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Hangout On Air event notifications via Slack

Some info on a system I'm testing that will let HOA fans get event notifications for #hangoutsonair  15 mins before they go live. Delivered via Slack to desktop and mobile.

I'm also going to add a Slack channel to The Reading Room Project as an alternative to the team discussion area.

The other day I tested Hangout integration with Slack and found it takes a lot of hassle out of sending invites when the join hangout URL is broadcast directly to members of a specific Slack channel.

Learn about The Reading Room project: http://goo.gl/Tu2NR2

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Hangout On Air Event Notifications via Slack Mobile/Desktop app.

In testing now: Slack tied into the Google Calendar for the +HOA Calendar. Calendar events are posted to the #shoae  channel (private). Both a message post (shown) and a pop-up notification (not shown) are generated. 

This is a unique way to get notifications for any event on the calendar without logging into Google+, Gmail, or Google Calendar.

Currently the HOA notification system is a private test. Once I'm happy with how it works I'll launch a public version that +HOA Calendar fans can join and I'll also create a video that shows you how to set it up yourself if you already have a personal Slack account.

Subscribe to the +MarkVang.com YouTube channel to receive a notification when that video is uploaded: [http://goo.gl/XvWGzD]

If you would like to be notified by email when the +HOA Calendar SHOAE notifications channel launches, please complete this form: http://goo.gl/H7VIKw

#hangoutsonair   #shoae  
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Weekend Project: Hook everything up to everything so I know when everything is going on.
 
Slack - Some ideas on how you can put it to work for you.

Slack is a platform for team communication: everything in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. https://slack.com/

I tested Slack a few months back and didn't really do much with it until recently. A security update from Slack reminded me of my accounts and after re-setting passwords I decided to test various integrations.

Slack has a number of native integrations and additional connections can be made using +IFTTT . https://slack.com/integrations

The image shows 4 integrations that I'm currently testing.

The +HOA Calendar is a fully automated Hangout On Air event promotion system and all events are added to a Google Calendar. When any HOA event goes live, +IFTTT passes the event to a private channel and Slack displays a pop-up to channel subscribers.

 +IFTTT connects the +Buffer posting schedule to the Google Calendar for the +Social π G+ page. When Buffer makes a post, the Slack notifications channel gets a message.

I've talked about the Social NOC system before. This system ties all of my social platform account notifications into a private Google Group. Usually I would access the group, or a special Asana project to view the days notifications. Slack (via my Asana Bot apps user) receives these notifications and posts them to a public (to the organization) SocialNOC channel.

All of my project workspaces are members of the SocialNOC channel so no matter which accounts I'm logged into - I will always see SocialNOC notifications.

The notifications can include full text from comments to G+ posts. This makes it possible to monitor activity for several G+ brand pages, without being logged into those accounts.

If you've ever tried to coordinate a Google Hangout with a team, you probably want to take a look at how Slack integrates directly Hangouts and makes is so much easier to start video calls with team members. 

You select the channel (public/private) and launch the hangout. Members will have to be logged into their Google account to join the call but the typical hassle of creating/receiving invitations is gone.

Slack is much more than a chat notification system. You can attach documents from Drive and track conversations within your organization. 

I'm going to set up a Slack channel for The Reading Room Project so project members can ask questions and join video calls. 

Learn about The Reading Room project: http://goo.gl/Tu2NR2
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+Paradise Studio I'm going to add Slack to The Reading Room Project. I'll send you a note when that's up, if you're interested.
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Learn about #LinkedIn  with +Greg Cooper and +Sarah Santacroce 
 
LinkedIn is a minefield of written and unwritten rules. For example each group has different rules and the group manager is not obliged to publish them. There are LinkedIn algorithms which swoop on posts it decides are spam and punish the poster. It's no surprise that the average user gets confused. Here are some other dilemmas which you may recognise:

Is it OK to email my LinkedIn connections?
Should I connect to people I don't know?
Should I sent invites to people I don't know?
What should I post in groups?
How many posts are too many?
Is it OK to remove a connection? Will they be notified?

