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Is it time for a look, or another look, at Empire Avenue?

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I have been on Empire Avenue very nearly 20 months and I love it.

If you have an account maybe it is time to go back and play around. You will have accumulated lots of eaves (virtual currency) which you can use to connect and reconnect with people and to run missions to promote yourself, your friends or your causes.

If you have never tried it you really should.

Empire Avenue is doing amazing things for my Social Media “ability” and “presence” and most importantly I am making friends with some extremely cool people.

I nominate 4 words to sum up the reason for that love for Empire Avenue. Direction, Collaboration, Inventiveness and Growth.

Before Empire Avenue I was “active” online. I was doing some Facebook and Twitter but really I was merely dabbling in a disorganised, indisciplined and ultimately directionless way.  

I had no pattern of regularly producing nor curating content.

In Empire Avenue you get a score (expressed in the form of a share price) and at first I thought that this was a competition with others.

Now I realise that the only competition is with myself. In this way your Empire Avenue share price is very like a golf handicap. In basic terms it lets you keep track of where you are. I strongly recommend spending the same amount of time on social media and Empire Avenue each week and increase your share price by doing things better rather than doing more.

Each to their own of course.

As your share price keeps going up you have 2 choices. Do things better (get more DIRECTION) or do more. This increase in direction flows into a much better appreciation of how all your social networks come together.

I will give you the example of You Tube. In any week there may exist the time and energy to say upload say 3 pieces of content to your You Tube account. To get more and more Empire Avenue “points” for this content though it needs to get commented on and needs to get “liked”. To get these reactions it is often necessary to start doing a fair bit of this yourself but of course in your niche as those are the people that will be interested in your stuff. To keep your engaged subscribers coming back your content has to keep getting better and better. So does your SEO skills and also the way you organise your You Tube network. You Tube now has a fresh design and format and has become even more of a social network than it was before. It deserves much more of our attention now.

My friend Cyndee Haydon has been particularly inspirational in this respect. Cyndee has gained huge traction on You Tube by being an “engager”, using clever SEO technique and sticking very much to her niche. Which is Florida Real Estate and Social Media.

This brings me conveniently to my second point which is the amazing COLLABORATION I am enjoying with other Empire Avenue participants. This is happening in all sorts of ways in all sorts of places and it is in essence a random thing which it is hard to describe. What I can say is this. If you wish to get supported in the way of likes,comments, retweets, reblogs,shares and more get useful advice and encouragement and more importantly than anything get kept up to date with absolutely every new development online every day then this a fantastic community to be part of. It is highly unlikely that anything similar exists. All you need to do is participate. As with many things the more you put in the more will come back.

In order to keep getting better and to really maximise your increasing direction, discipline, organisation, knowledge and the ongoing collaboration you cannot be too INVENTIVE. The share price factor and also the fact that you also get an ever changing score for each of about 10 social networks means that you quickly find out what works and what doesn’t. You can try a new strategy or some new tools and find out reasonably quickly how effective it is being.

In terms of GROWTH a good deal of leadership is required to be “successful” in Empire Avenue. I think that we all are learning that to be successful in the fast moving and very public domain that is Social Media leadership skills are essential. After 20 months I have around 5,700 shareholders. It is necessary to maintain a relationship of sorts with many of these people.


There is the opportunity to place advertisements about yourself and/ or your business in fact about anything you like in the site and to send shareholder mails which send your shareholders on missions, start and manage communities and more. You have to decide how quickly you want your network to grow and how much interaction you will have with them. It has all been an amazingly beneficial experience for me as it has all grown.

Goal setting is important and it was very satisfying to me that both my goals which I set after a month came to fruition. I aimed at a share price of 225 by the end of 2012 (7 months)  and was at 325 on April 24 (after a year) of this year. I also aimed at having a net wealth of 50 million eaves by the end of 2011 and achieved that. It tripled to 150 million in just 3 months and tripled again in the next 2 months.

I am now at nearly 750 million eaves even after giving away a huge amount almost every day to run missions. Or maybe I have so many eaves because of doing so many missions. What goes around maybe really does come around. It is a sharing community you see. The opportunities for highly meaningful random acts of kindness are enormous. I accumulate around 4 million eaves a day. My price is nearly at 600 and is increasing at around 1.5 to 2 eaves a day.

Thank you so much to everyone on and involved with Empire Avenue for an amazing time so far and I just know that 2013 is going to be a wild ride for all of us who participate. We are all getting to know each other better and our skills, our networks and our sense of purpose are all growing exponentially.

Exciting.

You can join Empire Avenue for free here or if already have an account and have some spare eaves please consider an investment in me.

If you want to know more about using Empire Avenue or want to connect more deeply with other users try our Empire Avenue and Social Media Tips group on Facebook

Thank you

Michael

Am loving the exciting tools and energy on Flickr. What`s new?

