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  • Be Skeptical. There’s Always At Least Two Sides To Every Story. - Steffan Antonas
    all tales of hunting will glorify the hunter Published July 12 2007 Author Steffan Antonas Category Psychology Philosophy Tags Philosophy Quotes Published by Steffan Antonas To the readers of this blog This post like all the others should be thought of as the start of a conversation so please share your ideas by joining in the discussion If you do please adhere to the following commenting rules 1 Be Cool

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  • Shift Happens - Steffan Antonas
    This video Shift Happens is a must see if you re interested in globalization it s had over a million views on YouTube in the last few months which in itself shows you how fast information travels Published July 21 2007 Author Steffan Antonas Category Technology Comments 2 Comments Published by Steffan Antonas To the readers of this blog This post like all the others should be thought of as the start of a conversation so please share your ideas by joining in the discussion If you do please adhere to the following commenting rules 1 Be Cool no flaming and no spamming All inappropriate comments will be deleted 2 If you must curse please do so with style and taste 3 Put your URL in the website field and not in the comment box Finally If you liked this article please consider sharing it on del icio us StumbleUpon or Digg I d appreciate it Post navigation Previous Post Gaming In Cyberspace How Interactive Entertainment Is Changing Communication Identity On The Net Next Post The Open Library Aims For Free eBooks For All 2 Comments hso August 10 2007 at 12 40 am One thing I noticed it says

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  • Loving San Diego’s La Jolla Shores - Steffan Antonas
    California is all about What a great way to start the day I m loving summer in San Diego Published July 25 2007 Author Steffan Antonas Category Journal Comments 5 Comments Published by Steffan Antonas To the readers of this blog This post like all the others should be thought of as the start of a conversation so please share your ideas by joining in the discussion If you do please adhere to the following commenting rules 1 Be Cool no flaming and no spamming All inappropriate comments will be deleted 2 If you must curse please do so with style and taste 3 Put your URL in the website field and not in the comment box Finally If you liked this article please consider sharing it on del icio us StumbleUpon or Digg I d appreciate it Post navigation Previous Post The Open Library Aims For Free eBooks For All Next Post Beta Testing SmartLinks How and Why AdaptiveBlue Is Changing The Way Bloggers Read and Publish 5 Comments j terrell August 31 2008 at 2 47 pm I was in san diego for the first time last week and it is indeed an awesome place i didn t want to leave Steffan August 31 2008 at 4 07 pm I hope you had a chance to get in for a few waves It s perfect weather right now ryangraves October 3 2008 at 3 16 pm Steff That ain t 4 foot in the pic great shot though with Blacks cliffs in the background You liked the pic because of the old men in Speedo s in the front didn t you Haha Talk to you soon buddy Ami LaJolla Seals November 8 2008 at 7 19 am We recently went to La Jolla just for a few

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  • George Needs A Job - Steffan Antonas
    has been positive and I m optimistic While I don t know George personally I was impressed with how well spoken he was and with his candor demeanor and obvious drive I think we d all admit that it takes a lot to do what he s doing I find it inspiring and I m trying to help Please watch George tell his story and help him if you can If you live in or around Carlsbad CA and you want to meet George this is where you ll be able to find him every week day from 7 11am View Larger Map Published May 20 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Journal Tags Activism Citizen Journalism George Comments 8 Comments Published by Steffan Antonas To the readers of this blog This post like all the others should be thought of as the start of a conversation so please share your ideas by joining in the discussion If you do please adhere to the following commenting rules 1 Be Cool no flaming and no spamming All inappropriate comments will be deleted 2 If you must curse please do so with style and taste 3 Put your URL in the website field and not in the comment box Finally If you liked this article please consider sharing it on del icio us StumbleUpon or Digg I d appreciate it Post navigation Previous Post Built It Then Make Them Experts Next Post How To Use Google Trends Like A Pro 8 Comments Sugar Jones May 20 2009 at 7 59 pm I used to work in a recruiting office as a staffing manager just around the corner from where George stands It used to kill me to see one amazingly talented candidate after another come into our office looking for anything filing answering phones data entry just to keep a roof over their heads on food on the table It s so true what he said about not being able to get a job in his skill set I talked to too many HR people that would toss a resume aside calling candidates overqualified for their needs How can anyone be overqualified to need to survive Kills me kills me kills me kills me Steffan Antonas May 20 2009 at 8 05 pm It kills me too especially to see how many people just drive past and don t stop I really admire what he s doing and I ve seen others stopping to talk to him I really hope that someone sees this and knows someone who can help him get his foot in the door Tilly May 20 2009 at 8 28 pm What an amazing man For him to humble himself to stand on the side of the road in full business attire day after day is so moving to me How much more will he dedicate himself to a company I will definitely be telling people about this guy And if I owned a company I would totally hire

