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Just recently, Bruce and I were featured in the Innovators of Vancouver segment which outlined how Elguji and we, as individuals, innovate and leverage social media in our lives.

At first I was really nervous at the thought doing this, but after all was said and done, I had a great time and felt that the segment turned out very good.

If any one of you know me well, I am pretty much the “quiet reserve” behind Bruce’s flamboyant personality.  I don’t have a problem with that as it is my nature of being just that.  Growing up, I was taught not to brag or boast about your successes or endeavors and that the recognition would come from within and from others on their own.  But with the rage of social networking and the continuous movement of needing to be recognized for your uniqueness to set yourself apart from the rest of the social media frenzy has pushed everyone to become their own “attention seeking whore” aka ASW.

Now there are many ways of being an ASW, all of which can be subjective.  However, the key to becoming successful in “tooting” your own horn has to come genuinely from within with honesty, class and unpretentious.  The key is not to brag or to bring attention to yourself or to say, “look, look, look at me”, but only to state your successes and how you obtained the goals you set out to do.  Everything else will fall in place when people recognize you as an example they want to follow.

So even though being an ASW is not in my nature, I guess sometimes you just have to do it…and sometimes its not so bad!

Yesterday, I twittered that I had done a search on my maiden name “Ujifusa” on Facebook and came across a lot of people with the same last name that I don’t even know.

There was one individual that lives in Portland, OR so I decided that I would email him via Facebook and ask him a few questions.  He wrote back with some very interesting information.  I found out that his grandfather lived in the same town that I grew up in.  I didn’t recognize his grandfather’s name so I have emailed my dad to see if he knew of him.  It’s just way too coincidental that we share the same last name and that we have relatives that live in the same town as I grew up in.  I have to assume that he is a relative of mine in some sort of way.  If so, that is so cool!

I counted the number of “Ujifusa’s” in Facebook and I came across 15 names (not including the one in Portland).

What a small world it is indeed.  And what a great example of social networking working at its best!!!

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