Saturday, November 19, 2011

Why is Worth the Login

Above is my page on, the new social network that is one of the most exciting new things in tech. You connect with groups of people and build communities around their interests. I love it. Though shopped by some as a "twitter competitor", I believe it stands strong by itself without any need for comparisons. 

Yes, there will be comparisons. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr and GooglePlus have all tried to carve out an identity separate from other sites. This looks to be even harder in the coming years as smaller networks are expected to emerge to take their share of the social landscape. 

Right now, is one of the best in social media. Seriously. It is clear that Uber Media founder Bill Gross and his team have done their homework on the other sites, and have integrated their own specific ideas to create something unique. Tech editor Bianca Bosker explains:
The site allows users to tag their chimes with up to five interests such as "Apple" or "architecture", and let's people subscribe to updates about a particular topic, essentially a stream of "chimes"that are aggregated based on the tags authors have added to their posts. As on Twitter, users can subscribe to each others' feeds, though offers additional control over what appears in their "chimeline": Individuals can choose to receive only updates pertaining to a particular subject..."
This is why Gross calls an "interest network", a term that is also a recognition of its creative genius. It's worth a try. So when you get moment, sign up, log in and chime in.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Amit Gupta Needs Your Help

Social media has toppled governments, marketed products, and is always inspiring and generating ideas for greater innovation. But when it involves the social good, the results are often amazing. The campaign to get Amit Gupta a bone marrow transplant is a prime example. Gupta, the founder of photojojo, was diagnosed with acute leukemia.

Through mostly Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, people - from India to the United States - are spreading the word, participating in donor drives, and ordering a free test kit. As of November 11, 2011, there are just less than 20 days left to find him a match.

Can Social Media Save Amit Gupta? Porter Gale asks. I'm optimistic that it can.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

International Brands (Infographic)

A great infographic from Havas Media! It was in the brilliant new post - "Meaningful Brands" - by strategist Christel Quek, one of Havas' rising stars, and one of the most respected voices in social media today. When you discuss global brands and how they impact our lives, you have to analyze all of the relevant aspects. No shortcuts.

This is value of this infographic. The scope and depth is impressive. So is Christel's spot on analysis of the ten statistics that make it standout. It's hard to not be impressed. This could easily fit in with the consistently effective infographics we see from the Gates Foundation.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


This is the latest post in our series, TwitterPowerhouses, which focuses on the contributions of people who've helped to expand, influence, and redefine how we view social networking. I co-wrote it with Ann Tran and Elianne Ramos

This is cross-posted in the Huffington Post Women Section.

We are all impressed by those who create value in the lives of others, work tirelessly to accomplish their dreams and embody the purpose-driven life they often reference in their conversation. Passion is their fuel. It adds depth and energy to their vision, and provides a spark to create something timeless and substantive. As Arianna Huffington so brilliantly states, "passion is the key to success." Writer Gretchen Rubin shares a similar thought:
A passion gives you a reason to keep learning and to work toward mastery. It can often give you a reason to travel, and therefore to have the new experiences so key to happiness. It gives you something in common with other people, and so fosters social bonds. It gives you purpose. It often has a satisfying physical aspect -- rock-climbing, fly-fishing, knitting. It gives meaningful structure to your time. It makes the world a richer place.
In the Nineteenth Century, inventor Ada Augusta Lovelace provided concepts and technical framework for what is recognized as an early computer. Over 100 years later, in the latter part of the Twentieth Century, leaders Patsy Takemoto Mink, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Shirley Chisholm would all make history of their own. Their accomplishments, and those of many, many others, are rightly celebrated for the lasting impact they have had on our lives. Indeed, centuries and decades come and go, but the passion to make it happen remains the same.

If it's true that passion is defined as an intense, driving, or excitable feeling or conviction, then these women profiled in this post are its prime example. The fact that each one of them is passionate about different things is not coincidental: they represent the diversity of voices in our world who have found a channel for their ideas and use them to better not just their own life, but the lives of those around them. What makes their work unique is its focus, determination, and intensity. What drives it, as evident by their actions, is passion.

