A few pots of stew and pints of Guinness @Kyojin Stewhouse! (Thu 5/11)

I had been meaning to put together a visit to Kyojin Stewhouse for a couple of GoodPeople and what a marvelous opportunity to bring together all the Irish lads I know in Tokyo at the same time!

Sure, ‘most’ of you know each other but maybe not everyone! Plus more than one of you has not yet tried out this fine establishment!

If somehow I missed an invite to anyone Irish ūüėČ drop me a message quick as a flash and I’ll see if we can squeeze in one or two more!

WHAT: The Tucka the Irish! (and a few strong Peers)
WHEN: Thursday 5/11 @6:30/45pm~
WHERE: Kyojin Stewhouse
Address: ?142-0042 Tokyo, Shinagawa, Togoshi-Ginza Shotengai
Phone: 03-6426-7803
Check out the gorgeous menu here!

[BISxBIJ EVENT] Oct 24 (Mon): October Networking Event: Expanding Your Business Beyond Borders, @ANA, Akasaka, Tokyo

Speakers this month will speak about Market Entry and “building business beyond borders”.


Fariza Abidova will introduce her global B2B business platform start up, Trusted Corporation. Ichiro Minamikawa will discuss why working with the Japan Market Entry Association is a good idea for foreign companies wanting to break into the Japanese market.

WHAT: Business is Social x Business in Japan October Networking Event: Building Business Beyond Borders
WHEN: Monday, October 24th, 19:30~
MAPS LINK: https://goo.gl/maps/Dq5zKfQzFhx
WHERE: MIXX Bar & Lounge, 36F ANA InterContinental, Akasaka, Tokyo
COST: 2,000 yen ?one drink is included in the price?

SPEAKERS & TOPICS:

Fariza Abidova
CEO & President of Trusted Corporation
CEO & President of SOPHYS Corporation

Fariza will be discussing her B2B business platform start up Trusted Corporation. Linked in for companies.

Trusted Corporation developed a membership-based, pre-screened cross-border B2B platform primarily for small and midsize companies of any industry/country.
The platform makes it possible to find business partners without middlemen and to reach any company’s stakeholders directly. Customers benefit from direct sales leads and interesting collaboration offers from abroad.
The Trusted platform also offers opportunities for marketing and branding to the global market.

Trusted Inc.
http://www.trusted-inc.com

Fariza would like to meet with:
– CEO and Executives of Small to mid-sized companies who are searching for business opportunities in Japan and foreign markets
– Companies who want to reduce the time and cost of retaining brokers to reach potential partners to develop business abroad
– Companies who want to enhance their brand by marketing themselves on a peer-to-peer platform
– Companies looking for big data in target markets
– Companies that see the growth opportunity abroad and wish to leverage technology in their pursuit

Fariza has wide knowledge and experience from cultures in the EU, Middle East, Russia and Asian countries, as she grew up in the multicultural and multilingual environment of Uzbekistan. She speaks 7 languages fluently (English, Japanese, Russian, Uzbek, Tajik, Persian, and Turkish).

Fariza graduated with honors from Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages, majoring in English and Japanese linguistics.

Fariza’s research focused on cross cultural communication and international relations under the scholarship of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
She established SOPHYS Corporation after experiencing working in major Japanese companies. Currently providing business solutions to Global Japanese companies (Keidanren, NEC, NTT Group and others) regarding cross cultural awareness, and practical business and communication skills necessary for a global business environment.

Fariza provides corporate training for foreign employees of Japanese companies based on her business experience in Japan. Her goal is to create a mutual understanding between Japanese and foreign workers within the office.

Fariza’s current project leverages her deep knowledge of Japanese language, economy, business culture, and international markets. She is developing an IT B2B platform to promote successful cross -border business growth.

LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/fariza-abidova-4322a11a

Ichiro Minamikawa

Minamikawa-san will be talking about the Japan Market Entry Association. He will discuss the types of businesses that benefit from JMEA consultation, and common misunderstandings foreign businesses have before entering the Japanese market.

