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  • The Future Of Magazines? - Steffan Antonas
    digital realm The team responsible for this prototype has obviously put a lot of thought into what creates successful digital reading experiences and the demo of what they ve produced clearly shows that converting a magazine to a screen won t necessarily rob us of what we love most about magazines Most importantly perhaps is that you can see how much space for innovation and creativity there is in the magazine space This should give magazine lovers an industrial strength shot of optimism in the arm Mag from Bonnier on Vimeo Published December 17 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Design Trendspotting Tags Trendspotting Comments 11 Comments Post navigation Previous Post Social Media ROI Reality Check Next Post Talking Social Media In Long Beach CA 11 Comments Bonnier Berg Mag Tech Startups December 18 2009 at 4 32 pm The Future Of Magazines steffanantonas com Does The Kindle Have a Place in Education THE Kindle Klub December 19 2009 at 8 28 pm The Future Of Magazines steffanantonas com The Future Of Magazines Digital Asset Management December 21 2009 at 7 46 am The Future Of Magazines Steffan Antonas PrintMediaCentr com Blog The Future Of Magazines December 21 2009 at 8 13 am The Future Of Magazines 21st December 2009 by admin under Digital Print Trends The Future Of Magazines Steffan Antonas ajdv December 23 2009 at 1 27 am this can t be far behind ajdv December 24 2009 at 8 12 pm great Future Of Magazines GlobalPatriot December 29 2009 at 9 36 am Amazing capability with a well thought out interface If you could add social media interaction blogs Facebook Twitter it would be the ultimate device between an iPhone and laptop Steffan Antonas December 29 2009 at 9 55 am No kidding I love that heat up

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  • The Critical Shift - Steffan Antonas
    fans were or where to find and engage them Now individuals come to you and they bring their entire social graph of trusted relationships with them When the stars align and they start to come in droves it s word of mouth on fire that s the real power of the social web Recognizing that smart organizations that have a connected fan base shift their spending away from recruiting and start focusing on their existing community s happiness and let the fans do the marketing for them BMW has had amazing success with it s strategy of targeting existing Mini Cooper Owners because they understand how critical their passionate customers are for spreading ideas that promote the brand Mini Ownership for many isn t just about the car it s about being part of a subculture that has it s own fashion events and lifestyle BMW made a smart move by focusing on treating their best customers as special insiders who love to be in the know and talk about the product There s a key lesson here for any brand with an existing community People haven t fundamentally changed but the technology does change their ability to market for you so significantly that it changes where the dollars should be spent Published December 11 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Business Entrepreneurship Social Media Trendspotting Tags Branding Marketing Social Media Social Media Marketing Comments 6 Comments Post navigation Previous Post Absolut Me Next Post Social Media ROI Reality Check 6 Comments GlobalPatriot December 14 2009 at 3 38 pm Someone once told me that Customers want to be loved which is why he focused so much energy on loving the customers he had You can spend 1 000 acquiring a new customer or let an existing customer do it for

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  • Hitwise Data Shows That We're All Twittered Out - Steffan Antonas
    Antonas Category Cyberculture Social Media Trendspotting Tags cyberculture Social Media Trendspotting Twitter Comments 6 Comments Post navigation Previous Post Focusing On Value How I m Changing How I Use Twitter Next Post How To Create A WordPress Theme From Scratch Complete Video Series 6 Comments Fraser October 19 2009 at 10 30 am It s time for innovation And if it s not going to come from their development community the group responsible for Twitter s innovation over the past 24 months then it falls to them It looks like their betting big on re energizing the development community with the list API and the geo API Will this be enough of a spark We ll see Steffan Antonas October 19 2009 at 11 04 am It does look like they re betting on re energizing the community with lists my guess is that it s going to spark temporary interest and then stagnate They still haven t figured out the conversational dynamics which I think is what s really hurting them FriendFeed and Facebook s organization of conversations still beats the heck out of Twitter which may be the crucial factor We ll see Peter Belyea October 19 2009 at 11 25 am I agree organization of conversations is at best disjointed and hard to follow even with some of the best tools out there Facebook does a much better job allowing the user to tailor what they see Some of the new APIs are interesting but may not satisfy the community long term I think the community is constantly in search of good information and crisp organization is key Andrea Ong Pietkiewicz October 23 2009 at 9 01 am steffanantonas and peterbelyea the points you both made about the conversational dynamic are apropos of Bing adding tweets to

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  • Facebook Maps Their Growth To 250 Million - Steffan Antonas
