Any entrepreneur bootstrapping a start-up these days knows how hard it is to compete in the ultra-connected world of finance behind Silicon Valley funding. It seems sometimes like those that get the breaks and get the money are those that run in the same circles as the well-heeled investors who no longer need the money–those that can say, “I made this or that number of millions on Project A and I want to do it again.” I have heard entrepreneurs and investors talk with the glib tone that implied (to my ears, at least) that starting a company, making millions or even billions of dollars with it and taking it to exit is nothing more than a game which has been perfected in Silicon Valley, and all you need to do is get with that “In Crowd.”
I have heard investors and entrepreneurs speak about their project with an obvious lack of passion for it, as though their start-up was just a means to an exit. A well-oiled machine designed to make money just like it did before. The product itself didn’t matter to these arrogant types, but happily, they are the exception. It is the impassioned entrepreneur who needs to learn about crowdfunding and now the premier event on the topic has happened in Vegas.
Crowdfunding could help the sincere entrepreneur if he or she knew how to use this valuable tool. But where to begin? Terms like donation, debt, equity, hitting your limit or funding goal, all-or-nothing funding, need to be defined. That is where this event in Vegas came in. I am excited and grateful to have covered the #GCCB2014 event thanks to the Founder Ruth E. Hedges who gathered together the world’s foremost crowdfunding experts for her Third Annual Crowdfunding Conference in Vegas.
Alexa Validates You…
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For many years I have been fascinated by how Alexa validates you. I used to go to the Alexa website to see which sites were on top of the web, and their rankings. The shear power of the company reach of Alexa fascinated me and still does. The ability to know where you stand in relation to the rest of the world online, the ability to track your journey up or down the ladder objectively, and the power and privilege to attract visitors worldwide and be tracked is fascinating. Alexa gives you a front row seat in the panorama of websites and why not. That same fascination with great search through great search engines like Google give me the same thrill. Alexa and Google are road maps and sign posts and photo albums, all rolled into one. And now we have begun a new journey with Alexa and I am grateful for the privilege to earn and track and learn from their certified traffic and other helpful and sophisticated tools to help us spread the word about social networks worldwide. This fascinating new level brings us one step closer to a world yearning to hear from our brilliant guests. Our gratitude for our guests never stops because they come from the cutting edge in their fields and you can learn more about social networking and social networks with us, without missing a beat. And you can learn from Alexa and I hope you give them a try too. The fact that Alexa is part of Amazon just adds to the intrigue with me and hopefully you will check them out like we have.
And if you do go to Alexa and engage with them at any level I hope you tell them Jim Nico from The Social Network Show on The Social Network Station sent you because I may be their biggest fan. And if you want to track our progress I hope you go to Alexa to do it because the stats and coverage are now certified and we are hoping our guests now, with the help of Alexa, gain the audience they deserve worldwide.
Twitter: A Networker’s Dream or Why Twitter is Different
Having over 500 social networks on parade across our website home page has the advantage of advertising each social network and offering you a variety to choose from. Our goal is to help you find the social network which is best for you. You are able to find a niche social network on our websites–one that suits your particular needs or wants. A colleague once compared going to Facebook to shopping at Wal-Mart– you find a vast variety of things in one place, but you may have to pass 5 departments to get there. So a specialty store or niche network may save you time. I often wonder what makes each social network tick, but then I haven’t visited them all. When you scroll over a particular social network on our ticker, it stops so that you can click on it and check it out. I must confess though I haven’t visited every social network we feature, I want and plan to visit every social network on parade at The Social Network Station website and The Social Network Association home page and we hope to collaborate with each one of them. We want as many as possible to join The Social Network Association so that we can have an association truly representative of people who are using social networks for business or personal reasons. But one of the reasons I stay close to home and don’t stray onto too many networks is closely aligned with my reason for using any social network in the first place and for using social networks to promote The Social Network Show. I have learned from more experienced social networkers that with the overwhelming number of possible online channels, you have to define your purpose for being on any particular network. And that is why Twitter is different and, for me, is always the starting place. In fact I recommend anyone wanting to get on a social network for any reason begin with Twitter. Here then are the reasons Twitter is a dream social network and why it is different.
–Easy to set up
–You can find people quickly and communicate with them fast
–Profiles can lead to more detailed information and research
–Tweets demand discipline and structure so there is less information to wade through
–You can send more detailed information through Twitter with live links
–You can meet on Twitter, move to LinkedIn, and end up on email which is my preferred route
–Often you can test the waters with Twitter to see if you have synergy with someone quickly
FACEBOOK IS FINISHED: A LETTER FROM GAME AND ASSOCIATES
Recently I began to realize we had reached a pinnacle of performance in regard to guests. We had passed the people who want to come on our show because of our name stage and settled in to the amazed, at the knowledge level of our guests zone. Quite simply we feature the most brilliant cutting edge innovators in the world; and their prowess, power, and perfection of alignment is astonishing. The guests we are attracting and showcasing are as passionate, dedicated, and up to date as anyone in the world, in their fields, and many are the front runners.
So from this perspective, this vantage point, this treasured tower, I launch, “Questions From Colleagues” to the general public. The questions, of course, could come from anyone, anywhere–originally. But in this case they are questions coming directly from our colleagues and asked of me. When the sun sets on social networks, and those who live in their shadows during the daytime hours have time to reflect, savor, and summarize–speak their mind–directly or indirectly–they speak to me. Why? Because whatever else The Social Network Show is or isn’t– and I give Dr. J credit for this–one thing is for sure–it is the new water cooler, the in place to be, and the nucleus of networks. If Las Vegas is The Social Network Capital of the World, which I proclaimed, The Social Network Show is the show. We sit in the center of social networks and our guests speak in brilliant tones of the social network dominion.
