Network Society

Society needs many forms of outlets to maintain organized chaos. Before the advent of mass media through the internet, people received their news from the papers and the television, were able to socialize through dinner parties, groups and other social events. Society needs to be able to take in information and share that information with others. This need stems from the idea of interaction, (the idea that no man is an island) as through interaction society can share interests, needs, wants, desires etc. But now with the internet that same society structure has shifted, now receiving much of its news from online, and foregoing dinner parties for online chats, the social structure is still the same but the shift has taken place to what are called Network societies.

These types of Network societies (like blip.tv) have sprung up all over the internet. Each site offers their own form of interaction. Fulfilling different wants and needs of the people that visit the site. Network societies take different platforms of information, news, television, as well as other forms of digital media. A social network gives a voice to those that use it. Places like blip.tv and Hulu put people in the seat of producer, being able to watch whatever they wish when they want. They can share their interest, likes or dislikes with the rest of that network society through comments, voting etc. This gives the viewer a voice, which is an ongoing theme in a network society.

This sense of structure or organized chaos leads to the next part of a network society, the interaction of the masses. Being able to share opinions, voice view points and express their feelings on something in a completely anonymous way. This anonymity lets people take on any persona they want. From the aggressor to the wise digital hermit, it is this anonymity that takes the old form of society and changes it around. In a sense society is governed in part though the actions we can see, we can see the person standing in front of us that says he does not like something, we can hear the person that says we should do one thing over another all the while we are able to watch them as they speak. Yet online, in a network society all the people that partake in the network can change their stance on something as quickly as changing their user name for the site.

Blip offers the common person the chance to be a director as well as the producer. You can create your own show, host it etc. All the while you can watch whatever you wish when you wish. That voice many people need, to share a opinion, to get your ideas out there and to let others see what you have to say. A network society in all forms always comes back to the user’s ability to make choices based on what they want. There is no need to change the channel, wait through a commercial or sit around bored. Those choices of on demand I want to do this now all encompass the organized chaos we call society. Digital media has just given the user a way to act out according to their own needs and wants.

Social Networking Users Are the Future For Earning Charitable Donations Online

Social networking sites are suddenly rising to the top of the Alexa ranked sites on the internet, as well as blazing a steep trail through the stock market. So, what is causing the sudden rise is both arenas? What is causing their amazing success, and what kind of impact will their users have upon the economy? The truth of these questions is pretty simple, however the nature and depth upon how they will affect our future and society as a whole is totally a mystery. One of the main areas that will be affected by these social network societies are charities, and the ratio of donations that will be provided to them through the e-commerce which occurs within social networking sites.

First and foremost, the success of a social network is due to the amount of functionality that it provides to its users. From the dawn of the social network age, people have had simple desires and demands. Because of this fact, up until now, the success of a social network is dependent upon how many demands that it meets for its users, as well as the quality of the manner in which they meet these demands. Users want to meet new and interesting people, as well as keep in touch with friends and family. However, they don’t want to have to travel, or spend a lot of time and money through the process of doing so. Social networking sites allow users to trade messages and comments with people near and far, as well as to share pictures, videos, music, and to express their thoughts and emotions through the content and design of their profiles.

However, user needs and demands have evolved and developed over the years. As competition has grown within the social network industry, users have begun to expect the latest and greatest features and functionality within their social network. Many social network users have invested a great deal of time each and every week with communicating with their friends, and have become accustomed to spending several hours online each and every day. That, combined with the fact that social networks introduced advertising within their sites, has allowed users to now become accustomed to the fact that they can accomplish even more through their favorite social network in regards to being a consumer. Now, they can find amazing products and services through their social network, which allows them to purchase a product or service without leaving their home, or their social network for that fact! Instead of having to leave their social network to surf and shop for products, now then can find some truly amazing deals within their social network.

Users are participating in purchasing products and services found within social network sites so much, that a tremendous amount of earnings have been realized within some of the most successful social networks on the internet. In a report submitted by eMarketer back in 2007, MySpace, still the most popular social network by far, was estimated to generate $525 million in U.S. advertising revenue. Facebook, a fast growing competitor of MySpace earned around $125 million, and both were projected to have significant advertising revenue growth over the coming years. Combined, MySpace and Facebook are projected to account for 75% of social network advertising spending in 2008. Advertising revenue generated within social networks is an obvious trend which indicates that more and more social network users are looking for products and services while they are utilizing their social networks.

