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.


Should we quit with multi-tasking?

reader in a park99% published results of feedback they received from their audience on how their audience are adapting their productivity regimes to be better/faster and smarter. The results show that people are choosing more often single productivity than multi-tasking.

ok, great so people are focusing more on the ONE task at the time now but what about the distraction factors which are all around us? What should we do to stay focus? ohh right, 99% audience suggested some tools we might use to help us stay focus, e.g.: momento, pomodoro technique

We have to start learn how to focus on one task at the time and deal with it not letting other things (like Facebook, email, Twitter, etc.) to distract us…at least for 30min. πŸ™‚

…and of course people are giving some tips how to do that: that we should work in a ‘airplane mode’ – when you can’t use your mobile nor email. That will FORCE you to focus on a task. ok, that might works, but how to give up the mobile for 30min? can you do that?

Did you know that there are several applications which can help you to stay away from using internet during the time when you should work on something else? Yes there are – e.g. selfcontrol and freedom

I am wondering about another statement I read there: “everyone is experimenting with ways to and recharge when they’re away from their desks.”
…and guess what – probably there are tons of apps to help you with that…..but how about not using any applications?
What’s wrong with the old fashion “just turn off mobile, close all internet tabs and do what you have to do” ??? One thing at a time as much as possible!

There are more and more people who are trying to get back to old days when we were talking to each other face-to-face and not sitting next to each other still typing on cell phones.

Tony Schwartz during the SXSW conference (March 2010) said to the audience that they should ‘go to bed earlier’ but how to do that when there are so many thing around us? He is suggesting to simply ‘say no’ to many things which we don’t need in our lives. We have to say NO, we have to delegate more things, eliminate –to help ourselves. Tony suggests to create ‘NOT TO DO LIST” — almost everyone has a ‘to do list’ so why not create the other one and save some time and energy?

According to article by Paul Atchley in the Harvard Business Review “the Conversation” – Human beings aren’t designed to do two cognitive tasks at the same time:

Based on over a half-century of cognitive science and more recent studies on multitasking, we know that multitaskers do less and miss information. It takes time (an average of 15 minutes) to re-orient to a primary task after a distraction such as an email. Efficiency can drop by as much as 40%. Long-term memory suffers and creativity β€” a skill associated with keeping in mind multiple, less common, associations β€” is reduced.

Isn’t that funny that we are trying to get back to something which was already working (in the past) but we thought there are better things to do with all that Hi-Tech gadgets? wow! is it time to get back to the past? – when we actually were talking to our friends and ohhhh….we were writing letters and using the snail-mail?!!!!!!!!! wow! really?

so??? lets SLOW DOWN – because it will help us to speed up with good work πŸ˜‰

Paul Atchley, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Kansans
Tony Schwartz, President and CEO of The Energy Project

Small business vs. social media

clock_timeI have no idea how I found out that article on The Sydney Morning HeraldFinancial planner spins a social media web but I think it’s worth to read.

There is interview with David Linco who is small business owner – as an example how small business can use the social media tools. How to NOT spend that much money and at the same time be able to do it on your own (on a small scale) and help yourself to make money.

The traditional marketing had become expensive for a lot of small business. So what small companies can do in that situation: no money but still need to take care of the marketing – USE SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS! most of them are for free (which is great).

What David Linco used so far were:

  • webinar (tool: GoToWebinar
  • email marketing (tool: MailChimp)
  • Linkedin (subscription to groups on
  • videos (tool: youtube)
  • As you can see this is NOT that complicated and you don’t have to spend much money but don’t forget that you will need to spend quite a bit of time to figure it out what is the best for you.

    1. GoToWebinar
    2. MailChimp
    3. linkedin
    4. youtube

    How to ‘protect your social media – reputation’

    at HLN news few days ago – I heard about new (another) application which can help to clean or I should say protect your social media reputation πŸ˜‰

    go to socioclean site and check what they can offer.

    …btw: Have you ever wonder what is going on on your social media profile when you sleep ?:) what your friends and ‘friends’ are posting while you are away from the internet? Can you control EVERY comment/post on your social medial accounts? – it’s not that easy sometimes? or maybe it is? πŸ™‚

    Twitter and airlines

    My friend-blogger Marta Eichstaedt found some interesting information regarding airlines on Twitter.
    According to Willis Wee* on Penn Olson site there are 180 airlines using Twitter for marketing/service purposes and:

  • average airline sends 4.1 tweets per day
  • 65% of tweets are promo related
  • 24% tweets are customer service related
  • I should say that there are thousands of airlines all around the world but maybe 2 dozens counts.
    When comes down to Twitter and airlines – Jetblue (which is NOT the biggest airlines) is so far the most popular on Twitter with 1.6 million LOYAL fans following its account. One of it’s interesting Twitter campaigns was giving out about a thousand free round-trip tickets at three undisclosed locations in Manhattan (more about the campaign you can find here.

    ok so Jetblue so far is doing the best on Twitter but what about those who are not doing that good. According to Willis Wee’s article United Airlines are not so hot on Twitter. 57% of the tweets were negative and 33% positive. Approximately 164 tweets/per day were directed to @UnitedArilines but only an average of 3.3 tweets were sent out by the airline each day. What does it mean? that the two-way communication is not so good.

    I can say that Jetblue come up with way much better Twitter strategy so far. Lets wait and watch what next.

    go to Penn-Olson site to read more info regrading that topic.

