A Major Professional Milestone: Inbox Zero

HUGE thing in my life.

For the first time since June 2007 (really), I am at INBOX ZERO. No unread messages in my Firebrand Group inbox to deal with! I can actually focus on real work! No one send me anything for at least an hour!


Tumblr Adult Content, Pinterest Categories, Google Plus Upgrades: the Social 6 for 5/20/13

No, I won't say the top story is related to Yahoo or Tumblr - that's #2 ;). If you've been living under a shell you won't understand what I'm talking about, but the vast majority of you guys undoubtedly will!

There's plenty of other great news and views I've shared out over social media today, including an interesting ReadWrite post about Google+, a possibly game-changing move by Pinterest, and a very important read by Dave Kerpen over on LinkedIn. Here's your Social 6:

#6: And the Future of Social Media Is  (LinkedIn)

#5: Gmail and Google Plus Upgrades: Simple but Significant (International Business Times)

#4: 5 Signs Your Social Media Campaign Goes Against Permission Marketing Basics (Business 2 Community)

#3: Google: Please Fix The Crippling Problem Plaguing Google+ (ReadWrite)

#2: Yahoo XXX? Tumblr's Adult Fare Accounts For 11.4% Of Site's Top 200K Domains (TechCrunch)

#1: Pinterest begins categorizing pins based on content & introduces share button for mobile apps (The Next Web)

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Soundtracking, Facebook + Waze, YouTube Visualization, Hangouts On Air: the Social 6 for 5/9/13

Well, it's been an eventful day here on Planet Earth - at least in the social/digital/tech world. You've doubtless heard of the news about a potential marriage between Facebook and Waze, but there's so much more to read up on, from Google's upgraded Hangouts On Air, helpful new tips & tricks to master YouTube, and SoundTracking (which I recommend) getting even better. Here's your Social 6:

#6: Visualize The Most Shared & Viewed Videos On The New YouTube Trends Maps (MakeUseOf)

#5: Google improves Hangouts On Air functionality (Examiner)

#4: This 17-Year-Old Coder Is Saving Twitter From TV Spoilers (Mother Jones)

#3: SoundTracking has just gotten even better, adding Instagram support (The Next Web)

#2: How to Turn YouTube Channels into Subscribable Podcasts (Lifehacker)

#1: Facebook reportedly buying social mapping & traffic app Waze for $1 Billion (TechCrunch)

 

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Atlas Calendar, Klout Q&A, Rating Your Contacts: the Social 6 for 5/8/13

Welcome back, me! It's been my longest break from releasing a Social 6 ever, but for good reason, between prepping to go away and then going away to Munich for the International Health Forum. I'm back in the swing of things, and today seemed like a great day to start back up, with a terrific post from Patrick over at Contactually, Klout's plans to become a more robust platform, and a pretty strong debut from Atlas, the new smartphone-oriented calendar/scheduler. Here's your Social 6:

#6: Hotel Tonight Wants You to Snap Photos of Your Hotel Room (Selfies Not Encouraged) (AllThingsD)

#5: Pre-Roll Ads Will Soon Know Where You've Shopped Online (Ecommerce Times)

#5: 3 Ways To Measure ROI For Social Customer Service (Likeable Media blog)

#3: Atlas launches to reduce the stress of scheduling, helping you organize group meetings on the go (The Next Web)

#2: Not everybody is created equal! Rating your network to get the most of it for your business (Contactually blog)

#1: Klout dips into Q&A and local commerce with launch of new questions feature (GigaOM)

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Twitter + Starcom, Bad Careers, Gamification in Healthcare: the Social 6 for 4/23/12

Plenty of good links out there all over the web today. Come to think of it, most days I find great content with your help. My only wish is that I had more hours in the day to read. Speaking of reading, let's get started, shall we? Here's your Social 6:

#6: If Planet Earth Used a Social Network (Comic) (AllThingsD)

#5: A look at the future of gamification, mobile apps & social media in the health industry (Money Marketing)

#4: 26 Mobile Apps to Improve Your Business and Networking (Social Media Examiner)

#3: Anyone Can Be Found on Social Media in 12 Hours (Mashable)

#2: Twitter Signs Lucrative Deal With Ad Agency Starcom (New York Times)

#1: Want to know what careers to avoid? Here are the worst jobs of 2013 (CareerCast)


Office 365, Color in Marketing, the Future of Foursquare: the Social 6 for 4/22/13

Busy day out on the Interwebz! And if it was like most Mondays, I imagine you were too busy to keep up on your reading. Thankfully, I did it for you. I basically read the Internet. Here's your Social 6:

#6: 13 More Social Media Strategy Blogs You Should Be Reading (Inbound Marketing Agents)

#5: News anchor suffers worst possible start on his 1st day by swearing live on air (Metro)

#4: Chief Digital Officer (CDO): Technology + Marketing = New Enterprise Leader (ReadWrite)

#3: Office 365 subscriptions furnish 4% of Microsoft’s Office division revenue (Computerworld)

#2: The Role of Color in Marketing [Infographics] (Social Media Today)

#1: 5 Reasons Foursquare Is Losing The Social Local Mobile Revolution (ReadWrite)

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Dove, LinkedIn's Mobile Strategy, Kenneth Cole Tweets: the Social 6 for 4/19/13

There's nothing in here about Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the world's most awful person, even though that obviously took up a good deal of people's time today. That being said, I tried to keep up with everything else interesting the tech & social media world today, including LinkedIn's mobile ad strategy, another Kenneth Cole controversy, and how Brightnest can be a huge boon to the right person. Here's your Social 6:

#6: Hate Keeping Up With Home Maintenance? Brightnest Can Help (TechCrunch)

#5: RW10: Six Things ReadWrite Will Cover In 2023 (ReadWrite)

#4: 5 Fascinating Facts We Learned From Reddit This Week (Mashable)

#3: Here's what ads will look like on LinkedIn's new mobile app (Business Insider)

#2: Ad About Women's Self-Image Creates a Sensation (New York Times)

#1: Yet another controversial Kenneth Cole tweet, this time about gun control (Mashable)

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Twitter Advertising, LinkedIn Mobile Revamp, $174 Facebook Fans: the Social 6 for 4/18/13

It's been a pretty busy week, and a very busy 24-hour period out there. LinkedIn's mobile overhaul isn't insignificant, so I'd advise you to pay attention to that, though Twitter did take a pretty big step forward in solving their advertising model -- and I'd have to salute them for that. Here's your Social 6:

#6: UK Online Payments Platform GoCardless Raises $1.5 Million Series A, Plans To Expand Across Europe (TechCrunch)

#5: LinkedIn Revamps Mobile App (AllThingsD)

#4: A Syncapse study claims a Facebook fan is worth $174 (Mashable)

#3: How To: Engage Successfully on Twitter (Likeable Media blog)

#2: Five Creative Uses for Google Alerts (Lifehacker)

#1: Twitter's advertising capabilities take a huge step forward, with keyword targeting (AllThingsD)

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Helping Jessica and Patrick

Guys: I'd so, so much appreciate you taking a look at this fundraiser for my cousin Jessica and her husband Patrick and considering offering your support. They were both severely injured this week while watching the Boston Marathon near the finish line.

While it's so sad we live in a world where things like Monday's tragedy occur, it makes me so happy to know we also live in a world where good people have one another's back in whatever possible. Thanks for visiting their Give Forward page.

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