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Social Media and Friends: How do You Define a “Friend”???

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Social Media can be a minefield. Seriously now, when is the right time to say the wrong thing? How do you know what the wrong thing to say is going to be? You must use common sense most of the time. What many people do not understand is that when you speak in public whether intentional or not, you speak on behalf of others.

How’s that you ask??? Well simply put unless you are a separate self sufficient entity you have other players involved in your live. If you’re not an independent entity you have a girlfriend or wife, you may have children, a job, friends, neighbors, you might belong to a club or organization and every time you speak in public they have a stake in what is said. So you really have to be cognizant of what you say because you never know when something will be said that will offend someone. However, today I would like to touch on something that drives me nutzzzzzz!!!!! Meeting someone on a social network site and calling them a “friend”

Perhaps the degree and amount of “cyberland” bullying and disrespect is because our society has become so sterile, the fact there is all this “friending” going on without a handshake. There is no more looking someone in the eye when you shake their hand and introduce yourself. Why everyone feels that they are “friends” and “good buddies” or whatever type of adjective for a friendship one wishes to use. I have continually asked; how do you call someone a friend when you have never met. I guess in this never ending bombardment of social media applications that our society has forgotten the difference between an associate and a friend…


[v. uhsoh-shee-eyt, -see-; n., adj., uhsoh-shee-it, -eyt, -see-]  Show IPA verb,as·so·ci·at·ed, as·so·ci·at·ing, noun, adjective

verb (used with object)

1. to connect or bring into relation, as thought, feeling, memory, etc.: Many people associate dark cloudswith depression and gloom.

2. to join as a companion, partner, or ally: to associate oneself with a cause.

3. to unite; combine: coal associated with shale.

verb (used without object)

4. to enter into union; unite.

5. to keep company, as a friend, companion, or ally: He was accused of associating with known criminals.

6. to join together as partners or colleagues.


7. a person who shares actively in anything as a business, enterprise, or undertaking; partner;colleague; fellow worker: He consulted with his associates before proceeding further.

8. a companion or comrade: my most intimate associates.

9. a confederate; an accomplice or ally: criminal associates.

10. anything usually accompanying or associated with another; an accompaniment or concomitant.

11. a person who is admitted to a subordinate degree of membership in an association or institution: anassociate of the Royal Academy.


12. connected, joined, or related, especially as a companion or colleague; having equal or nearly equalresponsibility: an associate partner.

13. having subordinate status; without full rights and privileges: an associate member.

14. allied; concomitant.


The reality folks unless you actually meet someone and shake their hand, they are not your “friend”.



1. a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.

2. a person who gives assistance; patron; supporter:

friends of the Boston Symphony.

3. a person who is on good terms with another; a person who is not hostile:

Who goes there? Friend orfoe?

4. a member of the same nation, party, etc.

5.initial capital letter ) a member of the Religious Society of Friends;

a Quaker.


Friendships are cultivated. You meet when you’re young or in school. You develop friendships through work, social groups, churches, professional groups. This is not to take away from Social Networks like LinkedIn, FaceBook, My Space etc. These networks have created a “global” playground. Friends are people you talk to daily. A friend is someone you travel great distances to visit with. Friends are someone you share a bond with, go to social events with and join an intramural or co-ed sports league with. You might go shopping with your friend, or even out to lunch or invite then to your Christmas Party. Friends are not the 7 million people on your friends list on your social networking page. Those are associates.

How and just when this aspect of our lives changed I’m not sure. For some reason, our younger generations especially, people don’t talk anymore. No now they “text” or send “instant messages” and within five minute of either one considers they know you well enough to ask for money, send me a plane ticket so I can come visit you. For crying out loud, I’ve had women tell me they love me after ten minutes of “chatting” on one the messaging systems. Yes I know they were scamming but you get my point.  Whatever reasons our society has gotten away from personal contact, while choosing this sterile environment of “Cyberland” to make friends and call people they have never met a friend is something Sociologists are no doubt studying as I type.

