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Comments16/01/2017 #48 Ali Anani#46 This is the irony @Alan Culler- we are still not sure of how birds do it. How birds sense their direction? As I mentioned in the buzz- nearly all the methods you summarized in your thoughtful talk. I myself believe like molecules send messages in our bodies, there are also molecules in birds that make them aware of direction. How? I am still trying to understand. The journey is a long one my friend.16/01/2017 #46 Alan CullerIn the US a few months ago we were treated to the annual migration of the Canada Geese - a great 'V' of birds in the sky flying South. It is tempting to thing that they all follow a leader at the point of the 'V'. On further observation, one sees that the point position is rotational -the leader drops back to the position on one of the wings of the 'V."
The ornithological hypothesis is that the point position encounters greater wind resistance and is therefore very tiring -therefore the rotation. But how do the geese all know the direction?
Is it visual based upon landmarks?
Is it sound based -communicated by that incessant honkink as they fly overhead -or when the gaggle mills about chaotically on the ground?
Or does the magnetism of the poles and lines of longitude and latitude speak to them all?
Or is it memory -individual and species memory that directs them?
Or all of these things?
And how would we as humans learn from this -seeing -feeling- connecting- talking -joining and moving together.
Thank you, Ali -I always enjoy the mental adventures you lead.
Alan16/01/2017 #45 Alan CullerAs usual, Ali Anani a beautiful post tapestry with so many threads:
Personal purpose, inner direction and vision direction
Strategy -understanding direction and over-coming the "conflicts and frictions" that will get in the way of execution.
The how of purpose or vision detection -Magnetic perceptions -. or sense driven -sight and sound -more concrete -but just as hard to understand.
And the collective behavior of the flock -all moving in the same direction.
I'm thinking a lot about that -Thank you.
Alan16/01/2017 #40 Ali Anani#39 Dear @Mohammed Sultan- thanks again for engaging my mind. When scouts of bees find a good resource they waggle dance to let other bees find out the new location and the direction how to get there. The bees need to know not only where to go, but also the direction how to get there.
As for birds that migrate to the same place annually they know the destination well ahead of time. They could travel more than 1000 km to get there. They need now more the direction how to get there because they know the destination.
So, I agree with you and your son if birds were to migrate to different places they need first to find the destination. This what bees do as they scout different flours . They send scout bees to find a new source. The destination in this case comes first.16/01/2017 #39 Mohammed SultanBirds immigration or businesses journey is not set for specific direction,so both need focus to dwell in promising areas that worth the energy and attention given to their long journey.Setting a proper direction without focusing on what you do better than others will keep you floundering or at best just a runner.The journey often comprises a set of milestones with objectives,and with ever stopping a new direction may need to be set.Just as people may become lost,adrift,and aimless once they have reached a goal.My son, a diplomat, has once told me that- we are like the immigrating birds, every year in a different duty station, so many of us suffer from what we can call it an "arrival syndrome" or "immigration syndrome".It's not the direction itself that's important.it's the challenge to find what you thrive for.16/01/2017 #38 Ali Anani#34 I thank you heartedly dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit for writing a lovely comment. Till now scientists are not sure how birds do it. We know birds and animals do it, but how is still a challenging question in most cases.
You bring two hugely relevant points. Yes, Serendipity has played a major role in our lives and has led to great discoveries. So many chemical and other discoveries weren't planned for; through serendipity they emerged. X-ray is one example.
As for the rational thinking of man- yes, and this is an asset the man forgets to use and I feel sometimes it is better than have it and neglect it is worse than not having it at all. As I mentioned in my response to @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman how much rational thinking goes in the stock markets when greed becomes a dominant force and all lessons and data are burnt by greed.
Inner compass and inner motivation- and now inner compass and outer compass- a great point to expand on my friend.16/01/2017 #37 Ali Anani#33- I am very glad you referred to the instinct as Donald Grandy did as well. Your lovely comment and definition of intuition supports the idea this issue merits a buzz on its own. I thank you @Kevin Baker View more#33- I am very glad you referred to the instinct as Donald Grandy did as well. Your lovely comment and definition of intuition supports the idea this issue merits a buzz on its own. I thank you @Kevin Baker for visiting and commenting. Close16/01/2017 #35 Ali Anani#31 Thank you @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman. We make irrational decisions and emotional ones even though we have data such as the behaviors we observe in the stock markets. We do. The same mistakes are repeated regardless of space, place or time. However; you add a great point that learn from our mistakes where we gain great experiences. @CityVP 🐝 Manjit and @Devesh Bhatt both mentioned same in their comments, but with a different approach. Your comments make us all think, Franci.16/01/2017 #34 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThere is an assumption of rationality here that often does not fit the actual direction thought goes, so the first question that I ask is if animals are as irrational as humans. I don't know the answer to that but I suspect that they are in their own peculiar ways.
