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Looking for love on Facebook?

Been online looking for a date? Seems more and more people are.

“AreYouInterested?”, the online dating app, surpassed 20 million installs on Facebook alone with more than 1 million new installs in July, according to app makers SNAP Interactive, Inc.

Seems people are even willing to pay for a chance in a new relationship. Snap Interactive has managed to successfully move away from a free model to a subscription model that nets $5Million a year.

Who says money can’t buy you love?

Read more here.

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Online Fundraising with Kickstarter: One woman’s campaign

What happens when you combine initiative
with your personal network?

@MediaChick scores a business trip to Denmark
with KickStarter.com

The Woman

Michelle Anderson (aka @MediaChick)
Author / Blogger
http://twitter.com/MediaChick
via Oregonlive.com

The Goal

Destination Denmark.
@MediaChick started a campaign amongst friends, family and her Twitter network to raise $5,000. The funds were to fund her multimedia gathering trip in Denmark for her upcoming digital love story. Read about her “Fund the Future of Storytelling and The Miracle in July” here.

The Campaign Nudge

MediaChick KickStarter 2

The Press

Oregon news story
MediaChick Kickstarter Campaign News Article on TwitPic

via TwitPic

The Campaign Video

See the campaign Video.

The Support

MediaChick gets support

The Finish

MediaChick Fully Funded Campaign

KickStarter: The Microfunding Service


Watch what Kickstarter microfunding campaigns can do:

Online Microfunding Sites

www.Kickstarter.com Artistic endeavors
www.kiva.org Non-governmental and citizen initiated projects
www.donorschoose.org Funds teachers classroom proposals

Who Benefits from MicroFundraising?

Microfunding is a many-to-one campaign initiative that is greatly enhanced via the internet.
Self-promotion microfundraising, combined with social networks, the potential for virality via networks effects presents a powerful strategy to produce change and dollars that fund small projects.
Michelle’s story is one of word of mouth and warm relationships, personal appeals and a good story told.
Know an artist, student, teacher, community group or village in need of innovative funding?
Who can you share this with?

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more about “Thank you from “My Best Day”“, posted with vodpod

Nation’s Oldest Living Couple Tweets Relationship Advice on Twitter: Are you there?

Longest Married Couple: 85 years in 2010
Still not on Twitter?

Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher,
aged 104 and 102
respectively.

Married 85 years.

Now, they’re sharing
relationship advice to couples
on Twitter.

Two Tweet or not to Tweet

Crowd sourcing is not a new phenomenon; neither is knowledge sharing nor open communication nor open innovation. What can be learned in the open participation of collaborative communication is wholly dependent upon being there – to participate.

Those who have gained experience in life, or success in business, tend to share their knowledge to help others learn. They write a book. Make a movie. Though how many make themselves accessible in real time to participate with others while sharing that knowledge?

The story of The Fishers is about “relationships” and open communication, a recurring theme in many “success” stories we buy and read daily.

Moreover, the metaphor of The Fishers on Twitter truly exemplifies this.

Why Relationships Matter

The transactional value of knowledge sharing is key.

Why do relationships matter more than mere transactions?
Transactions work when explicit knowledge is involved —
problems must be precisely framed and solutions must be equally
precisely articulated. Of course, this works for a certain class of
problems but some of the most challenging problems cannot be
precisely framed — that is part of the problem. On the other side,
really challenging problems require tapping into the tacit knowledge
possessed by more than one individual in order to create
new knowledge and generate a workable solution.

Tacit knowledge is the “know-how” that is hard to express or
transfer and therefore much more sticky than explicit knowledge.
Sharing this kind of knowledge typically requires long-term,
trust-based relationships that can support the inevitable fumbling
that occurs as we try to express and share tacit knowledge.

Harvard Business Review, “Open Innovation’s Next Challenge: Itself.

The Secret

The Fishers appear to still be learning. Their secret may be that they are learning together; with each other and now, in participating with the online community.

Many people and companies are curious to learn and deploy engagement strategies to participatie online, but for what return? How many strive to develop new, collaborative solutions in knowledge sharing with their followers.

Relationship Matter

The Grateful Dead give us another take on this in their citation in The Atlantic as “the most successful of all time.”

Twitter is but one platform where users can “join the conversation.” Albeit the largest at present.

Feed Your Followers

What is your plan in joining the conversation?
What will you share openly or strategically?
How can your relationships flourish in learning from an institution that has lasted this long?

With whom will you share this story

Follow The Fisher’s tweets here.  You can also check out Twitter here.

Photo: Mashable.
@loranimal Looked for you on Twitter last November to no avail. How have you been?

Love, trust and relationships in social media networks

I  was trolling my Facebook news stream when a friend posted this:

Vulnerability is the measure of our capacity to be wounded. Translated in terms of love, we’ll only love up to the point  that we are willing to be wounded.

Relationships 2.0

Love and vulnerability: what is the message here for my relationships?

What is more painful than a heart broken or the risk of loss being mortally wounded while having been vulnerable before another?

In online relationships, we want to develop a friendly rapport with followers, prospects, and clients. Though, our language can often occlude our true intentions for the sake of not wanting to wound ourselves appearing “unprofessional” or “weak.”

Hugh MacLeod – Gapingvoid: “the love never dies”

Hugh MacLeod: the love never dies - pen drawing art work

The opportunity, on the other hand, I find when I allow myself to openly be vulnerable with another. I find that my greatest return occurs when I share openly and directly. People appreciate it and most often reply in kind.

It’s frightening to know you are about to “share” something that feels personal or “needs” to be guarded. However, the times when I do so, the conversation in the relationship often changes completely with the friend or follower matching my candor and sincerity in return.

