Because Andy Sernovitz said so (and he's smart too!)
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During a coffee table conversation this morning with a new friend, we were talking about connecting dots and thoughts. He said he was still collecting but not quite connecting them. I asked if maybe instead of collecting, he should be correcting.
- Was he collecting thoughts, but not sharing them?
- Did he have connecting thoughts, but not enough of them?
- Is he testing and experimenting with what he had to find out if he had the right thoughts?
If your thoughts are like dots, find out if the thoughts connect. If they do not connect, you must correct. Otherwise, you are simply a thought collector.
Whistle Stops are conversations, eye-openers, or tools representing the
brain train discovered while traveling along the Conversphere. From
business to education, life hacks to giving back, these are the posts and
links that have in some way grabbed my attention!
- Twitter's Metoric Rise (An Infographic) at the Blog Herald: Lots of good information shared here. I'm loving the rise of the infographic as a medium, you?
- Leverage Free Writing to Solve Content Marketing Block by Joe Pulizzi: Some great tips and motivation for free writing (just pound the keys!). A wonderful tool to use with this is 750words.com which tracks your stats too.
- Want More Readers? Try Expanding Your Internet Universe at CopyBlogger: A bit like I talk about, a money quote on this exploration of new connections is: "Someone out there in the Internet-universe is struggling with something you learned three years ago"
- 80 Ways to Steal Valuable Minutes for Your Work Day compiled by Glen Stansberry: Some super quick and slick tips to shave and save time from smart and successfuls like Chris Brogan, Liz Strauss, and Anita Campbell.
- 49 Website Design Aspects You Shouldn't Overlook at Website Habitat: Whether you're hiring your website buildout to others or doing it yourself, this is a checklist to print and save.
Full Steam Ahead!
Having sought ways to say, share, and store content that is not really ConverStations "stuff," and to be able to do so easily (I can text or email posts into my Tumblr site — and Posterous too), I'm going to use Tumblr for stuff that's too big for my Twitter stream, and maybe just a bit off the radar for ConverStations' stream.
I've activated a FeedBurner feed and will be making a few modifications this week. Will it stick? I dunno, let's find out.
On this day, in 1928, the Chillicothe Baking Company of Missouri sold the first packages of "sliced bread" using a slicing machine invented in 1917 by Oscar Rohwedder of Davenport, Iowa. The product was called Sliced Kleen Maid Bread.
Eleven years from patent to product. Popularity of sliced bread was stalled by an interruption by a building fire – destroying many documents, research notes, and papers. Still, "sliced bread" didn't really catch on until Wonder Bread made the idea as sticky as a peanut butter sandwich. It took a great story and word-of-mouth spread.
Check out the first couple of minutes of this fantastic Seth Godin/TED video on why sliced bread didn't spread right away:
I believe that Social Media has been around since "chalk on a rock'
and has had more tools than we can shake a screwdriver at. It's always
been (and should remain) more about the talk-nology than the technology.
That in mind, this category "On this day in Social Media history…"
celebrates some of the pioneers of social media — even if we didn't
call it that back in the day.
There has been occasions I wanted to loop a YouTube video, whether it's my own at a presentation or event, or a music or movie video I could loop while writing.
Simply grab the ID number from the YouTube video you want to loop, place it in the "loop" form field. You can also crop to have just a portion of the video loop.
A quick and easy way to use this tool is to simply add "endless" to the URL, right in front of "youtube.com" – so http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsA0eL3xp0w becomes http://www.endlessyoutube.com/watch?v=AsA0eL3xp0w – dig?
You can use this at tradeshows or just before a presentation to loop a video of yours or one of inspiration to set up your show.