Porter Gale 
Porter Gale, former VP at Virgin America, is a bonafide global citizen. A popular and respected
blogger for Huffington Post and AdAge, she’s very passionate about new media and how we can
use it to create positive change and develop connections. She’s launching a highly-anticipated
business venture in 2012. She told us: “Every day is a gift. My happiness level is
increasing with age.”

The Single Woman
TheSinglewoman, brimming with quotes and affirmations to help you ‘Seize the Day’! When
Oprah Winfrey expressed gratitude about it on her Twitter feed, there was no doubt that it had
struck a chord with a global audience. It’s a phenomenon. The posts are not only passionate,
but elegant.

Olivia Zaleski
A world-renowned authority on environmental issues, Olivia Zaleski is passionate about green technology. She promotes green alternatives in her speeches and public appearances. The first editor of the
Huffington Post Green Section and a former reporter with CNN, Zaleski is now a new media correspondent with The Daily, the first national daily news publication created for the iPad.

Lily Jang
The beautiful world of Lily Jang: she speaks three languages and is one of the most celebrated journalists in social media because of the way she stays connected to her fans. Her great profiles and reports reverberate far beyond her viewership.

Isa Zapata
Isa Zapata brings a whimsical and vibrant element to her art, combining her
Latin roots with eclectic sensibility. Using social media for social good, Isa Zapata is using Twitter, Facebook and her blog to spread the word about her nonprofit endeavors. Her statement to us: "I want to make people happy with my art, and remind everyone that life is simple and beautiful."

Britt Michaelian
Britt Michaelian is known as the Smart Start Up Coach for Lifestyle
Entrepreneurs at Work Smart Lifestyle, where she helps aspiring entrepreneurs design businesses
that allow them to pursue their dream lifestyle. Britt is also Co-Founder of Social Media Girlfriends,
a fast-growing social media community for women to connect, support and encourage each other to be the best they can be.

Carla Young
Founder & Publisher of  Momeo Magazine and Entrepreneurial Moms, Carla Young is an inspiration many. With a dedicated staff and loyal following, she is able to focus singularly on her passion for helping ‘mom bloggers’ and momprepreneurs.

Natalie McNeal
A specialist on career development and a savings expert for, Natalie P. McNeal is the author The Frugalista Files: How One Woman Got Out of Debt Without Giving Up the Fabulous Life.
In fact, the word “Frugalista”, which she owns a trademark for, was a ‘Word of the Year’ finalist by
Oxford University Press.

Green Girls
GreenGirls, the creation of the eco-minded Apple Levy, is a great resource of articles, blogs,
videos and other content highlighting a green lifestyle. Her work with eco-conscious
celebrities is well-known

Sarah Austin
A smart popular culture observer with keen eye for what’s hot, and a knack for epic videography.
This is how many describe Sarah Austin. And they’re correct. She's an angel investor in a
tech start-up, and her Pop17 site, which deserves its own prime time show,
profiles great names in the world of social media.

Click here to see the entire list of 41 women in this Passionistas post.
Authors Note: In case you missed it, here's Part 21 of the series: 39 Inspiring Men and Their Passion for Charity.

Hillary Clinton on the World Stage

Back in 2008, a mere two weeks after the presidential election, Huffington Post blogger Matt Littman, in a piece titled What Makes a Great Secretary of State?, cheered openly for Hillary Clinton to take her current position:
At a time when the world is yearning to see America return to the forefront of global leadership, Secretary Clinton can lead the charge. She already may be a historic figure, embraced by the world community, but in this role, she would add significant international achievements to her legend.
That was 2008. And three years later, we see just how brilliant Clinton's foreign policy leadership has been.  She has been an amazing force in front of the cameras and behind the scenes. From the uprisings in Northern Africa, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Israeli-Palestine conflict, and the perpetually perplexing negotiations with North Korea, her vision is making a big difference.

Whatever differences Obama and Clinton have, they have buried them for the good of diplomacy and national security. And we have all benefited from their partnership. So its easy to see why TIME Magazine (above) put her on their current cover. She has used her power in a very smart way, and this has only elevated her throughout the world.

Though Clinton wants to step down from her post in November 2012, I hope she stays another four years. She is already one of the best U.S. Secretaries of State in history.