Along with advertising revenue being generated for the social networks, a new opportunity presents itself for the charity community. Business owners and internet marketers, who wish to assist charities by donating a portion of proceeds to charity from their earned advertising revenue, will allow charities to also benefit from their new found successes. More and more internet marketers and businesses are beginning to realize that they have the greatest ability to assist charities through this means, either on their own or through the efforts of the marketing and business opportunity representatives within the charity community. Thus, the number of charity aware advertisers within social networks are growing each and every day. At the beginning of 2007, within Facebook, the social network which put applications or widgets on the “social networking map”, had charity awareness applications numbering in the tens. Now, in 2008, you can find hundreds of applications within Facebook which either raise charity awareness, allow users to donate directly to charity, or utilize online advertising for money-saving products which donate a portion of proceeds to charity.

Without the final ingredient for this success formula, charities would not be able to benefit from this ground breaking opportunity. The final ingredient is social network user awareness. By educating the social network user community that there are advertising opportunities which benefit charities, either direct advertising or through applications and widgets, they will then have the opportunity to make a conscious decision to choose these opportunities over others. Retail sales figures over the last ten years have shown a significant trend based upon product affiliations to charities. Customers will purchase a quality product which benefits a charity through the sale, over another quality product, or even the same product, with no charity affiliation. Through this same model, we can assume that customers will be more likely to do business through e-commerce sites which provide a quality product or service online, saving the customer a trip to the store, but which also provides a portion of their proceeds to charity.

It is truly essential that the social network community become aware of these opportunities, so that they can seek them out. If a Facebook or MySpace users want to purchase a product online, then it would require that they look for advertising for that product within their network. Then, it is also imperative that they choose advertised items which also donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. Advertisers which can offer this charity affiliation, plus a discount that the consumer cannot find anywhere else, will give users a double benefit from the e-commerce transaction, and will truly find success. Even though a great deal of burden raising user awareness belongs to internet marketers, some of this user awareness burden lies on the charities themselves. Charities need to make the online community aware of these social network opportunities by marketing them on their own websites. This will ensure maximum exposure towards these social network charity donation opportunities, as well as the amount of success that the charity community will find with these endeavors.

In the end, charity awareness will determine how much success that the charity community will find through social network advertising. By raising the charity awareness of the advertising community, there will be a result of more advertisers looking to help charities through their own successes. By raising the charity awareness of the social network user community, more users will seek out e-commerce opportunities within their network that will benefit charities at the same time. Plus, by charities raising their own awareness of advertisers and social networking applications which are currently donating proceeds to the charity community, they will be able to assist them with marketing of their products and services, thus raising the user community’s awareness of their availability. If this charity awareness synergy is realized, it becomes quite apparent that the social network communities have the greatest potential to raise an immeasurable amount of charitable donations through social network e-commerce and advertising revenue.

What is Red Hat Society?

Have you heard of the Red-Hat Society ever before? Perhaps you did, but do not know what the do or who they are. They are a fun and beneficial group to be involved with.

The Red-Hat Society allows women the opportunity to network and make new friends through their membership. It is a fulfilling and enjoyable membership and ladies have fun and free lives through the group.

If you’re think that this is like a sorority, think again. Unlike a sorority, the Red Hat Society isn’t really a service organization or has initiation rituals. It’s a wonderful group that is just for women.

As with any other organization, the Red Hat Society has their own membership ladder. The founder of any local chapter is known as a Queen, and members that go there are called Red Hatters. Additionally, women over 50 wear red hats and purple clothes at society functions.

For members who are under fifty, they wear pink hats along with lavender clothing. Once they hit their fiftieth birthday, they will graduate up to the red hats and purple clothes.

Members need to attend a lot of events that they dress elegantly for. They love to wear different pink or red hats along with other accessories called boas.

