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April 2010 – Nepal – Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu

  • bus to Sharjah
  • Air Arabia
  • first impression of Kathmandu
  • accommodations at Hem’s place
  • building a solar car for Yugen (14) and Yash (7)

Posted in Nepal - 2010, Travel.

Facebook – how to add a customized tab on a “fan page”

After my March 29th presentation on “Facebook and Twitter for SMBs? You’re joking right?” (still available on, I received a few emails inquiring about how to realize the above. It’s actually quite easy to do.

A quick search on the net unearthed a few tutorials on how to realize it. Here’s a link to at least one.

Go to “How to add a custom tab to your Facebook fan page” by Mike Richwalsky at this link.…

I may update this post at a later date with a screen cam video that reveals the entire process from start to finish.

Posted in Enterprise-2.0, Facebook.

Sauraha, Nepal – visit to Chitwan National Park

We are staying at Rainbow Safari Park . Had a first safari in a tropical national park .. well at least on the edge of one. Chitwan is over 700 square km in size. Manon and I took in a packaged tour down here in a Tharu village that lives adjacent to the park.

Elephant – breeding center
duration 1:10 min

Saw the following

  • at least 6 rhino
  • termite hills (2 meters high)
  • umpteen elephants
  • two crocodiles basking in the sun
  • three types of deer
    • barking deer
  • wild boar
  • wild pheasant
  • monkey

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Gettin’ ready for Kathmandu

Leaving for Kathmandu tomorrow (April 2nd) with Manon.
Time in Kathmandu?

They have a strange time zone configuration. 15 minutes different than India.

Weather? Dry but comfortable.

Plans? many

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Facebook & Twitter for SMBs? You’re kidding right?

One of the results of my recent research on the use of Facebook and Twitter in business is this slide show that was included as part of my presentation at Tamakkan (Abu Dhabi) on March 29th, 2010.

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Conferences – my definition of a “great” one

Terry Freedman wrote a very comprehensive list of “what I look for in a Conference”.

I have to confess that while this is a good list, I’m actually still looking for more now. In large part because we have the tech tools to realize it.

I’m thinking about

  • pre conference introductions / presentations / discussion threads
  • conference Q/A
  • post conference discussion threads / learning communities

.. all of which can complement or even strengthen the traditional conference program by promoting greater “context“, “inclusion“, and “continuity“.


To me the perfect conference is one where the hassles of getting dressed, driving to the conference center, finding parking, navigating the conference site, finding a chair, etc. are well rewarded. By that I mean, make sure that whatever I select to attend is “well targeted” to my interests and needs. There’s nothing more frustrating than being “held captive” through a presentation that bills itself as one thing.. only to be really about something else that I already know .. and thus leaving me to feel like a “hostage”. pre-conference materials (i.e. narrated PowerPoint presentations, podcasts, etc.) from presenters would allow us to actually see the general topic from a presenter first, engage with the topic AND speaker via online discussion. As a result, it would help identify themes / topics specific to the interests of those who took the time to prepare for the conference. Thus giving the presenter (expert?) a chance to understand the context of the potential audience. Thus the face to face component of a conference opens itself up to being more “contextually accurate” and “relevant”.


To me the perfect conference is wired and enabled to support the open networking that Terry mentions .. but perhaps facilitating it further via social¬† media tech tools such as Twitter and the use of pre-assigned#hashtags. It may also encourage “back channelling” to again invite more “networking” and participant engagement. Such additions should be aimed at promoting more inclusivity, and more activity by participants. The alternative is to continue to promote a great deal more passivity from them instead.


Ultimately the perfect conference, is not a one off or something that works in isolation. By that I mean, it is hopefully part of a broader picture… namely supporting a “community of practice” and is clearly seen to be doing so. This means allowing presentation materials from the conference to be archived and accessible to others afterwards (whenever possible). This in turn, supports something that has largely been absent in the past – namely “continuity” . This archiving promotes continued discussion and debate on issues / concerns / opportunities that are relevant to the region / it’s practitioners. Over time, progress can be realized more “collectively” by practitioners.

In essence, a conference is working as part of an overall strategy to promote best practices, to promote professional development in as effective, as inclusive and as efficient a manner as possible for everyone interested.

Arina, T. (2009). Using Social Technologies to Run Better Events. Retrieved from

Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. (2009, February 18). Spaces of Interaction: Rethinking Traditional Conferences. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Retrieved June 22, 2009, from

Collis, B. (2009, February 20). Conferences and Learning. Presented at the Spaces for Interaction Conversation:, Online. Retrieved from

Freedman, T. (2010, March 21). What I Look For in a Conference. The Educational Technology Site: ICT in Education. Retrieved March 21, 2010, from

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Bookmarks for March 18th through March 19th

These are my links for March 18th through March 19th:

Posted in Multi-literacies, Uncategorized.

Bookmarks for March 15th through March 18th

These are my links for March 15th through March 18th:

Posted in Multi-literacies, Uncategorized.

Bookmarks for March 12th through March 14th

These are my links for March 12th through March 14th:

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Bookmarks for March 8th through March 12th

These are my links for March 8th through March 12th:

Posted in Bookmarks.