Questions From Colleagues:
Tweeting Less Trolls and Twitter Helps Keep You Safe
Recently I read where Twitter had done a reversal on a policy and concluded Twitter is listening and acting on feedback from you social networkers, who need to always recall, “Without social networkers there would be no social networks”. And there is power in numbers. So here I am including the links in order so you can read what I learned and see what you think. Most important for you of course is safety; and the key to Twitter, like all social networks is how seriously they consider your safety and they put safety first. So, these links aside, here is a summary of what you may want to see on Twitter with my blessing etc. First you want to follow and be followed by those you choose and who don’t abuse you. And you want Twitter to respect this. Why, if you can block someone should they be able to see your tweets or anything about you or be allowed to contact you, or see who you follow or who is following you? You have said no in regard to this person and you don’t want them following you around the store and so figuratively speaking you have called security, in this case, Twitter and you expect them to protect you on their turf.
Again and again and again you can understand social networks and social networking better and better and better if you constantly make comparisons to the physical world. If you think of Twitter or the social network of your choice as a store then act like you would in a store and expect, even demand, that those who run the store offer you help and good customer service and protection from those that may want to harm you. If you demand this kind of service and make it known that you won’t put up with less, you will have a voice and join with those that can’t be ignored. Twitter is competing with, you know who, for numbers and if the former is smart they will be safer than the social network that is unsafe–the one with all the rapebook and facecrooks etc.
Pinocchio, Your Nose Is Growing…
I get up day and night with the hope that if you, social networkers and parents and guardians of kids, knew what goes on you know where–you wouldn’t go there–and neither would your kids. You don’t need to be reminded of the name do you? …since you know of whom you are thinking. But just in case, to avoid any confusion, the social network you are thinking of is really big and flies bigger than life just like the Pinocchio balloon–the biggest one at a recent holiday parade on the streets of New York. Pinocchio…and his nose is growing! Only this is no fairy tale, is it? And the handlers of the big, big balloon with his nose growing bigger by the minute knows–Geppetto Falsetto knows–that Pinocchio’s nose is growing, but he doesn’t seem to mind, or does he? No, instead he just leans in and tells everybody, they need to lean in and tell everyone everything is peachy, t-o-t-a-l-l-y. And you, yes you, need to lean in. And so, no further talk about leaning out or, perish the thought, even worse, getting out t-o-t-a-l-l-y.
Is the spin making you dizzy? Do you see Geppetto hiding one minute, spinning like a top the next?
Watch out for Pinocchio who may fall down on you and on boys and girls running and screaming, “Watch out for the nose, watch out for the nose!” One minute you are being told, in the news, boys and girls are leaving that social network in droves for other social networks. The next minute, you are being told by Geppetto, “No, the youth are not leaving our social network; shucks, that is just a misunderstanding t-o-t-a-l-l-y. In fact they are staying; they are leaning in, coming for the party, staying for the education.”
If you have had enough of the spin, here is the truth: social networks can be dangerous. Hopefully you believe the warning that one social network in particular may be hazardous to your health. To learn more about the dangers and risk, as well as the rewards of social networking, please tune into The [worldwide] Social Network Show conveniently available via the player in the sidebar to the right of this post.
So what do you do? Whom do you believe? Well, one word of warning from the wise old sage: He or she who leans in may fall over.
Recently I was, like a surgeon on his rounds, going back and forth between Twitter and LinkedIn when I came across an unusually brilliant article about Evan Williams and some of his thoughts on Entrepreneurship. In this article I read, for the first time, about a new platform called Medium. Evan’s thoughts are fascinating, in depth, elegant, and original: especially in regard to his idea that you can make money on the internet by eliminating steps in an established process online–in essence making a process simpler. But I also read of Evan’s new project called Medium and curiosity took flight.
I knew the man was one of the founder/pioneers of Twitter and, after all, it was I who crowned “Twitter: King of Social Networks” wasn’t it? Sometime in the past year, I recall having announced my royal proclamation publicly on, you guessed it, Twitter and on my show: The Social Network Show with Professor Karwoski AKA Dr. J. I just wanted to get the word out because of my position in relation to social networks. Recognizing Twitter is unique and supreme among social networks is my job. For reasons I, especially back when I made the bestowal, deem paramount– I said then and still proclaim–Twitter is King. And I should know as I have over 500 social networks on parade at my association site: The Social Network Association (beta).
But–if I am right about Twitter–and I believe with all my heart I am–why Medium? I had to know. So, rounds over, I flew off to find Medium, and am I glad I did. This was a few weeks ago and I had no idea what to expect. Medium, it turned out, had its own beta going and I was allowed to join. My first Medium thrill was seeing the elegance and beauty of the platform– and we are talking– “ Google Genius Class Elegance” here–but writing on Medium was unlike anything I have ever experienced on the web. We are talking class, and floating responsiveness, and laser precision; so I wrote about this, where else, on Medium. https://medium.com/@jdn6868 I called it: “The Parchment of the Internet”. Your fingers feel this superb superior handling and response when writing on Medium like your computer keyboard strokes are fully synchronized and so timed on Medium that you don’t want to write anywhere else online. So make no mistake if you are a connoisseur of writing, and you want to write like a connoisseur, on the net, Medium is for you.
Dr. J, Social Justice Pioneer vs Cyber-Abusers & Network Abusers
Dr. J: Social Justice Pioneer
Week after week Dr. Jane Karwoski, AKA Dr. J, Host of The Social Network Show, features the world’s top experts on social networks and social networking. A recent colleague described Dr. J as “the extremely gifted host of The Social Network Show” and her loyal followers and fans share this respect for her. As an award winning researcher, professor, and innovator, Dr. J brings her discipline as a leader to the The Social Network Show catalyzing social justice.
What is it that makes Dr. J so unique? To this day she is a bit of an enigma as her rare blend of humor, impeccable research, and penetrating insight are really the heart of the show. Somehow Dr. J has a way of relating to all people. While putting guests at ease she has a special talent of drawing out essential information. Her way with guests goes beyond the basics and moves the show topics to a point of relevance and helping significance.
