Thursday, July 29, 2010

Is multitasking really sapping us of our creativity and focus?

Recently at the office we discussed the possibility of moving all meetings to only Tuesday and Thursday to open Monday/Wed/Fri for focused work and project time.

While it may not always be practical working with those outside our organization, I'm thinking it could be a worthy goal for all our internal/team meetings.

What do you think?

in reference to:

"Multitasking has been stressing me, robbing me of my focus, my productivity, and my appreciation of the beauty of the exact moment I’m experiencing right now, and dammit, I want my brain back!"
- Stubbornella » Blog Archive » Multitasking is killing me (and probably you too) (view on Google Sidewiki)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Lookout Google! First Facebook and Now Twitter Going for the Merchant Purse!

There was a time when Google Adwords and Google SEO were the main game in town when it comes to driving traffic to e-commerce websites.

With tongue firmly in cheek, I predict the days of TOTAL Google dominance are numbered. Here is the hipshot, unshod of why and how here at the end of the day and a little advance scoop on the @earlybird ...

Yahoo! and Bing are looking much stronger together than they did apart.

People are spending a huge percentage of their time online on Facebook.

Now comes the Twitter @earlybird !! It seems Twitter finally has a monetization model that looks a lot like Woot! for everyman. (Given Amazon's purchase of Woot! -might not be a bad idea.)

Now, early adopters shouldn't expect the agency dashboard that Google Provides and could be forced to manage ad campaigns awkwardly with their own personal logins a la Facebook BUT reshaping the incoming traffic pipeline so it is a little less dependent upon Google and more diversified should be a goal of all merchants before the end of Q3! (What if Google pulls another November stunt that crashes your organic rankings to the cellar!? How will social search change your traffic pattern-will they like "like"? )

While merchants must still monitor changes to the google bot, diversifying traffic sources is a key survival tactic for our clients in our ecommerce strategy portfolio.

in reference to:

"What is @earlybird?"
- Twitter Help Center (view on Google Sidewiki)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Haiti Six Months Later...Patchy Progress...

Sadly, the infrastructure and property records challenges hamper rebuilding efforts... Praying for a mild storm season...

Today, on twitter, @worldvision is encouraging discussion around the tag #rememberhaiti.

Still haven't gotten an update on the Orphans in the NYT story... Do you have friends at @unicef or other missions working in Haiti? These orphans need them -please RT and update!

in reference to: Reuters AlertNet - Progress on quake recovery patchy in Haiti - aid groups (view on Google Sidewiki)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Help me solve a problem in Haiti?

Wednesday at lunch, I was reading a recent NY Times article on the plight of orphans in Haiti,

I was burdened by what appeared to be the fact that these children were basically appeared to be falling thru the cracks amidst the flood of international aid.

So, you can’t always believe what you read right? Fact checking in Haiti is probably 100x harder than it is in the USA, right?

What can I do? Tweet. Facebook. Recommend via other NYTimes people that we do the same to call attention to their plight.

My family supports World Vision-mentioned in the article so I went there first. I tagged them both of Facebook and Twitter! The responded in less than 24 hrs:
I also made a new friend Kayann who was also concerned after reading the article! Facebook Profile: -she also got a gracious response from Lindsey on the World Vision (WV) staff.
Then I thought, well-the journalist who wrote the article might have an update since Wednesday-so I wrote her too:

Then I said-”Who are my friends on twitter who might also know people who can help?” First I thought of Shaun King @shaunking a Pastor in ATL who is taking a team to Haiti in a couple weeks and has been providing tents there thru since the disaster... Then I tweeted @Oprah...

and so...
I find out that today is Seth Godin’s 50th birthday and he has given it to @Charitywater . So I tagged them both too!

To see if there was any mention of the article, I watched the UNICEF update at: but nothing there. Tons of other info though...

Then tagged my buddy Matt Shultie who has an awesome ministry for children called CasaViva! His goal is to see 1 million children will be placed in family based care in Latin America.

Then I remember that it was really the former President Bill Clinton’s job to represent us there... Evidently he was officiating a wedding ceremony... Yup. Clinton. Wedding ceremony. I tweeted him anyhow and requested to be his ‘friend’.

Then I decided to have Breakfast with my wife as she was having lunch at 2:30pm and see who responds...