Category Blogging

Disqus – Threaded comments on your blog

Thanks to my FriendFeed, I saw a blog entry from Fred Wilson about Disqus.

Personal “Business” Cards – Gaping Void @ Streetcards

I decided that I need to get my own cards with my social information. Something to pass out at conferences and events with/without my actual business card.

I love Hugh MacLeod‘s work (He’s @gapingvoid on Twitter). His amazing cartoons really capsulize what it’s like to work in this industry. He also has a Facebook app that shows his cartoons – makes me laugh each time I see them.

This is the card I chose:

My Social Media Card

You can order your own here.

Sad News – Marc Orchant’s Passing

I didn’t know Marc – I’ve read his blog and followed the BlogNation story – but I was sad to hear of his heart attack last week and subsequent passing today. While there’s nothing to say, it sounds like he was surrounded by love, music and family when he left us. That’s something we can all hope for.

Oliver Starr has been updating throught the week and has created a donations account here. In this season of giving, please remember this family. In warm thoughts and wishes as well as donations.

Rest in peace, Marc.

Chris Brogan – 100 Posts on Growing Your (Personal or Business) Brand with Social Media

My Next 100 Posts : []

Chris Brogan is a generous and prolific content producer. He is generous by nature and looks to find ways to educate and help others grow their knowledge. I know this from personal experience.

Chris is focusing his next 100 posts on sharing his (and others) knowledge of social media and using it to grow people’s businesses and brands (personal and otherwise).

The first few posts:

Above All Else People
Snake Oil in Social Media

and my favorite, so far:
Social Media Starter Pack

This is required reading for anyone interested in or using social media. Go forth and learn!

(Via [].)

Influential Posts from the Last 2 Months – Part I

Have you ever read a post and it stays with you – for a few days, maybe weeks?

In the past few months I read 2 posts from 2 people that have really stayed with me – excited me about the forum and, in one case, got me passionate about blogging again (after a small social media crisis).

First, Chris Brogan.
Besides his Twitter feeds, Seesmic/Attention Upgrade/Facebook videos, his multiple blog posts and his warm manner, Chris’s influence is widespread. Almost two months ago, Chris wrote a post speculating what life would be like at a workplace in the future. Using existing tools such as Seesmic, Utterz, Facebook, Twitter, Pownce and Tumblr, teams collaborate all over the world, even using translation software to ease communication.

Chris has followed up this post this week with a post about “The Contextual Engine”. In his view, out data can be used more efficiently and can create on the fly connections with the people and services (as well as stores) that matter to us. It’s an incredible snapshot of how life might become.

Now the first post inspired me. I thought about it for over a month – so I decided to try an experiment. For a week (a week and 3 days, as it turned out) I’d respond to my email via other social media methods. Using social network messaging, videos, audio files, texting – I was committed to using alternate media to connect with my team and clients alike.

It was tough at first. Really tough. In fact for the first 3 days (right before Thanksgiving) I had a usage success rate at about 15%. Then after Thanksgiving, things got easier. For me.

But not for everyone. With my 90% usage rate up – I had pushback, at least at first. People didn’t get what I was trying to accomplish and did I really think that email was dying (NO, BTW). People hate change and are also not especially great about checking their FB messages (what, people don’t log-in obsessively???). But by the end of the week, I had an overwhelmingly positive experience. Not only did I introduce new methods of communication to those in my network, but many people shared those videos – opening up new opportunities for me at work.

I’ll definitely try this again in a few months. Thanks, Chris for the inspiration.

(Part II coming soon)

Social Media Behind the Firewall
The Context Engine

October Events I’m Attending

There are a couple of events I’ll be attending in the next couple weeks:

October 16th – 17th: SMX Social Media in New York

Agenda Highlights: From the website
SMX Social Media will explore current opportunities and future developments, offering both fundamental and advanced panels on topics including:

- Social Media Marketing Essentials
- Linkbait – Chumming for Traffic on Social Media Sites
- Extra! Extra! The Social News Sites
- A Marketer’s Guide to Social Bookmarking & Tagging
- Effectively Leveraging Social Networking
- Evangelist – The Marketer’s Role in SMM

Full Agenda is here. I’m hoping to do some video updates, maybe some interviews and will definitely blog my impressions and do some live-Twittering!

October 16th – I’m hoping to duck out of SMX to attend NYC’s first Lunch 2.0 (great work Brett Petersel!) at

October 26-28th: PodCamp Boston 2
This will be my first PodCamp and I’m so excited to participate! I’ll be running around meeting people, learning about video, talking about Facebook and Second Life…and meeting great new people!

Here’s a list of proposed sessions.

I’ll be talking about PodCamp more as it gets closer.

So…who’s going to these events? Let’s make some plans!

Why I use Ning as my Digital “Hub”

I have a large (for me) and expansive web presence. I have two blogs (this one and Setting Contexts, my GTD blog), a Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Jaiku, Pownce, Yahoo!Mash, my Upcoming page, etc., etc., etc. A lot of these services were initiated under my jquig99 moniker. As a woman, I felt a bit vulnerable having these under my real name.

