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10 Email Sins You Must Stop Committing Right Now

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Email. Whether we like it or not, it is part of our lives. We love it when it’s easy and when others use it in a way that works for us. The rest of the time, we hate it. And when we hate it, we really hate it. Even though I often communicate through social channels, such as Facebook, Twitter or chat messages, my mailbox remains a sacred place where the most important conversations take place. This is the reason many people are careful about with whom they share their email address.

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Top 5 Signs Your Business Should Not Be Using Social Media

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Beware the hidden dangers of social media. Social media is all the rage. All the cool kids are using it; at least, that’s what the cool kids on the internet are telling us. The number of businesses on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and YouTube is mind-boggling, but the real question is how many of them are using the tools wisely? If you own a business, work for or with businesses, I’m sure you’ve heard from nearly everyone you know that you must be using social media.

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Your Brand Screwed-Up On Social Media, Now What?

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Headline from CNN. Bad things can happen to any business or brand. You do our best to avoid it; you hire the right people, make the right products, make the right decisions. Sometimes, though, things don’t go as planned and something, someone screws-up. It’s often what happens next that can make, break or save a brand’s reputation. One well-known, household brand had a bad thing happen.

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The #1 Reason You’ll Want to Use Google+

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If you’re still wondering if you ought to bother spending time getting to know yet another social network, I’ve got one big reason you might want to give Google+ a try. It is clear that the team at Google thought long and hard about how people and brands use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and worked to incorporate the best features of all, while adding a few cool features we haven’t seen before.

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Social Media Automation 101

A beginner's guide to social media automation tools and getting automation right.

10 Steps To Create An Awesome Google+ Profile

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Once you sign-up for Google+, the first order of business should be to build your profile. As with any social networking site, your profile is your home base. It’s where you tell people what you’d like them to know about you. This is where you showcase the information you want to be publicly available when someone searches, or googles , you online. It is also the information others will use to decide whether or not to connect with you on Google+.

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The ROI of Respect, Listening and Hugs

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I spend way too much time online, most of it on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn. While you may not spend the hours online as I do, admit it, you are online a lot. My question to you is a simple one: How well do you really know your virtual connections? We love our time in this fast-paced world of sharing personal updates, news, opinions and general silly banter, but do we allow the keyboard and screen to depersonalize the experience and create a false sense of intimacy?

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How To Opt-Out of Social Ads on LinkedIn in 5 Clicks

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UPDATE : LinkedIn changed the design of their social ads and posted a clarification to their policy. See below for the updated details. Oh, how I love LinkedIn! I often speak and write about LinkedIn , as well as provide a great deal of training to help others get the most out of the most powerful professional networking site online. As much as I also adore Twitter and Facebook, LinkedIn is still the one place to get started building your brand and career online.

3 Mistakes You’re Making Online

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Oy, the internet. Must it be so complicated? Can’t we all just have fun online and not worry so much? While some people do take that approach, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend it. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re active online and chances are you’re making one of these mistakes. OK, maybe you specifically aren’t doing these things, but many of our friends are. Multiple Personalities. You use different websites for different parts of your life.

8 Sure-Fire Ways to Get Unfriended on Facebook

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Ah, our Facebook friends. Some we can’t live without and, well, then there are those other ones. It is the latter group that I’m focusing on today. We all know people like this, right?The The chatty co-worker, the family member who can’t keep a secret, that pretty girl you sat next to in junior high school. Wait a minute…if we all know people like this, is it possible that you might be one of those people, too? We were excited when we first friended you on Facebook.

How To Manage Your Online Reputation By Using Google Alerts

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In addition to the wonderful feedback to my post last week about 3 Mistakes You’re Making Online , I also received questions about my third point – using Google Alerts to monitor your reputation online. While I know throngs of hyper-connected people for whom using Google Alerts is second nature, the fact is that this is a new tool for many people. If you’re part of the second group, I strongly encourage you to consider using Google Alerts.

The Content Marketing Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Wilds of Social Media

Use this guide to inspire your creativity and ignite more successful and sustainable social media conversations.

Dear Netflix: While You’re Huddled Under the Table, I’ve Got One More Thing

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Netflix has a bit of a public relations nightmare on their hands at the moment. You may have heard about it. The internet has been ablaze following an email sent to all of their subscribers and this blog post by the company : Netflix has now added themselves to the cases discussed at marketing, public relations and social media conferences as an example of how to get it wrong – horribly wrong – when communicating with customers and then ignoring their outrage.