At least the most observable animal we all know is still the most irrational of all animals, which is man. When a bird see's a tree and flies to it, seems entirely rational that the bird see's a tree, but the reality is that it saw a reflection of a tree on an office window, and if it survives crashing into the window, it is not going to be more rational about mirrored reflections - and here the rationality of human beings can save birds because they would still see a tree and not a reflection of a tree - but very few human beings pursue safer strategies for birds, let alone recognize this being a problem for birds https://www.allaboutbirds.org/why-birds-hit-windows-and-how-you-can-help-prevent-it/
On the outside the irrational in human beings can lead to what is called serendipity - and everyday organizations make strategic decisions which are interpreted by their employees and serendipity is an outcome that is positive though it may not have been a rational choice. So our outer compass contains serendipity where we end up making brilliant and happy mistakes and a new direction emerges. We can also use our inner compass and that is intuition, and no matter how much we glorify intuition, we rely more on partial or no information to make decisions than we do a definitive evidence base or rational scientific decision.
Ultimately the news we watch contains more acts of irrationality than it does acts of rationality and those that see the word NEWS as a Compass are very few in number i.e. for it spells North-East-West-South. Most of us don't question this, but I do.15/01/2017 #29 Ali Anani#27 I like your human spirit @Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador. You bring a new issue to the discussion and how to deal in a humanly way with people who lost their compass. I feel this points deserves a dedicated buzz from you. People need other when they run into difficulties much more than when they are having an easy sailing.
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Comments16/01/2017 #11 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#6 I have been doing that but only when I'm going to stored tweets. I'm glad you added the randomizer @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian.
I'm still going to play it a bit more safe and schedule each tweet apart from the other. And, I will add less.
I had quite a few going out each day. @Jared 🐝 Wiese, how many do you schedule per day? Appreciate Paul!!16/01/2017 #10 Sandra Smith#9 True, Paul - I guess I need to find a middle ground... I found the scheduling of tweets caused more hassle than helped - but agree. If you put more thought into *HOW* you are scheduling and *WHAT* you are scheduling - it does work. It just requires a bit more thought up front, which some people don't seem to get. Hence your article...16/01/2017 #8 Sandra SmithPaul, I used to TweetJukebox, now SocialJukebox.... The problem is, although Twitter allowed scheduled repeat Tweets at first, they eventually banned the practice so TweetJukebox had to as well.... As you say, people will abuse it even if they don't realise it's abuse....
At first, I thought this tool would help generate engagement and mean I / my company was always top of mind. I'm now much more of the opinion that scheduled Tweets don't drive engagement - AT. ALL.
Twitter is about the hear and now. The "micro moment" (to steal Google's marketing departments phrase). Thusly, I think if you are doing anything other than sharing in the micro-moment, you are not actually using the platform as it's meant to be used.
I do share my articles on Twitter... but only once. Am I missing out potential SEO / Social media juice? Quite possibly. But I think the risk of spamming is too great to do anything other than this.
If I miss some eyeballs, so be it. Hopefully they will see my next article instead.16/01/2017 #7 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#4 You certainly aren't alone in that respect, Max. Twitter's seeming simplicity belies its true complexity. It has no peers as a promotion platform. Toss in IFTTT or Zappier scripts that scan for specific hashtags you tweet, and it becomes a social media server cross -posting to any platform with a good API (FB, FB pages, LI, Tumblr, Pinterest)16/01/2017 #6 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#5 Exactly, Lisa. If you schedule 5 tweets right now, each to fire every 6 hours, in six hours, 5 tweets will pop up at the same time and every 6 hours after that. That cause two issues. 1 - Google indexes tweets. Those 5 will count as one (sort of). 2 - They all pop up at the same time on timelines in spammy bunches.
Since we are creatures of habit, if you always schedule tweets at say, 09:00 the simultaneous tweets could really pile up.
The easy fix is to mix up your intervals. Some at 360, some at 400, some at 300 etc, AND schedule shorter durations. It's so easy to re-schedule that you don't need to go waaay out. The farther out you schedule, the harder it is to control. After I hit "Send" I'll go change the default to 7 days.
Another easier fix is to use either the Daily or Weekly Frequency methods. They will mix things up.
