Italy’s Blogosphere, Beautifully Mapped Out

Via Scoop.itMovin’ Ahead

A Social media analyst has done a beautiful job of mapping the connections between Italian blogs, and it’s fascinating to examine.

Google’s +1 Button Goes Live | Geeky Gadgets

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Google announced their new +1 sharing button back in March, and it has now officially launched the +1 button for websites, which will let you share your favourite websites with your friends.
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Unleash your curation creativity: 4 cool storytelling tools — SocialFish

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I’ve been playing with a slew of storytelling tools lately.

These are curation tools for publishing – in other words, not just curation as in filtering information for yourself, but curation in order to blog about some particular “story” or present content in a visually interesting way for other people to look at. For all of these tools, you pull content from your social streams and arrange them in a particular way, like…
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Movin’ Ahead Blog 2010 in Review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2010. That’s about 24 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 84 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 440 posts. There were 108 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 478mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 15th with 91 views. The most popular post that day was Ocosmos OCS1 prototype with Oak Trail Intel Atom SoC backstage after #IDF10 keynote.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for pizzo, calabria, italy photography, robtel, and martina franca.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Ocosmos OCS1 prototype with Oak Trail Intel Atom SoC backstage after #IDF10 keynote September 2010
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Pizzo Bella! February 2007
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Brilliant, Striking Historic Town of Martina Franca, Puglia June 2008


Clear Blue Capo Vaticano, Calabria April 2008


Jaxtr and Robtel — Web Services for Cheaper Phone Calls December 2007

6 Applications You Should Try | Rocketboom

Not all useful for me, but I really like this style of sharing tool tips. Great series by Ellie!

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Social Media Personality Types

What social media personality type are you? I think Creator and Harmonizer fits me.

Here’s the presentation created by Adrian Chan — Social Interaction Design (SxD) blog.

Boom! Goes the Dynamite on Rocketboom

Breaking into TV or any media for that matter requires…well…a big break. Sometimes the big break is a chance to let the good, bad and ugly out to dry. Lesson here, share your personality…even if it means you’re nervous and can’t read the teleprompter with live cameras gunning at you.

Hey, Mom…I’m on GlobalNeighbourhoods.TV!


I’ve spent most of my career behind the scenes helping others get in the the groove for appearing on TV and radio.  When it makes sense…I’ll step in front of the camera and share things I know.  So after helping Shel Israel get time for a video interview with Intel CEO Paul Otellini, my Intel pal Laura and I got to spend time with Shel showing him the Intel Museum and sharing some of our favorite stories about Intel…the 40 year old company that’s still a disrupter, still bustin’ out innovation from every core.

Shel wanted to learn from Paul if internal blogging was having any change agent impact inside Intel.  He learned that it was, and we got to hear Paul share some personal stories — past and visionary — about the evolutionary impact of new technology on human communication.  From the days before companies had computers, faxes, even phones…to the unleashing yet connected work-lifestyle brought on by laptop computers.  What’s next?  The 3-D virtual worlds where people and things can interact together from almost anywhere, anytime.  Paul was really into the conversation, and inspiring!

What I wanted to do wanted that day?  To get to know Shel better, and champion the grassroots social media activities of some great Intel pioneers like Josh Bancroft…and to share the groundswell momentum today we see as more employees are participating with social media and social networking.  And we’re all — pioneers and newbies — still learning tons and sharing nuggets of knowledge with our growing social media posse every day  (a recent post and some photos of my Social Media Posse).

Several years ago, when I first started hearing about blogging, someone pointed me to Shel Israel’s site.  I immediately enjoyed the topics he covered with wit, insight and a conversational style.  Then I had the pleasure of attending a social media session in 2007 hosted at SAP — that’s where I first got to meet Shel.  I kept checking into his blog every once in a while and was curious when he started his SAP Global Survey about the use of social media around the world (see Shel on “Marketing Voices” with PodTech’s Jennifer Jones).  Note to self:  submit my answers to the survey!!

I was unable to embed the videos here, but click this link to Shel’s post where you can watch the first three videos he produced for the new FastCompany.TV.
Shel describes his Intel segment like this:

If you think of the universe of technology—and for that matter-social media, Intel seems to be constantly at the center of it. The devices we use, what we see on them, the companies that provide them, almost completely depend upon Intel for the processing power needed to make it work.

I spent some time with Paul Otellini, who became Intel CEO, after moving up the ranks for 30 years, and with Ken Kaplan, one of Intel’s most passionate social media enthusiasts.

This clip will give you some idea of how Intel is using social media internally and at least a hint of where Otellini thinks it will go during his daughter’s lifetime.

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Blog, Feed & Socialize

I just read a nifty report released on February 6 by Forrester’s social computing wise Charlene Li — “How Consumers Find Web Sites: Social Tools Play A Significant Role For Youth.”
Often we “know” what we ought to do today to build for tomorrow, but seeing results of surveys and hearing recommendations based on those findings gives us fodder we need to influence people and convince them to support our efforts.
Here are some things from Charlene’s report that I’m seeing happen already inside Intel…things that we are working to refine and disperse as best practices to other groups as they become more active with their online audiences/communities.
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Blogs help with search rankings in several ways: Comments on blogs provide more content to index; frequent updates mean that the search engine’s Web crawlers come more often; and inbound links from other blogs and sites mean higher relevancy scores in algorithms.
Services like FeedBurners’ FeedFlare and Bazaarvoice’s ShareThis automatically insert links into blog posts, content pages, and product pages, making it simple to tag or share on sites like Facebook, Digg, and
Investments in and Facebook will reach not only a quarter of the online youth population, but also support natural word of mouth and email, which are top sources of site referrals for youth. The key is tracking where traffic originates — for example, from a note posted on Facebook — as well as the channel, be it from a blog, email, or word of mouth. Use services from providers like Hitwise and Compete to map traffic patterns of your target customers.
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Improving My Blogging

Some good tips and comments in this DailyBLogTips post from January 18, 2008.
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Productivity itself is pretty unimportant. It’s what productivity allows us to do that matters. A productive blogging habit means more posts and more quality, and we all know what that means: more links and more traffic.
Productive blogging can also affect our day-to-day lives. It allows you to accomplish more in less time. That means: more time spent with the people that matter in your life.
Many bloggers, myself included, struggle to balance the needs of this hobby with the needs of our loved ones. Being productive can make that task a little bit easier.

  • Write more than you publish.
  • Turn off auto-notifiers.
  • Check emails less often, but deal with more when you do.
  • Write as much as possible when you’re feeling creative.
  • Use your feed reader as an all-in-one inbox.
  • Process different types of tasks in batches.
  • Work out a ‘To Post’ list.
  • Spend less time reading feeds.
  • Sketch posts before filling in the detail.
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