I have been working all weekend, answering emails, taking conference calls (don't ask) and preparing for the week ahead. The moment I told Nike tomorrow's Monday she reached for her comfort blanky. ;)
I have been working all weekend, answering emails, taking conference calls (don't ask) and preparing for the week ahead. The moment I told Nike tomorrow's Monday she reached for her comfort blanky. ;)
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Today it's #internationalwomensday so it seems particularly apt to share a sublime moment of incredible mental strength. For those of you who know a little about running you know that a 600m race is the worst kind of race to have a mishap or make a mistake in. The margin for error is practically zero. Every second counts and as lactic acid builds up in your muscles the race goes to those who can fight off its effects and endure the pain to slow down the inevitable deceleration. The whole race is a sprint. For runner Heather Dorniden it became the race that made history. There are also some vital lessons that can be drawn that apply to business (and life). Take the dive and be prepared to be astounded: http://goo.gl/1nz99m
Tripods are an oddity. They are inherently unstable, saved only by a dynamic that equally balances all the forces of their make up. Hence one that has one leg shorter or longer than the others, one leg weaker than the rest, will fail.
Semantic search revolves around a great many things. many of them are technical. Others a less so. At its core however lie three basic principles which form a dynamic. As in the tripod, The sum is greater than its parts. What emerges is a clear, identifiable signal search can work with. Take the jump for the details: http://goo.gl/Ieas8D
Content and Relationships. That's the driving factor when it comes to being found on the web.
Question is, how are you going to make it part of your sustainable business strategy? Here's a glimpse of how it might be possible for you.
Thanks to for the inspiration and for the great conversation with who took "CAR" and drove with it.
#mompreneur #seo #contentmarketing #relationshipmarketing
When it comes to search and the impact of Google+ on SEO it is always difficult to see all the details. Search has fragmented into many verticals: mobile, desktop, local, YouTube, Voice and each has its own specific dynamics as well as some shared ones that are common to all.
Two posts that will help you understand what's going on come courtesy of (http://goo.gl/UlV4tq) who summarises a longer conversation making some really interesting points and (http://goo.gl/EKWkVe) who has done some very interesting analysis. Both are worth your time even if you're not active on the web commercially and have zero interest in search.
Search, ultimately, controls your mental world through the information it gives you access to. It is good to know how it makes those decisions.
We tend to think of search as something prosaic. A piece of code on the web crawls across it (hence the name spider) indexes what it finds, brings it back, catalogues it and the presents it to us. At the level of our finding the nearest Round Rock Donuts place without which no Sunday Read should be contemplated this works well enough to require no deep noodle-twisting rabbit-hole tumble (http://goo.gl/JU7E5E). But take the Red Pill and things change drastically.
Consider the fact that semantic search is predicated around entities (http://goo.gl/SX8M9v) and entities rely on attributes, qualities and characteristics to exist. And that means we really have no choice, the Red Pill it must be (http://goo.gl/vv7qKE) and down the rabbit hole we go, because the moment you consider that you also consider the fact that everything which is fiction, everything that has been thought of and uttered and considered by someone is also real. (http://goo.gl/ojE1cx).
This is a trip into Wittengsteinian philosophy where words acquire meaning that exists through their relationship with concepts and their use. This, so-called anthropological perspective (http://goo.gl/h5xSmh) places us at the center of everything with the simple assumption that something (anything) exists because we are there to observe it (and I use the term “observe” loosely here). For those of you looking to productively spend the rest of your life here’s a link to Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations (http://goo.gl/gawfpY).
Before we get too deep into Ludwig’s mind (and lose the way out) consider that search (and even our connections in Google+ the results of which surface the Sunday Read for many others) supply some of the mental building blocks of what we consider to be real. (whom I know is more than just a two dimensional pixel-formed picture on my screen because I have been on a HOA with her) shared a post about Quantum Mechanics (http://goo.gl/RxXNki) and the possibilities of Augmented Reality.
