What nuggets of wisdom do you hold?

What a wild ride life can be! Infinite experiences, growing pain moments, health challenges, awakenings, and endless opportunities for problem solving, researching answers, growth, transformation, and healing.

Through this roller coaster adventure, you have probably collected some wisdom nuggets of gold along the way. Whether you gleaned this wisdom from a friend, proactively discovered it yourself, learned it the hard or painful way, or stumbled upon a golden gem in a synchronistic moment or auspicious encounter – you have valuable wisdomYou hold a key to this unique wisdom that you have unlocked as a result of your experience.

Mystic Top View Of A Roller Coaster In Black And White StyleMaybe you overcame a health issue, survived cancer, recovered from an accident, helped heal your child or family member, transformed “dis-ease” in your own mind or body, did a 180 degree pivot with your dietary/exercise choices, or revitalized your health and wellbeing in a creative way? Perhaps you manage a chronic condition and have made phenomenal progress in your recovery? Maybe you successfully treated or cured an ailment naturally using unconventional approaches? Or you followed a process, strategy, or protocol that finally worked, after trying for months or years what didn’t?

Whether your wisdom and contribution is monumental or minuscule, it is deeply rewarding when your direct struggles, successes, and learning can help someone else. So what topics do your friends and family come to you for? For what wisdom do others seek you out? What information are you a trusted and reliable source? What advice or recommendations do others reach out to you for? What do they want to learn from you and pick your brain about?

bigstock--166052216What “stuff” do you consider yourself holding a treasure trove of resources? What are you knowledgeable about? Where you know or directly experienced a bit more about a topic or issue than those in your circle and in general? It doesn’t need to be necessarily anything life altering, significant, historic, or Nobel Peace Prize winning. Or where you are a nationally verified, certified speaker in the field ready to provide “expert” testimony. But if you have acquired a Ph.D., wrote a book or article, or blogged on the topic, hats off to you! There’s tremendous value there too! But let’s face it, most of us are not “traditional” experts, but we are experts on our own lived experience and what worked and what didn’t. Having lived through and survived whatever it is, certainly has its own level of expertise, trust factor, merit, value, and badge of honor.

If you could make a list of what you’d recommend for your topics, what would it include? What would you suggest to read, purchase, illuminate, or understand? Who should someone connect with? Meet with in person? What steps should they take? Where should they go to research and investigate further? What strategies might they implement to make their lives easier or improve an aspect of it?

We want to hear from you!!!

Body Mind Soul Spirit Heart Word Cloud, Fitness, Sport, Health CGrab a piece of paper and write down three resources you’d give your friend if they came to you for advice on a particular topic. Does this resource list contain a book or an article, a research study, a list of tinctures, remedies, a modality to try, a phone number, an email or website to a practitioner, or to another friend, a healer, or another professional or business to consider? Maybe you’ve recommended a product? A recipe? A time saving gadget? A life saving suggestion, a convenience tip, or lifestyle hack?

What have you learned through your adventures, health challenges, transformation, detoxing, healing protocols, natural treatments, “must-have” products, or areas and things to avoid? These essential golden wisdom bits are meaningful to others when it stems from a personal recommendation and from a real life person with a story and experience to back it up!

In reflecting back on your life experiences, and health, or other challenges, what do you wish you would have known at the beginning of your journey and along your recovering and healing path? What recommendation made a tremendous difference or changed your success trajectory?

Owl On An Old Book, A Symbol Of Wisdom And Knowledge. Comic BookCollectively, we possess the ability to weave a profound tapestry of wisdom to help heal, inspire, educate, and guide one another. We embody the understanding to save each other endless hours of research, phone calls, web searches, unnecessary treatments, and dead ends. And in many cases, together, we can also provide insight and feedback on the hundreds or thousands of dollars spent on remedies, supplements, medicines, diets, cleanses, essential oils, or herbs.

The new platform is that safe, interwoven trusted space to share your wisdom, collaborate on ideas, save your recommendations, create your “go to” lists for topics, and discover information from trustworthy sources on areas of interest to you. A macrocosm with its own microcosm zone of topics to empower friends and others to research, learn, heal, transform, and overcome, whatever it is they are struggling with or seeking insight about.

