Social Media for PR Professionals Social media for PR and marketing professionals <![CDATA[Yelp Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Mon, 5 Aug 2013 12:17:20 +0000 <![CDATA[YouTube Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Mon, 5 Aug 2013 12:10:51 +0000 <![CDATA[ Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 01:21:16 +0000 <![CDATA[ practically perfect in every way]]> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 04:39:18 +0000 <![CDATA[Facebook Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
I wrote a review of it (I know a bubble when I see one!) on the weekend after its listing looking for a price range of $25-28! It recorded a low of $26.83 yesterday (May 31) before a technical rebound at the close! 

So, what's next?!

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<![CDATA[ I know a bubble when I see one!]]>
Facebook had its IPO listed on Nasdaq last friday (May 18) making Mark Zuckerberg a $20 billion man! He rang in the bell for Nasdaq opening & his own wedding the next day (May 19). That makes Mark Zuckerberg not just the richest 28 year old on the planet but also the luckiest guy in the world!!!

So much about Mark Zuckerberg. He's a highly intelligent guy & I suspect that the ones who make the most out of this IPO is him since he got to choose to set a price that's now deemed to be too high by the market. At $38, Mark Zuckerberg managed to raise some $16 billion for the company and his dream and ambition. Morgan Stanley made some 1% underwriting fee out of this although they have probably lost a lot more by trying to support the share above its issuing price last friday, its 1st day of trading.

Never mind about Morgan Stanley. The heydays of investment banking are over with, we hope!!! Still, JPMorgan Chase has its fair share of limelight last week and probably upcoming weeks too. Not to mention one of Goldman Sachs' top men is being investigated for insider trading!

Back to Facebook. At $38, it's a PE of over 100! That's crazy if you compare it to those of Apple and LinkedIn. Does everyone has to own Facebook shares? As if Facebook hasn't owned enough of your time!!! It doesn't make sense to me. This is a case of hope and greed in the stock market, just like it used to be with tulips! Ok, may be Facebook has potential ... ways to monetize its 800 million users! That's in the "distant" future, is it not? If you think no, then you will be sorry today as it is now trading at $5 less than issue price and $10 off its high (a loss of some 14% from its closing last friday)! Who knows how low it will get? Probably around $25-$28?!

The stock market ... well, if you still believe in it, remember that scarcity rules! And, hopes and greed dominate. Sometimes, fear takes flight too! In this case, it's good to see it's not all in a frenzy!!! 

Greed is good, but only for Mark Zuckerberg!!!
As for Greece, God help them!!!

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<![CDATA[Facebook Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
PE of over 100?! Forget it!!! Are you sure you're that good a friend with Mark? ;-)

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<![CDATA[Tags on Lunch Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]>
Please check out the guidelines for using tags responsibly:]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 19:37:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Reviews on Lunch Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]>
While I usually stick with movie and comic book reviews, I've found myself interested in reviewing other stuff because of the influences of other marvelous people in the site. I have left amazon (despite being a former top 250+ reviewer) and have tried other formats in Epinions. (while I liked Epinions since they helped me further hone my reviewing 'skills', the freedom of adding topics wasn't there)

However, such awesomeness in review format can have its setbacks, adding topics and monitoring accuracy can be such a chore for the staff (so let's help them out by using accurate tags and info). Not every review site/format is perfect, since all of them can be abused by people and freedom in reviewing does come with a price; but the site do try to do its best to make sure it is different from others. They are trying to practice awesomeness in reviewing format!

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<![CDATA[Facebook Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Thu, 1 Dec 2011 23:47:42 +0000 <![CDATA[ When sharing can get out of hand!]]>
So, I'll keep this short and simple. My take on Facebook.
I had an account on it for many years but I hardly logged in. The main reason being I don't really know a great many who are on it and I was residing in China for the last 4 years, I was logged out of it. It's banned!

Now that we got over that, let's talk about Facebook, from my perspective:
  1. More than 1.3 billions Chinese are technically not on it,  unless one bypass the great firewall.
  2. It's too time-consuming and not much real/decent work can be done when you're on it!
  3. My few friends whom I got to know from are on it, hence, I'm on it just to keep in touch with them :)
  4. 2 great features - sharing of photos and videos (easier than any other sites! I was surprised I could just add Youtube links without having to copy the embed codes!). Not mine though, but I snooped around others' quite a bit, hehe...
  5. It's Facebook, one of the major social media sites. No one can afford not to be on it or at least have a working knowledge of it!

That's it... stay connected but stay out of it when you've got work to do!

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<![CDATA[ Biting the Hand that Feeds Me Lunch]]>
As you can probably tell from my rating, I generally like One of the site owners found my work on and asked me to drop in and give a quick whirl, even offering a little bit of payment as an incentive. With swirling ominously around the suckage drain at the moment, I shrugged and said "Well, why not?" And did I mention paid me to do so? (Really, I felt very honored by the fact that, out of thousands of reviewers on Epinions, someone noticed my work and asked me to come over.)

I am not the most popular reviewer on Epinions, but my work was strong enough for me to be offered a reviewer spot on the independent video game website Netjak, and when Netjak went south, The Examiner came calling. I was very proud to place my work among the pantheon of talented reviewers with Netjak, but The Examiner proved to be a real hellhole. So when it came time for new exposure, my setting up shop on Lunch proved to be a good move when I saw that my reviews were getting over 100 hits within hours on bad days. On Epinions, for me to get 100 hits took months. I was especially impressed when my review of the movie Dark City reeled in 14,000 in about 12 hours. It even gets tweeted a lot these days. Even Netjak didn't expose me that much!

