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“Photography Is The Currency That Connects”

"Photography is the currency that connects" says Charles Lupica  professional Photographer from Neuchatel,  Switzerland as he explained the photo theme pages that he founded at Google+.   

Have you been wondering about the photo themes on Google+?

Are you a little intimidated about sharing your photos?

Meet Charles Lupica from Neuchatel, Switzerland and his team Tuesday, June 5, 2012 9:00 a.m. PDT on blogtalkradio when we discuss how photography really is the currency that connected all of us.

   Charles leads three very successful theme pages on Google+:

    Sacred Sunday

    Monochrome Monday   

   Daily Fine Art Themes  

  Charles is a shining example of the Google+ community being helpful and kind with engagement as people share their love of the images seen in the photography posted or posting their own content. He and his co-curators make feel people feel special with their comments. 

 

 

Heartfelt engagement with Charles team members is the reason this blogtalkradio show transpired. As I began to connect with people all over the world through photos the comments and kindness of the people on this team stood out like a beacon of light in the night.  This is such an exciting way to meet people and engage on a common interest level that I felt it was important to share what Google+ has that can help anyone trying to connect with others and share their expertise in cyberspace.  Photography offers color interest, subject interest and inspires people to start seeing differently and practice themselves to be able to share what they do through photographs. 

Charles William Lupica junior started taking pictures when he was in his teens as he wanted to have pictures of his father; who never seemed to be in a photograph. Charles grew up in the turbulent 60's and had interesting ideas of what to do in life and seriously thought of pursuing photography as a career. But life went in other directions…….

In 1979, while attending the University of Florida, Charles meet Deborah, his future wife, In 1981 Charles earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and together, Charles and Deborah set out for Colorado to seek their fortune….Charles will share more with us on the show and how he ended up in Switzerland.  Check out his work at studio Lupica. The purple flower to the side is one of Charles Lupica's photographs.

Sacred Sunday is a photo theme started by Charles on Google+, the guidelines are as follows:

"Sharing spirituality, contemplation, reflection and mediation through photography

Sacred Sunday is curated by Charles Lupica Manfred Berndtgen , Robyn Morrison   and  Margaret Tompkins

 

This weekly photography theme encourages you to share with us and with the G+ community what you hold sacred; people praying, temples, and churches are great choices.  We also want to encourage you to post images that share your personal sense of what is sacred, be it a mountain, sunset, or loaf of bread.  More than anything, Sacred Sunday is about sharing. 
 
We promote no religion over any other and invite you to share with us what you hold sacred."
 
MEET The CO-Curators
 

Margaret Tompkins 

from Kansas City, Missouri USA          Photo by Margaret Tompkins

Introduction:

"I'm a photographer, learning, teaching, and documenting the world around me.  My favorite subjects are landscapes, birds, wildlife, people and pets.  I especially like taking photographs of figure skaters.  I like to learn from other photographers and share photographs.

I love cats and helping animal shelters.

I'm in tune with older music from the late 50s and early 60s and have always enjoyed Dick Dale, Jan & Dean, the Beach Boys, surf music, and early rock & roll."

   

 

 Manfred Berndtgen   from Germany                                                                                                                                                            Photo by Manfred Berndtgen

Introduction:

"After years full of privation in a science job, I started working for money, being a software developer first and now system administrator. Since that moment I have enough spare time for useless things and sharing them with the rest of the world. 

I have some highbrow hobbies like my wife and me growing ferns and palms, calligraphy, history, and dabbling with old cameras. I suppressed my desire to take photos for a long time, but I failed: photography has become my favourite waste of time. My favorite photographic subjects are plants and stones, with some emphasis on streets and sacral architecture.

Being in sort of a retro mood induced and fired by my wife, I'm discovering the joys of film photography for some time."

 

  

Sherrie von Sternberg  Maryland USA                                                                                                                                   Photo by Sherrie von Sternberg         

Introduction:

"Artist…Photographer….True Believer…Passionate and full of Love…also curator of Sacred Sunday and loving it!!!!!