Coming soon!!!!

What wisdom will you bring?

~ Melissa A. Curtin

* One golden nugget of wisdom I’ll bring is my experience being an emergency aortic thoracic dissection and open-heart surgery survivor!!

Ready for an exceptional social media experience?

The countdown is on for the launch of this burgeoning cutting-edge, uncensored, user-curated platform!

Are you ready for an exceptional social media experience?

What does this new social media network platform encompass? Is it just another website, an application (app), or social Internet forum? Not at all. Better, and then some. Will any features be comparable to traditional social media outlets? Yes. Will there be exclusive feature sets, capabilities, and a continual development and fine-tuning of the techie bells and whistles? Yes. 

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Imagine a secure private infrastructure that incorporates what you love about the social Internet and interactive media tech – without the baggage, drama, clutter, noise, or advertising. A fully functional interactive space built using blockchain technology with key feature sets, broad capabilities, multi-faceted functions, and multi-dimensional apps. A tool, a fabulous utility – a wholly integrated social utility to benefit and serve its users more effectively and with transparency.

Content creation, collaboration, connection, trusted content, data storage, media and “card” sharing, and high quality interactions – all designed with your privacy and freedom as a cornerstone and priority. Customizable for your needs on a business, personal, and social networking level. A clean slate that facilitates productivity and efficiency. Streamlined, yet expansive for what matters and what’s essential to you. A trusted secure portal in the cloud — worthy of your content, ideas, brand, relationships, data exchanges, interests, and transactions.

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An intricate interwoven web designed for a multitude of applications and purposes on a secure incorruptible infrastructure. This blockchain-enabled technology offers the decentralization of how information is disseminated and shared throughout the platform. Content and data are “locked” in the chain and resistant to corruption or unwanted modification and manipulation. A clever solution to the excessive media censorship and the top-down control of traditional mass media dissemination.

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Are you craving a secure place in the cloud where you can bring your authentic self and express what’s relevant and paramount to you? Are you seeking an empowered, purposeful, and uplifting experience? A meaningful space?

Leverage the possibilities of how this platform can shift the current social Internet problems, improve, and solve shortcomings. Revel in the platform’s independence, its uniqueness, and bring your own unique flare and authentic self. Think big with us!

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This new utility is a social media gift for us to guide its development and customize it for our individual needs and for the betterment of society. What a magnificent opportunity! It’s up to us to use the platform as a catalyst to change the trajectory of how information is created, interacted with, organized, and shared.

Discover for yourself. Decide how you will use it and what resonates with you and your inner core. Trust yourself. Contemplate on how this platform will inspire you to share your wisdom, bring your light, leverage your content, problem-solve, engage with others, and pivot the social media landscape to the next level — in a better direction.

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Will you be apart of the guiding force to direct its growth, enhance it with your wisdom, and contribute to its success? We’re ready to have you join us!

Visit Sphir for updates and emerging launch date!

~ Melissa A. Curtin

Follow the Money

At the root of everything is the money and funds that enable its creation. We often hear “follow the money” in political and election conversations, as if that’s the only realm where money influences power, action, and decisions. Foundations, foreign policy, non-profits, journalism, scientific studies, industry research, universities, corporate-owned mass media, alternative/independent media, medical protocols, lobbyists, mass organized protests, global banks, disease treatments, cure campaigns, fact-checking websites, advertising, underwriting, social media, and endless examples prove if you dig deep enough, wade through the propaganda, and follow the money, you will reveal the purse strings that drive everything.

Money and profit are the spine and epoxy that holds the mass media ecosystems in place for the sponsors, advertisers, and industry stakeholders that rely on these distribution channels to push their narratives, messages, ideologies, agendas, and sell their products. Part of the decoding and deconstructing of messages, scripts, production elements, product placement, facts, opinions, propaganda, and content is understanding who owns the station or media outlet and who controls and edits what’s shared. The accompanying imagery, symbols, video, film, chosen music, and soundtracks are deliberate.