I'm very fond of the quick tips section because it lets me write a quick blurb about any subject that I can't review in depth. It also allows me a lot of extra exposure. The profile on Lunch is awesome because I'm allowed to link up other websites to it. Lunch doesn't have a big problem with me creating links to other websites in my reviews either, so if I need to prove something, hey, just link it right up! Or use a photograph, which is also allowed!

The REALLY great thing about Lunch is that I'm allowed to review literally anything. I've written reviews about walking, bicycling, community gardening, and a couple of musical artists. Not just their work, but the artists themselves, which really allows me to open up with my criticism whenever I believe it truly necessary. On Epinions, you're given the impression that you can review anything, but typing it into the search bar gives you about a 50/50 chance of finding it. Even if Epinions does have what I'm looking for, I'm frequently forced to visit Google and type "(blank) reviews Epinions" in order to find it, and even then, they might provide links to the products on Amazon or Ebay but not allow you to review it themselves. Even worse, if you ARE able to review it, they might not actually have it sectioned, which means no one will be able to ever find it. I wrote a review of Phantasy Star IV on Epinions which sat unread for close to a week because it wasn't placed anywhere!

I should note that on the downside, the search feature on Lunch can sometimes turn up more than one result for a very specific product you're looking to review. I searched for The Simpsons recently, and got three results all for the single, lone TV show that exists! This is called overkill, but I will acknowledge that I would rather have way too many results than too few.

While I do appreciate the automatic importer from Epinions, this is where I think Lunch seriously faulters. I've taken to simple copying and pasting from Epinions to Lunch in the traditional way because Lunch will import anything even if you've already got it posted! There's no limiting what can be imported or what can't - when you import from Epinions, everything Lunch is capable of taking gets taken.

It's entirely possible that I'm missing something here, but it seems like I'm always looking for substitute communities to place reviews in if one of the communities I belong to doesn't quite fit the mold. I've written a lot about actors, but always placed them in the movies section. Well, Nathan Fillion is TECHNICALLY a movie actor, but I don't think that guy from Waiting is the first character people think of when they think of Nathan Fillion. Even his best-known movie character, Malcolm Reynolds from Serenity, was a TV character first. Here's my point: If there's a way to get a product into a community or section that fits it better than any of my communities, I haven't found it.

Otherwise, I've been with Lunch for about six or seven months now, and I'm loving it.]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 15:32:23 +0000
<![CDATA[ Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Fri, 6 May 2011 04:06:45 +0000 <![CDATA[Tags on Lunch Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]>

It remains a great tool for this network. so long as it is used properly. I like it!]]> Mon, 4 Apr 2011 01:15:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Social Media Quick Tip by Linda0507]]> Fri, 4 Mar 2011 02:53:22 +0000 <![CDATA[ Ragequit! I'm outta here!]]> Global phenomenon? Yes. A scourge of every day life? Absolutely. Here's why you should follow my example and pull the plug on Zuckerberg's narcissistic ego-porn site.

So today I took the leap and unfriended myself from Facebook, which is ironic considering that I spend a major part of my time helping clients buy social media advertising - it's like being the drug dealer who won't touch the stuff. And it does strangely feel like I've disconnected myself and entered a social networking wilderness, but actually it's a step that I think more people should consider.

1. Zero privacy

Apart from Facebook's own checkered history with privacy, the truth is that you're providing endless amounts of personal detail for very little reason -- just take a look at Facebook Advertising to see how this works. While they do have privacy controls, Facebook just doesn't work as intended if you use them: it's like going to a cocktail party with duct tape over your mouth and a bag over your head. And with the proliferation of Like, Share and Connect buttons everywhere, there's never been a better time to create a permanent public record of your surfing habits.

2. Look at me! LOOK AT ME!

My opinion of certain friends has been on the downward slope as they've basically spammed my news feed with utter crap. 400 pictures of flowers in Thailand. 300 pictures of hugging strangers while getting drunk. A photo of the entree I ordered last night. It's so unbelievably pointless but more importantly it's annoying. It appears that some of the people I know have dangerously narcissistic tendencies (which is ok now since it's technically not a psychological disorder anymore).

3. One Platform To Rule Them All

I'm all Open Source-y and have a major suspicion of any technology that attempts to implant itself as part of the core Internet eco-system. If email only ever had one provider, like AOL, we'd still be using dial-up - it's healthy that there were thousands of competing email systems, yet the system worked just fine - and evolved quickly too.

Facebook aims to be a required part of your Internet experience, which is counter to way it should work. There need to be a range of competing systems that interrelate with the effectiveness of email. Although there are other Facebook-type sites, these are clones and you have to choose one to use rather than any. 

4. Shallow relationships

In many ways, sites like do a much better job than Facebook. It takes hard work to write reviews, read others' reviews, and develop opinions. It doesn't take hard work to take a picture of my cat. I often feel I have a better insight into the personalities of the many excellent Lunchers here than people I've known for years who post inane Twitter-length comments about having a cold.

It also has a chilling effect (I love that phrase) on seeing people who haven't physically met in a long time, since you casually know what's been going on in their lives through Facebook. It's a shallow replacement for the real thing.

5. Goldman Sachs is here

The world's favorite vampire squid is now involved, which surely must be a sign to move on. One of the big proponents of Internet Bubble stocks a decade ago, the investment banks are readying themselves for Round Two of the great Web "Pump & Dump". We're talking trillions of dollars again for a company that doesn't actually produce anything, so I'd rather not be part of the calamity when it gets IPO'd to death and then crashes and burns. If that seems unlikely now, it also seemed unlikely last time too.

