Take Back Control Of Your Internet Privacy – Respect Network


respect-network-logoSounds impossible, right? The headline above is the slogan for the launch of Respect Network. This start-up company provides services for ensuring that our privacy within this decentralized network gets fully respected. Before I tell you how this all works, let me describe how I got in touch with Respect Network. In June 2012 during the XWeek of XeeMe.com I attended a webinar with Marc Coluccio and Joe Johnston co-founders of connect.me. This platform turns ones existing social network into a personal reputation system, as people get vouched by their peers for skills, . The highest trust level one can reach at connect.me is Trust Anchor. As I became Founding Trust Anchor, I also got in touch with Drummond Reed, co-founder and CEO of Respect Network and started following the development of this start-up. So, you can see I have known them since two years and it is not only a new company and service on the internet I am writing about here.

“Protection of our digital life is the civil rights issue of our time. Being able to choose what happens with our private information on the Internet is something we should all have the right to do – for our sakes, and for the sake of future generations. Now is the time to act.” Drummond Reed, CEO Respect Network

What is Respect Network all about

Respect Network is a network where people get so called personal clouds and businesses get business clouds. The membership of both base upon the Respect Trust Framework. The five core principles of this framework are are: promise, permission, protection, portabillity, and proof. You can find all documents of the Respect Trust Framework here. Members get in touch with each other through special apps, which will be launched from now on. How does this look like? Respect Network is decentralized system, other than Facebook, Google+, and all the other platforms we know on the internet.

We all can decide to whom we connect peer-to-peer, whether it is a private person or a company. Our data are not saved on servers of a middleman. We take total control of our information and relationships.

Respect Network Launch and Personal Cloud Name

On 23rd June 2014 Respect Network launched its “Cloud Funding” campaign and the possiblity to claim personal cloud names. Personal cloud names look like =rogerkoplenig and as you register for it you pay a one-time fee of US$ 25. By paying this fee you get:

  1. Lifetime membership
  2. Lifetime cloud name—plus the exclusive chance to buy up to 5 additional lifetime cloud names
  3. Lifetime storage for your base personal cloud at any Respect Network cloud provider
  4. The First Million Member App Bundle – 4 special deals on personal cloud apps you can begin using today
  5. Lifetime First Million Member badge
  6. First in line to become a Respect Network Trust Anchor

If you have 17 minutes  and you would like to get more information on it, watch this video (it’s really worth it, believe me) with Drummond Reed presenting the Respect Network at the launch event in London:


I really appreciate this possibillity of having my privacy secured, at least for special relationships and I am going to explore it further on. Of course I already have my personal cloud name and thus access to Respect Network. I am sure I can come up with some concrete examples, how I benefited of it next time.

By Roger Koplenig
Social sig:  http://XeeMe.com/RogerKoplenig

Management and the Need of Faith

Photo: birgitH  / pixelio.de

Photo: birgitH / pixelio.de

Is faith relevant when managing a company or an other organization?

Before answering this question, it is necessary to have a look at which kind of faith we should talk about in management. First of all, in management it is not relevant which religious faith one has. I have met managers with excellent and poor performance without any connection with their religious affiliation. The key question is, in what managers believe when doing their business. What are their principles and which attitude do they have towards real performance. Managers are responsible for results. They should believe in the goals and the core business their company or organization is in. They should believe in creating a high value for their customers. A strong positive faith or a constructive way of thinking is one of manager’s habits. The positive attitude to reach goals, to achieve the right results is the faith we need in management.

“Beware of the Pursuit of Happiness Approach in Management”

Wolfgang Dirscherl  / pixelio.de

Wolfgang Dirscherl / pixelio.de

But we should be careful. Not all believes are good in management. Not all of them will guide you towards the right results. One of the biggest mistakes in managing people is the so called “Pursuit of Happiness Approach”. Representatives of this approach believe in “Make your people happy and they will do a good job!”. Please understand me right, of course it is not wrong to have happy people in your team. The problem of “Pursuit of Happiness Approach” is that the management (or the government, or someone else) is responsible for the happiness of the people and the faith that only happy people will do a good job. In management I suggest to keep the faith regarding effectiveness and to the right results to keep the organization capable of surviving. Enable your people to produce real performance and the right results and the most of them – not all of them – will achieve a remarkable level of happiness. And, you will reach your goals, too!

