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March 9th, 2012

Confession: I don’t get G+

I’m not completely embarrassed to admit this, even though I know I just lost some major points! 🙁

I really haven’t given it a fair shot, despite being mesmerized with their commercials every time they come on … and my love of all things Google else-wise.

Just goes to show how much my life has changed over the years. Two years ago I would have been all over it. Have I evolved away from the ‘New Media” socialite that I once was? Lost my passion for digital communities? Is there nothing about that I don’t already get from my Twitter-Facebook usage? Maybe it’s really not all it’s hyped to be!?

Just another Soc/Net … to me.

I want to love it. I really do, but how?

 

March 4th, 2012

You’re Doing it Wrong!

You're Doing it Wrong

It’s no surprise that I love to see local Business on Twitter. Note: Twitter > Facebook in my life, though I certainly appreciate it as another form of marketing and community outreach. 

But it takes more than just being “on” Twitter and Facebook to impress me.

It’s called a Social Network for a reason… and it’s simple really. Be Social, build your Network! What’s so hard about that? It’s even FREE! Yet time and time again I come across a Business just falling short of really hitting the mark.

I’m not suggesting you spend 24/7 online promoting your brand, what I’m looking for is Engagement.

Here’s the scenerio:

You’re a local Business. You’ve created a Twitter/Facebook account for your business. You/You’re staff is dedicating a percentage of time adding content to promoting you. You’ve even started “following” other similar Business, peers and users in your demographic. Yay! This is great!!

But what happens when a “Follower” comments or replies to your content? Let’s say they include a question or request additional information. Are you listening? Do you respond in a timely fashion?

If the answer is No – You’re Doing it WRONG!

It makes me sad when I try to engage with a local Business on Twitter or Facebook and all I get is <crickets>. It really disappoints me when I see that they are not engaging with ANYONE!

The cool thing about Social Networks is that they are built to make it easy for you to pay attention to your audience and potential new business. Yes, I know it can be a little confusing with all the fancy buttons and those developers who like to switch things up on us every so often. I by no means expecting you to respond to every message/@/comment, but you’re totally missing out if all you do is post, post, post. It’s like internet pollution no matter how great your content is … and it’s kinda rude not to say hello back!

A couple of months ago I moved to Morristown and naturally went to Twitter to seek out area business accounts to follow and potentially support whenever possible. I realize I am not the norm when it comes to Social Media, but more and more people are following my lead with the growing numbers of smart phones in our pockets.

We are all very busy people with increasingly shortened attention spans, so for me I built a list where I can quickly see “what’s happening” in town and then base my decisions on where to meet the girls for drinks, where to get my hair done, where to find a cute pair of sunglasses or a cup of coffee and a cupcake.

Obviously those accounts  who make the extra effort to interact with me will get my business over those who don’t … and as an added bonus they will get my love an adoration because I am a total sucker for that Twitter stuff 😉

So get out there and Engage already … and if you need additional help I’d be more than happy to give you a hand!

