How to make friends and influence people in social media

April 24, 2012

How to make friends and influence people in social media

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

If you follow Gini Dietrich, Bill Dorman or Bruce Sallan, you’ll understand everything that I have to say here. Because there’s no better lesson than the lesson you’ve seen lived out by the people you know. IRL or social.

Like IRL, social is something you have to live – automation, enthusiasm, and/or drama does not deliver consistent and sustainable results. Nor value.

It should go without saying. That there is no difference between IRL or social when it comes to making friends and becoming influential. It just is. Until we are replaced by robots. That’s why Klout, Kred, and Empire Avenue can’t help you.

Queen, We Are The Champions

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The Watchmen: Hot Trending Topic on Google

April 23, 2012

The Watchmen: Hot Trending Topic on Google

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

While I do pay attention to trending topics on Google, I never intentionally write to them. Not until today. Among the hot trending topics today is colorectal cancer (bowel cancer), think like a man, justin beiber, watchmen, and mother’s day. None of today’s hot trending topics were immediately interesting to me as a subject to write about. Ok, I’ll admit that the watchmen did pique my curiosity. [grin]

The word invokes change, unrest, danger, fear, and hope. Perhaps, also, community, responsibility, and service. The word, watchmen, seems as old as literature itself.

I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerulsalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth. Isaiah 67:6-7

Trailer for the the 2009 movie, The Watchmen.

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The Greatest Show on Earth is on Andaman road

April 22, 2012

The Greatest Show on Earth is on Andaman road

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

“I think I see something moving in the trees!” Dana gasped and pointed to a group of nearby trees as the tour bus inched down Andaman road.

George threw a bunch of bananas through his open window. Two young Jarawa scampered from behind bushes to the bananas laying at the side of road. Their eyes looked so full of joy. Dana snapped pictures with her iPhone.

The Jarawa young clicked and chanted. They stretched out their little hands and moved their fingers as if squeezing fruit. Read the rest of this entry »


The question that Hunger Games failed to ask of us

April 22, 2012

The question that Hunger Games failed to ask of us

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

If you really want to hear about it, I didn’t love the movie, Hunger Games. As we were walking out of the theater (Hollywood Multiplex at the Bucharest Mall in Vitan), a guy was telling his girl that the movie was perfect and it reminded him of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.

Star-cross’d lovers, indeed!

Eminem, Mockingbird

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I have nothing deep to say about social media today.

April 20, 2012

I have nothing deep to say about social media today.

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Write. Just write. That’s what Jack wrote.

His words resound in my mind.

Like an alarm. Like my iphone alarm at 6am. The nuclear meltdown siren. The message courtesy of MC Hammer:

We got to pray just to make it today…

What ever happened to MC Hammer?

What if I have nothing deep to say about social media today? Is that ok with you?

The Roots, Dear God feat Monsters of Folk

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PSA: The girls in the windows: Amsterdam and sex tourism (video)

April 19, 2012

PSA: The girls in the windows: Amsterdam and sex tourism (video)

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

You may have heard about Amsterdam’s red light district where underdressed women (from everywhere) sit or stand at large windows or window-doors waiting for sexual solicitations. While most of the window shopping is in one area of the old city, it’s not the only place where you’ll see the working women in windows.

When I’m in Amsterdam, I often pass some of these windows on my way to one of my favorite Amsterdam eateries on Spuistraat: Luden. It’s in a respectable downtown neighborhood and I have to say that Luden has been a consistently good place to eat across the 10 or so years of my visits.

The window girls of Amsterdam

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They Made The NYT Best Blog List: @TheJackB, @StartYourNovel and @SmartBoyDesigns

April 19, 2012

They Made The NYT Best Blog List: @TheJackB, @StartYourNovel and @SmartBoyDesigns

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

The NYT Best Blog List is widely considered the preeminent list of blogs everywhere. Published weekly, the list is based on weekly reader reports from independent, online search and analytics. Readership measurement includes key signals in a given week: number of readers, time spent reading, mentions, reach, and other factors believed to reflect a blog’s currency. The list includes 100 categories including popular genres such as daddy bloggers, fiction and social media.

Gramatik, Dream BIG

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