Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

New Tools, New Ways to Connect

Ed | October 9, 2010 in New Media Things | Comments (1)

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In the constant search for the ultimate social media nirvana, I’ve incorporated two new tools to make sharing and connecting just a bit easier.

Tumblring along

The first new tool, Tumblr, is a blogging platform founded in 2007. While not as extensible as WordPress, it offers various features and themes in a user friendly web-based interface. It’s great for photos, short text posts, link-sharing and video sharing, with separate templates for each type of post. Tumblr offers easy integration with Facebook and Twitter, allowing you to cross-post to both platforms separately or together. (more…)

Twitter Follow Friday – Apr 30 2010 (#FF)

Ed | April 30, 2010 in Miscellaneous | Comments (1)

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Today’s Twitter Follow Friday (#FF) post is testimony to the “social” nature of social media. The two people I mentioned in this week are well known in Boston-area social media circles. After reading their tweets and blog posts for over a year, I finally ventured to the Boston Media Makers meet-up (first Sunday of every month at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain) where both are regular attendees. Read on . . . .

Ari Herzog (@ariherzog) is a social media enthusiast who leveraged his presence on the web to a city council seat in the Newburyport, MA. As such, Ari has a unique few of the intersection between social media, online marketing, and local government. He reached out to me after I mentioned I was a resident of neighboring Haverhill, and since then, we’ve had spirited discussions on all topics digital. He also introduced me to an SEO professional who provided valuable feedback on some of my consulting work.

Adam Weiss (@adamweiss) is a Boston area podcaster, photographer, and digital media strategist. He podcasted regularly for Boston’s Museum of Science, and now produces and hosts the critically acclaimed Boston Behind the Scenes podcast. Full disclosure here: I’ve yet to meet Adam in person, but after mentioning at a Boston Media Maker meet-up that I was looking for a social media project to work on, he put me in touch with Jenny Attiyeh, producer of the Thoughcast podcast. I now work with Jenny as a social media producer for Thoughtcast, which includes serving as the Twitter voice of the podcast. Thank you Adam, for the great connection!

Thanks to both Adam and Ari for reaching out to me over the last few weeks. I hope I can soon repay your kindness.

I’ll point out again, that these two valuable connections were made thanks to social media. Both Ari and Adam are active tweeters and bloggers, and considered by many to be thought leaders in their respective areas. Had I never ventured into the world of tweets, blogs, and Facebook updates, or attended the meet-ups organized by other social media types, we never would have met.

And what about you? Do you have a connection or interesting story that had its advent in social media? Let’s here about it in the comments.

Using the tools; my media & communications habits

Ed | September 9, 2009 in New Media Things | Comments (0)

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During the first week of my first communications class ten years ago, the teacher had us do an exercise. “I want you to record your media habits for 24 hours, or take a break from all media for 24 hours, and tell the record your actions in place of using media,” she said.

I struggled for a few moments after hearing that. I contemplated the horror of a day without TV, radio, or the Internet, and quickly decided that I would instead record my media activity.

I don’t have the paper that I wrote based on that assignment, but I do remember the gist of what I discovered; even in 1999, I was an internet junkie. This was the time when everyone was still enamored with a Yahoo home page that aggregated custom information, including separate modules that regularly updated weather, sports, and e-mail status. I used these tools to their fullest extent.

It was my second year in New England, but I still had an interest in Southern California, where I grew up. Being a baseball fan, I used the Internet and my Yahoo page to track both the Dodgers and Angels as they made their way to the playoffs. Newspapers had yet to fully bloom online, but I got as much of my news as I could using Yahoo search. E-mail was a primary means of communication, as its instant delivery often allowed for quick planning and action.

Other media habits at the time included daily use of the TV for news and sports, and my trusty pager that would buzz my belt every once in a while. I didn’t have cell phone back then and my land-line served me well, even though it was used most of the time for Internet access.

