In Memoriam – Ian Hendry, Founder and CEO of WeCanDo.BIZ

In Memory…..

18 August 2011

IanIt is with the most massive and heartfelt regret that I must announce that our Founder, CEO and my close friend,  Ian Hendry passed away yesterday after a short illness.

It is difficult to know how to express my feelings and those of all who knew Ian. We have lost a bright light, a sparkling wit and a huge intelligence.

He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

I pass my deepest condolences and sympathies to his mother, father and sister.

 

Should you wish to leave a message or memory, please Sign In and then go to the Network Discussion ‘In Memory of Ian’ we have set up here.

Kind regards

Chris Butler

Chief Operating Officer

17/08/2011 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

In Memoriam – Ian Hendry, Founder and CEO of WeCanDo.BIZ

In Memory…..

18 August 2011

IanIt is with the most massive and heartfelt regret that I must announce that our Founder, CEO and my close friend,  Ian Hendry passed away yesterday after a short illness.

It is difficult to know how to express my feelings and those of all who knew Ian. We have lost a bright light, a sparkling wit and a huge intelligence.

He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

I pass my deepest condolences and sympathies to his mother, father and sister.

 

Should you wish to leave a message or memory, please Sign In and then go to the Network Discussion ‘In Memory of Ian’ we have set up here.

Kind regards

Chris Butler

Chief Operating Officer

17/08/2011 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

To all our members – A message from our Chaiman regarding the current disturbances

Some of you will have experienced some ugly scenes, and even may have had your businesses or homes affected by the last nights’ riots. I urge all members to support each other and especially those who may have had their livelihoods and/or businesses affected.

Wecando.biz is an effective medium for all its members to assist and trade with  one another, especially now, in these trying times for some. it also demonstrates how social media can be used to good effect and not be misused as the cause of negative aspects which have been attributed to some sites on the blogosphere. I wish you all a positive biz day and many more to come in the future.

 

Oliver Rothschild

Chairman Wecando.biz

09/08/2011 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

To all our members – A message from our Chaiman regarding the current disturbances

Some of you will have experienced some ugly scenes, and even may have had your businesses or homes affected by the last nights’ riots. I urge all members to support each other and especially those who may have had their livelihoods and/or businesses affected.

Wecando.biz is an effective medium for all its members to assist and trade with  one another, especially now, in these trying times for some. it also demonstrates how social media can be used to good effect and not be misused as the cause of negative aspects which have been attributed to some sites on the blogosphere. I wish you all a positive biz day and many more to come in the future.

 

Oliver Rothschild

Chairman Wecando.biz

09/08/2011 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

You can now Google +1 your profile — what it means

We’ve added Google +1 buttons to all profiles on our site, enabling you and others to ‘+1’ your page.  But what does that mean, exactly?

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Google +1 competes with Twitter’s ‘Tweet’, Facebook’s ‘Like’ and LinkedIn’s ‘Share’ buttons — and you can find all four on your WeCanDo.Biz profile.  But what function do they perform?

In their most basic form, all these buttons make it easy to share the page on each respective platform.  Tweeting a page means Twitter’s code kicks in to push a link out to the page in a Tweet, or post, sent from the person who’s clicking the button.  Clicking a ‘Like’ buttons declares to your Facebook friends that you, er, like a page, appearing on your own wall as well as in tthe News Feeds of all your Facebook friends.  The LinkedIn ‘Share’ buttons does much the same, showing on your profile on that site and appearing in the Updates list of people you are connected to.  If anyone else clicks any of these, the page goes out to all their friends and contacts.  It is an important way of spreading the word, using the ‘viral’ element of social networking.

Google’s ‘+1’ button is the newest of these and performs two functions.

First off, you may have heard about Google Plus, the internet giant’s own social network.  Currently in beta (that means in test to you and me) it is being used by a fairly small number of people, there by invitation only, while Google perfects it.  This is the normal Google way and we’ve seen many Google products start life this way, including Google Mail.

