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by Chris Miller at 10:20:34 AM on Monday, October 19th, 2009
While at BlogWorldExpo, Wayne Sutton and myself had the chance to talk to Jermaine Dupri (music producer, rapper, founder of SoSoDef and more) about his movements into social media.  He provides some great insight how record companies, artists and himself can benefit with the use of social media.  I also dig into his branding and his blog, YouTube and Twitter work.

I personally have followed JD since his beginnings and watching the growth of a label, brand and, well, empire is amazing.  Finally getting a chance to ask about his understanding of how these changes in media relate to his philosophy on the future was met with very candid responses.  Exactly what I would expect.

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by Chris Miller at 11:57:05 PM on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009


I got my invite, logged on and and you get the first impressions.  I caught Leo Laporte at the same time and we walked through some features  However, more fun was had after I stopped screencasting as I figured out some little tricks, and one bug.

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by Chris Miller at 12:04:26 PM on Tuesday, September 8th, 2009



A walkthrough screencast of the new social friend aggregator client Orsiso that runs on Adobe Air.  It was a quick download and easy to configure, although there are a lot of options.

They will need to add plenty of more social networks to make this a real draw into becoming a client for the masses.  It seems they are in direct competition with Digsby and other client aggregators, yet they are providing much more function.  I am trying to see the revenue model and I would imagine an ad based client will come for free, or with limited function.  The upgrade would offer more and no ads.  The question will be if it is worth it.

 It currently supports such sites as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Bebo and more with all of the major chat clients.
 

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by Chris Miller at 07:20:00 AM on Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
We start light with Jeff and myself before Wayne joins it to run through a list of subjects:
  • Caleb's news
  • Gmail outage
  • Palm Pre hands on
  • Google Chrome turns 1
  • Posterous enhancements
  • Feedly updates
  • Snow Leopard
  • iPod rumors
  • MyBlackBerry launches

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by Chris Miller at 12:08:00 PM on Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
The news broke fast on the announcement of Facebook buying FriendFeed. We had to break down what this means to you as a user of either one.

The roundtable discussion with Louis Gray, Wayne Sutton, Jeff Smith, Corvida, Sarah Perez, and myself (IdoNotes). Just at 45 mins in length.

Find articles on our topics by following our groups bookmarks on Diigo here.

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by Chris Miller at 11:07:50 AM on Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
An all guys roundtable discussion with Louis Gray, Jeff Smith, Wayne Sutton and myself.  Just at 40 mins in length.

Find articles on our topics by following our groups bookmarks on Diigo here

After getting everyone settled in, we jump right into the discussions:

    * How to control your inbound content flow
    * LazyFeed
    * Posterous
    * and more....

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by Chris Miller at 09:23:29 AM on Monday, June 29th, 2009
An all guys roundtable discussion with Caleb Elston, Jeff Smith and myself.  Just at 43 mins in length.

Find articles on our topics by following our groups bookmarks on Diigo here

   * Facebook as the second Internet, has it consumed you?
   * Boxee.tv on Windows
   * and more....

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by Chris Miller at 08:58:00 AM on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
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Awesomesauce roundtable discussion with Louis Gray, Wayne Sutton, Sarah Perez, and myself.  Just at 56 mins in length.

Find articles on our topics by following our groups bookmarks on Diigo here

    * Facebook Vanity URL's - should they cost you also?
    * Paid Twitter feeds, yes or no?
    * Mixero, LiveFlow and Floxee (see Diigo Links)
    * Social identity management, do you do it correctly?
    * Friendfeed colors make Sarah sick (literally)
    * Quick commentary on Bing and other announcements
    * and more....

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by Chris Miller at 09:20:00 AM on Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

by Chris Miller at 07:40:00 AM on Monday, January 5th, 2009
We laugh our way through a 2008 review, look at 2009 and throw in a few surprises.

The roundtable discussion with Wayne Sutton, Sarah Perez, Jeff(isageek), Corvida, and myself (IdoNotes). Just under 1:25 in length.

Find articles on our topics by following our groups bookmarks on Diigo here.




by Chris Miller at 10:07:43 AM on Friday, December 5th, 2008
This week is Kallow, Microsoft Live and social networking, Facebook Connect, barcode scanning and more.

The roundtable discussion with Caleb Elston, Sarah Perez, Jeff(isageek), and myself (IdoNotes). Just under 1:08 in length.