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Ownership influences content and it certainly shapes what is shown, spoken, broadcast, transmitted, and published. Don’t be bamboozled by the illusion, contrived authority, precisely crafted messages, and slick and lustrous productions. It is all constructed, designed, and carefully manufactured based on ownership, sponsors, and advertisers, –and ultimately the almighty dollar and the bank accounts they fill.

Who owns the media you consume? Are you aware of who is the driving force behind the information you devour, follow, and seek? Have you noticed how much the content is fabricated and steered by ownership? Learn who owns the media outlet and recognize who wrote, directed, or developed the program, sponsored the ad, printed the article, published the newspaper, wrote an “advertorial”, and why, for clues along the money trail. (Amazon/Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post and a Big Pharma vaccine billionaire recently bought the LA Times, for example.)

On average, 63% of people source some of their news from social media outlets. For social media, understanding who owns the platform, website, or app, which advertisers or sponsors contribute, and who has financial stakes in its success also determines what is allowed according to their proprietary policies, rules, and community standards. FaceBook owns Instagram (purchased for 1 billion) and What’s App (purchased for 19 billion)Five stockholders own Twitter and Twitter owns Periscope (the live-video streaming app). LinkedIn is owned by Microsoft. Google owns YouTube (purchased for $1.65 billion).

Follow the money.

In an earlier blog post about the rampant and escalated censorship across social media, I wrote about how social media users are regularly being censored and banned from FaceBook, to Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram. Since that blog post, I discovered there is an organization, Online Censorship, (formed in 2015), designed to track users’ censorship where social media users can submit a censorship report. Has anyone heard of this organization? You probably haven’t seen it promoted through traditional social media networks and didn’t even know it existed.

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Even assorted search engines generate different results and censor based on ownership. Experiment with Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo to witness how search results are ranked, which key words do not net extensive results, and which results have been scrubbed clean and removed. What implications for censoring content that doesn’t comply with search engines’ or social media platform’s ownership, standards, and policies have on the access and free flow of information? Plenty.

The deregulation of media from the Telecommunications Act of 1996 resulted in US media ownership and consolidation in 1983 from 50 media company owners to six in 2018. Six owners control most of the mainstream media in the US. These six parent companies control much more than content in their extensive spiral of cross-platform subsidiaries, but also book/film distribution, movies/television programs, theme parks, magazines, radio/television broadcasting stations, sports teams, film production companies, cell phone and cable carriers, websites, newspapers, publishing and social media companies, etc.

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Editors, writers, directors, producers, executive producers, donors, sponsors, underwriters, and more – all have a hand in the development process and contribute to the content, messages, and images/videos woven within. What is shown, what is omitted, what viewpoints are included or not – all are factors connected to ownership, financial interests, the chain of command, and who truly holds the ultimate editorial and distribution power.

Owners and stakeholders influence editorial, broadcast, and publishing decisions, and guide the direction of what is shared on a mass level. Transparency of deep money pockets is often not clear or disclosed by design. Financial stakes and interests can be revealed if you investigate and submerge below the surface to discover who is really behind the message and how ownership largely affects content.

Concentration of ownership and power is dangerous and not conducive to accessing a variety of viewpoints, diversified representation, or choice. Concentration of ownership reduces media plurality and selection. An overload of 800+ channels and there still isn’t much that is interesting or thought-provoking to watch. All owned by same companies, pushing the same message, with constant repetition, and carbon copies of one another. Mergers and the game of media Pac-Man resulted in our current media oligopoly. Controlling the distribution makes it much easier to manipulate and control the views, beliefs, content, and viewers/users.

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How can we truly have a democratic republic without the Fourth Estate (the media) protecting and informing the people? Instead mass media has become the 3rd arm of the government and the military industrial complex, an extension of Big Pharma, and an amplified voice for those in power. When there is a conflict of interest, it challenges and disables production of a balanced report or truthful findings. There is both direct and indirect pressure to regurgitate and parrot media owners’ beliefs, viewpoints, and stances on issues. Internal self-censorship regularly occurs within news agencies. Isn’t this counterproductive for democracy, effective journalism, and freedom of speech?

