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Social Media Is Not Always Just About You…

Social Media Is Not Always Just About You…

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When you are posting on your blog, tweeting, facebook status updating it should not always be about what your doing. It is also about well sharing. Sharing what you are reading, what you have learned and others who you find interesting.  The key being WHERE you get this information from!! So let me share with you some of my favorite sites. No, they are not all Social Media related. Nor are they work related. Hey, I do like other stuff you know.  I will do it in list form, cause people like lists:

Stephanie Klein’s Stories Of My Life:

An amazing writer. Hands down one of my favorite sites to visit everyday. I love her humor and take on her daily life. I am proud to say I discovered  her blog for years before her first book was published and now I consider her a friend.

Valleywag

Just the best gossip and 411 about the people in Silicon Valley. Bottom line it is a great gossip site. I admit it, I like gossip

The SiliconANGLE

A blog by John Furrier that covers entrepreneurs, business executive, innovators and more.  What I like about it is it promotes those who have something interesting to say.

PR2.0 aka BrianSolis

Great blog, great insight..nice guy. Need I say more?

Social Media Today

What I like to do is subscribe via RSS and look at the 50-100 new blog posts posted everyday there. Way to much content to look at the webpage. I go over the RSS and look at titles that grab me.

ReadWriteWeb

It is a site that give Web news, reviews and insight. That being said, just some great posts okay? Trust me on this one.

Confessions of a One Date Wonder

Started off as a blog about “Jane Wonder”  who could never get a second date. Now, she is involved with one guy she calls LC. Will see settle down? Will she get married? Will she change the name of her blog?

Hulu

No it does not belong on this list, but dang.. I love Hulu..

Feel free to post your favorite sites below..yes I will allow shameless self promoting, as long as you share one other that is not yours.. go nuts.

August 27, 2009 By : Category : Blog Off Subject Tags:,
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Random Questions About The iPhone and iTunes

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So, this is going to be the first in a series of totally different blog posts. I have enough notes on things I want to talk about, yet they are not enough for their own blog post. Some are social media related others are not. Some are deep others are not. Some makes sense others well don’t. Maybe you have the answer, cause sometimes I get things wrong.  So lets start with the iPhone and iTunes, shall we? Ill share these thoughts in list form, as people like lists…

-Why does my iPhone not let me change the ring for new mail or text to something else? I can do it for phone calls but not for text or email.

-Why does my iTunes shuffle feature seem to play the same songs over and over but not others? Its SHUFFLE right?

-Why is the iPhone and the iTouch cost almost the same price for the 16gb? Why would you just not get the  phone and not active that feature?

-Why does the date icon on my iPhone change to reflect the date, yet the weather icon always says 73 degrees. If they can do it for the date, how hard can it be for the weather?

-Why when I am sending a text my phone number options so home, fax, business, etc numbers, shouldn’t just the mobile number show up as an option? It is not like I am going to send a text to a fax.

-Why when I delete a song in iTunes that I bought from iTunes, download it again for free? I paid for it, you should have a record of it. What am I missing here?

-Why when in iTunes does the iTunes plus songs show up first? I know your going to say it is because they are $1.29. I get it. They want me to pay for the more expensive one. Fine.  Why do they make it so hard to find the $.099 versions?

August 19, 2009 By : Category : Blog Off Subject Tags:,
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The Social Media Shamless Blogpost For August 2009

The Social Media Shamless Blogpost For August 2009

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Plugs..Links..Shout Outs..OH MY!! There is no avoiding it, let me just be upfront and honest. This are straight out shameless plugs and such. So let me skip the witty banter and get right into it. I will do it in list form as people like lists!!

-Peninsula Twitter & Facebook Meet-Up for August 2009!! This month the event is back at The Dutch Goose In Menlo Park. Come join at this free event to network and have a great time! As always this event is put together by the great folks at LSF Interactive.Yes, that is where I work 😉

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-September 22 I will be speaking at the 140|The Twitter Conference LA along such amazing folks like:

Biz Stone, Co-Founder, Twitter Inc

Dr.Drew, Loveline, Celebrity Rehab

LeVar Burton, Integrity Entertainment

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-Oct 16-17, 2009 I will be speaking at BlogWorld & New Media Expo 2009 on “How To Socialize Your Content”. This is one of my favorite events of the year. If your anywhere near Las Vegas or want an excuse to go to Las Vegas, this is the event for you.

