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Jason T. Wiser21,523*Storytelling for Business Building with Chris Brogan* There’s a lot of talk lately about storytelling in business and for good reason. Stories help people to understand and relate to your business journey. Where did you get the idea? What was the first thing you did when you realized that you had a good idea? what worked? what was your biggest mistake?  This program is produced by http://ontracktips.com/storytelling-business-building-chris-brogan/ It’s the answers to these questions that interviewers love to ask because viewers want to experience the journey of the successful business owner. They want to imagine themselves walking this path and living this dream. But aside from telling your rise to the top story, what other stories can we tell as business owners? what other stories do people want to hear? That’s why I have invited @118320665823821681206  to “Get on Track, Stay on Track” because Chris is passionate about small business and he understands the value of telling story for branding, for marketing, for business. *Chris is the Author of* "Trust Agents", "Google+ for Business" "The Impact Equation" "Social Media 101" and the soon to be released "The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth" http://jtw.bz/ChrisBr (affiliate link) Some of the questions I’m going to be asking Chris are: ⇒ Other than your rise to the top story, what day to day stories can we tell in marketing? ⇒ What are some of the best examples of companies that are using storytelling in business today? ⇒ How much of your personal life do you share in your business story? If this interests you, start asking questions now AND Invite 2 friends! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Did you click "Yes" on the event invite? Catch past interviews  http://ontracktips.com and *look for the big RED button.* Upcoming Guests: ⇒ Andrea Vahl "How to Find clients" ⇒ Phyllis Khare "Time Management for Small Business Owners" Subscribe to "Get on Track, Stay on Track" on YouTube -http://jtw.bz/YouTubeOTT  Listen to our Podcast in iTunes http://jtw.bz/iTunesOTT  Join us on Twitter using the hashtag   #OnTrackTips   ========================================­============== If you like this series, Please Share this with 2 friends. Visit Chris Brogan at http://www.chrisbrogan.com/  Read his books also http://jtw.bz/ChrisBr   ========================================­============== #chrisbrogan #storytelling #smallbusiness #marketing #socialmedia #blogging  Storytelling for Business Building with Chris Brogan2014-03-06 19:00:00239  
Ronnie Bincer109,965*Introducing the New and Improved Circloscope* On Monday, February 17th, @108210288375340023376 and @117778937939543425499 will be joined by @112472587150551442541 of @109096245971703802400. Craig is a former product manager for Microsoft and now a co-founder at @109096245971703802400 along with @117778937939543425499 and @115932955064831083806. Circloscope is in the final phases of redevelopment; Christine and Craig will give us a sneak peek of Circloscope's new features, will tell you how it can be used to help you *identify engagers and influencers in your area of interest*, and will discuss the _*importance of circle management*_ so you can filter through the noise and focus in on the conversations that really matter to you. *Helpful articles on Using/Getting the most out of the current version of Circloscope:* *Circloscope A to Z* by the developer @115932955064831083806  https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EhsanAhmadiGharacheh/posts/MQznXkSJbAR *Circloscope Recipes* by @114918475211209783081  http://www.plusyourbusiness.com/circloscope-recipe-list/ *Introduction to Circloscope* by @100172216890994354180   https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ceijk9piqlmiv3ffkkgdi7nuqo4 Christine & Ronnie launched *Influence Marketing Tools N' Techniques* aka #TNTBootcamp to an audience of over 300 who were eager to learn to identify and engage with key influencers on Google Plus and to understand how to "get on the radar" themselves. Click here to watch the first episode in the series and to read the recaps put together by several of the audience members:http://bit.ly/MhiA4x _Upcoming Shows in the Series_ *Monday, February 17th* -www.circloscope.com @112472587150551442541, former Product Development Manager at Microsoft and now a partner at @109096245971703802400, discusses how @109096245971703802400 is being used to identify engagers on Google+ and will provide a sneak peak at the new features that will be released in the new version of the tool. *Monday, March 3rd* -www.steadydemand.com/tool/ @102572320061138442096 from @116266498226740184904 discusses how Steady Demand's Pro Tool provides special engagement tools for both Profiles and Pages including some unique alert features and a scoring system to measure post quality and social signals to post ratio. It can be used to identify top engagers on your pages' posts as well analyze competitors' engagement and posts. Learn how to increase engagement by improving the quality of your posts and to gauge the impact of your SEO and social efforts over a given time period. *Monday, March 17th* -http://www.NOD3x.com Dive into data mining with @100034828195835575273 from @108883357423682942734 to learn how this powerful tool can be used to identify influencers across Google+, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube based on keywords and hashtags and how Klout, Kred and PeerIndex are being used along with NOD3x to measure influence. _*Previous Episodes*_ First, Series Kickoff Overview: http://bit.ly/MhiA4x Second, @11148754#TNTBootcamp - Influence Marketing Tools N' Techniques - Circloscope2014-02-17 20:30:00179  
Peter H. Diamandis338,184Join Peter H. Diamandis to discuss Abundance, exponential technologies and anything else. THE HANGOUT IS HERE:  https://plus.google.com/102564912330648182355/posts/HpGtQb2UQKr THANK YOU for joining us! The recording of the Hangout is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19K8-NSfOWgHangout With Peter Diamandis2013-06-20 18:00:00763  
martin shervington1,114,531*Want to ask questions about publishing YOUR book?* Well, next week I will be joined by Shawn Welch, co-author of 'APE: author, publisher, entrepreneur'. I am sure he will have a lot of answers for you as well. *When.* Sunday at 7pm GMT; 11am PST; 2pm EST. *What it is all about.* Since reading Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch's book 'APE: Authors Publisher and Entrepreneur' I felt inspired to help more people follow their dream. I've motivated people for years to find their enthusiasm of writing, and published a few books myself along the way (both traditional and self-publishing). *The Plan:* Guy has launched the FREE 4 session course and Shawn will take us into Session two. So get yourself ready with some interesting questions! Then, in the following two on-air hangout sessions, I will help you get some structure in place that will help motivate you to become a successful author - I've gone down the publishing and self publishing route myself.  There may also have additional guests to the subsequent hangouts to get you focused and inspire your inner author! *Next Dates:* 17th Feb 17th March *Interested in getting involved?* Click ‘YES’ on the event, read Guy’s book and I’ll see you at the launch! Want to know more about Guy and Shawn’s book check out this post on my blog: http://www.martinshervington.com/getting-books-published-with-ape-author-publisher-entrepreneur-self-publishing/Going 'APE' with Shawn Welch!2013-01-20 20:00:0060  
martin shervington1,114,531*Are you ready to publish your book in 2013?* _After all, everyone has at least one book in them!_ This event will get you more inspired, focused and motivated than ever before. *When.* _Sunday at 7pm GMT; 11am PST; 2pm EST._ *What it is all about.* Since reading Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch's book 'APE: Authors Publisher and Entrepreneur' I felt inspired to help more people follow their dream. I've motivated people for years to find their enthusiasm of writing, and published a few books myself along the way (both traditional and self-publishing). *The Plan:* Guy will launch the FREE 4 session course on Sunday 13th January. So get yourself ready with some interesting questions! Then, in the following three on-air hangout sessions, I will help you get some structure in place that will help motivate you to become a successful author.  _We will also have additional guests to the subsequent hangouts to get you focused and inspire your inner author!_ *Next Dates:* 20th January (same time) 17th Feb 17th March *Interesting in getting involved?* Click ‘YES’ on the event, read Guy’s book and I’ll see you at the launch! Want to know more about Guy and Shawn’s book check out this post on my blog: http://www.martinshervington.com/getting-books-published-with-ape-author-publisher-entrepreneur-self-publishing/Live hangout on-air with Guy Kawasaki! Going 'APE'.2013-01-13 20:00:00371  
Trever McGhee93,844Please accept my apologies if your one of the few that got hit by a bug in their system! This is my first event and for some reason Google notified some people 20 times and for some their system was planning on doing that within their calendars for the next 5 years...every single day...20 times a day...how it did or why it would set peoples calendars up to be notified 20 times a day...I don't know. Hopefully they've got it corrected, if not please let me know. I know I wanted to help peoples wishes come true but not in that way, The goal of this event my Birthday is give you as many of my Birthday Wishes as you require...why because you deserve it. My wish is here is to connect you to the thoughts/ the energy of thousands of people around the world all making a Birthday Wish for themselves from the heart... to you. I like to Imagine the energy from all those making a wish and the energy coming from the ones that come true(the smiles..the laughter..the tears...the overflowing of pure joy) being connected to you to power your own wish to come true. Thanks to some theories about Quantum Physics there's no space between you or me or them...topped with the fact they tell us energy is never destroyed, it's gotta go somewhere as each new person joins in, so why not to you to empower your wish to come true sooner rather than later. Imagine being connected to thousands....millions of others all making wishes...all hoping that your wish comes true for it will help empower their wish. They've documented several cases of where positive thoughts have made a difference, so why not around someones birthday who can then share it with everyone whose connected to that person...so me for this event. It's never been done before, so why not now....be part of it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain as we go day by day, year by year building this community of wish granters. Now think of an image that represents your wish and then take2seconds to think of that image at least once a day until it comes true. Have fun with it, there's no right or wrong way when you come from the heart. Please let us know as each wish comes true...yes each wish...there's no law that says you're only granted one wish...you deserve everyone of them when they come from the heart..when that wish fills you with the passion for life... *****UPDATE at first I was focused on getting as many people as possible for this so that everyone had more energy but now after reading your comments..hearing your passion for life...the numbers have gone completely out the window for each one of you have brought your own unique energy to the equation that's priceless....THANK YOU In my world Birthday wishes can be made everyday of the year because it's a celebration everyday that your here to share this with. So today I Celebrate being 44 and 1 day old.Update to fix Google Bug for "It's My Birthday and my wish is for your wishes to come true!!"2012-08-17 12:00:00203  
pio dal cin82,679Larry Page is slowly recovering from the illness that prevented him from attending to the shareholders meeting a couple weeks ago and other public events. Eric Schmidt reports that he is now slowly recovering and beginning to go back to his office. I though I made this Event for everyone like me who want to wish him a total and quick recovery. So write your message here below to express Larry your Gplusser's supportLarry Page is Back to Work -Virtual welcome back card2012-07-14 04:00:0014  

