Thursday, February 13, 2014

My Facebook Look back & life

Facebook is 10 this year. Great stuff. I'm a huge fan of Mark Zuckerberg. I've loved using Facebook but never considered working there like I did for Google (and ultimately did). I was watching the Social Network movie just the other night. Awesome cinema. I didn't join Facebook as soon as I knew about it. Took some months to do so. It's been a great ride. Facebook has had its issues but I've loved it. I've made many friends there, some of whom I've never met but are really close with.

Below is a video looking back at my Facebook life. I love that one of the first pictures I have up is of the Akwaaba lady. At some point in the video, it centers on the new Barcamp Ghana sticker logo. That's so appropriate. But erm, maybe that happens because that was and still is my current profile picture? hehe.

I used to put up so many pictures on Facebook. Ever since I came to Ghana, I've not been a fan of that. I can't even tell you why. I do know that I am more interested in Facebook to push things and initiatives am doing than myself. Hence, the reason why I had post pictures of myself, if even for profile pictures. What I am doing must be more important and successful than me. For a period of time, I was putting most pics on Google+. Maybe I'd do some collections and post pack on Facebook.

I've become very sociable. At least since I was in MIT. I have had 5000 Facebook friends countless times and have been removing friends (oops) to create space for new ones. At one point in time, I accepted almost any Ghanaian who sent me a Facebook request. Now, I check for the number of mutual friends and a few other factors. I'm not sure why Facebook won't just increase the friend limit. Copying Twitter's following thing is cool though. I use Twitter more, it's nice that Facebook has copied a few things from them, especially hashtags.

I love using Facebook pages. In fact, I am an admin of over 23 Facebook pages. Yeah, I counted. That number again? I don't want you to grow tired of seeing it. Pages are my fave. I think I use them as much as  I use my own profile. Barcamp Ghana. Barcamp Accra. GhanaThink Foundation. Diaspora CampMuseke. Barcamp Kumasi. Global Shapers Accra Hub. Junior Camp Ghana. Ghana Volunteer Program. PartyCrewGHAmakye Dede sef. I created and managed the Obrafour page but after I gave Obrafour ownership, he removed me. Lol. I no bore. I still love his music. Not sure about that Obra Foforo name though. I can't bring myself to create a Facebook page bearing my name. Too narcissistic for my linking.

I remember when a few friends created a Facebook group called "Ato for president". That was unexpected. I blogged about that. Now about that campaign for president. I've been very public about a lot of things I do, via this blog. Most of my life is on Facebook. In fact, I sometimes start writing Facebook posts and then turn them into blog posts. With this Facebook embed feature, there's more coming.

Being recognised as a leader & legend of inspiration

I met +Mabel Blankson last year after +Barcamp Ho. She was introduced to me by +Ali Bukari Maiga. I rode with her, +Seyram Freddy Ahiabor and another lady back to Accra after the event. I didn't get to know her as much as I could have but that's a story for another day. Early this year, she approached me saying she wanted to write about me on her blog. Wow, I thought. Hadn't realised she was the writer type. After some whatsapp chats back and forth, she asked me a number of questions and I answered her. Today. this blog post was born.

yibellla journal: A LEGEND OF INSPIRATION- ATO ULZEN APPIAH: You meet him and you see nothing but inspiration. He has got great brainchildren which are fruits of bold initiatives he took. He dared ...

Read on. It's a good read. I have talked about various things in the post she has via some of these blog posts so you can learn more via these. The Tech (KNUST primary and JSS) years. The Presec years. The MIT years. I don't have a post on the Stanford years but hey, I've blogged a lot of those years on this blog.

I really appreciate being recognised like Mabel did. I received a Facebook message from a friend based in the US this week that touched my heart so much. I didn't expect over 233 people liking the status I shared talking about this and the comments that have flowed since. I thought I could embed the post but can't find to do so now. So you could read it here.

Tonight, I was at the AIESEC National Planning Conference and participated in a Leadership forum alongside +Edison Gbenga+Vanessa Kavi invited me. I shared a lot of insight on leadership but I also made sure to make attendees understand the followership is equally important. I picked a not-so-crazy moment to answer a craziest moment question. Folks weren't feeling it haha. I like to take risks, I think I'd write a blog post proving how crazy I am lol. Back to the matter. I encouraged the attendees to not fear failure, and get things done to build experience. For me, leaders, take initiative, get people to buy into the initiative, these people are motivated to support the leader to execute the initiative and the leader drives the team to make things happen.

I appreciate all of you who appreciate what I do. It gives me more vim to continue. I would do this anyway. I want this so bad. I want to inspire - either personally or through stories - people in my cultural neighbourhood to make work to make my cultural neighbourhood. Recognition is nice, it solidifies the fact that that this needs to be done. I don't want to carry this alone. I don't want to do things alone. We don't want to do things alone. Join us. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

If only I could write lovely emails like this more often

I hardly check my yahoo account, I check it once every two months or so. Or when I am expecting some important information that only goes there. Tonight, I started looking at my drafts. Emails I never sent. One of the drafts reminded me of when I first was in love. I mean that's what it had to be. Just read this email I was going to send to a lady. The whole email was written like a poem :-)

Hey Ma,

rhythmic huh?

u want more?
u can get more.

good u liked the poetry piece
wasn't written with ease

Hope you are doing well
is there any news to tell?

Great news, 
Now there are no rooms for an excuse

I got u a ticket
And it's not for a game called cricket

Wednesday is the day to be on the go
We are going to see Carmelo

For me, it's been long overdue
Looking forward to see you

You have no clue
How I am missing you.

It's Bambino, Ato.

Lovely huh? This is a real email I was going to send. Pity that I never sent it. But hey, I sent messages like this to the lady just not crafted so beautifully. But maybe, if I sent this one... you never know. Seriously, I am not posting this because Valentine is coming up. Oh wow, there's something even more crazy coming up. But nah, it's a secret. I am posting this cos I found this again in my yahoo email drafts. That's all.

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