Library of Congress Photo of the Week – Pres. Wilson addressing Congress

In the Library of Congress’ recent upload of photos to Flickr, I found this gem.  It’s one of President Wilson address Congress between 1910 and 1950.  Because of the Presidential election that we’re in now, I thought that this photo was especially cool.

Micah Baldwin on Who’ll Survive the Economic Downturn

My friend Micah Baldwin has got a great blog post about who’ll survive the economic downturn that we’re experiencing right now.  I think he’s right on…

People that are good at something will fail. People that are great will fail.
The difference?
Great people take failure and learn from it.
Great people take that learning and build something.
Great people dont stop being great, just because the stock market is down, or they face difficult times.
Take a  breath. Take a look around you.
If you are a great person, you will be great.
If you are not, find a great person to hitch your wagon to. They are easy to spot.
They are doing rather than talking.

Speaking at NonProfit 2.0 Workshop in Washington, DC

Guys, I’m going to be speaking at the workshop NonProfit 2.0 on October 27th from 3pm to 6pm.  If you’re working at a non-profit, this is a great place to bring your co-workers who should learn more about various Web 2.0 technologies and what they have to offer to you and your organization.  Sign up now.

Update: The first 5 people that register with the code “thorpblog” get 20% off.

Twitter, Retweeting, and Sharing

The social Web has really redefined the Web in a way that we haven’t really seen since the onset of online search.  People are using their online friends to find information online and as a filter to what is and isn’t important.

Twitter has really established itself as a popular townsquare.  This is a venue where people come together to share their status, thoughts, and cool things they find.

It’s a platform for sharing.

My buddy Shel wrote a really cool post about a phenomenom that we’re seeing crop up… retweeting. It’s where one person shares a cool link or insight on Twitter and then someone sees that  and ones to share that tweet in it’s entirety with their friends.

Retweeting allows thoughts to be shared from one group of people to another and maybe to another.  This gives my thoughts and ideas or maybe the thoughts of others that I want to share a potentially endless reach and the ability to reach audiences that they would’ve never otherwise gotten to.

What’d be cool if they created an interface element within Twitter that’d make it be easier to retweet something, like they currently have for favoriting and replying.