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In case you have managed to miss it despite all the media reports around it, here is the footage of retired football/soccer player Eric Cantona quietly calling for a financial revolution. “Kill the banks”. OK. Maybe not so quiet but peaceful.

He is calling all French citizens to withdraw all their money from banks tomorrow, December 7th to literally send a message to the country’s leader(s).

There have already been reactions, namely by French Finance Minister, Christine Lagarde, who simply told Cantona to “stick to football” by way of an interview with the UK daily The Independent.

The call extends globally. So let’s see who’s in.

I like the candid approach.

Hello, it’s been a busy few days. I’ve been unable to post while travelling in the U.S.
Precisely, travel is the topic of this post. Not quite plain travel. Time travel.

The following video has been trending big time. So much that I learned about it on TV. I’d actually seen a few tweets, including by the HuffPost but wasn’t that attracted to read the content but when I saw it on the news (it might have been Fox or ABC, I frankly can’t remember) in DC this morning, I wondered.

So here is that footage. Look at the woman. 1929. Premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus. Is she talking on… a cellphone?

Hoax or not, it’s already been viewed 1.7 million times in 10 days. And probably because of the news coverage, it really peaked today.

Sofar, it has garnered 13 692 comments.

It was first posted on October 18th. As early as the following day, the footage was already viewed on a mobile device for the first time. And up to now, some 38 899 people have streamed it on their mobile devices.

In terms of population, men aged anywhere between 25 and 44 seem to be the most psyched by the mysterious time traveler. Gentlemen, what do you have to say to that?…

It is mostly trending in North America, but also the U.K., Scandinavia, Australia. Latin America shows some interest too but the most notable element is South Africa being tuned in more than Latin America, while no other country on the continent seems to be otherwise paying attention.

Looks like we’ve moved up on the ladder of spookyness: UFOs no longer rock. Time traveling is the new big thing. How many people are going to be scanning footage of street life at around that time now, in search for more evidence of the existence of a time traveler?

You tell me…

As I’m readying to go see my friend Teresa Herrera (yes, check that link, will ya?) in L.A., I wanted to share my discovery mood through this video. “Guy Walks Across America” went viral right away: it’s a man trekking from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge in 2 minutes.

Here it is for you to enjoy. See if you can spot places you recognize and tell me which they are.

This post is dedicated to Teresa Herrera 🙂

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Yay! It’s Friday. Here’s today’s light post.

Here are three flash mobs, two of them (the Swedish and NYC ones) being classics. I love flash mobs because they are often an expression of collective happiness. For those taking part, all’s been prepared but for those watching, it’s always surprising and amusing, albeit sometimes intriguing. Flash mobs are great vehicles of viral good mood and having them on social media supports helps spread the luv worldwide. I hope you enjoy those as much as I do.

Stockholm

New York Grand Central Station

San Francisco Gay Pride

Today’s content has nothing to do with social media. It’s a video that swept me off my feet when I saw it and still does. I’ve shared it with my friends through many channels and now it’s high time I shared it here too.

One word: enjoy.

A provocative Friday read from guest contributor Zeke Camusio, founder of Internet marketing company http://www.TheOutsourcingCompany.com. Happy reading and happy weekend to everyone!

My parents always told me that I needed to work hard in order to be successful. As I started growing up, I realized that not only was this not true, but the hardest working people I knew were always struggling and people who weren’t working half as hard were ten times more successful. This made me re-think everything.

I know a lot of rich people and they approach business very differently from the way most entrepreneurs do. Some of them work hard and some of them don’t, but they all work SMART. I know, you’ve heard it before, “working smart is more important than working hard”, but, what does working smart mean anyway?

A friend of mine explained this to me with only one word: “leverage”. He told me that rich people are experts at using other people’s resources and helping them benefit them from the same deals they do.

Other People’s Money
Successful businesspeople know that you don’t need your own money to succeed. A lot of people have a lot of money and they’re just waiting for the perfect opportunity to invest it.

Other People’s Connections
Let’s say you’re trying to get an appointment with the CEO of a venture capital firm. Would it be a lot easier if your partner introduced you to her?

Other People’s Ideas
Successful people get approached all the time by entrepreneurs with great business ideas.

Other People’s Time
Maybe you have the money, an idea and the connections, but don’t have the time to launch a new venture. Well, there are thousands of qualified people out there who have the time to help you.

Other People’s Experience
If you were to open a restaurant, would you rather do it yourself or with someone who already owns five successful restaurants in town?

Last But Not Least – Create Win-Win Situations
Just to be clear: using other people’s resources doesn’t mean that they’re doing you a favor. You have to offer them a deal that works for them too.

Summary
Successful businesspeople are connectors. They use other people’s resources to build great things. They see the full picture and put the pieces together. Learn from them and emulate what they do.

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A thought provoking act. This is exactly where I draw the line between selfishness and business. Truth is, connectors are great at giving but it’s harder for them to take. I highly recommend reading Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, where he explains the three types of people who, once connected, can create a buzz, a viral spread of anything. The connectors, the mavens and the salespeople.
Which one are you ?

Finally, a straight forward presentation on Facebook’s mind blowing and wicked Open Graph (announced at its “f8” developers’ conference). This one is readable and understandable by non-geek standards and we owe it to Quentin Mahe from Saint@RKCR/Y&R.
It’s about connecting the whole web together… socializing it all through Facebook – of course. In a word: making Facebook the first ever web glue !

Check it out.