How about we return the airwaves, publishing freedom, and the social Internet to the people? Where the people drive their communication, their content (both developed and shared), customize how they want to use the platform, and decide what content enhances and adds meaning to their life without it being filtered through the media oligopoly and content gatekeepers? The platform designed to protect your privacy, your content, your freedom of speech — while encouraging the creation and collaboration of ideas and inspired action is unveiling soon! Sign up for updates at Sphir, for the platform launch!

~ Melissa A. Curtin

Align to infinite possibilities!

What possibilities will you align with for the new year and beyond?

Possibilities are infinite. Endless. Limitless. Expansive.

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“We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Remove the horse-blinders and break through restricting barriers, limits, and illusions. Embrace what is possible. Release what did not serve you for 2018 and breath in unlimited potentiality and possibilities for 2019.

The potential for what’s emerging. Your potential. The potential for a new paradigm. New growth. The potential to reinvent. The potential to rise up and step up in ways you haven’t even conceived yet. The potential to freely embrace possibilities and your authentic self.

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“See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.” – Ralph Marston

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Be bold. Be free. Be independent. Be free of programming. Be free of binding systems. Be free to be in your truth. Be free of the old paradigm. Be free to persevere and pioneer an unchartered path forward. Just be.

Meditative Rock Maze In The Evening Sun.How will you engage technology and use social media this year as a catalyst and stepping stone to ignite change and take action? How best can media, technology, and communications effectively serve you? Allow you to make a difference? Make your life easier? Streamline and enhance your business? Contribute to your creative expression? Corral your data, organize, and leverage your content? Where can it provide freedom and liberty? Help you stay better connected to those you trust and respect? Tree Made Of Colorful Human Hands In Branches Creates A VibrantAs a content creator, artist, business developer, activist, truth seeker, educator, advocate, truth teller and critical thinker, what ideas are you percolating and brewing? What would you like to develop? Create? Accomplish? Change? Share? Invent? Discuss? Who would you like to connect with? Collaborate? Educate? Inspire? What conversations, issues, and topics will you instigate forward and illuminate? Shape shift? Transform? Resolve? Heal? Problem-solve? Bring to justice?

How will you contribute to the paradigm shift?

Paradigm Shift in word collageThe platform’s rollout is imminent. Bring your phosphorescent being to its launch. Your energy, wisdom, truth, creativity, content, authenticity, integrity, collaboration, and engagement will drive innovation within the platform — and light the way. Use the new platform as a landing zone and launching pad for infinite possibilities! Sign up for updates and platform release info at Sphir – (stay connected for pre-launch info)!

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~ Melissa A. Curtin

What is your reality reflecting?

The winter season and the end of the year is an ideal time to reflect upon your blessings and appreciate the lessons learned throughout the year. A time to go within, and take an inner pulse on personal spiritual development, recuperate, and replenish one’s spirit. A marvelous opportunity to create intentions and ignite inspiration for the upcoming year.

Reflecting upon 2018, what brought you the most joy? Where did you offer your authentic self and true nature? Where did you witness the most growth and expansion? What opportunities did you have to extend your wisdom? Where did you make a difference in someone’s life? Where did you seize the moment to raise awareness, educate, or raise the vibration or frequency around an issue or areas of concern?

If you were not able to express your authentic self, feel you did not make a difference with your actions or behaviors in the lives of others, step up for an issue of concern, and contribute to elevating consciousness or awareness, what held you back? What prevented you? What caused hesitation or reluctance? Was it an external influence or something within yourself that inhibited you?

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Take an honest inventory of where you invested your attention in 2018. Where was your focus, energy, intention, and awareness directed? Was it in appreciation, love, gratitude, trust, empowerment, hope, abundance, progress, inspiring change, uplifting, and positive? Was it in disgust, apathy, anger, rage, disempowerment, lack, stagnation, angst, stress, fear, and negative? A combination? No judgment needed. Just a chance to reflect and gauge where your energy, focus, and awareness pivoted and landed. Recall where your attention was centered and recognize the areas that grew, expanded, and improved, and the places where little to no shifts occurred. Is there a connection?