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-I need your help. Please vote for my panels at SXSW.com. Please click the thumbs up if you find it interesting! My panels are:

Using Social Media to Score…a job (obviously)

and

Building Community Via Events: Evites Aren’t Enough

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August 17, 2009 By : Category : Meet Ups Shameless Plugs Tags:,
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Social Media, What Do You Want From It?

Social Media, What Do You Want From It?

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This week I was in Houston as many of you know who follow me on Twitter know. I was taking part in the 2009 Marketing in The Oilfield Conference. My panel was Leverging Social Media. It was a great event and I had a really nice time. As I networked and meet interesting people, I started to notice something about the folks there. There were lots of comments like:

-I’m here to learn about Social Media

-I really don’t understand this stuff, but I am here to learn

-We are here to get more clients

-I am here to learn about brand management.

-We came to learn more about Twitter

Okay, you get the idea lots of different reasons for coming to this event. So I thought it would be interesting to ask you why your wanting to learn about Social Media. What is it you want to get out of it? Is it for your company? Your personal brand? Is there a message you want to get out? Why are you spending time learning about it?

Leave your thoughts, comments, insight in the comments please… lets have a discussion

August 14, 2009 By : Category : Blog Speaking Engagements Tags:
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Using Personal Branding To Find A Job

Using Personal Branding To Find A Job

No I have not blog faded! Yes, I am still here. No, you can not get rid of me. I spent the last week up in the Trinity Alps area of Weaverville, California. The middle of nowhere. Yet, the town is a total Mayberry place. The movie theater guy sells the tickets, sells the popcorn, takes the tickets, etc. One Gas station. One Grocery Store.

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We stayed at the Trinity Alps Resort. This is a place where there is no:

-cell phone coverage

-Internet access

-TV

-A/C

..well you get the idea. My family loves it. I, on the other hand am a team player and go with the flow.

So, this gives me a lot of time to bond with my family and think.

What do I think about when cut off from the outside world? Web Pages…homepages, branding.

(Yes, I need to see a shrink.)

So here is my thoughts on this. If you are a job seeker in this market, you need to have your own website about yourself. Call it a website, homepage, web page or whatever. You need to have a place where people can learn about you.-You are a brand! Yes, it is true. Personal branding is where I am going with this. Don’t tell me you haven’t heard about it! If you are not all about personal branding that can be a disadvantage for you in the market. Needless to say, a bit of personal branding doesn’t hurt. Signing up for a free branding course with certificate and earning that certificate can also be an added bonus to your portfolio. For example, say you are an accountant named ” John Hoeser”. (hey I like that name.) You apply for a job. On your resume, you put a link to www.johnhoeser.com.

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The future employer can go and learn more about you on your site. Also it well help you get the word out about who you are, what you do, what you know and why your the accounting guru! There are many things you can do to this page to increase your brand awareness. . Let me share some of this in list form. People like lists:

-Create an About Page. Share that you are John the Accountant. What your background is in the field. Your achievements, notable accomplishments and why your an accounting guru. (Not an Expert! That term makes my hair stand up.)

-Have a blog. Write articles about accounting and other subjects. Give your insight about the field. Have this new content come out at least once a week.

-Comment back to people who leave comments on your page. It shows your active, social and well people like knowing someone is reading their comments.

– Have a linkedin.com badge on your site. Just another way people can learn about your background and knowledgeable in the field. As well as who you are connected to and any recommendations you have gotten.

– Drop your new content (blog posts) on sites like Digg, Stumbleupon, Facebook, and Twitter.

-Have a RSS.

-Leave comments on other accounting sites. People like comments, right? As well as it gives you a web presence.

-Use linkedin’s Q & A section

-Network offline. Yep, there is more to life then being online. Go to meetups, tweetups, social breakfasts and such. That is where I get most of my prospects and leads!

