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Amanda Dolan
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Always: wordsmithing, mid-swoon, meta, frisking the periphery for brains to pick.
Always: wordsmithing, mid-swoon, meta, frisking the periphery for brains to pick.

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Happy Holidays 2013 iPhone commercial.


This new ad made me weep. Amazing. 

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Happy Holidays 2013 iPhone commercial.


This new ad made me weep. Amazing. 

A favorite quote of mine by Virginia Woolf as applied to social media/blogging:

"[I]t must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out."

Pull back the curtain and invite your readers, your audience, your friends or network-hopefuls into your world. Then, once they're there, give them reason to stay, included and tucked away (if only slightly) from the greater outside world. 

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Balloon-powered internet for all? Yes.

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Innovation in healthcare? Yes please. 
Those of us in the online health community and healthcare social media (#hcsm) space have been saying all of this for years - but it is always great to see it said again: http://t.co/HzlUl6DI57


"The future of medicine is predictive, personalized, preventative, and is moving away from being episodic and reactive to continuous and proactively." And special bonus points for the patient communities and crowd-sourcing shout-outs!

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Thought this was an interesting discussion: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130506123147-15077789-it-s-easier-to-be-honest 

Here's my comment: 
Honesty is good - and perhaps transparency is even better. Unfortunately - unless the issue, idea, or situation opens itself up to a clear "yes" or "no" (black or white) -- the 'honesty' piece isn't as easy as it sounds. Many times we find ourselves choosing another, even easier route than the truth: the path of least resistance. An example of that is: say, you are having a rough day and someone asks "how are you?" and you say "I'm fine." Is your response honest? Perhaps. Is it the whole story? Not exactly. But you have made a split-second decision to spare the other person the gruesome details. And that's ok, right? This is where the important and difficult piece lies - especially when it comes to business and branding. When are you (or your org) simply waiting to offer info on a "need to know basis," when are you committing a lie of omission, and when are you actually spreading falsehood? It's often a fine line. Erring on the side of a closed-mouth gathering no foot seems to be the best way to go. Often we don't get even the opportunity to show how transparent we are until someone calls us out. This is a potentially perfect opportunity to shine - albeit one that comes from a place we'd rather not even go in the first place. I tend to think best way to "get your story straight" personally and professionally on-brand is to prepare ahead of time and have someone close to the situation - but not as close as you - assess your responses before you publish them. Keep your confirmation bias in check while still being as "real" as possible. But I am always glad to see so many folks on Team Honesty - that's huge for businesses (and relationships?) going forward as the consumer continues to have more power via social media & real-time communication. :)

Be patient, friends. Pause and appreciate this relief. Thank the wonderful, dedicated law enforcement and staff and remember those we've lost and known amidst this horror.

But - keep in mind that it's easy to be angry, upset, confused, and default to "hate" and easy to refer this person as a monster or savage and ignore his humanity. (Aren't monsters just manifesting human qualities that society has deemed unacceptable?)

It's much more difficult (and more important) to remember that there is more at work here. It's not as simple as blaming and harboring hatred toward one young man. We have to ask the right questions and get to know what was behind this. Let's take some time to look at the bigger picture and how we can stay united and keep working together to do better and be better.

What a helpless, heartsick mess of a day for Bostonians and everyone privy to today's horror. We're often tough critics of our city - but seeing it, today, in such turmoil amidst what is usually a day full of excitement, high-energy, charity, and cheer is ...inexplicable. It was moving in the best/worst way to see, in passing, so many people receiving texts/calls from loved ones just checking in to make sure they were ok. We should do that more often in less horrific circumstances. It's ok to take a moment to reflect on the fragility of life sometimes and appreciate each other. 

Wishing everyone some lightness and calm tonight and the rest of the week.

  #Boston   #bostonmarathon  
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