Digital (and search is an integral part of it) informs everything. The very notion of having Augmented Reality suggests that the reality we know is somewhat deficient, that it can be improved. That very thought unfolds new origamis of possibilities. A talk shared where neuroscientists Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu talk about the difficulty of hunting down memories (that kinda lack a corporeal existence but which are real) and editing them (http://goo.gl/4E1N8I).
For those of you already doubting your existence right now and looking for a way out consider Kellog’s modal realism (http://goo.gl/QrhpzI) the idea that all possible worlds exist; possible worlds are not different in kind from the actual world; possible worlds are irreducible entities. Entities (again) come into play as well as the fact of indexical realities - http://goo.gl/3uJli9 (what Google’s spider can index sufficiently to create an entity out of could be argued to have an existence).
Saul Kripke has proposed a relational semantics model (http://goo.gl/fTZXiU) of reality that I had to keep out of my book Google Semantic Search (http://goo.gl/bm3bLJ) after the editors decided it was too heavy going and tangential (you have no idea just how much had to be cut out :) ) but which is worth keeping on your horizon. And since we’re talking Kripke and relational reality it’s definitely worth examining Meinongian Objects (http://goo.gl/KRVRY) and intentionality (which also comes up in semantic search). And for a quick primer on them just dive in here: http://goo.gl/fKAjsd.
How do you cope with all this? Where do the boundaries lie? This is new ground and maybe some sense could be made by the Steve Mann of the University of Toronto who argues for a mediated reality (http://goo.gl/mb6J0B) that allows us to find practicalities for it all in our everyday life.
Personally I have a coping mechanism for dealing with reality (http://goo.gl/stZxQi) that is not that far removed from Samuel Johnson’s reaction to some of the possibilities raised by subjectivity in science (http://goo.gl/8p6oja). Quantum Mechanics, of course, have blown the trapdoor of reality wide open and even though Einstein had serious problems with the implications (http://goo.gl/lH0BXf) arguing that “God does not play Dice” Wheeler’s many-worlds theory (http://goo.gl/TWXgdz) has been gaining ascendancy as of late.
The mind has indeed got so much power and the body cannot live without it (http://goo.gl/28yYG). Quantum mechanics, of course, argues that creating our own reality (http://goo.gl/W1Kc8Z) is neither delusional nor a lie. There is an incredibly fine line between having in your mind, for a brief moment the power of belief to such an extent that you can perform the impossible (http://goo.gl/xNt9Vu) and deceiving yourself: http://goo.gl/0ZBafL.
So, where do we draw the line? Information is the key. And as the video on reality showed the Matrix is information. Search (1s and 0s delivered on a flat pixel screen in front of us) becomes the conduit through which information flows from the digital and ethereal to us where it can be felt to take effect, produce results and lead to actions.
Perhaps nowhere is this felt so powerfully as when we play games (and shared a link that shows the impact of gaming on our brains http://goo.gl/u8XIgp). Games are a verisimilitude of our reality but have many different points of impact as +Martin W. Smith points out http://goo.gl/NLwWRg or as +Craig Chamberlin illustrates: http://goo.gl/HUXptD.
We are all information apparently, code and programming as 's share suggests with a simple exercise: http://goo.gl/Mrf49o. Now for the record this is not impossible. It is just hard to do. I can do it and so can thousands of martial artists who have been exposed to some of the training methods of the Shaolin School of martial arts (http://goo.gl/REru29) that ultimately demonstrates that we can reprogram some of our own code to help us perform better.
This has been a rather twisting, winding, plunging, deepening tumble down the rabbit hole. My particular interest in all this lies in the sense (and the hope) that our digital connections, our sharing of ideas, thoughts and suggestions is leading to a reprogramming of some of our understanding and expectations. We are edging away from the notional heuristsics of nationhood and strict tribalism and are making tiny steps towards a much wider acceptance of each other. The realization that collectively we actually create the world we live in, define its functions and alter its workings and it really all starts with ‘simple’ things like search and Google+.
I hope you took my advice and stockpiled coffee, donuts and cookies. Have one awesome Sunday, wherever you are.