Join me and Switzerland based LinkedIn and Social Media specialist      +Sarah Santacroce as we attempt to answer your questions on the "right" and "wrong" ways to behave on LinkedIn. Do join us or watch the replay.  

BIOS

Sarah Santacroce is a digital marketer and LinkedIn specialist based in Geneva. Sarah works with entrepreneurs and small to midsize businesses helping them to gain greater visibility and generate more business. She is the owner of the Link'In Challenge Group on LinkedIn - a popular 1,000 strong group where people can get their questions about LinkedIn answered (http://linkd.in/19nt10R).

Sarah works and blogs in English, French and German. Her LinkedIn blog posts are packed with tips and sometimes challenges for LinkedIn members. (http://linkd.in/1CRHj6b)

Here is Sarah's business website: http://simplicitysmallbiz.com
Twitter:@sarahsantacroce

Greg Cooper is based in Bristol UK. He is a coach on the Government sponsored Business Growth programme. Like Sarah he is a LinkedIn specialist and consults and trains with companies locally, nationally and internationally. 

Greg's blogs are packed with insights and tips which make even the most experienced users sit up and take notice. Here is the link to his LinkedIn blogs: http://linkd.in/1OANiRy

Here is Greg's business website: 
http://www.frontofmindcoaching.co.uk
Twitter @LinkedIncoachuk

Sarah and Greg regularly collaborate on events here on Google Plus which they see as being very much a complimentary platform to LinkedIn. Other shows which they have appeared on recently include Chef Dennis Littley's "Good Day Google Plus" where they shared their  recipe for LinkedIn success:  http://bit.ly/1EY6cMQ

This show is scheduled for 30 minutes however if there are a lot of questions from the viewers this may be extended to 40 minutes. The show will be available to watch on replay on Youtube for anyone who is not able to make the live show.

Please put your questions in the thread and we will do our best to answer as many as possible during the show or afterwards.
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You taught us well +Mark Vang !
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RadioShack puts customer personal data up for sale in bankruptcy auction
via +PCWorld 

I have no words that adequately describe how disgusted I am with companies that promise privacy then sell off the information for profit.
Asset sale could include millions of e-mails, physical addresses, and customer names, if legal challenges don't stop it.
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Today I'm "tuning" my social media machines.

I've attached the original presentation on Social Media Machines which outlines the deployment of the +Chess Club + machine.

+Chess Club + and +HOA Calendar are two examples of fully automated curated content delivery systems that use methods described in the presentation.

It's important to monitor the status of each machine to make sure that connected accounts are still connected and that posts are being fed to attached social platforms in the proper way.

I call the review/adjustment process "tuning" the machine.

I've found that the automated curated content systems are popular with some folks and part of the tuning process involves reviewing current feeds to see which are receiving '+1/fav/likes from followers.

Posts that come from feeds with little to no engagement may be replaced with better sources to improve service to the followers.

⚠ For business, I do not recommend adopting a 100% automation scheme. The systems I describe here are prototypes that serve to test configuration and response to various topics.

For example, Chess is a popular game and the +Chess Club + Facebook page has enjoyed remarkable growth. The +Home Internet Security pages deliver #infosec  news and has a slower growth rate. Is that because of the topic or the system? I spotted a couple of broken elements affecting the quality of service for +Home Internet Security that I've remedied so perhaps follower growth rate will now increase.

A recent update to the +HOA Calendar sends new HOA events to the +Tumblr account and I'm working on some changes to the +Blogger account. (Still sorting out some issues there.)

This week I'll launch the +BOINC Atlantic Team machine which will deliver curated content on volunteer computing projects. I may also fold in news on #cloudcomputing  and supercomputers as they relate to distributed computing applications.

The +Social Media Technology Reading Room Project is growing and I'm currently deciding which social platforms to use to distribute the links being fed to the Google group. 

