Dec 29

2011 almost gone… 2012 The first year of the rest of my life :)

I’m writing less and less here. I checked… only a few articles this year. Perhaps this is the feeling you have when you talk with all and nobody in the same time – if you know what I mean. It is also the feeling that life is more important to live rather than socialmediasize it.

Coming from somebody that is involved a lot in social media, I recognize it is strange to say it, but still… we should not be drowned by it.

Fastening from media in general – that is an interesting idea indeed. We all should exercise it for time to time. What you have to do is to avoid opening at any cost the browser, the newspaper, the radio or the TV. Nor read any commercial or written word pushed to your eyes. Only your own thoughts. And surprise! You will realize after a few days how far you are disconnected from your own being.

And did I mention? – stop for a while to look into your smartphones and tablets, stop listening to the gagas and just look on the window. You may discover the real world around you.

Back to this blog… Well, for now, I’m still going to keep it. I started it because of eLiberatica. After a while, I thought that helping with my part to the so called "social media awareness" can change the way we think and behave, in the good way. After more time, I learned that is actually only a tool in which individuals and organizations try to influence the others. Can be for good or bad.. So be carefully how and what are you listening to.
The way to change things for good must not rely solely on a tool. It is more about us – to stay in touch with our own being and with the others, at e personal and intimate level. And this is where computers and Internet cannot do much help. There are more important things in life. Which is short indeed.

Now, here are some things I consider deserves to be shared with you; things that I found interesting along this year:

For the ones asking about eLiberatica. No plans for 2012, sorry. I will consider 2013, if, hopefully, I can find the time, the mood, and in general, if the general economic downturn will cease…

Professionally speaking? I’m continuing to push CapturePlay – the company I’m working for. From my personal point of view, one of the most important achievements this year is the internship program, which I setup it there with the help of a few Canadian immigration organizations. It makes you feel good when you can help others to succeed, and they help you back to build your product.
Generally speaking, since one year ago CapturePlay’s Alexa ranking was somewhere around 24,000,000 and now is around 340,000 that is confirming we did a lot towards achieving success.

In general, this year was tough… My father passed away… I finally started to publish his work.
So yes, it was tough again, but also enlightening. It refocused my mind to the most essential meanings of life; people we love, family and time; doing best you can to be human, to be good.

For the friends who are interested, there are some pictures from 2011.

OK, I think that is all for now, and for this year.

Looking forward for 2012.

"Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get."

I wish you all a Happy New Year, peace, love, prosperity and happiness!

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Jul 29

The hidden rules of LinkedIn – Disappointing

I am one of the early adopters of LinkedIn and I had a great respect for them. Thhey built a strong and usable application, they were fair and trustworthy. I strongly promoted them without being at all affiliated to this company and I also spent countless of hours to enlarge my network and keep my profile updated. But my confidence dropped to the lowest level a few days ago, when I tried to reach one of my former colleagues – somebody that worked in the same company with me. This is the option you typically have: The hidden rules of LinkedIn - Disappointing But this is what I got: The hidden rules of LinkedIn - Disappointing So what is inline help saying? The hidden rules of LinkedIn - Disappointing Knowing that you cannot control who is rejecting an invite, and what motive he/she would indicate when rejecting it, indeed you can probably be banned after you get the warnings. (Needles to say, each time I invited somebody that I don’t know personally, I wrote a polite note. It’s in my job description to know how to build online community.) So I wrote to their customer service to understand how I can get back the full functionality. Now comes the interesting part and here is exactly what they responded to me: “everyone is allowed a certain number of Invitations to be sent without requiring an email address to members identified as a “Friend”. After that allotment is depleted you will be required to enter an email address. ” They also pointed me to their User Agreement (Section 4, sub D), this part: “LinkedIn may limit the number of connections you may have to other Users and may, in certain circumstances, prohibit you from contacting other Users through use of the Services or otherwise limit your use of the Services” I’m not a legal expert, and it looks to my understanding that they are legally covered by it. On the other hand, I think that each of the LinkedIn user must know about this rule which is not clear and actually is hiding this “certain number of Invitations” that nobody knows about it. I would expect to know from the beginning that I’m allowed to send a particular number of invites, and after that, regardless what I do, I have to input an email address there. My final note: All of us should be aware of the implication of trusting this kind of online social services and be more circumspect when we start to put effort in building an online network. Appleseed - open and distributed social networkWhat to do now? Probably focus my attention to the ones that are still keeping their openness and promises. Google+ perhaps? At least there you can download all your data from your account when you want.. Still, I’m waiting for the open and distributed social network model. There are a few outside, and probably the most important and promising one is Appleseed. I’ll start to build there! And bye-bye to the ones which are having hidden rules and tries to control you. —- PS – Shortly after I mentioned to their support the problem above, I received from LinkedIn an invitation to join for free (for a month) the Pro account… So I deduct from here that all these things happened because they changed rules and they wish to increase the revenue by pushing the LinkedIn power users to pay a Pro account. And I feel they try to take advantage of me.. Be aware, you can be the next.

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