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2015-06-03 21:31:56 (46 comments, 7 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

As a vegan, I approve of these animals serving humans because there is no exploitation and no harm going on here. The humans are taking good care for the rats, and the rats are providing life-saving service to humans. The facts that the rats never get killed in the mine field is awesome! Thank you rats for saving so many lives, I hope humans are repaying you in kind.

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2015-06-18 16:56:14 (19 comments, 26 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

A little fun, since we now know that Saturn's largest moon Titan has more oil than Earth :) http://www.space.com/4968-titan-oil-earth.html

"Saturn's smoggy moon Titan has hundreds of times more natural gas and other liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, scientists said today."

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2015-06-18 16:56:14 (19 comments, 26 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

A little fun, since we now know that Saturn's largest moon Titan has more oil than Earth :) http://www.space.com/4968-titan-oil-earth.html

"Saturn's smoggy moon Titan has hundreds of times more natural gas and other liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, scientists said today."

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2015-06-24 22:21:13 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

//via +dawn ahukanna 

#Sysadmin   #Truth #Backup #Unix #Linux #FreeBSD   #OpenBSD  ___//via +dawn ahukanna 

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2015-06-24 22:13:58 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Behold, a new creation: Twitter-shaped strawberry. This is real.

While we were busy making this year's homemade strawberry jam, strange strawberry appeared. Is it a sign?! 

#twitter   #signs  ___Behold, a new creation: Twitter-shaped strawberry. This is real.

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2015-06-19 17:14:20 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Good writers are not the people who know how to write an excellent first draft, no. Good writers are people who are excellent editors of their own work.

I'm reading the book "Everybody Writes" by +Ann Handley and so far, I love it. Unlike so many other writing books, this one has got concrete examples.

And I love the following two ideas on the origin of writing paralysis, because this is what keeps me from finishing some of my work:

1) writing paralysis usually comes from not having thought through the idea, not finding the key point I want to make.
2) Writing paralysis is the result of expecting too much of ourselves the first time out. 

Here's the book's Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23001125-everybody-writes

So far, I can recommend the book, even to experienced writers. 

Good writers are not the people who know how to write an excellent first draft, no. Good writers are people who are excellent editors of their own work.

I'm reading the book "Everybody Writes" by +Ann Handley and so far, I love it. Unlike so many other writing books, this one has got concrete examples.

And I love the following two ideas on the origin of writing paralysis, because this is what keeps me from finishing some of my work:

1) writing paralysis usually comes from not having thought through the idea, not finding the key point I want to make.
2) Writing paralysis is the result of expecting too much of ourselves the first time out. 

Here's the book's Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23001125-everybody-writes

So far, I can recommend the book, even to experienced writers. ___

2015-06-19 12:08:01 (16 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The most productive person is the one with the most free time. 

The most productive person is the one with the most free time. ___

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2015-06-18 18:08:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Ahnold at his best, pranking fans :) (3 min video, funny)

The governator at it again.___Ahnold at his best, pranking fans :) (3 min video, funny)

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2015-06-18 16:56:14 (19 comments, 26 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

A little fun, since we now know that Saturn's largest moon Titan has more oil than Earth :) http://www.space.com/4968-titan-oil-earth.html

"Saturn's smoggy moon Titan has hundreds of times more natural gas and other liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, scientists said today."

A little fun, since we now know that Saturn's largest moon Titan has more oil than Earth :) http://www.space.com/4968-titan-oil-earth.html

"Saturn's smoggy moon Titan has hundreds of times more natural gas and other liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, scientists said today."___

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2015-06-16 19:42:58 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

"When you see a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in." - This 3 minute video is a wonderful, in-real-time example of how a movement really forms. What role best describes you: are you the lone nut, the first follower, or the crowd?  #leadership

"When you see a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in." - This 3 minute video is a wonderful, in-real-time example of how a movement really forms. What role best describes you: are you the lone nut, the first follower, or the crowd?  #leadership___

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2015-06-16 17:35:51 (7 comments, 7 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

1,2 million people annually worldwide, to be more precise.

Meanwhile in the year 2030 ;)

~via https://twitter.com/cat_beltane/status/588359354136403969___1,2 million people annually worldwide, to be more precise.

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2015-06-15 07:59:26 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Interesting news publishing concept by +Rick Falkvinge: crowdsourced news publishing without a central website

Falkvinge, the founder of the first Pirate Party, says: "Today, I’m launching a news service in an entirely new format, designed to outcompete oldmedia. The new service publishes all news as shareable images, thereby bypassing a large number of restrictions and limitations, not needing clickbait, and being immune to adblock – but also paying people well, using bitcoin. Meanwhile, oldmedia continues to call people greedy and selfish for not buying their printouts of yesterday’s internet."

Why Rick is doing this: "Our reason for being is that oldmedia have willingly, in a multi-decade process, reduced themselves to propaganda mouthpieces for regimes that are plagued by corruption and nepotism. This is not just in poorer parts ofthe w... mehr »

Interesting news publishing concept by +Rick Falkvinge: crowdsourced news publishing without a central website

Falkvinge, the founder of the first Pirate Party, says: "Today, I’m launching a news service in an entirely new format, designed to outcompete oldmedia. The new service publishes all news as shareable images, thereby bypassing a large number of restrictions and limitations, not needing clickbait, and being immune to adblock – but also paying people well, using bitcoin. Meanwhile, oldmedia continues to call people greedy and selfish for not buying their printouts of yesterday’s internet."

Why Rick is doing this: "Our reason for being is that oldmedia have willingly, in a multi-decade process, reduced themselves to propaganda mouthpieces for regimes that are plagued by corruption and nepotism. This is not just in poorer parts of the world - it's a global phenomenon. The numbers show we can outcompete oldmedia on purely commercial merit, all while bringing reporting back to the plate. So that's what we're doing, that's our raison d'être."

How Rick sees the new media: "There are two predominant trends in how people want to understand the world today. The first trend is brief, real-time reporting. ("The national hotel in Pyongyang is on fire.") The second is long, in-depth, time-insensitive analysis - understanding why a development took place. Such analysis can easily be posted a month or two after the development in question and still be very interesting."

I wonder what +Thomas Baekdal, the best media analyst I know, thinks about this.___

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2015-06-11 11:39:33 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

There's always a way.

Pinging my good friends +Zex Konjina and +Alen Ladavac for some more discussion ;)

Source: http://thememesfactory.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/1622164_1630590193655545_761688595_n1.png

There's always a way.

