Posted by: Ryan Schoenefeld | June 21, 2011

Web Resumes and So Much More

Say what? 36% of companies think it’s at least somewhat likely that resumes will be replaced by profiles on social and business networking sites.

Posted by: Ryan Schoenefeld | June 9, 2011

The Nature of the World Wide Web

A world-wide division?

People scattered throughout the world are obviously going to have different advantages regarding access to the Internet. It can be relatively dependent on economic security in a specific country. I also believe it can correlate to personal capital that each particular member of society has on hand.World Wide Web

Interestingly enough, approximately 51 percent of U.S. households have access to broadband and pay nearly $45 a month. Contrast that with South Korea, where 94 percent of homes browse the Internet at a dismal $37 per month. Not to mention, download speeds are on average eight times quicker in South Korea.

However I cannot help but contemplate if this is a democratic and justified approach to technology. Shouldn’t we all have the ability to access the World Wide Web, regardless of how secure we are regarding our personal finances? I also believe there could even be a uniform price for net distribution throughout the world.

This is another difficulty regarding technology. It can be extremely expensive to afford, especially when you need to perpetually pay a fee for utilization. In an ideal world, everyone would have unlimited access to the World Wide Web, but we need to remain realistic in the consumer-driven world that we live in.

It has even been documented that having the ability to surf the Internet enables individuals to become more intelligent. Intelligence can then translate into more job opportunities and a sense of well-being. With more people becoming smarter as a result of having access to technology, is it in a sense creating more division than unification throughout the world?

Obviously I recognize that technology has extensive advantages that will linger on for years to come. However at the same time, could it potentially be detrimental to society as a whole? I consider myself to be a utilitarian and as such, I find it quite discouraging that certain individuals will never have access to the Internet, regardless of how motivated they are.

This is why I believe we need to be more net neutral throughout the world. We need to establish a utilitarian approach that allows certain individuals, who happen to be less fortunate to access the World Wide Web. It will be beneficial to the world citizenry and make us a bit smarter in the long run.

Posted by: Ryan Schoenefeld | June 9, 2011

The Future of Nokia

Nokia isn’t for sale, although the company altered its smartphone strategy by switching from Symbian and MeeGo to Windows Phone 7.

Posted by: Ryan Schoenefeld | June 9, 2011

Smart Healthcare

Music is powerful and can help influence your overall health and state of mind.Picasso Listening to music generally makes me feel more optimistic and energizes my mind and body. I strive to recommend music that is uplifting, contains intellectual lyrics and requires talent to create. Hopefully you enjoy my selections and please feel free to suggest tunes of your own.

Research even suggests that music has a substantial effect on your body and overall psyche. In fact, there’s a growing field of health care known as Music Therapy, which utilizes music in an effort to heal. Those who practice music therapy have discovered the benefit of using music to help aid cancer patients and children with ADD.

In addition, hospitals are beginning to use music and music therapy to help with pain management. It helps alleviate depression, promotes movement, calms patients and even eases muscle tension. This may not come as a surprise considering music affects the body and mind in a monopoly of ways. With this in mind, enjoy the tunes and maximize your personal health, regardless of what you are going through.

Research has even shown that music with a strong beat can help stimulate brainwaves. Faster beats have been linked to increased concentration and heightened thinking. On the other side of the equation, slower music correlates to a peaceful and meditative state of utter tranquility.

Research also reveals a change in brain wave activity while listening to music. This helps support evidence that music enables the brain to shift speeds more easily throughout the duration of a day, as needed. Music even cultivates lasting implications and benefits to your overall state of mind, even after you’ve stopped listening.

Posted by: Ryan Schoenefeld | June 8, 2011

LinkedIn Gaming

Game on! A LinkedIn application called DropIn lets users play Tetris with their network profiles, celebrating Tetris’ 27th birthday.

Posted by: Ryan Schoenefeld | June 6, 2011

The Road to Change

Small steps forward can lead to substantial change over time. True equality has to start somewhere.

Posted by: Ryan Schoenefeld | June 6, 2011

Bike For Your Organizational Health

Gowalla gives all employees Gowalla-branded bikes that include the employee’s name on the side. Talk about an incentive to bike to work.

Posted by: Ryan Schoenefeld | May 28, 2011

The Value of Sleep

“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake.” – Ernest Hemingway

Posted by: Ryan Schoenefeld | May 26, 2011

Take the Time to Exercise Your Mind

One cannot underestimate the importance of blogging. It enables Wordsan individual to become a more gifted writer and communicator. The traditional notion that practice makes perfect is also applicable to writing in my opinion. Take the time to express your thoughts and see how creative you can become along the way. You may even potentially surprise yourself and discover that you look forward to composing your inner most thoughts.