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8 Tips: How To Choose the Right Profile Photo

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You know you’ve seen it. That cringe-worthy photo from your friend’s beach vacation that she’s using as her LinkedIn profile photo. “What in the world is she thinking?&# you’ve wondered. “I’d never use a photo like that to represent myself online.&# Really, Mr. Look-at-me-and-my-super-cute-puppy ? Hey, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for puppies. I’m pretty keen on babies, too, but not in our profile pictures.

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Twitter Etiquette: Outside Voices, Inside Voices and Whispers

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If you grew up with a mother anything like mine, many of your childhood memories include being shushed and reminded to use your inside voice. We had three voices, but the one we heard the most about was our inside voice. Heaven forbid we might say something too loudly and the neighbors would hear! Little did I know these voices would come in handy when thinking about Twitter.

How to Find and Ban Members in Facebook Groups

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Seemingly stealth group members. You know they're there, but you can't find them. Today’s post is written specifically for those responsible for managing a Group on Facebook. Facebook Groups don’t get as much buzz as Facebook Profiles (soon to be known as Timelines) and Facebook Pages. Still, there are many wonderful uses for Groups. I belong to many, including some business, community or family related.

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Facebook Friend Requests: Accept or Ignore?

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Everybody uses Facebook differently. Just like all of social media, there is no one right way to use it. Still, I’m often asked how I use it. One of the common questions about Facebook concerns friend requests. How to choose which to accept and which to ignore? My own criteria may or may not be a fit for you, but here’s my best attempt in articulating my very unscientific process: I’m kind of picky. I currently have about 600 Facebook friends, which is probably too many for me.

Social Media Marketing GPS

SMGPS will tell you the why & how to use social media for marketing, 1 tweet at a time. You'll learn essentials in digestible little spoonfuls.

Why I’m Over Declaring Tech Tools “Over”

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With the launch of Google’s new social network, Google+ , there are many who have rushed to publish opinions about the demise of other networks, most notably Twitter and Facebook. Some have even gone as far as to shut down their accounts on these other networks to move their entire online network to Google+.

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It’s All About.Me (Your Identity Online – Simplified)

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Have you ever received an email from someone and their signature block seems to run on forever with so many links that the signature is longer than the email itself? Are you guilty of this yourself? It’s okay to admit it, you’re among friends. I have several links in my own signature block.

LinkedIn Adds 3 Fun Ways to Remember Your Connections

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LinkedIn doesn’t get much love in the “I can’t wait to go online and have fun with my friends&# category of social networking sites, but make no mistake – for professionals, wannabe professionals, businesses or non-profits, LinkedIn is where the real action is. While you may be getting benefit out of Twitter or Facebook, LinkedIn is probably where I’ll find you first when I google you and where I’ll look to get an early sense of your reputation.

Connecting Twitter to LinkedIn: Just Say No

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I already know most of you will be in one of two camps. Some of you will immediately feel my pain and totally get what I’m talking about. Others will think I’m making much ado about nothing and ought to let go of my outdated idea of how and where content is best shared. There will be a handful in the middle; those who can see both sides, but there won’t be many of you in this third group. That said, bring on the controversy. Let’s get ready to rumble!

How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

Learn the 10 worst social media marketing mistakes and how to avoid them.

Social Media Refresh Tip #2: Export Your Friends’ Contact Info

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You’ve taken the job of connecting with the right people online seriously. You’ve methodically built your professional network of connections on LinkedIn. You’ve added your family, friends, old classmates and co-workers to your list of Facebook friends. This is a wonderful way to stay in touch by keeping up with status updates and photos, but what if you want to send a private email to one of your connections?

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9 Things to Include in Every Speaker Request

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I’ve been doing a lot of speaking lately. It is a huge compliment to receive so many requests. I am grateful for every one and wish I had time to honor all of them. It’s funny; I am extremely introverted, but give me a captive audience and a microphone and I’m in heaven. I love public speaking! Go figure.

Confused About Facebook Changes? (Free Webinar)

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While it may seem that David Bowie is referring to Facebook when he sings, “Ch, ch, ch, ch, changes.” ” I’m pretty sure he had something else in mind. Still, the lyrics do include “Turn and face the strain,” which may be how you’re feeling each time you visit the site. The good new is that you’re not alone. I’ve been inundated with questions like, “How do I…?” ” and “Where do I find…?”

8 Tips for Using Social Media for Political Campaigns

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By now, most candidates for public office have figured out that incorporating social media into their campaigns is a critically important step. It’s the how to do this that escapes most of them. That’s perfectly understandable. The last couple of election cycles, much of this social media business was new. That was then, this is now. Your audience is very savvy online, shouldn’t you be, too?

