First World Wisdom: There is no such thing as a free web service
We used to take caution when reminded there was no such thing as a “free lunch”. First World Wisdom reminds us that someone pays the ferryman so whether its ad supported or an underlying partnership arrangement there is still a ‘payer’ and a ‘payee’.
Sometimes missing is still missing whether its by an inch or a mile. This First World Wisdom reminds us in the digital age if you can’t connect to WiFi, there are no half measures, you’re either connected or you’re not.
First World Wisdom: A watched status update never gets liked
This piece of First World Wisdom could be called “get a life” but like the saying “a watched kettle never boils” it can remind us that watching just won’t make things happen any faster. Go make a coffee or get on to something more productive and enjoy the day.
First World Wisdom: Never Judge an App by its Icon
This First World Wisdom is a cute change on the old adage of “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. That been said with hundreds of thousands of apps available for users to browse through the use of a brilliantly designed icon that is both attractive and representing the service the app offers does cut through the noise.
Eric Qualman, writer of Socialnomics, is a great living example of keeping your personal brand true amongst the noise of success. Recently at a TEDx talk in Nashville Eric gave a talk on ‘My Digital Stamp’. It alludes to looking at the digital footprints you’re leaving over the carpet of your business, client relationship and of course your personal space. Eric helped give focus to doing a personal review with the acronym of ‘S.T.A.M.P’ Take an 18 minute morning break to watch this video and ask yourself what your Digital Stamp portrays.
[dropcap style=”font-size: 40px; color: #E37E29;”] S [/dropcap]imple is a call to clearing the clag from your life and keep the main thing the main thing. Developing a sense of personal calling helps you define why you get out of bed in the morning. If you could put only one goal on the wall in front of you what would it be? Try not to take the Miss Universe approach and say “Bring World Peace”. Instead develop a personal simple mission statement.
[dropcap style=”font-size: 40px; color: #E37E29;”] T [/dropcap]rue reminds us that in business and social environments we often try to mold ourselves to group. Instead of developing unqiue and what we perceive to be attractive personas, we should remind the person in the mirror to be true to ourselves. One of the strengths of the digital social networking space is the power of transparency. Sadly many use the guise of being transparent to actually be someone else. Be True!
[dropcap style=”font-size: 40px; color: #E37E29;”] A [/dropcap]CT – Similar to our first step of simplicity the call to ACT asks us to consider value over activity. As you look at the work on your desk ask yourself how many of these tasks are about throughput and how many leave productive fruit on the table. Checking email five times a day and social networks every five minutes is fast food productivity. Stop, think, invent and come up with a high class meal of results.
[dropcap style=”font-size: 40px; color: #E37E29;”] M [/dropcap]AP – in order to develop your business or your own identity you need a MAP. Like the old story of the woodsman who takes time to walk out of the forest and sharpen the axe, you can be more productive by stepping way back, having a look at the situation and writing a plan. It might be a six monthly item to add to your calendar for the business and a weekly or monthly whiteboard routine for your personal workspace. MAP the road ahead.
[dropcap style=”font-size: 40px; color: #E37E29;”] P [/dropcap]eople should always be your focus over activity, systems or products. Recently I’ve come up with the catch phrase; “Relationships Last, Moments Don’t”. That’s not to say relationships will always last well but they last. Thinking about how your Digital Stamp activity will affect long term relationships helps you to consider people over outcomes. The end result is that you develop an advocate in relationships over a ‘sale’ where you simply buy a consumer.
Leave positive Digital STAMPs in your personal and business life. Pause, Rewind, Review!
Facebook launched a new data centre in Luleå, Sweden this month. The massive 290,000 sqr ft facility is the first for Facebook outside of the US and has a number of power and environment efficiencies to cool the complex. Partly this is due to its proximity to the Artic circle and also because of the low cost of Hydro-electricity in Sweden. Facebook has said that Luleå is one of “the most efficient and sustainable data centres on the planet.”
The project began in October 2011 and came online on 12th June 2013. The impressive facility has been able to reduce backup generators by over 70% because of the efficiency and reliability of the Swedish power supply.
The people of Luleå also entered into the spirit of the impressive build creating a large ‘Like’ icon on the ice with over 2,500 Swedes giving Facebook the thumbs up.
You can visit the Faceboook Luleå data centre at their Facebook page of course. Below you can click on the photos from this immense data centre where 1.1 billion lives have found a new way to attain cryo-stasis on ice.
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