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  • Austin Social Media Jobs (Marketing & Tech Jobs Too)

    27 February 2009

    Oh yes, pink slips suck! If you’re looking to change jobs or you’re on the hunt thanks to the stupid pink slips floating around Austin, we’ll be combing the interwebs for opportunities around town and posting them here each Friday... you might land your next gig or at least learn of new job sites while you're poking around here. There’s a good chance that some of the jobs from last week are still available, so check those out and check out the following 10 Austin jobs ranging from technical to marketing and we wish you all luck in applying! Austin Social ...

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  • Social Media Carnival- Calling All Hosts!

    26 February 2009

    Social Media Carnival For whatever reason last year, the social media carnival died. I doubt it was due to interest, it was more likely that it was too much to manage as it is a very time intensive process. Long story short, we have intervened and we are now the new home of the Social Media Blog Carnival! Huh? What's A Blog Carnival? What's a social media blog carnival you ask? It's a weekly online event where people submit and nominate great blog articles about social media, new media practices, theory and statistics and the best are chosen by the weekly ...

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  • Social Media Will Kill You

    25 February 2009

    A recent study shows that social networking sites have negative impacts on children such as (duh) shortening attention spans, making them expect instant gratification and becoming self centered. First of all, parents know that they already experience ALL of these things, but we agree that social networks accelerate these behavior issues. So we get that social networking will make our kids' brains mushy, we've said the same of television, but there's something interesting at play here. Yesterday, when Fox News reported the study with "scary tone" (leaving me to feel like social media might actually kill me and our kids) oddly enough, the ...

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  • Austin Launchpad Coworking Early Adopter Deals

    24 February 2009

    Basements & Garages Early Internet users occupied basements and garages in fluorescent lights as they built motherboards and argued on newsgroups. Then came normalcy of the web which invaded all homes, bringing users out of the basement and into the family room, kitchen or home office where everyone could check their AOL account or play a shoot 'em up game. More recently, the Internet has become home to thousands of home-based businesses (and I'm not talking vitamin pyramid schemes) leaving users in quiet home offices full of daily repetition. Communal Workspaces Because of this evolution of the web into most American homes and ...

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  • Social Median Hiring – You Want Them to Teach You, But First, You Must Teach Them

    20 February 2009

    The most productive way Very often we're told by businesses that they would like to hire a social median to assist them as a company to learn social media, and how they should implement it in their business.  All too often, the company will hire a pro to do just that and it can be truly effective in giving the entire team a fast track lesson in engagement from various departments- and what's wrong with that?  Nothing, if your goal is to tackle social media by accident. What I mean by that is there is no point in everyone hammering the exact same nail ...

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  • Social Medians- How Many Hats Will You Force Your Social Median to Wear?

    20 February 2009

    You're already a believer So you're going to take on the Mediaverse are you?  You, the CEO have seen the light and truly believe that you must at least dip the company toes into the water on some level- but at what level?  Sally or Jim, the front end receptionist? How about the maintenance guy? He has a mobile phone, he could handle it all by iTouch, right? Of course not, but what about Sarah or Mark in the marketing or public relations department, surely they could take on this Twitter thing- they have nothing better to do between this and that, "it's just like a water cooler," right?  Wrong, ...

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  • Social Media Adoption – Reasons Some Fear It.

    18 February 2009

    We've essentially heard it all when it comes to fears of adopting social media as a part of a company's business strategy.  So you should know that it doesn't trouble me- seriously, it doesn't.  The cost of succumbing to fear in anything is far higher than ignoring the obvious reality that social media is here to stay, and in fact is fast becoming a normality in the lives of consumers- they don't know it as social media, they simply know it as their community of choice. As consumers, we love to give our opinions and recommendations of products, services, as well as people we like, and even worse, we love to ...

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  • Social Media Experts Write Book for Charity

    18 February 2009

    Experts gather for a cause Benn & I recently wrote a section for "The Project 100" book which if you watched the presentation above (you did watch it, didn't you?) you'd know we wrote under 400 words about social media. I won't reveal yet what we wrote because it isn't released until April 6th (get your PayPal accounts ready, y'all!) but it involves martinis and beer, so you'll totally want to read it. So enough about the excitement of our involvement, on to the reality- did you know that about 85 percent of all women diagnosed with breast cancer DO ...

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  • Texas Social Media Award Finalists

    18 February 2009

    For weeks, people across the globe have been casting their votes for the Austin American-Statesman's first annual Texas Social Media Awards and finally, the 25 winners have just been announced with the top most awesomest (yes, that's a word) social median in the state being announced at the awards show party on March 15th. We are honored to be named among the 25 winners and look forward to the party! Party Time! Judges for the winners were Internet Editor Robert Quigley, food writer Addie Broyles and technology culture writer Omar Gallaga. An overall Texas Social ...

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  • Protected: Austin, Allstate Says You Suck at Driving

    17 February 2009

    Austin drivers are better than Irving drivers, yay? Austin, according to the 2009 Allstate America's Best Drivers Report, our city ranks second to last in the state for safe driving, only behind Irving, TX. Allstate ranks 193 of America's largest cities according to car wreck frequency and Austin earned the 179th spot and News8Austin notes that Austin drivers are "44 percent more likely to be in a wreck compared to the national average." How is this true? Austin, tell us in comments- why do we suck so much at driving? Is it because there is too much awesomeness to visually stimulate us? Is it because we're all on vacation ...

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