In shutting down my Facebook account, I'm putting the social back into social media - visiting friends for dinner, seeing family in the flesh, and spending time talking to people. I don't need virtual gifts, Mafia Wars or 50 updates an hour on my Droid to be part of my network. And while I think there are many websites that help develop friendships and your knowledge of things you like - and it's one of the great benefits of the web - Facebook isn't one of them.

I hope you like this review by sharing it on Facebook. :-)]]> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 21:15:50 +0000
<![CDATA[ Quora for PR and Marketing Pros]]>
Quora is a screaming new service that has exploded with the social media insiders, reporters and tech crowd. The site About describes itself as a "continually improving collection of questions and answers" created by everyone. The site has set itself apart in three ways, first written about by Louis Gray, in its community, interface (technology), and relevancy. This killer combination has top-tech journalists, bloggers and insiders spending hours posing and answering meaningful questions. For PR and marketing people, this new site is an important emerging place to monitor conversations about your company and brand.


For example, Steve Case, former AOL CEO and chairman, answers business questions on the site such as "How much did it cost AOL to distribute all those CDs back in the 1990's?" That response kicked off news stories from TechCrunch, Business Insider and San Francisco Chronicle as reported by Poynter. You might be saying, "AOL is so 1997!" - Yes, but it is a fact that business leaders, CEOs and seasoned chair people are engaging on the site.

In addition to finding sources, journalists are also spending a lot of time posing and answering questions. Ben Parr from Mashable and Robert Scoble make regular comments. There is even a question on Quora about journalists that are using the service. Reporters from Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Economist, Bloomberg and Forbes top the list. It seems that there is a growing list of journalists from outside the U.S. so it is clear the community is growing beyond the Silicon Valley echo chamber.

Along with reporters, Quora has attracted the A-List of tech bloggers, Tweeps, conversationalists and creators who have the potential to influence the conversation.


The big buzz word in social media is relevancy and Quora seems to have more than its quota. Relevancy is auto-magically presenting what you want to see when you want to see it. Or, even better, the finding it for me before I know I want it. Quora seems to deliver something new and interesting to me each time I visit. As with any new database of information, critical mass is well, critical. I'm throwing questions at it about PR, social media and Silicon Valley and it does pretty well. It will need to continue to expand its reach to appeal to those who are outside that small world. One more word about relevancy, I'm seeing Quora results showing up in Google searches. If Google is pouring some of its juice on Quora, that means that posts about your company (positive and negative) will appear prominently in search results.


Like any good next generation idea, Quora has mastered several of the factors that make it easy to use, follow and contribute. With your permission, Quora automatically follows all of your Facebook friends and Twitter followers. This feature probably helped it to rapidly grow with minimal user input.

The social media world sometimes seems like a rapidly expanding foam filling every crack and crevice of our lives. I'm sure much of it is as empty as foam, but Quora has something a bit different. As a PR professional, I'd check it out and include it in your monitoring. They have got a lot of stuff right and a lot of the right people are at Quora right now.

Because of the explosion of interest in Quora, there are several blog posts that I'd recommend from PR people who are approaching the service from the same angle:
My own Quora profile can be found here. If you have other posts on this topic, please add them to the comments.

This blog was also posted at:]]> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 06:29:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Flickr Quick Tip by KristiSauer]]> Sat, 4 Dec 2010 21:22:28 +0000 <![CDATA[ It's time to clear the iPad for take-off and landing]]>
All was going well until the passenger seated at the window asked to pass by us to use the restroom.  As I closed up the iPad to let the man go through, my daughter let out a scream the put the entire plane on notice that she was not happy to have her entertainment disrupted.  I quickly set her back up with the iPad once the man passed by, but at that point a chill ran through my spine.  I thought "what was going to happen when we needed to shut off all electronics for landing??"

Regardless of how you feel about my parenting techniques and using electronics to entertain a toddler, I didn't feel that cruising at 30,000 feet surrounded by strangers was the best time or place to try to instill a life lesson about hours of play time.  Most people would be reluctant to constructive criticism at the tail end of a cross-country flight, let alone a jet-lagged two year old who just finished off her last Goldfish crackers.

Fortunately, over the next 30 minutes, I was able to ween my daughter away from the iPad with some $10 crackers and raisins and I avoided the catastrophic melt-down during the landing which I had envisioned.

My experience caused me to consider the rules currently in place during take-off and landing that require all electronics to be completely shut off.  Sure, it may not seem like such a long time, but when you're trying to entertain a toddler, it feels like an eternity.  How old is this rule and do we still need to have it in place?  Are the communications electronics on the airplane so susceptible to electronic interference that a few games of Angry Birds could take down the aircraft?  And if so... should we even be flying at all??  Don't get me wrong, if using electronics does cause measurable interference with the avionics, then I'd much rather put up with some crying kids (and adults) than land in the middle of Lake Erie.  But let's at least collect some new data on this and see if we can rewrite some of the rules.  There's a very good chance that even today, a number of electronics stored in suitcases and purses are NOT shut off during take-off, yet no crashes have been attributed to "rogue electronics interference".  

