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8 Jan

Since I’ve been blogging a good number of people have been asking me for resources. In addition I’m committed to providing better and more consistent content to you, my readers.
Wordpress is challenging bloggers to post everyday, and if you’ve noticed, I’ve hit you off with a post each day this week. I don’t want Friday night to be any different, so….here’s a quickie.
I’m instituting a new “category” called Blog Knowledge, where I share info for folks who come to me about blogging.
The first tip, Rosetta Thurman’s Blogging For Branding.
If you want to publish a blog, check out her 31days to a brand new blog at http://www.bloggingforbranding.com

Too Many Facebook Friends – Cut ’em. Here’s How.

10 Nov

November 17 as National UnFriend Day 

Too many Facebook Friends?

I don’t know about you, but I have too many Facebook friends.

And the only person I have to blame for that is myself. Long story short, I was going to use my personal page for promotion of networking activities, but the list got unruly, and now there are a few more strangers than friends with access to my Facebook life. Maybe it was Social Networking Delusions of Grandeur. I think most of us are guilty of that at some point and to some small degree.

I’ve tried a few things to keep my Facebook friend count under control. At this point, I’m not really about accepting new friends. I mean, I need friends I can talk to, not just those that want to look at pictures, or halfway cyberstalk me. And every few weeks, increasingly, I’m considering taking the whole thing down. Even more so with my twitter account – take it down (and maybe start over). But to keep my friend count dwindling, here are a few short tips.

1) Seriously, don’t friend anyone you don’t know. And if you only halfway know them and want to be nosey, then I put them on a limited profile list. Then they can’t see all ya bizness.

2) Review mutual friends and use that to discern whether or not Random Person X deserves access to your timeline.

3) Write a note….if someone wants to be “FB Friends” and they can’t bother to send me a message ‘introducing themselves’ then no go. If I’m half way intrigued, or if I have a free moment, write them. Ask them why they want to be friends. If they don’t respond – press “decline.”

4) Use birthdays to unfriend fake FB friends. I was brilliant when I came up with this one. It’s gonna be difficult and time consuming to eliminate a mass number of people, but instead, use birthday announcements to cut extraneous people out of your FB life.

Jimmy Kimmel has declared that November 17 as National UnFriend Day, a day in which Facebook users should cut the “friend fat” and lose the unnecessary friends who keep asking you “which Harry Potter character you are.”
But Kimmel doesn’t give any suggestions or criteria for cutting the fat. Maybe those above are helpful.  Besides birthdays, folks that send me too many game invites (really, Mafia Wars, really? or you want to build a farm….online? #comeonson ) are prime for fat-triming. AND PROMOTERS…. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

What strategies do you use to cut down your FB friends?

Social Media Networking Thursday in DC {Bar Dupont}

12 Jul

Tired of paying an arm and a leg just to network with your peers and learn about social media.  This Thursday,at Bar Dupont during Happy Hour (5:30 -8) I Heart Social Media DC is hosting it’s first event.  It’s free to attend!  The only cost is if you’d like to get something to eat or drink.  Special guests include PBS, NextJen Communications, and DBC PR + New Media. Visit www.iheartsocialmediadc.com to RSVP and find out more details!

Follow @socialmediadc for up-to-date social media and event news!

Sexting, Cyberbullying & Online Reputation Managment for Teens

11 Jun

I received this information in my inbox and thought it was poignant to share, given my concern for privacy on the internet. While I don’t have children, I certainly have friends with kids, and a mentee that spends a good deal of time on the internet.

It’s up to parents and concerned friends to impart the importance of Internet Safety to their kids. Beyond bullying, we’re talking about an Internet generation that will have a long timeline or trail following them beyond theinitial post into their professional pursuits. Your reputation is all you have.

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COX Communications’ 5th National Teen Summit on Internet Safety Addressing Cyberbullying, Sexting and Impact of Social Media on Long-Term Digital Reputation

Hosted by Children’s Advocate John Walsh, Cox Will Mark the 5th Anniversary of the Pioneering Online Safety Event With its First Video Stream on the Internet

Cox Communications will hold its 5th National Teen Summit On Internet Safety on June 15th in Washington, D.C., gathering teens from across the country to discuss the topics of cyberbullying, sexting, digital reputation management and other online safety issues, and you are invited to share your thoughts, opinions, concerns and to ask questions. The event will also be livestreamed on the Cox Teen Summit UStream Channel, led by our blogging friend Jyl Patee of Mom It Forward.
America’s Most Wanted host and children’s advocate John Walsh will lead the discussion with the teens at the event which is sponsored by Cox in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).  Following the event, you will also have the chance to meet and take photos with John Walsh.Walsh will be joined on the panel by well-known social media expert, James Andrews, co-founder of social media communications firm, Everywhere.  Andrews is an internationally-respected digital thought leader, frequent contributor on CNN and the parent of a teenaged son.

If you would like to attend this free exclusive event, please RSVP here. Lunch will be provided and Starbucks gift cards will be available for the first 10 people who RSVP.

The hashtag for this event is: #coxteen4safety

* An important note to our bloggers: any goodies for being a guest must be disclosed if you decide to post about the event. Thanks!

Social Media Leads the Way in Addressing Devastation in Haiti: Part 1

26 Feb

Raw Video: First Aerial Images of Haiti Post Earthquake

Social Media is leading the way in dozens of social and technological fronts. Don’t believe me, go to mashable.com Better yet, hear every newscaster, celebrity, or average joe give out their twitter name.

So, I remember specifically the hour that news of a massive earthquake hitting the island of Haiti.
Social media, or texting specifically, became one of the major methods of quick giving:

A number of “text to donate” services have been set up for people to make donations directly from their cell phones. But consumer advocates are warning that, as more are created, some may be phonies. 
Two that are trustworthy are:
— Texting HAITI to 90999: The U.S. Department of State’s Web site suggests texting “HAITI” to “90999” to donate $10 to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts. The $10 will be charged to your cell phone bill. Or you can go online to organizations like the Red Cross and Mercy Corps to contribute to the disaster relief efforts.
— Texting YELE to 501501: On Twitter, musician Wyclef Jean, a native of Haiti, notes, “Haiti needs your help text YELE to 501501 and 5 dollars will go toward earthquake relief.” Yele Haiti is a grassroots movement Jean has set up to inspire change in Haiti through programs in education, sports, the arts and environment.

(from As World Looks to Help Haiti, Scammers Sit Poised) FOX NEWS

Twitter continued to provide support for those seeking information and ways to help. 

For those trying to locate family in Haiti – US Government has set up a hotline to help locate family(Haiti): (888) 407-4747

@RedCross: You can text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to help in the Red Cross relief efforts in #haiti >>> Do what you can! to help! 

Please use this link to donate to the International Response Fund http://www.redcross.org #Haiti


@WildChildDNA RT @CandiceNicolePR: RT @BET: Help the earthquake victims in Haiti! Every little bit counts, find out what you can do! http://ow.ly/W2l2

How You Can Help Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts http://bit.ly/6sr4Nw

@wyclef Prayer + Action = Change! Help Haiti Please!! Donate $5 by texting ‘YELE’ to 501501 Everybody RT!!

mashable Haiti Earthquake Relief: 9 Ways to Help Now – http://bit.ly/8GnRuP