Addiction to Technology

    Do you think that you are addicted to information/internet/Social Media? Do you think that you may have a tiny problem with that? that (just) maybe you are loosing the control?
    Some time ago I asked a question whether we are ready to slow down with social media/internet, etc. And since that time I have noticed that people who I am working with, some of my friends and I – we are not slowing down but we even try to speed up.
    I have to admit that I feel good (so far) about that, I think that it’s not a problem to stay connected on-line as long as possible. I just watched 2 movies which made me think – that my life is totally different than 15 years ago – when I was more off-line than on-line.
    First movie: Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s it’s a tribute to Allen Ginsberg’s classic 1956 poem, filmmakers created a short film lampooning the addictions of our generation (technology can be addictive). It’s narrated by Peter Coyote.

Technology can be addictive. In a tribute to Allen Ginsberg’s classic 1956 poem, we created a short film lampooning the addictions of our generation. It’s narrated by Peter Coyote.
The filmmaking team behind “Yelp: With Aplogies to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl,” also made the 2011 Sundance documentary “Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology.”

Filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain latest film, Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death, and Technology”, premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. movie trailer:

Connected, is about the evolution of human communication and how it has changed our lives, for better and for worse

    Have you ever been in a situation describer by Tiffany: sneaking to the bathroom during a dinner at the restaurant just to check an email? For Tiffany it was a wake-up call to do something about that, to think what’s going on with us…and that was the beginning of the idea for the movie. But just think about it – what does it mean for you? Probably you already noticed that but didn’t do anything about that. I remember how many times I was (and still am) attached to my laptop or smartphone…checking emails/surfing via social media, checking/testing new apps, read latest news, etc. – just to stay connected 24/7
    Are you in situation when instead of looking by the window to check the weather you are checking it on-line? Maybe it’s not a big deal right now, because we have all those friends all over the internet, we are ok! right?
    So what’s next with us – people who are addicted to the information/on-line world? What will our future look like? Right now I don’t mind but within next 5-10-15 years?
    Are we ready to slow down?
    Are we ready to leave iPhone at home and go for a walk with friends?

    ohh and one more thing before some of you will try to say that it’s good to slow down with technology/information/internet – thanks to all those 3 we are able to move faster with the development (in medicine, technology, etc.) – so more lives can be saved. etc.

    …so are we ready to “unplug and revisit present tens”

And here’s a bonus youtube video: Brian Solis talks with Tiffany Shlain, filmmaker and Webby Awards founder. Her latest film, Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death, and Technology, premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.


How to Check if Your Brand-Name is Really Yours?

toolsHave you every wonder if your brand/company name is ‘only’ yours?
Are you the only one how is using your company name?

Companies names/brands/trademarked terms are available (or stolen) on Social Media networks – how to check that?

Using Knowem
you can check who is using your company/brand name. You can also reserve that name.

On Knowem website you can find information:

KnowEm allows you to check for the use of your brand, product, personal name or username instantly on over 550 popular and emerging social media websites. Grab your name and secure your brand before someone else does.

Since April of 2009 KnowEm has been tracking and monitoring hundreds of social media networks populated mostly with user-generated content.

additional useful information is that one of Knowem‘s business advisor is Brian Solis

Social Media Success Summit 2011

Social Media Success Summit 2011If you are looking for social media top-experts or you want to find any most-update information regarding social media strategies. There is one place right where you can get all of that:
Social Media Success Summit 2011

Discover how to use social media to attract and engage quality customers, and quickly grow your business

Michael Stelzner invited the best of the best experts, e.g.: Mari Smith, Brian Solis, Jeremiah Owyang, Steve Garfield, Hollis Thomases, Frank Eliason, Guy Kawasaki, Jay Baer, any many others.

thousands of participants, thousands questions, overload Twitter accounts (participants are tweeting during the webinar and sharing the important knowledge with others). Tips and tricks how and what to do, what are the new trends in social media.

If you still asking yourself a question – is it worth to be there? I would recommend the question: why aren’t you there yet?

How to increase social media influance

stadium chairs and field

“Don’t think about the score”

What Brian Solis says about social media mission:

‘Always pay it forward and never forget to pay it back…it’s how you got here and it defines where you’re going.’

I think that the main core we should focus on is our content – what we want to share with others, how we want to share it and when. Depends on the content – how much it will be popular – people will follow that content. If that’s something they don’t need – well…they won’t even bother.

We are used to presenting potential clients our products/services but we are not that much involved in the conversation. What social media is giving us is the possibility to find more clients but we need to change our process of communicating with customers. We need to talk to people, show them what kind of benefits they might get. Clients need to know that we are not only selling something but also helping them by explaining, providing the conversation, sharing information/tips/ideas.
I think that people don’t want to be left alone – they want to feel that any time they are able to reach us and get the information. And that’s what social media are for…helping us to do that – be closer to each other. Commitment is something we need to remember and be able to engage.

Brian Solis is telling about social media influence:

“Influence is not measured by a score, but instead by the culmination of resulting actions. Focusing efforts on solely driving actions is counter productive. As such, focusing efforts to boost scores is as shallow as it is restricted.”

I think Brian wants to show us that we should go further, we should start see the bigger pictures and not only the numbers/profit. I think that profit will come as long as we are focus on quality and communication with people.

Brian Solis: “The distance between who I am and who I want to be is separated only by my actions and words…”

Brian Solis — Author of the acclaimed new book on social media and business, Engage!, Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group, a research-based advisory firm. Solis is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. A digital analyst, sociologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging media on business, marketing, publishing, and culture