Leaving your Digital STAMP

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 on Ice in Luleå, Sweden

Large Facebook LikeFacebook 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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What would Moses and Gutenberg Think?

Back in 2006 Bobby Gruenewald, a Pastor in the US, thought of the idea of an app for the Bible while walking through a security line at the airport. It wasn’t quite the epiphany in the shower environment but this concept has grown from its initial launch as an iPhone Bible app designed by a 19yo in their church to five years later being an app on all phone and tablet platforms including some eReaders.

What is now extraordinary is that the growth of the Bible app is knocking on the door of 100,000,000 app installs. The statistics of what people are using their Bible app for each second is simply amazing and is easier explained by the group’s recent webcast on June 11th available below. Here they outlined the growth of the project and where they see it going.

Whether it was Moses who wrote the first five books of the Bible or Mr Gutenberg and his printing press who took distribution to a whole new level they would both be astounded at what engagement has come through this use of app technology. The question that could be asked is why in the modern age is this activity so successful. Is it the timeless content or the engaging technology?

Rather than keeping the project in house the Bible app has created strategic partnerships with many churches, denominations and publishing houses so that the content available in the app is wide in the range of Bible related activities it provides. The app builds on a personal user experience by allowing individuals to use their own collected versions and languages of the Bible as well as save bookmarks and follow personalised reading plans.

The next step for the group is to see if they can achieve 100 Million installs before July 10th which would be their 5th anniversary since the initial launch. To muster support a number of activities have been created to inspire users to share their app experience. A website has been created at www.bible.com/100million and the app has new features in its menu system to encourage app sharing. What is also unique is the fan base that is sponsoring the app through their advocacy from church leaders to football players.

If you haven’t tested the Bible App here is a link to all the available platforms including iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Java, Symbian, Mobile Web and Kindle Fire.

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