Find articles on our topics by following our groups bookmarks on Diigo here.




by Chris Miller at 02:02:28 PM on Monday, November 24th, 2008
In a discussion today in a group chat (that is based around an upcoming conference) it was brought up how to effectively communicate and locate each other when there will be upwards of 8,000 people there, in person.  How do you quickly sort through a large Twitter stream, or how do you build a location awareness service around conference rooms spread across 3 hotels and open areas?  Without making your own tools, it adds a high level of complexity.  Services like Brightkite are not really made for that type of location service, even with the awesome ability to upload pictures.

What soon came to mind was that this little micro-community, far exceeds the benefit of posting and weeding through the larger macro-community.  That is why sites such as Ning as so popular.  You can build a smaller, manageable community that deeply serves the needs of the users, instead of being trapped in function based on large scale deployments.  I whipped this ugly drawing up quickly.

Image:My micro-community is better than your social network


Examples of any micro-community is one built around your blog for starters.  You are the core of everything involved.  It revolves heavily on the core's participation and draw as a person with content needed or wanted.  No matter how niche it is.  Those of you that read this blog on a consistent basis have grown to become my community, where I pay close attention to your comments, feedback and how you share and/or "like" it on sites like Friendfeed.  It helps drive the future postings and I watch my micro-community closer than the rest.  It is the strength of the rings themselves.  Each of you is a core with your own micro-community.  As you share content across your own micro, the intertwining begins.  In saying this, you may have started numerous micro-communities.  For example this blog, IdoNotes and TheSocialGeeks.  While they inter mingle in some areas, they are distinct.

The macro-community is how sites like FriendFeed show content from outsiders in your stream, based on who you currently associate and follow.  It assists in helping grow other micro-communities, not just to broaden your knowledge.

 From there we expand out into the true social networks where our percentage of reach is smaller and dilutes as you see the ring go further outward.  Once in a while, one of the outer rings slowly strengthens in tighter and soon becomes part of the core.  The social networks are the containers of both macro and micro and the pendulum swings inside of them how the larger micros demand.

Once you break the barrier of any social network an leap into another one, you start the task again of building a micro-community, or do what some of the big names do and bring your micro with you.  Social networks then intertwine and your micro-community expands and grows through branches.

So how big is your community?

by Chris Miller at 07:53:57 AM on Thursday, November 20th, 2008
I attended a conference on Tuesday from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) put on by their Center for Realtor Technology.  Here are some interesting statistics from a room with almost 300 people, all in the surrounding area of St Louis, MO.  Keep in mind anytime you see the number of people saying yes, that would include me raising my hand.
  • Who has a blog - 12
  • Who has used Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn or the like - 30
  • Who has kids that have used those - 100
  • Who has used Twitter - 3
  • Who reads RSS feeds - 2
  • Who uses instant messaging - 100
So what I began to notice was the average age in the room was well into the 40's.   I am not saying this is old at all, just a large gap in how this market does business.  Agents there live in the world of social networks.  Real social networks of friends, family and then the tiers around those people.  That is how they get business.  Referrals are the goldmine.  Cold calls suck.  Here is the gap.

As more people search first on the Internet for homes (see the new service coming from Dwellicious) they spend less time have agents randomly look for homes.  It is not surprising when a call is received with the prospect stating, I want to see a specific list of houses I have already gathered, shall I email or fax it.  That should have been the first sign to realtors that the way they did business needed to change.  What should change?

First off, they need to get involved with promoting themselves not just in a blog or their company webpage, but in other areas.  We created a new Twitter account (@Stl4closures) to start feeding our properties out in the foreclosure market and we had 5 followers within a day.  Sounds small, but each of them were either agents or someone wanting to buy properties.  So imagine they are agents with a pool of buyers.  You are now reaching hundreds by making a simple posting.

From there you get involved with the other networks as you see fit.  There is actually some networks built strictly for the real estate professional.  Yet none of them were involved.  The value in the amount of tools, mashups and ability to network far exceeds the time you will spend to learn how to use the tools themselves.

  I know the learning curve was steep when the man next to me saw the laptop and said, do you get what they are talking about?  I could only smile and send him my contact info from Rmbrme.

by Chris Miller at 03:04:00 PM on Thursday, October 30th, 2008
This week is Sobees, Gawker Stalker, enterprises and social networker, CloudContacts, Updating.me and Highlight Midwest.

The triangle (no need for round or square) discussion with Wayne Sutton, Jeff(isageek), and myself (IdoNotes). Just under 43 minutes in length.

Find articles on our topics by following our groups bookmarks on Diigo here.




by Chris Miller at 01:01:56 PM on Friday, October 17th, 2008
This week is FriendFeed live, MobaTalk, Social Mention, enterprise Twitter, Mecca Browser and UserNameCheck.