    the world starting starting in Boston MA If you re read Accidental Billionaires The Founding Of Facebook A Tale of Sex Money Genius and Betrayal the visualization of the growth to 50 million puts the second half of the book in pretty sharp perspective Published September 15 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Cyberculture Social Media Trendspotting Tags Facebook Social Media Comments 2 Comments Post navigation Previous Post Why I m

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  • An In-Depth Look at the Most Active Users on Twitter - Steffan Antonas
    by sources such as hotels offering deals regional and national news services regional weather services the top news within Digg games anim services tags within del icio us and financial aggregators These very active bots account for one quarter of all tweets 4 Of The Top 5 People That Tweet The Most Are Celebrities Among the most active Twitter users with more than 50 000 followers we find singer Tyrese tyrese4real actress Alyssa Milano alyssa milano celebrity Tila Tequila officialtila tv host Jonathan Ross wossy and evangelist Guy Kawasaki guykawasaki The Most Active Users Live In the U S 60 6 of the most active Twitter users live in the United States while 6 9 are located in the U K 4 7 in Japan and 4 3 in Canada The Top Men Tweet More Than The Top Women The split between genders among the most active Twitter users is fairly balanced but the men post more 54 male 46 female They Rarely Miss A Day 88 of the most active Twitter users have never missed a day without making at least one update while another 2 1 have only been inactive for one day Only Half Of Them Have More Than 100 Followers 48 have more than 100 followers compared with 6 3 for overall Twitter users They Follow More People Than The Average User 44 have more than 100 friends compared with 7 5 overall Most Of Them Are Veterans 33 7 of the most active Twitter users have joined Twitter this year compared with 72 5 of overall Twitter users who have signed up this year A Higher Percentage Of Their Tweets Get Retweeted In examining more than 80 million updates made since July 23 ReTweets among the most active users accounted for 5 06 of their

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  • Community Archives - Steffan Antonas
    hard fans Published January 6 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Community Social Media Web Strategy Comments 6 Comments Beyond Buzz Diving Into How You Actually Measure Online Conversation One of the hardest questions to answer definitively when it comes to social media is How do we measure ROI when it comes to conversation Starting a blog and getting on Twitter and Facebook is a good start but even if you re producing great content at a good clip it s hard to measure the value of the conversations that you generating This is especially true in the beginning when you re building a new community from scratch Common questions I ve heard are What s relevant and what kinds of interaction should I be focusing on Which kinds of people should I be focusing my attention on What types of people are important to recruit to sustain interaction and keep my community vibrant How do we focus on the signals and block out the noise What are the most useful social metrics Measuring conversation is tough but it s not impossible and there are a few people out there who are thinking about it deeply and coming up with useful solutions This 45 minute talk I recorded on my Flip at this year s Web 2 0 Expo given by Katie Niederhoffer and Marc Smith is to date the best resource I ve found for getting a deeper understanding of interaction patterns that matter and what types of people make communities tick To my knowledge it s the only video taken of the event so please forgive the ahem less than HD quality of the recording Katie and Marc share rich data on what the interaction patterns look like for the types of people that you want to recruit for your community Hint It s always a very special few that produce the majority of the interactions that sustain communities being able to recognize them when you see them so that you can focus on building relationships with them and keep them around is a key success factor Thanks again to Katie and Marc for allowing me to record their talk I hope that those of you who love this stuff as much as I do get a lot out of this These guys did a great job in such a short period of time The talk is a great primer for understanding the social science and dynamics behind what makes communities tick Beyond Buzz On Measuring a Conversation Web 2 0 Expo 2009 Katie Niederhoffer Marc Smith from Steffan Antonas on Vimeo What is the most meaningful way to understand and measure a dialogue As marketing transforms from a broadcast model to a conversational one which constructs should be captured and how do you measure them Is it necessary to make a distinction between the metrics used to tap into the value of a conversation per se and the ROI of a social media marketing campaign This presentation offers new strategies to think about and tap into the depth of interactions and emotional connections people have online Beyond buzz levels sentiment and other core metrics typically provided by brand monitoring solutions the presentation will offer methods to understand a conversation how emotional is it how in sync are the constituents how intimately do they relate to the brand or product How much trust do the constituents reveal Marketing efforts that take advantage of technology to enable community and collaboration render traditional metrics limiting at best Traditional metrics have been