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Meet 7 Twitter Influencers Who Follow Millions

Ari Herzog

It was very hard for me to engage with anyone since my feed was full of people I didn’t know. How do you know if you are following one too many people on Twitter? How do you manage the relationships between the people you follow and the tweets they write? Do you feel guilty that you won’t see everyone’s tweets? million people and are followed by 3.5 million. Thoughts?

Why You Should Unfriend Facebook Friends

Ari Herzog

You can subscribe to my list of social voices and view digests in your news feed. The average Facebook user in the United States has 229 friends, initiating 3 friend requests every month and accepting 4. The Pew Internet & American Life Project indicates your age says a lot about your friends. Generation Xer, my friends today number 334. That number is decreasing every day. But why?

Why 84% of Your Facebook Fans are Lurkers

Ari Herzog

The rest of the blame rests with EdgeRank, a Facebook algorithm that determines what every user will see in their news feed. How many times has your social media consultant, the local chamber of commerce, a conference presentation, and your favorite blog encouraged you to create a Facebook fan page? “It’s the largest social networking site, and you’d be crazy to ignore it!”

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Facebook Followers: Profiles vs Pages

Ari Herzog

Facebook explains following : “When you follow someone, you see their posts in your news feed. “Let’s face it, Facebook is becoming more and more of a waste of time for businesses that aren’t advertising because fewer people are seeing organic posts in their feed. With over 39,000 fans today, Jon Loomer struggled to create a Facebook page. didn’t.

How to Gain Productivity

Ari Herzog

There were dozens of blog posts on my Feedly reading list. They had accumulated over the past few weeks and I’d only read a handful of them. While I could have kept reading at a snail’s pace, I decided to mark them all as read and to start fresh the next time I open the program. already feel accomplished. Savor the weightlessness. Productivity

The 4 Social Networks I Use Most

Ari Herzog

People follow my feed there and like/comment when inspired. I started 2014 with a mission to use social networks without rules. On Facebook and LinkedIn, I wrote that I needed a pre-existing relationship to connect. Whether meeting for coffee, talking over a meal, or the digital equivalent of having a Skype conversation, I needed a mutual bind to be friends on those sites. Curious?

Why Mashable’s Comment System Fails

Ari Herzog

Updates in your feed when your friends post comments. 4. There is no denial that Mashable articles are trendy and to the point, but so are articles on Techcrunch , ReadWriteWeb , and the Business Insider. Whenever something newsworthy breaks, all four sites (and others) typically fight each other to be the first to publish that article. Until now. If you want to read an article, go for it.

Why I List My Facebook Friends

Ari Herzog

Facebook defines the news feed as “an ongoing list of updates on your homepage that shows you what’s new with the friends and pages you follow.” ” The news feed shows the typical person a reverse chronological hodgepodge of baby photos, cat photos, opinions, links, videos, and other stuff that your friends share on their walls. But, I do. Thanks for reading.

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10 Twitter Tips to Make Friends

Ari Herzog

Over-zealously can seem spammy; and users don’t take kindly to their feed being clogged up with un-relenting gibberish. I’m still getting to grips with this concept and I find that I’m perhaps a little too wary of bugging people with nonsensical chatter and the monotonous events of my day. Link to your Twitter feed on your other social profiles. List yourself in Twitter directories.

17 Plugins to Improve Your WordPress Blog

Ari Herzog

Feed Pauser halts the syndication of a new blog post for up to 20 minutes to let me ensure there are no typos and that the published appearance is how it was intended. 4. Plug photo by Adam Mulligan on Flickr. One of the neat aspects about WordPress is nobody owns it. When you read an article on this blog and see related links underneath it, those links are generated by a plugin.