Check out her blog! 

 

   

 

 

Robyn Morrison  currently in Australia                                                                                                                   Photo by Robyn Morrison

Living in Paradise!

Introduction:

I'm a busy working mum with two grown daughters & a retired partner.  I've loved photography and photo journaling for years and have built up a fairly large portfolio.  Now I have a few more hours on my hands I'm trying to learn more about different photography techniques, composition & post processing tricks & tips.    All constructive comments are gratefully received!! 

The process to post in a photo theme group on google+ is easy and fun when you know the rules!  Follow them and you will connect with people all over the world and share your message. 

Posting Your Photo.

Across the top of the "Stream Page" locate the "Share What's New" button.
 
1. Click to add your photo, browse and upload from your computer
2. Give the photo a title
3. Describe where and when it was taken.
4. Important. Only post photos that you own the rights to.  Do NOT post someone else's photos.

Add The Curators Names so they can follow the post and be notified.

All of the daily photo themes are curated by individuals they are not or work for google.  By adding their name, which becomes a hyplerlink they receive a  "Notification" about  the post and can respond.

Posting Your Photo To The Theme Page.

First, add the theme page to your circles as the "Page" can NOT 1+ or comment on your post until it has been circled.  Go to the "Theme Page" and click on "Follow" it is in red. Add it to your circles.

The process allows you to add your photo directly to the "Theme Page" should you wish to do that. After the photo has been uploaded, click on the photo and it will open up in the G+ Lightbox. On the right is a button for "Tag People" Click  it and see a new button. "Add A New Tag" Click this and then click on your photo, a white circle will show up then enter the page name.  REMEMBER the + sign or @  +SacredSunday or whatever theme you are trying to tag  will appear as you type with suggestions.

Engage With The Theme.

Get in the game!  To do this you should not only post your photo but remark and 1+ other theme participants photos.  This process is to help you engage with others and sharing along with 1+ing is how it is done.  You talk to them and they talk to you.  The Golden Rule of engagement!

Make comments about the other photos, say what you like about them, what makes them stand out for you.  Under all circumstances be kind.. in all types of social media if you are trying to connect with people kindness, respect and thoughtfulness will help more than anything.

Ready for some fun?  Check out the photo themes on Google+

Rolf Nicker Photography has created a list of themes on Google+ for every single day and #theme pages. Open the link and read about concepts that might interest you and get in the game.

I maintain a page called #BridgesAroundTheworld where anyone can post bridges from any place to meet and engage with others sharing information from their part of the world.  Go take some bridge pictures an come and post to share your bridge connecting the world! Let's build bridges together. 

Don't forget to join in the fun with Charles Lupica and his team in Sacred Sunday, Monochrome Monday and check out the Daily Fine Art Themes 

Our guests on blogtalkradio Tuesday, June 5, 2012 9:00 a.m. PDT.  If you can't join us live the link will direct you to the archive so you can listen anytime after the show and hear how people are connecting on Google+ with photography themes. 

Photography really is the currency that connects! 

 
 
 
 
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Connecting the Dots Around The World in South Africa

Connecting The Dots Around The World In South Africa .

Welcome to the Cosmic Cow Pie Blogtalkradio series connecting the dots around the world.  Thursday, April 19, 2012 9:00 a.m. MDT we will have international guest,  Johan Horak from South Africa. Learn how Johan is connecting daily with people from around the globe on Google+.  Set a reminder here to join us online, ask questions in the chat room, call in during the show 347-994-1903 or post anything you would like discussed in the comments for discussion on Thursdays, live show.

Johan has a wonderful story with his family evolving from visions of being a CEO in the metal industry to owning one of the top producing second hand stores in South Africa and now helping people build relationships and enrich lives through social media.

