Why Upgrade to Follr Professional?

People often ask what the difference is between the free version of Follr Personal and the paid version. There are lots of differences, here are some of them:

upg_socialSocial Stream – Follr Professional displays up to 30 posts from each social source going back up to 180 days. This is far more content than our free version.


upg_weblinksWeb Links – Add links to all of your profiles, blogs, services, Web sites and all other Web links that matter to you. With Follr Professional you can add up to 50!


upg_docsDocuments – Add a printable résumé/CV, sales documents, product or company information, portfolio, anything really. This is only available to Pro users.


upg_eventsEvent Management – Make events, conferences and meetings more productive and valuable. Attendees make contacts before, during and after events.


upg_messagingMessaging – Free users can send up to 25 messages per month to connections. Pro users have unlimited messaging and can send up to 25 messages per month to non-contacts.


upg_statsStatistics – See who viewed your Follr Personal Website and internal profile. Also see which of your documents was downloaded.


upg_timelineMy Story – Add up to 100 professional or life events to your My Story when you upgrade. You can add up to 10 events with our free version.


upg_searchSearch Engines – It’s important that your site is found as easily as possible. Upgrade to Pro to set your own Title and Meta values and add Google Analytics tracking.


For more information click here.

Why Upgrade to Follr Professional?

People often ask what the difference is between the free version of Follr Personal and the paid version. There are lots of differences, here are some of them:

upg_socialSocial Stream – Follr Professional displays up to 30 posts from each social source going back up to 180 days. This is far more content than our free version.


upg_weblinksWeb Links – Add links to all of your profiles, blogs, services, Web sites and all other Web links that matter to you. With Follr Professional you can add up to 50!


upg_docsDocuments – Add a printable résumé/CV, sales documents, product or company information, portfolio, anything really. This is only available to Pro users.


upg_eventsEvent Management – Make events, conferences and meetings more productive and valuable. Attendees make contacts before, during and after events.


upg_messagingMessaging – Free users can send up to 25 messages per month to connections. Pro users have unlimited messaging and can send up to 25 messages per month to non-contacts.


upg_statsStatistics – See who viewed your Follr Personal Website and internal profile. Also see which of your documents was downloaded.


upg_timelineMy Story – Add up to 100 professional or life events to your My Story when you upgrade. You can add up to 10 events with our free version.


upg_searchSearch Engines – It’s important that your site is found as easily as possible. Upgrade to Pro to set your own Title and Meta values and add Google Analytics tracking.


For more information click here.

Follr Features – Your Personal Profile Website: Timeline

The Follr Timeline features allows you to tell your story in the most unique way!

Timelines gives others a far deeper understanding of who you are, what you’ve done and why connecting with you matters. Talk about your favorite team, a special memory, your life story or all of the above.

Digital Identity

For a live example visit:

stephenfells.com/timeline

For more information log into your account and start adding content today!

If I Google Your Name Right Now What Will I See?

Stephen Fells

Stephen Fells

More importantly, what will I think?

It’s not a matter of if you are googled (or binged or yahooooooooood!) it’s a matter of when. Let’s be real; someone, an employer, a client, a potential client and the NSA ( 😉 ) has already used a search engine to research you. So the question that needs to be asked; what did they see?

If you are job hunting, search engine results could (and increasingly do) determine if you get a job. It’s no secret that companies are using social media as part of the recruitment process. As Fox points out:

“It used to be that job candidates were judged on their resume, cover letter and references before the in-person interview. But now with social media, job candidates are being fully examined before even stepping foot into a human resources department”

Digital IdentityIt’s also no secret that résumés are less effective. In a January 2012 Wall Street Journal article Christina Cacioppo (of Union Square Ventures) stated:

“A résumé doesn’t provide much depth about a candidate. We are most interested in what people are like, what they are like to work with, how they think.”

How do Union Square Ventures find out “what people are like” and “how they think”? They “asked applicants to send links representing their ‘Web presence’, such as a Twitter account or Tumbler blog.”

An important fact to consider is that opinions about your professionally ability and personal character are being formed using your Web presence. How can you protect yourself? Some people simply opt out. They have decided that not engaging in the social Web will somehow protect them. Unfortunately it’s not as simple as that. Google’s own Chairman Eric Schmidt points out in his April 2013 book “The New Digital Age”:

“The true cost of remaining anonymous might be irrelevance.”

The good news is that you can protect yourself and shape those opinions. Here’s the proof; search for me and you will see my Follr Digital Identity Website is top of Google, number one organically. I’m OK with LinkedIn and Facebook coming in second and third because they represent part of my story (albeit a siloed portion of the whole thing). The important thing though is that you, Christina Cacioppo, Eric Schmidt and everyone else sees my version of my story:

Google Results

Still don’t think this is important? Schmidt has been very public on just how important this subject is:

“Within search results, information tied to verified online profiles will be ranked higher than content without such verification, which will result in most users naturally clicking on the top (verified) results”

He adds:

“The shift from having one’s identity shaped off‐line and projected online to an identity that is fashioned online and experienced off‐line will have implications for citizen, states and companies as they navigate the new digital world. [] Your online identity in the future is unlikely to be a simple Facebook page; instead it will be a constellation of profiles, from every online activity.”

Cacioppo was hired “After she complied a profile comprising her personal blog, Twitter feed, LinkedIn profile, and links to social-media sites Delicious and Dopplr, which showed places where she had traveled.” so let’s be really real. If you haven’t searched for your name online you need to now! And no matter what you find start telling your story today with Follr.

Life in the “Digital Now”

One year ago, Abha Dawesar was living in blacked-out Manhattan post-Sandy, scrounging for power to connect. The experience left her asking a question; have our lives now become fixated on the drive to digitally connect?

In the following TED video Dawesar states:

“The self as we once knew it no longer exists and I think that an abstract digital universe has become a part of our identity.”

She then discusses the importance of story:

“I’m a novelist and I’m interested in the self because the self and fiction have a lot in common; they are both stories, interpretations. [] Our story of our life is based on direct experience but it’s embellished. A novel needs scene after scene to build and the story of our life needs an arc as well. It needs months and years, discrete moments from our lives are its chapters. But the story is not about these chapters, it’s the whole book.”

Everyone’s story is spread throughout social silos like Facebook and LinkedIn. Each network, no matter how valuable and data rich, only represents a chapter or two of your life. So what does your book say? Start sharing your whole story with Follr today.

Social Media and Data as a Disruptor

A very select and diverse group of business executives and thought leaders were invited to explore how social data can be more effectively harnessed to deliver higher performance. The group explored three primary topics: how social data can more effectively drive business performance, how social data can be harnessed to disrupt markets and industries, and how social data privacy standards might evolve.

In this first video Joshua Kauffman of The Quantified Self, talks about social media and big data as a disruptor.

Joshua explains:

“The first thing to realize is that social data is really personal data, it’s really data that is about us and data that is about us can come from so many different places. [] The scope is vast, in fact I would say the scope is all encompassing.”

He adds:

“[Individuals] can generate and validate knowledge in the context of personal meaning. And so for large institutions and organizations the most important thing to contemplate right now is knowing that this is a mega trend, knowing that individuals are increasingly empowered with any number of new personal data tools. How can the large organizations and institutions empower those people in a way that is virtuous, in a way that has mutual benefit and ultimately in a way so that the individuals within these institution can be more productive and be doing it with more self knowledge?”

Organizations using Follr get to leverage fans, supporters and anyone interested in them to achieve these goals. Contact us today for more information.