Follow Me, Friend Me, Do Me Wherever

Ari Herzog

What this means is if we’re friends on the site, either you’re appearing in the news feed or you’re not, depending how strongly you care about me. Looking back at my year-long desire to find order in chaos , here’s where things are today in Month Eight: On Twitter: I initially thought that I could find order by following everyone. This ultimately failed as people never tweet about one topic all the time. It was very hard to be productive when people tweeted about everything. follow less than half of one percent of those who follow me. You can friend me here.

What If a Country Tweeted

Ari Herzog

Considering the state of Utah, for example, utilizes multiple Twitter feeds, some broadcast-only, and others responsive to citizens and visitors, why can’t other cities and countries? Tweet It is common for organizations of every size, shape, and industry to create and use Twitter accounts for customer service, human resources, and business development. What about countries? When U.S.

Sharing Monica Lewinsky to Explain Facebook

Ari Herzog

I shared this Gawker story about Monica Lewinsky and it looks different on my Facebook news feed than my wall. This is the Gawker share in my news feed. Notice how the news feed display includes a larger picture and subtext whereas the wall display is just the headline. All of my friends and anyone who follows me will see it in the news feed 99% of the time.

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Feature Friday: How iGoogle is My RSS Feed HQ

Ari Herzog

You can add RSS feeds, YouTube subscriptions, personalize it with custom themes, and even view your Gmail inbox, all in one place. As you can see, I use iGoogle for all of my RSS feeds. How to add RSS feeds to iGoogle. Almost all blogs have some form of RSS feed that syndicates their content out on the web. Say that three times fast! Enter iGoogle…. What is iGoogle?

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6 Readers Share Why They Read Blogs by Email

Ari Herzog

Karen Bice, an executive assistant in Texas: Email is more convenient to me and less time consuming to stay up with blog subscriptions and Google alerts. I don’t follow RSS feeds as it would be just one more thing I would have to stay on top of. Liz Hover, a Canadian digital media manager : I’m not a fan of feed readers. find the layout of feed readers noisy.

Why You Should Follow Me on Facebook

Ari Herzog

You could have zero friends — and still see content in your news feed — because of pages you like and profiles you follow. Click the second button to follow me and receive future updates of mine in your news feed. It’s a misnomer that you need Facebook friends to be productive. Facebook friendship is reciprocal. Why am I asking you to follow me? Follow me  today.

How to Syndicate Your Blog to Digg

Ari Herzog

Presuming you have an RSS feed for your blog, you merely have to log into your Digg account and follow the prompts to verify to Digg you are the owner of your blog. It used to be taboo to promote your own blog articles on Digg but, since June 2010 when the social bookmarking site was improved, this is no longer frowned upon. Every blog has its own verification key. Are you an active Digger?

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How Companies May Pay You to Use Facebook

Ari Herzog

The above screenshot is taken from one of my Facebook friend’s walls. I saw it on my news feed among other friends’ updates of this and that that they wanted to share with me. Some friends see the story in their news feeds, others may miss it. * The owner of the gym can pay to sponsor the story so your friends are more likely to see it. Who can see sponsored stories.

Why You Write Blog Comments

Ari Herzog

by Phil Gerbyshak You are the first person to mention the full/partial feed. Photo by taliesin. love reading your comments. But I’m not vain. know you’re not writing for me. know you don’t care whether or not I see it and whether or not I reply. know you’re writing for you. Your personal brand and your wanting to share that social identity with the world is the primary motivation for you to take time out of your day and write a comment. It’s the same motivation for you to do whatever you do on Facebook. It’s not a bad approach. So go ahead.

Goodbye Feedburner, Hello Feedblitz

Ari Herzog

Social sharing can also be customized and embedded inside the emails and RSS feeds. Photo of train by Bruce Fingerhood. After nearly four years of powering this blog’s email and RSS delivery options, I’ve parted ways with Google and its free Feedburner service and embraced the paid service of Feedblitz. Wait a minute, Ari, you are paying a company to deliver blog posts to me?