I'm thinking of deploying a Twitter account to carry the feed from the group.

Rather than Tweeting and re-posting every link from the group, I think the social platforms will post the abridged summary from the group.

The different configurations make it possible to compare various third party apps. Ex. The +Home Internet Security system relies on +Friends+Me to channel posts where other systems like +HOA Calendar use +IFTTT and +Hootsuite for most of the routing.

None of the machines described are commercial ventures. They are all related to personal interests and I use the automated curated content feeds for my own benefit as well. I check in on my own G+ pages to see what's in the news today 

My rationale for deploying these systems is: I've identified good information sources that I follow, why not share with others and gain the benefit of testing various prototypes/apps as a learning exercise?

In addition to "tuning" machines, I've added SMS notifications to a couple of projects using +IFTTT on a test basis.  

The Social NOC will let me know when the daily abridged digest is ready to view and the Correspondence Tracking system will text me when I receive an email from a client.

I'm also testing recipes that connect +Dropbox to various services via +IFTTT as I'm looking at that service as part of a cloud-based image processing system current being developed.

Again, I'd like to stress that while automation can help a small business manage a variety of tasks, the systems I'm describing are prototypes build to test automation in different configurations.

Any business marketing strategy that is built on a 100% automated system completely misses the point of social media.

Social Media is a communications tool. Curated content feeds can provide value to a business that can help grow a following for social platforms, but the business must also develop unique content that demonstrates their value to customers. It's not possible to identify prospective leads if the social platform accounts are set on auto-pilot.

For +MarkVang.com I use third party apps to "bump" posts from one network to another in certain circumstances. This helps save time by moving content to pre-assigned platforms automatically based on where/how I share the original post.

Example, I am usually not logged into LinkedIn all day so new pins and G+ posts are forwarded to my LinkedIn company page or personal profile on a case by case basis. This automation allows the use of scheduling features so everything doesn't always show up everywhere at once while reducing my daily workload.

My social media machines act as virtual assistants that complete their assigned tasks without fail 24/7/365.
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[public] Social Media Machine - The complete series.Social Media Machine ⚠ This slide series will be updated with additional slides and YouTube video after each event in the HOA series is recorded. You need only bookmark this presentation to have the entire series when it is completed on September 1, 2014.
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Hangouts, YouTube, and LiveStream

We use Google Hangouts as the virtual studio for our engagement event. Anyone can join with a link, no account required. Using LiveStream Studio software, we capture everyone in the hangout, and turn a regular HOA into a network quality production with all the benefits of the hangout interface.This is broadcast in 720P HD via Youtube Live. This way anyone can watch or participate from any device with web access.

Should be interesting. If you can't catch the live broadcast you can always watch later.

#hangoutsonair   #hoa   #videomarketing  
 
What is an Engagement Broadcast?
+NOD3x helps us understand.

Before even getting into the what, we have to ask why: Why an Engagement Broadcast?

Because consumers want a conversation. Your audience demands it and simply broadcasting no longer works the way that it used to. Already don't believe us? This event is our way of showing you, by the numbers, how much more powerful engagement broadcasting is!

What is it?

If you ever watched a televised wedding you know what it is not. In a mobile, connected web consumer opinion and sentiment drive brand values and perception. Telling someone what to think about you no longer works. Audience engagement is a metric associated with the semantic web, Google engagement ads, semantic search and mobile reach. It become the key to making content worth producing.

An SEOWiSE Engagement Broadcast is a mutually beneficial real-time conversation between brands and their audience that anyone with access to the internet can participate in. 

Using a blend of cutting edge technology and engagement strategy we create a powerful, semantically relevant conversation and a trackable content plume around the event. All of this deep context engagement is focused on your brand and indexed by Google.

Efficient Content Creation

After the live event, the video is cut into segments and processed for strategically placed short video clips, blog posts, and podcasts with transcripts. This content is also indexed by Google when published, creating an immediate ontology, or "knowledge base" of relevant information around your brand.

