April 18, 2013
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.
March 11, 2013
Who cares about SXSW, anyways? Oh, right, you’re all there right now.
Kidding aside, though there has been some great news coming out of the festival in Austin, there’s plenty more great pieces that have been clicked & shared today, including a parody of the new Yahoo! employee policy, how SimpleWash can help with Facebook management, and why folks wind up getting unfriended on Facebook. Here’s your Social 6:
#6: Breaking News: Yahoo!’s “no work-from-home” policy completely saves company (iMedia Connection)
#5: How to Determine if a Facebook Business Page has Fake Fans (Pam Moore blog)
#4: SimpleWash, the Easiest Way to Clean Up Your Facebook Page (Mashable)
#3: How social media is transforming movie theatres (New York Times)
#2: SXSW13 Panel Says Online Influencers Don’t Sway Action (The Holmes Report)
#1: The top 10 Reasons why people unfriend others on Facebook: [INFOGRAPHIC] (Right Mix Marketing)
January 17, 2013
I created this poll last week on my favorite new social platform, GoPollGo. Looks like it’s not even that close, is it?
View poll on GoPollGo
December 4, 2012
November 22, 2012
I thought it would make a list of all the things that I’m thankful for and put them together in a post:
- Having a really great, supportive wife. Very lucky to have that. I feel like all the really successful people tend to have really great spouses, so it’s nice to know I have a chance at being pretty successful.
- All of my pets: Snowshoe, Clover, Puck, Avalon, Panda, and Winona. I think that animals are often the most underrated thing about our existence, and we don’t appreciate them enough, some thankful for all of these guys, even though they do kind of mooch off of me.
- I’m thankful for having a really great supportive family, who can be completely honest with me and tear me apart whenever they think I’m wrong, which seems to be about 90% of the time, but that’s fine.
- I’m thankful for living in New York City, the best city in the world, period.
- I’m thankful for getting a book published this year. I don’t think that I really ever thought that I would be a published author, some thankful that opportunity presented itself.
- I’m thankful for having really great friends, such as Alex, Igor, Priya, Jamie, Lara, Gabbi, Niña, Hattie, Mikey, and many more. When I was younger, I seriously never imagined that I would have so many amazing friends.
- I’m thankful For my health. I haven’t said too much about this out loud anywhere actually, but I’ve been struggling with fibromyalgia for the past two years or so, and at certain points it’s been really bad. I’m thankful for what help I have, because I’m starting to now treated as a privilege as opposed to something that everybody is owed, which is the way that I’ve operated throughout most of my life, to be honest. I have enough health to be productive and to achieve my goals, even if they’re going to be a little bit harder than they would’ve been otherwise, some thankful overall in that regard.
- I’m thankful for social media. I love playing around with it, discussing it, hacking it, using it for work, and using it for play.
- I’m thankful that I have a mission in life: to make the world a better place by supporting brands that make the world a better place. My mission my change, but I know a lot of people struggle with figuring out what they are supposed to do, and I’m thankful that I’m not struggling in that regard.
- And finally, this might be a weird one, but I’m thankful for being me. I feel like there a lot of people out there who don’t really love themselves, or want to change Nine out of 10 things about themselves. I’m really thankful but that’s not me, and that for the most part, I like being myself. Cheesy, I know!
How about you guys? I’m always curious what other people are most thankful for, so tweet/Facebook/message me – I’d love to discuss!
Right now, a good deal of us are thinking about Hurricane Sandy, and what we ought to be doing to make sure we keep our business and employees safe. Here’s a list of some of the best resources to use:
CDC’s Storm/Flood and Hurricane Response Emergency Response Resources: Whether you’re talking about generator safety or Carbon Monoxide poisoning or psychological first aid, the CDC has a slew of resources listed here.
Ready.gov for Business: The site contains a detailed 5-step plan for businesses to develop their own preparedness program, resources to test your plan, and more.
Nonprofit Coordinating Community of New York Disaster’s Planning, Emergency Preparedness & Business Continuity: Not exactly a website. Instead, this is a link to a 35-page Word doc outlining disaster planning and risk analysis. While chunks of this guide may be obvious to you, I found other segments very useful. Plus, it’s a free. All in all, a nice little gem.
Small Business Administration Emergency Preparedness Guide: The SBA has resources to develop an employee-protection plan,
ways to lessen the financial impact of disasters, and identity your business’ most critical systems.
