Twitter Tuesday: Are you a social media dork?

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I came across this quote today while researching something for work. It was funny, accurate, and somewhat related to Twitter Tuesday, so I thought I’d share.

Unlike Twitter users, most Facebookers are into social media for social media’s sake, they’re not social media dorks.

via 7 Ways to Get Your Blog Posts Shared On Facebook.

While just about everyone I know in my age group has a Facebook account, I know very few people who are active on Twitter. Most of the Twitter users I do know are active bloggers who are interested in other social media channels like Foursquare or LinkedIn.

For the record, I consider myself a social media dork. And I’m proud of it, thank you very much.

Do you find this quote to be true? And more importantly: Are you a social media dork?

Why Foursquare Didn’t Work for Me

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Back in November, I wrote about how I tried Foursquare. And despite my initial reservations, I thought it was okay . . . for about a month.

I stopped using it because it took up too much of my time. I don’t have a smartphone, so each time I wanted to check into a place I’d have to load the internet on my phone, visit the mobile site, find the place I’m looking for, and check in. Repeat for each stop and you can see how it would be time consuming. It is also possible to text your location to Foursqure for check-ins, but I found this method inaccurate.

To be honest, I never lost the uneasy feeling about random people knowing my exact location at all times. None of my friends ever tried it, so it wasn’t very fun (several use Facebook Places though, go figure).

I don’t think that Foursquare is a bad social networking site, it just wasn’t right for me at this point in time. I’m interested to see how it’s different from the business perspective . . . maybe I’ll post something on that in the future.

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Have you tried Foursquare? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

Facebook Friday: Sponsored Stories

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Facebook will turn friend activity into a new ad format with “Sponsored Stories.”

Sponsored Stories is “a way for marketers to sponsor activities that happen throughout the News Feed,” Facebook Product Marketing Lead Jim Squires told Mashable. Companies can choose to take certain user actions — such as checkins or actions within Facebook apps — and feature them in the column on the right side of the News Feed.

via Facebook Turns Friend Activity Into New Ad Format.

So if you check into Starbucks, for example, it can appear in the sponsored stories column on the page of any of your friends. . . whether you want it to or not.

Likes, check-ins, page posts, and actions within certain applications can be turned into stories.

It’ll be interesting to see where this goes.

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What do you think about this? Let me know in the comments below!

Ramblings of a Writer: Blogging and My Job

There’s so much to write about, but lately I feel like I’ve been pulling my hair out just to sit down and write an entry. I have about 20 blog posts planned, but no time to write them.

I do write and blog every day though. I’m a “social media assistant,” which basically means that I blog and maintain the company’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. I also write content for the company’s website, communicate with people on web forums, and keep up on the latest news in technology, the environment, and social media.

So why do I keep up this blog when I write all of the time anyway? To be honest, I don’t want to lose myself as a writer. I love to just sit and write anything that comes to my mind, like I’m doing now. I also like to write about social media and books–it’s fun!

I’m also quite fond of this blog, because I doubt I would have been considered for so many writing jobs without it.

On a side note, I really should update my website (http://amyerickson.net) with my new job information and a current photograph. Even though I’m not be looking for a job right now, I like having an online portfolio to direct people to. And who knows, maybe someday I’ll have some time to squeeze in some freelance writing.

Well, this post is neither edited nor particularly well-written, but I’m going to post it anyway so I can get something up before I fall asleep on my keyboard.

Mandatory Facebook Credits

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Do you pay Facebook games? On July 1st, all social game developers will be required to use Facebook credits to process payments.

This decision is fantastic news for Facebook, as they take a 30 percent cut of all Facebook revenues.

“In other words, if you pay $2.00 for a talking horse on FarmVille, Facebook collects $0.60 from the Zynga. Already, Credits has made promising contributions to the company’s ever-rising revenue estimates (currently at $2 billion annual for 2010.”

via Facebook to Make Credits Mandatory for All Onsite Gaming.

I know that I’m a social media person (it’s my job, after all), but I just don’t get why people would pay actual money to play online games.

Maybe it’s because I’ve never been a gamer myself. I had a Gameboy, back in the day, and I used to play Crash on our Playstation 1, but my idea of a good computer game is Spider Solitaire.
However, I can’t deny that it’s a smart move for Facebook.

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What do you think about this? Do you play Facebook games? Let me know in the comments below.

Facebook Friday: 2010 Status Trends

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On Tuesday, I posted Twitter trends for 2010, so for Facebook Friday I thought I’d give you the 2010 Facebook status trends. This information is courtesy of the Facebook blog. The comments on the trends are all mine.

  1. HMU
    • This apparently stands for “hit me up.” To be honest, I have never seen someone use it. Have you?
  2. World Cup
    • Self-explanatory, though I don’t follow soccer (“football” for all of you non-Americans).
  3. Movies
    • Specifically, Alice in Wonderland, Inception, Toy Story 3, Eclipse, and Iron Man 2. Why isn’t Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on this list?
  4. iPad and iPhone 4
    • I kind of want both of these.
  5. Haiti
    • The earthquake in January.
  6. Justin Bieber
    • Let me just say it . . .  what’s with Justin Bieber anyway?
  7. Games on Facebook
    • I don’t play any . . .  I should probably see what they’re like, but I don’t have the time!
  8. Miners
    • The Chilean miners.
  9. Airplanes
    • Because of that song . . . “Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars? I could really use a wish right now . . .”
  10. 2011
    • What, this was used more than 2010?