Pinging my good friends +Zex Konjina and +Alen Ladavac for some more discussion ;)

Source: http://thememesfactory.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/1622164_1630590193655545_761688595_n1.png___

2015-06-11 10:44:13 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Help needed: Is there a tool to check that a certain HTML tag is present on a website? For example, let's say that I want to check whether a website uses a web form or not. The best way to be 100% sure of that is to crawl the whole website and look for a <form> tag, or something similar. Do you know of any such tool? Thanks!

Help needed: Is there a tool to check that a certain HTML tag is present on a website? For example, let's say that I want to check whether a website uses a web form or not. The best way to be 100% sure of that is to crawl the whole website and look for a <form> tag, or something similar. Do you know of any such tool? Thanks!___

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2015-06-04 08:44:57 (14 comments, 3 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Summer season has begun in Croatia! 

Summer season has begun in Croatia! ___

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2015-06-03 21:31:56 (46 comments, 7 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

As a vegan, I approve of these animals serving humans because there is no exploitation and no harm going on here. The humans are taking good care for the rats, and the rats are providing life-saving service to humans. The facts that the rats never get killed in the mine field is awesome! Thank you rats for saving so many lives, I hope humans are repaying you in kind.

As a vegan, I approve of these animals serving humans because there is no exploitation and no harm going on here. The humans are taking good care for the rats, and the rats are providing life-saving service to humans. The facts that the rats never get killed in the mine field is awesome! Thank you rats for saving so many lives, I hope humans are repaying you in kind.___

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2015-06-02 12:06:15 (22 comments, 7 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

The ridiculousness of calling yourself a "GURU" (an example): imagine you were looking for a cleaning service company to hire them to clean your offices. Now imagine their employees called themselves "cleaning gurus".

Wouldn't they look ridiculous?

That's how I imagine other professionals think about us, "the creative types", who call ourselves the same.

Conclusion: remove the word "guru" (and its ilk such as: ninja, rockstar, wizard, maven, sage...) from your CV, from your websites, from your copy.

Alternative to "guru": if you specialize in something, "specialist" is a much more neutral word.

What is your favorite alternative to "guru"?

The ridiculousness of calling yourself a "GURU" (an example): imagine you were looking for a cleaning service company to hire them to clean your offices. Now imagine their employees called themselves "cleaning gurus".

Wouldn't they look ridiculous?

That's how I imagine other professionals think about us, "the creative types", who call ourselves the same.

Conclusion: remove the word "guru" (and its ilk such as: ninja, rockstar, wizard, maven, sage...) from your CV, from your websites, from your copy.

Alternative to "guru": if you specialize in something, "specialist" is a much more neutral word.

What is your favorite alternative to "guru"?___

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2015-06-01 18:53:25 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Men's bag for all your gadgets and everyday stuff. You'll even look cool wearing it.

Support this project on Kickstarter and get a cool ergonomical bag that stays slim even when you fill it with all the stuff that you're now carrying in your pockets. The bag is $85 (early bird special), or you can support the project starting at only $3. 

This is a project by a Croatian product designer Ladislav Juric. Share if you like the bag!

Men's bag for all your gadgets and everyday stuff. You'll even look cool wearing it.

Support this project on Kickstarter and get a cool ergonomical bag that stays slim even when you fill it with all the stuff that you're now carrying in your pockets. The bag is $85 (early bird special), or you can support the project starting at only $3. 

This is a project by a Croatian product designer Ladislav Juric. Share if you like the bag!___

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2015-05-31 09:34:05 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Remove crappy Taboola and other ads from your browser with this FREE Chrome ad blocking extension

Here are the instructions on how to block Taboola ads: https://adblockplus.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20747 (you need to manually add it to your filters)

I was so annoyed with Taboola ads on so many websites that I installed this little extension. (Taboola ads are those low-quality content pieces that promote hair-loss miracles and other crap that you can see all over the place, even on Business Insider for example). Blocking those ads is my message to publishers that they've gone too far in monetizing their traffic. I've never seen a useful Taboola content piece in my life and I doubt that I will lose anything by never seeing those ads again.

Adblock Plus is one cool project. It does not block unobtrusive ads by default, for example. And it allows you to set your... mehr »

Remove crappy Taboola and other ads from your browser with this FREE Chrome ad blocking extension

Here are the instructions on how to block Taboola ads: https://adblockplus.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20747 (you need to manually add it to your filters)

I was so annoyed with Taboola ads on so many websites that I installed this little extension. (Taboola ads are those low-quality content pieces that promote hair-loss miracles and other crap that you can see all over the place, even on Business Insider for example). Blocking those ads is my message to publishers that they've gone too far in monetizing their traffic. I've never seen a useful Taboola content piece in my life and I doubt that I will lose anything by never seeing those ads again.

Adblock Plus is one cool project. It does not block unobtrusive ads by default, for example. And it allows you to set your own criteria about what constitutes a bad ad. To me, everything that pops up, and shoves bullshit content in my face, is a no-no. From now on, I block all of that. 

This ad blocker can do all sorts of other cool stuff, like block social buttons. 

Happy surfing! ___

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2015-05-29 17:46:27 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Computers, wowen into the fabrics of our clothes (VIDEO, 4 min)
Invisible, lightweight, no different from our standard clothes. But powerful. By Google.

Holy moly... wearable computing in the form of clothes just got more real.

As some of you know, I started out in life working in the fashion industry. I started in fashion design school, learning how to become a fashion designer. I had a couple of jobs as a fashion designer intern, until my life shifted towards teaching people how to design clothes digitally at a tech company, and finally I ended up spending 10 years of my life as the digital media manager at a big fashion company. 

Fashion is in my blood, and while I don't work with fashion anymore, it's always a passion of mine.

So take a look at Project Jacquard by Google below. This is basically the realization of the dream that we have all had for twenty or so years now.

The amazing thing about this is that we are reaching a point now where we can design clothes that can interface with our devices, without the need for cumbersome tech that gets in the way.  

Think about all the things we can do with XBOX Kinect, and now imagine if we could do all of that without a Kinect device, anywhere, simply because our clothes would have a complete picture of the movement and touch from our body.

I can't wait for this to get to the next stage!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qObSFfdfe7I___Computers, wowen into the fabrics of our clothes (VIDEO, 4 min)
Invisible, lightweight, no different from our standard clothes. But powerful. By Google.

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2015-05-26 22:20:02 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

We have trouble developing passion for useful activities because we have a wrong image of what passion really looks like. This is one of those big discoveries, huge realizations, one that I just had while reading this thread: http://www.quora.com/How-do-I-develop-a-passion-for-exercise

Most people, including me, imagine that passion looks like this pretty smiling running lady. She must really be passionate about exercise! She probably never has doubts about going for a run! Her motivation is ironclad!

Passion looks nothing like that.

I want to keep my passion for exercise, but it's hard. It's needlessly hard because I keep imagining smiling women running, and that’s false. That’s not necessarily passion - that’s just a stock photo implanted in my brain by fitness portals.

No, passionate people probably do not smilewhen t... mehr »

We have trouble developing passion for useful activities because we have a wrong image of what passion really looks like. This is one of those big discoveries, huge realizations, one that I just had while reading this thread: http://www.quora.com/How-do-I-develop-a-passion-for-exercise

Most people, including me, imagine that passion looks like this pretty smiling running lady. She must really be passionate about exercise! She probably never has doubts about going for a run! Her motivation is ironclad!

Passion looks nothing like that.

I want to keep my passion for exercise, but it's hard. It's needlessly hard because I keep imagining smiling women running, and that’s false. That’s not necessarily passion - that’s just a stock photo implanted in my brain by fitness portals.

No, passionate people probably do not smile when they exercise.

The real image of passion is this:

Real passion is that moment when I decide that my health and my long stay on this Earth with my beloved ones is more important than my immediate comfort.

Real passion is the look on my face when I decide to get up, lace up, and get out of my apartment.

Real passion is when I feel like stopping on the track, or doing just one more lap, and then I do ten more - that’s closer to passion than anything else.

If you're searching for passion in anything you want to develop a healthy habit in, stop deluding yourself with false images. Passion is not pretty. Passion is more likely ugly and uncomfortable in the first minute.

Passion is when it hurts, and you still decide to do it, because you prefer the image of you doing it.

What do you want to become passionate about?___

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2015-05-25 20:21:34 (25 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

This morning, my bathroom scale showed that I managed to lose all the weight I gained in the past 10-15 years. Guess how I celebrated my accomplishment?

No, I did NOT eat a big glass of chocolate mint ice-cream depicted in this post.