July 29, 2009 By : Category : Tips and Tricks Tags:, ,
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How to use Social Networking Sites To Find A Job

How to use Social Networking Sites To Find A Job

So I have noticed a change in the request for interviews and speaking engagements over the past few months. I am getting a lot of requests for tips/tricks on using social networking to find a job. Now, with the economy is I totally can see why people are turning to this medium.  In the past 2 weeks  I have been interviewed for:

How Facebook Can Help Job Seekers Find Employment

-Tweet, Tweet: How to Incorporate Twitter Into Your Job Search

Asked to on using Social Networking  & Linkedin to find a job at:

International Association of Administrative Professionals

NeCon East

So I thought it would be a good idea to share some tips and tricks that you can use to help find a job. I think I should do it in list form, as people like lists!

Using Twitter

-Post to your Twitter profile, I am looking for a job! So simple, I know some people do not event think to do that.

-Use Twitter Search to find a job based on keywords. Example: CSR Wanted, Denver got me this:

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The key here is to play around with the search terms to narrow it down better to what you are looking for.

Also in regards to Twitter Search, use it to find people in your field of work and add them! You need to Network and build your community.

-Follow accounts like: @jobangels, @freelancejobs @manpower

-Use Twitterjobsearch.com

Using Linkedin
-Complete your profile, amazing how many people do not do that.

-Use SEO. Put in keywords your profile, play around with it to increase your visibility.  It is a good idea to find just the right words to describe what you do.  You will know you are on the right track when you see this box:

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So lets say you are in website development, use keywords like HTML, MySQl, etc. These are words people may use to find someone with your skills.

The more times you come up in search, well..the better!!

-Save business cards. When your meeting people, chatting folks up, make sure to get their business cards. Then go back to your linkedin profile and add them.  Yes, simple.

-Put a picture up. This goes for both Twitter and Linkedin, it ads something when you can see what a person looks like.

The Answers Section!! The most underused, yet powerful tool on the site! It is where the magic happens. This is where people in your field post questions they need help with. They are reaching out for “An Expert”. That expert is you! Get on it, respond, refer, engage, chat it up, etc. This is where networking happens. Questions in my area look like this:

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Hope some of these tips help. What are some tools /tricks you use to find a job?

July 15, 2009 By : Category : Uncategorized Tags:, , , , ,
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My Social Media Tools AKA Social Media Tips/Tricks

My Social Media Tools AKA Social Media Tips/Tricks

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I owe a lot of blog posts. I owe them to myself. I keep telling myself I am going to blog about this..or that.. or whatchamacallit ( i did like that candy bar). I’ll sit down and my desk to start typing and think “What was that great idea I had for a blog?” It is gone like that. Yep, in one ear and out the other…, this comes as no shock to my wife.She can remember the color of a tie I wore to a wedding over 10 years ago. The name of some random street we drove by one time, in some city we have never been back to since. It is amazing.

As many of you know, I just got my first IPhone. This handy device is amazing. It is one of the simple applications on it that has inspired this post. ( Though my experience with the IPhone is for another blog post, yes I wrote that idea down.)

The Voice Memos. I can not live without it now. The ability to record little messages to myself about things, has changed my work flow. I find myself recording everything so I don’t forget ideas. Things like:

-Blog about this

– Pick up That

-Call Mrs.Whatsherface

I have become Mr. Organized now, thanks to it.

So this got me thinking.. what are some of the everyday “Social Media Tools” do I use that may be worth sharing? I am not going to go into great detail about each tool, as that could be a blog post by itself. I think I will share it with you in list form. As people like lists.

Google Reader: The hands down best blog reader out there. Simply put blog reader brings the blog articles to you. Instead of checking websites all the time for updated content you just subscribe to a RSS feed and it will update the blog reader. For more on this you can read this earlier blog post I did on Google Reader.

Twitter: By now you know all about it. If you don’t, you can read about it here. The key as a social media tool is not only the networking but the content you wade through. The comments you can see, the interactions. The best tools for that I think is Twitter Search and TweetDeck

Xmarks: Now you need to use FireFox to run this addon. Everybody uses Firefox, right? Right? But does everybody use a VPN for Firefox? Well, if people still don’t use a VPN, they should! It is high time, isn’t it? But does everybody know about the best vpn for firefox? In the event, they still lack the knowledge about this, they should start gathering information ASAP! Anyway, this is a bookmark aka favorities addon. It lets me access my bookmarks from any computer. Brilliant, isn’t it? At least it seems fascinating to me, if not to other people.