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Last week Flickr updated their mobile app and now has great filters for photos some say even better than the filters on Instagram. It is full of new features and CEO Marissa Mayer is promising more in the future as she reinvigorates all Yahoo products.

Who owns the content is king and Flickr has a lot and I mean a lot of our photos.

Now they just joined 2012/ 2013 with their timely updates.

Photo organisation and profile pages are especially advanced with the new Flickr iPhone app and you will also love the options available when you take photographs.

You can crop photos, straighten photos, increase contrast. Exciting for someone like me who takes all their photos on the phone where I never had this kind of stuff before. You can select different points for focus and exposure when you snap your photo. You can then use 15 different  filters.

Browsing has got much easier. The best basic view is of your contacts’ most recent photos. As you vertical scroll down the screen it shows the last photos uploaded by all the people that you follow. Keep scrolling down the page to see new photos by all your contacts or at any individual contact you can stop and start scrolling horizontally  to go through their entire photostream.

Flickr was never set up before to be as “social” as some other sites are. This has got better. You can now “like” photos by all your favorite photographers simply by tapping them just like Instagram.

Flickr is also now going to begin counting mobile views of your photos as views for your photo stats (previously mobile views were not counted) so expect both the views and faves on your photos to rise.

In addition to viewing your contacts’ most recent photos  you’re also now able to view all kinds of other areas of Flickr in a beautiful mosaic photo layout — your own photostream and sets, group photo pools, other people’s sets, Explore, all have a separate photo layout.

If you want to see any photo you are looking at full screen size you just tilt your iphone sideways and the photo immediately fills up the entire screen. You can then swipe from photo to photo as you scroll your way through whatever stream, set, group, etc. you are in.

Flickr also includes lots of other detail on a photo page that you can access if you want to see it — EXIF data, location data, people tags, etc. Flickr also gives you a list of venues to easily geotag your own photos as you upload them.

Photos shared from Flickr to Facebook will now be shared full sized. In the past Flickr photos were given the downsized thumbnail treatment. Now your Flickr photos will look as large as your photos shared directly on Facebook.

Your Flickr photos posted to Twitter from your phone will be seen full sized as well.

No doubt there are many more things that you can do that I am not aware of either.

The “old” Flickr already had many special features that you may not be aware of .

1. It’s real

Real photos by real people.On so many social networks you do not know if you are dealing with real people. There is much more chance that you can tell on Flickr. You can decide which of 3 levels of access you will give to each of your contacts.

2. Networking
You won’t find a larger photographic community. New photographers can chat with professionals who have been shooting for decades while veterans can swap stories and see what the latest technology can do. The power of all those photographic minds together can do wonders for your skills. Flickr is a social network.

3. Feedback
One of the benefits of a big network is that everyone will have something to say about your photos — or at least, everyone you ask. Many of those will be helpful, letting your skills grow with some well-aimed advice.

4. It’s Easy to Get Compliments!
In practice though, invite people to comment on one of your images and most of the responses will be flattering. That’s especially true if you’ve been nice about their photos. If you’re the sort of photographer who needs the odd slap on the back to keep pushing forward, you’ll find plenty on Flickr.

5. Get your Own URL
Okay, you can get a URL to promote your photos without going to Flickr, but it’s still more than you’ll get from a free stock site or even many microstock sites.

6. Stand out from the Crowd
With so many people on Flickr it doesn’t take much to stand out and appear as an exceptional photographer — even when you’re just starting.

7. Sell Stuff
Plenty of people are managing to use it to promote goods. And why not? If you’ve got the photographic talent, you can turn your Flickr page into an eye-catching storefront.

8. Get New Ideas
Look beyond the puppies and parties, and you can find all sorts of inspiring images on Flickr. You can also get all sorts of ideas from people who comment on your photos. As with all things the more you give out the more you will get back.

9. Can be free if you want
Okay, Flickr doesn’t have to be free. You can choose to pay for pro membership if you want. But if you’re happy to do without collections and to limit your uploads, Flickr is free marketing for cash-strapped photographers.

10. It’s Easy
Another reason that some people don’t like Flickr is that they say it’s badly organized and offers few features such as portfolio templates or print sales. The flipside of that criticism is that Flickr is very easy to use. You can’t do much with your Flickr page but you can show photos on it, and that can be effective enough. Flickr is regularly adding new editing features too.

11. Sharing
Sharing is growing more and more popular and Flickr allows you to share with just a click to Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.

12. You Don’t Have to Show your Privates
Flickr’s filtering system lets you restrict public access to images. While that’s really meant to keep family shots within the family, it can also be a useful way to restrict access to invited customers or clients

13. Groups
Groups are the core of Flickr networking. Pick your niche and brand yourself as an expert.Make a club group or a family group. The possibilities are endless.

