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+Rusty Ferguson makes one last call to help raise funds to rebuild the Philippines.

#crowdfunding   #crowdsourcing  
 
These two pictures still haunt me. The one on the left is of a young woman, now lying in a mass grave in Tacloban City. She drowned in the arms of her cousin as he was trying to pull her to safety. 

It is only now I can look at that without getting angry with no one really to be angry at. Thankfully, the child survived the storm.

The family and most Taclobanites (I don't know if that's what they call themselves) had no idea about a storm surge. I had no idea how close Jessie's home was to the water.  When I saw it on the map, I was really sick at my stomach. I doubt they would have listened to me but I could have at least warned them. I feel a little guilty.

That's Jessie on the left. This is a few hours after she learned of this woman's death and that her home that had been there for more than 100 years is gone. A home filled with family heirlooms that have been passed down through the generations. All gone.  There was nothing left but a few of the dogs did survive.

Her aunt also died in that same home, trying to save the dogs. 

Jessie's family is middle class, they maybe could rebuild that home but it would be very difficult for them to do it. Most of the people that lived there are no longer with us so there isn't a lot of need I suppose.  There were an unknown number of tenants living in the home that also died.

I don't know what Jessie is thinking about. She never complained. She mentioned a couple of times things that she lost. Things that were precious to her. Like her books. She seemed to miss the mattress and pillow she once lay one. She had a tiny room there, she stood the mattress up against the wall during the day and put it down on the floor at night. For her and her three boys. Something repeated by millions of Filipinos across this country every day. 

I could barely fit through the door when I went there. I would have gone insane living in that room with three young boys. It was home to her.

The first news we heard about Tacloban was that it was bad. Jessie curled up in my arms and that was about the most morning she did for about 1 minute.

The next thing I saw was there 100's of bodies on the road going to the airport. I hid the paper from Jessie for as long as I could. She was watching CNN and she could see the rubble in the street leading up to her home.  She couldn't see her home. 

Every day, even now, I read about people trying to find shelter. Living in a tent in Tent City in Cebu City.  A young family with two children. One born while they lived at a refugee camp in Cebu City.  They are now trying to find work in Cebu. The husband worked as a nurse in Samar, in a town that was at ground zero. The first location the typhoon struck. The hospital he worked at is gone.

They still live in a tent. When I met them there were all smiles and happy but I could see the pain in the wife's eyes.  I still text her sometimes. She's happy but still living in Tent City #5. 

They still need our help. Nothing has changed other than the news coverage. If donate any place, donate to an organization that delivers aid itself.

I know of three, +Habitat for Humanity, +American Red Cross, +Save the Children USA  

As most of you know I've been running a campaign for the last two months. We've raised over $1300 which elates me. We could do more if more people would just fork over $2. It is enough. 

I wrote an article about my Last Two Dollars a while back. You should read it.  You can find the article here:

https://plus.google.com/112078832938393562132/posts/VHHa9yLXJJJ

If you want to donate to my fund raiser, you'll find that website Here:

http://www.give2habitat.org/member/rustyf/haiyan

They did not make it easy to donate. This is not the USA and that's going direct to the Philippines Chapter of Habitat for Humanity 

Most large companies don't accept credit card payments at all in the Philippines.  Instead, Filipinos and I go to the bank and withdraw funds and then go to the bank of the business and deposit it their account. That use to scare me to death.

It’s a different world. It will take you a few minutes to create an account on that site and then donate. You don't have to do that but it makes it easy.

Further, your donation will be in pesos. One dollar is worth about P45. So if you donate P100 they will deduct about $2.05 cents from your account. That's just a guess. I haven't made the calculation.

If that's too hard to go the Red Cross site, search for Philippines and you'll find their program. The same is true for Save the Children. I'm not running a competition, I don't care where you donate. But I hope you can spare $2.  If you can't don't feel bad. There have been plenty of times I couldn't.

You can also help by resharing this post. Others will see it and you will create  +Ripples of Love  Those ripples raised $1300 via me.  I'm nobody. I hope you can spread the love even if you don't have the means to donate. 

I had to make one last plea because this program ends this week. I think on the 28th perhaps the 27th.

I have but one goal:

A Lot of People doing a Little can make a Huge Impact.

There is still heavy need here. 

#typhoonhaiyan   #typhoonhaiyanrelief   #ripplesoflove   #crowdfunding   #crowdsourcing   #tacloban   #philippines   #typhoonyolanda   #typhoonyolandasurvivors  
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New Graph on +CircleCount 

When I logged into Circle Count today I noticed this new option in the drop down menu under "You". 

I found this interesting animated graph. As you open it, it climbs up showing you your total engagement. 

Its fun to watch it climb. You can get some information from it too. I've already noticed in several locations that staying active on G+ is essential for engagement on my activities.

This graph highlights that. Look at the comments and reshare lines.

They flattened out there a bit from November to January. That's the same period of time all but knocked me offline.

