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New Blog

For some time I have had multiple blogs going on just about every platform from Tumblr to Blogger to Posterous. I am trying to condense the number of blogs to 1. This is it.

So, you are probably wondering what you should expect, and that’s a fair question. Mainly, I will be posting on social media trends, tips on managing and working with Millennials (Generation Y) and occasionally I will throw in some business musings.

Thanks for reading!

Announcing RockMelt – The Social Media Web Browser

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to have a web browser like Safari, Chrome or Firefox this is built exclusively for social media fanatics? Well ladies and gentlemen, the wait is over. RockMelt, a California-based company, has released a beta version of their web browser that incorporates your major social media platforms in one. Currently, the beta is by invite only, but shoot me a message on Twitter @ryancvet and I’ll hook you up with a free invite! If you don’t believe me that this browser is awesome, check out their video below:

The New Facebook

Facebook is continually changing. The latest changes to the profile have significantly revolutionized the way the personal profiles look. Additionally, they have added many new features including adding sports, philosophy as well as arts and entertainment. Additionally, your family and “featured relationships” as well as a total work history can be found right on your homepage.

Initially, the pros are that the design is new and clean. The cons… Where to start? If you thought Facebook stalking was bad before, now it is going to be even worse. When someone lands on your page, they can see where you’re from where you go to school, what you study, your classes, your interests, your birthdays, featured photos, your family members, your best friends, friend lists, how you know people and more!

When you visit someone’s profile, you will see “Your Friendship” featured at the upper right hand corner of the page. It shows when you became “Facebook Friends,” pictures you are both in as well as wall posts. This is the same thing as the “See Friendship” that replaced “Wall-to-Wall” several months ago.

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Just in case you want people to know about your extended family, Facebook has made it easy! Add cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles and more!

You can also post who inspires you under your philosophy page!

Best of all, Facebook removed that “Write something about yourself” from under your profile pictures and slid it under the “info section.”

Well, in a nutshell, those are the changes. This is going to be interesting.

LinkedIn Launches Share Button

You’ve seen “share” buttons from major social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook on websites and at the bottom of articles. These buttons are a quick and easy way to share information with your friends and followers.  Now LinkedIn is offering their all new share button! You are now able to share information with your professional network!

This is huge for LinkedIn. This will help LinkedIn be more widespread than ever before. You’ll start seeing the LinkedIn Share button all over blogs and professional sites! Sites like Mashable already have it fully installed and working. Take advantage of this new feature and get the share button code for your website today!  And if you’re not on LinkedIn already, join today!

intentionally untitled

First posted on my Tumblog on August 3, 2010.

The brake lights lit up in front of me.  I slowed down.  My car rolled to a stop.  In front of me was a large silver pick-up truck that was several years old.  The back bumper was plastered with political stickers and stickers proclaiming how wonderful the driver’s school-aged child performed on their last report card.

Though the stickers were amusing (and strongly opinionated), what caught my attention was a small decal that was placed differently than the other stickers.  It was higher.  Its strategic placement screamed, “Look at me, I’m more important.”

I lifted my foot off the brake and inched forward.  The sticker said, “In Loving Memory.”  Below that it had a date 1986-2009.  The individual who passed away was not too much older than I am now.

My heart sank slightly. The past few days I’ve been really contemplating my age and my life up to this point.  Saying goodbye to my teenage years is actually challenging for me as ridiculous as that may sound.  I have continually been asking myself questions about what I did right the past two decades and where I can improve upon for the future.

Seeing that decal on the back of the truck made me think about the brevity of life and how truly fortunate I have been to live twenty full years.  At any moment our lives can be taken away.  Often I forget that.  I am not saying that death is something we should dwell on by any stretch.  Instead, we must be thankful for our lives and strive to live our lives to the fullest.

So why is the post untitled?  It’s simple.  I’ve based it around the idea that we do not know how long we have to live; though we may have goals and aspirations, we do not know if we will every reach them—really much of life is undefined.  Though we truly don’t know the length of our life or what will happen over the course of life, there is one thing that I personally know for certain.  It is based on what I’ve learned the past 20 years and I know that this truth will govern the next 20 years and the rest of my life.  Here is that truth:

There is only one thing that never changes, one thing that guarantees hope and one thing that will never abandon me. That one thing is my personal relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  God has given me a hope and a future in all circumstances even when all hope seems lost at it seems so easy to give up (Jer. 29:11).  His love is deeper, higher, longer and wider than anyone can fathom (Eph. 3:16-101 John 4:7ff). God’s love has been proven to me over and over again.  It has brought me through many trials and difficult circumstances in my life.  Without Christ in my life, I would not be where I am today.  I would have no assurance of tomorrow and my future would seem pointless.

I don’t know what tomorrow holds.  The next chapters of my life have yet to be written. However, I know that no matter where I am, not matter what circumstances come at me in life, I cannot escape the love of God. I’m going to take advantage of every moment I have on this earth so that my coming posts will have exciting titles.

So this post is intentionally untitled.  The hours, days, weeks, months and years to come have left to be written. All of our futures are untitled.  What are you going to do to make your next chapter have a meaningful title?