Oct 272010

Tweet the ones you’re with. One twitter etiquette that I use often is to acknowledge the twitter people I’m present with f2f, in so far I’m meeting up with people or f2f (face-to-face). Granted this hasn’t made any twitter etiquette guides that I could find, but it ought to be :)

This is a way to signal that I’m taking the time to meet people that would be worth following. And it gives them an easy way to @ reply me back with follow-up questions or comments. Sometimes I’ll also acknowledge phone calls with someone who tweets. In the past few weeks, that’s included tweets like:

gr8 #icfood tweetup w @decart @sarahmarkley @artisanwarrior @marcpayan http://twitpic.com/316nyz @mbstockdale @catalystleader

thrilled to be w @marcpayan this morn over breakfast 1st time f2f in months, too long

having a fascinating convo w @alexsum , talking all things church and tech

great talking @br_miller at #nwlc10 about the inside scoop on Staples

great to meet @BillyFerrell & others in #nwlc10 workshop on tech stewarding, but couldn’t get the last guy to get on Facebook

fascinating convo w @MichaelFerrari about his musician perspectives beyond a worship music genre; DOWNLOAD his free EP http://bit.ly/dBFwhH

Chris Brogan posted A brief and informal Twitter etiquette guide last year. Here’s a few that are worth re-iterating:

  • You don’t have to read every tweet.
  • You don’t have to respond to every @mention.
  • You aren’t obligated to reply to every direct message.
  • If someone direct messages you and you find that you cant message them back because he or she isn’t following you, a simple @reply stating, “I went to send you a direct message back but you’re not currently following me” is good manners.
Oct 212010

Having an online presence and making your personal brand searchable in the online world is increasingly more essential than ever. It’s being called a digital business card, personal brand site, online presence, personal landing page, interactive contact card, or whatever. And when you don’t have the time & energy to maintain the content flow required of a website and blog, a static web page makes a better impression than a 4-page brochure website methinks.

The current trend to have a one-page website that gives a snapshot of who you are and how to connect with you, without being just another generic profile in the midst of a social network forest. I’ve said it this way: if people can’t find you on Google, do you exist? Well, of course you exist, but you’re missing a lot of (digital) street cred. (or, how about your company? your organization?)

As web apps become easier and easier to use by non-techies, a good number of web apps are coming online that create well-designed personal web pages that look great. So easy a caveman could do it. I’ve tried out about half of the ones I’ve found (mostly free or freemium) so far:

ht: 6 Online Business Card Tools To Spread Your Personal Brand @ thenextweb.com + Five Best Personal Landing Pages @ lifehacker.com.au

Or, you could setup a self-hosted WordPress and use a theme designed specifically for a digital business card. There’s a free WordPress theme called Digital Business Card by @human3rror – see it in action at http://www.cynthiaware.me (cf. blog post by Cynthia Ware on how easy it is) or another personal branding web site – kennyjahng.com – uses Ipseity theme, also by @human3rror

Any others out there? Please add a comment.

Do you have a personal web page? Add your link in a comment >>

Oct 162010

Digital data is not only abstract and virtual. Seems to me much of the conversations from pundits have an alarmist flavor about the dangers of online relationships, new media communications, virtual reality, disembodiment, all things digital. Some of this stemming from the lack of physical embodiment since data is some abstract virtual cloud.

But, that’s not totally true.

Digital data has a physical part too. Data has to live somewhere. Somewhere physical. A geographical location in space and time. Sure, digital data is different than physical objects that we touch and see.

The digital data you’re reading right now has a physical place where it is right now. It’s physically stored in the RAM memory chip of your computer (or mobile device) as an aggregated collection of electronic atoms. What you’re actually reading on your LCD screen is a copy of the data that’s physically on the RAM memory chip. Okay, analogy breaks down, since this data is dependent on electricity. If the electricity was cut off, be it supplied by battery or an active electrical current, the data ceases to exist. Not very physical if it dies without electricity. Then again, people would die without air. I digress.

The digital data you’re reading right now is a copy of the data that is physically located at 2 data centers in Los Angeles. Inside that building are 100s of servers (just a tech word for a networked computer) and 1000s of hard drives, and one of them is where this blog’s data physically resides.

Now, this blog data might get copied to another dozen different locations, like on backup tapes (or DVDs, or hard drives). My blog data has its permanent residence in Los Angeles. This blog data may take up temporary residence on internet data packets around the world, on your computer screen, on my browser cache.

What are the implications and ramifications of this notion that my blog data physically lives somewhere? Here’s a few that come to mind:

  • It means that this data can be physically moved somewhere else. You know how USB flash drives work. Case in point.
  • The hard drive on which data resides could be disconnected from a computer and put into a closet and locked up for good. (copies of the data exist elsewhere, but those are clones and not the original)
  • If an earthquake of epic proportions hits Los Angeles measuring more than 8.3, or some other natural disaster that damages and/or destroys the hard drive with my data, the original is gone, and we’ll have to find a clone from a different physical location.

Do you have other thoughts to add about this?

(…. Just another meme that’s been brewing on the back burner of my mind…)

Oct 122010

After getting a basic understanding of what social media is, the next stage is to learn to use social media by following along with a tutorial.

