Michael Jackson – The Follow Up

Now that I’ve had some time to process things, I’m ready to write about them.

There I was yesterday, having just ran a test for my webinar next week titled Social Media, SEO And Your Business in 90 Minutes, when I saw an email come in saying Michael Jackson was being rushed to the hospital. Stunned, I immediately turned on the TV to see what was going on. Almost immediately, before I’d ever gotten to a channel, another email came through saying he’d passed away.

More stunned, I get to CNN to see the news, with CNN deciding that they would run a disclaimer because they hadn’t been able to corroborate the story. I went to Twitter, because I had a feeling there would be someone talking about it there. Man, I wasn’t even close; everyone was talking about it, and only it. It was amazing because just hours earlier the conversation had been about Farrah Fawcett, and not with quite the same volume that hearing about Michael Jackson had taken.

It was such a big story that Twitter actually crashed here and there. And, it seems, most other sites that had anything to say about Michael Jackson crashed for at least some period of time. There are already stories out saying this one man caused more disruption than any other single event on the internet since the 9/11 tragedy. That’s saying something; he literally shut down the internet.

I’m not going to write about what I consider as my special relationship with Michael Jackson here; I already wrote about it on my business blog. I will say this, though. As it relates to being online, it shows just how much the rest of us can make an impact on the internet just by our presence. Imagine what we could do if we could learn how to channel even a little piece of that for our blogs, and, eventually, our online success.

Wow. R.I.P, MJ; I’m really going to miss you.

Michael Jackson R.I.P.

Michael Jackson; I have nothing else to say right now, other than he’s been my favorite performer for over 40 years. Video; actually, not all that many. All the other videos have had the embed disabled; heck. Anyway, that’s all I have for the day, but as I find more videos, I’ll be adding them.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Go To Webinar

As you know, I’m promoting this webinar I’m giving next Tuesday on Social Media, SEO and your Business in 90 Minutes. Today I got a look at the technology for doing it; I’d like to tell you a little bit about it.

My friend Renee, who owns the software, came over with her laptop so we could do a run through. I really had no idea how it was supposed to go, as I haven’t participated in lots of live webinars. I have been on a couple, and I know that things haven’t always gone great. Still, this was a first, using Go To Webinar, which I guess is based off Citrix software.

She signed on and downloaded the software to her laptop. It brought up the page, she signed in with her username and password, and she was good to go. She gave me what I needed to sign in, and I came to my computer and did that. I also tried using the headset that came with my Dragon software, which wouldn’t work on this Vista computer, and thus the headset wouldn’t work either; heck. Instead, I had to call in through the phone just to be able to communicate.

Once I was on the webinar, there was this window that opened, and I was seeing what was on her computer. Then what she did was make me the presenter, and she was the organizer, which she was always going to be. How odd; I was suddenly in control of things. The problem I had was this window that was open via the program wasn’t doing anything for me; it was in my way. However, she reported that she was seeing everything that was on my computer; how interesting that was.

What did I do? I lowered the window so I could see my own computer. I couldn’t close the window, otherwise it would kick me out of the program. However, once out of my way, though, things were great. I could hide my taskbar from her, but I would still see it on my computer. I could work on my Firefox instead of needing to use IE. This is going to make everything easier than trying to put it together as a powerpoint file, and I can show all the things I want to show live, which will work great. That is, unless my computer freezes up; no, that won’t happen.

We tested things for about 15 minutes, then shut it down to move on to other things. The plan is to allow everyone to download the outline so they can see where we’re going with things as I progress. The outline is almost complete. The next part will be practicing and rehearsing; that’s what I do as a professional speaker, and that’s what I’m going to do with this presentation. Many people don’t know what it takes to be a real professional speaker; maybe one day I’ll write about that, but not now. What I will say, though, is that I will be prepared, and I will do my best, and that’s all I can ask of myself.

And, just to toss this in there, I’ve been interviewed once again, and it’s been posted on Clickkt Dot Com, written by a young man named Toan Nguyen Minh; thanks Toan!

I’m putting through my request again, as I’m really pumping this thing up; help me get the word out to those people who have small businesses, or people who just might want to know more about how they can use certain social media options to help their businesses and websites.

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Anonymity Of Blogging

There was a news story that someone on Twitter pointed out coming out of the U.K. The story is titled Ruling on NightJack author Richard Horton kills blogger anonymity, and it talks about this police officer who’d actually won an award for his blog, but wanted to keep his anonymity because he was a police officer, and, it turns out, many of the things he was writing about he had inside knowledge on.

