Friday, April 27, 2007

NBC To Launch Social Networking Site in June

I came across this and its getting interesting in the TV Realm of things.

In June, we're launching the social network, allowing all of our
fans to connect with each other and interact with our shows in exciting new

It all started with Slice and now others are pushing it forward.
Here is the link to the site:

Thursday, April 26, 2007

ExpertVillage - Worlds largest How To site

I came across this on my surfing and thought I would share this with my network.
Its a good spot to build up your skills in a variety of areas.

If you know of any other resources that would be useful to the group please let me know at

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Do you own your things or do they own you?

I opened up the morning paper and saw this headline: "Woman sells everything on eBay to start new life." From reading the article this one quote really stood out:

"This might be midlife, but it's not a crisis. It's midlife excitement,"
she said. "I don't need it all. I don't use it all. I just have it all.
Actually, it has me."

When you stop to think of it, do we really own or things or do they own us? Our house, we own it but it takes up our weekends doing repairs, cutting the grass, shoveling the walks. We own our car but we need to repair it, do routine maintenance on it. We own our book collection but we have to make sure they are stored in the right humidity or they will get damaged.

I challenge my network to take a look at what you own and see if you own it or if it owns you. If you responded that it does take up a lot of your time then you may be missing out on time spent in other areas. Although , Jesus did say sell all you own take up your cross and follow me., I am not saying we need to do what it says in the article and sell everything.

On the contrary, take a look at what you enjoy and spend your energy there. Let the things you love own you. Use the things you own to make your life and others special. Then you will own your things and they will not own you.

Here is a link to the full article:

I hope this reflection is helpful to my network. If you have any inspiring messages or tips you think may help the other portal members feel free to email them to me at and I will post them.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Social Networking Portal and Facebook

Facebook is the new craze, people of all walks of life are using it to meet friends, co-workers and
and share things. The reason I am so gung-ho about this is that Facebook lets you set a relationship and have it confirmed. This is lacking in LinkedIn and many members have mentioned this over the last couple years but they would not do it. Kudos to Facebook for doing it. Hopefully LinkedIn will pick up on this and to it too.

Here are some of the facebook groups I recommend for networkers:

Social Networking Portal on Facebook

LinkedIn Users on Facebook

If you have a facebook that would help people network better then email it to me at and I will post it here.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Appearance is still everything even in the new millenium

One of the keys of networking is appearance. People are more likely to approach people they are like. The first thing people see is your appearance. Next its your personality. You could have an amazing personality but if you dress like a slob or have a goti or beard and possibly a shaved head people immediately think you are some punk, skin head, gang member. It leads them to put their back up. Wonder what are they going to do.

At the Learning Annex, one of the things I learned was to clean up your messes. "Messes lock energy flow" one of the speakers said. So keep your desk neat, keep your appearance neat, keep all aspects of your life neat and you will be successful.

Here is another example of appearance. People are always putting up signs to try and inform people of issues like the homeless crisis in Toronto. It took a local artist, Mark Daye to show people a lesson, they were used to seeing posters so they ignored them. They were used to common street signs and read them for safety reasons. He has joined the two to spread awareness. "Please keep our streets clean, over 818 people have to sleep on them." This sign appeared in a plastic street sign hung around the city of Toronto this Tuesday April 3, 2007.
By end of day they will probably be gone. But the point is people saw them. They made the newspaper. He stood out, made a difference by making his signs appear to conform to their surroundings.

I guess that is the key. Look like you belong to the norm and change it from within. The other thing I have learned is always ask for the manager, ordinary workers do not have any power to help you in the Customer Service areas no matter how hard they try and convince you. The best trick in getting to a manager is to say you are recording the call and will be sending it on to the proper people. A manager or supervisor will be on the phone very quickly. A that point shut off the recording device and you will get helped.

If you have any more tips on Social Networking or have any question please email me at

Jeff Pontes Social Media Search