The Red Hat Society gives members a lot of fun events to be a part of. Tea parties are one of the favorite things members enjoy. In addition, they will schedule regional events that brings different chapters together. These are great for networking, and each chapter will take turns with hosting the event.

The biggest events are hosted by the national headquarters. Society members have to pay a nominal annual fee, but they see that as money well spent because of the activities the society arranges. If you are interested in learning more about the society and considering membership, check out their website today.

The Contribution of Informatics to the Development of Social Networks and Their Impact on Society

Using a social network nowadays is something that has become a part of our every day activities, a part of our every day life. Surveys carried out around the world show that the number of people who use a social network is increasing on daily basis. It has become very easy to share one’s ideas, opinions, beliefs and interests via the social networks. Communication with friends and relatives on distance through chatting boxes and e-mails can keep us updated with the latest events, news and photographs. Going online by a single click of the mouse and at a touch of the screen on the mobile phone owes a lot to the development of Informatics.

The study that combines the behaviour and the interaction of computing systems and the transformation of an information is called Informatics. In the age of information, computing technology is changing the ways we work and play. Informatics is even changing the way we think. The development made in the field of Informatics for the past fifty years, has led to the formation of the social networks, used by people of all ages everywhere around the world. The first contribution of the Informatics for the development of the social networks is seen in the availability for everyone to have a personal computer at home. If we go back only fifteen years ago, we will find out that the personal computers were very expensive and only a small number of people could afford buying them. Nowadays, when there are a lot of different companies producing computer hardware and software, people are left with a choice to buy what do they exactly need, what do they really like and finally to make a decision of which brand to buy. Having a computer or computers in each home makes the use of a social network a part of peoples’ every day activities. After having carried all the everyday duties, people can relax in the comfort of their homes in front of their own computers, chat with their friends, share and comment on photos and discuss the latest happenings around the world.

The second contribution of the Informatics becomes clearly visible in the thing that all the computer programmes used nowadays are simpler than they used to be before. There are no more things such as dull “if… then” commands. We give the commands to the computer by scrolling the button on the mouse up and down the screen and confirm from our keyboards or by clicking on icons which have already been prepared for us. Information Technology specialists have simplified the tools, the icons, the options and the menus, thus making significant improvement to the look and the way all the programmes are used and applied. Working on a computer has become very easy and quick. These simplified things were also applied to the Internet by the creation of a large number of search engines and websites. They give an opportunity to the user to search easily for any kind of information and choose which website to trust or not. If we need to search for an information, we simply type one or two key words and the information appears on our screens in a fraction of a second. The social networks function in the way that, once you’ve registered, you can search for people by typing their names and surnames. Soon their personal information such as education, hobbies and interests and photos become available to you. A person can make groups of people who can see a particular information and share things only among them by choosing that option.

Finally, the third contribution of the Informatics refers to the creation and use of the new and improved version of the computers, the lap top computers. They can be taken around everywhere because they are lightweight, portable and they don’t take up a lot of space. A lap top could be used practically everywhere, thus providing the user to use the social networks on the move. While travelling to work or from one city to another, you stay connected with your friends, chat and exchange information, post and change statuses, send messages to the co-workers, even playing games. However, social networks are not only used by ordinary people. They have their own impact on society, too. Companies also use these networks to advertise themselves and tell their customers if there is a new product coming soon or to inform the public about some events to attend or activities taken by them. Therefore the social networks have an impact on society by providing information and updates on daily basis. Companies send invitations to people to join their activities and its their own choice if they accept these invitations or not.

With so many applications, variety of social networks and opportunities to communicate available nowadays, we can find and connect easily to some of our old friends, schoolmates or relatives that we haven’t seen for a long time. It is true that people communicate from the comforts of their own homes, but spending so much time in front of the computer can have its own disadvantages. For example students use these social networks for a rather longer period of the day. While chatting, they use a number of abbreviations which later they use in their written work at school. Another negative aspect of the constant use of the social networks is socializing. Instead of going out, some people prefer to stay at home and chat with their friends. Primary school students are so addicted to the use of social networks that they have even forgotten to play their favorite outdoor games and do a sport. Whether these social networks will exist for a long time or they will cease to exist in future remains yet to be seen.

