appreciate and master the art of Active Listening. As famous radio/TV talk show host, Larry King and other have said (in similar iterations): I never learned anything while I was talking. That's why Active Listening is an essential element of effective communication. https://www.mindtools.com/CommSkll/ActiveListening.htm
    Thanks again, Susan, for the more good buzz!
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    14/03/2017 #36 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    I appreciate ;your sharing my post, @Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven! Many thanks!
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    14/03/2017 #35 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    @Preston Vander Ven, I agree with you. Sometimes we ARE there to just listen, but often not. And on that date, I had hoped for a conversation, not a monologue. Ah well. It made for a good story -- and the food was really good.
    Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    14/03/2017 #34 Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    Great Buzz. One sided conversations are never fun, unless our purpose is to be there to listen. There were those times in my life that what I needed was a friend to listen to what I said. It was not because I wanted a response or input, I needed to just the words get of my system.
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    14/03/2017 #33 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #32 I also blather sometimes, @Todd Jones; I think we all do. But I have learned that it doesn't work, again as most of us finally do!
    Todd Jones
    14/03/2017 #32 Todd Jones
    "A closed mouth gathers no feet," is a maxim that I consciously try to observe after too often suffering the consequence of my own incessant, often mindless blathering. Taking my mouth out of autopilot mode is no easy task for a gregarious extrovert. I now try to engage through a process of question and listen. Really listening before blurting out the next question is a constant challenge though :)
    Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt
    14/03/2017 #31 Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt
    #28 chewing silently. Have to learn that :) thanks
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    14/03/2017 #30 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #16 @Avanthi Raj! That's a wonderful way of "seeing" it that I wouldn't have thought of. Thanks so much for sharing that!
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    14/03/2017 #29 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #17 While we've all probably been guilty of using the ears and mouth in reverse proportion, @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador, most of us realize at some point we need to listen more and talk less.
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    14/03/2017 #28 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #21 And it all is our personal experience, @Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt! I prefer conversations that go both ways, but that particular date was definitely all about him! His family. His friends. His work. His career. The only time he was silent was when he was chewing (thank goodness).

    Thanks for taking the time to comment here! I really appreciate it.
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    14/03/2017 #27 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #23 laughing again, @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher! Too darn funny, even though I know it wasn't at the time!
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    14/03/2017 #26 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #22 Funny video, @Brian McKenzie! Thanks!
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    14/03/2017 #25 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #18 Oh, yes, @Rod Loader, he ignored me completely. As I mentioned, not even much eye contact. I don't know if he is just odd, awkward, shy -- or maybe on the Autism spectrum -- Asperger's, which my grandson has -- but it was one weird date!
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    14/03/2017 #23 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #14 I'm not the only one who can speed up her chatter? ;-) I don't mind if a person talks a bit faster or a little more than I may. What I do mind is when someone dominates, talks about themselves as you noted about this man... talks non-stop as if they are the center of the universe LOL. I love a good back and forth with others! I love talking face to face- I find that tends to go better because people are using more of their senses. I have a good friend who LOVES to talk, she has me beat by far and if we chat on the phone there are times I put my phone down for a few seconds to catch my spinning head and when I pick it back up she's still talking. I once interrupted her (as in conversing) after listening for about 10 minutes and when I cut in to share my thoughts, she said, "Excuse me, I was talking!" I can laugh about it now but I was so pissed when she did that. I told her face to face how that made me feel and she said she was having a bad evening and felt bad as soon as we hung up. She apologized and it was sincere. She's a gabber but she's also a very giving, compassionate person. I'm glad I said something to her or I might have written her off. I'm glad I made you laugh. Chatters United!
    Brian McKenzie
    14/03/2017 #22 Brian McKenzie
    Enjoy ;) https://youtu.be/HxUuDPNbkJk
    Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt
    14/03/2017 #21 Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt
    Great buzz. I realised that when people talk a lot spontaneously and freely, usually they are being impatient with the process of sharing.
    Arrongance is pretty evident and it doesnt need too much thinking to assess that, but yes sometimes i did feel that people approached to share it all and i closed the window. Few months later i realised, i wasnt really listening and by not doing that i actually did them harm .

    Point being that listening is truly important it allows the people to talk with freedom and not ponder on thw how and what to talk.

    But that is a personal experience.
    Brian McKenzie
    14/03/2017 #20 Brian McKenzie
    This changes when you hop languages. In English - I know people aren't listening. You can see it in their eyes - if it isn't already glued to their Smart Phone - doing the text monkey happy dance. Overseas - when speaking in Russian - there is not time to form your own answer while the other person is talking because 1 - word order in Russian means nothing, the subject and theme maybe way down stream from verbs and clauses 2) I am not fluent in Russian - so I have to concentrate and translate as they go 3) Screw eye contact - hold their hand while you talk - squeeze it when you need attention. ;)
    Shana Hare
    14/03/2017 #19 Shana Hare
    #4 I am, too. It is a process. I always feel I have talked too much.
    Rod Loader
    14/03/2017 #18 Rod Loader
    Thanks for sharing @Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess, it is hard listening to someone talk non-stop, but harder when we have opened ourselves on a personal level, like a date. Then the talking can feel like we are being ignored, and in your case degraded (one thing he focused on with me was my rotten marketing efforts for my own business). It hurts. Hopefully people like that are now far from your life.
  17. ProducerErik Burckle

    Erik Burckle

    Let's start a LinkedIn Coup!  Long Live beBee!
    Let's start a LinkedIn Coup! Long Live beBee!I learned about beBee by reading through various comments on LinkedIn regarding how many people are so fed up with the decline in the value of LinkedIn - especially since Microsoft took the reins. ย It's been a slow erosion, but it's quite obvious...


