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SocialSafe Helps You Make Sense of Your Digital Data

The SocialSafe opening proposition is: “Save all your social networks to your computer and enjoy your story in one safe place” which in itself is an interesting proposition; but there is more, much more!

I discovered this software via Robert Scoble’s Rackspace video early this morning. After watching the 30 minute video, I instantly knew this was one of those Eureka moments. Start by watching it for yourself: Continue Reading

Have you installed Google Comments on your WP blog?

a) as the only comment system
b) with both native and G+
c) not yet added

If you do have it installed add a link to your blog on the comments.

Some smart thinking by +Gideon Rosenblatt about G+ Comments for WordPress, and an interesting conversation thread on the original post.

#wordpress #comments #fav

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Google+ Comments: My Initial Observations

Throwing caution to the wind, I installed Google+ Comments on my WordPress site today. I love it and decided to share some quick observations. 

First, if you haven't seen Google+ Comments in a website, it helps if you actually look at an example in order to understand what I'm explaining below. Here it is implemented on the announcement post for my blog: http://www.the-vital-edge.com/happy-birthday-vital-edge/

Thoughts: 
1) Caution: I used a WordPress plugin from: http://www.cloudhero.net/gplus-comments and the installation process couldn't have been more straightforward. Google is not officially supporting 3rd party usage of Google+ Comments right now, however, so use this at your own risk. Seriously.

I took the risk because I'm pretty sure Google will eventually support this functionality officially. There are just too many business reasons for supporting this feature. Because all these comments are in Google+, even in the worst case scenario of the plugin absolutely failing, the comments will not go away. And I'm betting on a relatively safe bet that I will be able to get them back by simply installing an official version of some later code down the road.  

2) Unified Commentary – Less Fragmented Conversation: People have complained for some time that commenting here on Google+ fragments the conversation. As you can see, with Google+ Comments, everything is aggregated in one place now (at least for comments on external  pages – not for comments inside Google+). That gives a nice consolidation of the overall conversation. And it's very useful. A huge plus. 

3) Intuitive Engagement Dashboard: Google+ Comments now replaces Ripples for me (again, for tracking sharing of external URLs) because every time anyone shares a page on my site, it shows up in the comment stream on that same web page. I released my new website last Thursday and in the flurry of activity, I missed thanking a number of people who had shared my site here on G+. Today, after installing Comments, I was able to simply scroll down the comments on my page, see all the people who had shared it and quickly and easily thank each and every one of them. No fuss, no muss. Another big plus

4) Stimulates Sharing: When you comment on a page, it automatically shares that page with your comment with that article into your stream on Google+. You have the option not to share it into your stream, of course, but my guess is that many people will just get into the habit of sharing this way. It's a nice way to easily share your thoughts on various articles around the web and post quality content into your stream. Yep. Plus.

5) Amazing Respect for Privacy: When you're looking at comments and posts about a page using Google+ Comments on your website, you still only see what you would be able to see on Google+. The below image is an example. The underlying image is visiting the-vital-edge.com while I was logged in as +Gideon Rosenblatt; the one overlaid on top is using another profile that I have here (which I don't use). You can see that in the first one, I have access to 127 comments, while the second one only gives me permission to see 99 of those comments. This is a very different experience when it comes to commenting on blogs – it's Google+ Circles bleeding out into the web. The Social Spine of Google+, if you will. And it'll take some getting used to for many people. 

6) Authorship: Google+ Comments requires that you implement Google Authorship to tie your Google+ profile to your website. That way, the commenting system knows who you are, so it can, in effect, allow your website to impersonate you. Google+ Comments is acting as a sort of de facto authentication system for the Google+ social spine in this mode. It may take some getting used to to think of it this way, but when you do, you start to see just how awesome the social spine will end up being over time.

These are just some quick, off-the-cuff, thoughts about my experience with Google+ Comments after just one day using it.

As a commenting system, it's not going to be right for everyone. Many will prefer a more agnostic approach that allows logins from multiple providers such as Twitter and Facebook (like Disqus and others). For me, the advantages outlined above outweigh all of that. Why? Because I, like many of you here, have invested heavily in Google+. I get a fair amount of engagement here and this new functionality allows that engagement to easily bleed into my website with no real work on my part. That's really, really nice. And I think it will be attractive to a number of people here. But certainly not everyone. 