Johan published a post on google+ that went "cosmic" with over 168 comments on "14 ways to Learn How to Helpfully Ride The Coattails of Google+ influencers"  We will be discussing his strategy and how it worked out. My initial contact with Johan came from a Pinterest conversation on Google+ where we were talking with Guy Kawasaki of former Apple fame currently "What The Plus" e-book , Enchantment and Alltop notoriety, about the status of Pinteresst in the social media hierarchy. Conversations on Google+ have now turned global and we are connecting the social media dots on blogtalkradio. 

Johan will share the trials and practice it has taken to be able to communicate with anyone around the world on Google+  This is what he says about the platform "Never in my life have I come across such an resistant free platform. I am able to communicate with the most influential to the latest newbie…..

This is a social media principle I ascribe to: Before you sell you need to create cultivation pools where you can nature long term trusting relationships…..The focus for me was not on return on investment anymore. Input vs output bull. I became like an artist. I did what I love first. At all cost before I chase anything. Now the fun started….

I am challenged by new methods. How do I use these tools to brand businesses and individuals. I tend see communication opportunities in a strategy and branding way. This means that I easily identify new technology that solves these problems. Internal and external. It's natural for me to package various communications solution in a user friendly way."

This interview starts our series with people from around the world where we can discuss the countries and cities we visited on our journey around the world.  Talking with local people puts a new perspective on the things we saw and experienced.  Johan has cleared up many of my questions in our e-mail and skype conversations getting to know one another as global connectors. 

Johan and his family live in Simonstown which is about 45 minutes outside Cape Town, South Africa. Some may not know much about Cape Town or South Africa.  Cricket, famous golfers, Camps Beach, Nelson Mandela, Apartheid are a few things you might think about when someone says, South Africa.  There is so much more like world class shopping, diving with the sharks, safaris with the big five and elephant rides on the reserve are things that make this destination a place you want to put on your radar or even your bucket list.  Johan's wife Elmarie and daughter Nandi are very busy managing their vacation rental business, Cape Holiday Home Rentals with over 300 beautiful properties and might be able to help you make a dream come true.  Check out some of the beautiful homes for rent in the Cape Town, South Africa area on Pinterest .

Connect with Johan Horvak on your global journey in social media.

Linkedin

Twitter @johanhorak

Google+

Youtube

skype: lumeza

email

Cape Town Holiday Home Rental

Cape Town Holiday Rentals  Google+ page

Pinterest

Mobile
027828702004

office
027217864028

Having experienced South Africa on our recent voyage around the world,  I want to encourage you to check out the photos and think about making a trip to this extraordinary place.  There is so much history and there still continues to be history in the making.  You will want to see Table mountain become covered with clouds that looks like a table cloth, and the harbor at night.  Have a "sundowners" party in the bush with your tracker and hear the roar of the big cats as they settle down at night. 

 

 

Hope to see you on line in the chat room or call in live 347-994-1903 to ask questions of Johan Horak as we discover how to connect globally on Blogtalkradio Thursday, April 19, 2012 9:00 a.m. MDT

 

You now have a global connection with Johan Horak and his family so what are you waiting for?  Connect with Johan all over cyberspace…. circle him in Google+, follow him on twitter and Pinterest and connect on linkedin.

The weather is beautiful, the sea breeze is blowing and South Africa could be the place you have been waiting to visit and just didn't know it! 

Take a world class trip to Cape Town, South Africa and who knows you could have your own "Global meet up" with new friends you can cultivate using social media. 

We ARE having a Global "meet up" in London, October 5, 2012 and maybe a photo walk with photographers from around the world so stay tuned for more details and post a comment if you are interested in connecting with us. 

It's fun connecting the dots in the Cosmic Cow Pie! 

Become a Global connector and listen to Johan Horak Thursday about how he does it on Google+!

 

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Google+ A Place To Hangout

Google+ offers the perfect place to hangout in cyberspace.

Still wondering if google+ is somewhere you want to go? There are so many social media venues it really is difficult to decide where to spend your time. One thing you might want to consider is the fact that google is the 800 pound gorilla in the room so playing in their back yard and posting your links on their sites just could bring some extra juice to the SEO table. Just some organic food/juice for thought!