I compare the process to an artist that reveals his or her subconscious on a canvas. Writing is similar because it allows a person to tangibly cultivate their thoughts and disperse them to other individuals through their words. Their words are comparable to the paint and the specific media that each individual artist decides to utilize.

It is especially easy to scatter your work via the Internet with the advent of social media and digital networking. With digital communication becoming increasingly relevant on a day-to-day basis, there isn’t a more ideal time to commence a blog. It may seem daunting initially, but take the time to see if you enjoy the process and don’t feel obligated to continue if you don’t appreciate.

I would even classify writing as exercise for the mind. We always hear of the importance of maintaining your body through physical exercise, but we should also strive to maintain our mental youth through perpetual use. I am by no means suggesting that writing is the only avenue to accomplish this, although it can be an idyllic option – especially if you happen to work in a specific field that involves writing.

This approach can hopefully enable yourself to become more proficient and establish credibility in your particular industry. You can even facilitate a blog that correlates to your meticulous occupation, and in a sense become a subject matter expert. Business leaders may even look to you for advice and interpretation on certain issues.

All-in-all, I would say that the benefits of blogging outweigh the prospective repercussions. Start the journey and express your thoughts. It doesn’t necessarily need to be academic either; decide on a specific focus and always re-evaluate your decision. There is no harm in trying, and at least you will have experienced something that is different from the tedious lives that most of us live.

Posted by: Ryan Schoenefeld | May 25, 2011

The Value of a Social Strategy

Social media continues to become increasingly connected to business and the way in which it is conducted. Despite the juxtaposition of social media with business, the phenomenon remains relatively nCommunicationew and wasn’t even part of the picture ten years ago. As a result it can be challenging to decipher what is to come and where the world of social media is headed.

Regardless of the implications, I am intrigued by the possibility of what’s to come and where the trends will ultimately lead. However even with excitement there comes a degree of obfuscation. One can never truly predict the course of time and we will have to wait to see where the developments in digital technology occur.

Nonetheless, social media has already brought about innovation and has even changed over time to become more user-friendly. Individuals now have the convenience of updating one aggregate site, which will post a message on a collection of different social environments.

Who would have thought this could become a reality in the digital world, especially considering the social media advent is to some extent, still in its youth? Even though it may seem unexpected, the ability to cross-post is evident and I don’t believe it’s going anywhere in the near future; at least as far as I am concerned.

For example, I facilitate posts with HootSuite and Ping.Fm, which allows me to maximize efficiency, by taking less than five seconds to express my ideas on approximately fifteen social websites, simultaneously. In my case, the updates generally include Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Bebo, Orkut, Digg, GoogleBuzz, Delicious, Friendster and LinkedIn, just to name a few.

Social media has also continued to become more interconnected. This means that most platforms have the option of syncing with other sites. I even have the option of connecting my blogs to HootSuite as well, which can create a haven for news aggregation, information and continual communication.

Moreover, social media junkies can continue to update their status and post a message on as many networks as they would like. This can even be more beneficial for businesses; they can have one individual responsible for social marketing and allow that individual to do it with utmost convenience and efficiency.

HootSuite even allows you to schedule messages periodically. This means that businesses can determine a network strategy and post messages automatically, regardless of the time of the day. With this in mind, organizations can specifically target messages to individuals that are time-sensitive and relevant to the business itself.

The reason this is applicable is because social media doesn’t necessarily influence sales or participation; it is more of a vehicle to increase recognition, awareness, web-influence and potentially SEO (search engine optimization).

Business can also establish credibility, integrity and a degree of trustworthiness merely by interacting with a niche portion of the population on-line. Obviously it needs to be in a positive and helpful manner — if you want to yield the results that a majority of companies are striving for. Nonetheless, a companies’ approach is generally dependent on their particular organizational mantra and overall goal structure via social media.

All-in-all, businesses should consider commencing a social media strategy — if of course they haven’t already. The strategy doesn’t necessarily need to be perfected from the onslaught either. Through time and social participation, businesses can literally generate a social prescription for the company, which speaks from experience and contains a frame of reference for comparison.

This approach will hopefully become a remedy for your company, once you have an understanding of the landscape you are working with. Just remember, there isn’t necessarily an incorrect way to conduct social marketing – just give it a try and see what happens. There are no rules to abide by and the circumstances are still relatively new.

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