What happened?

When we share something that is knowingly shared as a vulnerability, an opportunity for a mutual, emotional conversation can occur without pretense nor hesitation, and meaning and appreciation can develop and be built upon. Read: trust.

Lessons from Camp David

Shortly after college, I worked as Assistant to the Dean at the School of Humanities at The Ohio State University. As assistant, I also had the privilege of opening, sorting, and prioritizing the Dean’s mail. One day a large book arrived with heavy weight brown paper tightly wrapped around it. I opened it. Inside was an autographed a picture of three men bent over a table writing. It was signed with three names of whose “Jimmy Carter” I recognized immediately.

I took it to the Dean, who said how the picture was from a booster of the School and was bound for the University Library. The picture was an original Camp David Accord Signing photograph as autographed by Presidents Carter, Menachem Begin of Israel and Anwar Sadat of Egypt. The negotiation of the Accord was intended to be only three days, but lasted 13 and xcame to an impasse.

On the last day, President Carter, at Begin’s request as a gift for his grandchildren, gave Begin autographed pictures of Carter. Begin slowly grew emotional reciting their signed names on each photo. Carter apparently also grew emotional watching Begin. The two men subsequently talked about their families, their grandchildren, war, and about the world they wanted to leave for their grandchildren. Afterwhich, Begin agreed to accept Carter’s draft letter of the Accord having communicated and found a mutual love and respect for something they both shared and cared deeply about.

There is no greater pain in life than that
of a broken heart. There is no great love
than that of one found in a friend.

Love as Social Object;
Trust as Social Result

What drew the Presidents together? The prospects to end war between their states. Their common social object was peace and the prospects to create it. The real beauty was what they found at the end of a political impasse: trust. They did business from a platform of a sincere mutual appreciation and respect for something shared: love; of  family, for humanity and in another’s mutual appreciation for that same shared value.

Yes, we may only love up to the point that we are willing to be wounded. Though better a wounded pride than a wounded heart. For there is no greater pain in life than that of a broken heart, and there is no greater love than one found in a friend.

Business 2.0 – Love 2.0

The key to most business is still relationships. At the center of that is still trust. Finding and making friends is the fuel to thriving in business.

For that “friend” in business is golden. You know, the one who refers your name or blog along down their social network because they love the way you (fill in the blank): blog; helped them; give industry tips; share market news; talk sports; or rant about politicians. Think of the parable of the lion who befriended and protected the mouse who pulled the thorn from the lion’s paw.

So who’s got your back?

Adding value in your social networks can seem like a fearful leap down a long endless chasm with no bottom nor positive return in sight. However, your good deeds shared in valued content builds trust.

The opportunities gained by sharing in your networks are many. It may come as the thumbs-up on Facebook, a return Comment of advice or direction on LinkedIn, or a direct solicitation for business. As Chris Brogan states, promote other people’s things before promoting yourself- 12 times more than we should promote ourselves.

7 Questions to Find Love in Business

So where is the love? Remember in business it starts with trust, not blind infatuation nor fanaticism.

In considering what fuels and grows your relationships for you, your product or business, ask yourself:

  1. How do we openly communicating to our online associates and friends?
  2. What level of yourself and your business do you share with readers, friends and contacts on your blog, in your work, in your social networks?
  3. How do we or our web tools promote discussion and enable or invite open collaboration?
  4. Am I openly sharing information to build trust with my audience, clients, relationships?
  5. How do we find common ground in our social media relationships upon which to build trust?
  6. What value do I bring to my relationships?
  7. How often do we communicate, emulate and share value in our social network relationships?

Trust is not a regular appearance in a Twitter channel or a persistent flow of content down a Facebook Fan Page. Your relationships want a frank rapport and your meaningful participation.

Trust in today’s business 2.0 will be exhibited and measured by your relationships’ word-of-mouth promotions, social promotions, referrals, and wearing your brand as their avatar.

What better way to say, “I ♥ you.”

Amos White is a Social Media Marketing Evangelist and public speaker.
Follow Amos on Twitter @Mos42

Vulnerability is the measure of our capacity to be wounded. Translated in terms of love, we’ll only love up to the point that we are willing to be wounded.

Are you a Change Agent?

It’s not even New Years Day and I’m all about change.

I’m talking about all those tools and occasions we use to remind ourselves that we are human and can always do better in our lives:

  • The New Year’s resolutions
  • New to-do lists
  • New business plan to execute

But What Creates Change?

Personally and professionally, I am collaborating with others to develop and share change strategies that inspire you to pursue a social path to create the desired changes you seek in your work, in your business, in your life.

I find that if we really want to achieve a systemic change in our business, in our lives or in the world, we need to lead as the agents of change.

Here are 8 questions

To help you develop your change strategies consider these:

  1. What changes do I desire moving forward?
  2. What are the negative patterns and influences I need to change or remove?
  3. What motivates me to produce these changes?
  4. What changes do I need to make so that I can achieve this?
  5. What communities do I need to engage to create these changes?
  6. Who have we shared these strategies with for feedback and reflection?
  7. How can we creatively share and implement or strategies?
  8. Where will we integrate these change strategies in our lives, relationships or business plan?

Are You a Change Agent?

Leadership as an agent of change is the strongest strategy to produce change in and around you. See two inspiring examples below of change agents leading the way.

So what are you doing to create change?
Share your comment here.

See more at Volksvagen’s innovative website. http://thefuntheory.com/

Amos White is a Social Media Marketing Evangelist and public speaker.
Follow Amos on Twitter @Mos42

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