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Naming Your Business: When to Avoid Trends

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saveri-future-trendsIn today’s culture, it’s almost nothing to coin a brand. To found an idea for a company where you have all the logistics worked out. Actually taking those steps to move forward is another story, however. But that doesn’t stop thousands of folks from thinking up ideas on a daily basis. Some might even have multiple ideas stocked away, just waiting for the right time to strike out and bring their ideas to life.

In either scenario, it’s time to talk about business names. How people are picking increasingly trendy names for their companies – whether in fruition or beginning planning stages. Names that incorporate “ility,” “ly,” “ology,” etc. Where spaces don’t exist and punctuation is weird and confusing...

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Facebook Friendship: An Argument for Holding On

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Screen-shot-2013-01-24-at-16.44.54A few weeks ago, Danny wrote this blog about wishing Facebook friends happy birthday. How, if you’re not willing to do it, you shouldn’t be “friends” with them at all. But mostly you should be willing to do it. And today, you’re in for a real treat. Because I’m about to write out all the reasons he is wrong.

First off, Facebook friendship shouldn’t come with an obligation. It’s online, impersonal, and has seriously changed the way we view someone as a “friend.” Unfortunately, Zuckerberg didn’t have the foresight to call the connections “acquaintances” and now we’re stuck with the term. (Though, in all likelihood, he probably thought we would actually be friends with the people we associate with online, leaving his intentions intact – he just underestimated his own reach.)

Anyway, even if...

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Social Media Early Announcers: They Must Be Stopped

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There are times in life when you go through big or exciting events. Like getting engaged or announcing the birth of your new child. Or when your daughter gets engaged or announces the birth your new grandchild. There are milestone anniversaries, job promotions, retirements – a never-ending list of big days to celebrate. And sometimes – depending on personal preference – that means letting everyone know on social media. Where you tell the world what you’ve been up to, like the layman’s version of a press release.

Only there are almost always those who beat you to it.

Someone’s great aunt or that girl from high school who you don’t talk to anymore, who comments on your wall. (Or tweets or photo tags you on Instagram.) BEFORE YOU’VE HAD THE CHANCE TO TELL EVERYONE YOURSELF...

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Are Facebook Events Binding?

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facebook invite everybodyWe’ve long-since passed into a time where “Facebook invites” are a thing. And often more received than formal, in-the-mail invitations. They’re easier, faster, and allow access to all of your friends without looking up their address. Even better when you have acquaintances who frequently move.

But with generational gaps and a growing social norm where it’s ok to cancel on anything – at any time, this calls the whole Facebook invite to question. What’s formal? What’s required? And how are we to act when our only interaction toward an event is done online?

The Death of the Formal Invite

We get it, sending out paper invites is a pain. And kind of expensive. It makes perfect sense why folks only save it for big events anymore. No complains there...

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Are We Too Reliant on Electronic Maps?

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Maps_google_mapI recently went on a road trip, where I drove for 19 hours, then 9, and then 13. Before I was back home. It was all done without the help of a paper map. My iPhone led through half of the trip, while vehicle GPS led the other. It was convenient, mostly accurate, and only sometimes infuriating. (Like when maps tells you to do the exact same thing 14 times in a row or when they make you go through construction even when you tell them to avoid it.)

But the whole thing got me thinking: are we too reliant on electronic maps? Do we need them to travel? Or could we do it the old fashioned way, if needed? What if our data were to stop working? Or the roads suddenly closed and Google had yet to update? Could I even read a paper map? Sure I like looking for fun or to see which states have the weirde...

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