What you choose to focus upon and give your energy and awareness to becomes your reality for better or worse. Your reality is determined by your choices, both conscious and not. Your reality is a reflection of what you resonate with, what you allow in your energetic field and mental head space – and what you rise to or match energy with, – positive, neutral, or negative.

What is your reality reflecting?

What are you resonating and in alignment with or not?

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“Energy flows where attention goes.” – Napoleon Hill

Be mindful of where you direct your attention. What you tune into with your personal frequency becomes your reality and experience. Whether that is being proactive and self-motivated to improve your life, leading with a growth mindset, who you spend your time and interact with, or if you’re absorbed with others’ problems, swept away with things out of your control, consumed with what’s on the news stations, or hypnotized by social media feeds.

The media and messaging we tune into influences the reflected reality we create and perceive by choice or default. What we watch or listen to, what we are affected by, what we choose to address or ignore, what we allow or disallow to feel agitated, marginalized, victimized, disempowered, or not. Where we zoom in with our deliberate attention and how we react all determines what we bring to our reality.

It’s easy to be on autopilot and triggered when it comes to consuming chronically negative or upsetting media messages. It can be habitual to just accept what we are fed and the “feed” we are given and scroll through. Amongst the media mix, we are fed bullshit served up throughout every part of the day and night. Unless we purposefully create awareness, develop, and sharpen our discerning critical eye, we must find time to tune out, pull back from the noisy static, distractions, disruptions, and detach, — or we experience indigestion and overwhelm from the toxins and drift from our inner truth.

Discover your truth, what is true, relevant, and meaningful for you. Tap into your own thoughts and energy and avert getting sucked into the swirling shit-storm of static, frenetic energy.

bigstock--190088719Thoughts are energy. Energy is vibration. What are you thinking about? Focusing upon? Emanating with your vibration? Where, what, and how much energy you devote your attention to contributes to its growth, momentum, and expansion.

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” – Nicola Tesla

Adjust your frequency. Raise your vibe. Surround yourself with what energizes you. Be apart of the solution, not the problem. When we work together in an empowered, aligned, and inspired state, we are the solution. You are the solution when you bring your authentic self, inspired ideas, and wisdom. 

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  • What would you like to learn, discover, and investigate this year?
  • Where would you like to collaborate and connect?
  • What problem would energize you to solve?
  • What do you desire to include in your vibration?
  • What would make your life easier? More enjoyable? More efficient and productive? More prosperous? More harmonious?
  • What would you like to see reflected in your reality?

What intentions and visions will you hold in your heart for the new year?

Will this be the year you seek truth and fully bring yours?

What frequency will you resonate with for the holidays, 2019, and in the future?

bigstock-Petals-Of-Oscillation-267970417.jpgLet’s magnetize peace, harmony, compassionate listening, authentic connection, journalistic and personal integrity, the free uncensored flow of information, where privacy is valued and honored, and an effective outlet for empowered action. Let’s create an elevated forum for creating, sharing, collaborating, and engaging with one another to positively shift humanitarian and global issues, to inspire change, catapult action, and mass awakening.

We’d be honored to have you participate and bring your wisdom and truth to a platform designed for conscious engagement, and propelling conversations, information, and technology forward. The rollout is incredibly close. The founder and team are energized for the opportunity to provide an arena and a utility for everyone’s benefit. Join us at Sphir for pre-launch updates and be the first to learn of the new name and launch date!

With peace, love, and vibrant energy,

~Melissa A. Curtin

How essential is online privacy?

Online privacy is not just about your internet service provider (ISP) or search engines tracking which sites you visit and which keywords you search for, cyber security, or the risk of having your financial or personal information hacked or leaked. It’s also about your data and content being heavily tracked and surveilled, captured and sold. And the manipulation and commodification of this data/content, the security or lack thereof for where your personal information is disclosed and dispersed, and who is granted access — with and without your knowledge, consent, or approval.

Managing and controlling what you share and determining who sees your info should be up to you, the user, the content creator, and disseminator of the information — not up to or guarded by corporations, lobbyists, or governments.

Does privacy matter to you? How discerning are you with what you share? Are you in control of and carefully monitor to whom you share?