Let's ask congress to take a break on investigating steroid use in the MLB and global warming, and put them to task on something that can have an immediate impact on millions of travelers!]]> Tue, 9 Nov 2010 18:23:29 +0000
<![CDATA[ Old Friends, New Friends, And A Few People You'd LIke To Forget]]>
I believed that those few select people (six friends total), would be my entire world on Facebook. Soon enough, however, I started getting friend requests from people I hadn't seen since high school or college. Knowing them, I decided to approve their friendship and quickly found myself chatting with them about their new families, their new homes, and their new careers.

In a very short amount of time I accumulated around seventy or so friends. All of them (excepting the original six) were people that I knew from my real, blood and bones life.

It was after these seventy people that things started getting weird. I began "liking" pages on Facebook that pertained to my interests such as science fiction, movies, and the New Orleans Saints. All of a sudden, complete strangers started wanting to be my friend supposedly due to sharing my interests. A few of them were obviously spammers hoping to attract me to their website because they all had similar canned friendship messages attached to their request. They also usually included a profile photo of a scantily clad girl who looked to be somewhere in her late teens (Why don't they ever use a photo of a scantily clad late 20's/early 30's woman? That's more interesting to a guy my age. Oh well, I guess that belongs in another review!).

Anyway, after sifting through and denying all of the nineteen year old hotties wanting to be my friend, I was usually left with a bunch of people who I knew absolutely nothing about. Some of them had public profiles with access to tons of personal information about them. It scared me to be quite honest with you. Needless to say, I denied all of them as well.

As time progressed, friendship requests started to slow down. I picked up a few new friends here and their after befriending them in real life, and thanks to Facebook's security features, I can actually block a few of the friends that I don't know that well from seeing certain parts of my profile, especially pictures of me and my family.

Ironically, many people who wouldn't say two words to me in high school or college seem to want to be my friend now. This is a very strange phenomena to me. One of my old bullies tried to friend me as well, but I simply denied his request. Sure, he might have changed and matured with time, but one thing I've learned is that the more things change, the more they stay the same. In other words, once a meathead, always a meathead!

I've also found that I tend to talk more with the friends I've made in the past five years and rarely talk to old friends from high school. I can only guess that the reason this is is due to the fact that I have more in common with them than my old high school pals.

As a rule, I only accept friend requests and do not usually send them to anyone. Maybe that's strange, but I look at it this way: If a person wants to be my friend or reunite from days gone by, they'll get in touch with me. Perhaps it is due to the fact that I'm not a big fan of being turned down for friendship requests, but have no problem denying others!

Overall, Facebook can be a very useful tool to get back in touch with people you've lost contact with. It can also help you keep up with your current friends and plan times to get together. And if you're into science fiction conventions like I am, Facebook can help you get in touch with people in the know in that community.

I like Facebook. I use it almost everyday. I never thought that I would, but it has become a key part of my life. Besides, Facebooking someone sounds a lot cooler than "tweeting" them!]]> Sun, 7 Nov 2010 02:27:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Goodreads Quick Tip by cafeofdreams]]> Thu, 30 Sep 2010 18:39:54 +0000 <![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by 1MZJohansen]]> Mon, 27 Sep 2010 23:20:34 +0000 <![CDATA[ Quick Tip by TheJohn]]> Sat, 25 Sep 2010 18:06:43 +0000 <![CDATA[ GoodReads Provides Good Site...]]>
But I also like the displays, the ways to catalog and show books...

I have also found I like the interaction better...perhaps because there is a lot of activity there or because I know a number of members as clients...In any event, there are many discussions and ways for authors to highlight their materials and I certainly support that!]]> Sat, 25 Sep 2010 15:17:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Reviews on Lunch Quick Tip by TheJohn]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2010 05:55:38 +0000 <![CDATA[Communities on Lunch Quick Tip by TheJohn]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2010 05:54:17 +0000 <![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by Shopaholic]]> Fri, 17 Sep 2010 19:06:55 +0000 <![CDATA[Facebook Quick Tip by tracybb]]> Fri, 17 Sep 2010 16:34:16 +0000 <![CDATA[ iPad is the perfect laptop]]>  

I bought my iPad because I have an app that I'll start working on after the new operating system comes out in November.  I really had no idea that it would turn out to be my favorite computer!
I have: a few old Windows laptops and my four year old MacBookPro. For almost all of the things I need a laptop for, the iPad is as good as having the laptop and is often better
kkkI bought my iPad because I have an app that I'll start working on after the new operating system comes out in November.  I really had no idea that it would turn out to be my favorite computer!
I have: a few old Windows laptops and my four year old MacBookPro. For almost all of the things I need a laptop for, the iPad is as good as having the laptop and is often better

I bought my iPad because I have an app that I'll start working on after the new operating system comes out in November. I really had no idea that it would turn out to be my favorite computer!

For almost all of the things I need a laptop for, the iPad is as good as a laptop and is often better.

Consider the things that are important in a laptop:


My MacBook Pro weighs almost 6 lbs and my Windows laptops are even heavier.  The iPad 3G  is 1.6 lbs - that's a big difference in luggability.


The iPad is small enough to carry easily, but the screen is large enough for me to work comfortably.

If I cannot make out the tiny print on some particular webpage, a quick flick of two fingers blows it up for me instantly.

I can work  with this in my lap or standing up because it is small enough and light enough to hold with one hand. The MacBook Pro  too hot for my lap and while I might be able to balance it on one hand briefly, that obviously is not safe or comfortable.

Battery Life

The iPad is beyond incredible.   I am often up at 6:00 AM and I'll use the iPad off and on all day to do my normal work (email, web browsing, writing) and when I quit at 10:00 PM, it usually still has 10% or more of its charge!

