Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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.
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).
Today we have another "Social Social" guest post from my colleague Judi Cutrone, senior social media strategist, with The VIA Agency, here in Portland, Maine. When you get a chance, I highly recommend checking out Judi's phenomenal blog, "Some Kitchen Stories — Fiction + Food." You can also find Judi on Twitter at @judicutrone. She's pretty funny. Sometimes.
A few weeks ago I spoke with a panel of really smart people (how I got there has yet to be determined but there is a full investigation) about Vine vs Instagram Video. Among the many things that I learned that afternoon, this is the most important: it is really hard to interrupt 4 different people at once so you can monopolize the stage with your thoughts and insights. Thank god blogs exist! Everyone, please quiet down; a former panelist is talking.
What is Vine? Vine is a mobile-based app brought to the world by Twitter where anyone can create and upload a 6-second video and share it with others.
Today's themes are: Facebook leaves you lonely, unfocused, and possibly dead
Facebook has been everywhere in the news lately. Or, maybe they always are and I just block it out because I'm so tired of hearing about them. As much as I loathe giving them more attention, I've decided to focus on them for this edition of Social Media in the News. Call me lazy.
Honestly, I have a really bad cold. And, I'm overtired. And, I look like a corpse. And, I'm grouchy. And, it's Friday. So, I'm taking the easy way out. Finding stories about Facebook is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel. With that said, I'd like to think that I've curated some of the most interesting stories here. But, of course, you'll have to be the judge of that.
First and foremost, do you care? If not, you can stop reading now. This post will just annoy you. If you'd like to grow your Twitter following, whether you're an individual or a business, keep reading.
The best way for the average (non-celebrity) user to gain Twitter followers is to follow other users. Once you've grabbed a user's attention by following them, you have only seconds to make an impression. That first impression can make the difference between gaining or losing a new follower.
It's a good idea to check out what users will see when they notice that you've followed them. Chances are they will only click through to your profile summary. So, I suggest taking a look at your profile summary with a critical eye. What does it say about you or your business? Would you follow you? Assuming you were not you, of course. You know what I mean.
So, Congress has shut the government down. WTF Congress?! Bipartisan bickering, backstabbing and bluster are, once again, the order of the day. The American public stands by and can't believe our eyes (and ears). Our elected officials are behaving like infants. It's truly a sad state of affairs.
As I watched this mess play itself out, I took to Twitter for a little comic relief. Thankfully, it wasn't hard to find. Twitter feeds around the world were lit up with zingers on the subject. I thought I'd share just a few with you. Think of it as my contribution to lightening the national mood. What follows are some of my favorites that marked the occasion of yesterday's looming government shut down.
If you have tweets that you'd like to see featured, or topics that you'd like to see covered, send them to me on Twitter at @bobbbyg. I'll consider them for the next Tweets of the Week.
Here we go again ... tweet, tweet.
Tonight's question was: "What three words would you use to describe Twitter?"
"Spastic. Fun. Time-suck." - Chrystie Vachon
"Fast. Furious. Freaky-awesome." - Kristi Trimmer