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Aside from Bill Gates I used to look at other ” Digital Citizens ” Googles to see how they came across, for example:

Mark Zuckerberg , the founder of Facebook


Thomas Power, the co-founder of Ecademy


Lucas Wyrsch, a highly connected friend of mine who I first met on Ecademy


Penny Power, the other co-founder of Ecademy


Maria Sipka, of Xing and Linqia


Jet Rotmans – an Internet Artist I met on Ecademy and Founder of The Faith Factory


Of course I have thousands of digital friends ( no, Mark Zuckerberg is not a friend, to my knowledge )

These people have many more connections/friends/tweeps etc than me and I suspect that thier digital memorials will be bigger than mine.

So, returning to my own Google my top listing is from PRFire, the Internet Press Release company. Now of course the message it gives, that I added marketing and  salesforce management advice to this M&A Rainmaker blogsite is relevant but there is a hidden story of the realisation of the  power of Internet Press Releases behind this announcement. As if to underline this power before I died I became the victim of a ” boiler room scam ” ( which of course you can Google if you don’t know what that is ) . Anderson Munro


ripped me off by using Internet PR to support thier credibility. Of course once revealed as scammers I and other victims used the power of the Internet to ensure that other people searching on Anderson Munro ( and similar scam companies ) found out that they were scam. Nevertheless originally they used Internet PR sites to support thier own website and the power of Internet PR was considerable. Press Releases were once just about getting yourself into papers and magazines and onto TV and radio. Today Internet PR sites are amazing tools for getting over targeted Internet messages and you will find them distributed throughout my Google – touring the U.S. , adding another Nelson sculpture by Suzie Marsh to The Glan Yr Afon Inn, launching an ESM solutions club and talking about eBay buying Skype.

Increasing the power of the Internet Press Release is the ” Internet Share button ” enabling a Press Release to be shared to all sorts of social networking and aggregation sites like Facebook, Twitter, Digg and Stumbleapon.

I don’t know how long it will last for but this Google here


brings up another PRFire Press Release


that helped Poundbury Systems be found for some great work that they had done in providing one of thier customers with remote working facilities that allowed them to carry on production despite the snow of January 2010.

Once again we are onto a subject that a book could be written about because there is great art in writing Press Releases and there is even greater art in writing Press Releases that appear in Google for words and phrases that you want them to.

The MyBlogLog result for my Google search is interesting. It was the first blogsite that I joined but I did not actually do anything with it very much. Then Yahoo bought MyBlogLog


in 2007 and since then it has started aggregating ( picking up my posts from elsewhere and presenting them on MyBlogLog ) information that I put out.

Really, this blog and The Glan Yr Afon Inn blog, set up for me by Nikki


were my first real experiences of blogging. Had I lived longer I would have got much better at integrating graphics into my blogs because I was very aware that they were text dominated.

Once I got a friend of mine, Peter Herridge, to start running. He became a much more dedicated runner than me and ended up running 24 hour, 100 mile races. I bowed out at about 80 miles over 2 days. More recently I introduced my friend Richard Spooner


( He’s the Whole Brain Thinking one !! )

to blogging and with Howard of Seventh Wave Media


he has gone on to produce




which are full of lovely graphics !!!

After MyBlogLog we have entries on my Google from Ecademy. Ecademy was the first ” Social Network ” that I joined in 2005. Actually Ecademy is a ” Business and Social Network ” . At one time LinkedIn was ( to me ) the de facto ” internet business network ” and Facebook was the ” social network ” . Ecademy was a hybrid of the two.

Ecademy is also very open to the Internet and posts on Ecademy can be used to promote specific things on Google as you may have seen from the earlier Google on Microsoft Small Business Server for Poundbury Systems.  

Ecademy was a very formative part of my Digital Citizenship. Prior to it I had really only known about websites and email – to put it simply.

It is so nice that part of a testimonial from my digital friend Victor Marques 


comes up.

” After a week…i think today how great it is to have such a friend and adviser as Chris Windley…He is a master ,,, a true and passionated man about his … “

How nice is that ??????

Ecademy has evolved considerably over the last 5 years, offering many new features. In particular it has made good use of the share facility allowing Ecademy content to be shared easily to Facebook, Twitter etc etc

Penny and Thomas Power also have a very ” open ” attitude to other social networks promoting them aswell as Ecademy and promoting the whole Social Media space. 

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