Shareology

Apple brings their Briefing Room to Uptown! July 4, 2010

Shareology was in a nostalgic mood this holiday weekend; she journeyed to Uptown Minneapolis, where she had lived for 17 years across from the Uptown Theater.   My, oh, my: the changes!  Of course, she remembered MAC, but now Victoria’s Secret and NorthFace add retail zing to Hennepin Avenue.  But the biggest retail zing on Hennepin is definitely the new Apple store. 

Shareology admired the outside and then ventured inside:

Shareology understands that Apple strongly prefers she not take photos inside the Apple stores….still…..can’t hurt to ask politely one more time.   Well, dear Shareology readers, she didn’t get photo permission, but she did get a tour of the first-ever-in-the-world Apple Briefing Room!   It’s tucked away on an upper floor in the new Apple location in Uptown.   Basically,  it’s an executive conference room loaded with Apple gear.  Fronting Hennepin Avenue, off the Briefing Room are two patios, with table and chairs for 4, plus a grass area.  (Hmm, real grass?  Forever grass?  Shareology didn’t ask…)  These patios surround a skylight that floods the main sales area below with light.

The Briefing Room includes a conference table seating 16, and every Apple product imaginable:  iPhones, iPads, big screen….. So:  got a business problem you want to solve?  Come in to the Apple folks, bring your staff, and have Apple help you and your business.   For information call the Uptown Apple store at (952) 229-1463, or email them at uptownbusiness@apple.com.

Kay Roseland  @KayLoire

 

1,000 geeks + Learning + Shareology = Minnebar! May 26, 2010

Minnebar rocks!   One fun Saturday at Best Buy Headquarters:   

Minnebar  =  Minnesota + Tech + Design + Drinks   

What is MinneBar?   

MinneBar is an (un)conference aimed at getting those in Minnesota’s tech and design communities together to discuss topics that interest them. This spring’s event was held Saturday the 22nd of May at the Best Buy headquarters in Richfield, MN. Registration from 7:30 to 9am and sessions from 9-5:30. Light Breakfast and lunch provided. After party of complimentary snacks and beverages (Beer & Wine).   

This is Minnesota’s barcamp – an (un)conference where you are the leaders of the discussions and sessions. If you are interested in a topic just sign up to lead a discussion and like-minded folks will seek you out.   

Here’s a bit of the day:   

Morning check-in at #minnebar

    

   

Networking these days? It's all about checking out the iPads!

   

Ivan preps for the day!

Patrick Rhone spends a couple of buck for his iPad holders!

A $3 business card holder props his iPad up!

#Minnebar leaders kick off the day!

Your community catalysts    Ben Edwards and Luke Francl  

@GirlMeetsGeek gets ready to lead her panel on Non-Profits and Social Media

What @MyklRoventine does during his day job!

   

Standing room only at Curt Prins preso

Pizza Lunch for 600!

JJ Parker develops Passion for Products!

   

   

For a building full of development geeks, at least a couple of marketing gurus slipped in!  I’m talking about you, Curt Prins and you, JJ Parker!!  Also, that pizza lunch actually was for 1,000 geeks, up from last fall’s 600 attendees.  

5:45 pm: Happy Hour at Last!

   

Best giggle of the morning?  The bathroom line was NOT at the Women’s Room door:  it was at the Men’s!!  

Kay Roseland   @KayLoire

 

Confessions of a Low-Tech Social Media Geek May 10, 2010

I have spent the last year learning about social media, and crafting a personal brand that is reflected on LinkedIn, Twitter and Shareology.  (My Facebook presence is primarily to keep track of my three nephews, other relatives, and to shoo folks back to my profiles on LinkedIn and Twitter.)  My interactions, particularly those on Twitter and Shareology have given me much joy.  I hope that they have enlightened, amused and entertained those who encounter me there.  

 Shareology often giggles as she sees that some might even consider her a geek.  (Hey, if you’re gonna hang out at MinneBar, these rumors will start.)   Yeah, I probably understand technology a tad more than the general population.  But the time has come to ‘fess up.  

 Shareology has a rule:  just as much technology as I actually really need….Ok, being Shareology the rule is Make Mucho of Little……

 Here are the 3 big confessions.

  • At home, I’m still using AOL Download   (It’s costing me $11.99 a month, which I find very attractive……)
  • I am one of the 66% of cell phone users who do not have a smart phone.   (Although being on the go and not having instant access to email is starting to really bug me…)
  • Oh, yeah, and I access twitter through www.twitter.com on my laptop.  (I even have TweetDeck on my laptop, but I just don’t like it or use it….)