There are many online tutorials that gives simple step-by-step instructions on how to register & sign up, how to setup your profile, and then how to start finding and connecting with people. Essentially, social networks are all about connecting with people.

There are basically two kinds: video tutorials and text-based tutorial articles. Here are tutorials for the 2 most popular social networks:


Facebook 101 – tutorials by GCF Learn Free

Quick Start Guide: Six Steps to a Facebook Page For Your Business (@ zebworks.com)

How to Use Facebook: Video Series (@ ehow.com + Expert Village)

Quick Easy Tutorial on Creating a Facebook Personal Profile


How to setup a twitter account (@ twitip.com)
Mastering twitter in 10 minutes or less (@ twitteroid.com)
Twitter quick start checklist (@ shaynepacker.com)

Howcast.com’s tutorial: how to use twitter

Twitter tutorial – getting started

cf. Top 7 Twitter tutorials on YouTube + 30 Essential Twitter Tutorials for Newbies and Experts

This will get you started! As you get some practice navigating around each of these web apps, you will soon be ready to develop your strategy. That’ll be next.

The next 2 stages of this blog series will be: strategies, and news & trends.

Oct 042010

Some people love competition, whether it’s getting motivation to win because they can beat someone else or because it raises their level of performance towards excellence and the best they can be. With the popularity of sports, sure there are lots of people who like competition.

Of course, I like to win and don’t like to lose. And yet, for me, I don’t have a drop of competitive juice in me. Competition seems like a win-lose proposition to me. That’s a big turn-off — whether it’s winning over business competition, or beating the other team(s) in sports, or getting on top lists of whatever.

Is there a better way? The idealistic me thinks so. I’d much rather win together. Collaborate. Cooperate. I’d much rather work together and play together. Leave no one behind.

I confess I don’t get the competitive person. Would you add a comment and explain it for me? How can competition be a good thing and how can we keep its dark side from showing up?

Aside: my inclusion score on the FIRO-B is off the chart, wanting to include everyone for everything. Using that FIRO-B terminology, I’m an “oversocial / abdicrat/ overpersonal” type. This means I don’t have the Type-A OCD (obsessive-compulsive) personality that may be typical of a competitive person, but I do have my own personalized version of neurosis.

Oct 032010

You can worship in the comforts of your own home or coffeehouse or anywhere there’s a (high-speed) internet connection. Thousands are worshipping online and that number will continue to grow as worship online goes more mainstream. As that happens, more people will be searching for where to worship online.

The 2 biggest list of online churches (aka churches with internet campuses) are at [1] “Churches with an Internet Campus” – the Digital @ Leadership Network blog and [2] the List of Online Churches and Internet Campuses a spreadsheet curated by David Drinnon of equipthem.info. I had initially curated the list at the Digital blog and stopped keeping it updated now that there’s an editable spreadsheet that can be edited by anyone (kinda like Wikipedia) and the wisdom of the crowd can keep it updated! Here’s the spreadsheet of online churches:

(Granted, there are also many other churches with a live-stream or live video of their worship service, but this list is for the churches with a worship experience customized for an online audience. We’re aware. And, even though the government isn’t granting tax-exempt status to a 100% virtual church, that doesn’t necessary mean an online church isn’t a real church. Churches in some other countries don’t have tax-exempt status either)

[update] see List of Online Churches with Internet Campus or Webcast – collaborately maintained >>

Oct 022010

I love Adobe Ideas! I had used Adobe Ideas for the iPad (on a borrowed one) for several months. I just found out it’s also available on the iPhone! Having tried dozens of handwriting & drawing apps, Adobe Ideas is my current favorite. What I love about this little Adobe Ideas app:

  • clean. its simple and clean user interface with just the right amount of functionalityso it doesn’t feel cluttered
  • space. the zoom in and out with intact resolution bc of vector-basedness gives me ample space to draw, dream and doodle
  • colors. takes a photo from the camera or the gallery and extracts a color scheme, and dozens of schemes at your disposal — not limited to 8 or 16, or color settings that don’t get remembered for later use
  • smoothing. makes even my handwriting look good; not like other drawing apps that are too literal and show hand-drawn lines in that ugly jaggedy fashion
  • layers. toggle the draw layer and the photo layer. i use it for drawing on a web page photo snapshot and getting a nice wireframe analysis
  • undo. read somewhere that adobe Ideas has 50 undos, tho’ i’d never se that many. easier to erase or create a new one
  • free. with features as is, i’d pay for it, but wouldn’t know unless i got to try it all out. one feature that’d make it even more pay-worthy would be easy download to desktop via sync. emailing PDFs one at a time is plain tedious.

To load up a bunch of color themes into Adobe Ideas, I pulled these color scheme palettes from the popular ones at http://www.colourlovers.com and http://kuler.adobe.com ; it’s too bad the Kuler app is Flash-driven and thus iPad and iPhone unfriendly.

So this is my workaround, hope you find it helpful. Browse thru this Picasa photo album, take a snapshot using the sleep + home buttons, then use the color theme maker in Adobe Ideas to get it “imported.”

If only Adobe and Apple would get along, or if Ideas and Kuler could sync, we’d all be happier… know of an easier way?

And, here’s my color palette dubbed “Bold Saturation 5″ that I put together via colourlovers.com:

What color themes do you use with your Adobe Ideas? Would you post it online and share the wealth?