Hangouts, YouTube, and LiveStream

We use Google Hangouts as the virtual studio for our engagement event. Anyone can join with a link, no account required. Using LiveStream Studio software, we capture everyone in the hangout, and turn a regular HOA into a network quality production with all the benefits of the hangout interface.This is broadcast in 720P HD via Youtube Live. This way anyone can watch or participate from any device with web access.

A Real-Time Conversation with the World

Your audience joins us via the text and image layers of the social platform they choose. We engage them with you, wherever they are. Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, wherever they are comfortable. We use each social space for what it's best at, bridging the gap between brands and fans by carefully guiding the conversation. 

It's BIG... It does a lot of things. It's new and it’s powerful. 

The best way to understand how it works is to watch a few of the past events. Then look at the data around the shows and the content generated from them. This episode of the SMT PowerTalk NOD3x Recap with +David Amerland +John Dietrich and +Lee Smallwood offers the data to do just that, to see just how powerful an engagement broadcast is.

Join us! As always, make sure to join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #smtnod3x  @TheSocailBizCo. Let’s start the conversation, we're listening!
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I keep Windows in a little box on my computer.

The technical term is a "Virtualbox" virtual machine. This is a version of Oracle's virtualization software available for free.

VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use.
https://www.virtualbox.org/

The paid version offers additional features, but it seems the minimum order quantity is 100 @ $50/ea. So I guess I'll stick with the free version.

I use Virtualbox VM instances as project containers and having a full desktop configuration including browsers all set up and logged into accounts is a real time saver. I no longer log in/out of accounts all day, I just launch the VM for that project and I'm dialed-in to every account I need to work on that project/client.

All but one of those VM instances run Linux Mint (as I do on my main system). One is tasked with running Windows 7 for the rare times I want to check out the Windows version of something... or as pictured - run some utility like a printer setup.

And yes, that copy of Windows 7 is a licensed copy.

I keep Windows tucked away in its little sandbox where it can't hurt me with nasty viruses and annoying blue screens filled with cryptic errors.

If you look closely at the many screenshots I share, often along the top you'll see the name of the running VM instance. Linux consumes less system resources than Windows so the Linux VM's perform very well, much better than the Windows VM.

It's not unusual for me to have 4-6 VM instances running alongside whatever I'm doing on the main system. It used to be a rather arduous task to open a project, log into all associated accounts (G+page, Twitter, IFTTT, Buffer, Asana, Gmail, etc.)

Sometimes, right after logging out of a project/account I'd remember one more thing I needed to do and have to log right back in. 

This also improves my overall security as I'm not logging in/out of multiple sessions on my main system. Cookies, security issues, etc. are compartmentalized in the VM instance. 

The VM project containers are a "security sandbox" that would contain most standard virus/malware issues. If a VM became infected I would just delete it and clone a new version from a template.

The Virtual Box instances are not configured to mount and use any drives on the host system. My #2 computer acts as a gateway fileserver and when I need to move files between my main system and VM workspaces I log into that system or use Dropbox/Drive to transfer files.

This weekend I've been experimenting with Slack as a notification system and have tied all VM project containers into the system. No matter what project I'm working on, important notifications from other projects are delivered.

The Slack notification system ties into existing SocialNOC and Correspondence Tracing systems. All priority messages from every project are delivered across all projects.

The system is not only designed to communicate between VM systems on my local system. Slack and other components have mobile apps that will allow me to maintain enterprise level "situational awareness" for my business.

If a tree falls in the +MarkVang.com forest. I will hear it.

Ok, technically I'll hear the "beep" associated with "event: tree fall" and get a text pop-up: _"event_TREEFALL - Project [projectname:client])

That's the weekend project in a nutshell.
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Debugging automated posting systems.

I'm testing some new posting systems and came across a unique set of circumstances that corrupts the output sent by Buffer to a G+ brand page.

