NEW Facebook Web Mail Monday 11/15

Nov 12
Facebook -- To: The World  From: Facebook  Postage Due!

Wow that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "Postage Due"!

Their new Email is rumored to have an external mail client that can let you have it on every device you own.

I just read on that Facebook will be rolling out a entirely new Full Webmail Client  Monday 11/15/2010.  This will eclipse the registered users at  Gmail (170 MM, Hotmail (364 MM)  & Yahoo (303 MM) users.  Facebook has 500MM registered users, and though they won’t all jump over and use the new mail option but many will, and that’s a lot of possibilities.

Or what if Facebook just does it’s usual trick and somehow changes it so that All are just now updated, instantly attaining 500MM Registered Mail accounts.  Isn’t that the way Facebook does it anyway?  Open up the preferences and not tell you?  Though strangely demonic and unsettling it’s a brilliant maneuver.

More from Gizmodo (author Jesus Diaz)

Will Facebook overcome the world of email?

Facebook already tracks all of your moves which is one thing everyone hates about Facebook anyway.  Now, they’ll just be able to do it better.

I think the Day of Big Brother has arrived. But Big brother is portrayed as a slightly creepy, blond Geek with lousy social skills.

Video- Are We All Camera Shy?

Jun 10
No! - No Video!

Nope! - No Video!

Every phone has a video camera, almost every computer has one as well, but why are we so camera-shy. Yes there is YouTube, and blogs and Video posts and Webinars and on and on, but why is the average person so hesitant to get on their web cam.

And as you may guess I’ve several ideas about why people shy away from the spotlight. it’s one thing to post a stupid video on YouTube, just to be intentionally funny. But Remember back to when you were a kid and someone handed you a microphone. Either one on a PA system, or on a tape recorder and told you “It’s on!” What was your first reaction. Remarkably most people make an intentional stupid noise or voice or whatever. The point being that they take the opportunity to look stupid intentionally. Thereby having an out if anyone might rate them as being “goofy”! The answer is that “I was trying to!” And that’s your alibi.

If you intended to be “weird” then you succeeded. However, who ever says anything intelligent or of worth? No one. Because we have a fear of failure.

That is one major reason that people do not use video chat casually, because they don’t want to be seen as trying their best to be “professional”, “normal” call it what you will. But they are afraid of looking bad to others.

That’s why it’s easier to act in character than to try to act in a normal role. because your character is just that, a character that you have made up, a “Caricature” of the character you portray.

So to bring it back around, most people just don’t like to video chat. Associates, friends, family, anyone. Oh, well there is the porn industry, but again, they are playing a role so they have a scapegoat. And they are ,in their minds, providing a service.

And the new pastime of “Chat Roulette” , which could actually be fun, but I would imagine it’s for the uninhibited. But to us normal folk who have always been told that the camera adds 20 lbs we are terrified.

We all wanted a Video phone 20 years ago, and now that we have them, do the Grand kids talk to the grand parents….mine don’t and both have the capability. But neither have the time or find some way to avoid it. You can pick up the phone looking anyway you want and with a slight grimace you can put on a happy face (in your voice) even if you have strep and 102 temp. But some calls on a video phone and immediately your chat goes to “away” like that isn’t just a total diss!

I’ve a few friends that will chat any time, they are guys and I’ve known them for years. One hit me on Ichat and was leaning into his camera real close. (Unusual for this VP of almost every Large internet company I could name) And Giddy! Turns out he was on Ichat on an Airbus flight from LA that had inflight WiFi. He was smiling and whispering, I said “speak up” and he Shooshed me — then held his laptop up so I could see the 50 rows of people behind him on a Wide body plane with isles R&L. I saw a few people look up, one waved and then he brought it back down and we talked about the speed and clarity.

But for the most part I think most of us would rather not be on stage at the whim of anyone with a mouse who clicks on us. I my self don’t mind. If you want to video chat then add me to your iChat or AIM using Although you might have to email me and let me know you want to chat because I don’t keep it open as often as I should, unless I want to reach out or am working on a project and collaborating with someone.

And speaking of that, why is that so difficult and or expensive. In Ichat you can talk, text and share your screen, even let the other person drive from their desk on your screen. It’s great for working on projects or showing someone how to do something on-screen and the voice works the entire time. But being able to go cross-platform requires an advanced IEEE degree. Yes I can do it, but I won’t go into what that takes here.

I’d like to hear why you don’t (or why you do) embrace video chat/interactivity.

The Charlotte American Marketing Association is Very Active

Jun 10

Charlotte American Marketing Association

Better know as CAMA , this is Charlotte’s local chapter of the American Marketing Association. I went to an Orientation meeting held at LGA advertising in Charlotte on Feb 3rd and led by the Christine Eubanks who is the VP of Membership of CAMA and she is also the VP of Management Supervision at LGA, and ran a well-organized professional presentation and had a truly warm personality. I was also greeted by Sheila Neisler (@catalystshelia – Twitter) the VP of Programing who is the owner of Catalyst Consulting who took the time to ask what I did, and explained how that integrates in various areas of the organization, which was very helpful.

The first thing that struck me was that they would have an Orientation for new members or those that had lapsed, to talk about their plans, introduce the officers and explain the many ways in which you can get involved. But, the get involved wasn’t so much doing the groups work, or fold ing paper…the usual thing you think of when you join a group. NO, It was about programs, forums and Sigs, which are small groups within the organization that meet to discuss real topics and share information. Things like Analytics, CRM, Branding, Facebook, Apple, Event Marketing…all relevant stuff.

I’ve been in Professional Groups and Associations, but honestly they did little more than have Happy Hours together, and monthly or bi monthly panel discussions, which were just social gatherings with something to look at.

This group is different! They had plans! They have an agenda! I found No Vendors there. Not one! Just real professionals looking to expand their network and learn something. The Officers were very knowledgeable about the group, it’s purpose and each wanted to expand on some aspect. In essence it’s a growing active organization that is so unlike the others I’ve been in I joined Immediately. So for the $260 for a Corporate membership yearly a I get access to tons of data on the AMA site and also get rosters of members, and chances to partner which is what everyone is doing these days.

Most of all, I felt immediately “accepted” when I walked in the room. Not like a “hi my name is…” accepted, but like I was with my own people. I could hear the background chatter (CRM, ROI, Client Retention, Budget Analysis, Social Media Trends) and it made me feel at home. Ok, not at home, because when I’m home and speak to my wife or kids about a new promotion I’ve worked on or created and What the benefit to the client is and why it’s better than their previous effort, I would just get that age-old look “Yes we have to look interested or he won’t make us a frozen Pizza” Look.

So at the CAMA I could spit out all the jargon and strategy and computer software talk I had, and they actually listened, answered back and I learned “NEW” things. And I was so impressed I volunteered to the Group Membership Sales Manager! I’ll be responsible for contacting Corporations that have group memberships and offering discounts for varying levels of members from their company, showing them the new online tools from the AMA that can help train & inform new employees and offer education on new technology & trends.

What a great opportunity. And I’ll be expanding my network as well. I began thinking that since I was spending so much energy developing my Social Media exposure on-line and realized that I should be doing that in Charlotte with real people. Social Networking means using All the tools, not just hiding behind a monitor and keyboard pretending to be brilliant. It really helps to get out there and actually “Meet” people and share ideas.

What the Take-away here? Well, Get involved! On many Levels! Give your Time & Service! Promote yourself “Live & Virtual”! Most of all there are lots of Organizations out there that are full of great caring people and shop around and don’t stop till you find one that meets or exceeds your expectations.

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