I am an astute pupil of all things web related. From fundamentals to advanced techniques to experimental practices of things yet proven; I thrive on learning - and yet surrender to the fact that I will never know it all. I am wise, in that I seek out and listen intently to those who are better, faster and more educated but willing to share with those of us who are hungry for morsels of brilliance. I am committed to passing on to others the things I learn on my own and from those who have taught me.
As the son of a military officer, I have lived and experienced the military existence from California to Hawaii to Georgia and finally to Houston, Texas where I live, work and reside. With the help and direction of +David Amerland, I have engaged the G+ society as a means to embrace the changes of social media, and to emulate to the best of my ability the willingness that David and other brilliant minds have put forth to buttress a community of well-informed individuals.
Social media has become ubiquitous. It's interwoven into society. It interconnects humans in the same way spoken language does. Like it or not, it's here to stay, and it's our job as users, observers and teachers of it to know it in the same way we know our iPhones and Androids. Though I will admit, that when it first emerged on the scene with MySpace, I was not impressed. Not because it wasn't an interesting new technology - but because from a web marketer's perspective - it had little to no impact on the job I did as a web designer and SEO practitioner ( I use the acronym mindfully as the experimental practice that it still was in the early 2000's). If Google didn't care - then neither did I.
Obviously things have changed. Nowadays, not only does Google care - but it [social media] is a fundamental and necessary variable of the overall equation. It's a point on the knowledge graph in much the same way a hydrogen atom is a necessary element of a water molecule (H20). And just as a missing hydrogen atom cannot satisfy the physics of water - neither can a missing social media signal satisfy the new semantic web.
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