Here is the post in question: http://goo.gl/L8chBe

You can see that it links back to my website, when it should link back to this post: http://buff.ly/1Mfvxsi

If you look closely you'll see the Buffer created two unique shortened links for the post, and the first one is linked by default.

Here is what is going on:

A task assignment in Asana generates an email and upon arrival in the Gmail account for the +Social π page this filter is triggered:

Matches: subject:(Assigned to You:) list:"mail.asana.com"
Do this: Star it, Apply label "SocialPI"

IFTTT monitors incoming email to that account and uses this recipe:

If new email in inbox labeled SocialPI, then add to Google Buffer Social π

To identify email to send to Buffer (to post to the page). Here is where things get a little weird. 

In the image (bottom left) you see the post in Buffer and after reading the forwarded email, Buffer tries to construct shortened URL's from the content. 

In this case, the original Asana task was assigned by the +MarkVang.com brand page and Buffer sees "MarkVang.com" in the post (top left - task assignment) and creates a shortened URL for my website... even though it's not the actual link to the post described.

Because that shortened URL appears first when Buffer pushes it to G+, the post uses that URL for the attached link.

⚠ Note that Buffer is extrapolating that link from an Asana notation included in the email:

MarkVang.com assigned to +MarkVang

Most posts seem to come through just fine. Here's an example of a post that was processed the same way, that uses the correct link: http://goo.gl/Qw5AnQ

Basically, any Asana task that originates from, or includes +MarkVang.com in the assignment path will likely "corrupt" the output when Buffer analyzes the post to create shortened links.

It's possible that using something other than Buffer would work. But as you can see, the circumstances needed to create the issue can be avoided and are unlikely to occur very often anyway.
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Fixed. I edited the Gmail filter to include an exclusion. If the email has "MarkVang.com" in the body, the email is not labeled by the filter and IFTTT doesn't pick it up. This way I don't have to try and remember the source for a link I forward to the system. 

During the early stages of development I'm "bumping" posts between pages for testing so it's not unusual for the Asana task assignments (included in the email body) to include a number of users/pages.
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March 2015 Security Incident and the Launch of Two Factor Authentication

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We were recently able to confirm that there was unauthorized access to a Slack database storing user profile information. We have since blocked this unauthorized access and made additional changes to our technical infrastructure to prevent future incidents. We have also released two factor authentication and we strongly encourage all users to enable this security feature.
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+Mark Vang Here, the OTP system adopted by Banks as a part of two way authentication is a very good step. Any security lapse here could easily lose your saved money. Sometimes they also ask for grid numbers on the back of cards, make it a 3 way authentication.
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Finally, someone to follow on Twitter that gets branding!

I don't talk about Twitter much, though I probably should. Just like any social platform, your profile says a lot and my advice is to complete your profile before you start trying to add followers.

It amazes me when I see folks (like this) that are positioning themselves to offer advice to others when they haven't taken a few minutes to "dot their i's and cross their T's."

When I take on a new client, the first step is a full profile/platform review and, first off, I look for incomplete profiles.

That is the starting point if you're planning to use social media marketing for your business.

If you say nothing about yourself and your business, if your profile "about" is an empty space, if your cover art and profile photos are missing you are missing the first, and perhaps, the only opportunity you'll get to connect with potential customers.

When I see people say "Social media doesn't work..." or "Google+ doesn't work..." the first thing I do is check out their social profiles, and how those profiles are connected to their website.

In most cases it is very clear that they have put no effort into setting up their accounts.

Making social "work" for business is a challenge even for those of us that work at it every day. 

If you're not ready to put your shoulder to the wheel, then you're not ready to use social media for your business. 

You'll get out what you put in. It's really that simple. I shouldn't have to explain that though... that's how the whole world works.

Needless to say... I did not follow this expert.

#commonsense   #socialmediamarketing   #socialmediatips  
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Good points and also important to schedule every quarter to review and update. I'm going through all mine next week to make sure they are where the business is. Always appreciate your intuition and wisdom in these matter +Mark Vang​
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Take your links for a "walk" with The Reading Room Project.