Japan Market Entry Association
JMEA is a global association of market entry specialists. Members include government employees and international business professionals. Focus is both on inbound and outbound business development. Areas of expertise include; cross-border M&A, joint ventures, business alliances, licensing, franchising, import/export, outsourcing, greenfield, and global E-commerce.

Minamikawa-san would like to meet with:
– Any person or company interested in inbound or outbound Japan business.

Minamakiwa-san is a serial entrepreneur. A pioneer in innovative gift card models, i.e. point cards, experience gift cards and, medical gift cards. He is a strategic consultant for overseas clients entering the Japan market including Fortune 500 companies such as Walmart and internet ventures such as Giftcertificate.com. as well as many European companies.

LinkedIn:
https://jp.linkedin.com/in/ichiro-minamikawa-24b3792

NOTE: JOIN REMOTELY – if you would like to join this event but cannot make it because you are outside Tokyo, you can at least see some of the Event on Facebook Live at the Business In Japan Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/businessinjapan/


Business is Social and Business in Japan¬†intend to run events on a regular basis, so keep an eye out for more of them here on Jason’s GoodPeople Japan website or in the Business In Japan¬†group on LinkedIn.

To make sure you don’t miss them in the future, you can register at either or both of these Event Management links:
[BIS@MEETUP] http://www.meetup.com/Business-is-Social/
[BIJ@DOORKEEPER] https://businessinjapan.doorkeeper.jp/

Connect with:
Jason https://jp.linkedin.com/in/goodpeople
Josh https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshua-barry-37b85a8
Will https://www.linkedin.com/in/will-murray-9a7b228

[BISxBIJ EVENT] August 29 (Mon): Business is Social x Business in Japan, @ANA, Akasaka, Tokyo


Japan and Business interested professionals:

BIS x BIJ events aim to help you make substantive contacts that turn into real relationships, as well as build and nurture a community both online and offline


Business is Social and Business in Japan are excited to team up for our third networking event together on Thursday June 28th. Held again at the fantastic Mixx Bar at the ANA InterContinental hotel

This months theme is COMIC CON! Yes, this “multi-genre entertainment and comic convention held annually in San Diego, California.” is finally coming to the country that probably most naturally identifies with such an Event!TCCComicConHCC

Speaking this month is Mitsuaki Munegumi (Mune) CEO of Tokyo Comic Con. (for around 10 mins)

Also CEO of Hollywood Collector’s Gallery – ‘HCG’ manufacturers and distributes Hollywood movie merchandise, especially hi-end products like movie prop-replicas. HCG has been producing DC Comic and other superhero items, too.

Recognizing changes in customer preferences, Mune-san decided to organize his own Hollywood Convention (HollyCon) in 2012, with the first guest from Hollywood being Christopher Lloyd, known as DOC BROWN in Back To The Future.

The 10th HollyCon will have been held August 27 & 28, the two days before Mune-san’s talk with us!¬†In his talk, he¬†will explain about the Comic Con event, his collaboration with Steve Wozniak and how the first Tokyo Comic Con came about. The Tokyo Comic Con will be a unique blend of US and Asian pop cultures. Mune-san will of course give us a bit of a sneak peek about which Hollywood stars are coming.

Second Speaking Spot OPEN If you or your company would be interested in being involved with Tokyo Comic Con and indeed you would be interested in speaking along side Munegumi-san about something keenly relevant to Comic Con and it’s fans, please contact us ASAP! Equally if¬†this is the type of event your business would like to be involved with as a sponsor, please also let us know.

And finally, let’s not¬†forget Cosplay…..feel free to dress up!!


Not your usual ‘run of the mill’ Networking Event, put this night in your schedules and come along to meet GoodPeople and hear about this amazing event and what to expect when it finally comes to Japan!

WHAT: Business is Social x Business in Japan August Networking Event & Tokyo Comic Con CEO
WHEN: Monday, August 29th, 19:00~
MAPS LINK: https://goo.gl/maps/Dq5zKfQzFhx
WHERE: MIXX Bar & Lounge, 36F ANA InterContinental, Akasaka, Tokyo
COST: 2,000 yen (includes 1 drink)

RSVP please: https://businessinjapan.doorkeeper.jp/events/50718

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Business is Social and Business in Japan¬†intend to run events on a regular basis, so keep an eye out for more of them here on Jason’s GoodPeople Japan website or in the Business In Japan¬†group on LinkedIn.