    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    03/03/2017 #26 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    #22 thanks @Erik Burckle your words help us to keep on improving the platform ! CC @Juan Imaz
    Dean Owen
    03/03/2017 #25 Dean Owen
    The coup started about a year ago. You'll find many old friends are here already!
    Claire L Cardwell
    03/03/2017 #24 Claire L Cardwell
    I agree wholeheartedly @Erik Burckle! LinkedIn is getting worse and worse daily. I discovered beBee last May and am totally addicted!
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    03/03/2017 #23 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Welcome to beBee, @Erik Burckle. I'm glad to see you on beBee. Enjoy your stay in our friendly and welcoming place to bee.
    Erik Burckle
    03/03/2017 #22 Erik Burckle
    Thank you @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee! I appreciate the warm welcome from the top bee and all the other busy bees here. What an awesome first impression and we all know the value in that I hope. I look forward to really contributing to and getting a lot from this fantastic platform. Keep of the fabulous work! Buzz on!
    Marisa Fonseca Diniz
    03/03/2017 #21 Marisa Fonseca Diniz
    Very good article, LinkedIn was a great professional network in previous years, but lost focus, and allowed some user to turn it into something horrible. BeBee is a more mature network where we can really exchange knowledge and experience and hope that this will continue.
    Joel Anderson
    02/03/2017 #20 Joel Anderson
    Welcome Erik.
    David B. Grinberg
    02/03/2017 #19 David B. Grinberg
    Erik, welcome to the revolution! We're very pleased to have you here blogging in beBee land. FYI Fun Fact: beBee has the same number of users 2-years after launching (12 million worldwide) as did LinkedIn 2-years after it launched over a decade ago. Thus, the future is bright for this award-winning startup. Also, I'm now following you and would appreciate a follow back. I'm sharing this buzz on three social media hives. Keep buzzing in 2017 and producing honey!
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    02/03/2017 #18 Mohammed A. Jawad
    LinkedIn is all like a castle of complexities. Some are stuck somewhere, some with steadiness, some filling spaces with silliness....and those who consciously escaped are successful.
    Jan ๐Ÿ Barbosa
    02/03/2017 #16 Jan ๐Ÿ Barbosa
    Welcome !!!
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    02/03/2017 #15 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    @Erik Burckle, you spoke on behalf of many who are beyond frustrated with Linkedin. As of late, I've back off more and more because the platform is not even user friendly anymore. beBee is definitely my go to platform and they will be rolling out major improvements in the near future. I've been using beBee for a year now and they have yet to disappoint. This platform is growing fast and it's a one stop fits all. Great buzz!
    ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    02/03/2017 #14 ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    #6 Welcome to beBeeland @Jean-Yves Piton
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    02/03/2017 #12 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    #6 thanks !!
    Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    02/03/2017 #10 Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    @Erik Burckle Welcome to the Hive. I look forward to reading the Honey you share with the rest of us Bees.
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    02/03/2017 #7 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    @Erik Burckle welcome to the hive ! We are building an engagement-based community.

    LinkedIn is a huge business directory but is not engaging. Have a look at:


    Keep LinkedIn, Enjoy beBee !
    Jean-Yves Piton, MBA ๐Ÿ
    02/03/2017 #6 Jean-Yves Piton, MBA ๐Ÿ
    Welcome Erik! I also joined beBee a little over a week ago because of the positive buzz. I look forward to the delicious honey and great bee friends. ๐Ÿ
  18. ProducerJavier ๐Ÿ beBee
    beBee, an engagement-based community
    beBee, an engagement-based communityRemember โ€“ relationships matter We can use community engagement processes that help build or strengthen relationships rather than undermine themย .ย  Having introductions, working in small groups, having tea and coffee are very basic ways we...


    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    28/06/2017 #59 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    Remember this:
    1.- Your content is delivered to all of your network.
    2.- Your content is automatically top ranked on Google Search Engine.
    3.- Your quality content reaches your target affinity groups.
    4.- Your content can be distributed through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    05/06/2017 #58 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #57 Well, now, I didn't know that. Cool
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    05/06/2017 #57 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    #54 @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian beBee is sending your articles/stories on Producer through email !
    Lance  ๐Ÿ Scoular
    05/06/2017 #56 Lance ๐Ÿ Scoular
    ๐Ÿ‘ฅed ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿค๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿšฒ
    Lance  ๐Ÿ Scoular
    05/06/2017 #55 Lance ๐Ÿ Scoular
    Remember- Relationships Matter

    All Life is Relational

    The universe is a relationship with all components with each other.

    The earths rekationship with the Sun and Moon give us energy and rest.

    carbon dioxide

    = life giving relationship

    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    05/06/2017 #54 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #52 Reach your followers through email? How does that work?
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    21/04/2017 #53 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    Enjoy beBee and Reach 100% of your followers !
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    19/04/2017 #52 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    Benefits of becoming a beBee blogger

    - Instant reach through hives.
    - Instant SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for your content.
    - 100% Organic Reach.
    - Anybody can be a blogger.
    - Anybody is already an "influencer".
    - Reach your followers through email.
    ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    07/04/2017 #51 ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    #50 Very true ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—
    Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    07/04/2017 #50 Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    Thanks for tagging me dear @๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams. beBee helped me to meet so many wonderful people with whom I enjoy to hang out, although only virtually. It would be unfair to pick only one. ๐Ÿ˜Š
    ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    06/04/2017 #49 ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    #47 I am going to start a thread of comments on this one by beginning with the 100th person who clicked on relevant which is @Savvy Raj and saying how beBee helped me know that person.

    Bebee is a great place to be " because I met Savvy Raj who shares her experiences on taking up volunteering initiatives towards encouraging and motivating senior citizens & empowering women and to lead an active lifestyle by conducting special workshops for them"

    I started now its @Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic and @Savvy Raj's turn to pick how you got to know someone through beBee just 2 lines would do :)
    Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    06/04/2017 #48 Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    #46 I am the 101th! :-)
    Savvy Raj
    06/04/2017 #47 Savvy Raj
    Bebee is a great place to be .... thanks @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee. An excellent article!
    ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    06/04/2017 #46 ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    Whose gonna click on the 100th relevant :)
    Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    24/03/2017 #45 Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    Mike O'Connor
    24/03/2017 #42 Mike O'Connor
    Really a fantastic article from top to bottom.
    Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    24/03/2017 #41 Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    Cool buzz & very helpful for all team members.
    Wayne Yoshida
    23/03/2017 #40 Wayne Yoshida
    Excellent @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee. It is a great **reason** why beBee exists -- this is a powerful **why** social media/personal branding can reach new levels when we are transparent and share stories.

    This post helps us understand what Simon Sinek calls the "Golden Circle" and how the decision making process and be "hit" when one understands why something is done. Reference: 2009 TEDx talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action

    On networking, I always tell people to not think about this as a horrible chore. I suggest we just "make new friends." This may help people understand what "networking" truly is. Like this idea: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@wayne-yoshida/is-networking-hard-relax-and-try-this

    cc: New Bees @Dan Williams @Kate Paine @KRISTIN CURRIN-SHEEHAN @Kristen Maslanka @Edythe Richards
  19. ProducerPhil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    Censorship: To Cut Or Not to Cut, That Is the Question
    Censorship: To Cut Or Not to Cut, That Is the QuestionWHEN THE LANGUAGE OR THE DISCUSSION GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH KEEP GOING ... OR DO THEY?Preface:ย  This marks the 24th installment of the ongoing verbal contretemps between Jim Murray and me. Here we've tackled a serious and complicated topic that should...


    Phil Friedman
    04/04/2017 #118 Phil Friedman
    #117 Already done, @Donna-Luisa Eversley. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    04/04/2017 #115 Phil Friedman
    #114 Thank you ever so much, @Donna-Luisa Eversley, for the very kind words. They are especially welcome in view of the fact that I've been just recently criticized by a couple of Honey Bees who finally came out from behind their veil of phony sweetness and love for all. My best to you.
    Phil Friedman
    03/04/2017 #113 Phil Friedman
    #108 Neil, thanks for reading and commenting. You say that well-meaning people can, "somehow end up supporting people who want to publish the plans for a bomb or the recipe for nerve gas on Facebook." No, they can't if they have any brains. Speech which ends in or encourages actions that harm others is not protected under the concept of free expression. Not to my mind, nor to that of any thinking person. Just a racial, ethnic, and religious based hate is not. The line is hard to draw, I admit. But the extreme cases are easy enough to spot. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    03/04/2017 #112 Phil Friedman
    #111 @Donna-Luisa Eversley, I never use the term "Dear" in addressing people on social media, for I have always felt it to be somewhat affected. But I am moved here to say, "Dearest D-L" for your comments here are of such value and exhibit such a degree of insight. Summed up by, "I also can appreciate more the people I thought were very negative and unkind in a different light, as the glare from the positive rays can mask reality. We must seek to live in truth."