Or, for shares, use the store and schedule in one shot method on the EZ Shortcuts page. It will tweet 28 times every 6 hours and adds a randomizer to the start time. I may add the randomizer to the Minute Interval method
I've taken to only scheduling 7-10 days at a time. There's a button on the Daily Tweets pages to add tweets randomly from your inventory if ever you run low.
Your token issues are more likely a case of a troll you have than too much tweeting. Stay under 100 tweets a day.
I don't think beBee promo tweets are a problem unless that's all that swings by and they pile up. @myTweetPack only tweets promo tweets and RTs from members and has no problems.16/01/2017 #5 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI have been a great test subject for this considering I've had my twitter tokens removed 3 or 4 times now. However, I always use the auto schedule, so my tweets go out every 6 hours. I thnk we found today I may have been tweeting too many tweets even though the time interval was ok? Also, you told me that the tweets should have variety? So, by that... meaning I should not be tweeting everything beBee marketing eg? I'm trying so hard to follow all the twitter rules but they sure can be confusing. If I schedule say 5 tweets on the app within minutes of each other even though they are all from different users and I'm using "Minute by minute" with the default settings ( I change nothing) can that cause a red flag to go up? I always use the default, so my tweets are going out every 6 hours. This last round, I did have a one tweet that was double scheduled by accident. I hope my questions make sense? I don't want to get nixed again. Keep an eye on my account if you don't mind! Thanks for this @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian16/01/2017 #4 Max🐝 J. CarterThis was great for me Paul. I barely pay attention to Twitter and your buzzes on the subject have been quite educational and have inspired me to look at Twitter closer to see how I might be able to use it better and do so with some wise guidance from an Alpha Wolf.15/01/2017 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#2 Yup, and myTweetpack.com covers all those bases. We even take hashtags a step farther. We allow for hashtags to be rotated so you can use as many as make sense. They won't all be on every tweet instance. We cycle through them. We can also cycle through @mentions if you want to.
I've used as many as 28 hashtags.
That ability also allows us to cross post to other platforms via IFTTT (or zappier, your choice) scripts. I use #in, #fb, #fbp,#tum, #pin.
We also build your follow-me-on-twitter link for you (sue it in email signatures, or your site, in blog posts, on your grocery lists, wherever),
Building Click-to-Tweet links with Images for blog posts was the first function we had.
I can add to your list: Have a description that actually says something about you. Enough with the Khalil Gibran quotes already.
I'm okay with #11, ask for retweets, but not to the detriment of a clickable headline. In other words, Ok if you can spare the room. Since we rotate hashtags, we clear up some space. On a similar subject, "pls follow me" is begging and does not work.
#5 is seriously tough to do.
I don't believe Twitter is well-suited for engagement. It's far too busy and noisy. My feed zips along at 3-5000 tweets an hour. The odds of my seeing a single tweet are minuscule.
DMs are not much better. Most meaningful ones get lost in the clutter of "thanks for following me." I get about 100 a day. Now you know why myTweetPack.com doesn't have any such auto-DM option. I actually started working on a "delete those annoying DMs" function before I got sidetracked.
I mean, sure, engage when and if you can but I guarantee you will miss 80-90% of attempts to communicate on Twitter.15/01/2017 #2 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorHello @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, another well written post here & I agree with you " Pissing potential customers off is never a good idea. "
Paul, I have found that to build a large Twitter audience you need to: Here are my top 14:
1-Post great content.
2-Write a professional bio.
4-Place a Facebook/Twitter/Instagram logo on your blog.
5-Engage with others on the social platforms, be real.
6-Make sure your content is shareable.
7-Re-share other people's content that is desirable.
8-Reach out to Top influencers.
9- Use relevant keywords in your bio so you rank in Twitter search. Don’t forget to include your city or region name to attract local users.
10- Use relevant hashtags in your posts. Tweets with hashtags get at least 2x more engagement, and will help you attract new followers who are searching for those keywords.
11- Ask for retweets. Tweets that include “Please retweet” in their text get 4x more retweets.
12- Find people you know by uploading your email contacts to Twitter. They are likely to follow you back, especially since they know you in real life.
13- Include images with your tweets. Research suggests that tweets with images receive 18%-20% more engagement than those without.
14- Promote your Twitter account on all your marketing materials. This includes your business cards, letterheads, brochures, signs and of course, your website.
Now make it happen, start today.