The Reading Room Asana project and Google group create a "link library" of quality curated content, contributed and vetted by project members.

The +Asana acts as the virtual library where project members can "favorite" and comment on shared links. It's possible to add supplemental information from Drive, Dropbox (PDF/image/etc.)

The system extends beyond a community library and, through assignments, ties directly into existing social media systems for my Google+ brand pages.

In a couple of videos I've mentioned that I can assign tasks (blog posts, websites, tutorials, etc.) to the +MarkVang.com brand page for social shares on Pinterest, G+, etc.

These shares are manual actions that I take after I log into the respective brand page Asana workspace and check the daily schedule.

I bet you're thinking it would be nice if I could assign links from the library to automatically share to brand pages and social platforms.

...read on...

I've set up the +Social π brand page as an experimental newsfeed and the posts include a mix from +Buffer and task assignments from The Reading Room Asana Project.

Here's how it works:
1. I come across a cool post and use the Asana extension for Chrome to add it to the SMTRR project.
2. From the project, I can assign the link to any project user, including brand page accounts that are part of a social media machine system.
3. The brand page gmail account receives the task and a gmail filter selects incoming email meeting criteria: Subject: "Assigned to You:" that come from the project and tags the email with a label "Social PI"
4. An +IFTTT recipe takes all new email labeled "Social PI" and feeds it to the brand page +Buffer account.
5. Buffer is connected to the +Social π brand page and the post is scheduled for distribution.

That actually works quite well: [http://goo.gl/voFKfF]

As you can see, The Reading Room Project is more than a curated content link library. It is the heart of a complete information management system that I use to delegate information to client projects, research and social shares.

In fact it's possible to walk a link through various accounts, each triggering a different set of actions.

Each time the task assignment is changed to a different user, any rules that user has set up to deal with assigned tasks kick into action. 

Here's an example of how this might work for me:
1. My personal account (this one) finds a great post and uses the Asana extension for Chrome to "bookmark" the link as a personal task.
2. I assign that task to the +MarkVang.com page to share on +Pinterest 
3. After I share the link as +MarkVang.com I switch the assignment to the +Social π page and the link is now automatically sent to that page's +Buffer account and Google Calendar. (details below)
4.As +Social π I re-assign the link to my "Asana Bot" account and the link is now shared to the public Reading Room group.

What actions are taken are based on how the respective Asana user is set up to process task assignment emails.

Because Asana let's any user in the project change assignments, I don't even have to log in as different users to "walk" a link through different assignments.

For the +Social π brand page I'm also experimenting with delivering links as Google Calendar events, displayed on a public Google Sites website.

https://sites.google.com/site/socialpilinkcalendar/

Asana task assignments to the +Social π page could create scheduled posts to the page, and a cool "Best Of" link calendar folks could add to their personal Google Calendar. 

Most of the time, we deliver content via social channels, email lists, etc. Now it's possible to deliver content directly to Google Calendar. Subscribers would add the calendar in the same way they add "Holidays", etc. to Other calendars.

All of these ideas are still in the development stage but I wanted to share a glimpse of where The Reading Room Project is heading. 

Summary: The Reading Room Project isn't just about sharing links. It's a collaboration where project members explore ways to leverage integration with +Google for Work "apps/products" and +Asana in complex systems.

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If you've missed my previous posts about the +Social Media Technology Community Reading Room project you can catch up here...

The Reading Room project: http://goo.gl/Tu2NR2
#SMTRR  video playlist [http://goo.gl/sJWUHk]
 
The Reading Room Project - Asana user tutorial development

#SMTRR  project members will have access to +Asana tutorial videos that explain how assignments work in the "link library". Basic Asana features are also covered so the project is a great way to learn how Asana works in a multi-user environment.

The Reading Room Project has two goals:
1. Provide a rich, community curated content stream to the public group for anyone to enjoy.
2. Create an opportunity for people to learn more about unique ways to use Asana with Google for Work (Google Apps).