This means that when I go out to a customer, I don't even bother to bring the charger - I won't need it.  If I do have to bring a real laptop, I'll probably have to bring either the charger or a spare battery.

It's not a Toy

I've found that many people don't realize how much real work you can do on an iPad.  I am a tech guy and often need remote access to my customers machines.  I can do that with the iPad: I have VPN capability, SSH, RDP, Webex, VNC and even Citrix.   On a recent mini-vacation, I did remote work for a client all the way down the New Jersey Turnpike while my wife drove!

No Entanglements

My MacBook Pro is a great machine, but I usually have it hooked up to its Time Machine drives, an external monitor and a bigger keyboard.   If I want to go enjoy nice weather on the back porch, I have to unhook all that, and of course we have that battery life issue again.  With the iPad, I just wander wherever I want.  It's using my wireless when it can and the 3G the rest of the time.

By the way, I can get away with the $15.00 a month, 250 MB 3G plan and don't even need that all the time.   I only turn it on if I have to be out somewhere there will not be wireless access, so so far I have only spent $45.00 with them - most months I have not subscribed.  That "turn it on, turn it off" capability cuts down expenses for me.


No, it isn't perfect.  There are some things I need a real computer for and some things that are just easier on a real computer.  The new operating system due out soon will make the iPad even more useful, but I suspect it will be a long time before I could use this for everything I need to do.

That's OK.   It does more than enough to make this my favorite companion.  I like to say it is the perfect second computer, but actually it has become my primary computer - the MacBook is really my second computer now.

ˇ˛The iPad is small enough to carry easily, but the screen is large enough for me to work comfortably. If I cannot make out the tiny print on some particular webpage, a quick flick of two fingers blows it up for me instantly. I can work quite easily with this in my lap or even standing up. The MacBook Pro gets far too hot for my lap and is impossible to use standing up for more than a few seconds.
ˇ˛The iPad is small enough to carry easily, but the screen is large enough for me to work comfortably. If I cannot make out the tiny print on some particular webpage, a quick flick of two fingers blows it up for me instantly. I can work quite easily with this in my lap or even standing up. The MacBook Pro gets far too hot for my lap and is impossible to use standing up for more than a few seconds.
The iPad is small enough to carry easily, but the screen is large enough for me to work comfortably. If I cannot make out the tiny print on some particular webpage, a quick flick of two fingers blows it up for me instantly. I can work quite easily with this in my lap or even standing up. The MacBook Pro gets far too hot for my lap and is impossible to use standing up for more than a few seconds.
The iPad is small enough to carry easily, but the screen is large enough for me to work comfortably. If I cannot make out the tiny print on some particular webpage, a quick flick of two fingers blows it up for me instantly. I can work quite easily with this in my lap or even standing up. The MacBook Pro gets far too hot for my lap and is impossible to use standing up for more than a few seconds.
I have: a few old Windows laptops and my four year old MacBookPro. For almost all of the things I need a laptop for, the iPad is as good as having the laptop and is often better.
I bought my iPad because I have an app that I'll start working on after the new operating system comes out in November.  I really had no idea that it would turn out to be my favorite computer!
I have: a few old Windows laptops and my four year old MacBookPro. For almost all of the things I need a laptop for, the iPad is as good as having the laptop and is often better
]]> Fri, 17 Sep 2010 12:54:25 +0000
<![CDATA[ Your bible to new media in marketing]]>
Thanks to Troy Agrignon who "donated" the download to force me to add it into the Kindel. New for me, a total digital read. Can not decide if I like it a whole lot. I read, not browse books and attempt to make them part of who I am. Seeing I have a terrible memory, I flip back and forth in a book to reread sections to refresh the ideas. That's tough digitally, plus I have a litany of methods to increase my comprehension of a book. which are hard to do on a digital machine. But you have to love the form factor, so I will need to develop speed reading methods for the digital world.]]> Wed, 8 Sep 2010 12:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[ Blekko Makes Influencing the Influencers Easy]]> Custom influencer searches for PR and marketing professionals who lead brand-reputation programs
Blekko is a new search engine that includes some time saving features for PR and marketing professionals who want to track a narrow set of online publications or domains. By allowing you to select only the domains or pages that you want searched, it helps you stay focused on the people who really influence your business and reduces the spam in your coverage scans.

Blekko uses what it calls Slashtags that allow you to "slash in" or "slash out" what you want in a search. This easy-to-use process allows you to create a complicated search, publish it for others to use and then repeat it quickly. For example, a Blekko user named Max created a list of advertising publications. If you wanted to do a search to see if your company was mentioned in AdAge, Adweek or MediaPost, you would search in Blekko like this:

Company Name /max/advertising

That string searches for "Company Name" using Max's predefined list of advertising domains. A snip of those publications can be seen below.

Instead of getting back a bunch of spam blogs like I do with a Google search, Blekko only gives me back results from the 21 publications that matter in the advertising and media industry. If you add a /date Slashtag, it will sort those results by date instead of relevancy. Another great tool when you are monitoring the web daily for news on you or your competitors.

Additionally, Blekko allows you to publish these searches in RSS so you can share them with your teammates or with your client. Pop them into Google Reader and you have a searchable archive of your news that is easy to read, process and report.

The current downside I'm finding with Blekko is that some of the less-popular domains are only searched every 14 days. Hopefully Blekko will address that issue as they come out of beta and put together the computing power to crawl the Internet faster.

Blekko has been in a super stealth mode for more than a year. They seem to be on solid financial ground with $20 million in financing. I'm not going to call them a Google killer because that would surely doom them. They are building some steam and they gave Robert Scoble a peek at their product in this long, but informative 45 minute YouTube video.