Our strategic partners and our audience are all touched by Dr. J as she charms and eases guests while bringing out the important points and yet smooths the rough edges of the most sensitive and controversial topics. While Dr. J leads discussions on the show you begin to relax, knowing that she has become your trusted advisor and guide in the ever changing, ever astonishing world of social networks. Dr. J loves fairness and justice and human kindness and always looks for the best in people and in groups. When she encounters injustice she is a brave defender and leader. Our dual audience comprised of the social network owners and managers and the social network members themselves are wise to pay attention to Dr. J–because after all is said and done all of us are living a concurrent reality offline and on, whether we realize it or not. The internet in Dr. J’s eyes is our concurrent reality because of its immediate and inherent simultaneous goings on. I can’t wait to see what and who Dr. J comes up with next as she surprises us at every turn.
5 Top Tips For Using Social Networks
1. Please take the warnings about the lack of safety on social networks seriously.
Stories of stalking, threats of rape and murder and examples of suicides and cyber-abuse are rampant as reported in the press and should be taken seriously so you know what social networks to avoid.
2. Consider niche social networks.
We have over 500 social networks on parade at our association website, The Social Network Association, to be precise.
3. Listen to The Social Network Show here.
It costs you nothing to learn from the best experts in the world on social networks and social networking.
4. Send us your questions via the comment section of our blog here.
If you read our blog posts and listen to our show, we can avail you of the latest research on safety.
5. Warn your kids about the real dangers on social networks and explain to them your preferences for safety.
Kids need to know the risks versus rewards of using social networks just like you do and they need your guidance.
Why The Social Network Show “Is Not” A Household Name
You get up in the morning and climb on social networks to see what is happening, don’t you? You have read the alarming stories about how many have committed suicide because of cyber-abuse–young and old, men and women, boys and girls on this or that social network–but that doesn’t stop you–after all you are browsing not relating, and no one too close to you has yet had that happen, right? And then you may have read how those who work for Facebook just gave away a bunch of computers in San Francisco to needy eighth graders to help them to keep up with their education. Let us see, let us juxtapose and just suppose you are in the holiday habit of thinking of Facebook executives like you think of Santa Claus and chimneys, and elves and Rudolph furthering the education of children.
So why are you feeling suspicious? Why the gloom, and why that gnawing feeling in your gut? There is good and bad on social networks just like everywhere else isn’t there? And, you are not one of those doomed with the daunting task of identifying, chasing, and stopping crooks online or off are you? And even if you were that kind of person why would you bring your work home? And you certainly have not read our regular forum: Social Networks: The Good, The Bad, and The Horrifying on this website. Why let reality ruin your day? That feeling in your gut, those suspicions, that knowing glance toward the back bedroom where kids are buzzing on social networks with their friends.
At least the kids are not too near the street where the real predators lurk. Let’s not let the one liner from the Red Hood Project website scare you: “Your child’s new online friend is a 35 year old predator”.
And you use these social networks for business, pleasure, and entertainment don’t you? And at every turn, especially in business, you are told if you are not using social networks you will fall behind, way behind those that do. Social Networks are the new way aren’t they, and anything new is bound to have a few kinks. Just like the real world playgrounds at your kids school, someone with a conscience is in charge of your child’s safety, and of course supervisors are being paid to protect your children, on social network playgrounds, aren’t they? Certainly these online social networks have adequate supervision especially since they are also concerned with even helping with your children’s education.
So why all the fuss about cyber-abuse anyway–there is plenty of holiday cheer and spirit to go around isn’t there, even before Santa climbs aboard his sled. Thankfully, The Social Network Show is not a household name, bringing in that doom and gloom to your already bright and cheerful day. And you can keep it that way. After all, why listen to us?
The Trusting Souls vs The Trolls and Fight For Transparency
When your show is 100% devoted to the social networks and the networkers that make up these social networks, recurring themes become important. You bring on experts who describe their fears, their hopes, and their dreams. You listen to these experts, and you know it is sometimes what they are not saying which has the most meaning–and which gives cause for worry. These experts bring up recurring themes, currents of thought, and even undercurrents which are cause for worry and all together worry you do.
You picture a girl alone in her room on her laptop imagining that what she is sharing on social networks is private, personal, and reserved for those she is closest to. You imagine that she has some chance at privacy and for an anxiety free experience. Then one of the experts brings up the problem of someone being able to fake their identity online, join a social network anonymously, or with a fake name. You worry that the girl, who thinks her sharing on a social network is private, is really innocent but naive, and may be sharing her most intimate secrets with a sexual predator intent on doing her harm. You may recall for all the love, meaning, and help brought to you by the life and inspiring courage of the late Amanda Todd: and the cutting edge technology which took her YouTube viral, on the other side of the matter, no one has brought forth the technology to catch the sexual predator that stalked and sexually extorted Amanda right up to her suicide. According to Sandy Garossino, one of the world’s experts, that same predator may still be harming other girls the way he did Amanda.
You know of social networks with tremendous amounts of money and you are disappointed, even appalled at how little money is really devoted to online safety for adults and children. You wonder when the tide will shift, when people will flee social networks they deem dangerous for social networks proven safe, and you wonder which social networks are safe and which of your friends is the next victim of an online predator.
“Eyes of The Storm” by Jim Nico & A Cry to Congress (Cyber-Abuse: The Storming) by Anna Kavanaugh
“Eyes of The Storm”
by Jim Nico
The war is between cyber-abusers and network users and the danger is increasing for men women and boys and girls.
Social Networks are here to stay–whether they stay the same is up to you. You are social networks, you are The Social Network Show, you are The Social Network Association, for without you there would be none of the above.
You are the “Eyes of The Storm” but you are not alone because where there is social there is sociopath, where there is sunlight there is fog, where there is life there is shadow of death. Standing on the shore, looking out to sea, with the lighthouse in the middle distance, for an instant the search light touches you and circles on. The eagle soars at midnight under the moonlight but there is danger afoot and birds of prey. Danger lurks on social networks: an invisible face with a visible mask waits in the shadows; to steal those you love–to blind you and rob you–the cyber-abuser, with those who allow his free reign, is against you.
