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Stealing and Distorting Content for Your Blog

One of the most frequently asked questions in my social media training sessions is, “What constitutes stealing content?” It’s simple … taking what isn’t yours and passing it off as yours. Actually, it’s a little more complex than that – and I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY, but I can help you with a few broad tips about how craft your own content after gathering research on the Internet.

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Facebook Dumps Fakes and Spammers

I recently heard a seminar speaker say, “Facebook is dead.  People are leaving in droves.”   This particular speaker also said that she used Facebook exclusively to promote her blogs and writing.  I can vouch for her being a successful blogger – one who taught me a thing or two – and someone I like and enjoy talking to.  But there’s been a problem growing on Facebook.  There’s a steady group growing – a group of Facebook users who collect Facebook’s limit of 5000 friends and then became a “one topic poster” – the topic being – them, or their business.  These people are only interested in Facebook’s ability to directly market their content.  PERIOD.

To me – it’s SPAM.  Read more

This social media is sapping my time

5 tips for Getting the Most Out of Social Media

You will never find enough time for social media if you don’t see the value in using it.  See How to Find the Time for Social Media for more on recognizing the value. Since I see value, I carve out time for social media, but have also found ways to snatch snippets of time most people throw away.  I also use some tools that maximize the power of social media.  Here are five tips on using time wisely and taking a few shortcuts. Read more

Facebook for Interverts

5 Ways Introverts Can Use Facebook

In 1960, Isabel Myers, of the Myers-Briggs Corporation stated that about 25% of all people were introverts. She was estimating based on a gut feeling.  Later, Myers-Briggs did an actual study that concluded the percentage, in the US population was 50.7%.  Read more

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Posting to Specific Friends – Using Facebook Lists

Have you ever wished you could post a status that would only get read by a certain group of friends – perhaps work colleagues, or people in a certain geographic area?

Have you ever wished you could post a status that would only get read by a certain group of friends – perhaps work colleagues, or people in a certain geographic area?

Have you ever wanted to post a photo that you didn’t want all your Facebook friends to find in their Newsfeeds?


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Facebook Fan Page Success – Keep Those Fans Talking

With recent changes made to the Facebook algorithms people have been noticing that not all their friends see their posts – and likewise we don’t see all the things our friends post anymore.  This is especially true of PAGES.

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Facebook Pages

How Do I Get More LIKES on My Facebook Page?

How can get people to find and LIKE my Facebook Page? How do I build a Facebook fan base? How does a Facebook Page help my business anyway? These are the three questions I consistently get asked about Facebook. Before getting to some of the answers, let’s cover a few basics. Read more »

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How to Find the Time for Social Media?

One of the top three questions I’m asked about using social media platforms is, “How do you find the time.”  I always answer by saying, “We all have the same amount of time. I find value in using social media.  If you found value, you’d make the time?”  Of course, I’m writing this blog post at 6:37 am, and I’ve been at my desk since 5:00 am.  I have to attend to social media and correspondence (email) before I start my day job, which many of you know involves getting on the road to visit clients in the “field” known as the Eastern Shore. Read more »

Moving Forward

Are Facebook and Twitter Moving You Forward?

Where’s the Value in Facebook and Twitter?

Marketing genius, Chris Brogan states today in his blog post Is It Moving You Forward that Facebook and Twitter aren’t helping him in his successful marketing career.  He further states that blogging and email marketing are generating results.  He asks the question …..”Is this moving YOU forward?” Read more »

UnFriending on Facebook

Unfriending – Think First

Unfriending or defriending (same thing) a person on Facebook can be costly if you’re using Facebook to advance your business or cause.  Most of us have done it – and most of us have had it done to us.  Unfriending seems to stick in our minds … if we are the “unfriended.”

Unlike “hiding” friends on Facebook – where you exclude their posts from your newsfeed (and they never know), unfriending cuts the connection completely.  It’s forever. Read more »


5 DOs and Don’ts of Facebook Pages

Facebook PagesYesterday, I noticed two thirds of the posts on my Facebook Newsfeed were from PAGES not profiles. Some pages had posted 3 to 7 times that day alone. The posts ranged from direct marketing (new promotion, special offer, we’re great) to arbitrary posts with links and videos attached.

Today I noticed a PAGE had a third party application called FeedBlitz attached to its PAGE where entire blog posts were fed into the Facebook PAGE status.  I got three today – combined word count – 1234 from those three posts.

I fear there’s some trainer out there saying, “Shove content at people any way you can – Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, LinkedIn.  In fact, hook them all together with one application to really maximize the power.”  They’re maximizing power, all right.  But it won’t reflect well on those shoving the content.

It’s so annoying. As a Facebook user and as a writer, I get that PAGES can assist an overall marketing plan and help businesses and organizations, but if you annoy potential customers / members, and force them to hide you or unlike your PAGE, what’s the point?

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