To make sure you don’t miss them in the future, you can register at either or both of these Event Management links:
[BIS@MEETUP] http://www.meetup.com/Business-is-Social/
[BIJ@DOORKEEPER] https://businessinjapan.doorkeeper.jp/

Connect with:
Jason https://jp.linkedin.com/in/goodpeople
Josh https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshua-barry-37b85a8
Will https://www.linkedin.com/in/will-murray-9a7b228

[BISxBIJ EVENT] July 28 (Thu): Business is Social x Business in Japan, @ANA, Akasaka, Tokyo


Japan and Business interested professionals:

BIS x BIJ events aim to help you make substantive contacts that turn into real relationships, as well as build and nurture a community both online and offline


Business is Social and Business in Japan are excited to team up for our third networking event together on Thursday June 28th. Held again at the fantastic Mixx Bar at the ANA InterContinental hotel, we are very please to announce two great speakers for our second event; Tim Romero and Donny Kimball.

Our guests will speak for 5 minutes or so each followed by a group Q&A and social networking after.

Not your usual ‘run of the mill’ Networking Event, put this night in your schedules and come along to meet GoodPeople and hear some solid ideas about how to get the most out of Networking.

WHAT: Business is Social x Business in Japan July Networking Event
WHEN: Thursday, July 28th, 19:00~
MAPS LINK: https://goo.gl/maps/Dq5zKfQzFhx
WHERE: MIXX Bar & Lounge, 36F ANA InterContinental, Akasaka, Tokyo
COST: 2,000 yen (includes 1 drink)
SPEAKERS & TOPICS:

[1] Tim Romero – Tim Romero is a Tokyo-based entrepreneur, podcaster and author who has started several companies since coming to Japan more than 20 years ago. Tim also hosts the Disrupting Japan podcast and is deeply involved in Japan’s startup community as an investor, founder and mentor.

His podcast Disrupting Japan is a must listen for those who want to stay on top of the Japan startup scene.

http://www.disruptingjapan.com
Tim brought himself quite a lot of global press after posting a blog article titled; “Why I Turned Down 500K, Pissed off my Investors, and Shut down my Startup.

Tim’s topic will be “Bootstrapping vs. VC/Angel money, what is the right choice for your startup?

[2] Donny Kimball – is a public relations and social media marketing consultant at Kyodo PR with an eye for growth hacking. He has leveraged these skills to bring massive awareness and positive financial results to his corporate and start up clients. Originally from the United States, Donny spent a large majority of his youth living in Kansai and is a former PhD track candidate at Sophia University.

In this talk, Donny will discuss why social media is the way to go when bootstrapping a startup. 

He will briefly explain the state of each of the platforms and why platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are superior to other marketing alternatives. Finally, Donny will explain the latest tricks of the trade and hacks for getting the most out of social media when on a tight budget.

RSVP please: https://businessinjapan.doorkeeper.jp/events/48436
BISxBIJ
Business is Social and Business in Japan¬†intend to run events on a regular basis, so keep an eye out for more of them here on Jason’s GoodPeople Japan website or in the Business In Japan¬†group on LinkedIn.

To make sure you don’t miss them in the future, you can register at either or both of these Event Management links:
[BIS@MEETUP] http://www.meetup.com/Business-is-Social/
[BIJ@DOORKEEPER] https://businessinjapan.doorkeeper.jp/

Connect with:
Jason https://jp.linkedin.com/in/goodpeople
Josh https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshua-barry-37b85a8
Will https://www.linkedin.com/in/will-murray-9a7b228

Tim https://www.linkedin.com/in/timromero
Donny https://www.linkedin.com/in/distantdystopia

Thu 6/23 Japan Insurance Professionals Burger meet-up [FULL]

GoodPeople in Insurance or Finance – this micro-networking event is for you!

The next GoodPeople event is focused around Insurance Industry Executives and Professionals and we hope to have around 20 people come along for casual Networking over dinner at  M A R T I N I   B U R G E R  in Kagurazaka, Shinjuku.

