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Readers, friends, supporters! I have found a new online home on another side of town that has more space, will provide me with the pride of ownership, and a chance to start fresh and continue to build an audience.

Since every event in life can be turned into an after-school special (learning experience), here are some of the reasons why the move made sense to me and some signs that it may be time to expand your own web presence for your business.


The Cost of Paying Rent Became Too High

I like the Ning platform. A lot. So much that I wrote an entire gazillion page manual/book/help guide that I chose not too release for specific reasons back in 2009. At one point, I managed 35 (not a typo) Ning communities. Ning’s decision to roll out a paid offering was the deathblow for many Network Creators, not so much for me. There were some hurdles in expanding my web presence and integration that made the decision make greater sense.
To operate a network on the Ning platform is very inexpensive. It’s when you want to get serious and do necessary tasks like make heavy branding customizations, and have your domain point to www.yournamehere.com that you run into a monthly bill that can be steep if your goal is only to educate and enlighten from your blog home. As of today, monetizing my blog is not an immediate priority. Maintaining unique content that strengthens my brand’s mission and focus is.


More Tools to Build Community

Blogging is hard enough, believe me. My number one rule of success online just happens to be my biggest weakness: If you build, you must maintain. If I’m taking the time to blog, I want it to be easy for you to comment, like my posts, share on Twitfacelinkedplus, you get the picture.The good folks at Ning have comments options but in today’s online marketplace, there are several options that are simply easier to setup and manage.


I want to be a Homeowner: It’s the American Dream, right??

In my real, actual, day-to-day life, I’ve been a homeowner since the impressionable age of 23. So “renting” my web presence to a shared platform is not a viable long term solution. I used my presence at Ning to get my ideas out consistently and give myself an idea of what running my own personal blog would feel like content and schedule wise.

Many experts, pundits within the world of web expertise would tell you to buy your domain outright the day you decide to blog. I disagree. Ning, among other neat features, offers you the option to export your site to a new home, which was one reason I started blogging here (besides the fact that I know the platform well)

I’m at the point where I feel that I understand who I’m targeting, why you guys read, share, and comment on my material and how that impacts me as a professional.

The result is: going in a self-hosted direction under my own domain.


Housewarming Party??
mrshadeed.com is now updated regularly with fresh new content including exclusive interviews and my observations, publishing schedule, and thought leadership pieces transform me into the token philosopher at Speaker’s socials and event Meet and Greet events all around the US as readers and casual observers tend to ask about certain articles quite a bit.

The old site will remain around until all content is transferred to the new online home.


When did you decide it was time to change online homes?

Is your hosting, platform, and strategy in alignment with your financial objectives for your site?

Do you think I made a good or bad decision?

Thanks for all your support in this transition. – Shadeed

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Readers, friends, supporters! I have found a new online home on another side of town that has more space, will provide me with the pride of ownership, and a chance to start fresh and continue to build an audience.

Since every event in life can be turned into an after-school special (learning experience), here are some of the reasons why the move made sense to me and some signs that it may be time to expand your own web presence for your business.

The Cost of Paying Rent Became Too High
I like the Ning platform. A lot. So much that I wrote an entire gazillion page manual/book/help guide that I chose not too release for specific reasons back in 2009. Ning’s decision to roll out a paid offering was the deathblow for many Network Creators, not so much for me.
To operate a network on the Ning platform is very inexpensive. It’s when you want to get serious and do things like make heavy branding customizations, and have your domain point to www.yournamehere.com
that you run into a monthly bill that can be steep if your goal is only to educate and enlighten from your blog home. As of today, monetizing my blog is not an immediate priority. Maintaining unique content that strengthens my brand’s mission and focus is.

More Tools to Build Community
Blogging is hard enough, believe me. My number one rule of success online just happens to be my biggest weakness: If you build, you must maintain. If I’m taking the time to blog, I want it to be easy for you to comment, like my posts, share on Twitfacelinkedplus, you get the picture.The good folks at Ning have comments options but in today’s online marketplace, there are several options that are simply easier to setup and manage.

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I want to be a Homeowner: It’s the American Dream, right??
In my real, actual, day-to-day life, I’ve been a homeowner since the impressionable age of 23. So “renting” my web presence to a shared platform is not a viable long term solution. I used my presence at Ning to get my ideas out consistently and give myself an idea of what running my own personal blog would feel like content and schedule wise.
Many experts, pundits within the world of web expertise would tell you to buy your domain outright the day you decide to blog. I disagree. Ning, among other neat features, offers you the option to export your site to a new home, which was one reason I started blogging here (besides the fact that I know the platform well)
I’m at the point where I feel that I understand who I’m targeting, why you guys read, share, and comment on my material and how that impacts me as a professional.

