If you’ve ever wanted to write your own how to guide, TokenUser shares these excellent tips with the community. If you have any tips or top five lists that you’d like to share (perhaps using these very helpful guidelines), please send them my way! Before writing a guide on how to do something, there are a couple of questions that you need to ask yourself: do you know the subject well enough to explain it in simple terms, and can you write a concise set of instructions based on that explanation? If you are good to go on these questions, the best how to guides follow an age-old and simple principle: KISS — Keep It Simple, Stupid, or (in this case) Keep It Stupidly Simple. This will enable someone to more easily follow your instructions. I’m hoping to help you write better how to guides with this guide of my own… [$5+ patrons can read the rest of How to Write a How to Guide here. Not a patron? Consider the benefits here!]
Matthew Rappaport seems to be concerned about what’s going on within Google’s social sphere: Is Google+ still alive and what do you hope to see announced for it at Google I/O? It’s not dead – yet. I have little patience for the typical jingoistic navelgazing that often seems to come with some of Google+’s most vocal supporters, though. I don’t eat, sleep, or breathe any single social platform, though – nor does my life revolve around any single company apart from my own. For Google I/O, I’d hope to hear more about how they’re going to continue to improve the Android experience – and, with just about every change they make, Google only reinforces my positions early on regarding their platform (despite me being perceived as persona non grata by many whose personal identity is tied into a piece of fucking software).
Mushu had an interesting question about getting started with a new blog. What are important points to state in an introduction post for a blog? (meaning – the very first post ever on your blog) I don’t think it matters. Honestly, few people are going to read the introduction post in the grand scheme of things… unless it’s being done for nostalgic purposes (in which case, make it memorable). Then again, you should write every blog post as though it was your first. No, wait. Don’t do that. Your introduction post is your About page. Then, your first post should be whatever you feel like writing about right now. If you don’t feel like writing, don’t do it. And, trust me, 99% of blogs that are started never make it past the two week marker. 99% of the blogs that make it past two weeks never make it past two years on a regular publishing schedule. Have fun!
Christopher Bryan Lencioni had a fabulous question: Name, in your opinions, one of the best cultural impacts of Social Media as well as one of the worst. Certainly, “social” has brought us closer together; we should realize that each of us is not alone. People are the best part of “social.” Think about it: we’re connected to the entire world! There’s just no way we could do this without social media. Unfortunately, however, jackasses who believe that the world revolves around their own social accounts and perspective still exist. People are the worst part of “social.” I get quite tired of these people. Entitlement – you don’t have it!!
Anthony Watson writes: Hey, Chris! I was just wondering if you still use FeaturePoints? If you do, I think you should start referring people over YouTube again in vlogs as you will have new viewers and you can gain points from your referred downloads. Yes, Anthony! And you can earn Monument Valley from it easily like I did earlier today. :)
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Let’s face it: the world of business is changing at an accelerated rate. Every day, more and more companies are turning away from integrated local IT solutions in favor of cloud-based alternatives that are managed and supported by a team of individuals focused almost exclusively on keeping your business’ cloud services up and ready when you need them. There’s a lot of time and expense involved with setting up internal systems for email, chat, document collaboration, and ad hoc audio conferencing. The expense of staffing alone to set up and manage these systems is often unpredictable as it becomes a part of your overall company footprint rather than a predictable operational cost. So why should your company consider going with CDW Cloud Collaboration as its productivity and communications platform of choice? To start, CDW has a long history of supporting businesses and a stellar reputation for quality and reliability that stretches back long before most companies even knew what the Internet was. It’s currently one of the largest service and solution providers in the world, with over 4,000 Cisco Unified Communication deployments over the past decade alone. Hardware Enter CDW Cloud Collaboration, an industry-leading solution to bringing Unified Communications together […]
July 28, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Communication0 comments
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BT. All opinions are 100% mine. There is nothing that drives down overall productivity within a company more than lack of communication. Having everyone on one communication platform is often unfeasible, especially when you have some employees out in the field and others spending most of their time at their desk. This is where solutions such as the ones offered through BT Unified Communications can come in handy. Cloud-based communication services have been available for free to the public for years. The problem with these systems is that, until now, they have been considered too unreliable for commercial use. When thousands, and even millions of dollars depend on you being able to coordinate with other members of your operation as quickly and efficiently as possible. Pulling everything together in one centralized hub that allows your staff to reach one-another regardless of where someone is or what platform they have with them. Unified Communications can streamline how a business operates. Being able to reach someone with a click from your desktop regardless of if they’re at their desk or in the field with a single number is a great way […]
July 22, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Communication, Technology1 comments
Recently, I shared a Google+ Hangout with Jeff Pulver and Jonathan Taylor to discuss the state of the real-time communications industry. During the conversation, we discuss a wide range of topics including the history of communications technology and the latest innovations. We also touch on bandwidth caps and how single individuals can inspire change in the industry. Jeff Pulver has an extensive background in the VoIP industry and has been a founding member of several major products including Vontage and the 140 Characters Conference. Jonathan Taylor, the current chairman and CEO of Voxeo, has an equally impressive background in telephony and continues to work towards a goal of making it easier for developers to create telephony applications. Voxeo as a platform currently has around 220,000 registered developers with a specific focus on communications. With the advent and extreme growth of social media, the way people communicate is changing and cloud-based communication systems are becoming more and more prevalent as older platforms are required to adapt to survive. Thanks to platforms like the one Voxeo makes available to their developers, the creation of software allowing real-time communication between users is becoming easier and more prevalent. Just today (July 22) Voxeo has […]
