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Written by Aaron

May 13, 2008 at 10:51 am

Improved Sharing in Google Reader

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Today, Google announced improvements to the ‘Share’ functionality within Google Reader.

Now you can share any part of any web page.

And you can add a personal note to the item you are sharing.

Check out the full announcement here

** If you use Google Reader, email me so I can add you as a friend and we can share items with each other.

Written by Aaron

May 5, 2008 at 7:59 pm

Twitter Trend for HP, Dell, and Apple

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A site called Twist allows you to see Twitter trends

Here is a trend graph comparing HP, Dell, and Apple……Guess who is who?

Red = Apple

Blue = Dell

Yellow = HP

I guess Apple has an advantage. People could be twittering about the fruit.

Written by Aaron

April 28, 2008 at 2:29 pm

Posted in Business, Internet, Technology

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A Global Conversation

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I have been reading through The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business As Usual……it is free online here

The internet has changed things. And I don’t mean in an every company, organization, or church has a fancy website kind of way.

The internet has really, really changed things. A global conversation has begun……..via the internet.

The attraction of the internet isn’t really the technology. Remember, the internet started gaining popularity when the technology of the internet wasn’t all that great.

The attraction of the internet is the conversation…….and the technology of the internet enables that.

Everyone can communicate with everyone about everything. Instantly.

It seems obvious now with the explosion of things like Myspace, Facebook, web-based email, instant messaging, blogs, and Twitter. But the authors of the Cluetrain Manifesto had it figured out way back in 1999. I was shocked when I noticed that the manifesto was written that long ago.

If you don’t have time to read the whole thing, at least check out the 95 Theses

Then ask…..

  • Am I part of the global conversation?
  • Is my business part of the global conversation?
  • Is my employer part of the global conversation?
  • Is the Church part of the global conversation?

Written by Aaron

April 16, 2008 at 11:41 pm

Death by Email

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I have a process for work email that used to work fairly well.

I like my Inbox to be an Inbox…….not a Stay There For a Long Time Box.

An email comes in…..

  • I skim through it.
  • If the email requires nothing from me and I don’t need it for future reference, I delete it.
  • If it requires a response or a quick action that takes less than 1 minute of my time, I go ahead and do it immediately.
  • If it requires a response or action from me that takes longer than 1 minute, I copy it into a Task for me to work on at a future time.
  • If it doesn’t require action from me, but I could need the email for future reference I move it into an archive folder.

Unfortunately, that process isn’t working anymore.

I am drowning in email.

I have to try something different. Maybe set aside certain times of the day to process email.

Anyone else drowning in email? Any suggestions?

Written by Aaron

April 16, 2008 at 10:33 am

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Visibility

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Many leaders and managers depend too much on the people that they lead and manage to inform them of how things are going. Weekly, monthly, quarterly status meetings. Status updates via email.

Is that enough visibility to be effective?

Things are happening…….and you are getting filtered messages about it after the fact.

Today’s technology allows for better visibility.

As a leader or manager, what if visibility to everything going on within your organization or team was only a few mouse clicks away? An online dashboard with key metrics. An online Program / Project Portfolio.

As a leader or manager, what if you were automatically and immediately notified when key projects fell behind schedule or key metrics started to trend in the wrong direction?

I am not saying that a leader or manager should always allow themselves to be dragged into the details……but down in the details is where things are happening. And shouldn’t you have visibility to that?

Written by Aaron

April 11, 2008 at 9:43 am

Guy Kawasaki: The Art of the Start

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I just signed up to hear Guy Kawasaki speak at the Houston Technology Center on April 23rd

Thanks to Entrepreneur In Training for pointing out that Guy is coming to Houston

Here are the details

I will try to take some notes and post them here around on the 23rd or 24th

Written by Aaron

April 1, 2008 at 4:25 pm