The judge decided that people who write blogs don’t have the right for any expectation of anonymity, The Times outed him, and now not only is he in trouble, but his blog is gone, and that’s that from the NightJack.

I’m of mixed thoughts on this topic, as I’m betting many of you are. On every one of my blogs, I’m Mitch. On my business websites I’m Mitch. I do have a couple of websites where I don’t mention my name, but it wouldn’t take a heck of a lot for anyone to figure out who I was, especially if they read the disclaimers.

But there are a lot of you out there who are hiding your identities for whatever reason. Though this ruling was in the U.K., you can be pretty safe in figuring that the same rule would apply here. The basic premise is that blogging gives you a public platform, and thus, even being hosted on your own site, the expectation of privacy isn’t valid and won’t be honored. At some point, if you irritated someone else, or someone decided to dig a little bit, you will be found out.

The question is whether you’re exhibiting behavior that makes you need to worry about it or not. For instance, many commenters here don’t use their real names. Y’all know I kind of like to have a real name of some kind to respond to, even if it’s only a nickname. Some of the rest of you believe that you’re protecting yourselves by using the fake name, whereas others of you believe you’re helping to enhance your SEO by using those names; both are false premises. I probably know who most of you are because you’ve forgotten some basics of how to hide yourself, or at least how to try to hide yourself. So, I do know some of y’alls names, but I’m not going to out you because, well, you haven’t irritated me. 🙂

Still, this issue of anonymity needs to be explored further. If you had someone on the inside of a corrupt company who was telling the rest of us what was going on, and we wanted to keep getting that information, wouldn’t we be happy with that person having anonymity? Sure, the company wouldn’t be, and they could get an injunction of some sort to get that information, but how secure would we be with that?

We could go to what I’ll call a vanity or community blog site, create an account there of some type, and start writing, making it somewhat harder to track us down if we used some kind of account from a place like Yahoo or Excite as our email address. But those types of sites don’t usually get a lot of attention, so your complaints would be lost in the crowd noise.

And, for most of us, if someone was saying a lot of negative things about us, we might want to know who was saying it, and would be frustrated by someone hiding behind a wall of anonymity, making accusations that we’re not sure how to respond to because sometimes fighting makes you look as guilty as not doing anything.

There is another side, though, which goes with what I’ve always said; sometimes, there are consequences for your actions, and if you feel you’re in the right and can put up with it all, then by all means do what you do, whether you’re the outer or the outee (I know it’s not a word, but it fits here anyway).

I think it prompts an interesting discussion and something to think about. Basically I have nothing much to hide, but I know some of you do. So, what are your thoughts on some of this?


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Social Media, SEO And Your Business in 90 Minutes

Talk about grabbing for opportunities when you can. Y’all remember the post on the two interviews I gave and talked about, right? Well, one of my friends listened to the one on social media and now we’re going to do a webinar on the topic, which you see the title of above, and you can get to the social media registration link here.

Okay, I’m actually doing the webinar, but I’m using the software of my friend Renee Scherer of Presentations Plus, who still has open her MS Word webinar for July, which you can still register for. It’s three weeks of seminars for one price, so you’ll be getting plenty of good information, for sure.

Anyway, back to me for a minute. I couldn’t be happier to see some of what’s been going on for me lately, what with the interviews I gave above, and now this new interview that I gave to Murray Newlands for his blog of the same name. He even put my picture big and prominent on his site; wow!

Of course, the big thing about it all is that I know it’s just my time to be talked about or to by so many people, and can only hope that it turns into bigger and better things down the road. No, I’m not believing the hype, so y’all don’t have to worry about my getting my head out the door.

Then again, I was in the local newspaper also, and someone else wrote a very nice blog post about me; maybe there is something to all of this. Somebody stop me! 😀

Okay, here’s the stop, and now the pitch and the request. Yes, there is a fee for the webinar, $37, but it’s 90 minutes, will have parts where questions can be asked, and answered of course, and, well, I expect it won’t be boring, and I’m betting that everyone knows someone who has asked “What’s Twitter” or “What’s all this noise about blogging” and the like. Well, I’m going to address all of that and more during the webinar. This is my first webinar ever, so it should be interesting to see if I’ll fail like a Twitter whale or succeed like David over Goliath; heck, those two references were the best I could do?

So, for SEO and marketing purposes, I have to put this one here one more time: Social Media, SEO and your Business in 90 Minutes; be there! 🙂