    I believe that we've grown together over the past year on beBee. Me toward more tolerance of those who don't understand me or my writing, and you toward more understanding of those who do. And I am touched by your loyalty and courage in speaking your mind these days. Your thoughts are both welcome and intellectually gratifying. Cheers!
    Neil Smith
    03/04/2017 #108 Neil Smith
    Thanks for the interesting and topical chat guys. It is certainly a hard balancing act for a lot of people. These days there seem to be a lot of calls for things and people to be banned by those who believe that their own desire not to be personally offended trumps the right to free expression. This is hard to agree with but the problem is that someone can start out in favour of non-censorship and the right to espouse unpopular views and somehow end up supporting people who want to publish the plans for a bomb or the recipe for nerve gas on Facebook. When there is a conversation going on this can be resolved in a messily human way by consensus and compromise. In the current climate however lots of factions are setting out intractable positions from the get go and refusing to budge an inch. So does the decision go to whoever shouts the loudest?
    Federico ๐Ÿ รlvarez San Martรญn
    20/02/2017 #107 Federico ๐Ÿ รlvarez San Martรญn
    #78 Thanks for the feedback. To promote the personal brand will show articles written by the author. We understand that is the most important. Although it would be interesting to offer other points of view, we want to bet on the personal brand.
    Phil Friedman
    20/02/2017 #106 Phil Friedman
    #105 Good to hear from you, Larry. You ask, I think, a couple of excellent questions. So let me answer: 1) Where the explicit mission of a social network is to create a "community" of users, I'd agree that, within the boundaries of the community standards for acceptable forms of expression, every community member's comments should be protected against removal. 2) Censorship is, in the strict sense of the word, prior restraint, either by active prohibition or by threat of sanction in the event of publication. Under which strict definition, removal or comments or posts by community officials would not, I think, be censorship, but as you say enforcement of community rules. Which is why I've repeated referred to an explicit statement of guidelines for removal or deletion. (The guidelines should be for the sanction because it is easier to define what is not acceptable than what is.)

    Notwithstanding that, however, I think we have to admit that the stated missions of most social media are not to create a "community", but something else, often a "platform" for self-publishing, personal-brand building, business and professional networking, job hunting, recruiting, and so on. So any inferences about what should be, cannot be drawn from accepted premises about a social community. IMO. Thank you for reading and joining the conversation.
    Larry Boyer, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    20/02/2017 #105 Larry Boyer, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    Excellent point @Phil Friedman and @Jim Murray and I agree on the points of censorship. However let me throw out another view where a social network is about creating a community of users. From a perspective of a community, as opposed to publishing platform, does user behavior and the removal of a user or their comment take different perspective? Could a user have every right to make a statement welcome in the community? If you have a state community value of respect and a user is not respectful are you censoring or simply creating a community where respect is valued by all and if not they are simply not part of the community? The results may be similar but the reason is different.
    Phil Friedman
    20/02/2017 #104 Phil Friedman
    #103 His manifesto illustrates how in matters social media the line between reality and a created virtual image is often blurred... even for the master manipulators of the landscape. Thanks, Franci. Cheers!
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    20/02/2017 #103 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    #10 Zuckerman is a pretty smart cookie but IMO, he has visions of grandeur.
    Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl
    20/02/2017 #102 Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl
    Since you asked: You lead the conversation to borders. "Speak when you are spoken to..." I didn't want to be rude. [please do not respond to me, I'm going away now]
    Phil Friedman
    19/02/2017 #101 Phil Friedman
    #100 thank you, Antoinette. I am sorry to be obtuse, but what does this have to do with censorship? This is a post about censorship, not a general chat room. Thanks and peace. โœŒ๐ŸฝโœŒ๐Ÿผ
    Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl
    19/02/2017 #100 Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl
    #97 At least you admit we have a border.

    I compare our laws with other countries and we are EXTREMELY flexible. So flexible everyone seems to pick and choose which ones to follow.

    I am not one that picks on people whose legal status fluctuates because I know the complexities of immigration. The wall wont stop people coming here either or those that get paid to bring them. People whose status is in question are exploited and targeted for crime by their own people. They often cannot get home because they don't have a home or their home is over seas, not across a border... etc...

    Change is inevitable... hoping for the best possible outcome as always. Agitating people does not help and neither does masking reality.
    Phil Friedman
    19/02/2017 #99 Phil Friedman
    #96 In the absence of having anything good to say, say nothing. Even better, ignore that about which you have nothing good to say. It may be your right to speak, but it is also my right not to listen or read or pay attention. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    19/02/2017 #98 Phil Friedman
    #95 Yes, David, that is right โ€” as far as it goes. The problem is with deciding what crosses the line to become, in your words, "... online bullying, harassment, needless name calling, personal attacks or demonization of one's character..." The hard part is setting the standards. For example, I personally find a lot of the self-ascriptive BS that some people post about how they are pretty much the second coming of God really offensive. But in saying so, I am not in any way advocating censorship of such material. I am just exercising my right to recommend that my fellow bees ignore that material and not promote it without first reading and pondering what it means to the rest of us who are concerned with the reputation of the platform.

    For me, freedom of expression is a fundamental right for all, including those with whom I disagree and who spout malevolent bilge. However, guaranteeing freedom of expression does not obligate anyone to listen or otherwise pay attention. Thanks for joining the conversation. And cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    19/02/2017 #97 Phil Friedman
    #93 Because, Antionette, the ends of the world do not stop at the US border. And hope springs eternal. Not to mention that a stitch in time saves nine. The bright spot on the horizon is, however, that the way things are going, nobody will want to emigrate to the U.S. (which will eliminate the need for a Wall at taxpayer expense).
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    19/02/2017 #96 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    #95 @David B. Grinberg I agree. It is common sense. My parents taught me to be polite despite of disagreeing. It is smarter. But common sense is not so usual as it should ;).
    David B. Grinberg
    19/02/2017 #95 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks for another exemplary exchange as usual, Phil and Jim. I agree with Phil that there is nothing wrong with constructive criticism expressed in a cordial/polite manner on social media. There should not be unwarranted restrictions against an open online dialogue even on contentious and controversial all issues. Everyone has the right to express their own opinion and disagree with the majority. But once language changes from constructive to destructive then problems arise. There's never a justification for online bullying, harassment, needless name calling, personal attacks or demonization of one's character, etc.
    Just keep online speech polite and cordial even if you disagree, and there shouldn't be any problems. this is not rocket science but basic common courtesy, respect and good manners. Is that about right, Phil and Jim?
    Gerald Hecht
    19/02/2017 #94 Gerald Hecht
    #91 @Phil Friedman me neither--I assumed that since it said they were found "on beBee" ...that referred to the "configuration/positioning thingie"
    Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl
    19/02/2017 #93 Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl
    #92 If that were true, then why is anyone trying to create a personal Brand? The "sky is falling!" is an isolated market.
  20. ProducerJim ๐Ÿ Cody
    ๐Ÿ Bee a Good Ambassador
    ๐Ÿ Bee a Good Ambassador The following statements reflect my opinions and should not be construed as being beBees; they are my personal beliefs. I fully support beBee core values and it is not my intention to make any statement to degrade those values."An ambassador is the...


    Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    02/03/2017 #43 Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    #41 @Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic In my opinion good posts don't have F ... or less appropriate words in them in them.
    Robin Barton
    02/03/2017 #42 Robin Barton
    I'm not offended at using the "F" word at all, because I swear like a trooper at home. I tolerate it on here, on FB, on Twitter, because sometimes it just seems like the only word to use, especially as an adjective. Because LinkedIn has billed itself with a certain type of brand, I would be shocked to see any cussing on there. I think on beBee we should expect colorful language because some people are on here to write personal stories too, not just business. However, I do not condone harassment, name calling, and abuse on any online site. I refuse to subject myself to that. Just my two cents. And if I may be hypocritical, when my grown children swear, I cringe inside, and usually physically wince. I know, I know, I'm not one to talk, but I didn't cuss in front of them when they were children, and it's just difficult to hear it from them. I'm sure that's a parent/child thing...
    Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    02/03/2017 #41 Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    If I block or mute the persons who use F.... word, besides other less appropriate words, I might not have had the opportunity to read their good posts.
    So, do I need to adjust my sensitivity threshold to these words?
    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    02/03/2017 #40 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    I've seen one post that used the F word, and I was offended as a gut reaction, but the story was good. So, I quashed my sensibilities and enjoyed it.
    Claire L Cardwell
    02/03/2017 #39 Claire L Cardwell
    Excellent post @Jim ๐Ÿ Cody! I think these rules apply to all of us whether we are ambassadors or not!
    Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    19/02/2017 #38 Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    TOP BUZZ with good details & good common sense. Be kind, help one another, we are a great team. If I can help anyone please email or call me at any time. Phone: 1-404-750-3200, email: bstankiewicz@portfreshlogistics.com
    Lance  ๐Ÿ Scoular
    17/02/2017 #36 Lance ๐Ÿ Scoular
    10 out of 10 Jim โœ” ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฏ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ
    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    15/02/2017 #35 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    A good post. Thank you for sharing this. Most is familiar like LI. Where do we go in here to understand the in's and out''s of the platform? I'd hate to play myself into ob(bee)livion....
    Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    14/02/2017 #33 Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    You're welcome @erry Fletcher
    Jerry Fletcher
    14/02/2017 #32 Jerry Fletcher
    Thanks Jim. Good advice from a straight shooter.

    Robin Barton
    14/02/2017 #31 Robin Barton
    About LinkedIn, it's like one of my blog posts on here said, I want to see professional business interaction on LinkedIn. I don't want to see bullying, harassing, or you stole my trademark etc etc (which I just saw and was appalled at the initial rude complaint from a CEO, who was wrong by the way) If you have a trademark issue with someone, keep it private. Being online does not give you permission to be a jerk! And if you act like that at your place of work, then you aren't a true leader o professional. I expect that kind of stuff on Twitter and Facebook, even though I don't like it or support that type of interaction. We all talk about branding yourself, and I think those rude people have branded themselves in a negative way. Hope they weren't looking for clients or jobs. Right now, that's my biggest complaint about LinkedIn. I get so much out of reading articles there and making connections that I will continue at this time to use LinkedIn. I'm still trying to get the right words to describe beBee and what it means to me. Someday soon.
    John White, MBA
    14/02/2017 #29 John White, MBA
    @Mike Rana: to your point, I actually see more LinkedIn bashing on LinkedIn than any where else. Have you been following some of the threads over there? They contain 1000's of negative comments (some factual some not) regarding the new layout. While I try to avoid bashing them, I can understand the user frustration. I spent several years building my following to 36k with a commitment from LinkedIn to distribute my posts to 100% of my network. Then, they changed the rules of the game. Now, I dont know if my posts reach even 15% of my network.
    Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    14/02/2017 #28 Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    #26 @Robin Barton.That's exactly why I stated at the beginning of this buzz that these are my opinions and should not be construed as beBees. Freedom of speech is a constitutional right; however we all have a choice. I fully respect anyone's opinion and agree that unfollowing and deleting should be anyone's personal prerogative.
    Buzz on!
    Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    14/02/2017 #27 Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    #25 Many thanks @Kevin Pashuk. I absolutely agree. No one should take their title lightly.
    Robin Barton
    14/02/2017 #26 Robin Barton
    I totally agree with what Jim said, if you are a beBee brand ambassador, more is expected of you because you are representing a brand. However, I am and always will be against any type of censorship in any way, shape or form. (unless it has to do with small children) That said, I suppose if something bothers you on your own string or post, by all means, delete and unfollow if necessary.
    Kevin Pashuk
    14/02/2017 #25 Kevin Pashuk
    Good points Jim. Accepting a beBee ambassadorship comes with the awareness that we will work to support the hive (organization) with the skills we have. It never means blind faith or partisanship, but that we are always constructive in our comments, posts, and promotion.
    Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    14/02/2017 #24 Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    #21 Many thanks, for your comments.
    Brian McKenzie
    14/02/2017 #22 Brian McKenzie
    Where is the link to the "Report" guidelines? I am not an Ambassador, specifically because I don't nor won't filter my content. And an F-bomb is more than appropriate in my writing on several occassions - but if need be, I can open a can of Russian swear words that will make F*ck blush. If you believe that censorship and hiding behind the report button is "engagement" then unfollow me indeed, early - often - and twice on Holidays. Both the Nazis and Communists loved and endorsed censorxhip - you paint yourself in their company by deleting my content. (You with passive aggressive finger on the Report button know who you are)
  21. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Learning To Write For Yourself {Part 1}
    Learning To Write For Yourself {Part 1} This morning I woke up to the realization that the world level of bullshit is now over all our heads. So this is a new series where I will be imparting whatever dubious wisdom I possess in the most bullshit free possible. If this bothers you, well...