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What were your top statuses for 2010? Let me know in the comments below!

Twitter Tuesday: 2010 Trends

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Twitter can be a powerful tool for communication.

The site recently released a list of its top trends and tweets for 2010. This information is all courtesy of Twitter and can be found here. The things in this color are items that I remember tweeting about.


Overall Top Twitter Trends for 2010

  1. Gulf Oil Spill
  2. FIFA World Cup
  3. Inception
  4. Haiti Earthquake
  5. Vuvuzela
  6. Apple iPad
  7. Google Android
  8. Justin Bieber
  9. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
  10. Pulpo Paul

10 Most Powerful Tweets of 2010

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http://twitter.com/#!/foster208/status/29551172941
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What are your top trends or tweets for 2010? Let me know in the comments below!

Twitter Tuesday: Retweeting

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WHAT’S A RETWEET?

If you actively use Twitter, then you already know the answer to this question. But if you’re just starting out and trying to learn the lingo, read on.

A retweet is when a tweet is reposted by another person (giving the original poster credit). The term retweet is often abbreviated to RT. There are two kinds of retweets, an “Old-Style Retweet” and a “New-Style Retweet.”

 

“OLD-STYLE RETWEET”

The “Old-Style Retweet” allows you to edit a tweet before sending. It looks like this:

Please note how you can add a comment to the tweet before sending. Some Twitter clients will post retweets like this:

This is actually a retweet of a retweet. Note the (via @username) at the end of the tweet, as that is what I was trying to show.

 

“NEW-STYLE RETWEET”

The “New-Style Retweet” does not allow you to edit a tweet before sending. It looks like this:

It’s faster, cleaner, and looks almost exactly like the original tweet. The downside is that you can’t comment on what you post. Because the tweet doesn’t add the @username or via @username, the it contains less characters than the old-style retweet.

 

WHICH ONE DO I LIKE BETTER?

They both have their advantages and disadvantages. I have the old-style retweet set as the default on TweetDeck because I like to comment on a tweet before sending it. The new-style retweet does have its advantages, and I will use it when it makes sense to (for example, when reposting a long tweet).

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF RETWEETING

  1. It helps you feel involved in the community.
  2. You can communicate with other users. Most will appreciate having something retweeted.
  3. It spreads the word about a link, post, comment, etc . . .
  4. Others might return the favor.

So start retweeting! The Twitter website and many applications have easy-to-use retweeting buttons.

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Do you feel that retweeting is important? Let me know in the comments below. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @amye_

Facebook Friday: Cartoon Profile Pictures

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Were you wondering why your friend looks like a cartoon character all of the sudden? There’s a new meme going around Facebook, where people change their profile picture to match their favorite childhood cartoon.

One of my friends posted this as an invitation:

Change your Facebook profile picture to a favorite cartoon from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same. Until Monday (Dec.6) there should be no human faces on Facebook, but an invasion of memories. It’s for a good cause.

Another posted this:

Change your FB profile picture to a cartoon from your childhood. The goal is not to see a human face on FB till Monday, December 6th. Join the fight against child abuse, copy & paste to your status to invite your friends to do the same!

Now it’s an interesting enough concept on its own, but why are people doing it?

It apparently began in Greece and Cyprus to support a campaign against violence on children. This campaign started on November 16th and will end on December 6th. The United Nations is also running a campaign to fight violence against women and children; it runs from November 25th to December 10th.

I absolutely think this is a good cause, but I fail to see how this meme will do anything significant. Here’s why:

  • I have many Facebook friends who have posted cartoon pictures as their profile picture. Only two have posted an explanation in their status, and only one mentioned the fight against child abuse. They just want to play the game.
  • Awareness is good, but does this cause people to go out there and support a cause? I think a better way to raise awareness would be to post hotlines and websites where abused children can find help.

So instead of posting pictures of my favorite childhood cartoons (incidentally, Doug or Inspector Gadget), I’m going to take my own advice and give some links and hotlines.

If you suspect child abuse, or are being abused yourself, please call a hotline.

  • Childhelp.org is the leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Check out their website for more information.
    If you are in the U.S.A., Canada, or U.S. Territories, call:
    1-800-4-A-CHILD (or 1-800-422-4453)

If you know an organization that I missed, or the hotline for any other country, let me know and I will add it on.

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Twitter Tuesday: Celebrities “Die” on Twitter for Charity

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Do you follow celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, or Ryan Seacrest on Twitter?

Many celebrities will be “digitally dying” tonight to support World AIDS Day on December 1st. They will not get back on social networking sites until $1,000,000 is raised for Buylife.org.

What do you think about this?

This is a very good cause and a fascinating marketing tactic, but will it work? How many people actually care enough to donate for this reason? I guess we’ll see.

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What do you think about this tactic? Will you donate to Buylife.org? Let me know in the comments below.