Chad Le Clos visits Gulliver Prep on race day!!!


In an unprecedented move, South African Olympian Chad le Clos does some last minute fine tuning with the Gulliver Masters swim team in Pinecrest, Florida before tonight’s 100 meter butterfly finals.

This is a breaking story and will be updated as details emerge!

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Congratulations Selfie!


According to the Oxford Dictionaries, the word of the year for 2013 is “selfie.”  And why not? Usage has gone up 17,000% since this time last year. With that, I thought I’d dispense few selfie observations mixed in with a little selfie advice.

1) “The Weiner selfie.”  This brand of selfie does not need to contain a picture of Anthony Weiner in order to fall into this category.  Ladies and gentlemen, please remember that we leave digital footprints with every keystroke we make both in public and in what you think may be private. Even if you don’t put it on the internet. When you press “send” to anyone, you send to the world.

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2) “The be aware of the of the wardrobe selfie.” Pictured below, this reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry’s love interest only seems to have one wardrobe. Might want to mix it up a bit. Three times on the same dress in a close date range? You can do better than that.

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3)   “The car selfie.” I don’t know what it is about the car selfie. Could it be that you are just dressed, fresh and ready to go? Does the rear view mirror give you the idea?  Whatever it is, the car selfie seems to be one of the most popular selfies out there. At least I see people wearing their seat belts more often than not.

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4)    “The Bathroom selfie.”  Think you’re hot?  Think you’re really the shit? Well, you may or may not have great physical attributes, but the bathroom selfie (just the thought of it) doesn’t really help you out. With a bathroom selfie, you really are the shit. Avoid at all costs.

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5)    “The leg selfie.” I get it. You’re at the beach and I’m not. Maybe I’m just jaded on this one since I’m in Miami.  I’d be interested in your thoughts on the leg selfie.

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6)    The peace sign selfie.” I don’t even know if a peace sign is called a peace sign anymore– I’m so not hip.  Maybe this is some type of code for something else, but I sure see a lot of them. The bottom picture happens to be of my son and he refuses to explain the peace sign thing to me…

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7)    “The I’m not aware of what’s in the background selfie.”  This is a variation of “The Wiener selfie ” but warrants its own little mention here.

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8)    “Best use of the selfie, selfie.” Many have given the Pope Francis selfie the selfie of the year nod.

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But to me, the below is the best selfie series I have seen.

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So congratulations you! It’s the year of the selfie. Please let me know what some of your favorite selfie types are or what I missed here.

Hope everyone has been well.

~Mike

As a quick postscript, I will add that Twerk was in the running. Thank goodness for small miracles.

Got hit by a van yesterday…


So about 400 of us gathered together at BarCamp Miami 2012 at Miami Dade College in downtown Miami on Sunday.

For those of you who don’t know what BarCamps are, they are nicknamed “un-conferences” where anyone can speak about anything they want. Mostly social media and techie types attend and many came from all over the state for this one.

The great thing about BarCamps is that nothing is planned. Especially getting hit by a van. Some people had presentations prepared. And some people didn’t. Guess which category I fell into.

I decided that I would speak about Instagram and made up a quick title: Instagram: The most social of the social networks. So right after lunch break, as I was walking back to give my presentation, I spotted a homeless man who wouldn’t tell me his name but as you’ll see let me take a few pictures. We spent about 5 minutes together. I gave him a few bucks and he blessed me for the money and promised he would use it for food but I didn’t have time to enforce it. I asked if I could snap a couple of pictures but he said under one condition: that he could tell me where to stand so I could take the best pictures. And I listened to him.

I was so taken by our brief time spent together that I just couldn’t wait to look at the pictures that I had just captured. So I’m walking back looking at them on my phone. And as I was crossing the street, SCREECH! And bam, a van loaded with shoppers headed for Bayfront Park clipped me. The mirror hit my arm and spun me around real quick before the back tire could run over my foot. Everyone on the van screamed. The driver stopped and screamed, ” Are you OK? Are you OK? I tried to stop! I tried to stop!” It really happened so fast.

I asked him if he would stand for a picture and he agreed even though it was difficult for him.  The only thing he wouldn’t let me photograph up close was his socks. Why? Because that’s where he told me he kept his private and valuable stuff.

I have spoken with Jeff Zelaya many times about public speaking and I was lucky that I got to spend much of the day with him at BarCamp. I’ve always said that one of the keys to public speaking was having a great opening. Well, I had one. I just got popped by a van for the love of Instagram.

Maybe I’ll think of something a little safer next time.

Have a great short week everyone.

~Mike

13.1 anyone?


I don’t know what I was thinking. I hadn’t done a half marathon in umpteen years. “Oops!” as the saying now goes.

But thanks to my cooler than cool friend, Lorena Lama, I somehow finished the 13.1  half marathon in Fort Lauderdale Sunday. Also the support from friends on Facebook and Twitter was great! It’s like we had a virtual cheering section. Our phones were bonking and beeping the whole way so thanks to everyone.

Here’s some advice for those of you crazy enough to sign up for an event like this:

1)   Have good equipment. My sneakers somehow peeled apart piece by piece which didn’t help my mind or my tootsies. Yes, the places in this picture that once had color all peeled off or I ripped them off because they were dangling. I almost deep sixed them and tried to take it home in my socks.