I spent considerable time on the site this past week and find it very exciting. I am talking to people globally and they are all willing to share and help since it is still in beta testing mode and we are all learning together. As a hybrid between facebook and twitter I think you will find google+ fun and soon to be profitable there is an ease in sharing with people open to learning about what it is you have to offer.

Hangout is the name of the feature where you can video chat with many people at once on google+. The originator of the group invites people by e-mail or opens it to the public and it can be posted on your stream that you are in a hangout. You can discuss specific topics or just roll. As you are reading this think about how you could talk with potential buyers or sellers about real estate in your market. Consider hosting a lender at your computer like a talk show guest to talk about new loan programs or even a HUD representative talking about the programs to save owners from foreclosure. The topic list is endless so just open your mind and think VIRTUAL information where buyers and sellers can meet you in the comfort of their home or office. They can read all about you on your google profile and connect with you all over cyberspace. Your guest speakers can be with you in person or on their own computer in their office.

July 18, 2011 I participated in a "hang out" for writers. We had people from Russia, Ireland, Pakistan, Boston University, Washington State and Germany. We all were writing for about 50 minutes. It was fun to hear the clicking of the keys as everyone was madly writing then after 50 minutes we opened the mic and talked to one another. During the work time the chat room was open so you could chat with anyone who just wanted to instant message. Below is a screen shot of what hangout looks like. The chat room is on the left and the video in the center. At the bottom you can see the people that were in the hangout room. On the right you can see my google+ stream.

To get started in the hangout room you have to install google voice and video chat on your computer and you are all set to go! This video shows how simple it is.

Check out all the hangouts taking place at any given time. Just click on the link and once you have installed your google voice you can jump right in and participate.

As a "vintage player" I was respectful of the conversation and tried not to be disruptive. I turned off my video to see about taking a screen shot on my new imac thinking I had turned off the sound too… lesson #1 mute the mic if you are going to talk outside of the chat room they could not see me but they heard me… yikes learning curve! There is a video mute and a mic mute!

Enjoy some of our fun engagement that took place in the course of about 15 minutes.

Thank you to Rebecca Blain, who is a contract writer and set this up to encourage people to write.

Talking about writers in general and their persona's.

"I don't agree with alcoholism but I love Hemingway."

Cleo Lomax blogger, mother and writer had her baby in a swing sleeping and her son sleeping in her lap as you can see in the first screen shot. She was able to connect with the virtual world while watching her kids and engaging with other writers… WE got to see her in her living room and she really shared some great insight as to other writings being discussed like Twilight and Harry Potter.

"What ever I read influences my writing so I try to keep my reading on the same vein as my writing."

Game of Thornes "Not the best thing to do unless you want to kill all your characters "

Moshin.. writes on political topics… Pakistan.

We all got an invite to the youtube you can all watch the video with Tim getting a masters degree in music education. He was to do an interpretation of this video.

Monica had her light saver from her profile photo and showed it to us as her profile picture is dark.

Felix from Ireland said: "This is like work watching everyone write then discussing things." Felix is customer support for gaming industry at Big Fish Games! He wanted no favors for Big Fish Game requests!

Book character discussion led to: Be tolerant of loss… as soon as you meet a character be prepared to die. Plot development.. this is like a writing class with the people sharing their writing journey.

Monica has a boyfriend who is writing a book on bird sounds…. he has a visual representation of the sound…. he takes the audio and converts it to print. My comments were "why wouldn't he do an e-book with the sounds as an audio link so people "birders" can listen?" The answer was…. the scientific community processes through print and the project is complicated..

An idea arose from the concept of audio waves for Felix from Ireland a science fiction writer… he says: "How cool is that… navigating through space on bird vibes."

You read it hear first.

Do you see how creative you can get with the hangouts. The perfect place to brain storm with people from across the world. We had theme ideas flowing and input on music enlisting the brain power of friends at google+.

What about a press conference on a hang out at google+ share the breaking news and events from your office?