8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO

Discover just how easy it is to boost SEO with social media.

Old Habits, New Skills: Repetitive Injuries and Voice Recognition Software

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The Problem. I’ve been in pain for the last month. At first, the pain in my hand would come and go. Gradually, the pain moved to my wrist, up my arm and eventually to my shoulder. I spend too much time on the computer, there’s just no way around it. Between email, blogging, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, my fingers are constantly tap-tapping away.

Just Because We're Social Networking “Friends” Doesn't Mean I'll.

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You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore. Where did the romance go? When did we stop asking, “Tell me about yourself,” “Do you like to take long walks on the beach?” or even the tired old line, “What's your sign

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Social Networking Friends vs. Real Life Friends | Almost Savvy

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While many of us use social networking tools differently, most of us struggle with similar questions and challenges. Should I connect only with family and good friends on Facebook and only business contacts on LinkedIn

Disconnected in a Hyper-Connected World

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It had been nagging me for months, though I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what it was. Things with my work have been going well and keeping me busy, but something didn’t feel quite right. I know a lot of people, more than I’ve ever known at any other time in my life. I spend much of my day connecting with them in one way or another. We connect on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email, IM chat and (surprise, surprise) sometimes we even talk on the telephone.

Top 10 Most Commonly Used Words on LinkedIn

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Ah, the challenge online. How to appear that you fit in while also appearing to stand out from the crowd. We really work hard to think of just the right words to use to let others know how irresistibly awesome we are. According to the LinkedIn blog , it appears that many others believe they are as irresistible as we are and are using the exact same terms in their LinkedIn profiles. Is it a problem that we’re using the same terms as others? No, not necessarily.

Practice Safe Clicking

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To my friends who have received the bossy emails from me lately, I’m sorry. I tried to be nice when I told you to change your password right away and delete all the posts you’d sent to your friends. I know you didn’t like hearing about this. I’m sorry, but I’ve got to say, it’s not me, it’s you. I know you didn’t mean to do it. I still love you, really I do.

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How to: Keep Your LinkedIn Profile Visible to Everyone

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From the AlmostSavvy mailbag: Rod asks: “I’ve noticed that I’m able to see some people’s full LinkedIn profiles when clicking on their link, but when clicking on the link to my own profile, I see very little information. Do I need to have a paid membership to have everything visible&#. Excellent question, Rod! The good news is that this is easy to fix and it will cost you only a few minutes of your time (and that includes viewing the video below).

How Our Vanity Leads to Spam

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The email I received from Gina had a very simple subject line: “Hello.&# The body of the email was also simple, just a link without any other text. Ugh; spam. I knew immediately what had happened. Somewhere, she had clicked on a malicious link and all of her contacts received the same email. I happened to see Gina about an hour after receiving the email. She was embarrassed as she is usually very careful to avoid clicking on bad links.

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I Don't Care Where. You. Are. Right. Now. | Almost Savvy

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Hey, you! Yeah, you standing in line at Starbucks using your phone to check-in while waiting to get your daily latte. We need to have a word. We've been connected for awhile on Twitter and Facebook. I like you, really I do

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Your Brand Screwed-Up On Social Media, Now What?

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Headline from CNN. Bad things can happen to any business or brand. You do your best to avoid it; you hire the right people, make the right products, make the right decisions. Sometimes, though, things still don’t go as planned and something, someone screws-up. It’s often what happens next that can make, break or save a brand’s reputation. One well-known, household brand had a bad thing happen last night.

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Is Social Media is the Brussels Sprouts of the Internet?

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To those of us who live and breathe social media every day, it is easy to forget that not everyone is as comfortable online as we are. In fact, many people have concerns about being too visible online and some don’t want to be online, period. Yes, there are people who, by choice, do not have Facebook, Twitter or Google+ accounts. To my fellow social media aficionados, I realize this may come as a shock. A few days ago, I had a chance to have lunch with a dear friend.

Facebook Tip: How To Choose Who Can See Your Friends

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If it feels like it is next to impossible to keep up with all of the changes Facebook seems to implement on a weekly basis, you are definitely not alone. What's public? What's private? How do I know who is seeing what I post

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Facebook Sharing and Privacy Tips (Video)

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If you’re a Facebook user, you’ve probably noticed a lot of changes, especially on the homepage where you see updates from your Facebook friends. What you may not have noticed are the significant updates in how you manage your privacy, along with other new features and changes. Facebook is a wonderful tool for connecting with family and friends, as well as your favorite brands and businesses.