The Social 6: The Weekend Recap, 8/13/12

You know the drill by now: 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 5 Tips to Take Food Photos Good Enough to Eat

I think most people can agree, seeing great pics of food can make you hungry. Samantha Murphy delivers a great piece on Mashable giving you tips on how to take great food photos using your smartphone.

#5 5 Reasons Why Your Social Media Training Will Fail

There are things to always keep in mind so your social media training does not fail. This Business 2 Community piece by Kate Rose gives 5 reasons why training fails, and some tips for making sure this doesn’t happen to you.

#4 Stronger, Faster, Nastier

The Summer Olympics had plenty of viewers and pundits going social, turning to social media and traditional media to criticize Olympians in real-time. Even if you’re not remotely involved in the Olympics, this is a great piece to read to get an understanding of the problems with media scrutiny in 2012 and how to best deal with it.

#3 Funded! Dalton Caldwell’s Twitter alternative reaches $500,000 funding goal , a “real-time social feed without the ads,” reached its funding goal ahead of time. The approach Dalton Caldwell and his team have taken is commendable: reaching out to users and developers first, with the goal of putting them ahead of advertisers. There’s an alpha available at if you want to check it out. Great project and worth rooting for.

#2 Paul Ryan Is Gabe From ‘The Office’

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The most newsworthy story this weekend undoubtedly had to be Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate. While there’s tons of serious analysis out there, Amanda Wills takes a different approach, and posts a great slideshow illustrating the similarities between Gabe and Paul Ryan. Nice to see that Gabe Lewis is (in a way) finally getting what he’s always wanted – a shot at the bigtime. Personally, I’ve noticed some similarities between Gabe and VP nominee Paul Ryan, so it’s nice to see I’m not the only one.

#1 Viewpoint: 11 Reasons a 23-Year-Old Shouldn’t Run Your Social Media

Wow. This story sure elicited plenty of feedback and retweets from you guys. I think the provocative title may have helped.

Technology is changing at a rapid pace, sure; however that doesn’t mean you must hire a 23 year-old to manage your social media. Hollis Thomases writes for TIME Business and offers some great guidance. Don’t be misled by the title of this article; the analysis inside is a serious, thoughtful approach to how a brand should be handling its social strategy.

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By jeremygoldman

social media pundit.

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