14. Geotag your Images
Flickr makes geotagging easy, letting you pitch your photos to buyers looking for shots of specific locations… or photographers who can reach them.

15. If your Pictures are Stolen, Someone Will Know
Become really big on Flickr and your images will become well-known. That might mean they’re also more likely to be stolen but it also means that they’ll be spotted if they are. When your images are seen on Flickr, you’ve got thousands of eyes looking out for your shots.

So combined with an already great sytem and the benefit of alreading having masses of our content Flick could just now be the place to go.

I look forward to seeing your photos.

I am michaelqtodd on Flickr

Michael

Are you using curation to market? @kilby76 & @atomic_reach discuss on #MediaChat

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This was a great twitter chat on curation. Many of us say “we have no time to make content”. Curation to the rescue. Here are some excellent thoughts and tips on why it is so important and how to get it right.

It even inspired me to curate the chat on my Storify account.

Hope there will be some good learning for you here and DO connect on Twitter with all the people mentioned here. Twitter chatters are the best!

  1. HireInfluence
    Join #mediachat at tweetchat.com/room/mediachat Talking about leveraging content curation to achieve your marketing goals #mediachat
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  2. kilby76
    Also, you may know @Atomic_Reach as the host of their weekly chat #AtomicChat 9pm EST/6pm PST every Monday. #mediachat
  3. Atomic_Reach
    A2) By consistently providing quality content, curators can become thought leaders in their space as well as go-to resource #mediachat
  4. CBarrows
    The combination of knowing your audience and properly curating content equals success #mediachat
  5. TheJune
    A3: Content curation will never replace content creation. An ecosystem of nothing but consumers and no producers will soon die. #MediaChat
  6. SteveCassady
    Bingo! MT @williampearl@wordwhacker It is what we do w/ material eg editorial review that transforms it 2 curated content #mediachat
  7. Remi_Vladuceanu
    @williampearl Totally agree. Curation needs human beings who can make decisions and pick and choose. …bit.ly/Upzvyy #mediachat
  8. alinalara
    You wouldn’t forward an email w/o reading it 1st. So don’t repost w/o out reading 1st! #mediachat
  9. GlenGilmore
    “Content aggregation is not the same as content curation. Wish more people knew that.” @martinjonesaz #mediachat
  10. SJAbbott
    Well said. MT @mqtodd: Once orgs begin curating & crediting the good content of others in their niche THEN they “get” social #mediachat
  11. CBarrows
    Is it not also about posting the right content in the RIGHT location. Different users – different networks sometimes. #mediachat
  12. kilby76
    Q5) @Atomic_Reach How can I use curation internally, at my workplace? #mediachat
  13. williampearl
    @JGoodTO aggregation = collection of posts without human intervention. curation= added editorial review or additional context #mediachat
  14. billallemon
    Interesting. “@Atomic_Reach: Many brands like Adobe, Intel, GE have own microsite, curating other ppl’s content in their hub. #mediachat
  15. TheJune
    A5: Good cureators become thought leaders / provokers because they are quite careful in what they cureate .#MediaChat
  16. WarJessEagle
    Internal curation is using expertise of people around you. Educate on what you’re looking for. They can be your eyes & ears too. #mediachat
  17. kristoforlawson
    Some of the most trafficked websites are full of links that have been curated for a specific audience.#mediachat
  18. JimZboran
    MT @ttwelsh: Good advice @PamMktgNut A good criteria for curation is “would I post this on my blog?” If not,I usually don’t share #mediachat
  19. wordwhacker
    @hbrofman yeah, that’s true. We should always be clear about our message, whether curating or creating#mediachat
  20. Atomic_Reach
    A6) Sign up here and we can give you first access to our new tool: ow.ly/g5F1t #MediaChat
  21. martinjonesaz
    Wonder what affect AuthorRank may have on curated content. If it’s attributed to source – could be a good thing. #mediachat
  22. Media_Chat
    Do you luv Social Media? Well join some of the top SoMe leaders here in the #MediaChat Facebook groupfacebook.com/groups/3448550…
  23. Atomic_Reach
    Bookmark our resource centre, educational info in content marketing + curation here: ow.ly/g5F4K#MediaChat
  24. kilby76
    Join our NEW #mediachat Google+ Community as well here plus.google.com/u/0/communi…
  25. PamMktgNut
    @wordwhacker @SJAbbott useless content (text or images) is what makes so much noise. Focus on value. Is it worth the click? #mediachat

Big take outs for me were…

Curation is more than just merely gathering and sharing. Put your own twist on it.

Curation by staff can be a great internal practice for businesses.

