Thursday, December 12, 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).
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His real-life interests include art, travel, writing, design, psychology, the beach, & exercise (grudgingly at times).
Twitter and Facebook are two of the most popular social networks out there today, offering users a convenient way to keep up with friends and the news of the world, but lately they've been offering a creative outlet, too.
A new comic-making application called Bitstrips is showing up more and more on Facebook walls and in Twitter feeds. Practically overnight, Bitstrips has become the social media application that everyone is buzzing about. Especially me. And, I can be annoying that way if I feel like you're not paying attention. So, listen up. This is really fun. I swear.
"Basically, it's an app that turns you and your friends into a cast of cartoon characters," explains Jacob Blackstock, Bitstrips' chief executive and creative director. "Then you can take those characters and put them into crazy scenes." These are scenes that you can customize yourself, or you can simply go with one of the hilarious templates that Bitstrips provides you with on a daily basis.
Bob O'Brien, James Wedmore (AOC speaker), and Michele Mullen
Question: "What did you love about AOC13?"
"Rich Brooks always does a great job of organizing and it was very well put-together. It was just a great well-organized conference. Today, I didn't really come expecting to focus on email marketing but Corissa St. Laurent (AOC13 speaker) kind of got my attention. What interested me was the application for my business. Circling around back to email. It seems like we've gone in so many different directions and email is kind of circling back around, in my mind anyway. So I really enjoyed Corissa's presentation." Bob O'Brien
"What I loved about the conference is that it was short and sweet. A lot of the conferences I attend and/or speak at are three or four days, so there can be a lot of overwhelming content. I love to be able to come in, grab just a few key takeaways, and jump right back into business." James Wedmore (AOC13 Speaker)
Last week my beloved cat George passed away. It was a very tough week for me. However, my spirits were greatly lifted by all of the support I received from so many, both in-person and via social media. For years George was also regularly the subject of many of my own social media posts. I thought it was only fitting that I pay tribute to him here.
I've never liked cats. George came into my life through a series of coincidences.
This is the short story of his life with me.
Fifty Social Media Breakfasts! That deserved a toast. So we did just that last night at a special evening event! The event was also a fundraiser for a very important cause—stopping cyberbullying.
In keeping with Social Media Breakfast Maine (SMBME) programming, members of our community who are doing their part to educate and help prevent cyberbullying were invited to speak.
Co-hosts for this special event were Amanda O'Brien, founder of SMBME, and Jackie Ward, WCSH6. We heard a very compelling and informative presentation from Angela Giordano, Education Program Manager, Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM). We also heard a real, and very brave, story of cyberbullying that happened in our own community. All proceeds from the event went to SARSSM, who are working in schools educating teens on how they can make a difference in the fight against cyberbullying.
It was an incredible evening complimented by delicious appetizers, snacks and cocktails.
If you're anything like me, you regularly wander around worrying about having something in your teeth or exposing yourself because your fly is down. Even worse, you're sure that everyone in your path has noticed but no one has the guts to tell you. Well, with the launch of the app Hot Mess your days of mortification are over. The app solves the universal nightmare of unknowingly walking around with a huge chunk of spinach in your teeth by allowing people to send you anonymous text messages alerting you to the situation(s). Users choose from a variety of standard texts of Hot Mess’ own creation, like “teeth gunk,” “dragon breath,” “eye boogers," and “nose nuggets."
Hot Mess sends a discreet text message letting a person know that “An angel has sent you a hint,” and they should read it in a private place. The text includes a link to a description of the problem accompanied by a very flattering photo of one of the creators demonstrating the issue. It's also important to note that all messages and images are pre-programmed so users can’t use the app to bully others, keeping Hot Mess helpful and positive. I love it! This is just the app I've been waiting for.
The app was created by Neil Mansilla and Rob Zazueta and was recently introduced at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in San Francisco.
“This is intended to break a social taboo,” said Mansilla. “If someone is a close talker and has halitosis, or is too loud, it’s hard to share that without offending them. Why? You’re doing them a disservice by not telling them.”