Being away is defiantly not healthy for your G+ relationships. Though there was nothing I could do about it it has been a setback. Though I've recovered, I find that I need to make some new relationships as some of the old ones found other things to do. 

Lesson is, be consistent if you can.

#circlecount   #googleplus   #googleplustips   #socialnetworkanalysis  
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Sounds great +Rusty Ferguson! ;)
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A Tip for Goggle Plus Beginners

How to Plus Tag

I often remind people that they should plus tag any post on G+ that they re-share. I need to remind myself that some of the new people may not know what I mean.

It’s easy to do, sometimes G+ doesn’t let me do it if I have not included them in my circle but usually that’s not a problem. It will be easier if you have circled the person as that makes it easier for G+ to figure out which “Sam Philips” that you’re trying to tag.

What you need to do is easy just start this by typing the plus key “+” on your keyboard without the quotes. Then with no space, type that person name +First-Name Last-Name. Without the plus you’ve not plus tagged them. You’ve typed their name.

Doing this is of benefit to you for several reasons. 
It will make you more relevant to the person that you shared the post of. 

It will make that person like you more.
It will help tell G+ what you’re about and who you are related to.
The person you tagged benefits from a link back to their profile.

#googleplustips #gplustips
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+Robert Lewis Good, every now and then I get lazy myself. :) I usually don't though, especially on this account. Probably never get that lazy from this one.

It's just the right thing to do but many people don't know to do it. I remember when I didn't know.

Keep up the good work!
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This looks like an interesting tool for those that are serious about Twitter from +Saul Fleischman via +Mark Traphagen 
 
Looking for easy content with real value?  Now you can embed interactive RiteTag Hashtag Scans nearly anywhere.  Wordpress, Blogger, Tumblr and more

We made the "Summary" tab more visual, animated the Tweet density, and made the embed feature custom-width.  Should look good down to about 550 pixels.  Here's my blog post - with the first embedded Hashtag Scan: http://osakabentures.com/2014/01/interactive-hashtag-scans-from-ritetag-embeddable-anywhere/

Once logged in to http://ritetag.com, go to http://ritetag.com/hashtag-directory and search with any topic word - any language.  Hit the embed button at the bottom, customize the width and get the code.  Also, get custom Hashtag Scans from http://ritetag.com/tagscans - for the topics that's just right for your article, and embed them - cost-free.

#ritetag   #freecontent  
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+Rusty Ferguson makes one last call to help raise funds to rebuild the Philippines.

#crowdfunding   #crowdsourcing  
 
These two pictures still haunt me. The one on the left is of a young woman, now lying in a mass grave in Tacloban City. She drowned in the arms of her cousin as he was trying to pull her to safety. 

It is only now I can look at that without getting angry with no one really to be angry at. Thankfully, the child survived the storm.

The family and most Taclobanites (I don't know if that's what they call themselves) had no idea about a storm surge. I had no idea how close Jessie's home was to the water.  When I saw it on the map, I was really sick at my stomach. I doubt they would have listened to me but I could have at least warned them. I feel a little guilty.

That's Jessie on the left. This is a few hours after she learned of this woman's death and that her home that had been there for more than 100 years is gone. A home filled with family heirlooms that have been passed down through the generations. All gone.  There was nothing left but a few of the dogs did survive.

Her aunt also died in that same home, trying to save the dogs. 

Jessie's family is middle class, they maybe could rebuild that home but it would be very difficult for them to do it. Most of the people that lived there are no longer with us so there isn't a lot of need I suppose.  There were an unknown number of tenants living in the home that also died.

I don't know what Jessie is thinking about. She never complained. She mentioned a couple of times things that she lost. Things that were precious to her. Like her books. She seemed to miss the mattress and pillow she once lay one. She had a tiny room there, she stood the mattress up against the wall during the day and put it down on the floor at night. For her and her three boys. Something repeated by millions of Filipinos across this country every day. 

I could barely fit through the door when I went there. I would have gone insane living in that room with three young boys. It was home to her.

The first news we heard about Tacloban was that it was bad. Jessie curled up in my arms and that was about the most morning she did for about 1 minute.

The next thing I saw was there 100's of bodies on the road going to the airport. I hid the paper from Jessie for as long as I could. She was watching CNN and she could see the rubble in the street leading up to her home.  She couldn't see her home. 

Every day, even now, I read about people trying to find shelter. Living in a tent in Tent City in Cebu City.  A young family with two children. One born while they lived at a refugee camp in Cebu City.  They are now trying to find work in Cebu. The husband worked as a nurse in Samar, in a town that was at ground zero. The first location the typhoon struck. The hospital he worked at is gone.

They still live in a tent. When I met them there were all smiles and happy but I could see the pain in the wife's eyes.  I still text her sometimes. She's happy but still living in Tent City #5. 

They still need our help. Nothing has changed other than the news coverage. If donate any place, donate to an organization that delivers aid itself.

I know of three, +Habitat for Humanity, +American Red Cross, +Save the Children USA  

As most of you know I've been running a campaign for the last two months. We've raised over $1300 which elates me. We could do more if more people would just fork over $2. It is enough. 

