I’m Not A Player I Just Blog A LOT.

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I’m Not a Player, I Just Blog A Lot.

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Connected, but alone?

For my love of technology and how society has socially changed. I think this transcript and TED talk by Sherry Turkle is inspirational, true, and interesting on so many levels. I would love to share this with everyone.

Oh and how cute are these Iphone Cupcakes?!

My favorite part is the end:

Technology is making a bid to redefine human connection — how we care for each other,how we care for ourselves — but it’s also giving us the opportunity to affirm our values and our direction. I’m optimistic. We have everything we need to start. We have each other. And we have the greatest chance of success if we recognize our vulnerability. That we listenwhen technology says it will take something complicated and promises something simpler.

So in my work, I hear that life is hard, relationships are filled with risk. And then there’s technology — simpler, hopeful, optimistic, ever-young. It’s like calling in the cavalry. An ad campaign promises that online and with avatars, you can “Finally, love your friends love your body, love your life, online and with avatars.” We’re drawn to virtual romance, to computer games that seem like worlds, to the idea that robots, robots, will someday be our true companions. We spend an evening on the social network instead of going to the pub with friends.

But our fantasies of substitution have cost us. Now we all need to focus on the many, many ways technology can lead us back to our real lives, our own bodies, our own communities, our own politics, our own planet. They need us. Let’s talk about how we can use digital technology, the technology of our dreams, to make this life the life we can love.

xoxo

Entreprenuer? A rant from the heart, hip and head

Entrepreneur Mind Set?

You must listen to one of Jersey’s finest, Gary Vaynerchuk. With his dream of buying the Jet’s Professional Football Team one day… not only is he a wine expert, but  he’s a social media brand expert. He’s totally one of God’s hustlers here on Earth! Love this guy!

Gary wrote Crush It! Why Now is the Time to Cash in on your Passion, in October 2009. In the first weeks of its release it climbed to #1 on the Amazon Best Seller list for Web Marketing books. It also opened at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and #7 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller List.

The book encourages people to determine what truly makes them happy and pursue monetizing around it on the internet. It argues that because of recent social and technological trends the cost of producing content has been driven low enough that passion, knowledge, and effort, which the book calls “sweat equity”, are now all one needs to build a brand and business.

A rant from the heart, hip and head…

Modern Day Relationships AND Social Dating Tips

February is the month of love…

Relationships these days seem to be slightly disposable. There’s no doubt about how the digital world has drastically accelerated relationships in modern-day.  The physical world and digital world are confused into a shade of grey.

In the physical, old fashion day you would slowly get to know someone, trust them, perhaps have this bond and naturally you move into this psychical place. Where now modern-day, you can log into Facebook or Google someone and know exactly who their friends are to what they ate for dinner.

Unnatural? Fast moving? OH YES.

Facebook official or not … cheating,  jealously,  and commitment may have taken their meaning to a whole new level. Social media awkwardness, embarrassment, or rejection can all take place within a few clicks.

Society is at an all time high with being judgmental and superficial, which is why one must have a grasp on who your TRUE FRIENDS are. Please sensor to what you share and don’t share with the world. Your track record and digital identity is all being captured.

But most of all….Keep it classy.

Many people have asked me to post some basic steps of dating via social media, so here are some basic tips to follow:

1.) Don’t push someone to be “Facebook Official” unless it comes natural. Less is always more. Keep your new relationship status under wraps… your close friends should know what’s going on. If you need to tell the world, go scream it on a cliff somewhere.

2.) Don’t “Facebook friend” random people unless you know them. It makes it less awkward for EVERYONE in the party.

3.) Keep the photos classy. If you have class I shouldn’t have to explain what this means.

4.)  If you meet a potential person of interest, don’t social stalk them or friend them on Facebook. Let the relationship happen natural. That butterfly feeling doesn’t happen often so resist the urge.

5.) Most importantly be interesting on your social outlets. Do the simple 60-30-10 Rule. 60% of the time use your social accounts to make people laugh. 30% of the time use your account to inspire people. 10% of the time use it promote or sell your business/brand.

A lot of people are over or under utilizing  their social presence in every which way, and it can ruin things when one promotes everything they do. It’s a total turn off.

Hope this helps!!

*Virtual Hugs*

Best Practices in Social Media

Engagement. Not the love-romance-white dress-wedding kind… I’m talking about the social media kind!

I’m spilling my secret sauce to those who are looking for ways to build their brand via social media– beyond just push messaging. Many of my friends are entrepreneurs and have asked me to share my best practices in social media, so I decided to include it on my blog.

