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Shrinking your Url’s is all the rage nowadays.  If you are on Twitter, then odds are you have used one.  Despite CodingHorror’s distaste for them in his recent blog post on Url Shorteners: Destroying the Web since 2002, they are a fact of life when we live in a world of 140 character status updates. So what’s a URL shrinking service anyway?  Well, to put it simply, you supply them with a URL, they then supply you with a shorter URL containing a lookup “key”.  When future requests are made to this shorter URL, connections are routed to that services website where they convert the short URL to the original URL and issue a HTTP Redirect back to your browser to send you off to the original long url website. So, what’s a guy, or gal, to do if they want to set their status programmatically on Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, or the other gazillion social networking sites ... (more)

Uncle Who Kidnapped Sofia to Syria Still a Practicing MD in Chicago

More than a year ago, Sofia was abducted from her home in Lighthouse Point, Florida, by her Syrian National uncle, who is practicing medicine in the Chicago area. Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story Last March, a Florida judge issued an order to pick Sofia up from the uncle's house in Chicago and return her to her home to Florida. Due to a jurisdiction question in court - since Sofia had never lived more than 6 months in one state at the time of her abduction - the judge later gave temporary custody to her mom until the court could determine final jurisdiction between Florida, New Jersey, and Illinois. Sofia at Chicago's O'Hare Airport on her way home after her initial kidnapping from her home in Lighthouse Point, FL, by her uncle who is a practicing MD in the Chicago area. In July 2010, based on this uncle's instructions, Sofia was abducted by her mom to Syria where she ha... (more)

A Bedtime Story for Sofia Who Remains Abducted in Syria

Diane Macedo of Fox News worked on Sofia's story for more than a month, studying documents, interviewing more than a dozen people, and fact-checking before publishing her news story on Monday and airing our interview. Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story On Monday, she also published a detailed article on Sofia that was picked up by a dozen or so media outlets around the world during the week. ▸ Fox News Story on Sofia's Abduction to Syria When Sofia returns safely home, she will pay her first visit to Diane at the Fox News headquarters in New York City. ▸ US Leaves Its Youngest Citizen Behind Syria The following is a short weekend "bedtime story" for my daughter while she still remains abducted in Syria. Twitter updates on Sofia @FuatKircaali One day, during his travels, Daddy found a "little green Swiss frog" on his bed as he arrived in his hotel room. Daddy took the little g... (more)

Success, Arrogance, Rise and Fall

New Media on Ulitzer Last week we were accidentally copied in on an internal e-mail from a software company with a market cap in excess of five billion dollars. As I read through this long e-mail thread, which included references to our company, I couldn't help but reflect on the past. I forwarded this e-mail to their CEO and he acknowledged its receipt. History is repeating itself, I realized, and I wanted to share my thoughts with our readers and with the CEO of this software company. In 1985-86 I worked at IBM as a market research analyst in White Plains, NY, at the company's Information Systems and Communications Group headquarters. Our big boss then was Mike Armstrong. He often held staff meetings in our building at 44 South Broadway. On the day we found out from the Wall Street Journal that he had been appointed the head of IBM Europe, he held his last staff... (more)

Web 2.0 Needs a "Confusion Solution"

Web 2.0 has the capacity to astonish and engage. It also has the capacity to confuse. So those of us who feel they have a duty of care toward Web 2.0 had better move fast. We need a "Confusion Solution." The latest person to highlight the precariousness of public understanding of Web 2.0 is one of the absolute pioneers of a richer web, Nexaweb's founder and CTO, Coach Wei. Wei's concern centers on the common misapprehension that Web 2.0 is solely a consumer phenomenon - MySpace, Flickr, Flock, YouTube, etc - instead of realizing that, as Wei puts it, "Web 2.0 can fundamentally impact core enterprise IT operations in a way that can only be matched by the shift from mainframe computing to client/server computing" [my emphasis]. Andrew McAfee, a Harvard Business school professor, in fact takes it a whole stage further. So adamant is he that there is something very signif... (more)