By Roger Koplenig
Social sig:  http://XeeMe.com/RogerKoplenig


Changing the Future of Privacy on the Internet – Respect Network

I’ve just attended a presentation about the Respect Network.

They will be changing the future of privacy and personal empowerment on the internet. Digital relationships will be organized decentralized without a plattform between personal clouds and business clouds. No more data gathering a la Facebook or Google. The official launch will be in June 2014. I will have the opportunity to explore it before launch.

So, stay tuned, friends, I’ll keep you posted. 

If you haven’t heard of personal clouds so far, please get your first information on it here:







By Roger Koplenig
Social sig:  http://XeeMe.com/RogerKoplenig



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Unpopular Decisions – Firing People

Firing People

S. Hofschlaeger / pixelio.de

After a long time I had to do it again – I had to fire an employee today. After the event came to my mind that I wrote a blog post about firing people some years ago. As my old blog is not on the web anymore and I believe what I wrote back then is still valid today, I thought should share this with you.

Firing people is a process hated by everyone. It is unpopular, sometimes it makes managers feel guilty and nobody likes to tell the truth about why it is happening. Often it is blamed on the market conditions, competition, or whatever else.

“Once you have decided to layoff employees, just do it, and take on responsibility for what you are doing.”
Roger Koplenig, 2005

Managers are responsible for laying off people and nobody else. They should have a look into the mirror and take on responsibility for their decisions. In such a situation a manager should simply say, “I made the decision. This is what we are going to do.” If you do not have the courage to do this, do not be a manager.

In the case of “mass firing” the people getting laid off are not “at fault”. More likely, it was the fault of the top management – the same top management with golden parachutes. At the very least management should provide services like job counseling, resume writing assistance, and job search help. There are firms that specialize in helping employees during “transitions”.

As painful a layoff may be, it is a good time to terminate marginal employees. It is good for the marginal employee, because he is not tainted with getting fired. He can blame on the management because of mass firing.

Sometimes managers show the people they are firing how hard it is on them. It is like the boy who murders his parents and then asks the court for leniency, because he is an orphan now.

What do you think about it? Please share your opinion in the comments below.

By Roger Koplenig
Social sig:  http://XeeMe.com/RogerKoplenig

The Art of Social Networking

A conversation on a Google-Hangout I had recently brought me to the idea of writing this blog post. A participant asked me: “How can I use networking for my business on the social web?” My reply was: “The same way you do it offline – getting in touch with people, maintaining relationships and making use of your contacts when the right time has come.”

Pretty short answer – right? But, guess what, there are also people who are not used to offline networking, are not members of a golf club neither do they participate at events. And, of course, online networking also has got some differences to offline networking – the main principles are the same though. This article is especially for them.
The Goal
Networking is not an end in itself. When you start out with networking you should know what you want to reach. For example you want to find a new job or you are interested in entering a new geografical market with your business. Depending on your goal you start getting in touch with people who meet your criteria. That might be common sense, I know, but I can see it on a daily basis that there are many people out in the social web world who connect just for connections sake. Society3 CEO,  Axel Schultze, wrote a great blog post about that.
“Don’t become a digital tramp.”
Axel Schultze
The Attitude
The quality of each relationship equals the attitude you approach people. A minimum amount of love for people is necessary to be successful in networking. It will be hard for grumpy people to build and maintain many intense connections. You also seek for people who are similar as you are. Birds of a feather flock together! The second point is appreciation. You need to respect others for whom they are and show your appreciation. I’m OK, you’re OK is the right attitude for networkers.
Building your Online Network
Find the right people and let them find you! Do an online assessment and find out what platforms the people you want to get in touch with. Make sure that your profiles are complete and get organized regarding your social presence. You can do that by using services like  XeeMe or  About.Me  where you have all your social platforms listed at one place.
Find groups of interest and provide meaningful content there. Get in discussions with the group members. Do not think about selling or even attempt to sell or advertise there. Find out how the people fit your interests and your goal. After a while, when you feel comfortable about it, send a connection request along side with a personal message. You will also realize that your discussion partners will do the same. The great thing about the social web is that all the information you need is there. You get to know what the people are up to, what businesses they run, what their needs are. Always be polite and be of help for others. Provide them with what they need and show appreciation for what they are contributing to the community – like posts, comment on their posts and share their content with your network. Once you are a full member of the community you will get recommended and second or third degree connections want to connect with you. You have started the ball rolling!
Maintaining Relationships
Keep the most important people on your radar screen! Once you reached a network of a few hundred or even thousand people, it is necessary to get organized. There are people who are more important for you than the others. Put them into lists. Most of the platforms provide you with such a service. If you are on XeeMe you can use the app  S3 Flights, a kind of social spreadsheet for making sure to follow the right people. Go through your lists on a daily basis. Read what your online friends are up to. Engage with them – which means comment, chat, like, re-tweet favourite the content of your interest. Help them getting their message out. Do them a favor whenever you can. 
You will realize they do the same for you. That way you will reach your goals through social networking. 