The triangle (no need for round or square) discussion with Jeff(isageek), Caleb Elston and myself (IdoNotes). Just at one hour in length.

Find articles on our topics by following our groups bookmarks on Diigo here.



by Chris Miller at 02:51:28 PM on Monday, October 6th, 2008
In a recent discussion, the topic of the value of face to face meetings over strictly virtual meetings came around.  My thought is with the proper definition of virtual, you can have the same effect as f2f (face to face for simplicity sake) in most, read that as not all, scenarios.  With the growth of audio/video capabilities, knowledge sharing sites, profiles and presence, what is gained by f2f meetings?  Not much a this time.  There was a point where all sales calls were made in person, with someone flying or driving all around a region.  Burning time and energy just to have a conversation?  With the advent and advancement in technologies, whiteboards, brainstorming, document sharing and conversations are all possible, just as if you were sitting right there.  Humorously in theory, only one person in a room can work on a document while in person unless it is shared online.  If so, you are right back to the point of why are you all in the same room?

Massive amounts of communication and collaboration are occurring online throughout thousands of social and sharing sites as far too many of us sit in meetings all day long accomplishing nothing.

Saying that, certain scenarios inherently beg to be in person.  The final stages of project readiness, isolated conversations to remove distractions.  Many times while we are on conference calls, instead of focusing on the conversation, we find ourselves Twittering, instant messaging and basically trying to process mass amounts of data, including news feeds.  The isolation factor of a f2f removes that problem.  We have a rule in "hot" meetings that you do not even bring in your phones or computers.  A phone that rings in one of those could end your day.  If you cannot simply stop tapping your pen and pay attention, then the meeting is too long or the topic has strayed.  Or worse, you shouldn't have been there in the first place.  I personally have been part of those and politely excused myself stating that there were no topics I could contribute to.  Online makes that so much easier.

Now we enter the combination of the two where two groups, or a group on one side and individual on the other, take advantage of both virtual and f2f.  With this, you combine one side in an isolated meeting with no distractions and a virtual person that might be screensharing or simply listening and conversing.

So I lean towards virtual winning over f2f with the understanding that there aer some slimmer instances where f2f is required, versus requested.

by Chris Miller at 12:06:04 PM on Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
The gPhone, Wordpress commenting system purchase, video comments and Apple App Store problems.

The roundtable discussion with Wayne Sutton, Jeff(isageek), Caleb Elston, Louis Gray, Sarah Perez and myself (IdoNotes). Just over one hour.

Find articles on our topics by following our groups bookmarks on Diigo here.






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by Chris Miller at 06:42:23 PM on Monday, September 8th, 2008
The roundtable discussion grows with Wayne Sutton, Jeff(isageek), Corvida, Louis Gray, Sarah Perez and myself (IdoNotes) in what will be the start of a bi-weekly event. We will discuss all the hot and interesting news in the social media space.  This week covers Chrome, Toluu, Social Median, abandoning your accounts, TweetRush and more.  One hour and 13 minutes of fun.

Today we cover the following items, which you can find by following our groups bookmarks on Diigo here.



by Chris Miller at 01:33:38 PM on Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
We begin yet another feature with roundtable discussions with Wayne Sutton, Jeff(isageek), Corvida and myself (IdoNotes) in what will be the start of a bi-weekly event. We will discuss all the hot and interesting news in the social media space.

Today we cover the following items, which you can find by following our groups bookmarks on Diigo here.





by Chris Miller at 12:19:21 PM on Friday, August 8th, 2008
Corvida and I dig deep into Social Median, the beta site for collecting and sharing social media news. It offers groups to join and people to follow.  Listen in to hear our ratings and review






by Chris Miller at 10:16:23 AM on Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
Corvida and I show off our enjoyment of Feedly, the new Firefox Extension that hooks into Google Reader

  • We will be posting the video capture shortly
  • the new Twitter hot site EverythingTwitter is growing
  • Corvida needs some good housing in Portland, OR







by Chris Miller at 02:38:51 PM on Monday, June 30th, 2008
Corvida and I become official Plurkers by joining and analyzing the new hot site Plurk.  We had a special guest with Wayne Sutton dropping in (he is of course on Plurk and Twitter but has far too many followers we think).


Some announcements were made:
  • an API for Plurk will be announced today
  • the new Twitter hot site EverythingTwitter got released
  • there is a site Plurkable for anything Plurk related



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by Chris Miller at 04:08:24 PM on Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
We review Mento, a social bookmarking and network service rolled into one.  Listen in as we give it a rating and talk about the functionality, usability and stickiness.

