Start Your Social Media with LinkedIN | Orangejack LLC

Are you on LinkedIN? I posted on my business blog how to Start Your Social Media with LinkedIN | Orangejack LLC

Perhaps you’ve heard about Social Media but haven’t signed up to participate on any of the sites yet thinking they are all for kids with too much time on their hands. Well let me share with you one of the more useful websites you can start with for your entry into social media: LinkedIN.

LinkedIN is a professional network. It’s like a networking event you attend but this is all online.

I encourage you to create an account and play around.  Feel free to invite me to be one of your connections by requesting from my LinkedIN profile.

Testing ScribeFire

So it seems there is this cool and nifty Firefox plugin called ScribeFire that allows me to blog faster. So I’m testing it. It was easy to pull in a Flick photo from above, now for a YouTube video below.

Green Tree Frog Jumping

So it seems easy to post from those sites, but haven’t figured out how to post a particular photo or video I want (I had to search for these, not pick a previous one).

So far, not so bad.

Mara Triangle Online

Mara Triangle Online | Orangejack LLC

If you like Africa and African animals and such, you must follow the Mara Triangle blog.  Even if you don’t like this stuff, you’ve got to be impressed with this. It’s run by Joseph Kimojino, Maasai tribesman in Kenya’s Masai Mara preserve (part of the Serengeti National Park). His job is to protect the wildlife, defend against poachers, and raise money for Preserve.

How I share the Internets

Maybe I’ll explore and dive into this later, but I think I have finally got a hold of my online presence. I mean, I can’t call myself an Internet Strategist if I can’t even figure out how to explain my strategy, can I?

What I finally realized is a not-so-brilliant observation but one that made an impact on how I consume the internets: the internet is divided into content I create and content I don’t create. More specifically, of the content I don’t create only some of it I find (and find interesting for that matter).

I use various tools to create and find content, then filter it all into one place, Google Reader. From gReader, I filter out everything I consume and decide if I want to share it with you. gReader has changed the way it shares and now allows me to skip the gReader filtering process and share pages or snippets of pages straight to my shared items blog. And now that FriendFeed is around and I’m starting to get a handle on it, I see one of its roles to be an aggregator of all the content I create plus the filtered content I find and want to share.

So as you can see in the graph above (would you believe I actually spent time making this?) I have content I create on the left through my blogs, twitter, flickr, and youtube. On the right side is content I find through sites I subscribe to, delicious, digg, and stumbleupon. All of that comes into my gReader. From there I decide what I want to share and it all ends up on my shared items blog (which is now being redirected from You can get my share RSS feed or email if you like.

Geeze, I hope this makes sense to someone. It does to me.

Some of you may notice that tumblr is not on the list. That’s because I think I’m moving on from it. gReader makes it too easy. However, tumblr is getting my gReader RSS and republishing it.

Humans Behaving Badly

Once before a flight a flight attendant was asking for volunteers to allow someone to swap seats with someone else. A voice a few rows behind us volunteered saying, “I will! I can’t be around children.”

Another time on a flight there was an extremely overweight man sitting a few rows before me and across the aisle. The guy in front of him reclined to take a nap. The man took his forearm and angrily pushed the seat upright. He also exchanged angry words with the guy in front of him.

In the Nairobi, Kenya airport, our flight was scheduled to leave just before midnight. After several delays because of mechanical reasons, the flight was canceled around 2 in the morning. We were put up in a hotel and told we’d all be rebooked in the morning. One father complained bitterly and loudly to the messenger. She didn’t make any decisions about the flight. Finally he yelled, “Think of the children! They are sleepy! What are they supposed to do?’

One day while taking photos at Disney for people, a father wanted his tired and bashful 2-year-old daughter to smile for the picture. She didn’t want to and was a bit winy. He said to her sternly, “If you don’t smile…” then he turned his head and whispered something into her ear. After that instead of smiling, she shrieked and cried.

But the worst of them all are we who think we are better than all of these people. We’re not. A dose of humility never hurt any of us.