I will say this. I have thousands of associates. I can count my “friends” on one hand and I bet if you really think about it you fall into the same boat. You see a friend accepts you for you and deals with your faults. A friend helps you through tough times. A friend will learn to write so they can stay in touch with you when you go to jail. A friend is the one that bails you out of jail at 3am. A friend is the one you turn to for relationship advice or for a recommendation on what bank you should have your business account with. A friend will make sure you get home safely after a night of binge drinking. A friend is the one you go see when your wife or husband leaves you. A friend helps you with your homework and makes sure you go to school to better yourself.

The reality of our society today is that everyone wants to be a friend without the intricacies that make up a friendship. Perhaps that is a side effect of our “gotta have it now” society mentality. We have microwaves so we can have our food now. We have drive through windows so we can eat our food now. We have email so we receive our messages now. We have instant messaging and texting so we can send a message now. We have become an instant society. One that craves convenience, everything has to be convenient or it is a waste of time. This is not to say that technology has not made our lives simpler, however, the technology has removed something from our society that will eventually be something that future generations will only know from reading a history book, personal contact and physical interaction with each other.

I long for the days that one just wants to sit in the park and talk to you, or go to the beach and toss the Frisbee while letting the dogs play with each other.  Yes, I long for the days when life was a little simpler and not as confusing, the days when you had a verbal conversation with someone when getting to know them. I long for the days when you went for walks and bike rides with your friends, or just had a game of catch.

Perhaps it is just me, but I don’t tell someone I love them if I don’t, I don’t tell someone I’m going to do something if I’m not going to do it, I don’t pretend to be something I’m not. Most of all I do not abuse the word Friend and call someone a friend that is not. One of the many lessons my father taught me is having a good friend is a privilege and not some sort of expected self-centered right you feel you have because you met someone. It is a privilege to have a good friend and I am privileged to have 4 friends in my life that have been there for me. I sincerely hope that everyone has the same privilege as I and you have at least one friend.

This is not to take anything away from the thousands of associates I have and the working relationships that have been developed, as they all have their place and are wonderful people and have helped me and our business in many ways. Our business would not be where it is without our associates and the connections that have been made in the past 5 years. To all of you I say thank you for wanting to be involved with our business and we look forward to many more years of associating with you and furthering our business relationships.

Perhaps the new entry that Oxford will be adding soon should be “Cyberland Friend”.

cy-ber-la-nd fri-end

1. An oxy-moron;

 someone that you have never met and know from the world wide web.

Someone you communicate to on the internet, a person which you have never met and call a friend.


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Business Model: Is it Time to Update Yours??

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Is It time to Update Your Business Model?

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With the current state of affairs in the property preservation industry perhaps it is time to consider your current Business model and business plan. If this is an industry you wish to remain involved with you need to be aware of the rapidly changing landscape and prepare yourself for the upcoming changes.

A business model describes the rationale of how an organization creates, delivers, and captures value (economic, social, cultural, or other forms of value). The process of business model construction is part of business strategy.

In theory and practice, the term business model is used for a broad range of informal and formal descriptions to represent core aspects of a business, including purpose, target customers, offerings, strategies, infrastructure, organizational structures, trading practices, and operational processes and policies. The literature has provided very diverse interpretations and definitions of a business model. A systematic review and analysis of manager responses to a survey defines business models as the design of organizational structures to enact a commercial opportunity. Further extensions to this design logic emphasize the use of narrative or coherence in business model descriptions as mechanisms by which entrepreneurs create extraordinarily successful growth firms.

“Whenever a business is established, it either explicitly or implicitly employs a particular business model that describes the architecture of the value creation, delivery, and capture mechanisms employed by the business enterprise. The essence of a business model is that it defines the manner by which the business enterprise delivers value to customers, entices customers to pay for value, and converts those payments to profit: it thus reflects management’s hypothesis about what customers want, how they want it, and how an enterprise can organize to best meet those needs, get paid for doing so, and make a profit”.

Business models are used to describe and classify businesses (especially in an entrepreneurial setting), but they are also used by managers inside companies to explore possibilities for future development. Also, well known business models operate as recipes for creative managers. Business models are also referred to in some instances within the context of accounting for purposes of public reporting.

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