That's what the old Visnja would do. Her idea of a weight loss program would be to make herself miserable for nine months, deny herself most of the life's pleasures like vegan ice-cream, Guinness, XL popcorn in the movie theater, and stuffing herself full with mom's oven-baked potatos (there are two moms now: mine and my boyfriend's. They both make delicious oven-baked potato.) And then she would use food as reward. Talking about anti-motivation.

The new Visnja celebrated by going for a nice 30-minute run. I enjoyed every minute of it.

(Look at the pretentious me, speaking of myself in third person, and... mehr »

This morning, my bathroom scale showed that I managed to lose all the weight I gained in the past 10-15 years. Guess how I celebrated my accomplishment?

No, I did NOT eat a big glass of chocolate mint ice-cream depicted in this post.

That's what the old Visnja would do. Her idea of a weight loss program would be to make herself miserable for nine months, deny herself most of the life's pleasures like vegan ice-cream, Guinness, XL popcorn in the movie theater, and stuffing herself full with mom's oven-baked potatos (there are two moms now: mine and my boyfriend's. They both make delicious oven-baked potato.) And then she would use food as reward. Talking about anti-motivation.

The new Visnja celebrated by going for a nice 30-minute run. I enjoyed every minute of it.

(Look at the pretentious me, speaking of myself in third person, and telling you about my successes! I promise you I'm not like this in real life, only on social media, where I must maintain a more polished version of me because what would people say. Even my avatar is 'shopped.)

Since I'm sharing this to my "Health, Without The BS" collection, it's appropriate to tell you about the "no BS" part. 

The "no BS" part boils down to this: 

If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, eat mostly plant-based diet, exercise regularly, and don't eat more calories than you burn.

Just eating well is not enough.
Just exercising is not enough. 
You have to do both at the same time.

Take it from someone who has lost 25+ kilos in the past and gained almost all of it back. 

There is so much bullshit online regarding nutrition. It's so easy to buy into someone else's commercialized flavor of health, it's rampant online at this moment. If you suspend your critical thinking skills just for a while, you'll develop all kinds of "sensitivities", you'll feel your body drowning in "toxins", you'll adopt a "diet", probably one of the weirder ones, and you'll forget about the basics.

What are the basics, again? 

- Wanna lose weight? Burn more than you eat.
- Wanna maintain weight? Maintain caloric balance. 
- Eat mostly plants. 

Here's a 4-min video of a guy who researched where people live the longest and why is that so: bigthink.com/videos/blue-zones-and-diet and he said the same. Also, beans. We're not eating enough beans.

I use the +enquos app (www.enquos.com) to track my food, fitness, weight, symptoms, water intake + a number of parameters others might find useful, such as cycle, meds, symptoms, etc. I have been able to fine tune my nutrition well, remove some of the health problems I've been having, and manage my weight loss goals. 

Happy calorie counting! It will pay off.

Creative Commons Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/klmircea/8986717297/___

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2015-05-25 17:15:08 (7 comments, 14 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

This is totally appropriate, since it's 2015, and we all know who came back to the future in 2015. 

Hoverboard Prototype
http://www.gadgetify.com/propeller-based-hoverboard/

If you missed it ... It will be a while before I can get my hands on one though ... :)___This is totally appropriate, since it's 2015, and we all know who came back to the future in 2015. 

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2015-05-15 09:34:25 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Do you let your clients call you on a Friday night? Do you answer their calls? [MY NEW ARTICLE ABOUT THE WEB AGENCY BUSINESS, 3 min read]

I bet the clients who make a habit of interrupting you outside regular business hours aren't your most profitable clients.

I wrote this article because I hear about this over and over and over again: "I do everything for them, but my clients just don't respect me."

I see smart web professionals sit at their computers on weekends because they are mistaking "excellence" for "amateurish attitude". 

I also firmly believe that clients should be paying extra for getting guaranteed access to us when we're not in the office.

And there is a way to let the clients know about it politely. Details in the article.

How come web professionals get LESS respect when they make themselves available almost 24/7? [NEW BLOG ARTICLE]
It's because what we think is professional behavior, isn't.

In this article we're raising awareness that web professionals, especially freelancers, must set some rules and boundaries about how and when their clients can contact them.

BDSM metaphors included :)

However, your experience might be completely different, and in that case, do comment here.___Do you let your clients call you on a Friday night? Do you answer their calls? [MY NEW ARTICLE ABOUT THE WEB AGENCY BUSINESS, 3 min read]

I bet the clients who make a habit of interrupting you outside regular business hours aren't your most profitable clients.

I wrote this article because I hear about this over and over and over again: "I do everything for them, but my clients just don't respect me."

I see smart web professionals sit at their computers on weekends because they are mistaking "excellence" for "amateurish attitude". 

I also firmly believe that clients should be paying extra for getting guaranteed access to us when we're not in the office.

And there is a way to let the clients know about it politely. Details in the article.

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2015-05-13 10:24:34 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

The Kind Of Content I Can't Stand: All Flash, No Photo. Aka, beautiful eye candy, but zero education and information, plus my time has been wasted.

I love slide decks. Sometimes when I'm in a waiting room or in some queue, I take out my smartphone and look at slide decks on Slideshare. It's like looking at picture books for adults. 

Every now and then, I stumble upon a promising presentation, such as this one. And then I'm quickly disappointed: short, clever text on beautiful images, but I can't learn a damn thing from it. 

What can you learn from the following content on one slide? 

Slide 1
"BRAIN"
"Demonstrates intellectual curiosity and investment"

Slide 2
"GUTS"
"Shows strong instincts & confidence"

What on this good Earth can I learn from thatco... mehr »

The Kind Of Content I Can't Stand: All Flash, No Photo. Aka, beautiful eye candy, but zero education and information, plus my time has been wasted.

I love slide decks. Sometimes when I'm in a waiting room or in some queue, I take out my smartphone and look at slide decks on Slideshare. It's like looking at picture books for adults. 

Every now and then, I stumble upon a promising presentation, such as this one. And then I'm quickly disappointed: short, clever text on beautiful images, but I can't learn a damn thing from it. 

What can you learn from the following content on one slide? 

Slide 1
"BRAIN"
"Demonstrates intellectual curiosity and investment"

Slide 2
"GUTS"
"Shows strong instincts & confidence"

What on this good Earth can I learn from that content?

I hear it all the time: "People just don't read online. You gotta give them pretty pictures. It's a visual world now." 

I beg to differ. Let me show you the kind of presentation I love: 
http://www.slideshare.net/marketingexperiments/the-most-effective-calls-toaction-5-principles-discovered-for-increasing-customer-response

It's 47 slides by Marketing Experiments, rich in information, text, data, science, and practical examples. You could argue that their visual style could be better. That their presentations lack the visual candy. But I'd much rather flip through their slides, than through pretty images.

Why are we creating content, at all? What are the stories that we tell ourselves about our roles in marketing? If we could choose between being an educator or an entertainer in digital marketing, what do we believe would get us more ROI on our content, in our industry?

I just feel that this particular content piece totally missed the opportunity to educate. While it does serve as an example of well created visual candy, it totally lacks "meat", aka "I didn't get what I was promised".___

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2015-05-12 18:55:27 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Uber for everything, aka "on-demand concierge economy based on apps". One reason to love San Francisco, where most of this economy exists. I wish there was something like this where I live.

This is one great trend that is reshaping how people think about services and their free time. There will always be people who value their free time more than their money, but who just won't pay too much to professional service companies. There's a gap between what professional services charge and the perceived value of their services. 

Uber for everything, aka "on-demand concierge economy based on apps". One reason to love San Francisco, where most of this economy exists. I wish there was something like this where I live.

This is one great trend that is reshaping how people think about services and their free time. There will always be people who value their free time more than their money, but who just won't pay too much to professional service companies. There's a gap between what professional services charge and the perceived value of their services. ___

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2015-05-11 17:00:36 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Don't mess with the Bosnians :)

//via +Damir Mujić on Facebook

Don't mess with the Bosnians :)

//via +Damir Mujić on Facebook___

2015-05-04 18:39:58 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Please (Un)subscribe to/from my newest collections
Finally, a feature worth spending more time on Google+ (I've been absent a lot lately). Here are the topical collections I will be posting to (and have been posting about since ever), so feel free to (un)subscribe from the ones that do (not) interest you. This way you get the best from me and none of my stuff that annoys you.

BUSINESS TOPIC COLLECTIONS

Business of Web Dev & Marketing - https://plus.google.com/collection/8PLYX - follow if you own a web development company, digital agency, marketing consultancy, or similar. Here I post my experience in running one such business, and related topics.