How to Claim Your Blog with Technorati

Ari Herzog

Once I published the post, the registry would scan the feed and see the new content with the claim code. After 20 minutes of scratching my head and several automated email messages telling me I was unsuccessfully claiming my blog with Technorati (one of the larger blog registries out there), I learned the secret. Kudos to Bryan Haines and others around the web for guiding me.

8 Tips for Successful Business Blogging

Ari Herzog

You should already have a Facebook page and Twitter feed, so include a way for your readers to follow and like you. Letting your readers sign up to receive future articles via email or RSS feed will help them stay up to date with your new content. Whenever your blog is updated, they’ll be notified and can either read it from their email, feed reader, or by revisiting your blog.

Meet the Power of Blog Syndication

Ari Herzog

When I published my blog post, their editors observed my submission among a feed of other submissions by other bloggers; and they promoted me from just a person in their incoming syndication feed to a person featured on their website and across their social media channels. I recently wrote 19 best practices on tweeting like a human. And that’s just from my post on my blog.

Content vs Content: A November Wish

Ari Herzog

Mass media (and social media particularly) force-feeds us the first instance of content every day. Photo: theenvironmentalblog.org. Marking the first harvest by the Pilgrims in 1621, Americans gather every November to celebrate Thanksgiving. We usually carve a turkey and accompany the bird with squash, potatoes, carrots, cranberries, and other foods that the Pilgrims ate. Who cares?

How Newspapers Adapt to Social Media

Ari Herzog

Compare NENPA to the California Newspaper Publishing Association and, despite their Twitter feed being a distribution channel for their Facebook page (which is nothing more than a reverse chronological hyperlinked list to their press releases), it is clear CNPA is walking the walk much more than their New England peer. Don’t have an iPhone? No problem. Don’t like or use Twitter?

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Looking Back at the Super Bowl

Ari Herzog

Through both broadcasted thoughts to nobody in particular and targeted replies to people I knew and random people whose tweets inspired me to reply, I updated my Twitter feed every so often. Tweet Share. joined them. Then, I watched the Chatter.com commercial. Around halftime, I saw an enigmatic commercial about Chatter.com. If anyone else tweeted similarly, I didn’t notice.

How Tampon Company Kotex is Real Online

Ari Herzog

“The beauty of a socially driven world is that the community feeds itself, uncovering topics and helping drive the discussion.” Periods may not be awesome but Kotex — the feminine care company that manufactures tampons, pads, and pantiliners — is doing awesome stuff online. They launched their Facebook page last month and already have 200 people who like them. Media

Looking Back at 6 Months of Tweeting

Ari Herzog

With more people and their updates appearing in my news feed, I tend to click the “reply” button more frequently and press the “retweet” button more often to share noteworthy thoughts and links with my online community. The 440 people and organizations I am following on Twitter today is progressively growing. My tweeting is changing. It got boring. sought diversity.

Finding Order in Chaos: Month 4

Ari Herzog

continue to look at my lists before I look at the bigger feed of news and updates from everyone. Looking back at my history of finding order in January , February , and March , Twitter is where I struggled the most. Because of multiple hats I wear, it was frustrating to appeal to different audiences at the same time. follow lots of people because it’s a way to get noticed.

The Legal Conundrum of John Deere Online

Ari Herzog

Perusing their terms of use regarding RSS feeds, John Deere explicitly writes in the second-to-last paragraph: You certify you are legally permitted to use the RSS Services and access the RSS Content, and if you are an individual, you are over 18 years of age. This photograph is from John Deere's Facebook page. It was taken by Colonie D. Three years later, the restriction remains.

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Why You Add a Comment, Why You Click Like

Ari Herzog

Clive elaborates: Merely looking at a stranger’s Twitter or Facebook feed isn’t interesting, because it seems like blather. Some bloggers don’t care if you socially share their articles on your Facebook wall, your Twitter feed, or your Google circles. No message is the single-most-important message. It’s personal; someone is asking for 100 percent of your attention.

R.I.P. Friendster

Ari Herzog

When the news feed arrived at Facebook , Friendster (and Myspace) began to die. This month marks the final chance for you to view my Friendster profile before it will be deleted when the site closes. Here’s a screenshot of the first half of my profile : I joined Friendster in July 2003. And so it goes. Thanks for reading R.I.P. Friendster. Are you following me on Facebook ?

Why You Write Blog Comments

Ari Herzog

by Phil Gerbyshak You are the first person to mention the full/partial feed. Photo by taliesin. love reading your comments. But I’m not vain. know you’re not writing for me. know you don’t care whether or not I see it and whether or not I reply. know you’re writing for you. Your personal brand and your wanting to share that social identity with the [.] Please continue reading Why You Write Blog Comments and leave a comment if inspired. Ari Herzog is currently searching for a full time position in communications. Connect on LinkedIn today. respect you.

30 Tips To Be a Digital Storyteller

Ari Herzog

Set up a RSS subscription feed – and an email subscription feed. Everyone wants to be a blogger. After eight years at it, I know something about digital storytelling. wrote the below list in 2013 and recently updated it, providing a primer for people who determine  if blogging is right for them. 1. Choose a name for your blog. Buy a domain. Self-host your blog via WordPress.org.

Finding Order in Chaos: Month 3

Ari Herzog

This is unfollowing so all of their wall updates now appear on lists and not selected algorithmic updates on my news feed. My news feed now only shows those people who call or text me on a regular basis. I don’t know how Jonah Lupton does it. He’s following over 799,000 accounts on Twitter. How can he remember the people who matter? How can he filter signals from noise? The above graph shows who I follow on Twitter and you can see I’m repeating my history. followed 46 on December 9 and I’m following 48 today. There is always a reason for what I do.

Delurk and Meet Other Readers

Ari Herzog

Whether you are reading this in a feed reader, an email message, or a syndicated blog post somewhere, click here to visit the actual post. 2. I want to introduce you to my other readers. also want to introduce them to you. But you have to take the first step. You have to find the willpower to scroll below and write a comment. Introduce yourself. This is the 6th annual delurking pledge on my blog. The rules are simple: 1. Scroll to the bottom and follow the prompts to add a comment. 3. Type in your real name so I and others know who you are. 4. Check the box to indicate you are a human.

Why 84% of Your Facebook Fans are Lurkers

Ari Herzog

The rest of the blame rests with EdgeRank, a Facebook algorithm that determines what every user will see in their news feed. How many times has your social media consultant, the local chamber of commerce, a conference presentation, and your favorite blog encouraged you to create a Facebook fan page? “It’s the largest social networking site, and you’d be crazy to ignore it!”

Monday Muse #1: Mitch Joel

Ari Herzog

Once I am in the office, I usually run through emails, check the feeds and make some “to-do” notes. Ask bloggers to list other bloggers they respect and Mitch Joel’s name usually comes up. He’s the president of digital marketing agency Twist Image , and the author of Six Pixels of Separation, the name of his book , podcast , and blog. Growing the business of Twist Image. Muses

Seattle Police Tweet to Thwart Car Thieves

Ari Herzog

Also, because the feed is updated so often, who can remember which cars are stolen? Launched one week ago by the Seattle Police, @GetYourCarBack is an innovative use of Twitter by law enforcement. like the concept, but is the goal really for people to call 911? I’d think 911 dispatchers have more on their plate than respond to Twitter users who spot car information. Million Times.

How EzineArticles Asked Me to Follow

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Clicking to the EzineArticles Twitter feed, I’m turned off. Beyond that, you have 100 useful tidbits of article writing and marketing knowledge waiting for you every month through the EzineArticles Twitter account. Follow us now by visiting [link] , signing in to your Twitter account and clicking on the “Follow&# button. Daily Blog post updates. EzineArticles Fun Facts. link].