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Social media has changed the way that many of us learn, purchase, interact and explore the world around us. And, things are just getting started. Social, Social is a place to discuss social media with people from all walks of life. No experts allowed.

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Rob works as a digital marketing & public relations consultant to agencies, brands, and individuals. He has 20 years of marketing experience. He also currently serves in a volunteer capacity as director of pr/communications for TEDxDirigo. From 2005-2011, Rob served as director of social media & agency communications at The VIA Agency (Portland). Prior to VIA, Rob worked with several PR & advertising agencies in London & Boston. He is a graduate of The University of Vermont (UVM) and a Maine transplant (2002).

Follow Rob on Twitter at @bobbbyg

His real-life interests include art, travel, writing, design, psychology, the beach, & exercise (grudgingly at times).

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Tuesday February 25, 2014 | 07:00 AM

Ashley Rutherford, Abbie McGilvery @funkyfabab, and Jessie Pinkham @234andclick

Tonight's question was: "If you had to use three words to describe a tweetup, what would they be?"

"Drinks. Smiles. New Friends." - Ashely Rutherford

"I need five words — Fashion. Social. New faces. Drinks." - Abbie McGilvery

Thursday February 20, 2014 | 08:00 AM

Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last two weeks you can't have missed some of the action associated with the Sochi Winter Olympics. Dreadful accommodations, athletes hooking up on Tinder, the eyes of Bob Costas, and, oh yeah, the spectacular performances of the athletes. That too. How could I forget?

The Twitterverse has been filled with tweets about #sochi. Some poignant, some celebratory, and some that are very, very funny. I always lean towards the funny, so that's what you're going to see here today. Funny Olympic tweets from athletes, funny twitlebrities, and even a couple of hilarious Maine locals.

You may have noticed that I've scaled back my Tweets of the Week efforts to about once a month. It was getting stale and we can't have that. What I'd still really like is to hear from you. Tell me about what tweets you like and why. Send them to me on Twitter at @bobbbyg and I'll consider them for the next Tweets of the Week.

Tuesday February 18, 2014 | 07:47 AM

Brett's inspiration comes from his personal heritage - generations of mariners and family history of coastal Maine living. He draws upon this legacy to create classic interiors with Maine roots. Looking first at tradition and how it fits into modern life. Blending together classic elements with the needs for modern life to create rooms that work. Brett’s work always reminds us that, in any room, form follows function and that outrageous excessiveness is unnecessary.

Rooms that invite us in. That’s what we look for in our homes. Favorite rooms. Comfortable rooms. Rooms that express our personal style. Rooms that work. Maine Street Design Co. is your source for spaces that work for you. Brett and his team work closely with Maine artisans including furniture and cabinetmakers, metal workers, upholsterers, and specialty painters. We also offer the finest custom sewing. These unique resources enable us to tailor spaces that reflect your individual needs.

Brett and his team have an innate understanding of local traditions. Weaving together the client’s vision with a design philosophy that values spaces that are lived in, The Maine Street Design Co. team honors Maine traditions while creating new classic interiors.

Please visit them at their new Design Studio located just off Longfellow Square in Portland’s Arts District.

Saturday February 15, 2014 | 08:00 AM

Did Pax throw off your Valentine's Day plans leaving you unable to get a gift for the one you love?

Do not despair. You may still be in luck. I talked with Erin Ovalle at WMTW 8 ABC about quick gifts you can send to your sweetheart from your smartphone.

So, it's not too late! Tune into the segment here.

I'd love to hear about your creative last-minute Valentine's Day ideas. Shoot me a message on Twitter at @bobbbyg or leave me a message here in the comments section.

Thursday February 13, 2014 | 08:00 AM

As Valentine's Day approaches you might be wondering what role social media plays in your relationship. Or, if you're like me, what role it might play in why you don't have one. In any case, a survey conducted by Pew Internet takes an in-depth look at how social media, cell phones and the Internet both negatively and positively influence the life of many American couples.

The survey covers all sorts of territory. The results are very insightful and you should definitely check them out. However, I'm just going to cut to the chase here. What was the most exciting finding? People are sending more naked selfies. And, just plain old raunchy text messages too. But, honestly, who cares about those? How boring.

Pew conducted the survey, titled “Couples, the Internet, and Social Media,” of 2,252 U.S. adults and found that 9% of cell phone owners have sent a sext of themselves to someone else, up from 6% in 2012. And, that doesn't even include all the people who are too embarrassed to admit that they are madly sexting all the time.

At the same time, 20% of cell phone owners reported to have received a sext from someone they know, up from 15% in 2012.