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” Edward Snowden

Are you concerned about your data, photos, and content being harvested, aggregated, mined, sold, and stored without your permission? Have you read the privacy policies of the social media platforms, apps, and sites you frequently visit? Are you willingly providing permission to FaceBook and other social media outlets to listen to your conversations and then advertise and market related products to you?

Female Blue Eye Looking Through The Keyhole. Concept Of VoyeurisTechnology companies and financial institutions are infamous for breaching privacy and revealing data. The FaceBook/Cambridge Analytica scandal of 2018 demonstrates how vulnerable we are just by participating in mainstream social media outlets. You are unable to fully control how these tech companies use or abuse your information in-house or with third-party sources. FaceBook is not the only platform that has been found guilty of the misuse and abuse of information; Twitter has also come under scrutiny for similar actions. (Twitter accounts by default are set to “public”, but you can change the setting and select “private”.) As technology evolves, user protection and tightened privacy features should be a cornerstone and a fundamental element to Internet navigation and social media.

Press Enter Button On The Keyboard Computer Shield Cyber Key LocThe current social media reality illustrates that online privacy is an oxymoron. Entering social media Internet platforms resembles wearing your underwear outside your clothes or stitching the red letter “A” across your sleeve. You’re on display in blinking neon lights, exposed, dancing in a fishbowl.

Neon Color Line Icon Set of bubble emoticons for web and mobile.Once posted, your information is chiseled within the Internet tombstone. A time-stamped digital trail of everything you write, say, photograph, comment on, share, save, and do. Surveillance cameras are everywhere, tracking your every move, every blink, every click, like, love, and angry emoticon. Big brother, and all of his third-removed cousins, sisters, and nosy-ass mother-in-laws, peeping Toms, Dicks, and Harriets. Reverse transparency where the users’ every move is on neon display – while the platforms discreetly and purposefully hide their motives in fine print. Their cookie policies, their data sharing, mining, and selling strategies to third-parties, and their absurd censorship based on their “community standards” and discriminatory policies against content that’s in conflict with their funders. If we choose to participate, we must “accept their terms and agreements.” If not, then we must voluntarily extricate and eject ourselves from their advertising based platforms. And that’s ok!

Don’t resign your rights and be so eager to give away your personal info to drooling data miners. You can also turn off third-party sharing with changing the “platform apps on/off” setting on FaceBook to disable the auto logging in from external app, websites, and plugins. Of course these features aren’t widely promoted or known by most users.

Should you be fearful of internet privacy issues? This analyst believes so – but instead of falling into the trap of data breaching and allowing your personal info and data to be prostituted and captured by tech companies, or settling and sticking with disingenuous platforms, consider alternatives for search engines, like DuckDuckGo and decentralized/ independent platforms. Pursue a new platform utility that will never sell your data or sell you out. One that stores and protects your identity, data, content, privacy, intellectual property, and dignity. Built using blockchain technology where the users’ data are protected in a complex encrypted “transparent and incorruptible” block system. The users’ content are locked, safe, and protected by the encrypted system.

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Security. Privacy. Trust. Transparency. Integrity. 

You are the only one who should determine what you reveal about your self, your business, what content you share, how you share or monetize it, and decide who you want to share it with.

Join Sphir to engage in a free uncensored platform utility that puts the user in the driver’s seat — where you determine how your content and personal info is shared, with who, and its reach. Let’s stretch into a new paradigm of what’s possible and not cave into the anti-privacy abyss. Privacy has vanished across the social media stratosphere along with integrity, class, respect, and decency. Shall we shift it for the better together?

Be discerning and protective of your content, data, information, and your self. Be part of the change to elevate social Internet platform standards. Be apart of the privacy, data protection solution, and digital transformation!

Launching in January 2019 – sign up for pre-roll out updates at Sphir!

~ Melissa A. Curtin

Let’s crack the social media mold.

Social media platforms and content sharing websites offer tremendous value, yet they are also abundant and riddled with problems, issues, flaws, pain points, and annoyances. With growing choices and splintering options, users join and belong to numerous platforms to fulfill and satisfy their speckled social, business, content, creative, media, connection, storage, sharing, community, and networking needs. But to achieve all of users’ desired needs, wishes, wants, and nice to haves, there hasn’t been one platform in the kaleidoscope mix that has effectively delivered in all categories.