optimized for more passive exposure to a specific message frequency of exposure is considered a proxy for relevance and the premium is on reach over quality Primarily due to its more participative dynamic a conversation engages constituents unlike static messaging As many in the industry have noted a natural development is to measure engagement However there is little consensus on what engagement means and how it can be measured Often it is calculated by merely adding traditional metrics assuming more is better The presentation will introduce new constructs and present case studies with empirical research demonstrating more valuable still measurable constructs than the core metrics currently in use Note This was recorded by Steffan Antonas steffanantonas on Twitter at the Web 2 0 Expo On 04 01 2009 Special Thanks to Katie and Marc who allowed me to record this session The slide deck for this presentation can be found here http bit ly gNwC1 Beyond Buzz Web 2 0 Expo K Niederhoffer M Smith View more presentations from kategn Published December 4 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Community Cyberculture Social Media Comments 3 Comments An In Depth Look at the Most Active Users on Twitter When Sysomos published its initial Inside Twitter report last month that looked at the people on Twitter and how it was being used we discovered that 5 of users accounted for 75 of all activity This finding was based on indexing 11 5 million accounts and then looking at the top 5 users who accounted for most number of Tweets Now they ve taken it a step further and done an in depth analysis of that top 5 Here are some of the highlights of the findings BOTS Tweet The Most Of the most active Twitter users updating more than 150 times day nearly all of them are bots operated by sources such as hotels offering deals regional and national news services regional weather services the top news within Digg games anim services tags within del icio us and financial aggregators These very active bots account for one quarter of all tweets 4 Of The Top 5 People That Tweet The Most Are Celebrities Among the most active Twitter users with more than 50 000 followers we find singer Tyrese tyrese4real actress Alyssa Milano alyssa milano celebrity Tila Tequila officialtila tv host Jonathan Ross wossy and evangelist Guy Kawasaki guykawasaki The Most Active Users Live In the U S 60 6 of the most active Twitter users live in the United States while 6 9 are located in the U K 4 7 in Japan and 4 3 in Canada The Top Men Tweet More Than The Top Women The split between genders among the most active Twitter users is fairly balanced but the men post more 54 male 46 female They Rarely Miss A Day 88 of the most active Twitter users have never missed a day without making at least one update while another 2 1 have only been inactive for one day Only Half Of Them Have More Than 100 Followers 48 have more than 100 followers compared with 6 3 for overall Twitter users They Follow More People Than The Average User 44 have more than 100 friends compared with 7 5 overall Most Of Them Are Veterans 33 7 of the most active Twitter users have joined Twitter this year compared with 72 5 of overall Twitter users who have signed up this year A Higher Percentage Of Their Tweets Get Retweeted In examining more than 80 million updates made since July 23 ReTweets among the most active users accounted for 5 06 of their activity about 20 higher than overall users which is 4 02 Given that some of these people are Tweeting as much as 30 50 times a day this is quite surprising It gives some indication that for all the noise they re adding to the ecosystem they re adding more perceived value than most Published August 7 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Community Cyberculture Social Media Technology Trendspotting Comments 3 Comments How To Build Cloud Communities In this interview with Robert Scoble Ripple6 founder Sang Kim talks about what his company has learned from trial and error since the community management system launched under the name Mom Junction in 2007 He discusses how to create what he calls cloud communities how to scale them and how to reward and engage community members Published August 3 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Community Social Media Technology Web Strategy How To Say Thank You On The Social Web tweetmeme Whether or not you chose to acknowledge it your ability to sink or swim on the social web depends on how you participate engage others and embrace the customs of the virtual gift economy this is as true for individuals as it is for big brands who have a web presence The concepts of FREE as a business model and sustainable gift culture generally makes sense to people in the context of products services brands and community building but the understanding sometimes breaks down when it s mentioned in the context of individual relationships and social media Seasoned vets know that there are a host of unwritten rules and customs for reciprocating that we should follow when we benefit from free content and receive help and advice from others on the web I ll discuss some of those rules explain why they re important and offer some ways to act on them below Read More Published July 14 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Community Social Media Technology Top Posts Web Strategy Comments 30 Comments The Cookie Jar Principle tweetmeme Give more than you take It s as simple as that If we embrace this one powerful principal in our lives individually we will enjoy meaningful vibrant relationships and collectively create a culture of