 One of the reasons I can get away with such a stunning lack of technology is my wireless laptop.   If I choose to lug the 17 inch laptop from Caribou to Urban Bean to Aloft to Southdale Library, I can plug and play, so to speak.   If I come down from the 11th floor to my condo community room, I can tap into wireless while watching the green lawns outside.  

 My point?  And I do have one….is that social media does not necessarily require the latest from Apple to make you a functional social media communicator.  Although I have had my fingers on at least 3 iPads, and the touch is oh, so lovely…..I am not tempted to buy one.  I am toying with a smart phone in the future…. BlackBerry?  Droid?   And don’t get me started on how cute and portable those net books are.   Are you listening 17 inch monitor?

 Social media is not an exclusive club, neither from a technology standpoint, nor from a human one.  Come on in, join The Social Media River!   (And a tip of the hat to Jen Kane for the use of the phrase, The River!) 

 Kay Roseland   @KayLoire

 

Social Media Breakfast #25: Real Estate April 25, 2010

Shareology was in St. Paul Friday for Social  Media Breakfast Minneapolis St. Paul #25 at Concordia University’s Buetow Music Center for a panel on Real Estate and Social Media.    

Moderator: Lisa Grimm (@lulugrimm), Action Selling

Panelists:
Jeff O’Brien (@jeffobrien), Mansfield Tanick & Cohen
Greg Sax (@gsax), 10K Research & Marketing
Teresa Boardman (@TBoard), Saint Paul Home Realty
Jason Sandquist (@JasonSandquist), Living Twin Cities
Alex Stenback (@Alex_Stenback), Residential Mortgage Group
Steve Ladin (@LadinVentures), Ladin Ventures
    

    

Now this is what Spring should look like! Well done, Rick!

Always try to sit next to a guy with an iPad:    

Can't argue with the sharpness of this display....

Watching the livecast, and waving like heck from the front row....

Erica Mayer raised $5K for her charity, and 3 guys showed up to turn cartwheels in celebration.   Unlike South Dakota rodeos, there were no ambulances standing by:    

    

    

    

    

ummm, this would be Keith flyin'

Ms. Erica Mayer says "Thank you!" to all!

 The panel begins; order from left to right is:       Jeff, Greg, Alex, Teresa, Steve, Jason:    

Jeff, Greg, Alex, Teresa, Steve, Jason

Jeff, Greg, Alex

Teresa, Steve

Steve, Jason

Lisa Grimm, our moderator!

Now for the all important networking part of the morning!!
 

@Dave1Meyer and @RonMcCoyMedia

Not bad for two people who cartwheeled through the morning!

One more handshake before we leave!

    

Among the channels used for real estate and social media are Facebook, Twitter, Flicker, and YouTube.  Most had used blogs to build trust and relationships, and recommended beginning by listening, for at least a month, before jumping in The River of Social Media. (A tip of the hat to Jen Kane for the use of the phrase The River.)   Teresa does give a nod to tradition with a virtual bus bench.   And somewhere in the morning the phrase “It’s not rocket surgery” went sailing by.  Thanks to all for another great Social Media Breakfast!    

Kay Roseland    @KayLoire 

 

Spring Break at Mall of America: iPads, butterflies and roller coasters! April 11, 2010

Shareology dropped in for a coffee meeting at Mall of America last week, and found herself in the midst of Spring Break celebrations!  Turns out there were news in the Apple Store (iPads!) in Nickelodeon Universe (Butterfly Bay!  Roller Coasters!) plus another tidbit or two….. 

Let’s go exploring –we’re headed towards the Apple store first–     

Oops, first, did I mention Bon Jovi was in town?

     

     

     

     

     

Next , we’re off to Nickelodeon Universe!     

     

     

     

     

     

Whew:   Shareology needs to catch her breath after all that excitement!   What’s this?  Something New!  Butterfly Bay!   Let’s go inside:     

     

     

     

Before you leave Butterfly Bay, make sure you don’t have any hitchhikers on you…these butterflies don’t mind hitching a ride!     One more stop before we leave:    

Nothing like having Sir Paul's daughter design an outfit for your kids!

Spring Break may be over but the iPads, the butterflies and the roller coasters  are waiting for you at Mall of America.  We bid adieu for now, but we’ll be back!    

Follow them on Twitter at @MallofAmerica    or at      http://www.mallofamerica.com/

    

Kay Roseland     @KayLoire

 

 
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