Archive for November, 2007

I’m on Facebook — Now What??? (Call for submissions)

Friday, November 30th, 2007

This last year I wrote “I’m on LinkedIn — Now What???” which has become a wildly successful book to help professionals wrap their brains around LinkedIn, and figure out what they should do (aside from just logging in to accept invitations).  How do I know it is wildly successful?  Because my son just bought one from me a couple of days ago… that’s saying something!

Anyway, this time I’m teaming up with Facebook guru Jesse Stay to write I’m on Facebook — Now What???  I thought about writing this earlier this year but decided not to because I figured the 30million (at the time) signups on Facebook either (a) didn’t need it, or (b) didn’t/wouldn’t read books.  I assumed that all/most of them where college kids… assumptions, assumptions.

Obviously, FB has taken the world by storm, and there are a lot more than just college kids looking to get hooked up there.  People are using it for personal branding, business branding, marketing (books, warez, services, etc.) … and it’s not exclusive to college kids anymore.

It’s also growing quickly, etc. etc. etc. blah blah blah – you already know this stuff.  It’s hot.

If you are interested in contributing please send an e-mail to my e-mail (Jason @ JibberJobber dot com) with anything you would advice the readers.  Do you have FB advice?  Suggestions on how to use it?  What to do or not do with your profile, applications, privacy issues, etc?  Do you have any specific examples or case studies of people getting jobs, selling things, etc. on Facebook?  Send them in!

After reading the book people are going to walk away with ideas and actionable suggestions, not just a history and understanding of FB.

If you are a blogger, or in the media, please shoot me an e-mail and I’ll put you on the list to get an early draft (probably not edited) so we can get your early input, possibly an endorsement, etc.  We’d like to spread the word as much as possible… if you can help let me know.  And, the publisher has an affiliate program that offers a lot more than Amazon’s piddly affiliate program.

If you want to get a better idea of the LinkedIn book, to see how it’s marketed, pricing, etc. you can check it out at http://www.HappyAbout.info/linkedinhelp.php.

Plaxo’s amazing growth is attributed to… (drum roll)

Monday, November 19th, 2007

According to Caroline McCarthy at the CNET blog, the growth is attributed to the announcement of OpenSocial. Admitedly, this is Plaxo’s data, not her conlusion. Her blog post is worth reading. (Dear Caroline, don’t worry about my readers getting the wrong message here, the truth is, no one reads this blog ;)).

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However, I have an alternative reason for Plaxo’s growth. It’s because they decided to open the spam machines out again. I swear, this seems to be the same time frame that I received about a gazillion plaxo invites. Like this one:

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Just for the record, I like what Plaxo can do, and think it’s tre-cool. But just when they were getting over the brand and perception that they were a lean, mean, spamming machine, they opened it up again and became the topic of (negative) discussion. Oops.

Huh? What exactly is IP?

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

My question and answer with an attorney at a conference:

Me: Do you do intellectual property?

Attorney: Yes, we do everything in business except for trademarks and patents.

I’m sure IP goes beyond trademarks and patents, but this answer led me to believe that this guy either didn’t hear my question, or he didn’t know what I was looking for.  Even if I’m “wrong,” I’m the purchaser, and it would be worth his while to respond based on my perceptions of what IP is… don’t you think?

does this widget work?

Monday, November 5th, 2007

I’m playing around with widgets… just testing to see if this one works… (if you don’t see anything, it doesn’t work :p)

Plaxo must have fixed their SMTP server

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

or, all of my friends invited me to their social network on the same day.  It seems like in the last 24 hours I’ve received about 15 invitations for friends in Plaxo.  So which is it?  Did they let a ton of invites out yesterday, or did all of my friends (yes, all 15 of them) invite me at once??

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Uh, yeah, I’d say that’s an understatement.

I don’t like Blogger BUT…..

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

I may just have to get an account there, here is the most compelling argument I’ve seen, ever, about going to Blogger (blogspot):

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The broad hippo

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

broad_hippo.pngYesterday I was reading a book to my kids and came across “the broad hippopotamus.”  I asked my 6 year old son what a broad hippo is.  It went something like this:

Me: What is a broad hippo?

6 year old boy: A hippo with bras?

after a few seconds for us to digest it, we all laughed for a while.  I grew up with all boys (my sisters are quite a bit younger, and were still very young when I moved out of the house), so I would have never thought about a hippo with bras!  Alas, my son is with mom and three sisters all day – he’s growing up quite a bit different than I did!