You can find Corvida on Twitter here
You can find Chris on Twitter here

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by Chris Miller at 03:27:45 PM on Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
Our first site review is on Toluu, a social RSS feed finder.  Listen in as we give it a rating and talk about the functionality, usability and stickiness.

This will replace TheSocialNetworker series as a corporate merger is going on. Ok, not really but the podcast is growing and this will take it to the next level. So give it a shot and if you like it stay subscribed to the new one!!

You can find Corvida on Twitter here
You can find Chris on Twitter here

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by Chris Miller at 11:43:16 AM on Tuesday, February 19th, 2008
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Chris Saad of DataPortability.org and I talk about the recent meet-up that took place in San Francisco and what it meant for the development. We cover the big names joining the group and then finish with everything else Chris does with Faraday Media. I would visit the Faraday site and get info on Particls, the Engagd platform, SyncStream and APML

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by Chris Miller at 11:24:10 AM on Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
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Harrison of Spokeo answers all my questions about this amazing aggregation tool. A must have for anyone that plays in multiple social network sites, or lurks and follows multiple people.

You will hear some echo every so often but it took weeks of us to get the timing right to record so we went with it instead of trying to recreate the whole podcast.


by Chris Miller at 12:51:32 PM on Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
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Guy Kawasaki takes a podcast interview to another level, one of the best and most fun interviews I have done about his venture Truemors.


by Chris Miller at 02:58:59 PM on Friday, November 2nd, 2007
I interview Dan Cohen, CEO of Pageflakes, about his social-based portal pages for browsers. This is part 1 where we dig into the site from the architecture side and Lisa will cut loose in the next episode to discuss the site from an end user viewpoint.


If you have not played with the site, listen in to get some great tips and an even better understanding on how this really is a social network and not just a browser portal for content.
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by Chris Miller at 10:21:23 PM on Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
The obligatory "what to expect" podcast where we introduce ourselves and the upcoming podcasts


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Also Known As: Chris Miller (when awake)

Boring Certifications: (only because someone asked twice)

  • Workplace Collaboration Services 2.5 - Team Collab and Messaging
  • Domino 7 Certified Security Administrator
  • PCLP ND7
  • PCLP ND6
  • PCLP R5
  • PCLP R4
  • CLP Collaboration (soon to be retired Aug 2006)
  • random former R4 exams
  • CLI for numerous admin areas including Domino, Sametime and Workplace
  • CLP Insane

Yes, I write some of those dreaded admin cert exams you take. I won't say which ones so you don't come looking for me, but I will say they are the real good recent ones that have been coming out.

Weapons/Equipment:

  • At work an IBM 2 GHz
  • At home a plethera of 6 machines with various Windows versions and Red Hat on a wired/wireless LAN
  • A Toshiba E740 with 802.11b (yes geek toy)
  • An Apple 40GB iPod that is filled to the brim
  • Compaq RioPort MP3 player (now in storage)
  • An EBook (REB1100) also for travel (Love that darn thing)
  • Verizon and they always seem to know how to find me, damn cell

Animals:

One dog, a Pug. He has been on this world before and seems to understand slippers and a fine cigar. Mind you that is him in the chair and not me.

Let us now also add a deranged cat that is in the process of being toilet trained. Update: Toilet traning was very very close.

Music:

Non-stop. At my desk, in my car, walking to work and back to my car downtown. In the house there is a crazy zoned set-up for you home automation geeks.

I am a self-proclaimed MP3 fiend, to which I have tried rehab 4 billion times to no avail. Next is the MP3 hard-drive for the car that I found. Now what kind of music you ask? I will never tell.

Languages:

  • Incredibly fast English
  • Very slow Spanish
  • Emoticon-ese
  • Learning Korean
  • HTML
  • Advanced Sarcasm

Geek class special abilities:

  • Notes/Domino overdrive
  • Workplace
  • Sametime
  • Active Directory (huh? kidding)
  • Quickplace
  • LMS, LVC and the other L's of elearning
  • Windoze junk
  • MS Exchange versions
  • LAN
  • TCPIP
  • Server Iron
  • Yeah, yeah it goes on some

Skills:

Get back to you here

Spells:

Hershey’s Stomach of Holding: Jess and I are fighting over who eats more chocolate. TWDUFF can help me out and vouch for me.

Character Bio:

This will take far more time than I have today. I will start with I was born and still live in St. Louis, MO. Even though for a couple years I was never, ever here and always on the road, this is smack in the middle of the US. Everything is just a few hour flight. That part is nice. No beach/ocean/coast isn't the best. But with the travel I make up for it.

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