You lose, as a social network user, when you or someone else is stalked by the cyber-abuser and tortured, raped, and killed by his invisible but deadly hands. Those who are alive, who survive the attack of cyber-abusers, are the quest or the question, the weather and the whether, the need or the deed to join hands and long for, yearn for, and work for change; change by legislation or association, but change from the epidemic that surrounds you, change to make social networks safer for you and those you love.
Social Networks can be governed or guided, regulated or regular, dangerous playgrounds run riot, or supervised playgrounds for good with referees of reform for fairness, fearlessness, and fascination. But this is sure: if you don’t make the rules, someone else will; if you don’t take a stand many more will fall; if you don’t call the plays cyber-abusers, and those that allow them, will.
A Cry to Congress (Cyber-Abuse: The Storming)
by Anna Kavanaugh
Anna Kavanaugh is now on the Board of Advisors of The Social Network Association, playing now on The Social Network Show, and bringing you “The Anna Kavanaugh Series” on The Social Network Station. We invite you to join us: for those who are not with us are without us.
Copyright © 2013 Jim Nico of Social Network Intermedia, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Children vs Trolls and The Battle For Control
1,000 children walk slowly, quietly toward a playground armed with phones which are cameras, which are computers which are amplifiers, which are loud speakers, which are printing presses, which are art galleries, which are prison terms. Didn’t quite catch the last one? P-r-i-s-o-n T-e-r-m-s. Children, boys and girls, are spreading pornographic images when they are sexting images of minors, aren’t they? And do you think this situation is not headed for disaster for the parents and guardians of boys and girls?
So what are you going to do about it to protect yourselves? Listening to The Social Network Show is the best place to start. Why? Because you hear it all on this show: The Good, The Bad, and The Horrifying on social networks. And you hear the answers, the experts, the strategies that can help you deal with your boys and girls and friends on social networks. You can hear from a variety of experts that are taking online safety for you and yours s-e-r-i-o-u-s-l-y now. Past the theories, and “just say no” pundits, and put down-the-technology advocates–even though they are right–and all those who may not have much hope for safety online.
Guests on The Social Network Show work from the eye of the storm to help you get the tools you need now, to know how to proceed now, time is of the essence now. Why, because the words: High School Epidemic SEXTING, SHAME & SUICIDE appeared on the front cover of Rolling Stone on September 26, 2013, that’s why; and the author of this brilliant article, Nina Burleigh, came on The Social Network Show to discuss the dangers you are facing. And the good news is you can start to protect your self from the dangers online for free, while multi-tasking, by listening to The Social Network Show and continuing to listen so you can know you have the best advice, the most cutting-edge facts, the most tools and strategies you can use right now. The Trista Hendren Series, The Nina Burleigh Series, The Sandy Garossino Series, and The Elizabeth Englander Series, all play on The Social Network Show right here, your fast lane to peace of mind.
#Rapebook vs. #Facebook: Jim Nico Invita a Mark Zuckerberg, de Facebook, A Debatir En The Social Network Show
29 de Octubre de 2013 Por Jim Nico
#Rapebook vs #Facebook: Jim Nico Invites Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook to A Debate On The Social Network Show®
#Rapebook vs #Facebook
I invite Mark Zuckerberg. from Facebook, to debate me on The Social Network Show® as many times as it takes for me to feel safe allowing, suggesting, or hoping any child be on Facebook. I don’t believe Facebook is safe for anyone, especially women and girls. It takes courage to come on The Social Network Show to talk about: dangers on social networks, Facebook policy, girls being killed or committing suicide, stalking, sexual cyber bullying, sexual extortion online, manipulation, and threats of rape and murder against women and girls. I share my quest with the following organizations and advocates:
Trista Hendren, on our Board of Advisors, and co-founder of:
Sandy Garossino, whose series is now playing on:
The Social Network Show, and Raffi Cavoukian, Author of #lightwebdarkweb, and Co-Founder of:
Carol Todd, on our Board of Advisors, and Mom of The Late Amanda Todd:
Glen Canning, Father & Leah, Mother of The Late Rehtaeh Parsons,
This urgent matter is summarized in this open letter attributed to Game4Kids and found at their twitter page today:*
Mark, in consideration of the aforementioned, as time is of the essence, please be my honored guest onThe Social Network Show to debate with me publicly, before the next man, woman, boy or girl is killed or commits suicide, as catalyzed by the danger, crime, and cruelty allowed and amplified on social networks
The Social Network Show® website has been visited by people from 93 countries and our show plays on Libsyn, Stitcher Radio, and on PRX Public Radio Exchange as well as 24 hours a day on our website and iTunes.
You can reach me through LinkedIn.
Copyright © Jim Nico, CEO/Founder 2013 Social Network Intermedia, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Feminists vs Trolls and the Battle for Safety on Facebook
On the internet the battle for common decency is fought every second. On social networks, around the world, and with regard to Facebook pages, I read more in the news about what Facebook is or is not doing or should or should not be doing, than about any other social network. Is it the numbers, with Facebook being the largest? Perhaps. Is it Facebook’s policies? Perhaps. Is it the stupendous rise of the social network? Perhaps. Is it lip service, hypocrisy, and arrogance? Perhaps. Is it greed? Perhaps. But one thing is sure: based on the number of news stories: I hear more negatives about Facebook than all the other social networks combined. Sad to say. And, the brilliant women you have come to know, respect, and love are fighting battles on or around Facebook’s pages constantly, dealing head on with Facecrook’s, and Rapebook, and trolls that threaten these brave women who fight for common decency for you.
Wish this weren’t the case: You may or may not know that Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, was invited to be a guest on The Social Network Show months ago. She was invited publicly on twitter and privately via LinkedIn, to no avail. Wouldn’t you like to see someone from Facebook, their representative, on the The Social Network Show to talk to you, the millions of people who visit this social network, about concerns about Facebook and what they are doing or not doing about your problems? You know this is a sad state of affairs when your friends, these beautiful feminists fighting for decent human behavior toward one another, wrote on Twitter yesterday: “Did you catch the news about Facebook allowing beheadings on its pages –B-E-H-E-A-D-I-N-G-S– yet they are banning photos of breastfeeding”? Seriously Facebook? Which is a quote by Glenn Canning, regarding Facebook. Glenn lost his beautiful daughter Rehtaeh to suicide after cyber bullying on this social network and what about Amanda Todd’s suicide following sexual extortion, and sexual cyberbullying, on the same social network. And glad to say Carol Todd, Amanda’s loving Mom, and Trista Hendren, a brilliant, bold, and beautiful feminist, are on our Board of Advisors.