abundance If we can t we end up with an empty jar We can all point to a friend or colleague who breaks the rule repeatedly They call only when they need something and they only show up or participate when it benefits them They forget that the act of taking from the jar implies that they will one day put back more than what they took In many ways selfishness is failing to recognize that when you chose to benefit from the effort or contributions of another you become part of a self sustaining cycle of give and take and that your actions alter the system s balance In the fog of self absorption we can loose sight of the truth and reality of the circumstances of both others and ourselves When we take more than we give everyone that depends on the contents of the jar loses Remember that every one of your relationships has its own jar We fill them with our time energy and love Sharing participating and giving before we take signal our good faith they are small promises that when it is our turn to take we have not forgotten our responsibility to keep filling the jar What we do take we should always strive to return with interest This simple principal is as true for individual relationships as it is for groups families and communities of any size When we agree to be a part of the group whether the group is 2 or 2 million we accept an equal and shared responsibility for the jar Published July 6 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Community Psychology Philosophy Top Posts Comments 26 Comments Drinking From The Social Media Firehose 6 Lessons Learned Social scientists have a name for the incessant online contact we experience by consistently immersing ourselves in social media They call it ambient awareness For better or worse the label accurately captures the main benefits of being social on the web Using popular tools like Twitter and Friendfeed to engage groups of people online gives you an enhanced awareness of what s going on within the digital ecosystem for people and topics you care about in near real time The only problem is that it can feel a lot like drinking from a fire hose The benefits of social media no doubt far outweigh the costs Being able to follow people instead of just following blogs and news is tremendously informative and fulfilling and being able to actually engage people of like mind who are having an impact on the world who share passions in your fields of interest etc is rewarding Social media has given us an unprecedented amount of access to people and ideas and for that I love it But drinking from the fire hose isn t all sunshine and roses I wouldn t use the fire hose analogy if it was Participating consistently comes with significant trade offs and cons that are important to be aware of and manage if we want to get the most out of our days I ve learned some lessons this year from being hyper connected that I d like to share I think they ll resonate with many of you Read More Published July 3 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Blogging and Writing Community Social Media Comments 4 Comments Twitter Is Apple s Support Forum The iPhone 3 0 upgrade software was just released and within minutes iPhone and iTunes popup on the trending topics list as the iPhone community rushes to their computers to upgrade their phones Between the time I ran the search and took this screenshot there were over 1000 new twitter posts mentioning iTunes literally in the space of a minute Hundreds of people are all having similar problems asking questions helping each other Amazing And Apple is no where to be seen in the stream Lesson learned get your community manager and techies monitoring Twitter when someone pushes the RELEASE button Read More Published June 17 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Community Cyberculture Technology Web Strategy Built It Then Make Them Experts There s a lot we can learn about best practices for creating and releasing software or web services to the masses from watching the video gaming industry Successful video game companies know how important it is that they engage and immerse users quickly because they know they aren t just in the software business they re in the fun business and there s nothing fun about sucking at a game Recognizing this they ve developed innovative methods for getting complete novices engaged and enjoying the product as quickly as possible I call this the zero to fun metric Getting a user from zero to fun as fast as possible isn t just a gaming industry must Everyone wants to enjoy the experience of using software and the web and how much we enjoy the experience is largely a function of how adept we feel as users Making a user feel like an expert is key to making their experience remarkable and for that reason giving a user that feeling quickly should be one of the primary goals of any company releasing software or web services to the world Read More Published May 20 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Business Entrepreneurship Community Design Social Media Technology Top Posts Web Strategy Comments 5 Comments Status Culture Public vs Private and Why It Matters tweetmeme I recently made the decision to stop feeding my Twitter posts into Facebook The reason is simple I continually get negative feedback from my non Twittering Facebook friends on h ow I update my status Some hated how often I updated some didn t get what and RT was some didn t like that they couldn t join in on conversations that weren t actually taking place inside Facebook s walls and some people didn t like how impersonal most of my updates were I use Twitter