Sales & Selling - https://plus.google.com/collection/4DWXX - I love sales, I've been working in sales for the past 13 years, and I'm good at it. I also love talking about sales... mehr »

Please (Un)subscribe to/from my newest collections
Finally, a feature worth spending more time on Google+ (I've been absent a lot lately). Here are the topical collections I will be posting to (and have been posting about since ever), so feel free to (un)subscribe from the ones that do (not) interest you. This way you get the best from me and none of my stuff that annoys you.

BUSINESS TOPIC COLLECTIONS

Business of Web Dev & Marketing - https://plus.google.com/collection/8PLYX - follow if you own a web development company, digital agency, marketing consultancy, or similar. Here I post my experience in running one such business, and related topics.

Sales & Selling - https://plus.google.com/collection/4DWXX - I love sales, I've been working in sales for the past 13 years, and I'm good at it. I also love talking about sales and here is where I'll post about it.

Digital Marketing - https://plus.google.com/collection/kuBXX - self-explanatory. 

Business & Entrepreneurship - https://plus.google.com/collection/E-EXX - a general business topic. Follow if you own a business or want to read business advice.

Writing, Books & Publishing - https://plus.google.com/collection/IKEXX - I'm a writer, I published a book, and I love everything about that. Connect with me via my posts.

MY PRIVATE INTEREST COLLECTIONS

Abundance & Better Future - https://plus.google.com/collection/M27WX - lots of new technology, exponential tech, ways to improve our lives now and create a better future together. I mostly share links with my personal comments about abundant proof that we're living in a ever-improving world.

Science & Sci-Fi - https://plus.google.com/collection/QS_WX -  I mostly share links with my personal comments about science. An occasional scifi joke. 

Health, Without the BS - https://plus.google.com/collection/4aXXX - I filter all the health & fitness advice online and ignore all the bullshit. And sometimes I post about it.

Caturday - https://plus.google.com/collection/AQ5WX - you'll want to unsubscribe from this if you don't like me posting a cat picture ten times a year :)___

2015-05-04 18:26:06 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

A tip about creating #Collections: Think in terms "what would people want to subscribe to" and not in terms "what I want to post about"

I think of collections = subscription lists. It's like subscribing to email newsletters, but better: you don't have to read all of them and the collections you subscribe to won't nag for your attention until you mark them as read.

Google+, what the hell were you waiting for all these years? This is the feature we've been craving. Please make it work well. 

//ping +Rob Gordon I bet you're excited about this :)

A tip about creating #Collections: Think in terms "what would people want to subscribe to" and not in terms "what I want to post about"

I think of collections = subscription lists. It's like subscribing to email newsletters, but better: you don't have to read all of them and the collections you subscribe to won't nag for your attention until you mark them as read.

Google+, what the hell were you waiting for all these years? This is the feature we've been craving. Please make it work well. 

//ping +Rob Gordon I bet you're excited about this :)___

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2015-05-01 07:05:19 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." ~ Maya Angelou

This is a little thought I visualized for you on this day. This is a tribute to all human progress in which I believe. As a civilization, I can see that we constantly do better, even when things move too slowly for our human senses.

Image source: SpaceX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/spacexphotos/16661753958/)

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." ~ Maya Angelou

This is a little thought I visualized for you on this day. This is a tribute to all human progress in which I believe. As a civilization, I can see that we constantly do better, even when things move too slowly for our human senses.

Image source: SpaceX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/spacexphotos/16661753958/)___

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2015-04-25 08:14:36 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Exercise causes your brain to grow and form new brain cells and other fine facts in this short and sweet 3-min TED talk. Don't miss it!

___Exercise causes your brain to grow and form new brain cells and other fine facts in this short and sweet 3-min TED talk. Don't miss it!

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2015-04-23 13:04:09 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

How to build the culture of social in a company? (open question)

I want to hear good ideas on this topic too. Being the champion / pioneer / advocate of anything new in a company is hard, frustrating, and time consuming. I've had limited success in my company (not everyone is a scribbler like me!) and I would love to hear success stories from small companies. 

Does everyone in the company need to be social these days?

What if you have an awesome expert who just does not care about social?

Is true digital citizenship really a prerequisite for landing a job in the 21. century? If no, when? If yes, what do you do with non-digital citizens?

Discuss on the original thread, I've disabled comments in mine.

How do you motivate people internally? (open question)
Yesterday, a friend of mine asked me about ways to motivate people internally about social. A big brand wanted to get their employees to have a more social media culture in general, but struggling to figure out how.

They are thinking about doing some kind of gimmick, you know, doing something they could put on each desk, but I cannot imagine what that could be. 

Back when I was working at a big company, the way I motivated people were though really time-intensive internal lobbying. I would talk with people, promote ideas, suggest concepts and plans over and over and over again. 

And I usually did this on a one-to-one basis. And every single time someone did something good, I would highlight it. I might send out an email to the entire department, praising that person for doing something ‘social’. 

And it worked. 

I tried to do many other things as well. I published short blog posts on our intranet when something interesting had happened on our social channels. I published an internal newsletter. These may have contributed to the change in culture as well, but nowhere near as effective as the lobbying. 

Of course, all of this was 7 years ago, back when many people didn’t even know what Facebook was. So part of my challenge was not just to get people to see the value for the business, but also to get each employee to be social themselves (which our corporate IT department completely ruined by blocking all access to social sites/tools, unless you had been whitelisted. They even blocked me from using Tweetdeck). 

But basically, I approached it as an on-going internal PR campaign. I would lobby the people I considered to be the smartest, most influential, and most important to change. I would lobby everyone around them each time these influencers did something useful. I would use mass communications to let the rest of the company know when something was achieved (big and small wins). 

Basically, advocating, advocating and advocating. 

The problem with this approach is that it’s incredibly time-intensive, and you are only influencing a small part of the business (which you then hope will also influence others). 

A problem is also that it only worked for me because I had the ‘power’ to work across departments. If you have a very rigid corporate structure, I’m not sure you could have done it that way. 

So, how would you do this? Remember, we are talking about big companies here (1,000+ employees). Do you have any good ideas for motivating people internally in big companies about social (and I don’t just mean Facebook, but the social culture)?___How to build the culture of social in a company? (open question)

I want to hear good ideas on this topic too. Being the champion / pioneer / advocate of anything new in a company is hard, frustrating, and time consuming. I've had limited success in my company (not everyone is a scribbler like me!) and I would love to hear success stories from small companies. 

Does everyone in the company need to be social these days?

What if you have an awesome expert who just does not care about social?

Is true digital citizenship really a prerequisite for landing a job in the 21. century? If no, when? If yes, what do you do with non-digital citizens?

Discuss on the original thread, I've disabled comments in mine.

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2015-04-22 17:54:47 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The Internet of Everything: recent Cisco study placing the value of IoE as a $19 trillion opportunity

The Biggest Business Opportunities Will Be in Making Systems More Efficient.

"50+ billion connected devices, loaded with a dozen or more sensors, will create a trillion-sensor ecosystem.

These devices will create what I call a state of perfect knowledge, where we'll be able to know what we want, where we want, when we want."

~Peter Diamandis___The Internet of Everything: recent Cisco study placing the value of IoE as a $19 trillion opportunity

The Biggest Business Opportunities Will Be in Making Systems More Efficient.

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2015-04-19 07:34:21 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Justness + Profit = Capitalism 2.0: Rethinking Capitalism. Wonderful 10-min VIDEO by a hedge fund manager who wants to do something about inequality. I totally agree with him when he says that capitalism is responsible for some of the most important innovations and breakthroughs in our history, therefore we should not destroy capitalism, we should build upon it. Capitalism is a stepping stone and we should step on it to see further, to build something better. 

//via +Firas Hermez 

Justness + Profit = Capitalism 2.0: Rethinking Capitalism. Wonderful 10-min VIDEO by a hedge fund manager who wants to do something about inequality. I totally agree with him when he says that capitalism is responsible for some of the most important innovations and breakthroughs in our history, therefore we should not destroy capitalism, we should build upon it. Capitalism is a stepping stone and we should step on it to see further, to build something better. 

//via +Firas Hermez ___

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2015-04-19 06:57:23 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

The Star Trek show had a political agenda for doing good in the world
George Takei tells Bill Maher how Gene Roddenberry was dealing with political issues in their time and how they used metaphors on the show to change the minds of American people. I did not know that Uhura kissing Kirk was one of the first interracial kisses in the history of American TV. Love that show, love what they did for humanity!