Network Marketing – Separation of Church and State

What has Network Marketing got to do with the age old battle between religion and politics? Well, in my opinion, plenty. I believe this is an important concept that stall the progress of many multi level marketing businesses. Read on and find out why the MLM business dilemma is very similar!

Since civilization began there have been two factions attempting to control our lives. On the one hand religion gives us a set of rules to live by, usually an interpretation of a book such as the Koran, Christian Bible, Baghavad Gita, etc. Each country has its spiritual leaders who set the moral tone for society and seek influence in government from their communication with the God(s)!

The secular faction believes in rule of law, and building society without religious influence. They feel that the country should be run for the good of the people rather than the good of the church.

Often governments are in conflict with religion and many times, like in the middle ages when the church took control of society in Europe, religion completely stopped the progress of mankind. The same could be said for modern Iran, Afghanistan, and many other countries where religion dominates the government. Even Galileo was ridiculed by the church when he demonstrated gravity by dropping objects form the leaning tower of Pizza. The church was scared Magellan was going to fall off the flat earth when he sailed around it, and if the Catholic Church had its way, the US probably would never have existed!

How Does All This Apply To Network Marketing?

Well in my 12 years of involvement with Multi Level Marketing companies, it has been a constant battle of customers versus business builders. We are told to seek those who will influence others rather than find a bunch of customers for our products. Because of this many people are turned off by the concept they have to ask people to join them in a network marketing opportunity, especially if they don’t feel they are making the money everyone talks about in their network marketing business. If you are fortunate enough to have great products, it is going to be easier to find a bunch of product users than business builders. After all every MLM marketing business offers a way to make money by recruiting leaders, don’t they!

We have two clear paths to success. Build your multi level marketing business by adding and replacing a bunch of product users, or start looking for the leader who will change your life overnight!

Words Of Wisdom.

Here is what I have learned. I can show you how to build a marketing system to attract hoards of buyers for your MLM marketing company’s products, enrolling them as distributors along the way. Among them you will find a few of the people you want as partners for your MLM marketing business. Not too hard. More difficult is to trawl through countless “opportunity seekers” to find a couple of people ready to go to work to change their circumstances. Most simply won’t do what is necessary, shying away from talking to people, or asking their contacts to come on board.

You build up a huge list of people interested in the product. I have done this. Then you send an email informing them of the network marketing opportunity. What happens? Well a whole bunch of people unsubscribe and you lose them as customers! This is the truth and it has happened to me several times along the way.

Can You Prevent This?

Well, yes, I think you can. One way to operate your MLM marketing is to lead with the business every time, and let someone else get the product customers. After all customers usually only stick around a few months and then move on to the next miracle product. The other is to send a carefully crafted email letting them know you are so impressed with these products, you are looking for a partner to assist you to spread the word. Make it subtle enough that it won’t scare the customers away, and raise curiosity of those who might be looking for extra income, and perhaps an MLM opportunity.

Believe me, a straight out opportunity email to your customer list will lose you a lot of business, and that is the real purpose of this message. Back to my analogy, if the president tells us all to go to church, what do we do? If he tells us to obey the laws, we listen.

You need MLM marketing business builders to create a large residual income – you can’t do it alone. So be careful how you communicate with your product user base and in the end you will have a much larger volume to get paid on. You can pluck your business builders form your customer base, or get out in the market place and be prepared to have lots of “no’s” and simply move on sifting until you find a “yes”. I would do both so you can make money while finding your leaders and prove you can make money from your Network Marketing business. This is the ultimate answer to the question, should I focus on customers or business partners. Keep them separate and you never know where the diamond in your Network Marketing Business will come from!

Final Words

To be successful in Multi Level Marketing, you need a clear vision and rock solid belief you can make it there. If you don’t have a story yet, use someone else’s, but you need a strong belief that anyone can make it in an MLM home business, if they apply themselves. This infects those you talk to and is the single biggest factor determining your recruiting results. No script or system can give you this. It is internal. Armed with your clear vision, you can use the many tools out there, including my MLM Customer Acquisition System, to create an abundance of network marketing customers and MLM business partners to ensure your network marketing business provides financial future and life of freedom.