✔ Learn more about The Reading Room project: http://goo.gl/Tu2NR2
✔ How to create your Asana account: [http://goo.gl/CMlm6q]
✔ When you have created an Asana account, send the email using this form: http://goo.gl/forms/GP4hG9jpMO

The email is only used to add your Asana account to the project. It is not added to a list or given to any third party.

If you opt into being added to the public group you will have access to group settings for digests, etc. You can opt to be a "project only" participant if you prefer.
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+Paradise Studio thanks! I'm working on some Asana basics tutorials that will be available to project members. I'll look for you "on the inside". 
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No, it’s not always quicker to do things in memory

New research emphasizes the need for software developers to better understand how languages and operating systems carry out tasks in order to improve performance

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New research finds that, contrary to popular belief, in-memory computing isn’t automatically the fastest way to do things.
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Introduction
I develop Social Media Optimization (SMO) tactics and strategies for B2B and B2C clients. I apply a keen attention to detail with an aptitude for solving complex technical problems while helping others make their online experience enjoyable and productive. I maintain an active Google+ community where members share solutions to common problems encountered using social media for business.

Please use this contact form to send me a message.
Please Ⓒircle my G+ business page: ✚MarkVang

Hours and Availability:
I'm usually online from 6am until 6pm (ET) ⏎

⚙ My first post on Google Plus: August 15, 2011

My history with computers:
My first computer was a TRS-80 Model I. I was 14 when I bought it. Today kids get a very early start with computers, but back then I was one of the few people in town that owned a microcomputer

The High School I attended had one computer - an Apple IIc. I learned programming by writing programs in BASIC occasionally dabbling in Z-80 and 6502 assembly language. In my sophomore year I was asked to meet with the school superintendent. The school district was planning a computer lab and he wanted my recommendation for the brand/model of computers the school should purchase. I didn't get paid for my advice, but that probably counts as my first pro-bono consulting gig, right?

My first commercial enterprise was plotting biorhythms for fellow students at a penny a day. I wrote the software for my TRS-80 based on a chapter from the The Great International Math On Keys Bookand printed the results on my Quick Printer II. After expenses I made about $100.

My first Internet experience was at the breakneck speed of 2400baud. I was getting to know Gopher and WAIS before Google was born. I built my first website in 1998 or thereabouts.

A few years back I dumped Windows for good and have switched to a 100% Linux shop. My production and development systems all run the current version of Linux Mint.

I treat Google products and business pages like Lego building bricks and I look for ways to put them together to create solutions. 

Some of my other Google+ projects:
✪ Hangout Events Calendar 
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✪ Sanctuary Networking Community 
✪ Social Media Skunkworks 

If you host Google Hangouts On-Air (HOA) add the ✚HOA Calendar page to your invitation circle and your event is automatically listed in the Hangout Event Calendar.

Stuff to help you get started on Google+ 
⚙ Google Plus Quick Tips [YouTube playlist]

Under the "links" section you'll find a number of GoogleDrive docs that are outlines or presentations I've created for on-air hangouts I host. Some of them have the HOA video embedded in them so they are self-contained "knowledge modules". I hope they are helpful.
Bragging rights
Drove a big-rig over the "lower 48" and sometimes into Canada. First G+ post: 8/15/2011
Work
Occupation
Social Media Technologist
Skills
Social Media Optimization (SMO), Social SEO, Social media strategy, Google product integration, Internet security & privacy, social media security and blogging.
Employment
  • MarkVang.com
    Social Media Technologist, 2012 - present
    Social media optimization (SMO), Social media management (SMM), Content Marketing, Social SEO, Creative social media solutions for Google+ including pages, communities and collaborative tools including on-air hangouts and Google Drive.
  • PeppermintOS
    Social Media Manager, 2012 - 2013
    Managed all PeppermintOS social media accounts and coordinated team efforts to promote open source software and Linux.
Contact Information
Work
Phone
1.937.964.5586
Email
Skype
markvang.com