    Mike O'Connor
    18/02/2017 #26 Mike O'Connor
    Very entertaining read, @Jim Murray! I definitely didn't sense any BS and I know how you feel to some degree.
    Lisa Vanderburg
    14/02/2017 #25 Lisa Vanderburg
    I actually liked all the comments as well as your buzz @Jim Murray. I'm a recent addition; snow-birding from LI, which just got plain idiotic. I came here to write about what I mainly don't write about there....writing. So I'm a new-bee; I like it here because it's much more real. But I'm already attracting trouble (my middle name...so said my sire-r). Hell with it - they can all go procreate with themselves (good luck with that). You embolden me, dude! Thanks!
    Randy Keho
    13/02/2017 #24 Randy Keho
    "Thatโ€™s life in the world of social media. Up and down like a toilet seat." That's really all that needed to be said.
    Paul Walters
    13/02/2017 #23 Paul Walters
    thanks @Jim Murray
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    12/02/2017 #22 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #13 Thanks for that compliment, Franci. Like Jim says and paraphrased by me, "it ain't always pure gold that streams from our keyboards."

    Everyone writes the occasional turkey. No worries.Move one and write some more
    Jim Murray
    12/02/2017 #21 Jim Murray
    #16 Thanks @Michael O'Neil ...I'm making notes.
    Jim Murray
    12/02/2017 #20 Jim Murray
    #13 Thanks @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador...I really appreciate your support and have for quite a while now.
    Jim Murray
    12/02/2017 #19 Jim Murray
    #9 Thanks @Wayne Yoshida. I'm looking forward to writing it, whever it turns out to be. Because to tell you the truth most of us are just winging it here. There's no master plan, just people following their noses.
    Jim Murray
    12/02/2017 #18 Jim Murray
    #8 Thanks @๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams This is exactly why I write these kinds of posts. The beeter everybody become at expressing themselves, the more interesting place the Internet becomes.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    12/02/2017 #17 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    #15 Thank you, Phil. I like to feel I'm for real - I have no reason to be otherwise. So, I look for that same quality in others.
    Phil Friedman
    12/02/2017 #15 Phil Friedman
    #13 Wow, Franci, that is about the best compliment a writer can receive. Thank you. I believe you are for-Real yourself. Cheers!
    Don ๐Ÿ Kerr
    12/02/2017 #14 Don ๐Ÿ Kerr
    I prefer the expression up and down like a bride's nightgown however that aside you banged it on the head @Jim Murray. You keep working away like this and you're gonna get pretty good.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    12/02/2017 #13 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    @Jim Murray @Phil Friedman @Milos Djukic @Donna-Luisa Eversley @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian are some of the most authentic writers I've known via social media. Yes, there are more but I'm not wanting to make my comment one of mentioning fellow bees. However, their posts/reads/buzzes are what grabbed my attention from the beginning and still have that same impact today. Just saying.

    I'm in beBee every day and I need to spend my time in my best interests. I may not always agree but I feel that what I am reading is genuine and not BS. Thank you, Jim, for an outstanding post.
    Jerry Fletcher
    12/02/2017 #12 Jerry Fletcher
    Thanks Jim. It shouldn't amaze me how good writers seem to be the guys and gals with the best bullshit meters.
    Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt
    12/02/2017 #11 Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt
    #8 bullshit has been generated about every word. It is a process of arriving at something sensible and cleaning up one's own mess that counts.

    Knowing bullshit without getting a taste of it comes from experience. Few are lucky to learn it from others.
    Phil Friedman
    12/02/2017 #10 Phil Friedman
    #8 Well, Fatima, you may believe that but let me tell you about the first thing Jim ever wrote to me... well, maybe I shouldn't, this being polite, mixed company. But I agree that one thing Jim has never been short on is authenticity. Cheers!
    Wayne Yoshida
    12/02/2017 #9 Wayne Yoshida
    I boinked the Relevant button, @Jim Murray and understand this exactly. I once belonged to a LI Group for writers, I forgot which one. One day, a post came about and the author posted something complaining about the small number of views and comments it received. He went on to say if you are not liking and commenting, you can leave this group. Yikes.

    Although this may have been the algorithm tweak, I took a look at his post. And it was horrible. No other way to describe it. Kind of obvious why no one commented, liked or shared it.

    So I left that group and never returned. . . I don't want to mix with people like that.

    Comparing this with beBee - very opposite experience, and I think all of us are seeing this difference.

    I'm looking forward to seeing this series.
    ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    11/02/2017 #8 ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    And that quality, despite all the bullshit thatโ€™s been generated about it, is called authenticity.

    When you write about writing I always read them for sure because much of what little I try is learning from wonderful honest down to earth people like you. BeCause I find that authenticity you talk about here in your work.
    When I first starting reading your work on Linkedin I never commented as I do now as I assumed that how would someone so talented with years of experience even want to listen to something a less experienced person is trying to say.
    But the more I read your work I more comfortable and confident I became with my own writing and expressing my thoughts and I have to Thank you and a few of my favorite people here on beBee for that.@Jim Murray So Thank you ๐Ÿค—
    Gert Scholtz
    11/02/2017 #7 Gert Scholtz
    @Jim Murray Always learning from your posts, what you write, and how you write. I guess the overriding point is to write what is important to you, what your opinion is and what you care about. How it is received is secondary. Thank you for the post Jim.
    Phil Friedman
    11/02/2017 #6 Phil Friedman
    #1 The only writing that's bad writing is inauthentic wring -- i.e. writing composed strictly to please the largest possible audience or to achieve SEO. And yes, that sounds like a lot of writing done by a lot of writers, sometimes including even you and me. Not even great writers turn out good writing all of the time. IME.
  22. Producer๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    Why I love beBee - Part II
    Why I love beBee - Part IIMy World in beBee land is where I constantly learn through other's experiences. Feel motivated with buzzes pushing me to cross my boundaries and enlighten the world with what I can contribute.ย ย An indelible mark with every new buzz, a new memory...


    ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    28/01/2017 #53 ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    #52 @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. International Management, Certified Executive Coach. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. The honey you spread is very sweet Liesbeth. Thank you for all the buzzing around. It's a joy to watch you buzz.
    BTW you have a nick/pet name just curious ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. International Management, Certified Executive Coach. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    28/01/2017 #52 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. International Management, Certified Executive Coach. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    wonderful when bees express their love for other bees and beBee, our home!
    Qamar Ali Khan
    28/01/2017 #51 Qamar Ali Khan
    #50 Thank you very much @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee! Your words are like sweet honey to me. You're an excellent friend and a great professional.
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    28/01/2017 #50 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    I agree with all our honey bees. We all feel happy to see @Qamar Ali Khan with us !
    Qamar Ali Khan
    28/01/2017 #49 Qamar Ali Khan
    #42 @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher! You're simply matchless. You always put me in trouble to reciprocate. I know what you're saying is exactly what you're feeling. I have developed a sort of feminish or childish habit. My eyes get filled whenever I hear something like that. Are you exactly feeling my feelings? I'm sure of your prayers, and prayers of all my so beautiful friends. Wish you all the blessings!
    Qamar Ali Khan
    28/01/2017 #48 Qamar Ali Khan
    #41 @Dean Owen! You're such a wonderful man and a wise and true friend. I always highly value what you say and write. You have such a rich exposure, and you're so kind to recognize, appreciate, and remember positiveness and sincerity. I'm glad I know you as my friend! Thank you :-))
    Qamar Ali Khan
    28/01/2017 #47 Qamar Ali Khan
    #40 @Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich! This is so exciting! Why I put these questions on your table? Because I knew you're the right person who knows what I mean, who understands some unspoken words, who has all the inner insight to get to the bottom. I'll be waiting to appreciate your marvelous effort.
    Qamar Ali Khan
    28/01/2017 #46 Qamar Ali Khan
    #39 @Milos Djukic! I agree my dear friend! @๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams did a brilliant work through her brilliant post. This post forced me to have a reunion with all such lovely people over there. Thank you! Cheers :-)
    ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    28/01/2017 #45 ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    #44 Rightly said @Mohammed Sultan The idea is to spread this to all the corners of the world.
    But the most important thing is that the people who join know the purpose of giving and receiving in order to build their brand personally and professionally.
    Thank you ๐Ÿค—
    Mohammed Sultan
    28/01/2017 #44 Mohammed Sultan
    That's great @ Fatima Williams,in addition to the real feeling in-house and among beBee family members we need to extend love and beBee family spirit outdoor.In principle when beBee platform is grown,the more competitors are also grown and the span of your differentiation becomes shorter.So,we need outdoor endorsements.The beauty of beBee platform begins when your competitors start to endorse you.

