Speed Kills on the Web!

Written by Lee Traupel


I only have to point torepparttar 555 plus failed .com companies (according to Web Mergers) asrepparttar 119065 poster children ofrepparttar 119066 "speed at any cost" business mantra that clearly doesn't work. And, these werecompanies who burnt through significant amounts of capital (in repparttar 119067 millions, tens of millions or hundreds of millions in many cases) while they were rushing to get to market.

Do you wonder why every time you talk to someone he or she seem to be in such a hurry that they don't really have time to talk with you? But, if you want to work with them you have to try and converse onrepparttar 119068 phone as a first step, or even worse, setup some type of a face-to-face meeting. What's going on why aren't we all slowingrepparttar 119069 pace down so we can focus on business processes that are based upon viable models? Especially in these economic times where relationships and processes are critical to ongoing success and/or survival!

I think we are experiencing some type of a .com hangover effect. Everyone was in such a hurry duringrepparttar 119070 heady GBF ("get big fast") .com days trying to dorepparttar 119071 "land grab" while "driving an "online brand" that would lead to a quick "exit strategy" that they forgot to really define a viable business model that included development of tangible goods and services for real customers.

I still come into contact with many people that act like they've been hard wired to a double espresso they aren't sure what theyare doing, where they are going, but they want to do everything in a hurry! It seems like many are still trying to build a business repparttar 119072 same way they did duringrepparttar 119073 last two years, when fundamentals and many niceties of business went outrepparttar 119074 window, while greed became repparttar 119075 order ofrepparttar 119076 day.

We are telling our clients speed can and does kill onrepparttar 119077 web its time to slow down and think strategically about what they want to do and then build marketing campaigns and processes that convey tangible value to their market demographics (read customers!).

Here are some fundamental marketing rules for living life inrepparttar 119078 slow (but safe) lane:

1) Ensure all marketing collateral (web and offline) are in synch invest sufficient time and resources to ensure there are no discrepancies between them to build a cohesive brand that effectively communicates what you do.

Internet Bullies: The Ugly Truth About Online Forums And How Business Owners Can Stop The Verbal Abuse

Written by Milana Nastetskaya


"The Internet is an ideal environment forrepparttar bully andrepparttar 119064 self-righteous - you can attack personally without being personally in front ofrepparttar 119065 victim. The flame is an unavoidable result of one-to-one communication that isn't face-to-face..." Client Help Desk ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

A woman posted a question asking for help. When she returned, her post was under a cruel attack by other forum users trying to destroy her reputation, her business and her ambition. Unusual? Not at all.

The truth is, personal attacks happen onrepparttar 119066 Internet forums every day. Thousands of forum users suffer from verbal abuse each time they are trying to ask for advice. Many times you don't care about such episodes. Until it happens to you. And now your name or business is under a threat.

Why do people attack on forums? Many times it is because they have a strong opinion about a subject, and want it to be heard. But it only takes one such post to have others jump in and turn an innocent question into an ugly war that is very difficult to stop.

There is a great diversity of views online - many times I am surprised how different people really are in tastes, opinions and reaction! The one reason for debates turning into flame wars is that many people enter a discussion ONLY when they disagree and want to express their opinion. Many people will find a forum boring if everyone agrees. Controversial forums are much more fun and attractive to inquisitive minds ofrepparttar 119067 online users.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Can anyone be attacked onrepparttar 119068 forum? Absolutely! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

When I did a search onrepparttar 119069 Internet looking for articles onrepparttar 119070 subject of "flame wars", I found hundreds of forum messages instead. People are trying to fight flame wars. They complain and ask others to stop. Yet, no solution has been found.

Flaming does not only occur on forums. Discussion groups have their own problem - "trolls", a common term for a newsgroup bully. Most newsgroups moderators recommend ignoring trolls who once in a while spoilrepparttar 119071 discussion with their irellevant and abusive messages.

Sadly, people want "blood". Someone even created a discussion group called alt.flame. It is a forum for every bully that you ever met in your school and if you decide to join, you are certainly not going to be called a "friend". Prepare to be crushed and humiliated. This group has been specifically created for flame wars and does not claim to be intellectual or informative.

Many forum users agree that a lot of good information and solid advice is missed due torepparttar 119072 misrepresentation. You start paying attention torepparttar 119073 WAY it is written instead of WHAT it actually says.

The Pew Research Center in their December 1998 survey showed that 45% of online users communicate with other people through online forums, discussion lists and chat groups. 5% of them post every day, and 17% post several times a week.

Online communication has turned our world around by allowing people of all cultures, abilities and means to feel equal and freely express their views. Yet it let out those who thrive on anonymity, abuse and pain. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Are There Solutions? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

While there no fool-proof solutions have been found, there are ways to stop or avoid a flame war.

1.In my interview with Dave Brzegowski who is handling abuse reports for Epix Internet Services, I found out that you may report such an attack torepparttar 119074 ISP (Internet Service Provider) of repparttar 119075 attacker which you can identify by their e-mail address. Such incidents are thoroughly investigated before any action takes place.

2. One way to minimizerepparttar 119076 number of such attacks is to ask users to register. Every user will need his own ID and password to be able to post. Forum owners, however, are worried that traffic to their web site will drop because people don't like to go throughrepparttar 119077 registration process.

3. If forum owners are too busy to keep an eye on their forums, a good moderator is a solution. Of course, not too many people are willing to volunteer their time moderating forums, but it is a good chance for them to get their names out, and develop a relationship with their potential customers.

4. Do you know if you are a "forum bully?" There is a good chance that you don't realize that your posts might make others feel angry and upset. The fact is, you don't really feel that a message sounds harsh until it is directed toward you. So before you press "Send", read what you wrote. Use a lot of smiley faces (:-). Be careful how you phrase things and capitalize your words. Try to sound helpful rather than criticizing. State facts rather than emotions. 5. Moderators agree that they are too busy to catch every such attack. It is also hard to drawrepparttar 119078 line between an attack and a strongly opinionated message. Who should decide? Moderators. The fairness of moderators, though, is totally subjective. Some forum users expressed an opinion that moderators should be voted in and dismissed publicly. Ifrepparttar 119079 majority agrees that this moderator is not doing a good job of moderating and being objective while removing attacks on others, he or she should be replaced by someone who is known to be fair. Of course, all ofrepparttar 119080 above is completely up torepparttar 119081 forum owner.

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