ReadyNOVA’s Business Preparedness Planner: If you’re looking to actually start developing your plan, ReadyNOVA has a 30-minute program that actually lets you develop your plan (or load an existing plan). Once you’ve created your plan, you can download ReadyNOVA’s iOS and Android Apps so you can access to your emergency planners on the go.
FEMA’s Property Protection Guide: Whether it’s earthquakes, fires, high winds, or floods, FEMA has some helpful tips about how to protect your property from irreparable harm.
October 22, 2012
In case you missed my tweet-by-tweet analysis of the 10/22/12 Presidential Debate, here it is:
October 17, 2012
As many of you know, I was a Political Science major at Emory University, that fine institution that brought us Kenneth Cole and Newt Gingrich. Given my background, I thought you might want some of my intellectual analysis of last night’s Presidential Debate between Barack Hussein Obama and Willard Mitt Romney. Quick aside: imagine if we had a president named Willard Hussein. Just saying.
And now on to the important stuff:
October 9, 2012
You know what? I like Columbus Day. I really, really do. The problem with it? There’s just not as much news. So, while there were a few gems in the world of social media news & views yesterday, not that many of you were sharing & clicking on my own shares, which is a sobering, humbling, occurrence. Nevertheless, Monday’s greatest hits are nothing to sneeze at. Here’s the Social 6 for Tuesday, October 9th:
#6: Large Short Films Makes It Large On Social Media (Business 2 Community)
#5: News From the Advertising Industry (New York Times)
#4: Old vs. New: The Evolution of the Term Social Marketing (Business 2 Community)
#3: Here Come the Inevitable Marissa Mayer Magazine Profiles — As She Preps Her Quick Return to Yahoo (All Things D)
#2: Tumblr Is for Fashion, YouTube Is for Music [INFOGRAPHIC] (Mashable)
#1: Does Your Facebook Profile Make People Think You’re Boring And Ugly? (ReadWriteWeb)
August 28, 2012
As you may know, I’m a voracious reader and tend to share a good deal of news via my social platforms. Here’s a countdown of the top six most important articles I’ve shared in the last day. I curate this top six based on number of retweets, clicks, favorites, and mentions, so you guys are a large part of what ends up listed here .
#6: Most Organizations Still Fear Social Media
This Business 2 Community article by Troy Larson covers why many organizations are still wary of social media, and how to overcome that fear.
#5: USC promotes players’ Twitter handles on depth chart, bios
Am I a football fan? Much to my father’s shame, not at all. However, I do like this move by USC to include its players’ Twitter handles in their 2012 season depth chart. Nice way to encourage players’ use of social media.
#4: Social recruiting app Silp recruits 700,000 users, just 12 days after launch
The Next Web reports on how Silp, a Swiss startup that offers a social recruiting service, has seen tremendous adoption since its launch just 12 days ago, even to the company’s own surprise. Robin Wauters shares just what happened.
#3: Social Proximity: could Reachable surpass LinkedIn?
The original title for this piece on ZD Net’s Between the Lines blog was “Social Proximity: are LinkedIn’s days numbered?” — but I thought that was a bit inaccurate, so I reworded it for Twitter. Reachable, the company known as 7 Degrees, is looking to take a page from LinkedIn’s playbook, and possibly take that concept to the next level. IBM’s Gery Menegaz explains how.
#2: Kred Launches Kred Story to Help Visualize Influence for People and Brands
BetaKit reports on how Kred (PeopleBrowsr’s influencer scoring tool) has launched of Kred Story, with the stated goal of visualizing an individual’s presence on social media as well as overall online influence. Kred CEO Andrew Grill announced the move, which should be a good way of reemphasizing that there is more than one influence scoring system around. I’m really not trying to make a pun here, but what Kred is doing has a good deal of credibility.
#1: *Great* study on correlation between Klout score & actual talent
Speaking of influence scoring, here’s a piece on Klout by Piers Fawkes of PSFK for Mashable. PSFK underwent an extensive analysis of executives’ Klout scores, to see whether or not scores had any correlation with company performance. The PSFK research suggests that Klout does matter in a somewhat directional sense, which is what I’ve been arguing some time. Regardless of what size of the debate you fall on, this is absolutely a must-read.