You know something is dreadfully wrong when you hear a media expert say on Bloomberg TV that he doesn’t think any one under 18 should be allowed on Facebook; and you hear him say, in the same interview, members are leaving Facebook to spend their time on other social networks like Twitter. So you hope these things change, that girls stop jumping to their death after being cyberbullied. You hope the girls quit committing suicide because of online torture, and you hope some more…
Venus Risen: Declaration Of Equality
Declaration of Equality
In witness thereof: I Declare Men and Women Equal and I hold this truth to be unequivocal, infallible, and eternal, a priori.
I offer men a stern warning: Honor this, My Declaration Of Equality.
‘Why so soft? O my brothers, thus I ask you: for are you not — my brothers?
Why so soft, unresisting and yielding? Why is there so much denial and abnegation in your hearts? So little fate in your glances?
And if you will not be fates, if you will not be inexorable: how can you — conquer with me?
And if your hardness will not flash and cut and cut to pieces: how can you one day — create with me?’*
*From Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Part III, ‘Of Old and New Law Tables’, with minor variants
COPYRIGHT © 2013 JIM NICO, SOCIAL NETWORK INTERMEDIA, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
The Social Network Show Now Available on Stitcher and PRX Public Radio
We are so thrilled and honored to be on Stitcher and PRX Public Radio as our great guests can now reach you, our great audience. You now have more opportunities to listen to the ongoing series with Sandy Garossino in “The Sandy Garossino Series” and Trista Hendren in “The Trista Hendren Series”, and of course, our other expert guests.
The link to Stitcher (and their app) is, http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/social-network-show-podcast/the-social-network-show?refid=stpr
We thank you all for your continued support and please check out our Forum on our blog: Women and Girls Speak on Social Networks: The Good, The Bad and The Horrifying, moderated by Trista Hendren and Jim Nico and featuring innovators like Ruth Jacobs, Elizabeth Hall Magill and more to come.
Social Networking Synergy Occurs When The Effect Of Working Together Is Greater Than Working Separately
Social networking synergy means working together creating a mutual benefit not attained by going solo.
You are haunted by synergy today and the day before that, and the day before that. Well part of the reason is social networking has different layers.
1. The superficial layer wherein you don’t care what Clair ordered just after she did her hair, stood on a chair, tripped on a stair, wrote with a flair, and, you guessed it, went to the fair–unless you are there.
2. The topical layer wherein you care about Clair, hair, stair, chair because, quite honestly, you’re in a tornado, level 4, not at a fair, and any sum of the above, pun intended, i.e. these things could do you serious damage, including Clair, if airborne.
3. The practical layer wherein the details of Clair’s life effect the details of yours and vice versa if you are spending time chauffeuring Clair around and she is paying you to drive; she is gaining because you are doing her a service and you are gaining as she pays you money. She gains the service loses some money, you lose some free time but gain some money. Multi-taskers should object at this point in the discourse, because if Clair was somewhere doing her hair, you may be doing a deal on your phone and gain, on your semi-free time, still be being payed by Clair.
4. The synergy layer wherein you and Clair are working together with a combined effect which is greater than you could have attained separately.
Synergy then is the ultimate outcome of those of us working together at and around The Social Network Station. We pull into the station with our one way street type thinking and we end up emanating like spokes from the hub of a whirling wheel and we exit the station like trains on transcendent tracks transporting Service, Safety and Sustainability to social networks on behalf of social networkers. But we are haunted by knowing that even though we can catalyze these changes, we are mired in time as Dylan said: “If dogs run free, why not me, across the swamp of time.” But in-kindled by what Gandhi said about success in time, even in the swamp, leads us to waiting ships and sea. Gandhi: “First they ignore us, then they laugh at us, then they fight us, then we win.”
Social networks put tremendous power at our fingertips, but they can often feel overwhelming. We value your input here.
“One woman can change anything, but many women can change everything.” – Christine Karumba…I should know, I am surrounded by women.
Written by Jim Nico and Trista Hendren
Premier of The Girl God: “The Trista Hendren Series” On The Social Network Show
Premier of The Girl God: “The Trista Hendren Series” on The Social Network Show
There is a magic in the air and a buzz around the studio. Dr. J is checking her notes, securing her research, aligning her goals with the most important movements in the world. Advisory board member Carol Todd, works thousands of miles off site getting ready to turn the world purple with hope for Amanda and her sisters who have fallen, but whose spirits soar out ahead scouting out the frontier. Carol is in tune, in time, and in step with with Vegas central and the nucleus and vibration of The Social Network Show being felt around the world. Sound engineers buzz in sound checks and station technicians and associates adjust microphones and input jacks. Station managers and executive producers come and go and coordinate back up landlines, cell phones, skype numbers, and conference call lines. With 26 thousand social students just outside, bustling through the UNLV campus texting, tweeting, and checking social network profiles, and their GPA’s simultaneously. Living the concurrent reality of Dr. J they are on the social networks we cover and glancing now and then at the Greenspun Hall where we are preparing to launch a new series: “The Trista Hendren Series” on The Social Network Show thegirlgod.com Dr. J will light up the world with tragic news, hard questions, heart breaking statistics and the hope for a new social network order you are creating. And then comes Trista, a bold, brilliant, and beautiful woman with a sterling spirit the likes of Garossino, Todd, and Kimba and Melissa from “Free The Girls” and of course Terry, and Sossity, and Dr. J herself. All those women who make the show what it is and will be. It is another episode of The Social Network Show, the show about you and me and they and everyone who is living on social networks riding the buzzing airwaves. The Social Network Show: your ticket, your passport, and your gateway to social networks wold wide. It is your show for the multi-tasking, multi-questioning world of speed and technology and magnified by the dark and light web of Raffi and the portents and prophecy’s and apologies of a world gone right and wrong and mad simultaneously. A world where one person can cause a storm, a viral campaign, or a lonely howl at the push of a button. Multi-screen, Mufti-Media, and multifaceted — it is all here all now and at the count of 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, all will be quiet on the our western front as once again we are back in a sound proof vibration proof room–only this time we are all new with you for the debut of “The Trista Hendren Series” a breathtaking look at social networks– the Good, The Bad, and The Horrifying…
Women and Girls Speak on Social Networks: The Good, The Bad, and the Horrifying
#ChildSafety Why “The Amanda Todd Legacy” Needs You
#ChildSafety Why The Amanda Todd Legacy Needs You
Amanda Todd’s spirit is the catalyst and symbol unifying a group of people devoted to child safety. Amanda brought together this group in life, as she lost her own in death. The Master said: “No greater love than this: to lay down your life for your friends”. And we are the friends of Amanda who meet in her honor, work in her spirit, and cry of her memory. I believe Amanda knew intuitively, and this opinion is entirely my own, she could lay down her life for her friends and that her struggles, her pain, and her despair were the beacon of her generation. The girls and boys growing up on the internet are faced with challenges of a new high tech age so unprecedented. And so much of the time, whether they know it or not, children are overwhelmed by the amount and speed of communication.
