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  • Oops! Social Media Mistakes

    28 May 2009

    Over the last few years I have attended a lot of social media conferences, and how I wish I'd been able to hear the kind of information shared by the panel at our recent New Media Collaborative. In putting together the event, we thought it would be valuable to share with attendees, most of whom were either brand new to social media or just beginning. the things we wish WE had learned when we were just starting out. I had the opportunity to sit in the audience and just listen, and even for someone who lives and breathes this stuff, I learned something from the panel members. Here are a few highlights: Sheila ...

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  • Is Social Media Secure?

    26 May 2009

    Privacy Issues A common question (or objection if you will) to using social networking sites like Twitter or Facebook is how private and secure are they? The Answer is... ...no and neither is television, radio or the phone. Social media is the same as any other media in that messages are broadcast to the public with the difference in online social networks being the empowered voice of the individual. The upside to an empowered individual is that each person can make an impact in their niche while the downside is that the traditional broadcaster has a higher bar of entry than an internet ...

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  • Social Media Blog Carnival X

    21 May 2009

    Better late than never, right? Take a second to see judge Sheila Scarborough's picks for this week's blog carnival results- the winner may not be who you'd expect! Be sure to comment there with your thoughts, it looks like a tight race this week!

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  • New Media Collaborative- We Had a BLAST!

    18 May 2009

    Your Social Media Toolbox: Coming off the heels of Friday's New Media Collaborative, we have tons of links to share to get your feet wet in social media. Below is a list of sites or articles we referenced throughout the day. We want to thank everyone who came out- we truly enjoyed the day and have enjoyed talking to many of you over the days since!  Getting to Know Social Media 11 Social Media Fears and Overcoming Them Now Social Media Statistics Report That Will Blow You Away A Brief History of Social Media

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  • 11 Social Media Fears and Overcoming Them Now

    18 May 2009

    Social Media Fears The only thing more popular than social media right now is people fearing social media and trust me, being educators and consultants, our group hears it all- you're not alone. There are legitimate objections that corporations have, but we have counterpoints to the top 10: 1. We won't have control over the conversation. That's true, but avoiding social media means you miss the opportunity to participate in the conversation. A natural, organic conversation is in demand today and the era of control is over. You're being talked about whether you're involved or not, so take this chance to get involved in the conversation. 2. ...

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  • Social Media Blog Carnival IX

    12 May 2009

    And the winner is... The Social Media Blog Carnival is a roundup of article entries about social media theory, tips and practices and people are encouraged to submit written articles, video blogs or audio podcasts to each week's roundup. This week's Social Media Blog Carnival was hosted by Julie Gomoll, founder of Launchpad Coworking. She gets right to the point in telling you who the winner is AND she tells you why (and I totally agree)! Go check out the winner and comment your congratulations, thoughts or ideas now! Next Week If you want to judge an upcoming edition or ...

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  • Social Medians Helping Non-Profits

    12 May 2009

    Easy way to help Social medians are well known for their generosity, especially in Austin. We devote time, money and social capital on promoting the organizations in our city that focus on improving the lives of others. This friday marks our first collaborative event and we want to issue Austin a challenge- when an individual or company sponsors two seats, New Media Lab will match that so our city can help four non-profit individuals to learn social media, how easy is that?!? Email us or Twitter us if you're interested and please help us pass the word along, we have a ...

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  • Obama’s Social Media Strategy Can be Yours [Part 1]

    07 May 2009

    Obama & a Blackberry sittin' in a tree So we've all heard that Obama is addicted to a crackberry and we've also heard a great deal of credit for his win given to his use of the Internet. It's not such an amazing feat, hundreds of companies are winning business by using the same tools. Sow how did he do it? Well, not so fast... First of all, as a business person, you have to understand that Obama isn't responsible for his web efforts, he had a large staff heading it up and you can't always match the efforts of a large team ...

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  • Social Media Blog Carnival VIII

    04 May 2009

    Happy Cinco De Mayo! The Social Media Blog Carnival is a roundup of article entries about social media theory, tips and practices and people are encouraged to submit written articles, video blogs or audio podcasts to each week's roundup. This week's Social Media Blog Carnival was hosted by Nick Bostic, New Media Marketer in Portland. Nick celebrates Cinco De Mayo by awarding winners based on his preference to Cindo De Mayo celebratory food- it's shiny and fun AND you'll learn something new, so go check out the winners right now and comment your thoughts- did he get it right, ...

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  • Is Twitter Retention a Mythical Unicorn?

    04 May 2009

    Twitter users abandon the site Recently, the Nielsen company released data that shows 60% of Twitter users abandon the social network within the first 30 days and the Twitter community was immediately fired up. The Nielsen site states, "Twitter has enjoyed a nice ride over the last few months, but it will not be able to sustain its meteoric rise without establishing a higher level of user loyalty." Uh how do you figure? My first response to the report is that it is flawed in numerous ways ranging from not collecting data on those that abandon Twitter yet return weeks or months later (which I can tell you as an ...

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