The Internet - The first Worldwide Tool of Unification ("The End of History")

" ... Now I give you something that few think about: What do you think the Internet is all about, historically? Citizens of all the countries on Earth can talk to one another without electronic borders. The young people of those nations can all see each other, talk to each other, and express opinions. No matter what the country does to suppress it, they're doing it anyway. They are putting together a network of consciousness, of oneness, a multicultural consciousness. It's here to stay. It's part of the new energy. The young people know it and are leading the way.... "

" ... I gave you a prophecy more than 10 years ago. I told you there would come a day when everyone could talk to everyone and, therefore, there could be no conspiracy. For conspiracy depends on separation and secrecy - something hiding in the dark that only a few know about. Seen the news lately? What is happening? Could it be that there is a new paradigm happening that seems to go against history?... " Read More …. "The End of History"- Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“…5 - Integrity That May Surprise…

Have you seen innovation and invention in the past decade that required thinking out of the box of an old reality? Indeed, you have. I can't tell you what's coming, because you haven't thought of it yet! But the potentials of it are looming large. Let me give you an example, Let us say that 20 years ago, you predicted that there would be something called the Internet on a device you don't really have yet using technology that you can't imagine. You will have full libraries, buildings filled with books, in your hand - a worldwide encyclopedia of everything knowable, with the ability to look it up instantly! Not only that, but that look-up service isn't going to cost a penny! You can call friends and see them on a video screen, and it won't cost a penny! No matter how long you use this service and to what depth you use it, the service itself will be free.

Now, anyone listening to you back then would perhaps have said, "Even if we can believe the technological part, which we think is impossible, everything costs something. There has to be a charge for it! Otherwise, how would they stay in business?" The answer is this: With new invention comes new paradigms of business. You don't know what you don't know, so don't decide in advance what you think is coming based on an old energy world. ..."
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

Etiquette mavens say the book on manners must be rewritten, literally, to take into
account new technologies and social media (AFP Photo/Ed Jones)

A 2012 survey by Intel found that in several countries, a majority said they were put
off by "oversharing" of pictures and personal information on the
internet and smartphones (AFP Photo/Nicolas Asfouri)

German anti-hate speech group counters Facebook trolls

German anti-hate speech group counters Facebook trolls
Logo No Hate Speech Movement

Bundestag passes law to fine social media companies for not deleting hate speech

Honouring computing’s 1843 visionary, Lady Ada Lovelace. (Design of doodle by Kevin Laughlin)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Companies Learn to Use Internet, Social Media to Stand Out

Jakarta Globe, Andy Vuong, August 01, 2011

In an increasingly digital world, traditional businesses and service professionals
 are finding that old-school sales and marketing strategies no longer cut it. (AFP Photo)  
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New York. Just over a year ago, Arvada West Decorating and Flooring in Arvada, Colo., didn't have a website, much less a Facebook fan page.

Now a Google search for "Arvada flooring" returns the 30-year-old store's website as the No. 1 result. The top listing for "Arvada decorating" is the shop's Facebook page.

That's not by accident.

Store owner Matt Vagts, whose family has been in the flooring business since 1954, hired a full-time search-engine and social-media expert three months ago to bolster Arvada West's online presence.

He believes the strategy has helped the shop win roughly four out of five recent bids for contracting jobs.

"I'm getting 80 percent of the work because of my credibility on the Web," Vagts said. "You take a little mom-and-pop- owned shop like mine, and I can now compete with the big shops."

In an increasingly digital world, traditional businesses and service professionals are finding that old-school sales and marketing strategies no longer cut it.

Door-to-door pitches have given way to Facebook and Twitter social media postings. Receptionists and cold calling are out, while do-it-all smartphones and online lead generators are in.

And Yellow Page display ads have been replaced, or at least supplemented, with so-called search engine optimization strategies to bolster rankings in online search results.

"If I was selling a vacuum cleaner 50 years ago, I'd walk door-to-door and shake someone's hand and look them in the eye," said Ryan Estes, Arvada West's tech guru. "We want to do the same thing and do that on social media."

Posts on Arvada West's Twitter and Facebook accounts go beyond sales announcements to messages about the community and other topics to create a dialogue.

That's aimed at improving the store's rankings in search results, Estes said, because Google tweaked its search algorithm in February to find more "high-quality sites" with fresh content. Other search-ranking factors may include the location of the person posting the query and a site's traffic.

"I try and shape all that together to drive Google's search results," Estes said. "If someone is in Arvada and they type in 'tile floor,' we want to be No. 1."

A Google spokeswoman wouldn't disclose whether certain social media activity can affect a site's ranking, stating that results are "automatically determined by computer algorithms using hundreds of factors to calculate a page's relevance to a given query."

"We can't divulge the actual ranking signals used in our algorithms because we don't want to give people a way to game our search results and worsen the experience for all users," she said in an e-mail.

Other businesses are using social media to raise their profile with potential clients. Jason Wagner, owner of Denver-based Sonic Conscious Studio, has been mixing music for about 10 years but only recently set up a blog on Tumblr and a Facebook page.

"What I'm working on is the reputation," Wagner said. "There are mix engineers that get $2,000 to $5,000 a song. I'm nowhere near that. That's my goal — to have a reputation, have people come to me and have enough work and demand to raise my prices."

In the past year, Golden, Colo.-based ServiceMagic, which provides leads for thousands of service professionals, doubled the number of employees who develop mobile sites and Facebook pages for businesses in its network.

"Facebook is certainly something they're aware of," said ServiceMagic chief executive Chris Terrill. "They're using it personally, but they're beginning to realize the benefits of it professionally."

Beyond social media and search, businesses are leaning on mobile technology to streamline their operations.

ServiceMagic conducted a survey of professionals in its network in May and found that 63 percent use a smartphone for their business. That's nearly double the 35 percent of American adults who use smartphones, according to a report by the Pew Internet Project. As such, ServiceMagic recently hired 10 workers to focus on mobile application products. The company employs roughly 1,100, with the bulk in the Denver area.

"I pretty much run my day through my iPhone," said Arvada West store owner Vagts.

To manage contracting estimates and appointments, Vagts uses the cloud-based Google Docs, where everything is stored on remote computer servers and can be accessed via the Internet.

"Mobile is taking the desktop into your hands," said Daniel Rogers of Cañon City- based MyAppToGo, which develops mobile apps and websites for businesses. "That's why you have apps. It's simplicity. It's convenience."

NY Times Syndication

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