As always, GoodPeople Japan micro-events are about me mixing my network with each other around a common subject of interest, in this case the Insurance Industry and professionals in it. Not open to Recruiters or Financial planners, I have invited select people I know in Japan.

June GPJ Micro-meetup! Click the image above to read about GoodPeople member and Owner of Martini Burger; Eliot Bergman

WHAT: Japan Insurance Professionals Burger meet-up
WHERE: MARTINI BURGER Kagurazaka, 31 Nakazatocho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-0804, Japan
TEL.:+81 3-6280-8920
WEBSITE: http://martini-burger.com/en/
GOOGLE MAPS: Martini Burger on Google Maps
COST: 5,000 yen+tax. Limited menu Based on the main burger menu here¬†(Vegetarian options available) + Nomihoudai (including Martini’s) *MENU selections below in comments!

TIME: 18:30 arrival for a 19:00 start
DATE: Thursday 6/23 RSVP Thursday 6/23!

RSVP’s pretty much closed. If you haven’t done so by replying to my last email, or by¬†clicking the ‘RSVP Thursday 6/23!’ link which opens an email to send to me in the subject, please do or give me a call. ¬†

NOTE: As of today (6/3), 35 people + myself are confirmed. My network is fairy large in Finance and Insurance – so the event as expected, booked out quickly & on a “First Confirm, First In” basis. This type of event is pretty unique, so perhaps I’ll do another for Insurance /Finance.

Micro-meet up Dinner! BYO wine from your country (or favorite country)

We all bring a wine, everyone gets to try the wine everyone brings! You get to network with cool ‘GoodPeople’ who you wouldn’t normally, and it’s small enough to meet everyone.

This event is pretty much an invitation only event, plus friends of those GoodPeople, depending on numbers. We’re aiming to keep it to 8-12 people. Proposed by a GoodPeople Japan member, who along with his wife, have offered up their apartment as the venue, after the restaurant we booked for it, we didn’t communicate¬†enough seats reserved for the event and we had to move it!

If you want to come, please email me at jason [at] goodpeople [dot] jp

A Dinner to match the Wine evening will be:
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AT: Apartment of GPJ member
ADDRESS: (full address/unit number to be emailed on confirmation)
Pre-state Ishikawadai, Ishikawacho 2-Chome, Ota-ku, Tokyo 145-0061
GoogleMap link: https://goo.gl/maps/39DxYFhLfpt
4 mins from Ikegami line Ishikawadai, 12 min from Meguro Line Oookayama
DATE: Friday April 15th
TIME: arrivals from 19:00~
COST/Food contribution: 3,000-4,000 yen (hosts preparing!)
NUMBERS: we’ll stop at 8-12 people¬†– we’re pretty close to¬†that number now.
Attendees I expect are all GoodPeople in Banking, Insurance, Finance, Retail, and Business.

Business In Japan: On the way to 2020

There are a lot of Events on in Tokyo these days, or at least, it seems so if you spend any time on Social Media at all.

If you don’t go to many, but you know you would likely benefit from expanding your network in Tokyo, or if you go to lots of events, but need to manage your time to make sure you you spend it at events where you’ll meet the sort or people you’d like to…
…this event is for you!

Six or Seven Speakers, for Six or Seven mins each, about the coming Six or Seven years in Japan…

Business In Japan: On the way to 2020

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  • Where is Japan & Business going in the next 6-7 years, ‘on the way to 2020’?
  • What are the expected Opportunities from the speakers perspectives?
  • What are the challenges?

WHAT: Business In Japan: On the way to 2020
WHEN: Thursday 24th October
TIME: from 7pm til late
COST: ?3,000 (includes 1 Drink+)

WHERE: RISTORAZIONE LE G.A (Roppongi, opposite MidTown)
ADDRESS: B1 AXALL Roppongi, 7-6-6 Roppongi

MAP URLs:
Google http://m.google.com/u/m/_AUvqU
gnavi http://r.gnavi.co.jp/a275205/map/
LE G.A Website http://www.le-ga.jp/access/index.html

Come hear and meet, 6-7 of Business In Japan on LinkedIn’s core members talk, for 6-7mins each (or so) about where they think Japan is going in the next 6-7 years, what they see as the opportunities & challenges for doing Business In Japan on the way to 2020!