The Star Trek show had a political agenda for doing good in the world
George Takei tells Bill Maher how Gene Roddenberry was dealing with political issues in their time and how they used metaphors on the show to change the minds of American people. I did not know that Uhura kissing Kirk was one of the first interracial kisses in the history of American TV. Love that show, love what they did for humanity!___

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2015-04-16 18:17:41 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

"The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there's no going back. The shift occurred in 2013, when the world added 143 gigawatts of renewable electricity capacity, compared with 141 gigawatts in new plants that burn fossil fuels."

//via +Radoslav Dejanović​

BREAKING NEWS: e pa kada i Bloomberg kaže... HALO, VRDOLJAK, HALO ! ! !

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-14/fossil-fuels-just-lost-the-race-against-renewables?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_term=Energy%20Revolution&utm_campaign=Climate&__surl__=IgD76&__ots__=1429169582839&__step__=1___"The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there's no going back. The shift occurred in 2013, when the world added 143 gigawatts of renewable electricity capacity, compared with 141 gigawatts in new plants that burn fossil fuels."

//via +Radoslav Dejanović​

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2015-04-11 09:54:52 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Cat plays dead to avoid going for a walk: https://youtu.be/5sy1MDHZ27M (3 min video)

Just leave the poor kitty at home :)

#caturday 

Cat plays dead to avoid going for a walk: https://youtu.be/5sy1MDHZ27M (3 min video)

Just leave the poor kitty at home :)

#caturday ___

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2015-04-10 10:07:18 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

What's Twitter's problem? 
Quote from the article: "The fact that such rumors are even floating is just another small sign of growing impatience among investors, particularly with Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo. After he overhauled much of the company’s top ranks last year, there aren’t many heads left to roll besides his own. I have to believe Twitter’s board believes it’s worth letting at least one more seasoned CEO see if they can fix the company’s struggles to develop products that will drive user growth and engagement, and of course more revenue."

I don't understand what's going on in the minds of people at the helm of Twitter. They only need to model what two other most successful advertising companies are doing: Google and Facebook. The difference between Google/Facebook and Twitter is in self-serve advertising platforms,available ... mehr »

What's Twitter's problem? 
Quote from the article: "The fact that such rumors are even floating is just another small sign of growing impatience among investors, particularly with Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo. After he overhauled much of the company’s top ranks last year, there aren’t many heads left to roll besides his own. I have to believe Twitter’s board believes it’s worth letting at least one more seasoned CEO see if they can fix the company’s struggles to develop products that will drive user growth and engagement, and of course more revenue."

I don't understand what's going on in the minds of people at the helm of Twitter. They only need to model what two other most successful advertising companies are doing: Google and Facebook. The difference between Google/Facebook and Twitter is in self-serve advertising platforms, available worldwide. I believe this is the single most important reason why Google and Facebook are loaded with cash, and Twitter isn't. 

What's Twitter doing? It's not letting small businesses in on their advertising platform. It's not available in the most of the world. It requires only certain agencies to advertise online. Twitter did not develop their platform to be agency-friendly. 

For the record, another network, Linkedin, is doing the same: not letting businesses throughout the world advertise. But if I'm not mistaken, Linkedin is profitable, unlike Twitter. I may be frustrated with what Linkedin is doing, but at least their actions have positive results. (For now.)___

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2015-04-09 08:18:26 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I improved my sales skills when I stopped saying YES to most leads I got. In my newest article for +Simpfinity I explain why digital agencies and web professionals need to create an avalanche of leads: because when all you've got is one lead, that lead becomes the center of your universe. This lead may not be the perfect client, but we pursue it as if it was.

The case for attracting more leads than your digital agency can handle [NEW BLOG ARTICLE]. When your agency is attracting too many leads, something great happens: you naturally start prequalifying leads. 

You learn how valuable your time is, and you start treating it like it deserves, i.e. you make it your mission to recognize that one perfect client who will buy from you. 

A good salesperson juggling fifty leads can drop most of those leads and still feel good about it. Learning how not to feel bad about dropping leads in sales is how become great in sales.

#sales #website #web #dev #design___I improved my sales skills when I stopped saying YES to most leads I got. In my newest article for +Simpfinity I explain why digital agencies and web professionals need to create an avalanche of leads: because when all you've got is one lead, that lead becomes the center of your universe. This lead may not be the perfect client, but we pursue it as if it was.

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2015-04-07 08:17:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The value of US B2B e-commerce sales will be $1.132 trillion by 2020, Forrester Research urges companies to get to work now on a digital strategy for dealing with customers.

This comes as no surprise: B2C eCommerce may be sexier, but B2B eCommerce is where the money's at. 

This huge opportunity is being driven by "channel-shifting" B2B buyers who are buying more online than through phone and other offline channels. More than 60% of all buying decisions in B2B sales is now being made before the buyer has chosen to come in first contact with the B2B supplier. 

Good news for those of us consultancies who chose to focus on ramping up B2B companies to the online world!

The value of US B2B e-commerce sales will be $1.132 trillion by 2020, Forrester Research urges companies to get to work now on a digital strategy for dealing with customers.

This comes as no surprise: B2C eCommerce may be sexier, but B2B eCommerce is where the money's at. 

This huge opportunity is being driven by "channel-shifting" B2B buyers who are buying more online than through phone and other offline channels. More than 60% of all buying decisions in B2B sales is now being made before the buyer has chosen to come in first contact with the B2B supplier. 

Good news for those of us consultancies who chose to focus on ramping up B2B companies to the online world!___

2015-03-27 12:07:07 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I like what +Sasha Matijasic did with his Consulting Services page: http://selectnull.com/consulting

#developerhumor  

I like what +Sasha Matijasic did with his Consulting Services page: http://selectnull.com/consulting

#developerhumor  ___

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2015-03-15 20:41:39 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This is the app I use for tracking what I eat and how I exercise. Use an app to gain awareness, it'll do you good

Since I started exercising regularly and eating more mindfully in September 2014, I've had great results:

1) Running (1x week) and swimming (4x week) are now my new habits. 
2) I've been able to fine-tune my nutrition for my special health needs (vegan, problems with hypoglycemia), without gaining weight or getting sick.
3) I lost 14 kilos in the process, losing more as we speak. 

This Enquos app has been a tremendous help. It made me aware of the caloric intake values of the foods I eat regularly, and as a result, I was able to cut back on stuff that hurt me and increase stuff that helps my health.

For example, I was shocked the other day when I learned that I ate 4x the allowed daily dose od sodium, and Ir... mehr »

enquos is the first comprehensive system to track, organize and securely share your nutrition, fitness and health data, while providing tools to optimize your choices with ease. Register today at www.enquos.com.

#QuantifiedSelf #mHealth #DigitalHealth #fitnessapps #nutritionapps #trackingapps___This is the app I use for tracking what I eat and how I exercise. Use an app to gain awareness, it'll do you good

Since I started exercising regularly and eating more mindfully in September 2014, I've had great results:

1) Running (1x week) and swimming (4x week) are now my new habits. 
2) I've been able to fine-tune my nutrition for my special health needs (vegan, problems with hypoglycemia), without gaining weight or getting sick.
3) I lost 14 kilos in the process, losing more as we speak. 

This Enquos app has been a tremendous help. It made me aware of the caloric intake values of the foods I eat regularly, and as a result, I was able to cut back on stuff that hurt me and increase stuff that helps my health.

For example, I was shocked the other day when I learned that I ate 4x the allowed daily dose od sodium, and I realized that particular foods I've been eating every day contain huge amounts of sodium. Nobody needs that much salt. 

Another example: humans are soooo bad at estimating how much calories their food contains. That's why we get fat. When Enquos encouraged me to start counting calories, I was shocked to see how little food I am allowed to eat for dinner (if I'm to follow my weight loss plan that Enquos calculated for me).

Another surprise came when I realized that my body does not need the mountains of food I used to eat for dinner, lunch, breakfast. I run and swim regularly, and I do not need that much more food!

And then, as a vegan, I was surprised to learn that I am NOT eating enough protein. As a result, I started buying foods that contain lots of good, healthy proteins (pumpkin seeds, for example - thank you +Tessa Schlesinger for that tip!) and adding them mindfully to the meals I created. And when you know exactly how many calories you're eating, you'll never make a bad decision (protein-rich food is usually high in calories too). 