When in Rome, do as the Romans do

Passport-to-trade2.0-logoI congratulate the team members of the “Passport to Trade 2.0″ project. They have done a great job by gathering the right information about business culture and behaviour in several European countries.

We all know the ancient proverb: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” But, do we always stick to this advice? Certainly not, as we often do not know how people of the different countries do. Especially when doing business abroad, it is absolutely necessary to know how to act accordingly in the respective countries and situations.

If you want to do business in Austria, I only can recommend you to read all chapters about the country at the project website businessculture.org. There you will find the major pitfalls that might occur when looking for business opportunities and getting in touch with Austrian people.

Being a Swedish immigrant, who has been living in Austria for 40 years, I could not refrain from laughing a few times when reading the text, because I realized how good the description matched my own attitudes, habits, and behaviour. There is a lot of great advice on the website.

In particular, I would suggest to keep the following in mind when building a business relationship with Austrian people:

“Austrians are generally conservative people and are prudent and moderate in their behaviour. They respect perfectionism in all areas of business and private life, and in their approach to work they tend to focus on achieving the task at hand.”

You will find much more information on the website, including topics like business communication and business etiquette in Austria.

Roger Koplenig
Social sig: http://XeeMe.com/RogerKoplenig

Social Tips to Grow Followers, Klout score and Real Influence #1 by @DaniBachmannCH

Daniel Bachmann, the Swiss guy who “helps people to get the best out of it since the C64“, has started blogging.

His very first blog post is about social tips to grow followers and social influence. A very Daniel Bachmanninteresting topic and strategies for getting influential on the social web might be different in detail. Anyway, he put together a very good summary of 15 points how he got there. Here you can find his full post on the topic. I met Daniel on the social web via XeeMe.com about a year ago and I only can recommend him to people who like to network and socialice with a person who is very supportive and compassionate – who doesn’t like that – come on get in touch with him?!

I would like to highlight three points he mentioned there, because I am sure they are most important:

2. Update all your social profiles to a high standard, including a picture and a bio
5. Give first, rather than expecting something, be generous with likes and positive engagement
11. Grow Twitter by following new people and sharing interesting content, that gets retweeted

Again, please read his post, share your thoughts there, and of course his post. As I am also commenting his post, we will get into an interesting discussion there. Probably you have found other points which were more crusial for your strategy.

I have underestimated the power of Twitter so far. Maybe because I am European (Twitter is still a mayor US network)  or simply because I thought I don’t have the time to feed it with proper frequency to get noticed there.

You want to connect with me? As always – my social sig is: http://XeeMe.com/RogerKoplenig

Promote Yourself by Markku Tauriainen

This is a great example for social collaboration on the internet with a win-win-win situation.

Markku TauriainenMarkku Tauriainen (Entrepreneur from Finland) is offering people on his blog  to promote their entire social presence via a XeeMe. You don’t know XeeMe? – Please refer to my blog post about this great service here.