The World of Personalisation

Insights: Highly personal, predictive, contextualised data available real time, 24/7, across all devices. Interesting insights about the expectations of a sixth month cycle and how software should focus on serving us, as individuals. Customer focused and agile, and not chasing shiny technology. Like imagination replacing information in CIO :)  Better quality inbound, better quality outbound. Google glass, an assistant who knows who you are; merging datasets of those with you to best serve all interests. The world of personalisation. Great final quote about gravity at 30:00.

#mobile   #social   #bigdata   #predictiveanalytics   #future   #fav  

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my video interview with +Robert Scoble and +Michael Krigsman about death of the desktop, social machines and contextual intelligence Is the desktop dead? Scoble and friends face-off on mobile

Words Of Wisdom Are Never Far Away

Lefthand Through The Eyeball
left-hand / Foter.com / CC BY-ND

Wisdom via Wikipedia

Wisdom is a deep understanding and realization of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to apply perceptions, judgements and actions in keeping with this understanding. It often requires control of one’s emotional reactions (the “passions”) so that universal principles, reason and knowledge prevail to determine one’s actions. Wisdom is also the comprehension of what is true coupled with optimum judgement as to action.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisdom Continue Reading

Social Flow Helps Make Sense of Aggregated Content

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paul bica / Nature Photos / CC BY

I’ve added three new features to the site this week, Social Statistics, Social Tabs and Social Flow to help improve social discovery and content interaction. In addition, tags and categories are in the process of being reorganised to help readers find content in an easier way.

Over the past years I’ve curated and written over 1200 posts. The categories at the top of each page now broadly describe those topics, which will for the foreseeable future provide the main structure of the site content. Tags have also been overhauled and I’ve currently set a maximum limit of 20 tags per post. The tags are being auto populated based on keywords I’ve chosen and get added at the time of publishing. The WordPress plugin used for tagging is called Automatic Post Tagger, which is free, and I’ve used a premium category plugin called Category Master for the categories. Continue Reading

Thinking Outside (No box required)

Coming from the Lake District (Cumbria, UK), this image resonates big time. I've never seen anything so #creative in dry stone walling – amazing! Hope it inspires others to look at something rather bland, ie. a wall, and think, how can I make it more interesting, how can I add value to it.

Great way to start a Saturday – thanks to +Chris Cho for sharing. #fav  

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Never give up.

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A UK Council Bans A Child’s Health Blog (Then Doesn’t) 

Free Pretty Green Kiwi Fruit on Aqua with Little Flowers Creative Commons
Pink Sherbet Photography / Flowers Photos / CC BY

Pretty appalled by this story and that is putting it mildly. A little girl has been photographing, rating and describing her school dinners on her blog, as a result she’s becoming quite famous. She also connected with others around the world who shared their daily school meals and thus created quite a community. In the course of all this she also raised 20k+ for charity. Not bad! And very creative! Continue Reading

From People Centric To API Centric

The discipline of marketing is shifting from people-centric to API-centric activities.

Here’s a few extracts I found interesting:

This isn’t just a single role – the entire marketing team is being disrupted. Rather than a VP of #Marketing with a bunch of non-technical marketers reporting to them, instead growth #hackers are engineers leading teams of engineers. The process of integrating and optimizing your product to a big platform requires a blurring of lines between marketing, product, and engineering, so that they work together to make the product market itself.

Before this era, the discipline of marketing relied on the only communication channels that could reach 10s of millions of people – newspaper, TV, conferences, and channels like retail stores. To talk to these communication channels, you used people – advertising agencies, #PR, keynote speeches, and business development. Today, the traditional communication channels are fragmented and passe. The fastest way to spread your product is by distributing it on a platform using APIs, not MBAs. Business development is now API-centric, not people-centric.

For the first time ever, superplatforms like #Facebook and #Apple uniquely provide access to 10s of millions of customers The discipline of marketing is shifting from people-centric to API-centric activities Growth hackers embody the hybrid between marketer and coder needed to thrive in the age of platforms.

Thanks to +Alex Schleber for surfacing this gem. cc/ +Tom Hampson +David Pidsley

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Growth Hacker is the new VP Marketing | Andrew Chen (@andrewchen)
YouTube didn’t need ads to spread itself – instead it used embeds. Ad via Laughing Squid The rise of the Growth Hacker The new job title of Growth

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