5 Top Weekly Blog posts, week 7, from #Introvert Inspirer

Once a week I post some of my favorite blog posts. In the spirit of what we have in common as different personality types I am confident even if you are more extroverted, that some of this week’s posts will be of interest to you.

Social media and trust.

SEO with Google and Twitter.

Living minimally – wow is this inspiring.

Managing the feeling of overwhelm.

Gratitude – if you already practice daily gratitude like I do, this will reinforce the habit. If you have not yet, the proof is waiting for you now.

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5 Top Weekly Blog posts, week 7, from #Introvert Inspirer


What inspires customers to recommend a brand on their personal social media profiles? What pushes them to natural, positive, and organic conversation – about you? These are the questions that drove researchers to survey “more than 24,000 social media-connected consumers.”

The infographic below, which includes many of their findings, will help any marketer or brand manager better understand the power of recommendations on social media. Learn how to tailor your influencer and advocacy marketing with the help of the data below.



Once Twitter started taking off back in 2009 and 2010, there was a lot of speculation about how their platform would affect Google. Over the years, speculation has ranged from tweets becoming a leading SEO factor to Google actually buying the company.

While there have been plenty of signs that point towards correlations between content that performs well on Twitter doing the same in Google rankings, there have continued to be obstacles for Google to fully utilize all of the new data that is created on Twitter.

Specifically, Google had to use their bots to crawl through this massive amount of data. As a result, Google was only able to include a portion of Twitter’s total data in search results. However, as of today, the two companies have officially struck a deal to show tweets in Google search results.

The Details of the Deal. 

Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard? Jon Jandai at TEDxDoiSuthep

Jon is a farmer from northeastern Thailand. He founded the Pun Pun Center for Self-reliance, an organic farm outside Chiang Mai, with his wife Peggy Reents in 2003. Pun Pun doubles as a center for sustainable living and seed production, aiming to bring indigenous and rare seeds back into use. It regularly hosts training on simple techniques to live more sustainably.

Outside of Pun Pun, Jon is a leader in bringing the natural building movement to Thailand, appearing as a spokesperson on dozens of publications and TV programs for the past 10 years. He continually strives to find easier ways for people to fulfill their basic needs. Watch it and listen to it now. 

The Value of Unplugging

As you know from my last post, I was on vacation and while I was dealing with technology, I was also mostly unplugged, at least in a relative sense.

I contemplated the meaning of vacation and reflected on its purpose and why it can be so valuable–and so necessary–in today’s hectic world.

Read about how to unplug.

The 31 Benefits of Gratitude You Didn’t Know About: How Gratitude Can Change Your Life

Do you want more from your life?

More happiness? Better health? Deeper relationships? Increased productivity?

What if I told you that just one thing can help you in all of those areas?

An Attitude of Gratitude

What the heck? Gratitude? Is this a Christian blog?

No. I’m not even religious. When I first started looking into gratitude, I wasn’t expecting much.

I was wrong: the 31 benefits. 

Do you have a favorite 15 to 20 minute #TEDTalk?

What is your favorite “reading” mode: blogposts, audio or video?



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  1. I have many favorite TED talks.

    Few days back I was listening to a Pakistani lady, Muniba Mazari, who after an accident is on wheelchair. But she did not let this accident stop her and started painting and motivating people. She is also Pakistan’s first wheelchair-bound model. She is an artist, an activist, a writer and a motivational speaker.

    I think she really inspired me.
    For me, it depends on mood, at times, I am happy to watch video and at times, love to read.
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  2. I will be very interested to see how the Twitter / Google deal turns out in action.

    While I do not have a favorite TED talk I do watch them occasionally.
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  3. I watch many TED talk presentations. I would be hard-pressed to tell you which are a favorite of mine. I’ with Cheryl, it will be indeed interesting to see how that goes. 🙂
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  4. Pamela Chollet

    I wonder what age group was used to gather the data in the Social Recommendations Index? I’m over 40, and I’d never use social media to research a product. I still think of FaceBook as a platform to share information, not so much to discover new knowledge. I think of it like, “Yelp” geared toward a younger consumer. I’m totally out of the loop!
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    • Great question Pamela! I couldn’t find it anywhere in the infographic. On a Business Insider post I found this: Facebook still skews young. In the U.S., 83% of 18 to 29-year-olds who use the Internet are on it, but the proportion is only 67% across all age brackets. However, the 45- to 54-year-old age bracket has seen 46% growth since year-end 2012.

      I like your analogy of Facebook being the Yelp for the younger consumer.
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  5. I love the gratitude post! I think the need to appreciate life and its gifts is not confined to any religious belief. It’s a healthy habit we all could use a little more practice in!
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  6. Jeannette Paladino

    Patricia — I find it interesting that Facebook is the most trusted social media site and Instagram the least trusted, even though it is owned by Facebook! That tells me that many Instagram users don’t know that even though you can elect to post your updates on Instagram to Facebook.
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  7. I like to let TedTalks play in the background at times when I’m working on things, but I don’t have a favorite per se. I definitely believe in the power of unplugging. It’s just not good to be anticipating this or that notification all the time.
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