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A friend and I put together this video as an entry to FirstAscent‘s #bethefirst competition. You had to explain what #bethefirst means to you, and to us, it means living every moment to the fullest.

We chose the amazing song from OneRepublic

Music: OneRepublic – I Lived 

Hope when you take that jump, You don’t fear the fall. Hope when the water rises, You build a wall. Hope when the crowd screams out, They’re screaming your name. Hope if everybody runs, You choose to stay. Hope that you fall in love, And it hurts so bad. The only way you can know, Is give it all you have. And I hope that you don’t suffer, But take the pain. Hope when the moment comes, You’ll say…

I, I did it all

I, I did it all

I owned every second

That this world could give

I saw so many places

The things that I did

Yeah, with every broken bone

I swear I lived

Hope that you spend your days, But they all add up. And when that sun goes down, Hope you raise your cup. I wish that I could witness, All your joy and all your pain. But until my moment comes, I’ll say…

I, I did it all

I, I did it all

I owned every second

That this world could give

I saw so many places

The things that I did

Yeah, with every broken bone

I swear I lived

What does #bethefirst mean to you?

What a great way to keep fans and followers updated on what your business is up to.

But lately, I’ve found that some companies treat all of their audiences the same – giving the same information out to everyone and at the same time. Shouldn’t the one group experience some benefits above the others?

For example: I am a fan of your work. I follow your Twitter and Facebook feeds, and I subscribed to your newsletter – as you asked fans to do… Now every day you make a new blog posting, I see it on my Facebook feed, a few seconds after on my Twitter feed, and then within a few minutes I find the same blog posting in my mailbox. I would think that if you ask me to “Subscribe to our newsletter”, I would have some sort of advantage above your other followers. Like maybe I get the blog postings as soon as it is published, whereas the Facebook and Twitter followers get it only after an hour or later that day.

As all of the above means of communication are there to keep your customers/followers happy, why not try to make them feel special also? Instead of spamming their feeds with an overload of the same information.

Or what about a special promotion running only for newsletter subscribers?

The same applies to the other feeds. Make an exception for each platform. Your Facebook followers might enjoy more photos describing your update, while your Twitter followers will need a tweet with “grabbing” content.

The main thing you have to keep in mind is that your followers, on any platform, will have to WANT to read further, WANT to click on the link, WANT to comment/like/retweet, and last but not least, they will have to WANT to subscribe to your newsletter. Otherwise, if they can’t find anything on why they should, why would they?

Other interesting articles on this subject:

Really weird phobias

All information found on PhobiaList.com

I just have to share a few of the very random phobias found on The Phobia List, some which I can relate to and some that makes me go: “really, they gave it a name?”