like a shared feed reader a lot Not all the feedback was bad of course I don t mean to exaggerate I ve gotten quite a few Facebook friends into Twitter because they noticed the difference in how it s used and saw the value No my choice was because there s a significant difference in status culture between the two platforms and because I m a heavy Twitter user I would continue to violate social rules inside of Facebook and piss off my friends Recognizing the emerging differences in status culture is an important step to understanding how people behave on either platform and how we can shape interaction with good design In this post I ll offer some insights into the differences between Twitter and Facebook how they change people s behavior and argue that the differences in public ness and prive ness cause fundamental and important shifts in how people interact and use each platform Friends vs Followers How We Group Contacts And Establish Relationships Matters How we establish and organize our relationships makes a difference to how we interact on any platform The design of the connection mechanism drives who we can connect with how we connect and how we display our implied relationships and social responsibility to others Makes intuitive sense right Read More Published March 24 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Community Cyberculture Social Media Top Posts Web Strategy Comments 11 Comments Designing Remarkable Viral Widgets Image Credit http opengardensblog futuretext com As the popularity of blogging social media and open source development continue to explode widgets are taking root as a mainstay of the online social experience The interdependency of self publishing social media and open source platforms are ensuring that widgets those bits of code that allow us to aggregate publish and share a wide variety of different content information in one place are here to stay In fact the rapid growth in online cultural trends like lifestreaming microblogging and social browsing is creating increased demand for ways users can pull information from a diverse array of profiles and information sources aggregate them and publish them quickly and easily Said simply widgets help us glue the web together and as online social ecosystems become more complex and as web sites and web based applications rely on more underlying services widgets will prove to be a core component of the self publishing culture and infrastructure For all of these reasons we can estimate that companies will continue to throw a lot of time money and energy at creating widgets and widget like applications that online goers want to use That said not all widgets

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  • Interactive World Map Of Social Network Dominance - Steffan Antonas
    cyberculture Infographics Social Media Statistics visualization Comments 18 Comments Post navigation Previous Post How To Build Cloud Communities Next Post Teaching Grit The Growth Mindset vs The Fixed Mindset 18 Comments ddrager August 4 2009 at 8 50 am Very useful thank you Steffan Antonas August 4 2009 at 9 40 am I found it useful too Vincenzo did a great job with the map Sasha H Muradali August 4 2009 at 10 34 am Wow talk about interesting Thanks for sharing that I feel enlightened Steffan Antonas August 4 2009 at 10 46 am No kidding right It s always great to zoom out and take a good look at what s going on globally When you look at the social sphere this way you get a different perspective on what s going on of course you also have to remember that most people use more than one social network at a time statistics say 3 is average It s a shame that this is a snapshot It would have been nice to see an animation of the shifts over time NYTimes did a great visualization of facebook s growth mapped here http www nytimes com imagepages 2009 03 29 bu ryangraves August 4 2009 at 12 46 pm You always find interesting stuff However where is Twitter on the list I d love to see Twitter s global reach Steffan Antonas August 4 2009 at 1 05 pm You know that s a really good question I think the answer is that Twitter isn t on the list because it s impossible to get comparable data The majority of people use mobile apps clients SMS etc to access Twitter so traffic stats wouldn t do you any good Twitter s supposed to be at 44 million now active 25 dead accounts The sysmos report on Twitter offers the best snapshot of what the Twittersphere looks like right now and it s already outdated http www sysomos com insidetwitter ryangraves August 4 2009 at 1 15 pm Nice I know that Hubspot does a State of the Twittersphere that is pretty good http blog hubspot com blog tabid 6307 bid 443 marksysomos August 4 2009 at 1 43 pm Steffan Thanks for putting together the map it provides some great insight into how social media is being used around the world And thank for mentioning Sysomos Inside Twitter report If you have suggestions on how we can improve it please let me know cheers Mark Mark Evans Director of Communications Sysomos com mark sysomos com Steffan Antonas August 4 2009 at 2 01 pm Mark Thank you for providing your email address I ll shoot you a note shortly I have a couple of burning questions ddrager August 4 2009 at 2 50 pm Very useful thank you Steffan Antonas August 4 2009 at 3 40 pm I found it useful too Vincenzo did a great job with the map Sasha H Muradali August 4 2009 at 4 34

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  • Top Posts Archives - Steffan Antonas