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  • Built It, Then Make Them Experts - Steffan Antonas
    and point to it with a link straight from the application s interface which is key If I m playing with the software and wonder What does this button do There s a learn link right there Click the link watch a 2 minute video expert I feel in control my frustration is minimized and I m back to my creating Not only that but when I get to the product tutorial page see below I can see a list of all the main features of Arpeture2 which is a huge awareness boost not only do I know more about what the application can do at a glance I know exactly where to go to learn how to use it Apple creates learning experiences like this for all their products available for free on their website at the individual product page people even get to see how easy the software is to use and all the things it can do before they buy it s great marketing Some Final Thoughts On Why You Should Make Your Users Experts and Some Best Practices To Follow A bulleted list because you ve read enough already People Have More Fun When They Are Experts Making a new customer s experience with software great is about reducing the time it takes to get them from knowing nothing to a level of proficiency where they are enjoying using it I call this the zero to fun metric Minimize that time to win Quick Access To Specific Training Materials Keeps Users Engaged Video games do it with start button menu guides and Apple has shown you can do it with quick on the fly video clip training to the web very well to enhance customer value The goal is to reduce the frustration users have when they don t know how to use a specific feature A link in the UI to a 2 minute tutorial for that feature can boost confidence and enjoyment and get a user back to enjoying play quickly Easy To Access Training Reduces The Cost of Customer Service You d be surprised how fewer calls and emails your team gets from frustrated users if you give them a great place to learn and review how the product works The customer has a better experience with the product and your team gets to spend less time and money responding to cries for help Training Unlocks Creativity When you show people how to use a tool they inevitably think about how they could use it Use the training to show users a wide variety of different ways they could use something and get their creative juices flowing It ll increase their desire to use your product Scannable Tutorial Repositories Boost Awareness of Product Features Most new users won t take the time to explore every feature in an application or service which is sad because it creates a lose lose situation where users aren t aware of possibilities and developers are creating things

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  • The TED Ten Commandments and The Social Web - Steffan Antonas
    tweakage could be called The 8 Commandments for blogging and social media Enjoy Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out thy Usual Shtick Thou Shalt Dream a Great Dream or Show Forth a Wondrous New Thing Or Share Something Thou Hast Never Shared Before Thou Shalt Reveal thy Curiosity and Thy Passion Thou Shalt Tell a Story Thou Shalt Freely Comment on the Utterances of Other Speakers for the Sake of Blessed Connection and Exquisite Controversy Thou Shalt Not Flaunt thine Ego Be Thou Vulnerable Speak of thy Failure as well as thy Success Thou Shalt Not Sell from the Stage Neither thy Company thy Goods thy Writings nor thy Desperate need for Funding Lest Thou be Cast Aside into Outer Darkness Thou Shalt Remember all the while Laughter is Good Thou Shalt Not Read thy Speech Thou Shalt Not Steal the Time of Them that Follow Thee Published May 14 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Business Entrepreneurship Social Media Tags Business Entrepreneurship Presentation Zen TED Comments 4 Comments Published by Steffan Antonas To the readers of this blog This post like all the others should be thought of as the start of a conversation so please share your ideas by joining in the discussion If you do please adhere to the following commenting rules 1 Be Cool no flaming and no spamming All inappropriate comments will be deleted 2 If you must curse please do so with style and taste 3 Put your URL in the website field and not in the comment box Finally If you liked this article please consider sharing it on del icio us StumbleUpon or Digg I d appreciate it Post navigation Previous Post Web 2 0 Expo Session Videos Are Online Next Post Built It Then Make Them Experts 4 Comments Global Patriot May