May 16th, 2011

Android Impressions: The 1st 24 Hours

I’ve converted! Yes, I know what many of you are thinking “You change your phone more often than you change your…” and its sorta true.
I’ve been a blackberry lover for many years now. The shiny of the iphone never really impressed me much. Sure I think its a cool phone and I love Apple equally as much as I love any other manufacturer, but when I attempted to convert with the iphone 3, what seems like ages ago, it just didn’t do it for me and running back to Rim I went.
Today I could totally see myself toting an iphone 4, though I’d probably feel the need to hold out for the 5, if there weren’t other desirable options (in my eyes).
So I’ve started a new relationship with an Android. A Samsung Infuse. It has it’s pros and cons as any device would, so here are my initial impressions:
It has a big, beautiful, brilliant display! But, I’m going to need a privacy screen soon cuss it’s so clear everyone is gonna see what I’m doing and although I have long fingers, it just might be a little too big. That’s not to say it doesn’t fit nicely in my phone pocket of my purse or the pocket of my jeans.
The 8mpx camera is sharp and it has a flash! One major reason I pitched the iphone3, and I’m not all that crazy about the iphone4 flash. It seems too warm if that makes sense. Now the infuse flash is white and bright and it nearly blinded me when I took a few self test shots!
the front camera is a plus, though I don’t know how often i’ll actually use it. I believe it’s only 1.5mpx, which is adequate, but lacking next to the iphone’s 3mpx.
Lets talk imput. When have you known to hear a chick complain about too many options? While its neat that I have so many on the infuse, I’m a little overwhelmed!! I think I have finally found some settings I can work with, but it will take me a while to adjust and tweak them just right.
I’m loving the apps and the fact that I can browse from the web and installs are sent right to my phone. I’m weary about widgets since I know they will work against me in my attempts to conserve battery juice, but they sure are cool.
Battery life is my one major concern with this phone, but even an iphone would have trouble staying juice in my hands. I love that I can swap the battery out and used to do so with my blackberry pearl.
So there you have it and all from the wordpress app! Forgive the typographical errors as I get used to this predictive text.
I’m off to play Angry Birds, which I haven’t yet decided is a pro or a con on this phone, but I will say it kept me up past my bedtime last night 🙂

More soon!! Leave me comments with your must have apps and Android tips please!!

November 10th, 2010

Why Twitter?

Once upon a time I was in a dead-end marriage. My self esteem was at an all time low, all my friends were miles away and began to feel very anti-social.

I needed an outlet.

My computer became my source of socialization out side of work and I immersed myself in online communities. It started with MySpace (before it got all trashy), forums, then Second Life.

It was a way for me to escape my reality and connect to interesting people from all over the world. I’ve made some amazing friends online, many who I have been fortunate enough to meet through conventions and local event.

Twitter buzz began around this time 2006 and I totally didn’t get it. What was the point? Most of the people I socialized with online were in Second Life so why did I need to “follow” them on Twitter? And who’s idea was this 140 character limitation!?

Two months later I caved.

I got tired of feeling left out and I caught a case of the beta bug, which over the next couple years would lead me on a wild goose chase for the next great networking fad, but Twitter never faded.

Three years, a Divorce and some odd months later I’m still here. My contributions to Twitter have evolved from being part of the early stage community where it seemed like everybody was connected to my present day narcissistic babble.

So why Twitter?

My Twitter is a community of my peers. A support system. All of my closest friends are on Twitter and we use it as a place to keep up with each other thought the day. It’s convenient like that. Sure I could sit down and write an email to each of them or blast a few general paragraphs out to the group, but it’s just easier to Tweet.

There is always a conversation happening. Wether it be about life, relationships, celebrity gossip, current events, or the latest gadgets released. You can easily dip in an out as time and attention span allows.

It is and always has been the fastest and most efficient way to share content. From my personal blogs and podcasts to upcoming events. A simple Tweet (with the proper formatting) can be easily Tweeted and Re-Tweeted to your followers and beyond.

And most of all – Twitter is my very own Life Line. A history of my life over the past few years that I occasionally refer to. I love to read back on where I have been and how far I have come.

To some it may seem silly, a waste of time and such, but to me it’s obviously much much more.

What is it for you?

November 7th, 2010

Calling all Single Bloggers!

I’ve been blogging and podcasting for a few years now and with that comes the occasional opportunity to leverage my site as a means for promoting events, people and of course products, but what about Advertising?

How does a single chick like me even get started with Advertising anyway?

Well, SingleEdition.com has the answer! They are building an awesome blog network for singles like me who write about dating, cooking for one, living single, and much much more!!

Are you in?

Learn all about it at SingleEdition.com/Join-Our-Blog I’m really looking forward to being part of this new venture and watching it grow and I hope to see all my single blogger friends doing it too!