Blekko is really a lot more than the simple features that I've outlined. For example, the SEO rankings are radically different because they are completely open. I'll leave it to others to give you the feature-by-feature review. If you're a PR or marketing person managing the reputation of a brand, you really must give Blekko a try.

You may find that my Blekko links in this post don't work for you. You may need to get an invite to Blekko before you can access them. On Twitter, Follow @blekko and then ask for an invite and they'll direct message you in a day or so. Or you can email your request to scoble+at+ (I lifted this address from the end of the Robert Scoble video).

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<![CDATA[ Very versatile]]> I'm saving my money up for this one.  I have a friend who has one and I fell in love with it.  Read books, have it read to you, and a GPS all in one.  It doesn't get any better than this.  More expensive than a Kindle, but with all its versatility it is the e-gadget to have!

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<![CDATA[Facebook Quick Tip by Sean_Rhodes]]> Mon, 19 Jul 2010 21:07:30 +0000 <![CDATA[Goodreads Quick Tip by iamstepha]]> Thu, 15 Jul 2010 20:39:56 +0000 <![CDATA[ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income Quick Tip by donna_r]]> Tue, 13 Jul 2010 21:25:35 +0000 <![CDATA[ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income Quick Tip by JulieBMack]]> Tue, 6 Jul 2010 18:29:51 +0000 <![CDATA[Twitter Quick Tip by theKENnection]]> & even makes for quite the effortlessly enjoyable tweeting experience.]]> Mon, 5 Jul 2010 11:56:43 +0000 <![CDATA[Facebook Quick Tip by sama89]]> Sat, 3 Jul 2010 14:52:21 +0000 <![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by igazaar]]> Thu, 1 Jul 2010 20:37:22 +0000 <![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by nat_hill]]> Tue, 29 Jun 2010 22:34:48 +0000 <![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by akaspan]]> Tue, 29 Jun 2010 18:55:16 +0000 <![CDATA[Twitter Quick Tip by artjipson]]> Fri, 25 Jun 2010 03:30:31 +0000 <![CDATA[ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income Quick Tip by simplytrece]]> Mon, 21 Jun 2010 18:21:17 +0000 <![CDATA[ Prevuu is awesome]]> Here are the plans according to the website Free Plan 1 project 1 user Freelancer $25 per month 5 projects 50 MB storage 2 users Studio $50 per month 20 projects 250 MB storage 10 users Agency $150 per month 100 projects 2,000 MB storage 50 users]]> Wed, 16 Jun 2010 14:14:04 +0000 <![CDATA[ PREVUU: New website to help share your screen designs]]> Here are the plans according to the website Free Plan 1 project 1 user Freelancer $25 per month 5 projects 50 MB storage 2 users Studio $50 per month 20 projects 250 MB storage 10 users Agency $150 per month 100 projects 2,000 MB storage 50 users]]> Wed, 16 Jun 2010 14:11:47 +0000 <![CDATA[The Whuffie Factor: Using the Power of Social Networks to Build Your Business by Tara Hunt Quick Tip by bugnut]]> Sat, 12 Jun 2010 02:58:44 +0000 <![CDATA[ A Magical Product]]> Apple's iPad is truly a magical device. Since this community is focused on reading and books this review will focus mostly on that use of the iPad but the device is great for a number of things, reading just being one use.

Apple, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble all have eReaders designed for the iPad, each with its respective store. Each of the three software pieces has its own strong points but all are great for reading. Browsing for a new book is especially fun in iBooks as a store is built right into the application. Apple uses many animAtions and color images to make the experience as good as possible.

Reading is great on the device. The backlight allows you to read in the dark, not disturbing anyone else. The color display also allows you to look at color images embedded in your literature, a weak point of the other ereaders on the market. Battery life is great- not as great as the kindle, but amazing for a backlit LCD.

If you have the extra money I definitely suggest buying this device over anoer ereaders as you are getting a lot for your money. You can read websites, check your email, itch movies and run applications. I am loving mine!

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<![CDATA[Facebook Connect on Lunch Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22]]> Wed, 2 Jun 2010 01:14:32 +0000 <![CDATA[foursquare Quick Tip by redsoda]]> Mon, 31 May 2010 06:13:58 +0000 <![CDATA[ Remember Me]]>
In 2005, a guy in a college dorm named Mark Zuckerberg created a website he called Facebook.  This was shortly after a place like Myspace was already incredibly popular and snatching headlines.  At first when Facebook was established it was a way for the student body of his college to keep tabs on everyone.  To figure out what was going on around campus.  Shortly after that the site expanded to being open to primarily college students.  Upon first joining Facebook in 2005 my first thought was more along the lines of, "What's the big deal?"  It seemed exactly the same as Myspace back then.  Albeit it was a little neater and I didn't have to worry about someone putting so much crap on their page that it would freeze my computer.  At first it was easy to dismiss Facebook.  After all, in 2005 it didn't have all the same features it has now.  Now Facebook is a huge global phenomenon.  With over 500 million members, Facebook is easily one of the fastest ways to connect to the world outside of your core friends that you'd see in real life.