“Our technology has outrun our humanity” — warned Albert Einstein.
And I add, our technology has run over our humanity and trampled it–but not always or all ways…
If you stand up, unplug, go outside and look up, you will see a purple bird soaring in ways you can only dream. So as Amanda’s spirit, sprang from her YouTube video like a phoenix from ashes, so does a warning spring like a clarion call of what is possible just past the isolation. Amanda has helped us by catalyzing the example of her mom Carol, a modern day John Walsh. And, like Adam’s spirit who inspired his Dad not to go after the criminals alone, but instead harnessed the power and patience to heal, to clarify, to inspire others to help him. So too, is Amanda’s spirit, inspiring her mom Carol, and our group to safeguard children.
And just as we learned to love Adam, not by seeing him, but by seeing his reflection in the mirror of his father, we are learning to love Amanda, not by seeing her, but by seeing her spirit in her mother.
Carol Todd will not let you or I dwell in despair, or see Amanda as a shooting star fading in the night. Carol awakens in us the knowing that courage is a carriage that carries us despite the pain, despite the odds, despite the defeats. Carol Todd needs our help to empower The Amanda Todd Legacy with the same joy and love Amanda showed toward an animal in need, or a friend in pain.
#SafetyOnline: Logging Onto A Social Network Is Like Crossing A Busy Intersection
#SafetyOnline Logging onto a social network is like crossing a busy intersection.
When you log onto a social network you want help to be just a click away. But is it? That depends. Unfortunately logging onto a social network is like crossing a busy street. You may know the rules: you stop, look, and listen and you only cross at designated crosswalks whenever possible. And these days you stop texting and let the cell phone ring until you are safely across the street. Don’t you? Does this kind of thinking, the analogy of crossing a busy intersection really compare to navigating your way across and onto social networks? Let’s see. First there are the rules. You have learned that using a hard-to-hack safe password is important, so you obey that rule to stay safely on course and not be interfered with on your trek. And you have learned that privacy settings on a social networks should be adjusted to keep you as private as you choose to be and in charge of your activity on the social networks. You try not to engage much with strangers as you spend time on the social networks, but you interact with your friends the same way that you would talk to them as you saunter safely across a street. But wait! How do you know you are interacting with friends? You have none of the physical proof you have when walking with friends across the street. Then there are those hit and runs. Strangers coming out of nowhere that can knock you off course just like a car coming around a corner. That unexpected stranger with the hidden agenda and an attitude so carefree that he or she does not seem to care about you. So what are you to do? You want to interact on these valuable social networks, so here are a few more tips. Trust and test who you talk to online by using the principles you learn from Dr. J and her guests on our show. The real rules of how to stay safe online are changing fast and are available to you as the our guests share their experiences, strengths , and tactics with you on our show every week.
#ChildSafety One Thing About Amanda Todd You Don’t Know
#ChildSafety One thing about Amanda Todd you don’t know and I will tell you…
I first learned about Amanda Todd in an article months ago about three girls who committed suicide. The article shook me to the core and drove home a shocking truth. A truth that keeps you in mind ever since I read the article. I am referring to the collective you, who cares about the safety of boys and girls on and off the internet. The you who would stop to help a suffering child. And the you who would risk your life to save the life of a child. A you, like so many, use the internet and are a bit unsettled, if not downright afraid, of the unknown dangers that may lurk online. All three girls lived a truth as they struggled with identity, pain, and the perils of peer pressure–and eventually a death of truth, the truth enshrined in their will to live, cut short by the will to die. The article which introduced me to Amanda Todd also led me to Professor Danielle Citron* who said a harrowing and haunting truth I have written about previously here, sexual cyber-bullying is getting worse. These same words echo from our prophetic guest Sandy Garossino, of www.RedHoodProject.com who talks on our show about the state of affairs online and safety for you.
I named Sandy’s appearances “The Sandy Garossino Series” and I highly recommend them. The essence and golden thread weaving us together in our work for child safety, on your behalf, is the spirit of Amanda Todd ever present in the work of her wonderful mom, Carol Todd at www.amandatoddlegacy.org. I hope you know that however accessible and close at hand safety online may be for adults, children are ill-equipped and more vulnerable, and they are more apt to fall prey to online predators. These girls, and the many boys and girls beside them, you may read about*, were like so many girls going to school, making friends, and learning their way in the world. And yet they were overcome with pain that cut like a knife of despair. I invite you to read about Amanda in the words of her mom who contributed this article in the Huffington Post:
I read the following article first online from Crimesider *CBS News, whom I appreciate so much.