Great New Social Media Marketing Tool: PitchEngine

Jump Start Your Online Public Relations for Free They call it public relations for a reason.  Although PR methodology has focused primarily on getting the traditional media to write about your company or your client’s company, the goal has always been to influence ‘the public’, that is those members of the population that you want to impact positively. Thanks to the infinite reach of the Internet, you have the capability to extend that influence dramatically.  But, you need to change your approach and your toolkit as part of a 21st century PR strategy. If your primary public relations strategy still amounts to sending press releases to a finite number of media contacts, you fail to take advantage of the Internet.  You are not reaching the new influencers, to use Paul Gillen’s term. You need to do do more than reach those influencers. You need to take advantage of t... (more)

Facebook, Twitter LinkedIn, Ulitzer, MeettheBoss - Execs Go Online Big-Time

New Media on Ulitzer A recent study run by online business networking service www.MeettheBoss.com shows that executives are spending an extra 11 hours a month online sharing their professional experiences and learning from their peers. The survey asked its executive users what direct value they gained from spending time running blogs, writing tweets and connecting with other executives on sites such as LinkedIn, Xing, MeettheBoss, Ryze, Facebook, Ulitzer and Twitter. The answers revealed that executives proficient with online activities are spending an average of 11 hours more per month online than this time last year – and over 90% of respondents said they felt their time online was ‘very valuable’ to their daily role. Professionals are rushing to the Web for immediate answers to their most pressing questions. “I find online business networking very useful,” says M... (more)

Excuse Me, Did Microsoft Just Give the EC the Finger?

Maybe it’s just wishful thinking on our part, but it sounds like Microsoft – in the very nicest way, of course, to avoid any further fines – just told the European Commission to go f**k itself. See, at press time, CNet was saying as how it saw a confidential memo that Microsoft sent to OEMs and that Microsoft plans to ship Windows 7 in Europe without its browser at all leaving it to the OEMs to put it back in complements of a free “IE8 pack,” ship a different browser or ship a bunch of browsers. There will be no version that includes the browser either through OEMs or through retail. The retail consumer will have to get IE via CD, FTP and somehow. The move, which would throw a monkey wrench into upgrades, would deny its rivals a free ride on Windows. The OEMs could sell the space for a king’s ransom. Firefox and Opera couldn’t afford it. Apple could care less. And ... (more)

Iranian Opposition Coordinated A Series Of Cyber Attacks

Something interesting happen this past weekend in the new world of cyber warfare. More specifically, the emergence of the social web as the key tool in what can only be described as the first cyber revolution. Yes, I know this sounds crazy, so let me explain. Over the weekend the Iranian opposition coordinated a series of cyber attacks that successfully managed to prevent access to several pro-Ahmadinejad Iranian web sites, including the President’s homepage. Currently the attack is on going with a good portion of the key Iranian governments websites either offline or loading very slowly. What's interesting about these series of attacks is how they were organized in realtime using twitter as well other social tools. The attacks rely on the a so called people’s information warfare concept first described by Dancho Danchev in 2007. Generally the concept goes like this; ... (more)

Ulitzer FAQ Published

"In just over ten days, I had thousands of readers of my articles on Ulitzer, mainly on marketing and sales. It would be nearly impossible to get that at Ning for a new community site!" What is Ulitzer? Ulitzer is a brand new social media tool for creating, delivering, and consuming content on the Web. Anyone can create topics, magazines, and subject-based portals on Ulitzer, pre-populate them with over one million articles available, and launch a new Ulitzer topic in minutes. "In just over ten days, I had thousands of readers of my articles mainly on marketing and sales.  It would be nearly impossible to get that at Ning in ten days for a new community site!" John Ryan - http://johnryan.ulitzer.com Ulitzer vs. Ning - a Quick Review Ulitzer’s Amazing First 30 Days in Public Beta Can Anyone Apply To Become a Ulitzer Author? Yes, it's for anyone who wants to have a person... (more)

Publishing Synergy: Blog, Twitter and Ulitzer

Government Cloud on Ulitzer Have you ever been given the task of building and executing an aggressive customer outreach program? Well I received my assignment about a year ago and trust me; the budget was not commensurate with the assigned goal. My particular need was to educate prospective Federal government customers on a new information technology trend. Known as cloud computing, this new approach blends service oriented architecture (SOA), virtualization technologies and a "pay-by-the-use" sales approach into a new IT delivery business model. Although this new approach promised the delivery of better constituent service at a reduced cost, risk adverse Federal agency decision makers needed to know much more before they would even consider cloud computing as an option. During a time of economic collapse and fiscal crisis, competing security, governance and procur... (more)