Why is the Web2.0 Population So Mean?

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I can get just as snarky, pissed and judgmental as the next Digg, Slashdot or Wikipedia user… but I always try to keep my cool and treat others with R E S P E C T. Its just something I think is important. Apparently I am not the only one wondering whats going on.

“The real shame, though, is that the knee jerk “everyone else is an idiot” tenor is poisoning the potential the Internet once had. People used to dream of a global village, where maybe we can work out our differences, where direct communication might make us realize that we have a lot in common after all, no matter where we live or what our beliefs.

But instead of finding common ground, we’re finding new ways to spit on the other guy, to push them away. The Internet is making it easier to attack, not to embrace.

Maybe as the Internet becomes as predominant as air, somebody will realize that online behavior isn’t just an afterthought. Maybe, along with HTML and how to gauge a Web site’s credibility, schools and colleges will one day realize that there’s something else to teach about the Internet: Civility 101.”

(thanks David Pogue of The New York Times)

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Threadless and Cafepress Rock – Hot Creative Communities

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So I finally found Threadless today. Its a very cool and very active community of artists submitting t-shirt designs in hopes to win some cash and attract some attention. Underground art lovers buy the sick t-shirts the artists submit. Its wonderful.

I’ll be sporting some of the cool tees there as well as submitting my own art.

Keep an eye on My Threadless Page, and if you want to sign up or buy any tees, follow and book mark THIS LINK.

I also started up My Cafepress Store, where I’ll be selling t-shirts, mugs, boooks, cd’s, hats, hoodies, stickers, stuff for kids, pets and just generally cool stuff.

Check out Cafepress Today for the coolest gifts.

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If you like the philosophy or art of Nomadishere, you’ll love this stuff.

Longtail Terms That Convert – “how to get rid of X”

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Ever wondered how you can expand your inventory of longtail keywords? We all know they convert at higher percentages and cost less to rank for or purchase in the PPC space.

Sometimes it just takes a push to think outside the box. The key is action words. For example, “how to get rid of.”

I hope this gets your creative juices flowing:

how to get rid of mouse
how to get rid of acne
how to get rid of flea
how to get rid of stretch marks
how to get rid of acne scar
how to get rid of fruit flies
how to get rid of pimples
how to get rid of spyware

I call them “action words”, they are the added terms people use when hoping to really find something. Quite a lot of people search for “how do i burn fat” and may be more willing to purchase something than the person starting out with searches like “burn fat” …

Think about some of these other “action words” when building your longtail list.

aid
build
buy
create
cure
do it yourself
ebook
find
free
how do i
how to
info
information
instructions
is ok
learn
look for
make my own
relief
repair
techniques
tips
tricks
what do i
what is the best
when should i
where

So I Joined LinkedIn

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My LinkedIn Page

Agloco tries to give back to the users – click fraud or normal advertising?

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I believe this is a natural step. There were paid-to-read networks in the 90’s, but those were more about putting ads in front of you and forcing you to browse through a network of crap. Now there are paid-to-read(click) networks that are simply hosts for click fraud on a mass scale. Agloco is going to simply put a little tool bar on your browser that displays subtle ads related to the page your are viewing on your own… sound like Google to you too?

The cool part here is that you get paid more by signing more people up, so check it out, sign up and tell your friends. This could be hot.

Check Out Agloco Today

My Wengo Internet Business Consultant Page

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My Wengo Internet Business Consulting Page

Wengo has created a network of individuals looking for, or promoting, personal services attainable through video phone chat.

Pretty cool.

You can create service listings that put you in a searchable network, attach a picture, video and get a cool little “click here to call me” button that lets interested people pay a fee to talk to you. The payment gets automatically deposited into your bank account.

My first service listed is Internet Business Consultant. I’ll list all my marketing, design, development and psychographic services soon, probably with a cool video of each.

Continuous Partial Attention and The Expert Mind

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Linda Stone, of Continuous Partial Attention says:
“To pay continuous partial attention is to pay partial attention — CONTINUOUSLY. It is motivated by a desire to be a LIVE node on the network. Another way of saying this is that we want to connect and be connected. We want to effectively scan for opportunity and optimize for the best opportunities, activities, and contacts, in any given moment. To be busy, to be connected, is to be alive, to be recognized, and to matter.

We pay continuous partial attention in an effort NOT TO MISS ANYTHING. It is an always-on, anywhere, anytime, any place behavior that involves an artificial sense of constant crisis. We are always in high alert when we pay continuous partial attention. This artificial sense of constant crisis is more typical of continuous partial attention than it is of multi-tasking.”

The Expert Mind grows to its stature not through luck or dna, but through FOCUS (thanks Kathy Sierra of Creating Passionate Users).

Kathy finishes her thought with “The most important thing, I think, is to stop being in denial about the profound impact this (IM, email, blogging, twitter) is having on us and those around us. Until we stop seeing interruptions as something that happens TO us, and understand the role we play in causing them, we’re in big trouble.”

“80% of success is showing up.” Woody Allen

“If you allow abstract concepts like health or love to remain abstract, you won’t move forward in these areas. Abstractions are wonderful tools for thought, but eventually you need to turn them into concrete physical actions. Your abstraction must eventually become a process of showing up.” (thanks Steve Pavlina of StevePavlina.com).

Great list of things to try for 30 days. We should all try most of it. “Give trials a try.” (thanks Steve Pavlina of StevePavlina.com).

  • Give up TV. Tape all your favorite shows and save them until the end of the trial. My whole family did this once, and it was very enlightening.
  • Give up online forums, especially if you feel you’re becoming forum addicted. This will help break the addiction and give you a clearer sense of how participation actually benefits you (if at all). You can always catch up at the end of 30 days.
  • Shower/bathe/shave every day. I know YOU don’t need this one, so please pass it along to someone who does.
  • Meet someone new every day. Start up a conversation with a stranger.
  • Go out every evening. Go somewhere different each time, and do something fun — this will be a memorable month.
  • Spend 30 minutes cleaning up and organizing your home or office every day. That’s 15 hours total.
  • List something new to sell on ebay every day. Purge some of that clutter.
  • Ask someone new out on a date every day. Unless your success rate is below 3%, you’ll get at least one new date, maybe even meet your future spouse.
  • If you’re already in a relationship, give your partner a massage every day. Or offer to alternate who gives the massage each day, so that’s 15 massages each.
  • Give up cigarettes, soda, junk food, coffee, or other unhealthy addictions.
  • Become an early riser.
  • Write in your journal every day.
  • Call a different family member, friend, or business contact every day.
  • Make 25 sales calls every day to solicit new business. Professional speaker Mike Ferry did this five days a week for two years, even on days when he was giving seminars. He credits this habit with helping build his business to over $10 million in annual sales. If you make 1300 sales calls a year, you’re going to get some decent business no matter how bad your sales skills are. You can generalize this habit to any kind of marketing work, like building new links to your web site.
  • Write a new blog entry every day.
  • Read for an hour a day on a subject that interests you.
  • Meditate every day.
  • Learn a new vocabulary word every day.
  • Go for a long walk every day.

Just some of today’s reading. Great stuff.