    *Willis Wee is a co-founder of Penn Olson.

    Travellers in Corsets

    On a flight from Warsaw to Chicago I noticed the Kaleidoscope magazine and interesting article about women who traveled all around the world 150 years ago.

    I read that one of the golden rule of the travelers is Pack only what’s necessary and then discard half of that – I think that because of that rule I would have a lot of problems to become a traveler πŸ˜‰ but women travelers in XIX century didn’t have that problem – they were packing everything they needed + some extra stuff as well on dozens of mules and camels. The problem was that if they didn’t take something – they couldn’t just go to the store and buy it. That’s why they needed to have a fantastic logistic skills: how to pack everything and still be able to travel. And please lets not forget about the XIX century etiquette (like Russian journalist Lydia Paszkow did: corsets, dresses, sun-umbrellas, eating lobster with asparagus, etc.).
    Can you imagine climbing the mountains wearing embroidered blue flip flops decorated with French lace like Lydia Paszkow or like Mary Kingsley was crossing Gabon and the Congo in 1894, she made sure wearing corset under the tick dress. Most of those ladies travelers decided that Victorian fashion is one but traveling across the world is something different. That’s why some of them were wearing more comfortable clothes than corsets like e.g. jacket and leather boots, some weapon to protect themselves or even dressed as men which secured them an easier and safer journey. Swiss traveler Isabelle Eberhardt often pretended to be a young Algerian lad and eventually shaved her head and joined a Tariqa or like French traveler Jane Dieulafoy, traveled across Persia and Kurdistan dressed as a cavalry man.

    No matter what cost – they wanted to travel and have that dream come true – discover the world!

    I ALMOST forgot to mentioned about the ‘nice’ part of travelers’ life during journeys – fleas, lice and bedbugs – yes that’s something unforgettable I should say but unfortunately true. Did you know that Agatha Christie had to cope with bedbugs during her Orient Express journey to Baghdad? But not only bedbugs were the travelers’ enemy but also yellow fever, cholera or malaria – and all the y could to to protect themselves was to smoke tabscco or opium, drink wine instead of water. Marianne North (British botanist traveling across India) wrote: Everyone smoked opium. So I went along assuming that prevention was better than cure.

    I bet that life wasn’t easy, and traveling was something totally different than nowadays. I can’t forget what one of those great travelers – Isabella Bird said regarding traveling with men: I would love to go, but I am married now and that is hardly the place for a man to taken to So she waited until her husband died before embarking on a journey to Kashmir and the Tibetan borderland. I am thinking why some men are saying that women are weak – ohh they are not weak. Ida Pfeiffer found that being a woman was sometimes an advantage during her travels. She wrote: If I were a man they would have taken me for a spy and sent me home or, more likely, killed me.

    And at the end of the article I found nice comment that it seems that certain Victorian ladies were made of much more durable material than we might have expected. I agree – no matter the pain, bad weather, dangerous places/people – they wanted to travel and no one could stop them.

    just in case you want to know more:
    1.some info about corsets
    2. Mary Shelley
    3. Isabella Bird
    4. Ida Pfeiffer
    5. Isabelle Eberhardt

    Social Media – hot news from socialmediaexaminer

    …and again socialmediaexaminer is sharing with us many interesting information.
    – Facebook and sponsored stories – companies sponsoring ads in the sidebar? yes. They will republish check-ins made by viewer’s friends.
    – Hyper Alerts – it sound interesting and useful – tool which can help you to monitor when/who is posting anything on your page
    – InMaps at Linkedin – fun-looking feature which can help you to look at other Linkedin users contacts.
    – Babylon Launches Live Translation Community – fast moving questions and answers. You can quickly ask a question and there is often someone willing to help and answer it (I think it’s like active dictionary)

    ..and more information at socialmediaexaminer

    Social Media Marketing-new trends

    Carrie S. Leslie wrote on her blog about Trends in The Online Advertising Industry.

    The part which I like the most is the list of Facebook and Twitter list of trends:
    Facebook online trends:
    1. Around 70% of Facebook users live outside of the U.S. and the site is available in over 70 different languages for targeting international customers.
    2. 400 million people log into their Facebook profile at least once every month, 50% of these people are on the site every day.
    3. Women aged 55 and up are the fastest growing Facebook demographic in America. – this one really surprise me because I didn’t think that this group will improve their social media skills that fast
    4. Advertisers can use profile information to market specifically to certain users.

    Twitter online trends:
    1. Twitter has a user retention rate of 40%
    2. Most tweets are Babble, Conversational, or Pass Along Value (Retweets)
    3. The most popular time to tweet is from 4PM to 10Pm Eastern Standard Time – which means ‘after work’
    4. There is an equal population of male and female members of Twitter.
    5. The highest demographic for Twitter is people aged 18 to 34.

    As I can see it – there is a great potential and we need to know exactly where our customer is ….and wait there for them πŸ™‚

    Why it is worth to write blog?

    I just read a short article at Progressive Media Concepts about the reason why it is worth to write blog. And I think the first reason I like the most is:
    …because It’s therapeutic!
    come on! really? so ok I can agree with that. It can be therapeutic sometimes, when we just don’t know what to do with our thoughts – yeah, go and write a blog! There is a chance that someone at the other end of the world will read that or maybe it will bring you some relief.