The result is: going in a self-hosted direction under my own domain.

Housewarming Party??
You can find my blog at www.mrshadeed.com which is being updated regularly with fresh new content including exclusive interviews and my observations, publishing schedule, and thought leadership pieces that transform me into the token philosopher at Speaker’s socials and event Meet and Greet events all around the US.

This site will remain around until all content is transferred to the new online home.

When did you decide it was time to change online homes?
Is your hosting, platform, and strategy in alignment with your financial objectives for your site?
Do you think I made a good or bad decision?
Leave your comments on www.mrshadeed.com where this post will also live.
Thanks for all your support in this transition. – Shadeed

7 Habits of Highly Successful SharePoint Professionals WhitePaper

The whitepaper for my upcoming session at SharePoint Saturday New on Saturday, July 30th will be available for download shortly.

I want to give my session attendees at SPSNYC the first opportunity to download this whitepaper and then it will be available for the rest of my supporter and subscriber base.

SharePoint Professionals' guide to building community leveraging Google +

My goal in writing The SharePoint Community Guide to Understanding Google + was to deliver a time capsule past and present analysis while looking ahead to the future of social networking in the SharePoint community. This book focuses on Google + but also tells the story of the SharePoint industry usage and adoption of the many social platforms that govern our interaction, collaboration, and communication as professionals, friends, and speakers/organizers who make a career in SharePoint and surrounding technologies.

In writing this book, my goal was to provide a solid analysis of what I believe Google + is and is not while targeting SharePoint thought leaders, User Group community organizers, and SharePoint Saturday speakers, organizers, and sponsors.

I understand there is significant “risk” in writing a book on a platform that isn’t “proven”, especially with the not so stellar showing of Google Wave and Google Buzz. In my opinion, that is part of the fun in delivering this project. Release dates and overview for this project will be available soon. I hope you enjoy and find value in this project.

Written by: Shadeed Eleazer

Yammer introduces social communication to leading business video platform

I had a conversation with the product team of Enterprise private social networking platform Yammer about recently integrating its services within the ON24 suite of webcasting and virtual event applications.In this interview, we discussed the present and future of internal corporate collaboration and social sharing and how ON24 integration will enhance this process.

This partnership expands the capabilities of ON24 to enable one step further in enhancing corporate social networking initiatives such private webinars, town hall meetings, product launches and more.

The interview will be posted here by early next week. Stay tuned for details on the emerging news of corporate social networking and the key players within the scene.

Written by: Shadeed Eleazer

Do you have Klout, the online tool to measure influence?

On my Let’s Talk Digital segment hosted Sunday night, I provided some insight on Klout, the online standard for measuring and managing online influence. Going beyond the typical overview, I provided some introductory food for thought on how Klout can be used as a credibility indicator in the endless quest for labels, businesses, and personal brands to land sponsorship, advertising, and licensing deals.

The on-demand segment will be available shortly.

About Let’s Talk Digital

Let’s Talk Digital is a weekly radio broadcast which airs on Virginia Beach, VA station The Blaze, which is a subsidiary of WorldWide Radio. The show airs as segment on Indie Top Ten Plus One, which is the only top ten countdown featuring only indie artists in the country.

One RPM enables Multi-Currency Payment Processing within The Facebook. Cool.

I had the opportunity to have a great discussion with ONErpm CEO and co-founder, Emmanuel Zunz this past week about the present and future of ONErpm on the heels of its new Facebook app.

What does the Facebook app allow me to do?
ONErpm enables labels and musicians with tools to conduct payment processing that can delivered by territory and region. The app support multiple currencies and multiple language including Spanish and Portuguese.

Other cool features include the ability to exchange free downloads in exchage for email addresses which is a key feature for any artists’ opt-in marketing strategy.

Installation is a breeze. One-click install. Artists can upload their entire catalog since there is no restriction on number of albums uploaded.

The convo with the head-honcho of ONErpm will be posted here shortly.

What are your thoughts about the news and what it will do for your Facebook marketing to your fans?
Leave comments and I can answer questions based on what I’ve learned from evaluating and talking with Emmanuel Zunz.

About ONErpm
ONErpm (ONE Revolution People’s Music) is a global digital distribution solution and direct-to-fan music store for independent artists, labels, and their fans around the world. Headquartered in New York City, the service first launched in Brazil in August 2010. ONErpm distributes to the world’s top music stores, most innovative new services, in some of the most promising new markets.