And now you know: Amanda Todd changed my life too.
The Tweekoo By Jim Nico CEO/Founder of The Social Network Show and The Social Network Association
he Tweekoo by Jim Nico CEO/Founder of The Social Network Show and The Social Network Association
I like the way of a poem sound
like a feather in flight when it slams to the ground.
And now the Tweekoo right here for you
A labor of love on labor day too.
So what is a Tweekoo and why is it here instead of my usual prose so clear? It is a poem short as tweet, with hints of the haiku, and cinquain replete.
So while at labor on this labor day I figured my rhyming was haunting my way. So rather than whine, and wimp, and repose I opted poetic and tossed out the prose.
So next time you read me at least when I’m light I may ride a Tweekoo right into flight. And if I get serious along the way, the Tweekoo can leave, so prose will take sway.
Even though I can turn a neat tweet, sometimes my work does not seem complete. I literally have such a penchant for rhyme–rhyme can literally take all my time. So how to reach a compromise state with prose not boring, rhyme not late? The Tweekoo, to whit, appeared in a snap dressed for a cause and wearing a cap. A Tweekoo jumped up, and got in my way, just in time to push me to play. And now it happens again and again one jumps another right out of my pen. Now I can tweet with a flair for my verse and toss out a Tweekoo in writing more terse. And enemy boredom down in defeat will bow to my Tweekoo and take a back seat. And since I am having more fun per word my work and my play don’t seem absurd. So I toss you a Tweekoo and hope you write one, they are quick and quite timely, and fun on the run. Please make your Tweekoo short as a tweet so we can send it on Twitter and even repeat. And if you still like what I say in this way–watch for a surprise about Tweekoos someday.
Learning How To Leverage The Power Of The Social Network LinkedIn
Learning how to leverage the power of the social network LinkedIn.
There are some social networks that are trying to be all things to all people and gather numbers by having a something for everyone’s mentality. If you were to compare some social networks to smorgasbords you would not be far off. LinkedIn is a niche social network in that it is designed and maintained for a person who is serious about business now, or will be in the future. And that is why more and more of you may see students on LinkedIn prior to having a clear understanding of what business they want to be in. You may say they are hanging around the kinds of business people they may some day work with. This process may not be conscious and so not intentional, but in a sense students are gravitating or drifting toward LinkedIn and sensing they are in the right place. And they are.
Here is why: LinkedIn is all of the following and more…
–It attracts serious business men and women
–It is rife with resumes
— It is a networkers paradise
— It is a place where shared goals, fears, and accomplishments are visible
–It is good for building credability
— It is user friendly
–It is the best place to find, build and communicate initially with business prospects
–It is not just for job hunting
–It is not a media company
So the way you leverage LinkedIn is by joining and paying attention to people that may have attained your goals, have expertise in your field of choice, and who may be interested in interacting with you for mutual gain.
Your first goal on LinkedIn is get down the basic features and then realize being on LinkedIn is like being at a cocktail party. You may want to mingle, observe, and listen and look for people who you think may have synergy with you.
Synergy is the most important trait to pay attention to because if there is synergy between two or more people everyone gains by working together and collaborating. If you don’t have synergy with those you meet you need to leave those people alone and keep looking to find synergy with others. If you follow this one rule you will be leveraging LinkedIn for success.
The Twinkle of Twitter and The Test of Time and a Few Top Tips
The Twinkle of Twitter and The Test of Time and a Few Top Tips:
A touch of twitter, for those in the know, is a tool on the shelf of a CEO. A colleague said, Twitter is great if you know how to use it. You can know Twitter is great if you don’t misunderstand it. In short, Twitter is for the smart entrepreneur and anyone and everyone, but for different reasons. So why is this tool so powerful? And why would you need to know how to use this tool? Twitter is many things to many people so let us start with what may be of immediate help to you.
Caution: Followers: there is a lot of hype and wrong thoughts on the good of having a lot of followers. And as you may know, that is what gets a lot of press. A favorite story is the one where a tweet came to me on how to get thousands of followers from someone who did not have any, you guessed it, followers. True story.
Twitter imposes discipline and therefore stimulates thinking before acting in these ways:
–Followers= those who may want to know what you have to say in real time as in now.
–Speed: A tweet is almost instant
–Brief: tweets are short
–Discipline: is a must or you can’t send the tweet
–Summary: most of the time for complex thought a tweet becomes a summary and helps to clarify
–A mini-press release
–A networking tool
–A reference too
–An email on the fly rather than a fly on the email
Twitter is this and twitter is that.
So send out a tweet and put on your hat.
You may think it smart, you may think it fun
tweet or retweet, on your next run.
Whatever you do,
whatever you think,
you may want to tweet it out in a blink.
And when you are done I hope you can see
a tweet is for you, a tweet is for me.
If now and then
you like what I say
please visit often even today
Tweet me and then,
instead of a pen
Retweet me again and again and again.
by Jim Nico
Google+: An Excercise In Elegance
Google+ : An Exercise in Elegance
Becoming a connoisseur is not, according to popular belief, a non stop flight to ecstasy– being one is. Perhaps this is your downfall–I can only hope. Let us see. You do not, ahem, settle for less than the best of your particular predilections–do you? Well I certainly hope not. And if you are slipping off your pedestal, I demand you dust yourself off and don your connoisseur cap immediately. So there. Perhaps you wonder what you are reading here. Soon all will be clear. We spend most of our time here and on The Social Network Show talking about the dangers online, especially the slippery slope for children on some social networks and the perilous quest for safety. We, like almost everyone else, are online and on addictive and important social networks are we not? I shan’t drag you kicking and screaming through the long and dastardly tale of how you, yes you, dragged me kicking and screaming onto social networks. I will let the press tackle that one, for now. And, I will get dead serious soon because we are on a mission: the urgent search for safety for kids online. And it is an urgent quest, as time is of the essence–because one suicide by a child is one too many. That said: I love social networks because they help streamline communication and connection–we simply want them to be safer. Social networks help us transcend so many steps that slow down the communications and connections process by speeding everything up.