PS. For those of you looking for past Sunday Reads here is their retirement ground: http://goo.gl/bbz9iR. There is a time lag in my archiving. If you want to be informed of the latest ones please ask me to include you in my Sunday Read circle.
For the #STCats #caturday is a workday. They have to paw through all the scrapbooks and file folders of Google+ content they've collected all week and decide what doesn't go in the litterbox.
Here are their favorite posts from this past week. Their criteria? The post has to have content that's worth reading right there in the G+ post, whether or not it also links somewhere else:
<> Explaining Google+ Circles to Squares by stonet.co/1hv4asQ - How to manage your Google+ circles to maximize the effectiveness of the time you spend here. #circles #circlemanagement
<> Why Can't Google Detect My Authorship Name? by stonet.co/1eNhtQc - What if you know you set up Authorship correctly but Google's Structured Data Testing Tool still doesn't see your byline? Help from Grace! #authorship #googleauthorship
<> Is Google Plus Your Passport to Trust? by stonet.co/NOeUqV - Why G+ is a great platform to build the trust that leads to authority that increases your influence. #trust #socialmediamarketing #authenticity #personalbranding
<> Two this week by (when we told the #STCats they could only choose 2 of David's they went on a hunger strike...for about five minutes.) In Search and the Duty of Care stonet.co/NOnV3p makes a case why the broad reach we can have in search implies an even stronger duty on each of us to care for others. #socialmedia #socialresponsibility
And in Fitness Is Personal stonet.co/1k43smE David explores the benefits and implications of fitness in a social media context. #fitness #fitnessmotivation
<> 500,000 Followers & What It Means To Me by stonet.co/1lwkTPI One of Google+'s earliest adopters, and one who has always pushed the envelope on its possible uses, reflects on the advantages and pitfalls of amassing a huge social media following #socialmedia #googleplus
<> The New Marketers by stonet.co/P4TAPd The marketing world is undergoing a titanic paradigm shift, from scarcity to plenty, from hoarding to giving, and from message control to message sharing. #marketing #marketingstrategy
<> Why Social Media DOES Work for Lawyers Too by stonet.co/1f2YdDd Social media can be effective for professional solopreneurs...but not in the way many of them think.
That's it for this week. The cats need a nap! Be sure to circle to not miss a single meow!
is the go-to guy for anything on HOAs in Google+. He was the acting Technical Editor for my upcoming book on Hangouts for Business. In this he interviews in the streets of Texas using a portable rig and HOA technology.
Think about the degree of disruption for a second: Two men, one camera and a microphone do what would normally take a TV crew, van, satellite link and a TV station to broadcast it all from to the homes of those watching as a one-time only deal, at a fixed timeslot only those near the TV set could see, if they were present at the time. Sounds kinda arcane, I know. But that's what it used to be like. :)
Thanks to Guy for taking the time to join in for a short 5 min. interview here at SXSW 2014 in Austin Tx.
We are on the streets doing live interviews and bringing what we find interesting here from the streets to your screen. The interview with Guy had its own 'event' which can be found here: http://goo.gl/a5U93e and the rest of the events we build will house multiple HOAs like this set for day 1 (today) here: http://goo.gl/MeLO9F
Here's the rest of the week's event line up:
Day 2 (Saturday, March 8, 2014) http://goo.gl/KVEpd7
Day 3 (Sunday, March 9, 2014) http://goo.gl/Q9c99F
Day 4 (Monday, March 10, 2014) http://goo.gl/cmb6kg
Day 5 (Tuesday, March 11, 2014) http://goo.gl/syEZ1g
Without the help of our fine folks at the Hangout Mastery membership group this would not be possible... thanks for all your hard work preparing and being ready to go all day long!
Thanks also to , the cameraman & connector with and who also helped make the initial featured interview go well for us.
you're awesome, & ... you guys rock.
Due to tech stuff, the initial video shared has changed and this one is the one that we will feature moving forward. It was a great first day in Austin, looking forward to more... may the cell network around here stay strong!!
If Hangouts are in your future, you should check out bit.ly/HangoutMastery to help you keep up with all the changes.