While the Olympics are just one factor that will influence investment, opportunity and perhaps burden on Japan’s growth and potential in the years ahead, there are so many other factors at play.

**Special Bar at the back of the event venue for post talk Q&A with speakers and to get to meet them!**

You can click through to the RSVP & Event page here, but speaker line up is:

Keynote Speaker/Presenter: Darrel Whitten
Living in Japan continuously since 1971, Darrel Whitten is managing director for Investor Networks Inc., a Tokyo-based investor relations consultancy serving over 200 listed Japanese companies.
He has a core presentation on the probable impact of the Olympics on Business in Japan.

Special Guest Speaker: William Saito
William is well-known globally as an Entrepreneur, VC, Author & member for the World Economic Forum and especially well known in Japan most recently, selected by the Nikkei as one of the ‚Äú100 Most Influential People for Japan‚ÄĚ. A sought after speaker we’re honored to have him share his views about Japan ‘on the way to 2020’!

And introducing:
Ziv Magen – talks about Japan’s exciting & profitable Property Market
Rob Pereyda – 10-year veteran of the Japanese Anime, gaming & licensing business, and founder of the BIJ group
Michael Rofe – 22yrs in media in Japan, advocate for Japan’s 2020 bid he shares on: Olympic “Faster, Higher, Stronger” dreams
Megumi Oyanagi – Director, Global Marketing for Pharma service company Quintiles in Japan, advisory Board member of the CMO Council for Asia Pacific, Social Media savvy & helping Japanese firms wanting to use the medium to expand internationally, she is also a Manager of the BIJ group in Japanese.

…and 1-2 other speakers, details currently being confirmed!

SPECIAL OFFER for spreading the word!

1 additional Drink ticket for each of up to 3 attendees (valued at up to 3,000 yen) who ENTER YOUR FULL NAME into the RSVP sign up to this event on this Doorkeeper event page!

Attendee and referrer both need to attend & you can be your own referrer – but not for a Drink ticket! ūüėČ



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DEVILCRAFT CHICAGO PIZZA & CRAFT BEER MICRO MEETUP

GoodPeople micro-event, at Devil Craft in Kanda
Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:00 – 22:00
18 people maximum [RSVP ASAP]

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Booking out fast. This is the second micro-event at Devilcraft that GoodPeople Japan member Josh Barry has proposed. The first one was excellent. The introductions flowed well (though we’ll keep a tighter eye on timing this time), as did the great Craft beer…. oh, and the Pizza, wow. My first try of Chicago style Pizza and it was amazing! (Check out the Wiki on it if you don’t know Chicago Pizza!) Plus there was so much I could even take a slice home to keep the little lady happy!

In short this is a true GoodPeople meetup, where it’s kept small and self introductions required & kept short, with plenty of time thereafter to get to know each person well enough, so at the end of the meet up you have that person as a connection, well, for life if you want it.

If it seems like you’ve you missed out, please RSVP anyway. Doorkeeper creates a waiting list automatically & if someone drops out, first on the waiting list is in. But main reason is, we can start planning the 3rd one with the wait list too.

Business In Japan group on LinkedIn’s 5th Birthday Party!

In early February, 2008 Rob Pereyda set up what was one of LinkedIn’s earliest groups, group number 54,168. Currently there are over 4.8 million groups on LinkedIn (I checked by setting up & closing one!), making Business In Japan in the first 2% of groups starting (1.13% to be exact) on LinkedIn, and now, 5 years on there are 35,682 members with over 10,000 of them Japan based. (this is hard, takes time to work out BTW, & LinkedIn’s ‘statistics’ are woefully wrong, possibly due to Privacy settings).

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Business In Japan has held some of Tokyo’s largest events, however the real value of the group remains that there is a location you can go to online, 24/7 to read about and interact with like minded people around the subjects of Japan and Business.

And now it’s time to celebrate this 5th Year milestone & Birthday, with another large event! The venue can comfortably hold a few hundred people & there is no door charge, so why not come on down for a drink, to meet some people you’ve always wanted to, and raise a glass to Rob and the BIJ group Moderation team, myself included.

