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Membership Sites May 27, 2008

I have had my own social site for some time…I changed platforms and will be re introducing my updated site soon, but, in the meantime, I have been doing a great deal of research about membership sites, member recruiting, member retention, and how to engage my members to interact with one another and to bring their own friends in…I have recently found a website that has some great information about those very topics and is also tied to one of the most sought after membership software programs today. Mark Braunstein, is one of the Guru’s or Masters of online membership sites and is also quite the video guru…Knowing Mark a little, and having spoken to him about membership sites, I know that the information he provides is top notch!

Recently, Mark teamed up with another Guru…Mike Filsaime. These two men are leaders in the industry and have what it takes to make it online, they also won’t be jumping ship anytime soon. What I like about their product, VTribes, is that it is fully functional, and tailored to meet your individual needs. You do not have to be a coding expert to be able to run a membership site when you purchase your membership software from VTribes.

Below are links to some of my favorite posts on their website CommunityZen:

Recruiting New Members

Keeping Your New Members Engaged

More Tips for Engaging Your Members

Membership Retention Plan


Jamie Livingston – Photo of the Day May 26, 2008

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I was Stumbling (StumbleUpon) and found MentalFloss’s post about pics that he had found, and the research he had done. This is a very touching story and an awesome way for others to know more about Jamie.

Here is a little excerpt from MentalFloss:

What started for me as an amusing collection of photos — who takes photos every day for eighteen years? — ended with a shock. Who was this man? How did his photos end up on the web? I went on a two-day hunt, examined the source code of the website, and tried various Google tricks.

Finally my investigation turned up the photographer as Jamie Livingston, and he did indeed take a photo every day for eighteen years, until the day he died, using a Polaroid SX-70 camera. He called the project “Photo of the Day” and presumably planned to collect them at some point — had he lived. He died on October 25, 1997 — his 41st birthday.

And, in Reply to MentalFloss, Hugh Crawford (Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn: Jamie Livingston) a friend of Jaime’s this was written:

Yesterday because of the intense volume of traffic to Jamie Livingston’s Photo-of-the-Day site, the site crashed.

Hugh worked on it all day and night and it seems to be up and running. I hope it stays that way. “The site is barely able to deal with the number of people right now. Please be patient. If you experience a problem, just try again later.”

Jamie Livingston (1956-1997) took a Polaroid every day for 18 years, including the day he died in 1997.

He was an amazing artist who’s project seems to have captured the hearts of tens of thousands of people on the Internet.

I highly recommend that you visit this site, if for no other reason, just to see and share moments of another persons life, with all the joy and sadness we all encounter. I am hoping with my little snippet here, that it will help build the curiosity and the views to the website (only to allow others to share a moment of time).

There is also a YouTube video of some of the photos, which is an awesome representation.