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It’s not always about the middle-aged white guy

It used to be that journalists and reporters in main stream media (news papers, radio, and television) were the main sources of news that affected so many of us. That’s not the case anymore.  Chris Brogan talks about how bloggers and others are also getting the news out these days.Yesterday he went to a Panasonic press conference and was tweeting about it as it happened.

There was lots of news from the event. I’m sure it was covered very well by people like Engadget. What I liked, however, was that we, the bloggers, had the scoop on the mainstream press by who knows how long, and further (and this is the super cool part to me), I really loved that I had conversation coming back to me almost immediately about what I was posting.

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How a tweet brought the cops a ‘knocking

I had a good friend in college who, when somebody managed to punk him (which was rare!) he’d get a very serious look on his face, point two fingers at his irritant and say, “you’re dead.” For a few seconds everybody went silent…waiting for what was next…then we usually burst out in laughter at the whole situation.

In the online world, it’s not always so easy to understand the intent behind someone’s words. There’s no facial expression, and sometimes no background info, to put the words into context. Here’s an example of a real life situation that happened on Twitter and involved some words that were taken a bit too literally.… [Click to Continue Reading]

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Looking for a job? Twitter might help.

20090104jobI talked to a woman the other day who hadn’t signed up on any social media sites because she thought they were all about finding dates. Not so, I told her. There are plenty of dating sites out there but that’s not the only reason to use social networking websites. People use them to keep in touch with friends, meet people with common interests, for professional reasons, and even find a job. As we talked, she started to understand a little bit more about how she could use some of these tools in her personal and business life. She has her own business, but in this economy, it’s taken a hit.… [Click to Continue Reading]

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Social networking & social media: Mayberry and beyond!

andy-and-floydI tend to use analogies when trying to get a point across. One of my clients laughs about it, but in the end, he says they work and help him understand things that have baffled  him in the past. So, when I thought about what my first post should be about I decided to share one of my analogies to help people understand social networking and social media. Hopefully it’ll help you as well.

If you’ve ever watched The Andy Griffith Show, you’ve seen social networking and social media in action. Think about Floyd’s Barbershop. Floyd’s in there talking away as he cuts Andy’s hair.… [Click to Continue Reading]

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