I try and break down everything that I do to a “stupid simple” situation. A Facebook Fan Page is like going to a party, no one goes to it to hear one song play on repeat. It’s about the food, the drinks, the people, the atmosphere, and essentially the whole purpose of the party.

Who is going to break the ice? The Brand.

Having a conversation and humanizing your product is what talks to people and sells your authenticity. That being said below are some nitty gritty posting suggestions to get the crowd going…

1) Use Real Photo Images. Use an image with every post! No one wants to see a picture they can see in a menu. It’s okay if the picture is not perfect. When we order food from a restaurant it never comes out the way it looks anyways, but we still eat it. Right?

2) Tag brands/names/companies by using the @ sign in status updates. This generates more organic growth and connects pages instantaneously.

3) Bit.ly Shorten all your links by using this amazing site. Not only does this make the post more attractive, it TRACKS how many people click on your link and where they are coming from in real time. (I love using this on my personal account sometimes too)

Caution:  Sometimes it enables a thumbnail to populate, so make sure there is always an image with the link that you post, therefore making it visually enhancing.

4) PinterestThis is next HOT social media site– a new social media/ online pin board. Use this strategically for images and creative ideas. This website is especially popular among women, who account for 58% of Pinterest’s traffic. This has exploded within the past 3 months with 7.51 million unique visitors in December alone. Pinterest is now driving more referral traffic on the web than Google+, YouTube, Reddit, and LinkedIn — combined. Get Pinning ASAP!!!

5) Fill in the blank. This type of post has very high engagement and can give you a chuckle into how creative people can get.

6) Share Button. Asking your fans to “share ” if they agree with your post. The share button is way more powerful than “like” could ever be. This continues the organic social sharing method. Hold contests and randomly pick winners that share an image rather than “like”

The Facebook algorithm concludes that 30% of your Facebook Friends see your status updates and you see 10% of Brands Status Updates.

More social insights to come! So Party on Brands and get Social!

 

Which Blogging Platform Should I Use?

63% of people have a social media resolution for 2012… mine was CoffeeandHeelsBlog.com —60 blog posts and I’m obsessed! Many ask what platform I am using or how they should start their own blog. Excuse the tech talk, but I do not know a lick of coding whatsoever–blogging can be as basic or as complex as you would like. Forget the jibberish 23035ssss4<239sgjlden>9058<der.

I use WordPress because it’s very popular and pretty basic. So is Tumblr. Of course, these two platforms are very different.WordPress can be hosted by WordPress or self-hosted on your own server and offers an immense amount of control. Tumblr is only hosted by Tumblr and is kind of a cross between blogging and Twitter. If you were only choosing between the two, you’d go with WordPress if you wanted to write more long-form posts and Tumblr if you just wanted to post neat things you find online (or, on occasion, create yourself). But you’re not choosing between just two platforms. You have a wide number of options that do the same thing as these two platforms, plus you’ve got a variety of choices in the middle. Posterous, for example, is very similar to both.

Before you take a look at your options, there are a few things you’re going to want to answer these questions (or at least keep them in mind as you read your options:

  1. Do I want to install, configure, and host my blog myself, or would I rather rely on a hosted service?
  2. Do I want to create my own blog theme, or am I satisfied with using or customizing an existing theme?
  3. Do I want to be able to install custom plug-ins or am I satisfied with the functionality that is built-in to the platform I choose?
  4. Will I be writing more long-form posts or posting cool things I find online? Or do I need to be able to do both?
  5. Do I want others to be able to comment on my post and interact with my content in a social way, or do I just want to be able to have a place to post my writing where people can read it and nobody can bother me?
  6. Am I willing to pay for this blogging platform?

Your Blogging Platform Options

This is, by no means, a full list of your options, but rather a list of the ones that cover the majority of blogging needs. Each option comes with a brief explanation of its strengths and what type of blogger it would benefit most.

Tumblr

Which Blogging Platform Should I Use?

Tumblr is a free social blogging platform that’s designed to take most of the effort out of actually blogging. Initially, blogging meant writing. On Tumblr, it means sharing something cool that you found online and occasionally attaching a caption. That doesn’t mean Tumblr can’t handle original content as well, but it’s not designed for anyone who is looking to create a long-form blog. If you simply want to share neat stuff and have a social network built-in to your blog so you can easily interact with other users, Tumblr is the way to go.

Asaph
Which Blogging Platform Should I Use?

Asaph is a microblog platform like Tumblr that you host yourself. It’s very, very simple. You add content via a bookmarklet. You can create your own themes or use the few that are included. If you like the idea of Tumblr but want an open-source option so you have full control, Asaph is what you’re looking for.