Celebrities are doing it! You should too! Mark Hoppus from Blink 182. Just so you know, is very active and already has hosted a Google Hangout with fans;

Think about using google+ to present your product or service.  You can create a presentationon youtube and share it with everyone in the hangout or present photos from picasa then discuss it. Remember youtube, picasa and google are all connected. If you have been putting it off, go right now to get a youtube account and a picasa account for your photos. Connecting "juice" from the same tree is going to ROCK your SEO!

Why not share google+ with your customers and explain how they might use hangouts in their business? You may not need  "go to webinar" for some topics just have people hangout with you. Maybe google will add screen sharing…. who knows.. but for now and informal presentation to get together no matter what business you have can lead to real time connections.

If you need an invitation to google+ just let me know. I will need your e-mail to send an invitation.

Hangout on google+ for free. Invite your clients to the office and bring in their lap tops to get them set up on google+ so you can all "hangout" with the cool kids!

Google- The Anti Social Networking Site

Google- Moves in on the Google+ phenomena

Breaking news in the social media world! Google- has come on the scene with incredible features to dazzle cyber citizens. The site starts with a universal list of followers and you just have to defriend the people you don't like. Hence the Anti-Social network site. There is a thumbs down option along with an auto birthday post to all your friends including an all caps and exclamation point choice. There is a "street alert" app which auto posts to your smart phone when you enter a business that is affiliated and also sends discount coupons to all your friends

For all the exciting details on google- watch this video.

Someone in my circle on google+ asked if there was a "slap button" instead of a poke!

Now in all seriousness Chris Brogan has created a multi video post on how to use google+. It is google+ 101 and give a nice overview of the subject.

Google+ is a beta test. It is an open format where there might not be a lot of privacy. Bottom line on that one is: don't go there if you are saying things you don't want others to see! To me it appears like it as an open platform and people are very accepting of everyone being new and trying to learn the systems. 10,000,000 members on a private invitation concept in a few short weeks says it might be around to stay for awhile.

A guy in one of my circles shared that he posted a new blog on google+ and it was ranked on google with that one post. Who knows what will happen with the SEO juice when you post at the main plant. I am thinking this might be BIG. The reception I have in the first 2 days has been great. I feel like #LarryCrowne in the scooter gang with unconditional acceptance at this point by Cyber Superstars!

Guy Kawasaki was commenting back and forth with me today about Enchantment:


Guy Kawasaki
– 11:18 AM – Public
I know we're all supposed to be all warm and fuzzy, kumbaya, socially engaging on G+, but this screenshot shows the potential of G+ for commerce. The link for redeeming Enchantment became a Bit.ly trending link in about two minutes.

I was the 1st comment There are 31 comments in between but here was our abbreviated conversation.

Carra Riley – It's now HARD Ball.. the games have begun!

Guy Kawasaki – +Carra Riley Mine are of steel

Carra Riley – Guy Kawasaki I KNOW.. did an interview with you at Blog World 2009… I know you are the Holy Kaw but I am the Cosmic Cow Pie… :) Helping vintage learners become digital citizens! We should talk!

Guy Kawasaki – +Carra Riley Hah, I'm a vintage guy these days too!

JF – Guy I agree that this definitely has potential if your circles are large enough and you are a recommended person to circle, like yourself. Hard to image a small fry getting those same results.

Guy Kawasaki – +JF The whole point of social media, in my bizarre opinion, is that nobodies are the new somebodies. Used right, anyone can be a "somebody" using social media.

JR – +guy Kawasaki Like the Kardashians!

Carra Riley – +Guy Kawasaki +JFMaking a vintage user feel good!

TM – Nicely done, Guy! Great illustration of the potential!

From the conversation with Guy i have coined the phase "Vintage Participant" VP's to mean baby boomers in a digital world.

For google it could be that the third time is a charm. The wave and buzz did not work so well but looks like google+ could be on it's way to giving facebook and twitter a run for it's money or should we say advertisers!

Come play in my circle and if you don't have an invite let me know and I can take care of that! I got the juice!

Is it google- or google+ in your experience?   Want to join the "VP Gang?"