And this is why whenever, wherever, and however I come in touch with anything Google, I have to say: they who put the fit and finish on Google products and services, from the Google Search Engine to Google+, have a genius for elegance unmatched on the web. People write about simplicity and elegance; Google lives and breathes visual and written elegance better than anyone online. Put simply: Google has class. They know how to keep things simple and they do. Their signature elegance is everywhere. I love Google for this trait alone; and I thank them for their simplicity because looking at other sites often times gives me a headache. The connoisseur in me looks away from other sites and at Google. So here is my Google+ link*and it has been a long time coming because unless Google or someone adds an extra hour or two to my 24 hour day there is no time for everything.
You don’t have to take my word, or like my words, but you may enjoy another rare take on Google by a bright professor in her formative years. Namely, the young, Youngme Moon, our fair Harvard Professor, and her genius, genesis, and generative comments on what makes Google Different.
4 Tips For Internet #ChildSafety On Social Networks From The Front Lines
4 Tips for internet #ChildSafety on social networks from The Front Lines
1. Be careful who you listen to about child safety on line because it is harder to determine where the information if really coming from.
–One of the reasons it is so difficult to be safe on line is sources are hard and sometimes impossible to validate. You are not sure if you are reading information or even seeing a video from a true expert so you want to check sources as many ways as possible. One way to do this is to look for authors where there credentials are verifiable. You can check out authors at amazon.com and Professors at the school websites that they represent.
2. Always remember: no matter what you think you should do to protect children from harm online, you can only do your best and your efforts may not be perfect.
— As someone who deals with the devastating news, effects, and tragedies every day, it is sad to see how many parents and care givers of children blame themselves for harm that came to a child under their supervision and care, when it is clear to an objective observer that everyone involved in protecting the child or children did the best they could at the time.
3. Pay close attention to erratic behavior changes in children
— Many times a child tells you something is wrong by his or her behavior but not in words. They may or may not be able to describe, express, or even think in terms of words about what they are experiencing but their over or under reacting compared to their typical behavior may be a sign of trouble.
4. Seek help and conversation with others who have dealt with problems kids have had on line and on social networks.
–Keeping the conversation going about what kids are experiencing on line is crucial to avoid isolation and to learn from the experiences of others. You will be able to gain from the wins and losses or the mistakes and the wisdom of your peers as they are facing the same problems and challenges you are are often facing. Those having the same experiences you are often are the most caring and loyal when things get tough.
#ChildAlert — Who is Supervising Dangerous Social Network Playgrounds? Nobody.
Are you becoming more worried about child safety online? Are you sure where to turn? Have you come to the right place? The truth is your worry is the very proof that you know danger is hiding on some social networks. Will you tell us what you think by commenting below this post after listening (or not) to The Social Network Show?
There is even a newspaper which keeps you up to date daily:
The concern for child safety is in the air, isn’t it? Prime Ministers from England to Canada are talking about the issue of children unsafe on some social networks. There are after all, a lot of reasons why you or your children need to be so careful on some social networks. The news is fresh: mentions of social networks with past and recent suicides of children and the desperate cries of parents for help from the social networks. The stories are everywhere–now hitting the mainstream press.
And the reason nobody is in charge is that, and if you miss this you miss everything, the only ones who can supervise their social networks, which are playgrounds for children, or make sure they are supervised are the owners of the social networks.
If you were to listen to our show: The Social Network Show and to Sandy Garossino from http://RedHoodProject.com you would know that the social networks we are hearing about about constantly, not the majority, not LinkedIn for example, and not Google+ but Facebook and Ask.fm are, in my opinion, apparently not interested in what we have to say about child safety.
Why else would Sheryl Sandberg ignore the letter from http://RedHoodProject.com which is addressed to her?
Why else would Sheryl Sandberg from Facebook, the largest social network, ignore my invitation to be my guest on The Social Network Show?
Do you think Tiger Woods would turn down an invitation to appear on The Golf Show? You know the answer. Sandy Garossino, and Carol Todd, http://AmandaToddLegacy.org whose precious daughter Amanda Todd hanged herself after suffering excruciating humiliation and pain while on you know where, are two women you can trust. And you should trust these two leaders because their actions match their words and they are working constantly to do whatever it takes to make social network owners own up to supervising their playgrounds.
Sandy Garossino #ChildAlert #WomenForGirls Movement Joins Red Hood Project on The Social Network Show
By Jim Nico
Sandy Garossino and the #WomenForGirls movement join Red Hood Project on The Social Network show.
You who have fought for a great cause know the long days and nights of work planned and carried out with naught but flames of devotion. You know how it is to put all you have in a battle you lose only to get up the next day to fight another. And the war against those who thrive on hurting children on social networks is is far from over: in fact cyberbullying is getting worse. We stand a long way off from being able to say to parents and guardians of children: you can relax now, we have won. In fact the last thing anyone who cares about child safety online can do now is relax.
It is in this place, where an unseen enemy who urges a suffering child to drink bleach or to kill herself that we greet Sandy Garossino of http://www.RedHoodProject.com As Garossino brings her fight to The Social Network Show I know more than ever that where girls are being hurt, women are needed. Inspired by leaders devoted to helping children, Sandy Garossino and Carol Todd step up and champion the #WomenForGirls movement begun on Twitter and carried in the heart and spirit of those who know women everywhere need to be brave, bold, wise. Women need to step up as examples of courage for the girls who look for role models. We have come too far to turn our backs on child safety; now we need women to join us en masse to help the girls that adore them. Please listen to Sandy Garossino and Carol Todd on The Social Network Show and learn now to be brave like them. And women of the world, please follow these brave spirits as they raise their torches to light the dark and treacherous path to child safety. One of the big problems girls are having online is they do not know how to act when they are scared so they freeze first and panic later. They simply do not know what to do. Women everywhere need to gather the girls close and show them how to walk away and how to muster the courage, even the defiance, needed to protect themselves.