Like me, you've probably noticed the "youthiness" of those leading the social media revolution. Relax. I'm here to speak your language. So, put on your slippers, grab a cup of whatever floats your boat and let's do it. Together!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Only 50% of tweets are in English - Holy Kaw!

69% of Companies Focus on Twitter; 61% Have No Clue of Its ROI

This article makes a lot of sense to me. And, I agree that some companies are looking at social media's ROI in the wrong way. Brand awareness, not sales and donations should one of the first ways of measurement. Social media for marketing is not that unlike good old fashioned marketing...just waaaaaay faster. It opens the door for building relationships at warp speed...but relationships still have to be built. It's not a panacea for budget woes and I do think some companies look at social media as a giant silver bullet. http://amplify.com/u/246l

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3 Little Known Ways To Use Twitter Without Information Overload

Monday, February 22, 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2010

How To View Live Weather Radar On Google Earth

So, you can now watch the rain hit your roof....from your laptop? Pretty amazing. Still waiting on an app that makes coffee and brings it to me in bed.....while I'm watching the rain hit my roof from Google Earth. :-) http://amplify.com/u/209u

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Three Ways to Manage Your Attention with Facebook - The Steve Rubel Lifestream

Facebook is not my number one source for social networking but I do use is--a LOT. These are great tips for getting things under control...especially if you don't like gaming. http://amplify.com/u/2001

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Social Media Etiquette: 6 Lessons Learned from Twitter Mistakes | Windmill Networking

Spamming is never a good thing...even if the product is wonderful. http://amplify.com/u/1zzg

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sunday, February 7, 2010

10 Almost Unknown Google Facts

Google is misspelled? Go figure! I think it's too late for me to get used to Googol now. http://amplify.com/u/1s20

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

patgermelman: Are You In A Twitter Funk?

My new Amplify friends inspired this post! Special thanks to Elle!! http://amplify.com/u/1ruq

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Are You In A Twitter Funk?

Some folks responded to my recent retweet of Aaron Lee's (July 24, 2009) post from Penn Olson's website http://www.penn-olson.com with gratitude and I relished telling them why I'm so enamored with the platform. You see, it was through Twitter that I began my love affair with social media.

In the interest of full disclosure and transparency; here are some things I learned along the way:

1. Brilliant tweets generally won't get you followers. One person's brilliant is another person's stupid.

2. Twitter is not a tiny little Facebook.  People don't care what kind of shenanigans you got into in college or what five celebrities you think you most resemble.

3. People aren't into your own personal angst either. Save it for your mama.

4. Twitter isn't going to make you a millionaire overnight.

5. Twitter is an engagement platform for companies and non-profits. It's a way to promote your message and brand. It's a new way of marketing and that, in turn, does make money.

6. Twitter is not your personal cash cow (see number 4.)

7. Twitter is a high speed source of news. Real news or fake news or non-news depending on the news sources you follow.  It's more rapid-fire than any other social media or networking platform. Period.

8. Twitter is a way to build wonderful relationships. You will engage with people all over the world, people with whom you would not have exchanged nary a word were it not for Twitter. Your tweets will cross oceans and open your mind.

9. Twitter is what you make it. If you love science fiction novels, follow science fiction authors. If you're a political junkie, follow as far left or as far right as you want to go. If you love delightfully irreverent comedy, follow Sarah Silverman http://twitter.com/SarahKSilverman or Danny DeVito http://twitter.com/Danny_DeVito.

10. If tweeters get on your nerves, just stop following them. Twitter is a  guilt-free zone. It isn't supposed to get on your nerves.

11. Twitter is not a race.

12. Twitter doesn't have a rear view mirror. It's about moving forward.

13. Your twitter followers will not evaporate if you miss a few days.

14. When you do lose followers (and you will), don't take it personally. It's the nature of the platform. You get to unfollow. They get to unfollow. It's not personal.

15. Enjoy it or don't do it. But before you ditch it, take a look the list of people you follow. Own your stream!

Don’t See the Point of Twitter? New Homepage Might Help | Penn Olson

PIC: A Guide To Facebook's New Homepage | Penn Olson

After a day of not being able to get a post to stick on FB, thought I'd send out some useful stuff from Penn Olson. Love him! Check out his awesome blog. I'm a disciple. ;-) http://amplify.com/u/1rnf

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How To Write A Viral Blog Post: 7 Real Examples

Best tip I've read today: Write more than you post. Excellent advice I will learn to follow... http://amplify.com/u/1rnc

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