Posterous Spaces
Which Blogging Platform Should I Use?

If Tumblr is a bit too simple for you, but you still want simple, Posterous Spaces is a great choice. It simply lets you post what you want and interprets the content you provide it. You can post from the Posterous site, but you can also just email everything you want to put on your blog. It’ll turn photos into galleries and convert video into a player as well. It’s a great option if you want simplicity, don’t need a lot of control, but need the versatility to post short- and long-form content alike.

Squarespace

Which Blogging Platform Should I Use?

Squarespace is a paid blogging platform that offers easily customizable themes, as well as the option for people well-versed in CSS to create their own. Squarespace is more versatile than your average blogging platform, however, as it’s completely capable of creating web sites as well. The entire interface is web-based, and it’s pretty easy to learn. (If you need help learning they offer a great set of tutorials.) Basically, Squarespace was designed to create really nice web sites very quickly and easily without the need for the end user to have to figure out where to host their software, how to install it, and how to best set it up. As a result you pay for that convenience—a minimum of $12 per month and lose some control over what you can do with your blog/web site and how it can be customized. That said, if you’re only looking to host one site and you want to make something more complex than your programming skills allow, Squarespace is the platform for you.

Which Blogging Platform Should I Use?

WordPress is pretty well-known as the most popular blogging software around. It has that reputation because it is really great. It’s easy to get your blog started if you choose a hosting service, and even if you host WordPress yourself there are hosts (such asDreamHost) that offer one-click installations of the software. WordPress offers over one-thousand free themes, and there are many great themes you can buy. It’s also easy to create your own theme, even if you don’t know much about writing code. (You will need to learn a little CSS, though.) If you do know how to code, however, you can add custom functions to your themes, create plug-ins, and use WordPress to do virtually anything you want. It’s a very strong platform and always a solid choice for those reasons. If you’re looking to write more long-form posts and create a more traditional blog without too much effort, WordPress is probably your best option. While it isn’t designed for short-form blogging, it’s certainly versatile enough to work that way if you take the time to customize it.

Habari

Which Blogging Platform Should I Use?
Habari is an excellent, lesser-known blogging platform written in PHP. It’ll require manual installation and a lot of work on your part if you want a completely custom blog—and you will, because the existing theme options could be a bit better. Although Habari is not as popular as WordPress, it still has plenty of plug-ins and an amazing amount of functionality built-in. It offers one of the best admin sections/post editors you’ll ever use and includes full keyboard control. It’s the most versatile and customizable solutions of anything on this list, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Habari isn’t difficult to use, but to get the most out of it you’ll want some programming experience. If you want full control over your blog with the help of a great content management system, Habari is the way to go.

Hope this helps you make your decision. Happy blogging!

Source: Lifehacker

Wireless Headphones

Hi Technology Geeks! I found a the coolest gizmo gadget that may rock your gym session a littler longer than expected…wireless headphones by Jaybird.

These Bluetooth headphones also come in less neon colors, so if you’re not really loving that trend, you’re still in luck.  Plus, with these headphones, you don’t have to deal with any of those unattractive cords.

The wide band might not appeal to absolutely everyone, but it does still stick with that 80′s feel.   On the side of most of their headphones they include buttons to control your music.  Plus, to finish off the deal there is an integrated mic for making phone calls.  You can purchase a pair of these for $99.

A new conversation piece for sure!

Source: coolest-gadgets.com

 

Need a more manly version… try the Motorola’s Wireless Headphones. Thanks @Cbradfordparker !

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Trippy.com A New Way to Travel

Attention to all my jet setting, social savvy friends!!! Iphone user… EVEN BETTER!

Trippy.com is the coolest, newest, and most innovative companies in the market today. Traveling just got ten times easier and more efficient than ever– all by just asking your friends!

First, go to Trippy.com or download the app from your Iphone, then log-in with your Facebook Account. Ask your friends for recommendations, trip plans, popular places, and so much more! It’s SUPER simple to use and it only makes your traveling experience better.

We all have friends across the country who travel across the world… so why not share your traveling experiences?! For example, my friend Jessica ate at this really amazing resturant in Hawaii 6 months ago, so she could recommend that same exact place when I go.

I can’t tell you how many times I have had friends or acquaintances come to Los Angeles with a Facebook message about what they should do while they are traveling around Southern California… I’m a great tour guide, but only to a certain extent! When you see how Trippy.com operates you will be addicted!

Check out their Trailer above so that you understand exactly what I’m talking about! (And yes, this rediculous house in the opening scene is only a few blocks away from whereI live in Manhattach Beach, CA) So download the app today and start traveling! The world is your playground, get moving!