Stumbleupon: I think I may be alone on this one. Maybe just in the minority. I find stumbleupon to be really successful in driving traffic to my blog vs Digg. The idea behind stumbleupon is that simply put, is that people will look for random links on a subject. It makes recommendations based on the information you give it. Think of it as a changing channels on a radio till you find a song you like.

Ping.Fm: I cant live without it. Lets me post to several social networking sites at one time. So yes, you will see the same post/status on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and even Plurk.

GoogleDocs: Who needs Microsoft Office? I can access my documents from any computer and even my phone. You can have several people edit a document at the same time, make notes, whatever. Heck, my wife now does grocery lists for me on it now and makes changes while I am in the store. This is my favorite of all of items on this list, okay maybe not more then Twitter.

Noteworthy sites in no particular order:

Linkedin: The Q & A section is very powerful

Facebook: Ready for this. Every morning I wish people a Happy Birthday on Facebook. Yep, its social networking at its basic. It starts great conversations with people and lets me check in. Werid? Yes. Does it help me network? Yes.

Meetups AkA Tweetups Nope, its not an application. Not a widget. Its real life. Nothing beats face time. I put together meetups and just network. Its the most powerful tool of them all…. and may even get you local coverage

July 6, 2009 By : Category : Blog Tags:, , ,
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The Social Media Shameless Link Post For June 2009

Plugs..Links..Shout Outs..OH MY!! There is no avoiding it, let me just be upfront and honest. This are straight out shameless plugs and such. So let me skip the witty banter and get right into it. I will do it in list form as people like lists!!

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-Tomorrow June 24, 2009 I will be having the Peninsula Twitter & Facebook Meetup For June 2009 at the Silicon Valley Four Seasons Hotel starting at 7:00 pm poolside. Please join the 150+ people, LSF Interactive and myself for this free event!

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-On July 8, 2009 I will be speaking at the International Association of Administrative Professionals in San Jose, California.

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-On August 13, 2009 I will be speaking at Marketing In The Oilfield Conference in Houston, Texas.

-Some of you have asked if we  can connect on Facebook, Linkedin, etc. So since this is shameless links here are some places we can network

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June 24, 2009 By : Category : Blog Meet Ups Off Subject Shameless Plugs Tags:, , , , ,
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Using Social Media For Good..

Using Social Media For Good..

I have noticed a trend lately in the social media space. Well there are several trends right now in the space.

Jennifer Van Grove of Mashable pointed out the top 5 for Twitter. Such things as:

-Real Time Search Engines

-Verified Accounts

-Sponsored Tweets

-Well you can just read Jennifer’s great post…

One trend I see picking up is what I am going to call “Social Media For Good”. Now before you say, “Dave using Social Media to do good things has been around for every.” True, but with all these different social networking sites and instant communication tools, things are changing.

Let me share with you a few different sort of ways people are using these tools to do good things. By good I don’t mean “helping me get 16,000 friends in 90 days on Twitter”.  Nor will I ask you to join a Facebook Cause. I will share this with you in list form. People like lists:

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Drew, who I have known for several years was diagnosed with cancer in May and.. , instead of me explaining I will post what he wrote on the page:

Drew Olanoff was diagnosed with cancer.  Ever since that day, Drew has blamed everything on his cancer. Losing his keys, misplacing his wallet, Twitter being slow, the Phillies losing, etc. Why? Because you have to beat up on Cancer to win… and you can help out. Blame Drew’s Cancer for anything you want by tweeting with the hashtag #BlameDrewsCancer and it’ll come here. We’ll keep a tally and when Drew beats Cancer, our sponsors will donate a dollar for every participant to the American Cancer Society and the Make a Wish Foundation.”