    In the imagination zone of beBee many trees are grown and we have to use them in the the right way and for the right purpose.We have to use the imagination of all bees to stretch the platform to the non-users .The imagination which will come up with outdoor ideas and market insight about beBee that can disrupt their habits and break their daily routine.We want them to recognize how to build personal brands with more feelings and more satisfying depth of understanding on beBee.
    ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    28/01/2017 #43 ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    #39 Thank you dear @Milos Djukic #FFF

    I am very happy as well. It will be prefect if Irene had joined the discussion as well.

    #42 Thank you Lisa ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— Hugs
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    28/01/2017 #42 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #32 Such a nice compliment to all listed @๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams! I want to go out on a limb and remind @Qamar Ali Khan how much so many of us have missed him. I also would like to say, I hope whatever you are going through passes sooner than not. I will keep you in my prayers and I hope we continue to see you as you are able. You have always been a beautiful light that shines brightly on all of us. We are also here for you!!
    Dean Owen
    28/01/2017 #41 Dean Owen
    It's so good to see you here @Qamar Ali Khan. I know we shouldn't value people over others, but I do value you and your insights as you represent a culture that has less of an audible voice here and you have a truly generous spirit.
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    28/01/2017 #40 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    #36 It actually isn't so strange at all, just uncommon. If you will allow me, Qamar, I will take the action item to write a buzz to answer your very important questions. It will take me some time to coalesce these feelings into words, but it makes sense to me.

    I've got the insights, but this is a challenge for words! Thank you tremendously for formulating these questions so poignantly!
    Milos Djukic
    28/01/2017 #39 Anonymous
    So nice to see some great people like @Qamar Ali Khan, @Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich, @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador, Dean Owen-san, @Sara Jacobovici and Irene Hackett. Dear @๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams, aka FFF, You are magnificent friend! Thank you so much.
    Qamar Ali Khan
    27/01/2017 #37 Qamar Ali Khan
    #35 @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador! You're such a genuine humane being! I'm proud you know me and I have your so much valuable friendship. I'm honored to be missed by a super friend like you. Thank you so very much Franci. You live in my heart!
    Qamar Ali Khan
    27/01/2017 #36 Qamar Ali Khan
    #34 @Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich! It's so strange! The people who really love each other the most have never met personally. I take it as something a Divine miracle. I don't know you personally. In fact, I don't know anybody of my so beloved friends personally. I don't know about your personalities, your life, your practical behaviors, and anything; and so is true about myself. But what is that which has built and deepened this relationship, and which is not allowing us not to think about each other? How this love is built and developed in a virtual way? What's the main cause? Why I keep remembering you and all? If we could analyze, we have so less in common. We have everything different. But we miss each other. I see nothing like this. Deb! You have something in you that force me and others to feel you. You're something different. Help me to find the hidden secret behind this love-bond between all of us.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    27/01/2017 #35 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    I feel truly blessed to know you, Fatima. It's obvious why you are an ambassador because your genuineness is second to none. I feel honored that I am included in your mentions. You know, what I love most about this post is seeing comments from @Qamar Ali Khan View more
    I feel truly blessed to know you, Fatima. It's obvious why you are an ambassador because your genuineness is second to none. I feel honored that I am included in your mentions. You know, what I love most about this post is seeing comments from @Qamar Ali Khan. We miss you Qamar and your worthy contributions.

    Also your mentioning of Irene Hackett, which we can stay in contact with Irene on LI as you know. FYI I am the administrator of Irene's hive - Sanctuary", with Federico's assist because I felt it should stay alive.

    Thank you, Fatima - you are a very special bee. Close
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    27/01/2017 #34 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    #21 @Qamar Ali Khan - your words display your soul. It is as simple as that. We are your community because of that. Nothing further is ever necessary. Life requires different things of all of us at various stages. I send you love and care so that you can peacefully walk through the life in front of you.

    I see a lot of cynical people always saying no one is ever missed if they disappear from social media. These cynics are not in my network.

    I have a community where words are taken to heart and reside in the hearts of many.

    I am so grateful to know you, Qamar.
  23. ProducerDean Owen

    Dean Owen

    Enhance your beBee Experience
    Enhance your beBee ExperienceI am not a social media guru. I am however an old hand at beBee having made beBee my primary platform about a year ago. What I noticed, and this is true of many websites, is that keeping beBee an engaging venue for me does require constant...


    Randall Burns
    29/03/2017 #63 Randall Burns
    Great insights @Dean Owen, Thanks, this should help me out as I'm a NewBee here but thoroughly enjoying it so far, Thanks to @Ken Boddie for listing this link on his post
    Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    17/03/2017 #62 Pamela ๐Ÿ Williams
    I like this Dean! I let myself get overwhelmed! Thanks for sharing your magic formula!
    Wayne Yoshida
    01/02/2017 #61 Wayne Yoshida
    Great practical advice Dean! I like your suggestion of "rationing" the shares instead of doing all three at once.
    Claire L Cardwell
    27/01/2017 #59 Claire L Cardwell
    Great pointers @Dean Owen San! Am sharing this one.... Have an awesome day!
    Cyndi wilkins
    23/01/2017 #58 Cyndi wilkins
    #47 Agreed...I do not tag very often either...Only if something I am writing was inspired by a particular someone will I "tag" them...and I will promote the piece of their work that served as my inspiration...writers courtesy;-) This is a very helpful piece @Dean Owen...Thank you...(tag! you're it;-)
    Federico ๐Ÿ รlvarez San Martรญn
    23/01/2017 #57 Federico ๐Ÿ รlvarez San Martรญn
    Perfect @Dean Owen.
    Soon we will have the user tools to segment the content, more accessible. It is key to having relevant content in your feed. Thank you for the help you offer us all and the new heads. Wanting to have the new beBee! Best Regards.
    ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    23/01/2017 #56 ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    #52 #53 Dean-chan it is ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜ŠThanks for giving me the story behind it. It's pretty interesting I would say to me it's more like a nick name we all have.
    Dean Owen
    22/01/2017 #54 Dean Owen
    #52 it really is quite complex @CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit, and it's usage can often be misinterpreted. Dean-kun can be derogatory and condescending, but can also be used as a sign of affection. Likewise Dean-sama can be used with sarcasm. Anyway, off topic here. Thanks,
    Dean Owen
    22/01/2017 #53 Dean Owen
    #51 That,really depends. If with affection, Dean-chan would be nice ! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    22/01/2017 #52 CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit
    #27 & #42 An Interesting culture of personal respect and group dynamics. I looked this today to learn more about this here :