Christmas Mandala-snowflake Kaleidoscope Sequence. Abstract BackThis isn’t to suggest that there needs to be an umbrella platform that caulks the gap and supplies everything for everybody. However, for those seeking better time management, efficiency and effectiveness with their social internet endeavors, integrity, and a central, secure, and safe portal to hold and share what’s truly relevant, essential, and important, while aligned with being the change *and* taking action, — the search continues.

Existing platforms provide their unique flavor, their visionary contribution to the digital realm, and engage their eclectic users within the constraints of their distinct offerings. Each of the prevailing social media platforms have their limits of features, capabilities, technology, market, added value, bells and whistles, and scope. Some social media platforms have cool feature sets and seamless designs, while others offer a cluttered and noisy interface. Some have most of the desired package tools and community engagement, but miss the mark on privacy, censorship, reach, algorithms, functionality, relevance, or usability. While others have lost their zest and appeal and gradually become antiquated with each newer shinier platform.

social network, communication in the global computer networksWhat drives users to join and stay, or bail and flock? What keeps users engaged, interested, and loyal? Why do people gravitate towards certain social media companies, functions, and products? This Social Media Use 2018 study published by the Pew Research Center for Internet and Technology provides insight and addresses social media trends and demographics.

Does critical mass determine if a social media platform will be widely accepted, relevant, valuable, and worthwhile? Does it start out as trickles of interest, then a rolling boil, then a tipping point in critical mass, leading to full migration and popularity? How much does the quality of users over the quantity matter when utilizing a network?

Current 2018 marketing statistics reveal fascinating consumer behaviors regarding content marketing, social media, video marketing, advertising, and more. Companies pay enormous amounts to marketing research agencies to track digital trends, consumer behaviors, and dollars spent.

However, despite all the data collected and everything we’ve learned about how people use social media, much of social media falls flat. The existing structure and design of social media platforms, when primarily used as giant advertising vessels for mega-corporations and propaganda machines for governments, have become painful to be apart of and witness. The way in which social media networks and these public forums have been co-opted and manipulated is disgusting and the tolerance for social media to continue to be used and abused this way is sharply shrinking. The commodifying of our data and our lives has also run its course. And let’s not forget the rampant outrageous censorship. Have we had enough of being rats in their wicked wheel of misfortune and maze? Has anyone else noticed we have been circling around the drain for too long?

Isn’t it time for the masses to crack the code, break the mold, break down the systemic dysfunction, detach from the dependence, the addiction, and commodification of one’s data and info? For real this time! What are you waiting for?

Are you waiting for a decentralized platform, a truly independent utility, — built using blockchain? An outlet to freely share content that you’ve created with whom you choose – no-holds-barred? Customizable to meet your needs? No advertising?! A secure vault to store, save, catalogue, and organize all of your data, media, files, publications, photos, videos, and other media creations? A streamlined way for you to leverage what you create and design, with the ability to not only share, but monetize your intellectual property and ideas? A platform that encourages activism, advocacy, and taking action? Are you waiting for a platform where you can host and be apart of groups without the fear that the group will be removed and deleted for some mystery reason?

Milky Way And Snowy Mountains. Fantastic View With Mountain RidgThe founder of Sphir was waiting for all of these capabilities and much, much more — out of pure necessity and identifying where the holes are, but also in anticipation of our vanishing freedom of speech and the corporate take-over of the existing platforms. Why wait when one can create?! This is what stepping up for the people looks like. This is what innovating from insight, inspiration, and leadership looks like. This is what empowerment looks like.

Let’s bring our creative juices, our unbridled spirits, our bold and wild ideas, and our open hearts to this creative cutting-edge collaborative venture. Be apart of what it feels like. Join the Sphir of influence and get ready to crack the social media mold, shape your own experience, and drive it forward.

Be a catalyst for change! Stay connected to receive pre-launch updates, by signing up on Sphir!

~ Melissa A. Curtin