Power to the Online People

Where were you when news of the tsunami hit Japan in 2011? How about when Michael Jackson died? Probably online, according to many experts who claim that social media has become the main media source for hundreds of millions of people. Not just in the U.S., either; Facebook alone has more than 900 million users spread across the globe as of 2012. Other social media giants like Twitter have facilitated revolution against unjust leaders and warned people of impending natural disaster. In fact, so many people regularly interact online that if the Internet were a nation, it would exceed the Americas, Europe and the Middle East combined in population. No wonder more than 13 million members of the online community used Reddit and other media platforms to protest SOPA, a proposed Internet censorship bill. Keep this graphic in mind next time you log on, because knowledge is power — and a little knowledge goes a long way in the Internet Age. [Read more…]

Roll With The Changes

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At the outset, I apologize to the readers of my blog; my updates and posts have been very sporadic lately and I committed to blogging more frequently.While life sometimes throws us curve balls that we don’t see coming,  most likely these pitches allow us the the opportunity to knock one out o the park! That’s a good description of what has been happening in my life and in my business.  Changes that I will explain more completely soon, but opportunities for partnerships and strategic alliances have arisen that otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to embrace; trust me, it’s all good!So, while we may not always expect the changes; we should roll with them and embrace what is going to happen next!  We should Roll With the Changes.Saddle up friends, it is going to be a fun ride!Oh, and if you love classic rock, you know why I used the REO Speedwagon album cover; if not, click on the  link in the picture to listen to the song.As my Twitter brother @VincentHunt would say, et’s GO!

What Has Twitter Done For You?

Do you ever wonder; why am I spending so much time on Twitter? I am sure that thought has crossed your mind from time to time. Especially if you click over to Tweetwasters, a just for fun site that will show you how much time you have spent on Twitter!You may also want to check out your Twitter Grade by visiting TwitterGrader.com. This site ranks your Twitter Grade on a percentage scale; as of this posting, I am sitting at 99.6%; and yes, my goal is to reach 100%!I have put together a Top 10 List of Things Twitter has done for me and for others. Some of these are my personal experience, others are from friends that responded to my request for their thoughts on the subject. I encourage you to comment on the list and provide me with feedback on what its done for you!1. Expanded my personal and professional network of friends and colleagues; some of these relationships will last a lifetime.2. Permitted me to effectively grow my business, which in turn has afforded me the opportunity to provide services I hadn’t previously thought of.3. Taught me the true value of being able to pay it forward.4. As someone that wants to know the latest, Twitter has provided me with breaking news! One such source is Breaking News On.5. It provides me with an outlet for my desire to be more social. There are only so many Chamber events you can attend!6. Answers to questions, business problems and ideas. Your Twitter followers are a wealth of information.7. An infinite social experiment that we can all participate in and be an active part of, whether we are at home, the office, or on the road. No Tweeting while driving!8. Connect with people all over the world. I communicate daily with followers in the United States, Australia, Sweden, Germany, Scotland, United Kingdom, Canada, South America, and many other countries.9. Provide feedback and information to my followers. On a daily basis, followers ask me for feedback on websites, blogs, etc.10. A tool to market your business, blog or website. When we posted How To Partner With A Virtual Assistant recently, in the course of two hours, based only on Twittering that a new post was now up, we drove over 500 hits to the site – in two hours – only promoting it on Twitter.What Has Twitter Done For You?