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My Notes from The Influencer Project – 60 Ways to Increase Your Online Influence – In 60 Minutes

Got an email this morning from HubSpot about The Influencer Project – 60 Ways to Increase Your Online Influence – In 60 Minutes. HubSpot generally comes up with good content, so I went ahead and downloaded the report.

The Influencer Project got 60 thought leaders together, gave them one minute each to speak about what you can do to increase your online influence in the next sixty days. You can download the audio recording and transcript from here, but here are my notes (and what I found most valuable).

  • People are not interested in your product / service. They are passionate about solving their problem.
  • Use targeted Facebook ads to reach your audience. You can even target people from a specific company!
  • Grow your circle. Look outside.
  • Talk to people. Social media is about interaction.
  • Give good information on how people can solve their problems.
  • Be consistent.
  • Get offline. Call and meet people in physical world!
  • Create 2 minute videos with insights / solutions. (and invite them to subscribe to your list)
  • Defy conventions.
  • Talk about people you want to influence.
  • Set up a Facebook fan page.
  • Create a video interview of yourself – either by a professional reporter or a friend.
  • Share your expertize. Share whatever you know.
  • Be clear about your online persona from the beginning.
  • Repeat your tweets / blog posts.
  • Answer people’s questions on your landing page before selling them something.
  • Use large buttons before the fold on your landing page.
  • Get out of your head and get into other people’s spaces.
  • Share about your different businesses / passions. It’s not necessary to talk only about one thing. Make more connections.
  • What are the challenges your influencers have? Provide some solution for that. And then you influence your influencers.
  • Stories – Human Psychology – Great Content
  • Product value of your content gets you attention.
  • Ask questions that start a conversation on social media
  • Follow 5/10 people that you admire over next 60 days. Comment on their blog, retweet them. Then ask them for a 15 minute interview with you.
  • And finally, the most important: Don’t just feel good about this advice, get into action!

What would you do to increase your online influence?

Finding number of lines in files recursively

I wanted to find the number of lines from a set of files – spread out in nested directories. The shell command “wc” is best for finding number of words / lines in files but it does not have an argument for recursive searching.

Here’s a quick shell command sequence that will find you the line count from all files in a directory – recursively.

find /topleveldirectory/ -type f -exec wc -l {} \; | awk '{total += $1} END{print total}'

Replace “/topleveldirectory/” with your directory of choice. Leave it as “.” to find from current directory and below.

Found on Unix.com

Coding Clean and Semantic Templates

If you are the guy who uses<div> tag for everything, this post is for you. It focuses on how you can write clean HTML code by using semantic markups and minimize the use of <div> tag. Have you ever edited someone’s templates, don’t those messy tags drive you crazy? Not only writing clean templates can benefit yourself, but your team as well. It will save you time when you have to debug and edit (particularly the large projects).

This post is a collection of some simple yet effective techniques. Read all tips over on Web Designer Wall.

Thunderbird Productivity Tip: Folder Views

I was surprised when I discovered this feature! It helped me focus on relevant emails in Thunderbird. All I had to do, was click on two arrows! Ok, let me get to the point!

Thunderbird shows All Folders by default. But there are two arrows next to “All Folders” that allow you to navigate between All, Recent, Favorite and Unread folders. Keeping my view to show only Recent folders reduces a lot of eyeball movement and helps me stay focused! Here’s the “before and after” view of my folders!

BTW, another tip! Use Vertical View Layout for message display. The three pane view with folders on left, message list in center and message content on right. This works super especially in wide screens.

Bathroom Manners you never paid attention to

Men, make sure to lift the toilet seat before urinating; if you are concerned about the sanitary conditions, you can use your foot to gently lift the side of the toilet seat up or down.

If you think that’s funny, think again! That’s one of the bathroom etiquettes you should follow. Adam Lowe runs a podcast – Modern Manners Guy on Quick And Dirty Tips. He has covered bathroom manners in good length in one of the podcasts. It’s definitely worth a listen / read. I not only learned some, but also had a good time reading them! I have now subscribed to the transcripts as RSS!

And while we are on the topic, a couple of images on the topic!

Don\'t squat on the toilet seat!

Don’t Squat On The Toilet Seat, a poster in Bali (From: Travelogue Bali 2003)

Toilet Manners in Indian Railways

A notice about Toilet Manners in trains of Indian Railway (From: Numbered Accounts)