    Japanese Name Suffix
    http://senseis.xmp.net/?JapaneseNameSuffix View more
    #27 & #42 An Interesting culture of personal respect and group dynamics. I looked this today to learn more about this here :

    Japanese Name Suffix

    I can see the depth to these protocols provide a quite complex web of relationships and this shows me I can learn quite a lot from Japanese sensibility - for it is very different to my modus operandi or at least this is not the way I was manufactured when I was processed through an education system which speaks of diversity but is far more a commercial uniformity. Close
    ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    22/01/2017 #51 ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    #42 Whoa That is complex and pretty interesting too.I can't wait to visit there and have an experience of a lifetime. I shall wait to read the buzz on it soon.
    So what should I call you now :)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    22/01/2017 #49 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #44 I agree..I am in awe too. Actions prove louder than words;)
    Milos Djukic
    22/01/2017 #48 Anonymous
    #47 Understood, no more tagging or any kind of burdensome, ever.
    Dean Owen
    22/01/2017 #47 Dean Owen
    #39 I don't often use tagging, usually only when I am promoting something or someone other my personal blog, but it needed to be in the article as it is a vital tool. I guess it is important to understand if the person you tag would be genuinely interested in your piece or if they think it is burdensome. I would hate to make someone feel somewhat obligated to read something I posted, and tagging does that.
    Dean Owen
    22/01/2017 #46 Dean Owen
    #37 I use beFunky.com for the collage and import either into Canva or Designfeed for creation of the graphic. Thanks Lisa
    Dean Owen
    22/01/2017 #45 Dean Owen
    Much appreciate the comments and shares from all of you.
    Dean Owen
    22/01/2017 #44 Dean Owen
    #30 much appreciated @David B. Grinberg. I am in constant awe of your dedication to promoting beBee across numerous networks.
    Dean Owen
    22/01/2017 #43 Dean Owen
    #29 The great thing about beBee is that you can tailor your feed and rely on your community, the beBee community to bring to light new users who will appear in your feed through their sharing. So I would go ahead and narrow the funnel if I were you. Ultimately you need to be enjoying a feed free what what you deem irrelevant. Thanks @Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    Dean Owen
    22/01/2017 #42 Dean Owen
    #27 It's my part Japanese heritage @๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams. I may write an article soon on the numerous suffixes that the Japanese add to the end of a name dependant upon age, profession, or standing in the community. Fatima-san would be used amongst people of equal standing, whereas Fatima-chan would be talking to a child, Fatima-sama an elder, Fatima-kun, Fatima-sensei etc. It is quite complex.
    Dean Owen
    22/01/2017 #41 Dean Owen
    #26 Yep, the natural rhythm of beBee normally takes care of things with added help from a community of users who try to ensure new users get noticed. Thanks Chas.
  24. ProducerGert Scholtz

    Gert Scholtz

    A Rally on Relevant
    A Rally on RelevantThis post is about relevants. The small orange icon at the bottom of a beBee post. BeBee relevants are important to writers. New writers, established writers, regular writers, all writers. It shows other Bees took the time to read and take...


    Paul Walters
    23/02/2017 #63 Paul Walters
    @Gert Scholtz there you go, a relevant from me !!
    Sara Jacobovici
    22/02/2017 #62 Sara Jacobovici
    @Gert Scholtz, I found your buzz Interesting, Entertaining, Opinionated, and Personal. I wish there was a relevant for each category.
    Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    27/01/2017 #61 Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    @Gert Scholtz- I clicked the orange button for I find the buzz both interesting and entertaining. You expanded my appreciation for this button. Thank you
    Claire L Cardwell
    27/01/2017 #60 Claire L Cardwell
    #34 You are right @Ken Boddie - collecting relevants is all very well, but it's the interesting commentary and feedback that has got me hooked! I will check out the Producer platform more often and check out new writers - thanks @Gert Scholtz!
    Gert Scholtz
    27/01/2017 #59 Gert Scholtz
    #58 @Phil Friedman Thank you Phil - very pleasant to get an orange thumbs-up from you!
    Phil Friedman
    27/01/2017 #58 Phil Friedman
    I think I may have commented before, Gert, but just in case, here's my "relevant" for this exceedingly useful post. Cheers!
    Gert Scholtz
    27/01/2017 #57 Gert Scholtz
    #56 @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee It is a pleasure Javier !
    Gert Scholtz
    21/01/2017 #55 Gert Scholtz
    @Emilia M. Ludovino Thank you for the kind comments Emilia - it is always good to see your friendly presence on beBee.
    Gert Scholtz
    21/01/2017 #53 Gert Scholtz
    #52 @@Julio Angel ๐ŸLopez Lopez Thank you for the invitation to the hive - I have joined and look forward to the posts.
    @Julio Angel ๐ŸLopez Lopez
    21/01/2017 #52 @Julio Angel ๐ŸLopez Lopez
    With the next change we can see how to act.

    By the way, @Gert Scholtz I invite you to the hive.
    With Olduvai the best site of prehistory.
    Gert Scholtz
    21/01/2017 #50 Gert Scholtz
    #44 @Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic I remember too the excitement on first publishing on beBee and how thankful I was for a few relevants (and comments).This is exactly why I think it is important to look out on the Producer tab for posts from new publishers on beBee. Thank you for reading and commenting Lada - I appreciate it.
    Gert Scholtz
    21/01/2017 #49 Gert Scholtz
    #42 @debasish majumder Only a poet such as yourself can extend a relevant in delectable fashion - the same as it is received by me. I appreciate it - thank you Debasish.
    Gert Scholtz
    21/01/2017 #48 Gert Scholtz
    #41 @๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams I am happy that the post ticked all the boxes for you as you are one Bee with high standards! I like you last sentence: "Relevant to me is more like an acknowledgment of affinity that the buzz resonates with me or has added some value to me." Thank you Fatima.
    Gert Scholtz
    21/01/2017 #47 Gert Scholtz
    #40 @Praveen Raj Gullepalli I go along with your sentiments and views fully - thank you for reading and commenting Praveen.
    Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt
    21/01/2017 #46 Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt
    #45 Thank You
    Gert Scholtz
    21/01/2017 #45 Gert Scholtz
    #39 @Devesh ๐Ÿ Bhatt Yours are very complimentary words and I appreciate it - thank you Devesh.
    Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    21/01/2017 #44 Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic
    Gert, this is a very important topic to discuss, especially due to the large disproportion between the number of views and the number of Relevants, not to mention the number of comments.
    For me, the first praise to a post I read and enjoyed is to hit the relevant button. But sometimes the Relevant is also award for efforts, especially when it is about someone's first post because I always remember the excitement I felt when I published my first ever post, just on beBee.
    ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    21/01/2017 #41 ๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams
    #15 This buzz is definitely relevant as it ticks all the boxes for me @Gert Scholtz Thank you :)