  • Arachibutyrophobia- Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. – really?
  • Athazagoraphobia- Fear of being forgotten or ignored or forgetting. – Sounds familiar…
  • Consecotaleophobia- Fear of chopsticks.
  • Deipnophobia- Fear of dining or dinner conversations.
  • Didaskaleinophobia- Fear of going to school. – nice excuse for your children
  • Dishabiliophobia- Fear of undressing in front of someone.
  • Disposophobia- Fear of throwing stuff out. Hoarding
  • Ergophobia- Fear of work. – “Dear boss, I have a serious case of Ergophobia. Won’t come to work again”
  • Erotophobia- Fear of sexual love or sexual questions.
  • Euphobia- Fear of hearing good news. – But why?
  • Gamophobia- Fear of marriage.
  • Geliophobia- Fear of laughter. – But why?
  • Gelotophobia- Fear of being laughed at.
  • Geniophobia- Fear of chins.
  • Genophobia- Fear of sex.
  • Genuphobia- Fear of knees.
  • Gephyrophobia or Gephydrophobia or Gephysrophobia- Fear of crossing bridges.
  • Heliophobia- Fear of the sun. – Edward and Bella…
  • Hydrophobophobia- Fear of rabies.
  • Ideophobia- Fear of ideas.
  • Ithyphallophobia- Fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis. – Eeew
  • Macrophobia- Fear of long waits. – Good luck at Home Affairs!
  • Medomalacuphobia- Fear of losing an erection. – Eeew
  • Medorthophobia- Fear of an erect penis. – Eeew
  • Methyphobia- Fear of alcohol. – Definitely don’t suffer from this
  • Mnemophobia- Fear of memories.
  • Octophobia – Fear of the figure 8.
  • Ommetaphobia or Ommatophobia- Fear of eyes.
  • Omphalophobia- Fear of belly buttons.
  • Oneirophobia- Fear of dreams.
  • Oneirogmophobia- Fear of wet dreams. – Eeew
  • Onomatophobia- Fear of hearing a certain word or of names.
  • Paraskavedekatriaphobia- Fear of Friday the 13th.
  • Peladophobia- Fear of bald people.
  • Phalacrophobia- Fear of becoming bald.
  • Phallophobia- Fear of a penis, esp erect. – Eeew
  • Philophobia- Fear of falling in love or being in love.
  • Phobophobia- Fear of phobias.
  • Potophobia- Fear of alcohol. – Nope, still don’t suffer from this
  • Pteronophobia- Fear of being tickled by feathers.
  • Sesquipedalophobia- Fear of long words. – And of course they’ll give a long word to describe it
  • Sinistrophobia- Fear of things to the left or left-handed. – How could you possibly manage with this?
  • Soceraphobia- Fear of parents-in-law. – I can imagine that some people suffer from this
  • Venustraphobia- Fear of beautiful women.
  • Xenoglossophobia- Fear of foreign languages.
  • Zemmiphobia- Fear of the great mole rat.

If you think of it, many of the phobias, especially the others on the website, comes from watching movies. Take for instance, fear of bald people – the bad guys in movies, are almost always bald. (just a thought…)

I am so disgusted right now! Just read an article, where a not-so-well-known wedding photographer posted not one or two, but numerous posts from other photographers, claiming it was her own. And she even elaborated on how cute the couple was etc etc.

I don’t know what time Meagan Kunert, a Conway, Arkansas, wedding photographer, went to sleep Tuesday night. I can only surmise from her last online posts that day that it was a night like any other. After a long day of caring for her children, juggling and organizing her upcoming work schedule, and updating her website, Facebook page, and Flickr account with stunning photographs of recent weddings, she must have retired for the night without the slightest hunch about what was going to be waiting for her the next morning.

In Vancouver, B.C., the night was a couple of hours younger. Another wedding photographer, Amber Hughes, had received a disturbing note from a colleague. He’d found a photographer who was featuring Hughes’ work on her website and claiming it as her own. Hughes visited the website, and she was shocked at what she saw. According to tweets she posted from around 10:00 pm to midnight (Vancouver time), she found Kunert had posted an entire wedding in her portfolio that had actually been shot by Hughes. Then Hughes found another of her weddings. And another. And an engagment session. At around 10:15 pm, she tweeted from her @amberhughes account, “I’m appalled by the reposting of my images by @meagankphotos as her own work.”

The lesson is this. Meagan Kunert went from being a relatively anonymous wedding photographer with a happy little business (albeit one built on a massive lie) to being reviled as a fraud and being forced to apologize in front of thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, in about eighteen hours. The power of the web, and of social media in particular, can be absolutely overwhelming. Utilize it properly, and it can spread the message you want to spread in ways you might never even have imagined. Just don’t lie.

Source:  www.examiner.com

Read the full story here

I really cannot believe someone would try this! I mean, it’s the INTERNET! You don’t mess with the INTERNET! Isn’t the whole Jessica Leandra dos Santos and Tshidi Thamane story enough evidence? Ugh!

I just need to point out again what the article says: “The power of the web, and of social media in particular, can be absolutely overwhelming.”

My twitter infographic…

I am so glad to see that this annoys other people as well! (and yes, I love infographics!)

Source: PR Daily

A day in the life of the Internet

Source: PR Daily