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Online, Offline and ‘Inline’

32140518Until the Internet we lived our lives offline, connecting in person and by phone. The Internet opened up a new platform for online connections through social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and microblogging platforms like Twitter and Jaiku.

There’s also another platform, the next platform for personal exploration. I call it ‘Inline.’ The Inline platform is accessed through meditation and contemplation and doing so regularly enables connectivity to consciousness itself.

Consciousness is the inner spark or inner link in us, the golden link within us that connects our highest and most illumined part with our lowest and most unillumined part. Consciousness is the connecting link between Heaven and earth,” says Indian Guru Sri Chinmoy.

For geeks like me who are already conversant in offline and online media, inline exploration is both an opportunity and a challenge to know Cosmic Consciousness. Some feel Twitter gets us to group consciousness in the online platform. I think meditation does that same on the inline platform.

I try to explore the inline platform early morning and late evening. Ultimately, it might be our destiny to know it and live there, too. Who knows, by going deeper within, we may get some great ideas for living more peacefully on Planet Earth.

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Instant Soup of Thoughtful

20127591Before there were news sources like cable news, Twitter and the Internet, we had TV network news and print newspapers keeping us informed. I’d categorize the current and former as short form and long form news.

Twitter has distilled news and sound bytes to 140 characters. Cable news has shrunk it to a 30 second headline and story that repeats every 30 minutes. TV network news and the Internet still retain longer form story lines and exposition that give depth, breadth and context to a story. Unfortunately, the trend is toward short-form online news, and print newspapers are finding it hard to monetize their operations. In fact, folks like me are scanning the headlines of hundreds of news feeds a day as a way of staying in touch with various subjects important to my business and personal interest.

Experts predict that print newspapers will cease to exist as we know them. I’m sure the NY Times will still be around for a Sunday morning read, but a majority of small papers, might die for lack of advertising. Remember what happened to local news when Clearchannel bought your local radio station? The same might happen. Will that also mean the end of long form news?

My friend, Alexander Van Elsas, explores the immediacy of news in his blog and asks the right questions: “What if everything becomes immediate. What if the news is there right now, delivered faster than the blink of an eye. What if we all can have 24×7 contact and interaction. What if the “instant” has become part of the plumbing of the Internet? If “instant” becomes the norm, then it will decline in value. If everyone has instant access to the same information, the act itself becomes less valuable.”

I don’t have as much of a problem with the need for instant everything as much I do with the absence of story exposition. If all we have time for is instant and short form information bursts become news, will we lose depth of thought? Yes, books will always fill the void. But I want more than the drone of cable news and 140 character riffs on Twitter.

If newspapers disappear and we opt for instant on, I do hope the Internet accommodates deep thought in meaningful ways and that we make the time for it.

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What’s More Exciting? Van Gogh, Twitter or Mars Lander?

vangogh-starry_night_ballance1All day and night on Twitter, Mashable, and Tech Crunch, San Francisco Bay Area technistas gabble and babble about the latest news of tech startups, social media websites, venture capital firms, and celebrity entrepreneurs that most people have never heard of. This week I had a break from that insanity while working on a client engagement in Amsterdam, Holland.

After 2.5 days of thoughtful and engaging branding and marketing strategy, I spent my last few hours at the Van Gogh Museum and sought to feel and absorb the brilliance of Van Gogh through some 200 paintings, along with works of his influencers, peers and contemporaries.

19th Century romantic artists like Van Gogh found God in Nature. They consciously made the connection and Van Gogh clearly sought to convey that higher awareness through his work. Decades of learning with my Guru Sri Chinmoy helped make me aware of the God-Nature connection for sure. What was cool for me what I could feel it in Van Gogh’s work. What a profound gift to close out my Amsterdam visit.

So I’m back in San Francisco (no sleep yet) plugging into the latest news about who’s leaving Yahoo, changes at Facebook, and the plethora of information available through Twitter which has just gone down yet again. And that Mars Lander is delivering some awesome images (ice on Mars???) so scientists managing that project must ecstatic.

What’s more exciting for you? Van Gogh and God in Nature, Twitter’s latest news, or the Mars Lander?

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On Twitter, You Are Your Brand

twitterTwitter is the rage and I’m enjoying the conversation.

What happens when tweeters with great ideas, accomplishments, networks, etc., are followed? Some have turned the attention into a business. For them Twitter is a tool for honing their ‘name’ brands.

I kind of enjoy watching tweeters morph their conversation into a ‘brand.’ I enjoy the observers of social media behavior and trends who steer thinking. And the bloggers at highly read blogs who excitedly trumpet headlines about companies that might be important, let time decide.

For those involved in new media, social media and technology, Twitter can be an effective business tool. Its greatest achievement, to me, is as an energy nexus for Bay Area and other talent. It’s kind of like a Grateful Dead Concert with scores of great musicians jamming away; the generated energy is kind of organic, powerful, profound and its influence is already starting to be felt.

Yea, I do like this 24 hour a day short burst newswire. You can reach lots of eyeballs if you’re connected well and creative with 140 characters or less.

How and when it fully proliferates across the business/consumer mosaic is another question. Twitter is struggling to build a reliable platform that stays on. It’s a truly amazing online environment that has suffered chronic structural problems since its inception.

Can I live without Twitter? In a nanosecond. Right now, it’s kinda awesome in its own way.

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