By doing this he gets more traction on his blog, the promoted people will get in touch with new interesting people and XeeMe will get new members (a tripple win situation).

Please follow this link to his offer:  Promote Yourself.

And, as usual, you can find my entire social presence here: http://XeeMe.com/RogerKoplenig

Meine XeeMe Geschichte – Social Media Präsenz-Management vom Feinsten


Heute möchte ich über Social-Media Präsenz-Management berichten, wie ich damit begann es nutzen und wie ich es heute einsetze. (English speakers please follow this link to my XeeMe Story) 2010 erwähnte ein finnischer Online-Freund einen Link zu einer Seite, welche sich XeeSM nannte. Auf dieser Seite listete er alle Links zu seinen Profilen auf allen Social-Media Plattformen auf. Großartige Idee, dachte ich mir und registrierte mich dort (13. März 2010, Mitglieds-Nr. 32384), ohne zu wissen, welch’ großen Nutzen ich daraus ziehen sollte. Heute kennt man dieses kostenfreie Social-Media Präsenz-Management-Tool als XeeMe (sieh mich – vom englischen “see me”) und hat sich großartig entwickelt (mehr als 1 Million Mitglieder). Übrigens feiert XeeMe am Montag, den 5. August 2013 seinen zweiten Geburtstag – ein herzliches Happy Birthday an dieser Stelle. Aber, weiter im Thema. Anstatt alle meine Plattform-Profile überall anzuführen oder in langen Listen einzutragen, begann ich also damit nur meinen Xeeme-Link anzuführen, wo meine vollständige Social-Media-Präsenz angeführt war.

Was passierte danach? Ehrlich gesagt, nicht viel. Damals war XeeMe in seiner Alpha-Phase und ich besuchte mein Profil nicht mehr, bis ich am 8. Juli 2011 eine E-Mail von Axel Schultze, CEO von XeeMe, erhielt und informiert wurde, dass XeeSM nun Google+ unterstütze. Nun begann ich mehr darüber in Erfahrung zu bringen. Eines der ersten Lern-Videos, welches ich mir ansah, war vom XeeMe Mitglied Wayne Ulery, das zweite Video von Mick Say. Ich nahm mit ihre Ratschläge zu Herzen und meine machte tolle Erfahrung mit Social-Media Präsenz Management vom Feinsten, wie auch echtem Online Netzwerken. Mein hoch qualitatives Netzwerk wuchs enorm. Auf jeder Plattform entwickelte sich mein Netzwerk von 100 Verbindungen auf weit über 1000.

“Management wandelt Strategie in Resultate. Für Social-Media-Management empfehle ich XeeMe.”  Roger Koplenig

Das soziale Management-ToolXeeMe_Roger_Koplenig_Dashboard
Mein großer Nutzen aus der Verwendung dieses Tools war nicht nur, dass ich alle meine Netzwerk-Links auf einer Seite darstellen konnte, sondern vielmehr die Organisation meiner Online-Kontakte über alle Netzwerke hinweg. Schon nach kurzer Zeit hatte ich alle Links wichtiger Menschen in meinem XeeMe Adressbuch, genannt “Focus”. Und das ermöglichte mir, meine Netzwerk-Bemühungen genau auf die Menschen zu konzentrieren, die für mich auf die eine oder andere Weise wichtig waren. Kategorien wurden angelegt und Leute zu diesen zugeordnet. Beispielsweise ist heute noch eine meiner wichtigen Kategorien der “Innere Kreis” für Menschen, mit welchen ich täglich in Kontakt bin. Mein Online-Verhalten änderte sich von “netzwerk-orientiert” zu “menschen-orientiert”. Immer, wenn ich “hören” möchte, was sie gerade interessiert, habe ich die Möglichkeit direkt auf ihr Facebook, Twitter oder jedes andere Profil zu kommen. Sie sind immer genau einen Klick von mir entfernt. Das gute daran ist, dass man auf diese Art sogar mehrere Hundert Menschen in eine persönliche Organisation bringen kann, niemand geht verloren. Ein weiteres sehr gutes Tool auf XeeMe ist das App “Flights!” (Sozialer Engagement Manager). Dort habe ich zielorientierte Gruppen von Menschen gebildet, mit welchen ich mich aus einem bestimmten Grund engagieren möchte. Beispielsweise habe ich einen Flight! mit allen “Social-Media Strategen”, mit welchen ich mich laufend austauschen möchte.

