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
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)
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
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)
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)
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
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)
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
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
You need to do do more than reach those influencers. You need to take
advantage of t... (more)
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
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
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)
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)
"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)
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
During a time of economic collapse and fiscal crisis, competing security,
governance and procur... (more)