In 2006, Facebook's first big expansion was that it started allowing High School students to join.  This move, like so many others Facebook would make in the future, caused controversy.  For example, there were college students whining that it was their hangout spot (oddly enough THAT seems like a whining high school student's complaint) and that they had no business being there.  Looking back on it now, that just seems silly that there were ever any complaints at all.  Other complaints surfaced when the site opened up to allow everyone to join.  Facebook was suddenly more public than it had ever been.  And in his early 20's Mark Zuckerberg became a billionaire.  He went from someone making a website in a dorm, to being CEO of a giant social networking corporation.  Facebook is now one of the most visited and busiest websites on the internet.  Most of you here have a Facebook profile.  And I bet if given the time and energy, I could find most of you.  And ALL of you could probably find me without problems.

The process of signing up has changed from when I first joined in 2005, but I have an idea.  When you first join, Facebook waste no time in getting you connected with other friends.  When you register an email you can go right into things and figure out who else actually has a facebook page.  Because it goes into your email and suggests people based on this.  Those who already have a Facebook will come up instantly.  Afterwards you can invite other people in your box and then you can actually start browsing the site looking for people.

Of course, looking for people is no fun if you don't fill your profile with such things as maybe your hometown... perhaps even some of your favorite books, movies and musicians.  Facebook can go a little far in asking you what you want to place on your profile, however.  Listing off your favorite books and even your hometown is fine... but the site also has an option for you to display your phone number, your AIM ID or MSN Messenger ID (along with any other messengers)... and even your home address.  The last of this all seems like it's asking for a bit much.  Facebook has always been running into criticisms involving privacy.  When you register, for example, your account is public by default.  This wouldn't be such a problem if Facebook didn't insist on making the navigation through your privacy settings so tedious and annoying.  It's not horrible, but considering how easy it is to do everything else on Facebook, it's strange that the privacy settings, of all things, actually requires work on your part.  And much of what you find in them are pretty vague.  You can, at least, preview your profile from an outside view.  That doesn't make it any less annoying when trying to go about your privacy settings.

According to Zuckerberg, the point of Facebook is to be more open anyway.  And Facebook has always been pushing for that.  In 2007 Facebook introduced the News Feed option.  At first it got a lot of people protesting.  At the time, however, Facebook only had ten million members and a good portion of them were upset that now just about every action they did was broadcast to their friends.  In spite of everything, not seeing your friends status updates now seems like something you couldn't live without.  The News Feed, in spite of a lukewarm reception, became something many users appreciated because they now no longer had to go to each friend's profile individually.  Likewise, users are able to choose which updates show up on their newsfeed... and if you do something that you don't want people to see, you can remove it.  The News Feed actually didn't turn out to be so bad at all.  "What people want isn't complete privacy," Zuckerberg told TIME Magazine, "It's that they want control over what they share and what they don't."  And Zuckerberg is right.  There are some people who will hold nothing back on Facebook.  They'll post as many pictures as they can find.  Put anything in their status update.

When people post on their wall or something on the news feed comes up, you're able to "Like" that person's status activity.  This is really awesome to give your friends some recognition, but for the most part it can be annoying if it's someone who has a lot of friends.  The moment you comment on someone's status or "Like" it, you will get a notification any time someone else comments on said status or likes it.  This is fine when there aren't that many people.  But when someone has say... 1,000 friends it can be annoying that you simply "Liked" someone's status but then you have to hear what 200 other people are saying about it.

There are also many many MANY different pages on Facebook for anything.  There are standard likes such as liking "Video Games" or liking a specific movie or celebrity.  To the strange pages such as, "I Bet This Pickle Can Get More Fans Than Nickelback" (oh it's a real page) to the downright bizarre.  Groups that are, more or less, simple statements such as, "People Who Sleep Because They Go to Bed Late for No Reason."  This is all crazy stuff.  And there are literally millions of these pages with anywhere from hundreds to millions of people liking them.  And they all operate as your own profile does, only someone has to monitor them and update them regularly.

There are also plenty of applications on Facebook that will get your profile information to work.  Things such as figuring out which crazy author you are, or what color your soul is.  Usually little stupid quizzes that are there for the sake of fun.  There are other more daring applications as well.  Not to mention games... such as Mafia Wars or (ugh...) Farmville.  And people take these games quite seriously.

And everything you do on ALL of these things can be displayed on your own profile page.

It begs the question just whether or not we've ever truly experienced privacy before Facebook.  What I mean by that is before it's not like you had the option to tell the world anything and everything.  Privacy was... well... a default thing.  It wasn't that your life was private... it was actually that you just couldn't get it out there.  Facebook has definitely changed that the line between what's appropriate to share and what isn't becomes blurred to some users.  And yes, businesses and such will now take time to look at your Facebook profile to see what it is you've done.  So will the police.  Underage and you're caught in a photo with a beer in your hand?  That's enough for the police to charge you with underage drinking.  Likewise, you could probably lose your job or lose consideration for a job thanks to things you put on Facebook (or the internet as a whole... if they find it).  It's not that people don't like their privacy, it's that those of us who were prone to being open in the first place, just never had that expressive outlet without, you know, being famous.  And yes, people can post a little too much on Facebook now, and things are a little too open for certain people.

The expansion of Facebook has made it's way into changing the internet as a whole.  Go to just about any webpage now and you have the option of connecting to Facebook or sharing certain things on Facebook.  Many websites let you connect with Facebook and log in that way as opposed to logging in with a different username at so many different sites.  You can connect with your Facebook profile and do it that way.  This means on some websites you don't even have to go through the hassle of registering.  Not when you can just use Facebook Connect.  You should all know what Facebook Connect is. uses it too. 