Es gibt kein Management ohne die Resulate zu messen. XeeMe liefert mir die Anzahl der Besuche meines Profils, die Relevanz der Plattformen und die Aufmerksamkeit ich auf mich ziehen konnte.

Die Kultur der XeeMe Gemeinde

Für mich definiert sich die XeeMe Gemeinde durch Professionalität im Sozial-Media Präsenz-Management, wie auch der Interaktion von Menschen über den Globus und, dass es zunächst einmal keine Fremden gibt. Versteht mich nicht falsch, es ist nicht nur eine Netzwerk von Leuten, die gemeinsam nur aus Freizeitaktivität herumhängen. Es sind einige Profis aus verschiedenen Geschäftsbereichen dabei. XeePl (so nenne ich unsere Gemeinschaft von XeeMe und People) arbeiten, entwickeln und verbreiten Inhalte gemeinsam – weltweit. Wir unterstützen uns gegenseitig, indem wir unsere Inhalte teilen und jedem bei Fragen helfen.

Ich habe ein paar XeePl gefragt, wie die Kurltur von XeeMe von ihnen gesehen wird. Folgendes habe sie gesagt. Daniel Bachmann aus der Schweiz schrieb “I think the culture is diverse, open and integrated.” oder Steven Healey aus dem Vereinigten Königreich führte an  “XeeMe is an inclusive mutually supportive community with a depth of expertise rivaled by very few online networks.”

Die Beziehungen durch XeeMe
Ich habe Menschen mit den selben Interessen, wie ich sie habe gefunden – von Australien bis Zimbawe – und viele von ihnen nenne ich meine Freunde, obwohl ich sie bisher persönlich noch nie getroffen habe. Eigentlich habe ich mit dem Netzwerken begonnen, um Freunde zu finden und war dann überrascht, dass ich in kurzer Zeit auch Geschäftsbeziehungen aufbauen konnte. Einige von uns starteten eine Zusammenarbeit an einem großen Projekt, “Digital Sunrise Europe“. Die Buzz-Kampagne vom 21.06.2012 mit einer Reichweite von 100 Millionen Menschen, hatte das Projekt vor allem dem Buzz-Master, Berrie Pelser aus den Niederlanden zu verdanken. Außerdem habe ich Axel Schultze (Gründer & CEO von XeeMe), Marita Roebkes (Ko-Gründerin von XeeMe), Olaf Kracht (CEO von OK! Kommunikation) und Florian Gottschall (CEO von Sommerrecords) auf einer Messe in München persönlich getroffen.


Persönliche Vermarktung mit XeeMe
Viele der XeeMe Powernetworker sind massiv vernetzt, gut bekannt und nehmen großen Einfluss auf das Geschehen im weltweiten Social-Media Umfeld. Manche sind international anerkannte Social-Media Strategen und Berater. Als ich Mitglied der “XeeMe Social-Media Strategen” wurde, nahmen viele hoch quallifizierte Leute Kontakt mit mir auf. Dazu musste ich nicht viel tun, es passierte einfach – ich wurde weiter empfohlen.

XeeMe-Avatarx200Heute werde ich weltweit von Experten aus den Bereichen Marketing, Werbung, Finanzen, Social-Media und vielen anderen gefunden. Die Positionierung als Mitglied dieses großartigen Netzwerks, führte mich zu neuen Seminar- und Beratungsaufträgen für Marketing-Management und Social-Media Management.

Falls du nun an Social-Media Präsenz-Management interessiert bist und mit mir in Verbindung treten möchtest, dann klcke den Link unten und registriere dich kostenlos. Ich würde mich freuen, dich hoch engagierten Powernetworkern vorzustellen.

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