In the future, I believe this data that I'm now entering in the app might help some future personalized doctor help me better. Imagine having a decade of precise nutrition and exercise data and how this might help someone make a better decision. 

Awareness is the first step and that's why the #quantifiedself  movement will gain in popularity with time. I was never able to maintain my health after weight loss, I always gained almost everything back. I now know why, and for the first time in my life, I can honestly say that I believe I am now doing the right thing. I now believe in a simple thing: exercise regularly to spend more calories than you eat, and know your exact numbers.

Do you use a similar app? What do you do with it, and with the data you get?

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2015-03-11 21:16:59 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Please support the development of this app that keeps your secrets on all computing platforms (by a Croatian developer and my friend +Ivan Voras): "I needed a convenient, easy to use and uncomplicated way to write down information I wanted kept secret. I also needed these encrypted files to be in sync with my Android-based mobile phone. I didn't want to use external command-line tools, large applications, complex protocols, or anything else which would distract me from the simple workflow of:

Write some text
Hit Ctrl-S to save it, enter a password

No fuss, no unnecessary clicks, no problems."

The app is: 
- ads free
- open source
- has desktop and Android versions

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-better-encrypted-notepad#home

Please support the development of this app that keeps your secrets on all computing platforms (by a Croatian developer and my friend +Ivan Voras): "I needed a convenient, easy to use and uncomplicated way to write down information I wanted kept secret. I also needed these encrypted files to be in sync with my Android-based mobile phone. I didn't want to use external command-line tools, large applications, complex protocols, or anything else which would distract me from the simple workflow of:

Write some text
Hit Ctrl-S to save it, enter a password

No fuss, no unnecessary clicks, no problems."

The app is: 
- ads free
- open source
- has desktop and Android versions

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-better-encrypted-notepad#home___

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2015-03-02 17:44:00 (17 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Finally, an end might one day come to websites such as NaturalNews and FoodBabe: Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22530102.600-google-wants-to-rank-websites-based-on-facts-not-links.html#.VPQ66bOsX1g

Just imagine, getting not only popular but factually correct results too. 

Finally, an end might one day come to websites such as NaturalNews and FoodBabe: Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22530102.600-google-wants-to-rank-websites-based-on-facts-not-links.html#.VPQ66bOsX1g

Just imagine, getting not only popular but factually correct results too. ___

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2015-03-02 11:02:20 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Why even the most skilled software developers estimate software inaccurately, and what to tell your clients who insist on fixed-price projects: "The reason the estimate contains variability is that the software project itself contains variability. The only way to reduce the variability in the estimate is to reduce the variability in the project itself."

No matter how good you are, you'll get the estimate wrong if you're operating with unknown unknowns. No.Matter.How.Good.

The solution is this:

1) embrace the reality of software development internally in your company. Agile methodologies are popular today and skilled agilists report that agile works. Once you make the decision to follow a certain process, you can't let the client dictate any other process. 

2) Educate your clients about the reality of software... mehr »

Why even the most skilled software developers estimate software inaccurately, and what to tell your clients who insist on fixed-price projects: "The reason the estimate contains variability is that the software project itself contains variability. The only way to reduce the variability in the estimate is to reduce the variability in the project itself."

No matter how good you are, you'll get the estimate wrong if you're operating with unknown unknowns. No.Matter.How.Good.

The solution is this:

1) embrace the reality of software development internally in your company. Agile methodologies are popular today and skilled agilists report that agile works. Once you make the decision to follow a certain process, you can't let the client dictate any other process. 

2) Educate your clients about the reality of software development. If needed, take a printout of this "Cone of Uncertainty" to meetings and when the fixed price for an unknown project comes up, tell your client that you'd have to charge them at least 4x the price to reduce the risk on your side enough to make this project viable and profitable. 4x will be unacceptable to the client. When you mention chargin 4x the price, reality will seem much more acceptable, and you'll soon discuss better ways to start a project.

One good way to increase the chance of selling a non-fixed-price project to a client, while reducing the risk and not being forced to quote a fixed price, is to divide the project in these milestones:

1. Requirements Design Complete
2. Back-End Complete
3. User Interface Design Complete
4. Beta-Testing Complete
4. Project Launch

(Notice how I put back-end development before user interface development. That's because user interface should not be built before it's clear which data you'll be dealing with. How can you design an app if you don't know which data to put in it?)

For example, you could quote your weekly price for getting from the "Initial Concept" to the "Requirements Complete" phase and have the client experience fixed-price estimates first-hand on a small scale. If you can't make the requirements in a week, imagine what would happen to the whole project? After the week is over, do a debrief session with the client, and list all the things that got in the way of accurate estimation. The client will become aware just how difficult this is, and just how much their own assumptions and shortcomings affected the software development process (they couldn't acquire permissions; key people were sick; there were problems with other resources, etc.)

Making the client aware that the client and the software development company should divide the risk equally and fairly is crucial to the success of the project.

After a week is over, you'll be able to estimate more accurately whether you need a couple of more days or a couple of more weeks to complete the requirements. 

When the requirements are complete, you can proceed to the fun stage: the data(base) deseign phase, in  which some clients will realize that they can't get access to crucial data their whole software project has been founded on. For example, imagine building a product comparison website and finding out that the client's product database does not contain key attributes on which the comparison engine should be built. This is where software developers get to educate the client on the value of the agile / iterative approach, and where it becomes clear why the client is paying the big bucks for your seniority (it's your ability to come up with acceptable alternatives when the whole concept implodes). 

Now that you're done with data, you can proceed to coding the back-end. If any data or a feature is missing, you'll find out about it now, instead of one day before project launch. Hence, you're reducing variability and risk, and getting closer to actually finishing the project. By showing the client the interface for entering data now, and not the design, you're letting the client concentrate on what's important now (data) and moving them away from subjective opinions and aesthetics that should come last (design). In this phase, design the use case scenarios for the client to test entering their data: can they complete their tasks? Is everything there?

BTW, it's good to have sign-offs after each milestones, and finalize the feature set. That way if the client invents a new feature after the sign-off, they'll have to pay for it extra, and accept that the project will be delayed by an extra couple of weeks or days.

Finally, work on making the user interface usable. In the previous phase, you've already collected valuable feedback from the client ("this takes too long"; "this is clumsy"; "this is ugly" etc). As you work on improving the UI, the client is simultaneously working on data entry, and your project is getting into its final form.

When you and your client have entered all the data, you can start beta-testing the project. All the information is there, the back-end is complete, the UI is being polished and prettified. 

This is a classic example from the classic book "Software Estimation" by Steve McConnell, mentioned in this great article http://blog.salsitasoft.com/why-we-dont-do-fixed-price-software-projects/ by +Salsita Software I've been reading this morning in the +WebDevBiz.link newsletter.___

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2015-03-01 17:09:28 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Marketers, let's kill these words

If we can't kill all these words, can we at least kill the word leverage? My eyes hurt and I want to kick a unicorn when I see that exact order of letters a, g, e, l, r, v on the screen. 

"Our business is infested with idiots who try to impress by using pretentious jargon." ~David Ogilvy

Here's the list of words, click through if you want to laugh (there are animated GIFs and cats!). As you hear every of those words in your head, imagine someone giving you the cough bullshit like in Top Gun :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InaRIYFPMiY and you'll instantly see how ridiculous this word becomes when every effin' copywriter in the world is using it:

1. Agile
2. Impact
3. Learnings
4. Immersive
5. Leverage (my favorite!)
6. Thought leader
7.D... mehr »

Marketers, let's kill these words

If we can't kill all these words, can we at least kill the word leverage? My eyes hurt and I want to kick a unicorn when I see that exact order of letters a, g, e, l, r, v on the screen. 

"Our business is infested with idiots who try to impress by using pretentious jargon." ~David Ogilvy

Here's the list of words, click through if you want to laugh (there are animated GIFs and cats!). As you hear every of those words in your head, imagine someone giving you the cough bullshit like in Top Gun :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InaRIYFPMiY and you'll instantly see how ridiculous this word becomes when every effin' copywriter in the world is using it:

1. Agile
2. Impact
3. Learnings
4. Immersive
5. Leverage (my favorite!)
6. Thought leader
7. Disruptive
8. Gamification
9. Ecosystem
10. Brand storytelling

I was in the middle of creating my own list of "forbidden words" I may never, ever, use in my copy again, when I stumbled upon this. The truth is that we are all pretentious idiots sometimes, and we need to be the first ones to stop.

