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June 14, 2010

Social Media: The Wedgie of the Internet

anonymous online

Everyone is getting their panties in a bunch about Facebook and Twitter these days. Everybody has an opinion on what they’re doing right, what they’re doing wrong, if they should make a profit, how they should make a profit, and on and on.

I admit, when it comes to the privacy issue, I’m not an advocate for some of the things Facebook has been doing. The amount of information I share with people who I know even in the real world is carefully monitored, so proclaiming to the planet my whereabouts, age and interests seems like a perfect opportunity for some sicko or thief to commit a crime.

But when it comes to the topic of businesses making profit, I’m a fan. Just because our social media networks let us use them for free, doesn’t mean we should treat them as anything other than what they really are: businesses. And let me remind you that we all choose to be a part of those businesses.

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June 11, 2010

Friday Recap: Special World Edition

BlueGlass Digital marketing conference logo

Wow! What a week! SMX Advanced was intense. I learned a lot and made deeper personal relationships, and I wasn’t even there! It’s all thanks to the incredible liveblogging that I was honored to take part in. You can too — just head over to the earlier posts from this week (I’ve rounded them all up here and we share some additional liveblogging lessons here) by Susan and special guests Alan Bleiweiss, Dana Lookadoo, and Gil Reich.

Those who attended Bruce’s SEO training workshop yesterday found it to be a strong way to close out the show. Exhibit A was one attendee’s Twitter sentiment, which Paula shared in the writers’ room chat. I’ll let you into our special world for a moment.

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June 8, 2010

SEO and Social Media Track: Twitter, Real Time Search & Real Time SEO

this is search slide

Yahoo is making popcorn at their booth. You have NO idea how tempted I am to forget this liveblogging sessions and go liveblog a bag of popcorn instead. Popcorn is totally my downfall. But because I love you guys, I’m going to be strong.

Apparently people are complaining about the pre-roll sponsored mini-pitches that I didn’t blog last session. Whatever, people. Just play on your phone for a minute if you don’t want to listen. There’s one of them now and like last time, I’m not blogging it.

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June 4, 2010

Friday Recap: Caffeine Jolt Edition

smiling coffee

Howdy on this fine Friday! It’s almost time to get your weekend on, but first, get some light reading in, ‘kay?

We were introduced to a new dinosaur species this week, and isn’t he a handsome specimen? Beak-like face and a name that translates to “grinding-mouth, wrinkle-eye” — Jeyawati was a cutie!

I fear we’re all headed in the direction of the dinosaurs if they can’t clean up the Gulf Coast oil disaster and stop the flow of oil. There’s not much we can do about that mess at the moment, so go ahead and plant a tree. Mother Nature could use any boost she can get right now.

Did you have a cup of coffee or three this morning to give you a boost? A new study suggests that the stimulation felt from caffeine may be just an illusion. The researchers say that regular coffee drinkers that get their caffeine fix every morning may simply be alleviating the fatiguing effects of caffeine withdrawal, giving the effect of alertness while actually just bringing them back to normal. Susan and Jessica are highly skeptical. And admitted coffee addicts… Just saying. ;)

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May 14, 2010

Friday Recap: Stop the Madness Edition

tiny tortoise on skateboard

OMG with the Facebook insanity! Just because this entire week needs an adorable animal chaser or three, here’s a hit of itty bitty tortoises, a dose of rare white otter cubs, and a shot of kittens going down a slide.

Phew. That’s better.

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May 10, 2010

The Social Media Discussion is Here to Stay

old telephone

I just read an interesting piece on twitip about four things that the author is tired of seeing on Twitter. She got some giggles out of me, especially when she explains her grievance about using social media to talk about social media. An excerpt:

This is a bit like having a telephone conversation that goes:
“Can you believe we’re using the telephone?”
“I know. I love the telephone.”
“I’d like to know how you are using the phone to enhance your conversations.”
“I have been able to call many people and discuss how we can use the telephone.”

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April 30, 2010

Friday Recap: Search Sausage Experiment Edition

Texting

Goodbye, April. Hello, weekend! It’s recap time again!

Have you had a tough week? Ze Frank has written a song just for when you need a reminder to take a deep breath and chill out. It’s aptly titled the Chillout Song and while he wrote the song himself, all but his part of the vocals were contributed by his fans.

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April 2, 2010

Friday Recap: Fools’ Paradise Edition

ProspectMX sends Matt Cutts to space

What a week! Yesterday was April Fools’ Day and as could be expected, pranks galore ensued. David Harry has rounded up Google’s annual joke-a-thon, including a name change on the home page, Google Translate for animals and the mysterious disappearance of vowels on the Gmail home page. The cruelest April Fools’ joke of all came courtesy of College Humor. Lying to New Yorkers that they’d be so lucky as to get In-N-Out. That’s just mean!

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March 24, 2010

Where Search and Social Media Collide: Real-Time Search and Twitter

real time panel

We’re here at the last session of the day and we’ve got another exciting search-and-beyond OMS session. This time the beyond is social.

Speakers:

Rand Fishkin, CEO, SEOmoz.org, @randfish

Harry Gold, CEO, Overdrive Interactive, @HarryJGold

Aaron Kahlow, Chairman & Founder, Online Marketing Summit, @AaronKahlow

Mike Mothner, Founder & CEO, Wpromote Inc., @mothner

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February 26, 2010

Friday Recap: Dance Like You Mean It Edition

tweet by @Pamela_Lund

So I’m getting pretty anxious. I don’t know if it’s the caffeine IV drip from this morning or the tornado brain I get before leaving town for a monster search relay like SMX West, but things are getting all Fri-dazed up in here.

I mean, is it true that I might really hear Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer address a house packed with search marketers? As Marty Weintraub of aimClear wonders, could the occasion of Ballmer keynoting a search conference usher in a new SEO era? How refreshing to think that Microhoo may support the SEO industry!

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