Savannah Supply Chain Guy
- Producer13/01/2017beBee; the platform to create, showcase, and share your personal brandPersonal branding is becoming a requirement for successPersonal branding is becoming a requirement for anyone looking to grow their business; get a better job; or take their career to the next level. In business, everybody uses social media for work...
Comments16/01/2017 #37 Paul BurgePerfectly articulated buzz about what beBee's ethos is @Juan Imaz! How we view ourselves and how others view us is the personal branding space which we occupy and the unique space that will continue to fill to help everyone build and develop their own personal brands...Success beckons!!14/01/2017 #28 Mohammed SultanIt's a great idea to use beBee as a positioning platform for job seekers and for the employers who are seeking a synergy with employees passion and core interests.This idea can encourage everyone to stick around the idea of branding themselves.Branding doesn't mean presenting your core skills or core interests but instead positioning the output of both and sticking it in the hiring manager's mind.Unlike presenting your past ,positioning means telling your story from the employers point of view .Here, I understand that HR are going to treat employees as brands and therefore will be headed by Chief Employee Experience Officers! That's a great concept with good payoffs on both sides.Thank you @Juan Imaz.14/01/2017 #26 CityVP 🐝 ManjitI held my stomach when I first saw Brand You 20 years ago but I can certainly live with it today. There is room in the 21st Century for 20th Century marketing because people readily identify with it and it is a perpetuation of a belief system which one can argue voraciously for. I am a heretic when it comes to personal branding but I am also a student of what brings us to embrace image and where we can find safe harbour and refuge from a society that is very image bound and where identification is important.
Tom Peters - Brand You 
The Church of Personal Branding has grown substantially in the last 20 years so as a positioning device it works and will continue to work over the next few years. I recognize the rise of branded properties and acknowledge the 'great brands" and also superstars who deploy branding strategies to manage their public image, but Brand You is "personal brand" for the masses.
I neither wish to view myself as product, nor do I see value in my subscription to what can amount to a personal idolatry, At the individual level "brand you" can turn into a virulent form of group-think because it is an idea virus, and in that form it is well worth studying as a social and group phenomenon.
At a personal level personal brand has never been a personal requirement but it is worth playing with because social ideas are playthings that are seeds for personal innovation. Personal brand is required as a form of control since we are still evolving as a human society, and as long as we remain living in a broadcast culture - this evolution will be the slow path towards renaissance.13/01/2017 #20 AnonymousKudos @Juan Imaz. It's ME who aspires to become WE, effortlessly and seamlessly. In doing so, ME remains authentic and effortlessly united with WE. It is a social transformation that will change the reality and lives of all of us for the better. This is the process, but not like Kafka's process. What is important is the time. This is more like the creation of a new value by WE and not just a personal brand by itself. Future leadership is about social complexity with a growing trend of social encounters and exchanges. You are the one and we'll be back.
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Comments17/01/2017 #5 Chad CarrollIt's all about age appropriate behavior. Like mentioned, elders have been criticizing their young's behavior ever since dirt was rock. Usually out of parental worry, but of course the young do not see it that way. Respect is a two way street, and one that is often forgotten altogether. One day, Millennials will be those old grumps, standing on their porch, telling kids to get off their lawn. What a glorious day that will be. Great article.17/01/2017 #4 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanImpressive, attempt, @John White, MBA. IMO, Millennial bashing is a "they said, they said". Our younger people, no matter what generation, have to find their way. They are dealing with different struggles and a more complicated world. Just because they are not like us, doesn't mean they're wrong.16/01/2017 #2 Mike RanaI would say that participation trophies that had you accomplish tasks and requiring you earn it (I.E. I attended an active shooter workshop months back and had to complete a number of exercises) are worth having because they show that you're being productive and you're interested in learning something new. Frequently, once you have achieved the goals of that exercise, you'll be motivation to push yourself further.
The one thing that does irritate me with the younger half of my generation is that many of them have been taught that 'simply being a warm body' is sufficient for recognition. Then, there's the other side of the spectrum where parents will drill it into their kids that anything less than first place is unacceptable. I understand the competitive spirit behind it, but I feel this is the same mindset that teaches young adults that getting an A- in a class is unacceptable.
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Comments15/01/2017 #4 Mohammed A. Jawad@Max🐝 J. Carter More than anything you have made us to recall our past and delve our memories to sum up something interesting about many patterns of networking during one's schooling days.
Let's revive our spirits to boost beBee and bolster it in brilliant ways! :)
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Comments16/01/2017 #70 Kevin PashukInteresting 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.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?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 ‘house lizards.’ " ( 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!
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