Curation is developing quickly as new and better tools come online and are upgraded.

Go out and do it!

 

Thank you Aaron and the good folk at Atomic Reach and of course all the participants in #MediaChat. See you every Friday 10 pm Eastern.

 

Michael

Edgerank is interesting. How FB decides what we see in our news feed

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I am often asked about “Facebook Edgerank” and it is something that we should all be aware of.

I also recently finished a book called “The Filter Bubble” which examines how what we see online is being increasingly filtered to suit various interests (unless we take control of it).

There is a danger that if we only “hang out” with friends of a certain political persuasion for example we will only ever be exposed to views of that nature. In Twitter and Facebook and G+ we can create lists and circles of a wide range of people  that will combat this filtering and give us a variety of news and opinions. I recommend this.

To motivate you to make lists you first need to learn how Edgerank works.

 

I posed the question as a status update yesterday and automatically got an amazing response.

Here is a summary of what I learned. I think you will agree I have some pretty awesome Facebook friends and subscribers.

Not surprisingly the first response (within 2 minutes) was from Kimberley aka @AskKim on Twitter and Also on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Ask.Kim

  • recency, affinity and activity = edge rank
  •   An item is more likely to show in the news feed if it is new rather than old. (recency)

    An item is more likely to show in the news feed if it has lots of comments/shares/likes (activity)

    An item is more likely to show in the newsfeed if the receiver regularly engages with that page or profile (affinity to profile/page) and if the receiver regularly engages with that type of content for example a video (affinity to content type)

    supplemental: an item from a profile is more likely to show in the newsfeed than an item from a page.

    supplemental: an item is more likely to be shown if it is an image … followed by a plain status. Items with video and with links are not as favored by the current version of the algorithm. (which is why your news feed is picture-rich
  • Kirsten Massebeau How often you share or comment feed from the people and pages you subscribe to is key.
  • Khaled Elahmad

    Organic reach has been suppressed by Facebook and now a max of 16% of Page fans see your post.
  • Blake Jamieson

    I just spoke at the AllFacebook Marketing Conference about this exact topic. Edge is an composed of Weight x Affinity x Time Decay. Weight is the TYPE of post. It used to be that Images had highest weight, but recently text only posts have been getting the most organic reach. The affinity score is dynamic for each relationship within Facebook. If I am a fan of a page, and engage with the content regularly, the score is higher, and the page is more likely to show in my news feed. Time decay is the age of the post. So to maximize your edgerank, you want to text different types of post and see what has highest organic reach with your audience (in post-level insights). Then you want to see what kinds of content and calls-to-action have the most engagement (to raise affinity). Then test different times of day for your audience. There is not cookie-cutter right answer, but you can see whats best for your page by testing!
  • Also, a great EdgeRank resource can be found here:http://blog.getpostrocket.com/2012/05/facebook-edgerank-101/ (this is not my blog, but one I find very useful)

    blog.getpostrocket.com

    Chances are you are here because you have been hearing about this thing called “…See more
  • Brian D. Hawkins We did a short hangout on EdgeRank. I wasn’t exactly on top of my game that day though. lolhttp://youtu.be/hEdY_rrurGg

  • Genevieve Lachance The edgerank formula changes constantly. It is true that it was around 16% of your audience that could see your posts but this is no longer the case. It has decreased since they came out with promoted posts. Also, images no longer get the most reach as status updates seems to get the most now followed by links. This is a post I had written when those numbers were still around 16% reach but it also explains edgerank http://vasimpleservices.com/facebook-edgerank-what-you-need-to-know-infographic

  • Nick Bentley It would seem to be true about pictures. The viral uplift from a poll was 10 times that of photos used in a recent Facebook.page competition
  • Amanda Hill Regular pictures and questions work best… many people don’t ask their audience to do anything so how can they expect something to happen? Also by interacting as a real person on the page (which many people shy away from) the page posts can be shared within your own personal network attracting friend of friend traffic without having to pay for it…Asking your fans to subscribe to the page as well as like it will help them see your content… but of course the biggest issue is the c word… content should be aimed at the demographics of the audience you have attracted… without a plan that can be hard ie without knowing who your target market are and as much about them as you can…
  • Wow lots of good stuff!
    Want your friends back?
    You have to make a list and use that.
    As for what is popular it does indeed seem that a simple written update is much more popular than before and that business page posts are appearing less and less so that to get your news and views “out there” you need to interact more or pay Facebook to promote them.
    Edgerank is without doubt vital sauce and constantly evolving.
    Massive thanks to these supportive and knowledgeable contributors
    Michael

What we learned about Instagram on #ToolsChat last week

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  1. We had a great #toolschat last week about Instagram tools and strategies.
    Here are a few of the tweets from the chat. