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Thou Shalt Not Auto-Direct Message On Twitter

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I’m going to go on my soapbox just one more time in the hopes that this message goes viral , spreads through the Interwebs, and finally convinces every “online marketer”, “ social media guru ” and “eBook entrepreneur” that they should, once-and-for-all, turn off Twitter auto-direct messaging. So…one last plea to the masses. It is a good idea.

10 Surefire Ways To Avoid Looking Like A Twitter NooB

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You’ve realized that Twitter isn’t just people sharing what they ate for breakfast and that there might be some real value to engaging with the 100 million active users that might give you valuable insights about your products, services, and competitors. Tools like HootSuite and TweetDeck make Twitter much easier to use and manage. So, you’re ready to Tweet, right?

Social Media Ostriches – The Corporate Hypocrisy Of Blocking Employee Access To Facebook and Twitter

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Every time I hear of companies blocking Blogging Sites, Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Media sites, it makes me wonder what curmudgeon or poorly informed leader is calling the shots and what experience drove them to make the decision. An online shoe retailer that has blown the door off marketing and expanding their sales opportunities  and customer support through the use of Twitter.

BrainDump: 101+ Things You MUST Know About Social Media For Business

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I’ve been meaning to do this braindump for a while now. I get a lot of questions via Facebook , Twitter and my email contact form and many of the items listed below come straight from those questions, my experience in social media strategy, years of researching platforms and best practices and…well…tinkering with social media. 36) Never, ever, ever buy Twitter followers.

25 Social Media Pet Peeves – How Many Are You Doing?

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Not that we have to please everyone, but if there are a lot of folks who are irritated by a specific behavior (ahem…auto-direct messages on Twitter), we might think twice about engaging in that behavior via our personal or business social media channels. Spam and/or Phishing – via Twitter, LinkedIn email or any social media channel. Auto-DMs on Twitter. Cheers!

Is Your Social Media Strategy Truly Agile?

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Maybe this week they’ll be all over Twitter. Hang around any medium or large business for a while and you’ll start hearing many of the same corporate buzzwords. Phrases like: Ping me if you need me! Let’s figure out how to be more collaborative ! How can we be more innovative ? Are their opportunities for synergy between these projects? And let’s be honest. Cheers!

Facebook Tip: Changing From Mobile To Desktop View On Your iPad Or Tablet

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If you are a tablet owner, though, you probably know that apps like Twitter and Facebook treat your tablet as a mobile device by default. Personally, I hate the stripped-down, ad-heavy versions of the Facebook and Twitter apps, so I browse them using the native desktop view in Safari or Chrome. I can’t live without my tablet. Facebook can be just as infuriating, too. Brilliant!

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Social Media Isn’t About The Numbers! Or Is It?

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Is he one of those annoying Twitter Noobs who simply tweets what he’s eating, where he checked-in on Foursquare, and quotes from popular authors/politicians? For instance: On Twitter – I focus on retweets and lists. also love to see it when people add my Twitter handle to a list. have found some of my favorite authors because a Twitter follower added me to a list.

The One Tip That Took My Blog To New Levels. Stop Caring.

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Not just from researching and writing articles, but form the comments/feedback that I have received and the conversations that have been sparked with others via social networks like Twitter. Stop caring about how many followers you have on Twitter and how many retweets you get. Stop caring. Stop caring. My blog became about me. And people liked that. They shared my stories. And grew.

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What Do Your Social Media Updates Say About You?

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Facebook Featured Humor LinkedIn People Social Media Twitter YouTube best practices comic comic strip facebook habits humor instagramOne of my favorite social media myths is that it’s easy. To engage in social correctly, so few understand the time, effort, budget and commitment that it takes. Take a moment and step back and look at your updates like others might see them. Cheers!

Can Social Media Disrupt Your Life Or Career? 5 Tips For Managing The Timesink

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Worker Smarter - Rather than spending your time surfing sites or reading tweets, have the content your really care about delivered to you using RSS feeds or through targeted Twitter lists. Featured People Social Media Workplace best practices facebook linkedin social media social networking tips Twitter YouTubeSocial media offers a lot of great opportunities and access to information.

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The Secret Formula To Social Media Success (shhh…don’t tell)

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Ma = Marketing  – DON’T look at social channels like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube as sales channels. There is no doubt that 2012 is going to be THE year of social media. Put their product commercials and training videos on YouTube. Start a Facebook page just so “we can have a Facebook page. Fail to put any measurement plan in place. They aren’t. Did I miss anything?

Weak Passwords Can Jeopardize Your Personal And Professional Security [Infographic]

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What kinds of information are you sharing on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare and YouTube: Your name Your location Your employer and your employment history Your kids’ names Your kids’ schools (how many of their photos have their school name on them?) Are your passwords strong? Better yet…are they weak? Do you know the difference? Wrong! Cheers!

Are You A Social Media Channel Changer?

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Blogs Facebook Featured Google+ Humor LinkedIn Pinterest Social Media Twitter YouTube facebook linkedin social media social networking strategy wordpressI admit it…I’m a channel flipper. And my channel changing doesn’t even have a reasonable pattern. 30 seconds of The Daily Show followed by 30 seconds of Storage Wars followed by 30 seconds of CNN, you get the picture.

Bloggers Block – When The Words Just Won’t Come

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Give your brain a break – Not only did a take some time off from writing, I significantly reduced my reading/interaction on Twitter and Facebook. Frustrated courtesy of M artinaK15 on Flickr via Creative Commons Writer’s block sucks. Blogger’s block sucks more. And believe me…there is a difference. No matter what I type, it’s just not right. Take a break.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Social Media Explained Through Coffee

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Blogs Facebook Featured Google+ Humor Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest Social Media Twitter YouTube blog facebook humor social media social networking wordpress For today’s funny Friday, I had to share this great infographic from the fine folks at MarketPlaceMaven. Right? Cheers! –Sean.

[Comic] Are You Really ‘Doing’ Social Media?

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Some believe that social media is free , simply because it generally costs nothing to secure a Facebook page, Twitter handle, and YouTube account. Blogs Facebook Featured Google+ Humor Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest Social Media Twitter YouTube best practices cartoon comic comic strip facebook humor social media social networking strategy tipsHow would that help your bottom line?

Think Twice About Automating Your Social Media Efforts

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I recently participate in an Twitter chat where the conversation turned to whether or not it’s a good idea to automate social media activities. The conversation primarily revolved around whether the “always on” nature of sites like Twitter require that you tweet 24 hours a day, since your followers aren’t necessarily in the same time zone. Cheers! Digg this!

Thumper’s Rule – Knowing When And How To Avoid An Online Argument

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Blogs Facebook Featured Google+ Humor LinkedIn People Social Media Twitter best practices discussion forum social media social networking tips YouTubeAs the site owner/community manager, I even had someone threaten to come to my house in person so he could discuss the fact that I edited one of his posts for racist comments. The post was accompanied by a photo of him holding his shotgun.

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Your Blog Stinks! You Should Quit!

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You published 30 articles this year, but none of them have gone viral , you still only have 250 followers on Twitter (none of whom retweet you), and your Google page rank still sits at a 2. You’ve spent at least a couple hours each week thinking up new ideas, writing articles, and wading through Twitter. Maybe it's time to give up and pull the plug on that blog. Do more! ??

Good Or Bad – You Must Engage With Your Customers Through Social Media

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As Facebook, Twitter and Google+ continue to grow year on year social media monitoring is now more crucial than ever to find out what your customers are saying about you, whether it be good, or bad. Twitter account with thousands of followers needs much more urgent attention and in this case company vouchers or a full refund may be required. How do you deal with negativity? Cheers!

Mythbuster: Tweets Are NOT Going From 140 To 280

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Sure, that additional 140 plus their standard 140 does give them 280 characters, but this does not mean Twitter is increasing the character limit to 280 for anyone but their preferred partners. Unless you have a boatload of cash to spend on advertising with Twitter, you are still limited to 140 characters. Social Media Twitter social media social networkingPeople.  Cheers!

Can Publicly-Traded Social Media Companies Survive?

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Featured Humor Social Media advertising facebook linkedin social media social networking Twitter yelpWorking for any publicly-traded is a unique experience. During my career , I have worked for a couple of big Fortune 500 telecom companies and the challenge was always working to balance the wants and needs of the customer with the wants and needs of the shareholders. One simple word. Cheers!

Can Good Social Media Customer Service Help You Grow Your Brand?

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Blogs Facebook Featured Google+ Instagram LinkedIn People Pinterest Social Media Twitter Workplace YouTube customer service facebook social media social networkingThis week we welcome guest blogger is Stanna Johnson from Qwaya. Stan is an online writer and a social media enthusiast who loves to write about the latest social media trends. Every business operating has one thing in common.

PLEASE Don’t Visit My Google+ Page! Here’s Why.

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Its functionality lies somewhere between Facebook and Twitter as a microblogging service that also allows permission controls over who can and can’t see your updates. While all that sounds like the nirvana of social media networks… Google+ has had a slow start , mostly because of it’s inability to draw average users away from Facebook and Twitter. Cheers!

Outsourcing Social Media – Is It Worth It?

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One wrong statement on Twitter or Facebook can quickly ruin a company’s reputation with certain customers, clients or vendors based on a stupid statement you hired to speak on your behalf. With over 170 million tweets sent per day, a tweet here or there may slip through the cracks, but in the same respect there are SOOOO many people on twitter that nothing goes unread. Cheers!

Spring Cleaning For Your Blog – How A Little Work Can Drive Search Engine And Social Media Traffic

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Remember, the more you clean up those old posts the more they will pay you back with increased search engine traffic or organic traffic from social networks like Twitter and Facebook. "Spring" via promanex on Flickr under creative commons license. Ahhhh Spring! The flowers are blooming, the trees are budding, and there’s a sense of renewal in the air. There you go! Cheers!

Cupcakes And Controversy: A Lesson In Business Social Media Etiquette

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Amy also tweets at @amylynnstewart , so be sure to check out her blog & twitter account. This week we welcome guest blogger Amy Stewart, Senior Manager of Social Media Strategy for Intouch Solutions & author of great Kansas City-focused blog at beyondtheplazalights.com. Thanks to Amy for sharing her insights! It seemed very childish and unprofessional. Share it in a comment!

Cartoon: Speaking Social Media

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Blogs Facebook Humor LinkedIn Social Twitter Workplace YouTube best practices blog collaboration social media social networking strategy tipsWorking in social media in my day job and my night job, I spend a LOT of time around social media geeks. The other day, I overheard an entire conversation that was so full of social media lingo and jargon that it was like a whole new language. Cheers!

SalesForce Marketing Cloud – The Next Step In Social Media Engagement?

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Potential prospect is entered into Salesforce.com as a prospec Company users Buddy Media dashboard to deliver helpful/useful content (not marketing materials) to the prospective customer via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or a host of other channels. No…I haven’t gone off the radar. What this signals is that Salesforce is serious about social media. Cheers!

2012 Round-Up Of My Social Media Cartoons And Comics

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Blogs Facebook Featured Google+ Humor Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest Social Media Twitter YouTube cartoon comic comic strip facebook linkedin social social media social networkingIt’s that time again, time to bring all of my 2012 social media comic strips, cartoons and humorous graphics into one single post. Cheers! Bloggers: Would You Rather Be First Or Right? Or Is It?

[COMIC] Who Is Running Your Social Media Channels? Is It Your Intern?

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Blogs Facebook Featured Google+ Humor LinkedIn Pinterest Social Media Twitter Workplace YouTube best practices cartoon comic facebook humor social media social networking strategyAre you willing to risk your company reputation by putting an intern in charge of your social media channels? Would you be prepared if their activities sparked a social media crisis for your company?

Sex, Drugs, and Social Media – Do You Talk To Your Kids About Their Digital Behaviors?

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Facebook Featured Mobile People Social Media Twitter best practices security social media social networking tipsThis blog post was originally posted over at PopGoesDad. Thanks to Kurt for the invitation to Guest Blog. admit it…when I was in high school, I was a total metal head…and so was my mom. It was kind of strange growing up with a mom who listened to AC/DC, the Scorpions, and M­ötley Crüe and there were some awkward explanations to my friends about why she often wore a black Van Halen 1984 tour t-shirt. Which helped her understand me a little better. Rock And Roll!

How To Develop And Execute A Social Media Strategy For Free

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Blogs Facebook Featured Google+ Humor Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest Social Media Twitter YouTube best practices comic strip humor infographic social media social networking strategy tips There’s an old saying in the motorcycle community that goes: “If you have a $10 head, buy a $10 helmet.” In this case…an intact brain. happens” category. Cheers! –Sean.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Do Teens Prefer Social Media To Real Life?

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This infographic and the underlying study provides some interesting insights as to whether teens prefer to chat face-to-face or via social media channels like Facebook or Twitter. Facebook Featured Google+ People Social Media Twitter facebook infographic social social media social networking teens textingMany adults feel that teens are making a shift from in-person communications to digital ones.

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Social Media Funny Friday: Liking Your Own Posts

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reminder that it’s a bit on the creepy side when you “Like” or “Favorite” your own status updates on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Facebook Humor Instagram LinkedIn Social Media Twitter best practices facebook instagram social media social networking tipsSocial Media Funny Friday for today. Agree? Disagree? Cheers!

Social Media Comic: The Social Media Timesink

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As a professional working in social media , I spend most of my day working on developing strategies to leverage channels like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blogs to engage with customer communities. Blogs Facebook Featured Google+ LinkedIn People Pinterest Social Media Twitter YouTube blog facebook IRL linkedin pinterest social media social networkingDo you work in social media? Do you experience social media overload? Feel free to share any tips/tricks on avoiding the timesink and keep a sane balance between the online world and the digital one. Cheers! –Sean.