 2)   Don’t bring cash with you. When the blistering began at mile four, it was almost too easy to hail a cab. Lorena didn’t know I almost did on four occasions.

 3)   Do train specifically for the race.  All the spin classes and stairmaster work in the world doesn’t prepare you for the repetitive movements that cause half dollar-sized blisters.

4)   Stay away from the sand! Somehow sand got in my running sneakers and that’s what caused the blisters.  Think about sand grinding around in your shoes for 3 hours. It felt as badly as it sounds.

Just like everything I’ve ever started in life, I’m a finisher. I made it with a little help from my friends.  So let’s have a little fun and go to the videotape on this.

If you have any questions, fire away and thanks again for your support.

~Mike

Me and Lil Wayne-Chillin


I sometimes wonder if there could be such a thing as social media over-engagement.

At what point are there so many comments and so many reactions from so many people coming so fast and so many of them not relating to each other so there there is no real conversation thread and so many of them being shared and commented on based on one word?

It’s pretty mind-boggling for a blogger to think that 11,336 people took the time to comment and 162 took the time to essentially reblog it.

So I thought I’d pop up the same thing. Actually, I like what my friends wrote and I could have coaxed more out of the thread but wanted to compare apples to apples.

Thank you to  Jose Boza, Christina Flores Gomez-Pina, Jeanette Mantilla and Chuck Greenberg. And a big thanks to Scott Eddy for the idea for this post.

~Mike

Is Follow Friday still meaningful to you?


Everyone loves a shout. That’s what Twitter’s all about.

When I jumped on Twitter about two years ago it seemed like the traditional #FF had more meaning than it does today. Mostly. There are still some who do them one by one, they give a reason and it has real meaning.

There are even some “group #FF’s” that are meaningful to me as I know the sender and I try my best to look up the unfamiliar faces.  I took some time last week to see who shouted me out. Some of the retweets were from people that weren’t even following me. I even waited a couple of days to see if they did in in fact take the time to follow me after recommending that others do. And none did. Maybe they didn’t find my feed that interesting but my guess is that they didn’t even look.

Not even the nicest, kindest and most caring person could possibly include everyone, one by one and give a reason.  I think Follow Friday needs to be reinvented or refreshed somehow.  Here one I sent out last week.

Sorry I couldn’t include everyone. I even had to do the titles in two segments as the editing program said it was outside of the known values in the program. Or maybe I need an editing lesson.

What are your thoughts on this whole thing? Has it lost its meaning? Is it just fine by you? Do you ignore the group shouts? Your turn.

~Mike

What constitutes a legit Google+ account?


There has been much brouhaha over the issue of what constitutes a legitimate Google+account. Many that may have not passed muster have been taken down and Google is apparently ironing out the details. In the process, I hope they allow accounts that bring with them much flavor, levity, add to the conversation, can help shape opinion and dare I say, entertain.
Three examples of such accounts.
1) @BPGlobalPR on Twitter. With 168,00 followers, this account has helped dramatize the shortcoming of the response to this situation.

2) @FakeAPStylebook A Hilarious parody of the APstylebook, with a following of 236,3000.

3) @shitmydadsays With 2.5 million followers this ingenious feed not only landed the author a book deal, But a TV show aswell (don’t know the status).

I’m not trying to turn Google+ into Twitter, but I will say this. I live in Miami, Florida where nightclubs grant access to only those they find to be “beautiful people.” I hope that’s not what + turns out to be and that the final shakeout can be inclusive of alternate accounts that provide value in the eyes of readers.

Homogeneity bores me. I hope the nature of information sharing rounds out nicely so as to steer Google+ away from being a Google+ forum. Yes, there is varied content, but many of the more prominent people are posting quite a bit about Google+ and the “rules of the road.” Or maybe I’m a victim of over share.

Based on the current evaluations, the following feeds would be taken down.

Alan Alda – Alphonso D’Abruzzo
Albert Brooks – Albert Lawrence Einstein
Alice Cooper – Vincent Damon Furnier
Alicia Keys – Alicia Augello Cook
André 3000 – André Benjamin
Anne Bancroft – Anna Maria Italiano
Ashok Kumar – KumudlalKanjilal Ganguly
Babyface – Kenneth Edmonds
Barry Manilow – Barry Alan Pincus
Bela Lugosi – Be’la Ferenc Dezso Blasko
Big Boi – Antwan André Patton
Billie Holiday – Eleanora Fagan
Billy Idol – William Michael Albert Broad
Billy Ocean – Leslie Charles
Bo Diddley – Elias Bates
Bob Dylan – Robert Zimmerman
Bob Hope – Leslie Townes Hope
Bobby Darin – Walden Robert Cassotto
Bonnie Tyler – GaynorHopkins
Bono – Paul Hewson
Boris Karloff – William Henry Pratt
Boy George – George Alan O’Dowd
Buddy Holly – Charles Hardin Holley
Cary Grant – Archibald Alexander Leach
Cat Stevens – Stephen Demetre Georgiou. He later changed his name to Yusuf Islam
Chaka Khan – Yvette Stevens
Charlie Sheen – Carlos Irwin Estevez

There are plenty more, but you get the point.

I hope the final shakeout doesn’t turn out to be a yawn.

Or as Grouch Marz says, “I DON’T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT PEOPLE LIKE ME AS A MEMBER”.

His real name was Julius Henry Marx.

~Mike