Category Archives: social

Create your own SlideShare.Net Info-graphic

I created it by uploading my professional resume. Excellent results.  I like the idea of instant info-graphics – but the added benefit of publishing of documents is a terrific idea.


TweetPing – Global Picture of Tweets in Realtime







TweetPing – Global Picture of Tweets in Realtime

Who is NOT tweeting and WHY NOT?

As most of us know, Twitter is an amazing social soapbox of up-to-the-minute news from individuals.  This is a site that shows (in realtime) tweets across the globe.  If ever we wondered if we’re in the information age, this site shows the answer and the power of those socially connected.  The question is, does it also show the places on this earth that are NOT connected, not socially networked to the rest of the world?  You be the judge. []

Facebook Background Checks

Gun Purchase: DENIED. 

What if you couldn’t buy a gun because of your Facebook posts?

While I normally like to post about technology innovation, I am captivated by the impact of technologies as well.  Recent articles have brought attention to the impact side of technologies – particular the use of data that we are knowingly posting on the internet.

It may be stating the obvious, but what we share with the public is information that can be analyzed by anyone.  And, not just public information about your interests, demographics, or buying power, but potentially data that can assist mental health professionals in assessing your mental well being.  The NRA might have a hissy-fit on this revelation.  Or not?

Mashable recently posted an article, “Your Facebook Profile Could Determine Mental Illness” on studies that have been conducted in controlled environments, but how long before retailers or the government might want to assess your posts?


For now, we don’t think we have someone trying to make these connections.  Questions that come up around your rights as a Facebook user, an Internet user or even an American citizen.  But how soon before your internet posts are viewed as a way that can help determine your mental health?  How soon before it is data that is used to inform mental health professionals?  How soon before mental health professionals or others are allowed to access this data?  Is it too early to be paranoid?

Personal accountability of our posts will be the first step to the protection of our identity and security.   The next step is laws and/or lawsuits.  We need to take action on the former before the latter is invoked.

The Huff Post writer, Craig Kanalley, suggests that some of us may want to go on a Facebook Diet.  If we think of our usage as consumption, maybe the suggestion has merit in the article, “Addicted To Facebook? It May Be Time To Rethink Your Priorities, Consider A “Facebook Diet””.

When I think of the posts that I’ve made since joining Facebook, I think they are relatively benign.  Others might not think so, but I do.  That said, I’m trying to be more responsible in 2013.  We’ll see if that pans out.   One thing is certain, I hardly think it’s possible to post without going overboard or appearing crazy to at least 1 of my “friends”.

Dilbert is truth

Why do the Dilbert cartoons matter?

Often, technology professionals like myself like to charge through our day at the workplace with purpose and intent.  In many cases, we spout out cliches, expressions and industry buzzwords to match what we believe will be proof of our abilities to be successful.  It is grounded in our good intent, and we might  think we are doing something valuable, or contributing something meaningful to the organizations that we serve.  After all, we all believe in our work as individuals and believe the work we attempt to accomplish with others will be genuine.

Then, if you’re like me, we read a Dilbert cartoon like this one.


You are instantly deflated.  You know the characters because you work with them everyday.  You sight with Dilbert because your manager just doesn’t “get it”.

But for me, the only reason I look at Dilbert or even want to look at Dilbert is because it is truth.  It is refreshing truth.  It brings me back to the place where I know that my kids are more important than work.  A place where feeling good about me doesn’t have to be exclusively associated with my job.  A place where the opportunities to improve your self-worth at work are more rare than to improve my lifestyle or my family life.  The truth is freedom from stress and pressure of the day-to-day nonsense we often encounter.  Thanks, Dilbert, for helping us recognize our truth.

Just under $4 million for 30-seconds

Top Technology TV Commercials Today

Superbowl XLVII has several commercials that were purchased by companies wanting to appeal to the 100 million viewers.  A few of those companies willing to shell out $4M for 30 seconds of sell are technology companies.  I’ve viewed the commercials that will air today and here’s the list of my top favorites (in the order that I like them):

  1. Samsung
  2. GoDaddy
  3. RIM
  4. Best Buy 

Is there anyone else but me that believes Apple is missing from the line up?

See if you agree with my selection.

Tech Celebrities

Tech Celebrities

Famous Technology Gurus

I have to admit, I’m fascinated by how technologist are becoming so famous, they can be considered to have a celebrity status.  Mark Zuckerberg is the newest of the celeb crew.  He is one of a few that are making news because they are a celebrity, not because they are technologists.  Has our society changed?  A shirtless photo of him on the beach?  One wonders.