Relaxation

If you search Google for a definition for the word relaxation, here are two options that you will find: 

1.  The act of relaxing or the state of being relaxed.

2.  Refreshment of body or mind; recreation.

Good definitions; here is mine:

We all have different forms of relaxation, but the older I become (insert age joke here), the more I realize the importance of relaxation.

My wife can attest to the fact that when we get away or take time off for vacation, I relax more than I did years ago.  There was a time, when I was in sales, that I was a slave to my cell phone and computer while on vacation.  Not so much anymore.  That doesn’t mean I do not keep up with reading or working for my clients if necessary while I’m away; I do, but I take the time to make sure I disconnect and relax.

A friend of mine will not leave his business behind and go away. He literally feels like it won’t survive without him.  To me, that is sad on several different levels.  He hasn’t built a trust level with anyone that can run his business in his absence and he believes that he is the business. Due to these factors, he rarely takes any time off. 

Our minds, our bodies, our spirits need to disconect. We need to stop thinking and just be at times. For me, as the photo indicates, that includes staring at the water, or listening to the waves.  I’ve always believed that the sounds of nature are better than any electronic sound manufactured by man.

So, my advice to one and all is to relax.  Whatever that means to you. Read a book, take a walk, get on a cruise ship with no Internet connectivity or just unplug for a day.  You may be amazed at how refereshed you become after relaxing.

How do you prefer to relax?

Want to connect with me?  You can friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, connect with me on LinkedIn, add me to your circles on Google + and subscribe to my videos on YouTube

 

 

You Are What You Tweet – Infographic Yourself

We have all seen Infographics around the web.  Some of them funny, some serious and some just plain werid.  If case you didn’t know, an Infographic is a visual representations of information, data or knowledge.  

Thanks to the rising visualization company Visual.ly, you can now infographic yourself.  Or at least your Twitter profile! 

Click on this link: http://visual.ly/twitter and enter your Twitter information!  Pretty cool to see your profile and interactions in graphical form.

Here is mine:

Converting To Facebook TImeline Brand Page

This post is one that I wrote for The Social Buzz Lab. I am a strategic partner with The Social Buzz Lab, or as they refer to me, a Social Media Scientist. :) The end of March is fast approaching along with all the forced acceptance of the Facebook Timeline Brand Page. Hopefully this post will help you prepare and plan for the new format. The one thing you can be sure of, these social platforms will continue to change. As the song says, we must “Roll With The Changes!”

iStock 000018537479XSmall 300x218 Converting to Facebook Timeline Brand Page

Just as rantings about Facebook changing user’s personal profiles have died down, now we have New Facebook Pages!  That’s right, the Facebook Business Pages we have all grown to love is about to get a facelift!  If you are an administrator of a Facebook Page, you may have the option to make the switch now or you soon will.  All pages will automatically convert to the new format on March 30th.  The rumor was that the new page design would debut by the end of February, but like with most Facebook changes, any dates announced are subject to change.

What does timeline mean to Facebook page owners and administrators?

  • The ability to decide your timeline of events.  Much like the personal profile timeline, businesses can decide what is featured, or highlighted as well as which posts are shown to the public.  A business can have posts going back to the inception of the business, so it’s a good idea to make sure your brand is represented properly by reviewing and updating the timeline.
  • An opportunity in advance to review the apps for your page. There is no guarantee that current apps you use as part of your page will work with the new format; be prepared to update or change your apps.
  • A huge cover photo which equates to a golden branding opportunity.  Choose the best cover photo possible that reflects your brand and what message you want to convey.  Use photos that reflect your brand. Use a graphical designer, we can suggest one of the best around, and make sure your cover photo is the highest quality possible. It is the first item most people will see when they visit your page, so do not skimp on this!  Also consider having contact information in your cover photo! Note: you can no longer specify a landing page. You can still have a Welcome tab but it will show up as a tab below the cover image.  There is also believed that you will not be able to use fan gates.
  • Prepare your fans for the change by composing a post that will be published when you make the change.  Direct your fans to specific parts of the page; such as contact information, upcoming events, etc.
  • Ability to establish or review your editorial policy. Just like personal profiles,  you can highlight specific posts and resize them to take up a larger portion of the page; make decisions ahead of time as to which posts should be featured.
  • Messages: fans can now message a page directly, so as a page admin or owner, you must respond to these messages in a timely manner!
Take a look at the New Facebook Page Format for our page:

 

sbl1 300x183 Converting to Facebook Timeline Brand Page

Only Admins Can See Admin Panel

 

sbl2 300x249 Converting to Facebook Timeline Brand Page

SBL Cover Image

 

This photo shows our branded cover photo and the timeline for our page.
The only constant is change; with social media platforms and profiles, the changes will continue and will evolve over time.  We suggest that all businesses use these platforms to drive traffic to the one piece of real estate you own and manage, your website.  The Social Buzz Lab is here to assist you with these changes.  Send us an email or call us if we can help!

 

Someone is sleepy :)

Posterous is Joining the Flock at Twitter

Big news: Posterous has been acquired by Twitter!

The opportunities in front of Twitter are exciting, and we couldn???t be happier about bringing our team???s expertise to a product that reaches hundreds of millions of users around the globe. Plus, the people at Twitter are genuinely nice folks who share our vision for making sharing simpler.

Posterous Spaces will remain up and running without disruption. We???ll give users ample notice if we make any changes to the service. For users who would like to back up their content or move to another service, we???ll share clear instructions for doing so in the coming weeks.

You can find more information answers to other questions you may have here.

Finally, we???d like to offer thanks to all of our users, especially those who have been with Posterous since day one. The last four years have been an amazing journey. Your encouragement, praise and criticism have made us better.  Thanks for that. We look forward to building great things for you over at Twitter.

By now you have probably heard the news; Twitter has purchased Posterous. If you read through the FAQ section, there is more than one statement about notifications and instructions on moving your blog. To me and others, this means that eventually Posterous will cease to exist. That is a shame. While I support companies growing and buying other companies that compliment their brand; it’s sad to see growing and thriving technologies cease when this happens.

You’re Gonna Screw Up!

P608

While we strive to do our best in life, relationships, work, and everything else; I am convinced that if we learned and accepted at an early age that we will screw up, we would be much happier. Now, none of us expect to be perfect of course, but we all have problems with making mistakes.

For example:

* We will completely ruin a good relationship or friendship.

*We will disappoint others.

*We will get fired or reprimanded in our jobs. Incidentally this could be a good thing for us!

*We will say the wrong thing at the wrong time.

*We will make complete fools of ourselves.

If we are LUCKY, we will do these things! Why lucky? They are learning experiences. The best learning experiences are from the mistakes we make as human beings. Hopefully we will learn from our mistakes and not make the same ones twice, but even if that happens we can learn a lesson.

I have learned SO much in my life; which means I have screwed up….a LOT! I am sure I will screw up more, but that’s okay, I am human. It doesn’t mean I don’t try to not screw up, but I’ve learned to not worry so much about the mistakes. Life is too short; apologize if you can and if appropriate, learn from the mistake and move on.

Thoughts?

Want to connect with me? That is easy, I am always on! You can Friend me on Facebook, Follow me on Twitter, add me to your Circles on Google+ and connect with me on LinkedIn.

A Day in the Internet

A Day in the Internet<br />Created by: OnLineSchools.org