    know what it really feels like to walk the mile Published November 23 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Psychology Philosophy Top Posts Comments 7 Comments Focusing On Value How I m Changing How I Use Twitter tweetmeme This weekend I made the decision to switch things up and reboot my Twitter following list On Sunday night with a little help from Jesse over at SocialToo I ran a script that unfollowed almost 12 000 people This week for the first time since the summer of 2007 I m back to following just over 200 In this post I ll discuss why I decided to reboot my list and how I m planning on changing my approach to using Twitter moving forward I ll also show you some data bust a few social media myths and tell you a few things that those social media gurus with large Twitter followings don t want you to know Ready to rock and roll Buckle up Read More Published October 16 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Social Media Top Posts Comments 91 Comments Interactive World Map Of Social Network Dominance tweetmeme Vincenzo Cosenza has mapped the most popular social networks by country according to traffic data gathered on Alexa Google Trends June 2009 While Facebook s growing dominance over MySpace in the US and other countries comes as no surprise it is interesting to see the few smaller networks that most of us have probably never heard of that are country specific It s also important to note that that while Facebook is all the rage in the west QQ China is still by far the largest social network in the world 300 million active accounts As people continue to focus their time and energy on dominant networks and the successful networks grow and take over you ll likely see many of these smaller social networks die out It ll be most interesting to see what happens if and when China becomes more open over time We tend to forget about large networks like QQ and companies like BIDU that dominate the waking giant Read More Published August 4 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Cyberculture Social Media Technology Top Posts Trendspotting Comments 18 Comments 5 Unmissable TED Talks On The Future Of Technology And The Web tweetmeme 1 Tim Berners Lee On The Next Web of Open Linked Data 20 years ago Tim Berners Lee invented the World Wide Web For his next project he s building a web for open linked data that could do for numbers what the Web did for words pictures video Unlock our data and reframe the way we use it together Recorded at TED2009 Feb 2009 Read More Published July 30 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Design Technology Top Posts Trendspotting Comments 1 Comment How To Say Thank You On The Social Web tweetmeme Whether or not you chose to acknowledge it your ability to sink or swim on the social web depends on how you participate engage others and embrace the customs of the virtual gift economy this is as true for individuals as it is for big brands who have a web presence The concepts of FREE as a business model and sustainable gift culture generally makes sense to people in the context of products services brands and community building but the understanding sometimes breaks down when it s mentioned in the context of individual relationships and social media Seasoned vets know that there are a host of unwritten rules and customs for reciprocating that we should follow when we benefit from free content and receive help and advice from others on the web I ll discuss some of those rules explain why they re important and offer some ways to act on them below Read More Published July 14 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Community Social Media Technology Top Posts Web Strategy Comments 30 Comments The Cookie Jar Principle tweetmeme Give more than you take It s as simple as that If we embrace this one powerful principal in our lives individually we will enjoy meaningful vibrant relationships and collectively create a culture of abundance If we can t we end up with an empty jar We can all point to a friend or colleague who breaks the rule repeatedly They call only when they need something and they only show up or participate when it benefits them They forget that the act of taking from the jar implies that they will one day put back more than what they took In many ways selfishness is failing to recognize that when you chose to benefit from the effort or contributions of another you become part of a self sustaining cycle of give and take and that your actions alter the system s balance In the fog of self absorption we can loose sight of the truth and reality of the circumstances of both others and ourselves When we take more than we give everyone that depends on the contents of the jar loses Remember that every one of your relationships has its own jar We fill them with our time energy and love Sharing participating and giving before we take signal our good faith they are small promises that when it is our turn to take we have not forgotten our responsibility to keep filling the jar What we do take we should always strive to return with interest This simple principal is as true for individual relationships as it is for groups families and communities of any size When we agree to be a part of the group whether the group is 2 or 2 million we accept an equal and shared responsibility for the jar Published July 6 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Community Psychology Philosophy Top Posts Comments 26 Comments Essential Techniques For Effective Signaling On Twitter tweetmeme At the beginning of September last year Clive Thompson published an influential article on NYTimes called A Brave New World Of Digital Intimacy In

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