It goes even further, though.  Everyone, of course, knows about "liking" something.  This has also expanded to several different websites.  Go to a website like the IMDB and go to any movie and you can choose to "Like" said movie and it'll show up on your page telling all your friends you like it.  You can "Like" a whole website, if you so choose.  And, of course, you can share what you find.  Almost every website, every youtube video gives you the option to share what you've found with others and it somehow pops up on your page.  You no longer have to go through the hassle of embedding videos from youtube.  You can simply choose to share it now.  The same is also true of certain news stories from websites and even when you leave comments on a webpage.  Some of you have no doubt noticed that when you leave a comment or review on Lunch you're given to option to put it on your Facebook page as well (assuming you're connected).  

How well does this work for Facebook?  Very well.  Thanks to this word about many things can travel fast.  Let's take a simple example.  Many of you have probably seen people post status updates like, "Facebook will start charging," or joining groups that say something like "Facebook will start charging you ten dollars beginning in ___________"  The blank is left for you to insert a month or a date.  It should be pretty obvious it's a hoax, but people believe it constantly.  Facebook doesn't have to charge members in order to generate revenue.  Because even their ads are designed to cater toward... well... you.  Facebook does what's called "suggestions."  It uses your profile information, your likes and your friends (yes, your friends) to decipher just what it should advertise to you.  I, for example am a big gamer, a big Stephen King fan and a big movie fan.  I decided to like Video Games.  Suddenly my page was flooded with advertisements for video games.  I decided to like Stephen King and now I get ads for his books, or group suggestions for his books.  Oh, but it goes deeper.  If a certain number of friends "like" somethig the website just might suggest that YOU like it too.  Because if you and your friends share similar interests... then perhaps you just might like what they like too.  In short, Facebook charging you would be a bit risky for their revenue if suddenly people stopped coming to the site because they started charging.  The same rumor pops up on Myspace all the time (and I'm guessing Twitter, but I don't tweet).  Facebook works out because it happens to go beyond just Facebook.  When you can go to different websites and log in with what is essentially a universal ID (your Facebook profile) and when you can put ANYTHING on your Facebook page from ANY website, then it's easy to see just how Facebook became such a huge juggernaut.  Very few websites can do it.  And when they do, they can't do it the way Facebook does. 

This is another reason why it's so easy to be interconnected.  For some Facebook is a shortcut.  Not to get to knowing friends, but in terms of connecting with the rest of the interweb without having to explore it extensively.  Why search for a specific Youtube video your friend told you about when you can easily find it posted on their profile?  It's easily one of the best things about Facebook.  Just that there's so much you can do with it. 

This does cause some controversy, however because it brings about the question just what exactly your profile information is being used for.  Creating personalized ads isn't really so new.  Google does the same thing, creating ads that cater toward what you might've searched for in the past.  With Facebook, however, it means that what you've posted on your page is being used... but not exactly with your permission.  As I've said before, Facebook has had a lot of controversy concerning privacy.  Not just because you run into people who post a little too much about themselves, but because there have been times when Facebook has gone too far in using your profile information for the sake of getting advertisements catered toward you.  Sometimes the applications you use will also pass along some of the info in your profile to advertisers. 

If there's anything about Facebook that might urk me, it would be that there's no really definitive blogging feature on the site.  You can post "notes" that will be hidden in the corner of your profile page.  And unless you decided to tag a billion people (who aren't even in it) no one will read it.  Your friends can't really subscribe to your notes like they would a blog either.  You simply have to hope that they pick it up from your news feed or something.  It's just not as user-friendly as the blog feature on sites such as Blogger, Livejournal or even Myspace.  With all the incredible things Facebook can do... giving you an easy to use blog is surprisingly, not one of them.  It seems to be making steps in that direction, at least.

Likewise, Facebook isn't free from Spam or Viruses or anything like that.  It's not uncommon to get friend requests from fake profiles or for a friend's account to start sending you bizarre Spam such as an invite to receive a free iPad (or Macbook, Wii, Laptop--whatever!).  It happens.  Facebook is not immune to the horrors of the internet.  You're gonna get the good and the bad. 

The last thing about Facebook that's interesting is the chat mechanism.  Thanks to this little thing you can chat with friends who happen to be logged onto Facebook at the same time as you.  The problem is that it's as basic as it gets.  There are also some issues with it.  Sometimes your friends will get an IM from you but won't be online (because they didn't log out but perhaps closed the webpage and are browsing around elsewhere... or YOUR Facebook account doesn't realize they've logged out).  It's a great way to connect and talk to people who may not be directly around you... but unfortunately IM programs such as AIM, MSN Messenger, Yahoo, Google Chat are far far better about this than Facebook ever will be.  And with programs such as Trillian able to connect to your Facebook account, it's just a lot easier to use one of these applications than it is to use the Facebook chat directly on Facebook itself. 

In the end Facebook is actually not so bad because of how it can be utilized.  It's much more expansive than most social networking sites.  Yes, you'll find people who have an absurd number of friends (and if you join you're apt to get many a friend request by people you either don't know or had one conversation with a long time ago) and you can sit there saying, "No one REALLY has THAT many friends," but at the very least it is nice to connect with other people.  Of course, you still have to be careful with people who do things like create false profiles, post pictures of people that aren't them, etc, but it comes with the territory of any social networking site.  At least Facebook goes beyond simply Facebook.  Even if you don't enjoy connecting with people, you can still get something out of it thanks to the things they share.  There's something for just about everyone.  You just have to be careful about what you put up there.  It's your profile, your privacy and you're in control.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to check on my own Facebook status. ]]> Wed, 26 May 2010 22:14:15 +0000