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Sophie Azouaou is “the interior designer who gives back” as well as the 7X7′s Community Impact contributor where she gives tips on giving back that “put your mind and your wallet at east”. She is what Change Starts At Home calls a “Change Maker”.  Currently she is working on “Touching Hearts” a TV show that will look at philanthropy and The Real Stories for NBC Bay Area. They have just started a donation campaign  to help their show get off the ground and make a difference. It will air right after Monday Night Football in the fall. If you want to get involved or donate, which gets you a credit on the show, contact Sophie direct or go the the Touching Hearts site. Her goal is to use all aspects of Social Media to get the show off the ground!

The Twestival. In February 2009 about 200+ cities around the world held these events. All with one cause, to help let people know about Charity:Water. When all was said and done they raised about $250,000. The key here is that thanks to Twitter it from a local event, to a global event. Come on, that’s pretty cool…

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In January of this year David Armano asked people to help a woman and her children who wanted to get out of a domestic abuse situation. He simply reached out and asked people to donate. No big party. No big event. Just do what you can. Well that request raised almost $17,000 for Daniella’s Apartment Fund!

So there you are people using the Internet, social networking and sites for good. To do good things.

I like it!

June 17, 2009 By : Category : Uncategorized Tags:, , , , , ,
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So I Am Going To The Darkside..I am Getting An IPhone…And I Need Your Help.

So I Am Going To The Darkside..I am Getting An IPhone…And I Need Your Help.

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Yes, its true. I give. You win. It is time for me to buy an IPhone.

If you have been reading my blog for a while you may recall this post, I wrote called “The New IPhone Is Coming And I Don’t Care..”at my old site. So does this make me a hypocrite? Knocking the IPhone last year and now going out and buying one? Well, I would like to think not. I made a bad call. I have been known on occasion to make bad calls. You know, pick the wrong horse. Go “All In” with the wrong hand. Some notable wrong moves I have made are (I’ll share them in list form, as people like lists.”:

-I liked New Coke

-I not only paid to see “Howard The Duck“, after the movie I immediately went out and bought the soundtrack at Tower Records

-I thought the Sony Betamax was going to be huge

-Loved the Arch Deluxe ( hey the lettuce was crisp and cold, and the hot was hot)

So that being said you get that I have been known to make some slight mistakes.

I plan to atone for this by getting a 3rd gen IPhone on Friday. I need to get involved with “applications”. They are just too powerful for me to ignore. I want to start using them. Making my life easier. I want info at a touch…. and to watch “The Office” while I am at the kids baseball games. I’ve heard people say that the screen quality is poor, but if I have any issues I can also contact an iPhone Repair company.

So, the point of this blog is not to share with you that in the ’80’s I was eating an Arch Deluxe, drinking a New Coke and watching Howard The Duck. It is to ask for your help.

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As a “newbie” to the IPhone, I need to know what applications I should be using. What applications are the “Got to have”? Some applications I have been told to consider by Jeff Podraza are:

Tweetie – 1 of 2 great Twitter apps $2.99

TweetStack 1 of 2 great Twitter apps $2.99 (This is my favorite works with Tweetdeck if you use it)Skype for iPhone

Beejive – costly (15.99) But love the instant message interface.

LinkedIn

Lonely Planet San Francisco City guide normally 15.99 free during WWDC so grab it fast. (still free as of the 15th)

Searchme – this is a visual and media search engine

Evernote – great way to save information and sync with a desktop application
i.TV – I like this as you can integrate your Netflix account and Tivo
One Connect from Yahoo
Google
Yelp
Amazon (I use it a lot for price comparison)
Sea food Watch – from Monterey Bay Aquarium
AOL Radio – I love the comedy radio stations and 80’s stuff
Pandora
Shazam (hold it to a radio, when you want to identify a song)
Reader by Enormego (2.99 but allows for Google reader importing)
ABC News
Huffington Post
The Weather Channel
Ny Times – allows for offline reading
USA Today
Wall Street Journal
NPR
Public Radio
Flight Control – best 99 cents I spent on a challenging but simple addictive game
Lexel word – game was free but worth paying for if not
Kindle for iPhone – From Amazon
eReader – From Barnes and Noble

What IPhone applications do you recommend and can not live with out? Are there some on this list you disagree with?

Thanks for your help!

June 15, 2009 By : Category : Uncategorized 37 Comments