Google Plus (also known simply as Google +) enables you to share content with contacts which you place into ‘Circles’ depending on how you know them.  So you can have a Work circle, one for Friends etc.  Anything you click ‘+1’ on across the web will be shared with your connections on Google Plus in a similar way to how it is on Facebook or LinkedIn.  This may only be a small number of people right now, but once Google Plus launches to the world, including all 250 million Google Mail users, it will immediately become the second largest social network behind Facebook.

But ‘+1’ also makes a different to your and your contacts search results, because Google is now starting to place more emphasis on pages that have been rated in some way by contacts you have across the Social Web.  The theory is that content liked by people you know is more likely to be relevant to you.

You may have seen that some search results already show that someone you’re connected with on Twitter has shared that page.  Now, people you know who have clicked ‘+1’ on a page will be mentioned where the page they’ve shared appears in search results.  It’s expected that, in time, Google will elevate up the rankings pages that receive a lot of ‘Plus Ones’.

Search is all about getting found, of course, so anything you can do to increase your profile is worthwhile.  Why not +1 your WeCando.Biz profile page right now?  Just click here and select the ‘Profile’ link in the Account menu on the left.

And let us know what you think of Google +1.  Do you +1 web pages you like?  Is making a difference to how you are getting traffic?  Just post a comment below.

26/07/2011 at 12:07 pm Leave a comment

To any women offended at being told they aren’t as savvy as men by LinkedIn…

… don’t worry.  LinkedIn doesn’t understand what savvy networking is.

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Our friends at Business Matters magazine posted an article this morning reporting on a survey from professional networking site LinkedIn showing that men are “savvier online professional networkers” than women.

The gist?  Men have a better understanding of how to network, possibly because women are shy.  How have they determind this?  By creating a “savviness” ranking which is a function of two things: the ratio of connections that men have to connections that women have and the ratio of male members on LinkedIn to female members.

So it would sem that because women are fewer on LinkedIn and because they don’t collect contacts like football stickers they are, somehow, not as good at networking…

Putting aside the emotion in the statement they are making, I fundamentally disagree with LinkedIn’s assertion that the number of business cards in your online Rolodex shuld define how good you are at networking.  Networking is a means to an end, not an aim in itself.

I’d rather have a small network and do business with all of them then have a huge network and do business with none.

So, to my mind, your success as a networker is defined by the business getting done with you rnetwork, regardless of its size.  No mention of that from LinkedIn.  Or how good women in business are at that, which is, I think, how most of their colleagues will judge them.

I’m struggling to understand the point of this news release from LinkedIn other than to remind us all that they exist.  And that they do, although they’ve possibly become ever so slightly less apealling to business women.

Needless to say, we’ll welcome great networkers, whatever their gender, at WeCanDo.Biz!

 

23/06/2011 at 8:46 am Leave a comment

We’ve added QR Codes to our business cards — try it!

All WeCanDo.Biz Business level members get a free QR Code and we’ve just added ours to our business cards.

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QR Codes stands for Quick Reponse Codes and are a 3D barcode which can be read my mobile phone cameras to provide website links and other information.  Smartphones like iPhones, Blackberry phones, Android and Windows Mobile phones get apps which take a QR Code and direct people to the website page coded into the barcode.

All Business members on our site get a QR Code which points people to their WeCanDo.Biz profile, which can contain address and contact information and links to your website, Twitter feed, Facebook Page, LinkedIn profile, YouTube channel, website, blog and more.

QR Codes are great to use in or on:

  • Business cards
  • Company or product brochures
  • Promotional fliers and leaflets
  • Yellow Pages, newspaper and other forms of visual advertising
  • Networking name badges
  • Product packaging
  • Invoices and statements
  • Quotes and proposals
  • Letter heads and compliment slips
  • Company vehicles
  • Window displays
  • In fact any printed material.

You can get your QR Code here.

We’ve added ours to our newest set of business cards, the reverse of mine you can see above.

Just open up your QR Code reader app on your phone, point the camera at the above and see where it takes you!

15/06/2011 at 9:10 am Leave a comment

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