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Julie lorsque je l’ai accueillie à Montréal 

Dans la pluie, le froid, l’indifférence et la gadoue, Julie Ledoux marche de Mont-Tremblant à Québec et personne ne l’accueille.

Du 15 septembre  au 31 octobre, Julie Ledoux, une jeune et très charmante résidente de Mont-tremblant entreprend seule une longue marche de 330 km pour sensibiliser la population aux extravagances et incongruités d’Hydro Québec. Malgré plusieurs communiqués de presse à cet effet, aucun support aucun suivi, aucun accueil.

Est-ce à dire que la presse se désintéresse de la nouvelle sociale y préférant le sensationnalisme? Aurait-il fallu qu’à défaut de s’exhiber nue  – – Julie se fasse écraser sur le bord de la route pour que l’on en parle? La Romaine, çà vous dit quoi? Une sorte de salade peut-être! Et le gaz de schiste? Une tempête de feu dans un verre d’eau!

Peuple de paroles et de peu d’action vous dirais-je et vous de me demander:pourquoi sommes nous colonisés?


What is Pheed?

Pheed is a new social media platform soft-launched on August 10, 2012 from Los Angeles, California by a group of friends from the technology and entertainment community. After only a few days of its official launch on October 12, Pheed had already hit over 350,000 unique visitors.

What is Pheed’s secret?

Think of it as Twitter, with a business plan. Pheed enables users to share all forms of digital content, including text, photo, audio, video, and live broadcasts. “Pheeders” then have the option to share for free or at a premium, either by applying a monthly subscription fee to their channel or setting up a pay-per-view live broadcast event.

Users can charge anywhere from $1.99 to $34.99 per view, or $1.99 to $34.99 per month. In both cases, the user selects their own pricing and owns all of the content. Pheed makes money by taking half of the revenue, which covers bandwidth and storage, payment processing. Whether that’s concerts from someone’s living room or studio, comedy stand-up from the kitchen, interviews on pay-per-view, or a boxing match, there is no limit to what users can do and earn.

Do I like it? Will it be a success? I don’t know yet!

For now, it’s safe to say Pheed is a site we should all keep an eye on.



Simple and Large

Be careful, Size is often more important than style

If you are an artist, you probably focus on fancy fonts and how your website looks. But, if you are running a business, what you really want is a font that looks great and performs well. Even though I prefer Cambria, Arial, Helvetica and Verdana are still the best fonts to use. They are free, mostly come standard, very legible at small sizes and visually similar in appearance and spacing. With these fonts, – this is not a guarantee – you may trust that your layout will look relatively similar from one platform or browser to another.

No matter which font you decide to choose, the size is critical. Studies show that a primary reason people will distrust your website is your font size. If the font is too small, people will tend to believe that either the information is not reliable or is to complex, that it will take an eternity to read it and they go to your competitor’s website easier to read. Today, too many people still use a size 12 font for their content. I used to do it all the time and that was and still is a huge mistake. Small fonts hurt conversion rates and usability. I now use a size 14 font.

If you want to go bigger, a size 16 font would probably do the trick on most platform and browser.



Everybody needs work

1. Minimize your trips to Facebook and LinkedIn: These are fading trends. Get out and make quality connections. Set goals as to how many new personal connections you will make per day and do it. The more personal connections you make the more doors you open for now and the future. Alone, you are not going anywhere.

2. Stop Applying to Every Job: Applying to every damn thing you see is the wrong approach. You are telling every one, every that you are just taking a stab in the dark.  Focus in on job that you want to do and go for it.

3. Ask For Help:  Because you have made new personal connections, you are not alone anymore and help is easy to come by. If you have been unemployed for longer than six months, chances are that you need to change things up, refocus, and/or hire professional help.

4. Learn a New Skill: While learning something new, you will end up boosting your resume and meeting new people that could potentially help you find a job.

5. Refresh Your Resume: Start over!  Research new formats to use and look for ways to spice up your content.

6. Change Your Routine: Start going to a different coffee house. Walk a different route. Get a week free pass at a different gym. Do things a little different for a while: you may meet some new and interesting people.

7. Pick Up The Phone: Learn to take online connections offline as soon as possible. Conversations online build connections. Conversations offline build trust.

8. Blog: More than ever, company recruiters are utilizing social networks to connect with and also learn about job seekers. “Hire Me” campaigns were   huge in 2011, and are now becoming more and more creative. Starting a blog for your industry will help you make connections, while also furthering yourself as a thought leader.

9. Set a Job Search Schedule: A job search does not need to be 40 hours per week but it should be carefully planned and strategically scheduled through the week. Outside of your schedule, try to relax and get away from your search as much as possible.

10: Do Something To Stand Out: If you really are qualified for the jobs you have applied for and you are still unemployed, then what has gone wrong? It shall be obvious that something needs to change. Either you have a real personality problem or companies are drowning in resumes and can’t find you. If you have a personality problem, fix it and above and everything else, do something outstanding to make sure that you will stand out of the crowd: send your resume in a big empty box and have it delivered to your prospective employer; hand out your resume in rush hour traffic; create a business card, print a few thousands and scatter them all over a parking lot; auction yourself on e-bay. While most people might absolutely hate these ideas, all you really need is only one person to think that it is pure genius.