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  • More On Pre-Zuckerberg Prep-School Facebook Culture - Steffan Antonas
    key part of the socialization Indeed the Face in Facebook is part of what made and still makes these books a sticky element of prep school culture and I d argue the same for Facebook com at colleges I called it Facebook like culture in the article for good reason The second important part of the story of these books is less obvious but equally as important if you want to understand prep school culture Prep schools aren t separate islands The Big Ten is actually more of an isolated archipelago There s a strong sense of community and rivalry between Big Ten schools Athletic and academic teams travel multiple times a week to other Big Ten schools to compete but rarely to non Big Ten schools Competition and socialization between the student bodies of The Big Ten have been built in to their academic daily rhythms and culture Moreover it s common for siblings of upper class families to attend different big 10 schools ideas travel between siblings at competing schools These may be some of the reasons why ideas like photo directories and naming conventions like facebook are common to most all of them but NOT common to high schools outside the Ten Schools Admission Organization Seeing these photo directories as social objects that influence interaction and communication patterns of students is the first major key to seeing the links and commonalities between the offline interaction that happened around these books in the 80 s and 90 s and the online interaction patters that we can observe in Facebook com at colleges in the early days where Facebook grew like wildfire on college campuses For that reason I think they deserve recognition as a piece of the web s history You can in some sense consider them pre Internet prototypes for the early social networking tools that began popping up at Harvard in late 2004 the socialization patterns around the objects where virtually identical it was just the medium that changed Zuckerberg Gladwell Outlier Another one of the points I try to make in the article is that the Zuckerberg Facebook story isn t just about smarts and ambition It s also about luck and opportunity His timing was impeccable Had he never attended Exeter he may never have witnessed students socialize around a photo directory or the online version that was put up his senior year for that matter The term facebook might never have entered his consciousness Awareness of an idea concept at just the right moment where you make a connection can mean the difference between an inspiration less day and a eureka moment We know from the legal proceedings in 2007 that a number of his Harvard classmates were working on similar social networking platforms at the same time Had Zuckerberg not been inspired and started coding when he did whenever it was he may have lost the race instead of won That he had been coding from early child hood in combination with

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  • Did Mark Zuckerberg's Inspiration For Facebook Come Before Harvard? - Steffan Antonas
    Mark s smarts and makes for a more sensational story The truth is that the time Zuckerberg spent at Phillips Exeter Academy from 2000 to 2002 likely had more influence on the name and initial concept for Facebook than any of his classmates at Harvard Phillips Exeter Academy also known simply as Exeter is a private boarding school for grades 9 12 located in Exeter New Hampshire The prestigious prep school is a member of the Ten Schools Admission Organization that includes famous boarding schools such as Phillips Andover Deerfield Academy St Paul s and Choate Rosemary Hall my alma mater Like each one of The Big Ten Exeter has a tight knit boarding community that live on campus full time Student s refer to themselves as Exonians and have a strong sense of group identity and community that s rooted in a rich culture of customs and tradition An Exonian himself for two years Zuckerberg had a unique opportunity to observe and participate in the social culture and rhythms ingrained in Exeter s boarding lifestyle Every year the school says goodbye to a few hundred students and welcomes a few hundred more Zuckerberg enrolled as a boarder at Exeter in the fall of his junior year and like every other new and returning student along with his dorm room keys and class schedule received his own copy of Exeter s student directory The Photo Address Book which the students affectionately referred to as you guessed it The Facebook I had the opportunity to interview several of Zuckerberg s piers this week and they all confirmed what David W Farrant Class of 00 had to say The front cover says The Photo Address Book but we all called it The Facebook all the time because The Photo Address Book was such a mouthful Everybody called it that Facebook photo directories were and still are a huge part of students social experience and culture at prep schools like Exeter Every school in the big ten has one that they print and distribute to students annually When students arrive on campus each fall the rhythm of their social lives are heavily driven by the dormitories they live in their class year seniority and their proximity to friends in other houses Because students aren t allowed cell phones on campus and there s so much flux in living accommodations each year houses and phone numbers change annually these Facebooks are an extremely valuable information resource for students Of course not only do students need the directory to find and contact their piers the books become part of the culture of bonding between classmates and friends as students use it to see where their piers live who s hot and who s not who lives with who and who the new kids are Sounds an awful lot like how people use Facebook online now right What I m describing of course is an early pre Internet social culture facilitated by a photo directory that

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