Then Brian Solis wrote his great post on Facebook as a Digital Hub. It was a post that rang true for me and helped push me to look at my own brand strategy. And I was all about Facebook. Still am. My network was deep across Twitter and FB, easy to build and maintain. I wrote a entry here responding to Brian’s post (I read Brian’ PR 2.0 every day – his perspective on what’s going on in Silicon Valley and the space is fun, informative and gives me a crucial West Coast window). In the comments Chris Brogan made a case for Ning (which I had used to build a Social Network for one of my clients). He also gave me some great feedback on my web presence and has since encouraged me to be consistent and aggregate my content. And he’s inspired me to start working with video (In a small way, so far). Bought a FlipCamera (thanks Geoff Livingston) that I can carry around with me so that I can talk to people on my travels, do video updates on my blogs, transcribe panels and sessions, etc.

But back to Ning. Ning allows you to develop your own social network. It’s modular, so you can add and subtract features on the fly.

Here’s a list of features(from the website):
- Social Networking
- Full Customization
- Photo Sharing
- Video Sharing
- Discussion Forums
- Groups
- Music and Podcasting
- RSS feedreaders
- Widgets
- Member Profiles/Blogs
- Management Dashboard
- Ability to use Google Analytics
- and more…

In a couple of weeks I’ll be getting a new design and my own logo! I also decided it was time to use my domain name,, took the ads off and added some widgets – my upcoming page, my blog RSS feeds, video, my NewsGator shared links and a forum to stimulate conversation and interaction.

What’s challenging – building the traffic. It’s not as easy as Facebook to build my network. Ultimately, it’ll be worth it, as the readers will be here because I’m adding some value and (hopefully) people will want to be part of the forum conversations.

So any suggestions? Anything I should add?

After Selling Opsware, Andreessen Turns to His Third Startup, Ning

I’m a huge fan of Marc Andreessen. His blog is one of the first things I read daily. He’s a success story from the wild, wild west days of the Dot.Boom and has gone on from Netscape to start (sell) and focus on new companies. He started Ning (with a partner) in 2005, which I think shows that he still has a critical eye for what the next net commodity will be. I’ve set up a couple of Ning Networks for clients and am trying to get motivated to work on one that focuses on Mac software, services and developers.

After Selling Opsware, Andreessen Turns to His Third Startup, Ning


After Selling Opsware, Andreessen Turns to His Third Startup, Ning
By Adario Strange 08.01.07 | 2:00 AM
“When Hewlett-Packard acquired Opsware for $1.6 billion in cash last week, it changed the reputation of serial entrepreneur and web pioneer Marc Andreessen forever.
Andreessen was the golden boy of the internet’s early days, but Microsoft eventually pummeled his first company, Netscape Communications, into a decidedly secondary market position. When he launched Loudcloud in 1999 without any immediate or obvious payoff potential, Andreessen’s critics had a field day.”


A Backlash Against Facebook Applications Will Come — This is How.

A Backlash Against Facebook Applications Will Come — This is How.

This came to me from my Twitter link to Scoble’s Link Blog. I’ve been following the Jason Calacanis posts (and he actually “friended” me on Facebook today – after I first “friended” him. It gets confusing.). I can understand how the “A-List” bloggers MUST get sick and tired of all the developers pinging them for facetime on their applications/services – there must be hundreds per day, most worth little time, looking for the one who might start the gold rush.

“For those who follow popular tech bloggers (and I expect most, if not all of you do, if you’re reading this blog), there have been two interesting posts within the last 48 hours few days or so.

One involves Jason Calacanis who has decided to declare Facebook Bankruptcy over how many people are pinging him via Facebook Apps, wherein he’s basically thrown up his hands and has given up. (Boo hoo, I’m too popular). The other involves Mike Arrington’s post over at TechCrunch where he details how there is a burgeoning business in trying to monetize Facebook applications — most noticeably (for me) through selling ad space *on* Facebook applications.”

(Via Scoble’s Link Blogand DeepJiveInterests).

Book Learnin!

I’ve just started reading “Marketing to the Social Web: How Digital Customer Communities Build Your Business”, by Larry Weber.

The book talks about how he future of marketing is “a two-way street” ( and that you have to “communicate with, not at, customers”. I agree. Companies, especially large corporate entities, don’t own their brand or message anymore. Users will adapt, modify as they like (and sometimes give back) what they see on the web – it’s the ultimate communication mashup.

I do think that Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr (especially after video), YouTube and MySpace(for a time…) are increasingly important for any company’s marketing program. I think Second Life and other metaverses will have a strong part to play (look at IBM’s use of SL as an example of forward-thinking corporate managemnt).

Everyone’s a marketer, designer, blogger, etc. now. Soon the call to action won’t be “Embrace change…” – it’ll be far too late.