Flash forward ten years, and my clunky desktop and dial-up are now replaced by a sleek laptop and wifi. Social media applications keep me informed of the activities of friends, family, and network associates

Television doesn’t appeal to me anymore, I find network TV to be insulting to my intelligence, and cable shows are often just as bad. Almost anything I want to see I can find via You Tube, Hulu, or the like. You Tube has replaced television as my most valued source of entertainment. As a classically trained musician, I find the wealth of classical music clips, (overtures, arias, solo work) available on You Tube to be staggering.

The radio, once a big part of my life, has also gone the way of the dodo. Internet streams targeted to specific musical genres offer generous music choices with very little interruption. My sports consumption habits have changed in the last few years. I still watch the Red Sox on cable, and  I can follow the Dodgers live in a separate mini-window on the computer, with legendary broadcaster Vin Scully calling the action. This year’s US Open, my favorite tennis event, also streams live over the Internet, exposing fans to some of the grueling action off the main show courts.

With RSS feeds and other tools, I now have the capabilities to go on information overload should I choose. I follow 12 feeds in my mail reader, usually skimming the headlines, quickly deciding if the post is worth my time. If I’ve skipped a few days and face 100 unread posts, I’ll usually just mark them all as read and move on. I also follow 10 feeds in my browser.

And while the option exists extend many of these tools to my cell phone, I choose not to take advantage. My life style doesn’t yet necessitate instant access.

It’s amazing to see the progress of these tools over the last decade, it makes you wonder what the media and communications landscape will look like in another decade.


Thanks to Chris Brogan for the inspiration to share this post

What is your Social Media strategy?

Ed | August 24, 2009 in New Media Things | Comments (0)

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Social Media is like anything else in life: you get out of it what you put in to it. The reasons to join Facebook, Twitter, start a blog, or even share photos, are many and varied, and tasks related to these networks can lead to a considerable time investment.

An interesting meme recently floated around the blogosphere: How do you use social media?

Considering that the people asking those questions were themselves bloggers, marketers, and social media veterans whose job is to spend most of the day connected to their computers, the answers included daily hours dedicated to Twitter, blogging, and even Facebook.

For most people, there is no hard and fast rule concerning the amount of time to spend on any social network, and your social media demands might not be so pressing. So, the time you spend is usually dictated by the tasks you wish to accomplish.

Are you just keeping up with friends? A few minutes on Facebook at the beginning and end of the day should suffice. If you are techy enough, you could feed that need by sending updates to your cell phone.

Twitter is excellent for quick updates, but doesn’t quite have the mainstream reach of Facebook yet. If you have a decent Twitter network though, you can easily view a stream of your friends’ updates. Twitter Direct Messaging allows you to answer them in a style reminiscent of instant messaging. Twitter also adapts well to the cell phone.

Facebookers who share photos across their networks require more than just a few minutes a day. Their first goal might be to learn a third-party software to load and tag photos quickly. These apps have a bit of a learning curve, but are well worth the time. Chris Brogan gives a good primer on managing Facebook list functions, while this post gives insight on Twitter applications worth checking out.

There are other ways to share across the Internet. For photos, Flickr, Piassa (both free services), and Apple’s Mobile Me (paid service), offer integrated methods for quickly sharing photos among friends and family. You Tube has become the ubiquitous video sharing network, and also offers quick and easy methods for uploading.

Using these services greatly reduces the amount of time needed to spend on Facebook, or Twitter, and can help maximize your web surfing hours.


Check out the following links to see how the full-time bloggers and social media experts manage their networks and streams.

As for me? I’ve actually separated my personal and professional networks. Facebook is now home to the rants and raves of my friends and coworkers from my “day” job, friends from past jobs, and childhood and early adult buddies. My Twitter feed now is limited to those from my professional and social media networks. This system may not work for you, but it works for me. I’ll re-evaluate in six months to determine if change is necessary.

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