June 07, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Business, Communication, Community, Life, Social Media1 commentstags: blogger, blogging, burnout, community-building, community-management, writer, writer-burnout, writing
I had a discussion last night with a long-time prominent blogger. During our conversation, we naturally strayed towards writing and community building, topics with which we are both very familiar. This is someone who puts out extremely high-quality content on a daily basis. He is constantly pushing the limits, drawing in new people with his wisdom, humor and beautiful style. I couldn’t help but ask how the heck he manages to maintain his blog with such consistency year after year. I was quite relieved with the answers given. I’m not the only person out there in blogger-land who sometimes wonders what the heck I’m doing this for. It’s not only me who feels that it’s insanely difficult to make your voice heard above the crowd, nor am I the first person to think that I must be nuts to keep going. My friend not only experiences these same thoughts and feelings, he pointed to many other well-known writers who are in the same boat. We’re all rowing as hard as we can to reach shore. I’m starting to think, though, that that shoreline shouldn’t be our goal. Reaching the shore means the end of a journey. I don’t know about […]
June 03, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Business, Communication, Community, Social Media6 commentstags: Community, facebook-page, fan-page, followers, like
For many of you, the entire point of having an online presence is to be seen. Getting as much exposure as you can is the name of the game, but at what price? Too often, I see people focusing so much energy on their number of likes and followers that they seem to have forgotten why the heck they wanted or needed exposure to begin with. Hat tip to Frills in the Hills for this amazing picture! These days, you can practically buy followers. There are so many of you out there rabid about counting your community members and seeing how well the numbers tally up. The higher that bottom line is, the happier and more important you feel. When was the last time you stopped to actually interact in any meaningful way with that community, though? Talking with them involves far more than throwing links their way or saying thank you for the #FF or reTweets. Interaction and engagement levels count for much more than a bunch of stupid numbers. Behind the person or company on the Twitter profile and Facebook page, there needs to be something worth getting involved with. You need to have a kickass product or […]
May 31, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Business, Communication, Community, Social Media5 commentstags: facebook, followers, noise, online-noise, Social Media, twitter
There is a lot of noise on the Internet. We are inundated with photos, videos, music and words to the point we have to start filtering some of it out or go insane. I’m starting to wonder, though, if we are driving ourselves crazy in the process. Are we going deaf and blind? How much good content are we missing out on when we tune out and turn off? It’s obviously not feasible to read/hear/watch everything out there. The key is going to have to be to balance what we’re consuming online – filtering out the noise while taking in the important stuff. How the hell do we pull that off? Decide what’s really important to you. What is it you want to get out of social media sites such as Twitter or Facebook? Take the time to decide which types of things you feel add value to your day and which just provide background noise. Make a point of weeding through your lists and get rid of anyone who just seems to be there for the heck of it. You may feel important when you follow a lot of people, but what good is that really doing you? Are […]
May 31, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Communication, Community, Social Media5 commentstags: hot-or-not, rate-my-face, social-voting, swayable, voting
Swayable may be a fairly new website, but its traffic is already growing by leaps and bounds. It’s quite addictive to sit and click a button, choosing the fate of one thing or person over another. Think the bunny is cuter than the horse? Sway it. Sure that Ballmer is better than Jobs? Sway him, too. There are hundreds of categories to choose from, along with a never-ending stream of new Sways to judge. There’s some measure of perverse thrill sent through our brains each time we click that little voting button. Whether you’re being mean and picking the worst pics to “win” or being honest in your selections, site stats show that many users are becoming addicted to this site. Swayable makes it easy to share things when you’re on the go. Take pictures of two different things with your iOS device (Android isn’t available – yet!), come up with a caption or question and click a button to send it all through SMS, email and the Swayable site. This application isn’t just for fun, y’all. You can use it to quickly get opinions from friends and family prior to making a large purchase, renting a new home or […]
May 30, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Business, Communication, Community, Financial, Life, Social Media, Technology3 commentstags: blog-world, blogworld, century-21, real-estate, realtor, Technology
Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed Can new media help the real estate industry? Years ago, you used to be able to place an ad in the paper and receive almost guaranteed results. At the time, that’s where people’s eyes were. Now, potential home buyers are spending their time on social networks like Facebook and Twitter instead of reading the local newspaper. It’s for this reason that companies like Century 21 have expanded their public reach in to the realm of new media. Just like many of you out there, I happen to own a house. While visiting BlogWorld, I noticed a booth from a real estate company. That shocked me, since this venue is not normally a place you’d see this type of business having a booth at. Century 21 is still a real estate company, yes. That hasn’t changed. What has changed is the way they talk to consumers. By visiting conferences such as BlogWorld, Century 21 and other businesses are able to connect with people face-to-face in a relaxed atmosphere in ways they couldn’t otherwise. This is a much different type of scale for the companies. Part of the […]