    As @CityVP ๐Ÿ Manjit says " Relevance is not about acknowledging the quality of the writing, but far more about acknowledging the quality of the human being here and the message that they are trying to convey "
    More like a pat on the back to say your doing good and if we add a comment of value then the writer receives inputs to make the buzz more successful. Thus the message of the buzz is received and acknowledged. Relevant to me is more like an acknowledgment of affinity that the buzz resonates with me or has added some value to me.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    21/01/2017 #40 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Good thoughts Gert! Clicking a relevant for me is like saying - I like it...it connects...i can relate...i appreciate the effort..and the like. It is an acknowledgement in the absence of an interaction / conversation. Sometimes words are not needed! It is the first step...finding something relevant...then thinking about it and sharing your views in the conversation (if you have some thoughts that is)...and if the inspiration is too much, creating producing honey is inevitable.
  25. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Grumpy and Grouchy Reflect On Beeing beBee Brand Ambassadorsโ€ฆ
    Grumpy and Grouchy Reflect On Beeing beBee Brand Ambassadorsโ€ฆThis is the 23rd edition of this column by Phil Friedman and myself, and itโ€™s a bit of an auspicious occasion insofar as Phil has recently been named a beBee Ambassador.Anyone who follows Phil knows that he is not only an outstanding writer and...


    Gerald Hecht
    17/01/2017 #75 Gerald Hecht
    Life is a work in process; as its meaning.
    Gerald Hecht
    17/01/2017 #74 Gerald Hecht
    #73 @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador โ™ ๏ธโ™ฃ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฆ๏ธ..........๐Ÿƒ
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    17/01/2017 #73 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    #72 ๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ–จ๐Ÿ“ž๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ชโœ’๏ธโ™ป๏ธ๐Ÿต ๐Ÿ™Š ๐Ÿ™‰
    Gerald Hecht
    17/01/2017 #72 Gerald Hecht
    #71 @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador ๐Ÿ“Š๐Ÿ“‘๐Ÿ—‚๐Ÿ—ƒ๐Ÿ“‹๐Ÿ“Ž๐Ÿ–‡๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“’๐Ÿ“™๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“—๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ–‹๐Ÿ“โœ‚๏ธ๐Ÿ”
    Kevin Pashuk
    16/01/2017 #70 Kevin Pashuk
    Interesting discussion. While some beBee Ambassadors seem to excel at generating buzz by reposting, both of you are prolific producers of highly readable posts. While beBee finds its feet in the English speaking world (the growth is small compared to the Spanish language side), just keep doing what you do.

    Occasionally, I may even agree with you.
    Gerald Hecht
    16/01/2017 #69 Gerald Hecht
    #68 @Phil Friedman oh man!
    Phil Friedman
    16/01/2017 #68 Phil Friedman
    #64 Ah, the prospect of a new Soviet Union ... with US as the satellite. It must bring a smile to the face of Puta ... er, Putin. :-)
    Gerald Hecht
    16/01/2017 #67 Gerald Hecht
    #62 @Phil Friedman yeah, we got tons of 'em here too...they crawl out of the bayous with a backbeat that's narrow and hard to master...
    Gerald Hecht
    16/01/2017 #66 Gerald Hecht
    #60 @Phil Friedman God was a kid? I never thought of it that way!! He was a very talkative youngster!
    Gerald Hecht
    16/01/2017 #65 Gerald Hecht
    #59 @Phil Friedman ^ concomitant (not commitment)
    Gerald Hecht
    16/01/2017 #64 Gerald Hecht
    #59 @Phil Friedman I did not; another bubble burst...is there no solace to be found anywhere? It's a good think I grew up on the Jersey Shore...on the boardwalks...mostly every business/entertainment enterprise along the way ...is not quite what it seems ; the "fortune tellers", "snake oil hawkers", "carnival barkers"...eventually the total immersion in an environment of (mostly) harmless fraud...covered with a veneer of weathered paint and sand ..imparts both an immunity to and commitment expectation of the fake reality beneath the cotton candy surface.

    Still...people everywhere seem to be soothed at the prospect of significant savings on auto insurance...the glimmer of hope...the hope born of a promised lightening of their financial burden through switching to Geico.

    WAIT A MINUTE! Whose government? The Russians?
    Gerald Hecht
    16/01/2017 #63 Gerald Hecht
    #58 Naturally, you are most welcome; enjoying the lyrical departure from the sometimes overly cerebral prose of an engagement dynamic ๐Ÿ‘“๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ–ฅ๐Ÿ–จ๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ—œ๐ŸŽš๐Ÿ“ฝ๐Ÿ’ฟ๐Ÿ“ก๐ŸŽ›โš—๏ธ๐Ÿ”ญ๐Ÿ”ฌ
    Phil Friedman
    16/01/2017 #62 Phil Friedman
    #61 Chas, at my house, we consider geckos our friends and guests. They eat bugs. To wit: "Florida has several lizard species that are easy to find and interesting to watch. Geckos are so common in buildings in South Florida that they are called โ€˜house lizards.โ€™ " ( http://www.wildflorida.com/florida_lizards.php ). As to salmonella, most wild lizards carry the bacteria, which is one reason why we give our dogs shots known as "Lepto" vaccinations. Not only do we have an abundance of geckos around our place, but we also have iguanas, some of which measure more than 4 feet from nose to tip of tail. Cheers!
    Chas โœŒ๏ธ Wyatt
    16/01/2017 #61 Chas โœŒ๏ธ Wyatt
    #59 Phil, when was the last time you ate a Gecko? How do you know it carries salmonella; is it a delicacy somewhere, or something?
    Phil Friedman
    16/01/2017 #60 Phil Friedman
    #49 There you go again , Jimbo, that's THREE things, not two.
    Phil Friedman
    16/01/2017 #59 Phil Friedman
    #57 Yes, Gerald, but did you know that the little lizard withe the Aussie accent carries salmonella, and the "Geico" stands for "government employees insurance company"?
    Gerald Hecht
    16/01/2017 #57 Gerald Hecht
    @Phil Friedman @Jim Murray "Did you know that umm...yeah..." (ahem) "Did you know that switching to Geico could save you 15% or more on car insurance?"
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