Monday, May 18, 2009

How Information Travels

Last week Guy Kawasaki wrote the post, “How to Know What Text and Images People Copy from Your Site” on Tynt for the OPEN Forum blog.

He linked to it on from his Twitter account. May have seen it there or on Friendfeed. Not sure which one it was. Tynt is a tool that allows a website owner to know what text has been copied from their website [or blog].

While reading some RSS posts from the Carpe Diem blog one engaged my interest. It was “Ripped Off and Plagiarized in the Indian Press!!” which essentially covered how some people use others content as their own. Wrote an email to Mark Perry about the tool that Guy wrote about last week. Also included the link the Tynt post by Guy.

In short order Mark sent a reply thanking me for the info and that he would check it out. Not too long after that Mark wrote “Plagiarism Update.”

Takeaway: Information NOW travels much faster than before. Knowledge is becoming more perfect.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Marketing Chat #mktgchat

Taking inspiration from @PRsarahevans and #journchat brought out an IDEA called “Marketing Chat.” The hashtag #mktgchat is not currently being used.

The idea is to create a discussion about marketing… the who, what, when, where and how of it.

The platform for it is still up for review… thinking Twitter, Friendfeed and perhaps Skype.

Questions for review:

  • Should the number or participants be limited?
  • Should it be by invite only?
  • Should it be in a room on Friendfeed?
  • Should it be on Twitter?
  • What day and time work well?
    • Must keep in mind other online events
    • Where are participants, what time zone are they in?

Possible Answers:

  • Not currently planning to limit the number of participants. The key is to get a small group of highly engaged people to participate. If value is created in the discussion more people will join in and make it even more valuable.
  • Do it on some sort of invite basis. This will ensure that people are available and interested in participating.
  • Do not know enough about rooms on Friendfeed yet. There is also a large gap between users on Twitter and Friendfeed. With Twitter having a much larger user base.
  • Twitter is probably the right location for posting and creating the early discussions.
  • Will keep Skype in mind if a small group from the chat would like to continue the conversation.

Create a list of topics for each chat in advance &/or take questions and suggestions from participants, before and during the event, to let them guide the conversation where they will see the most value from a group discussion.

Do you have any thoughts and comments?

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Your resume on the internet (medical job training available) #SCAM

Where is my name? You say you saw my resume online. Seems like common courtesy to use my proper name.


From: Executive Healthcare Recruiters


I am a healthcare recruiter.  I saw your resume on the internet.  How is your job search going?  Are you still looking for work in your current field or would you be interested in a career change to healthcare?  There are many job openings right now and there is a huge shortage of qualified staff.  We are working with some schools that will train you for a new career in healthcare.  There are careers that range from $25,000 to $35,000 per year as well as careers that pay anywhere from $50,000 to $80,000 per year.  Many unemployed people even qualify to continue receiving their unemployment insurance benefits for up to 52 weeks while they retrain for a new career, and many people also qualify for Federal funds to pay for the training.  If you are interested or you would like more information please reply back and let me know.

If you are not interested please do not reply.

Best regards and good luck in your job search.


27762 Antonio Pkwy L1-261

Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

PS..  I'm not going to fill your e-mail box up with lots of messages, but I will send you an e-mail and check in from time to time to see how things are going, but if you would rather not hear back form me just send an e-mail to and I won't contact you again.

Blah blah blah. If it sounds too good to be true… you know the rest.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


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So, this is what those oil scam emails look like. Please do not respond to it if you receive it. If you came to this blog post by way of an Internet search, it indicates that your bull s*** detector is properly operating.