Here are the details:

WHAT: 5th Birthday for Business In Japan group on LinkedIn
WHEN: Thursday 21st February
TIME: from 7pm til late

WHERE: RISTORAZIONE LE G.A (Roppongi, opposite MidTown)
ADDRESS: B1 AXALL Roppongi, 7-8-6 Roppongi

MAP URLs:
Google http://m.google.com/u/m/_AUvqU
gnavi http://r.gnavi.co.jp/a275205/map/
LE G.A Website http://www.le-ga.jp/access/index.html
LE G. Map http://www.le-ga.jp/access/images/imagemap.png

Other Links to share please:
LinkedIn
#Event 2/21 Business In #Japan group on LinkedIn 5th Birthday Party! http://lnkd.in/aBN-4S
Facebook
5th Birthday #event for Business In #Japan group on LinkedIn Feb21 #Tokyo http://goo.gl/JSydY

COST/WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Pay as you go (PAYG), Cash Bar/Food, ‘Cash-on’ = No Door Charge
  • Drinks from 500-800 yen, Tapas selection/food available
  • Casual, fun night with the chance to meet people from Business In Japan who are in Tokyo in person, either randomly or why not take this opportunity to reach out to people & organize to meet up there?
  • Door prizes, brief announcement from group founder & main admins

SPONSOR / CO-HOSTS

BIJ.TV http://businessinjapan.tv/
Business in Japan TV (BIJ.tv) is an online bilingual video channel about successful entrepreneurs, executives and companies doing business in Japan.

Press Release: Business in Japan TV (BIJ.tv) Launched http://custom-media.com/official-launch-business-in-japan-tv-bij-tv/

RSVP here please:

Business In Japan group on LinkedIn 5th Birthday Party!

What if Social Media isn’t ‘all that’?

There’s a lot of talk about what it is, what it promises, where it’s heading & advice about how to use Social Media better.

I’m someone who loves it, thrives in it, uses it and unlike many, use it to take it offline & make relationships as real as possible, as often as possible, so don’t lament it’s¬†existence at all. More I am disappointed at the missed opportunity.

If one of the goals of Social Media for the individual is connecting with people you don’t know yet (meeting, getting to know them, perhaps through others), then Social Media promises far more than it delivers…

That to me, would be clearly¬†because of the way the vast majority of people are using it and how they view it – period.¬†(i.e. they don’t want to do any more than they do already, don’t have strong enough motivation to, are apprehensive as it takes them out of their comfort zone). You can’t tell the market what to do after all. It may evolve somewhat but the market pretty much does what the market does.

We can complain and say it isn’t the way it’s ‘supposed’ to be or that the channels, platforms & makers of tools need to do more to help people ‘get it’ – that they ‘can’ actually {insert what they want from joining Social web channels} if they want to – but perhaps people just can’t be bothered.

There clearly is a desire to join social channels, to ~ connect/friend/add to circles/follow ~ with a lot of people, to join groups, to read, to observe – everything that takes no overcoming of fear nor too much time to do, and very little else.

Then there’s those that have something to sell, who see Social Media as only something ‘Online’ and to broadcast their self promotional messages to. {insert expletive}’s! If there was less of this, perhaps more individuals would see more value in Social Media!

That’s what I see in the behavior of the majority on all channels, even LinkedIn, even in most LinkedIn groups.

We’re all busy & all dealing with information overload, delivered to our eyes through multiple devices & mediums. Perhaps all it takes is some time for a greater % of people to use Social Media, in similar ways that they would say their physical network and as they might act, behave & pursue at in-person events – to reach out and meet new people, build rapport, spend some time together, getting to know each other & communicating, to stay in touch and maybe one day help each other out.

Then again, how many people do you know who have little or no interest in going to Business or other Networking events, are not necessarily that social, at least since they left their teens & early 20’s behind.

Perhaps the vast majority of people are pretty happy with their current circle of influence & the small, natural growth that occurs without putting in very much effort, or experiencing discomfort?

If so, what IS everybody getting out of Facebook then? ūüėČ