Angelo Sotira fidgets like a kid caught without his PSP2. Skinny, fashionably unshaven and looking even younger than 30 in ripped jeans and a True Religion thermal, he scoots back and forth on the couch in his office, bounces his knees and leans over the coffee table as he talks about launching the biggest, longest-running social network you’ve probably never heard of. The tabletop is littered with pieces from the Lego kits he works on when he wants to unplug (he goes through about three a month), and a chat alert periodically pings from the big-screen computer across the room.
“When we started this,” he says, fingers tapping against his leg, “we wanted to build the deepest, most vertically integrated network that ever existed.”
If Superman can get exposed on Facebook, you know we mere mortals don’t stand a chance!!
One thing about Facebook is that it can be a great tool if you realize what you should and/or shouldn’t put out there. But some things we can’t control. Being tagged in photos or spotted in Places can lead you to some unforeseen explaining. And we all know the damage that a parent can post or discover. Not a good look.
So the question posed, should you respond to a friend request from your parent? Follow this handy flow chart and you will be on your way.
This is the first in a series of articles applying the concept of supply and demand to social dynamics in relationships and in the workplace. The actual model of supply and demand is a bit more complicated and specific to economics than the popular version sounds, but its basic idea is that price (or value of a friendship) is determined by both supply and demand — if supply increases and demand doesn’t, a good becomes less valuable, and vice versa.
Alfred Marshall’s theory can’t be applied with total accuracy to human behavior — we simply don’t value a conversation the way we value a sack of grain — but, in his words, the same “fundamental idea” runs through all these kinds of exchanges. If your time has a distinct value, and if you behave as though that value is significant, your friendship will seem more worthwhile than if you simply have nothing better to do. In other words, if you’re electing to spend time with a friend instead of doing any of the many other important things that could occupy your time, that friend will have a greater respect for your friendship. These guidelines come with that sense of a relationship‘s value in mind.
Do you feel it? That’s the feeling of a movement taking off. We are few months away from our one year anniversary and things are starting to heat up in the UML offices. We are getting more visits from A-alikes, and more Moguls are beginning participate via emails, links, music, and comments. We would like to thank you for that. It is Moguls like you, that keep us wanting to do that much more here at Urban Mogul-Life.
Now let’s get this party moving. When we started Urban Mogul Life, I had visions of mellow music, black lights, good drinks, great conversation and of course a nice cigar. Who can think of anything better. And as most of you know, what good are the finer things in life if you can’t live the moment with your closet Moguls? After all you don’t want to hold a conversation with yourself. So with that being said UML was never intended to be the voice of a few choice members. We thrive when we all come together. Sort of a Good Fellas, Rat Pack, Ocean’s 11x12x13, Juice Crew, The Firm, The Commission, and any other cool crew that you can think of. That’s Mogul-Life!! That’s Fresh. Follow us……