Given that it is ‘Google’ Google+ has to be deemed important and significant IF you, like me, are into reaching out to the large wide world via the Web.
I don’t really do much Google+ specific. I just make sure that everything I post on WordPress, on ANY of my blogs, gets mentioned on Google+.
It appears that I have a TOTAL of 11 followers on Google+ and I think 3 or 4 are family, all from Deanna’s side, and one of them I have never met or have spoken with. But another, of late, is my ALTER EGO in the Holy Land, Itzik Nosatzki. That Itzik follows me on Google+ makes me HAPPY.
Itzik and I go back to 1992. I do NOT think I would be here, in 2015, writing this stuff if NOT for Itzik.
I met Itzik, and I vividly remember it, at the close of one of my seminars in Amsterdam, Holland in early 1992. He came up to me and asked me “Do you do private consulting?”. I answered “Yes”. He went away. Few minutes later he was back and asked me the same question and got the same answer. AND we did, to be on the safe side, for the third time. Itzik REALLY did want to make sure that I did private consulting — which I indeed did. He took my card and a week later called me and said that he and a group of others were coming to Cambridge, MA to meet with me. The rest, for me was HISTORY. Itzik convinced me to leave BBN and go off on my own and start off by providing 90 hours/month of paid consulting to Harris Adacom — the company he worked for. I did. And that is how I ended up here.
Itzik is a GREAT guy. For 18 months we had a ball. It was so much fun. Itzik told me many, many jokes — two of which I still, 23 years later FONDLY retell.
So, this was just to mark me crossing 100,000 on Google+. Amuses me. But it gave me the chance talk about Itzik — and that is ALWAYS good. Actually two days ago I had an e-mail from him saying that he plans to be in Boston in August. Of course we will meet. There are some real nice, real special guys in this world, and Itzik Nosatzki is one of them.