I help run a fitness community and we feature every week that personalize the fitness experience.
We are all into fitness. But each of us has different needs, different experience and experiences and different questions regarding what we want to do. Fitness has never been “one size fits all” which is why star athletes and Hollywood stars have personal fitness and nutrition trainers. In the past the only way to acquire that kind of personal attention was to be either a star athlete or a Hollywood heavyweight.
We don’t live in the past any more. This very community, its spirit and its people are evidence of a transition. A change in the way the world works. We can use technology to adapt the world to our needs rather than have to adapt to the world. And this is where Google Helpouts (http://goo.gl/OQte2T) come in. Created to bring together experts from around the globe with a global audience they are the ultimate, affordable, flexible resource. From your phone, tablet or computer you can click and gain access to an awesome resource.
The Fitness Community is participating in this technological wave of change and every Friday we will be exploring a new aspect they have to offer, discover Helpout stars that can help us in our Fitness goals and explore some of the opportunities they offer to make fitness not just something you get “off the shelf” but something that becomes truly personalized, completely customized. Something that is totally us.
Kicking it off this week we feature Fitness & Nutrition specialist +Sean Connolly (http://goo.gl/jMip1V). With a degree in Exercise and Sports Science Sean has helped dozens of Google+ members find the sweetspot in their journey to better health. Checkout his Google+ profile (http://goo.gl/RlFzd5) and circle him to keep in touch with his postings.
What makes Sean’s approach unique to us is his varied experience with people during a 13-year long career. On his Helpout profile Sean has detailed that he has worked “…with individuals ranging in skill level from the untrained to the professional athlete and in age from pre-teen through 80 yrs+”. If there is one man who gets that fitness is not generic then he has to be it. We’re thrilled to see him in the Fitness community.
- DavidAmerland.comme, present
I travel a lot. Over the last three years I've spent time in thirteen countries and three continents making airports and hotel rooms more of a constant, for me, than home. The one stability in all this is Google+ where I can be found, time allowing, on most days.
The conversation here is very real and the issues we talk about are engaging and I have met people on G+ who are simply superb to connect with. I post frequently on what grabs my attention. I share insights from my writing and research and I take part in many conversations where I feel I can deliver value.
Social media is changing everything. How we shape that change and what we do in the aftermath is down to us.
Before I got here, I used to be a corporate rat who used to be a journalist, before I jumped ship into full-time writing and blogging.
In my offline time I indulge a lifelong passion in martial arts, I run, hit the heavy bag and try to find the limits at which we can go without sleep and still function. I also visit as many museums and cafes as possible. Funnily enough I regard what can be found in both museums and cafes as brain food.
- SEO in the Sun (SEO & Introduction to Social Media)
- Manchester SES (SEO)
- Business Group Digital Conference (SEO & Social Media)
- Rutgers University mini-MBA (SEO and Social Media Crisis Management)
- Shanghai APAC executive SEO & Social Media Crisis Management training.
- MxDE Senior Executive Program, Zug (Piercing the Search Bubble).
- SMX East (keynote speech on Entities in semantic search)
- Semantic Technology & Business Conference panelist
- Google Semantic Search: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Techniques That Get Your Company More Traffic, Increases Brand Impact and Amplifies Your Online Presence
- SEO Help: 20 steps to get your website to Google's #1 page
- Online Marketing Help: How to promote your online business using Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social networks.
- The Social Media Mind: How Social Media is Changing Business, Politics and Science and Helps Create a New World Order
- Getting to No. 1 on Google in Simple Steps
- Brilliant Search Engine Optimisation
- Google+ Hangouts and Business
- DavidAmerland.com (current)
- Forbes (current)
- NetApp (current)
- Rutgers CMD (current)
- Input Output - HPUK (current)
- Social Media Today (current)
- Technorati (current)
- Imassera (current)
- Journalism.co.uk (current)
- Business2Community (current)
- Digital Journal (current)
- Galoo Blog (current)
- Circle of Legal Trust (current)
- Goodreads (current)
- Red Room (current)
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