Spotify's US Launch is a game changer. No mistake about it.

After months of intense buzz and attention, European based streaming music service Spotify has launched. I had the privilege of being a guest on SIRIUS XM’s own Mario Armstrong Show to follow up on the lead that I broke last week about Spotify’s launch as part of my Digital Entertainment Report.

What Interests Me about the US Launch
Spotify has launched a promotion with the standard for measuring online influence Klout and their Perks program.
The Perks program allows online influencers certain gifts and promotion in exchange for sharing the product or service
with their online communities.

Facebook Partnership

The worldwide leader of all things social is working on some integration items with the Spotify service. Having streaming music that users can share with friends within an all-in-one platform with 750 million users gives Facebook a decided edge over Google Plus, which still hasn’t figured out what it will do with Google Music storage service just yet.

Your Turn, Apple

Apple knew that this day was coming for quite some time. Will this push for iCloud to release a suite of services to rival the offering that Spotify offers? Time will tell but all signs point to iCloud making a big push to compete in this area. Spotify is too big of a rival for Apple to ignore. Users love free stuff and Spotify will make streaming music free for all US users within the next 3 weeks after the round of invites is complete.

Thank you to Mario and staff for having me on the show as a guest. Listen to the original report that I delivered on the show here:
What are YOUR thoughts on Spotify? Have you tried it? Have you registered? Drop me a line on Twitter or my new home at Google Plus and let’s get the convo going!

Written by: Shadeed Eleazer

Thank You Economy Tells the Story of Today's New Business Model: Caring.

I’m currently reading serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk’s latest book. It has quickly served as a catalyst to new thoughts on how social communication channels are being used to reach and serve more customers and supporters of our respective brands.

I recommend Thank You Economy for any business decision maker who needs an understanding of the rapidly changing era of transparency within business sectors from an author who has done it and lived to tell the tale.

What are your thoughts on Thank You Economy?

The SharePoint community is one of the few technology focused  human ecosystems that interact in all phases of professional and personal activities. The question is: with the release of Google +, how will SharePoint professionals interact using the network?

The answer is: very rapidly. I’ve noticed over the past 3-4 days that Google + usage from my network of SharePoint speakers, consultants, and content providers has gone up dramatically. I’m already viewing relevant discussions on SharePoint from Tom Resing, Stuart Blank, Joel Oleson, SB Chatterbee and many others.

Speaking of good ol’ Joel, his 140 + SharePoint People to Follow on Google + is now your official roadmap to get started with connecting with the community. Twitter is a mainstay in the SharePoint community and was a huge catalyst to the growth of SharePoint Saturday events and a legitamite speaker’s circuit. Facebook groups are an area where many ShaerPoint professionals collaborate. LinkedIn is now the standard method for Recruiters to find talented SharePoint talent.

It will interesting to see how adoption continues within the SharePoint community.

What are your thoughts on Google + thus far? Did Google get it right? What features would you add or subtract?

Are you on Google +? If so, add me and let’s get the SharePoint discussion going on this article or content posted on SharePoint Careers.

Written by: Shadeed Eleazer

Let's Talk Digital featured Google Plus this week

On Sunday night, I had the opportunity to deliver my weekly radio segment on hip-hop/R&B station The Blaze called Let’s Talk Digital, based in Virginia Beach, VA.

In this broadcast, I discussed Google +, the new social network that is really gaining adoption at a record-setting pace.

Being that the majority of my audience for Let’s Talk Digital are entertainment industry affiliated or aspiring, I discussed Google + advantages from the entertainment industry perspective.

Features such as Google Hangouts, Circles, and +1 button will play a major role in the entertainment industry’s adoption of this platform.

Have you given Google Plus a test drive?

View my profile here and add me and let’s connect:

www.mrshadeed.com/mygoogleplus

About Let’s Talk Digital

Let’s Talk Digital is a radio segment hosted by Shadeed Eleazer (that’s me) that focuses on the entertainment industry and its usage of technology. It airs weekly as a segment on The Indie Top Ten Plus One Radio, which is the only top 10 countdown featuring indie artists only in the entire US.

Written by: Shadeed Eleazer

Select the image to learn my view on One Thing People Need to Know about SharePoint 2010

Speaking at The Experts Conference 2011 was a great experience overall for me. While in attendance, I had the opportunity to record my thoughts on SharePoint 2010 via the “One Thing” video series, which has grown into its own in terms of popularity and notable SharePoint names who have appeared on it.

Special thanks to C. Buckley and Axceler Corp. for the opportunity!