I wrote an article about my Last Two Dollars a while back. You should read it.  You can find the article here:

https://plus.google.com/112078832938393562132/posts/VHHa9yLXJJJ

If you want to donate to my fund raiser, you'll find that website Here:

http://www.give2habitat.org/member/rustyf/haiyan

They did not make it easy to donate. This is not the USA and that's going direct to the Philippines Chapter of Habitat for Humanity 

Most large companies don't accept credit card payments at all in the Philippines.  Instead, Filipinos and I go to the bank and withdraw funds and then go to the bank of the business and deposit it their account. That use to scare me to death.

It’s a different world. It will take you a few minutes to create an account on that site and then donate. You don't have to do that but it makes it easy.

Further, your donation will be in pesos. One dollar is worth about P45. So if you donate P100 they will deduct about $2.05 cents from your account. That's just a guess. I haven't made the calculation.

If that's too hard to go the Red Cross site, search for Philippines and you'll find their program. The same is true for Save the Children. I'm not running a competition, I don't care where you donate. But I hope you can spare $2.  If you can't don't feel bad. There have been plenty of times I couldn't.

You can also help by resharing this post. Others will see it and you will create  +Ripples of Love  Those ripples raised $1300 via me.  I'm nobody. I hope you can spread the love even if you don't have the means to donate. 

I had to make one last plea because this program ends this week. I think on the 28th perhaps the 27th.

I have but one goal:

A Lot of People doing a Little can make a Huge Impact.

There is still heavy need here. 

#typhoonhaiyan   #typhoonhaiyanrelief   #ripplesoflove   #crowdfunding   #crowdsourcing   #tacloban   #philippines   #typhoonyolanda   #typhoonyolandasurvivors  
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Shawn Manaher - Google+ - Featured Follower +Rusty Ferguson +Rusty Ferguson is an… http://ow.ly/tdoXQ
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Helpful Google Plus Tips For Sharing Circles
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For the latest updates on this list visit: +Evernote 

http://goo.gl/OVqBnD Easily add it to your +Evernote  Notes.

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Basics of Shared Circles

http://goo.gl/TBJx6t

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Make a Bigger Impact with Your Circle Re-shares

https://plus.google.com/u/0/112078832938393562132/posts/EE5MAK34YRd

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Always Give Credit to Original Posters and Re-Shares of post you Re-Share

http://goo.gl/iOXRAD

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Getting More People to Follow You

http://goo.gl/aP5akO

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*Get Notified When You're in a Rusty Ball"  <<<< You should REALLY join this.

http://goo.gl/FntPhV

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How to Know if You Share a Circle A short video

https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106425824077333695790/106425824077333695790/posts/EsEGaLwPcj1

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Find All The Circles You've Been Included In DO THIS!

https://plus.google.com/112078832938393562132/posts/ZafJHENDbsL

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How to find a link to a post on Google Plus

https://plus.google.com/106425824077333695790/posts/UFTtSqM5tv3

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How to Get The Link for Any Post

https://plus.google.com/106425824077333695790/posts/UFTtSqM5tv3

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A Listing of Google Communities where You can Share Circle

http://goo.gl/KMa21n

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#googleplustips   #gplustips   #circlesharing  
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+Paula Teshima I do but hopefully at some point it will pay off ;)
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I'm still  not certain if Matt Cutts killed guest blogging with anything other than non-follow links, personally I think he did.

I wouldn't be very likely to put a follow link on my blog now from a guest author. He's going after blogs that do that. That's my read on it. 

Hard to know since he kind of backed off it a bit. When it comes to links, the worst thing you can do is get a penalty so I'm a bit over cautious perhaps.

However, social media can serve as a powerful means for backlinks to your site.

This post points that out. From +Eric Enge via +Mark Traphagen 

#seo   #googleplustips   #tantalizingeweb   #rustyferguson  
 
Using Social Media to Drive Links to Your Site

In the wake of Matt Cutts recent post on guest blogging (http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/guest-blogging/) many have been left wondering about what publishers can do to get links to their site.

There are many great possible answers to that question, but one great approach is to build strong social media presences.  The goal of this effort should be to build a large engaged following, as artificially obtained followers don't help with this goal.

Once you have that engages following, sharing content through those social media presences brings many benefits.  Note that I am not saying that these social media shares drive ranking directly, they don't:

http://www.stonetemple.com/measuring-google-plus-impact-on-search-rankings/
http://www.stonetemple.com/does-facebook-activity-impact-seo/

But, the exposure you can get for yourself through these social media shares can help drive links to your site and content.  Links are still a big part of the engine that drives SEO ranking.

Layer on top of that an effort to build relationships with influencers (in the case the woman in the image, whom we like to call "Susie Powers"), and you can drive this process even faster.  When Susie shares your content that just accelerates the process even more.
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+Mark Traphagen I think the concept is good, someone will do that and it will work. 
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