(If you're curious, I put two words on my list: solutions and expert. Feel free to add to this list and explain why.) ___

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2015-02-27 15:29:18 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Smart clothes: what took you so long?

What makes clothes so different from other #wearables? Learn more from www.singularityhub.com at http://ow.ly/JHJ8v #QuantifiedSelf #SmartClothing #Tracking #DigitalHealth___Smart clothes: what took you so long?

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2015-02-26 21:36:51 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

What do you think, who will be first against the wall when the Artificial Superintelligence comes? (Douglas Adams said it would be the marketing department of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation). 

What do you think, who will be first against the wall when the Artificial Superintelligence comes? (Douglas Adams said it would be the marketing department of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation). ___

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2015-02-26 18:02:39 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Google and SolarCity, together, joining their vast millions in bringing clean, cheaper energy to US households. Got a roof? Get solar!

“We’re happy to support SolarCity’s mission to help families reduce their carbon footprint and energy costs,” Sidd Mundra, Renewable Energy Principal at Google, said in a statement. “It’s good for the environment, good for families and also makes good business sense.”___Google and SolarCity, together, joining their vast millions in bringing clean, cheaper energy to US households. Got a roof? Get solar!

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2015-02-25 21:45:57 (8 comments, 5 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

I firmly believe that full-service marketing agencies will win in the future and that specialists will either work for them, or work on projects for them as independent contractors. This is why.

Source of the graphic: http://moz.com/blog/the-marketing-department-of-the-future (required reading for all marketers)

Specialization for a single marketing discipline such as SEO, CRO, SEM, social, you name it - is like choosing to be one little cog in a grand scheme. Yes, a well-oiled, super-valuable cog - but in the future, those cogs will get well-paid work not from clients, but from full-service agencies. 

The entirety of marketing can be organized around four major activity groups which do not make the difference between online and offline, Facebook and yellow pages, print articles and guest posts on blogs:

1. STRATEGY - this is where<... mehr »

I firmly believe that full-service marketing agencies will win in the future and that specialists will either work for them, or work on projects for them as independent contractors. This is why.

Source of the graphic: http://moz.com/blog/the-marketing-department-of-the-future (required reading for all marketers)

Specialization for a single marketing discipline such as SEO, CRO, SEM, social, you name it - is like choosing to be one little cog in a grand scheme. Yes, a well-oiled, super-valuable cog - but in the future, those cogs will get well-paid work not from clients, but from full-service agencies. 

The entirety of marketing can be organized around four major activity groups which do not make the difference between online and offline, Facebook and yellow pages, print articles and guest posts on blogs:

1. STRATEGY - this is where strategists will work
2. CREATIVE - this is where writers, designers, developers will work
3. COMMUNICATIONS - publicity experts only! (this is my weakest point, I must admit)
4. AUDIT - analysts and conversion specialists are welcome!

Simple to understand. Easy to accept? Not for many. 

The job of the agency is to organize work around these major teams and figure out how to make the four teams share knowledge and advance the agency beyond the dreaded "not my job" thinking. 

What about specialists? I'm not at all saying that their value will decrease, au contraire. Like I said, they will collaborate and work with / for agencies, rather than with / for clients. Why is that? Because clients will figure it out very soon that hiring only an SEO is not enough. There will be fewer and fewer "Social media managers" because the roles will be reshuffled - as they should be. Full-service agencies will gain easier access to big budget clients and specialists will not be able to compete with agencies in the battle for clients. 

I suggest that synergies between agencies and specialists should begin to form ASAP. If you're an agency, you better start looking for great specialists to hire / partner with, before another agency snatches them. If you're a specialist, you better partner up with great agencies because they're your most awesome clients of the future.

Fellow marketers, discuss. Tell me how wrong I am.___

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2015-02-25 11:27:47 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

THE 2014 B2B WEB USABILITY REPORT: What B2B Buyers Want from Vendor Websites [FREE download]. This applies to creative professionals' websites too. Read the original share for a detailed description what you get in this 32-page PDF.

Digital agencies are B2B businesses and their company websites should follow B2B website usability guidelines. Agencies, however, often break the most important rules. 

In the "THE 2014 B2B WEB USABILITY REPORT: What B2B Buyers Want from Vendor Websites" by +KoMarketing there is a clear and prioritized list of things agencies should follow and TEST first and foremost.

Head over here: http://www.komarketingassociates.com/resources/ and download the 32-page PDF report from 2014 (free, no registration required).

Some of the most important findings that agencies should take note of, are these: 

- Add contact information (email, phone) to every page of your website.

- Lack of marketing collateral (case studies, white papers, technical information, articles) is a dealbreaker in the buying process while your social media activity is definitely not.

- B2B customers hate everything that moves or makes an sound unexpectedly, and are willing to leave your website if you annoy them. It's time to rethink your animated carousels.

- Most important piece of information is your services and products. 

- Pricing information is (surprise!) the second most important piece of information on your website. 

If you're a B2B usability nerd like us, also get this: http://www.nngroup.com/reports/b2b-websites-usability/ by Nielsen/Norman ($198, worth the price)

#website   #usability   #b2b   #digital   #agency  ___THE 2014 B2B WEB USABILITY REPORT: What B2B Buyers Want from Vendor Websites [FREE download]. This applies to creative professionals' websites too. Read the original share for a detailed description what you get in this 32-page PDF.

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2015-02-24 20:17:30 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

"Success then is not based on cognitive understanding of tasks or activities, it is rather based on being in a constructive mental state that has the potential to create desired outcome. One of the fastest ways to reach constructive state is by switching the light on your past experiences of enthusiasm." 

This is a great article from my friend +Igor Mosic who happens to be the most enthused person I have ever met. He tackles all problems by using enthusiasm, and in this article he describes why and how. He'll even help you bring a smile on your face if you pay attention and do a simple exercise he mentions in the article. 

"Success then is not based on cognitive understanding of tasks or activities, it is rather based on being in a constructive mental state that has the potential to create desired outcome. One of the fastest ways to reach constructive state is by switching the light on your past experiences of enthusiasm." 

This is a great article from my friend +Igor Mosic who happens to be the most enthused person I have ever met. He tackles all problems by using enthusiasm, and in this article he describes why and how. He'll even help you bring a smile on your face if you pay attention and do a simple exercise he mentions in the article. ___

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2015-02-24 19:13:46 (39 comments, 15 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

THIS IS HUGE: BASIC INCOME proposed as a viable social security solution for the first time (that I know of) by a ruling party of a country. "Greece is trying to provide a situation in which people, between the ages of 50-65, can remain attached to the job market even during (potentially extended) periods of joblessness. The solution? A Guaranteed Basic Income."

What Greece is trying to do with this is to remove the incentive for people to retire too early.

How this is huge:
- basic income is usually supported by smaller parties, such as the greens, pirate parties, etc. This proposal comes directly from Syriza, a party with ruling power and huge support in Greece.

- this measure, if accepted, would give guaranteed basic income to ALL people between ages 50 - 65, no matter whether or not they're fit to work or not (at least that's how I... mehr »

THIS IS HUGE: BASIC INCOME proposed as a viable social security solution for the first time (that I know of) by a ruling party of a country. "Greece is trying to provide a situation in which people, between the ages of 50-65, can remain attached to the job market even during (potentially extended) periods of joblessness. The solution? A Guaranteed Basic Income."

What Greece is trying to do with this is to remove the incentive for people to retire too early.

How this is huge:
- basic income is usually supported by smaller parties, such as the greens, pirate parties, etc. This proposal comes directly from Syriza, a party with ruling power and huge support in Greece.

- this measure, if accepted, would give guaranteed basic income to ALL people between ages 50 - 65, no matter whether or not they're fit to work or not (at least that's how I understood the article). Yes, this is not yet a universal for people of all ages, but giving unconditional basic income to at least part of the population is one big step toward that (remember: pensions did not exist for all workers a hundred years ago, only for government clerks - we've come a long way since then). All other implemented measures similar (but quite different from universal basic income) pose conditions and limitations, such as "you need to be poor enough to receive it" (Cyprus, Brazil etc.)

- this is just what basic income needs the most: it needs to become a real-life experiment on a level of one entire western nation. We need real proof that it works (or not). We need legitimacy, so that we shut up those people who complain that "it would never work in <insertwesterncountry>"

Needless to say, I'm rooting for Greece now. Go Greece, go basic income!

//pinging people with whom I recently discussed basic income:  +Firas Hermez +Gideon Rosenblatt +David Amerland ___

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