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Predictions, Rants, Analysis, and Advice after 250 episodes.

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250 Episodes

Can you believe this somehow snuck up on me? That’s what happens when you’re consistent and you just dig in and crank out something new every week.

So while I had an elaborate rooftop party for episode #100, I don’t need recognition or balloons or high fives for hitting episode #250. Just me, a microphone, and my continuing desire to rant about a topic every week to anyone out there that will listen.

For those that continue to be a fan of the show, my sincere, heartfelt thanks.

However, to celebrate the milestone, lets take a big picture look at the state of new media. I’m not digging too deep into the facts and research for this one, just going from my gut, taking a look at…

Products and trends I think are on the way out, holding steady, and on the rise.



Can Facebook’s Walled Garden Defeat Google?

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The Showdown

There’s a showdown brewing between Facebook and Google, and it’s going to be a good one. Both of the tech titans are making big bets on the very things that their companies stand for.

For Google, it’s always been about the algorithms, the engineering-based technical programming that has indexed the internet for us and turned their company name into a verb.


Jim interviews Helen Todd, CEO and founder of Sociality Squared to talk Facebook, Pinterest, MySpace and Mobile trends – and pet peeves.

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Social Media Trends for 2013

Every once in awhile I record a podcast interview and am not sure how it turns out. You’d think I’d have this figured out after talking to around 70 people, but I had a few things working against me… it was late, I had just taught a class for 3 hours, and I was pretty tired. I felt like the show might have wandered a bit and was a bit too slow to my liking.

Fortunately, the person I was speaking with was Helen Todd, the CEO and founder of Sociality Squared, a social media agency proudly located in Manhattan, New York (more on that later).

For when I listened back and edited the interview a few days later, two things became apparent.

The first was that the pace of the show was actually great, and probably even a welcome change for my listeners when they get a Jim-Only rush of audible caffeine. Perhaps it was Helen’s direct and simple pace, and perhaps it was having a good friend on the show that made me kick back and relax as if it was a dinner conversation and not a radio-style interview, but I thought the back and forth banter really worked.


This is part of the series: How to work remotely from Buenos Aires

international iphone settingsThere’s no doubt smartphones have changed the lives of millions. We put up with the costs and hassles of the carriers because we pretty much now have a computer that we can carry around in our pocket, giving us access to a phone (do people still use those?), texting for quick messages, maps when we get lost, music to make us happy, games to kill the time, photos and videos to share, and the entire web at our fingertips.

But if there is one area of confusion and fear that most smartphone owners have, it is what happens when you take that phone across international borders. This article by Caty Kobe on outrageous cell phone bills gives several examples:

A British news site reportedthat an iPhone user had gone on a Mediterranean cruise and returned to England to find a 54-page phone bill totaling $4,800. The iPhone didn’t know it was cruising through foreign waters, so it was checking for new emails every five minutes – even when the phone was off – racking up hefty charges by the hour.

A NY Times article where San Francisco man whose European vacation cost him an additional $852 because he didn’t deactivate the iPhone’s automatic email-checker, which looked for new messages more than 500 times on his trip through Italy, Croatia and Malta.


Tango in Argentina

Jim gives an epic guide showing how to work remotely from Buenos Aires.

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Hey everyone! Want to be “location independent” and work from exotic places but don’t know where to start? Today I am going to do an epic, 2,000+ word post AND have several sub-posts with photos and videos as a way to go way overboard and over-deliver on the amount of content you’re going to get.

I always strive to deliver “walk the walk” content to my readers, so after years of hinting at working remotely from a foreign country, I put my money where my mouth was and after leaving my full time job in November 2011, booked a 12-day trip to South America from Dec 29, 2011 – Jan 12, 2012. Where did YOU spend New Year’s Eve?

Below, I detail everything you need to know about working remotely from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Learn the safest neighborhood, best hotel, closest co-working space, 9 ways to generate income, the tech gadgets you’ll need and what to do for fun.

Additional content:
Review: On the road with the Macbook Air
Review: Best hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Review: Urban Station Coworking Space in Buenos Aires
How to set your iPhone for international travel
Gadget packing list for International Travel
How I generated 9 income streams within 30 days of getting laid off
Fun things to do in Buenos Aires while working remotely

Why work remotely?

So the first question you may be asking is, why work remotely? Well, there are plenty of resources out there such as books like The 4-Hour Workweek or The Art of Nonconformity and other blogs that promote the virtues of location independence, so I won’t go into it too deeply.

But it falls into what I’m seeing as the workplace trends that I spoke about in Episode 176, and what this new blog is all about.

Staying at your job and working from an office from 9 to 5 forever and taking the rare 3 day weekend here and there is no way to live. Similarly, the ability to take several weeks off away from the office on a stress-free vacation also isn’t an option for most people.

Working from a Cafe

Face it, the concept of a singular workplace is blurring.

For the majority of people I know, 1-2 hours a day are spent physically at work, yet doing personal things like being active on social media, answering email with friends, and surfing the web. However, 1-2 hours a day are spent outside of the office on their free time, checking on business email or catching up on work projects.

Being able to balance fun and international travel while keeping the bills paid can be a great option in the new economy.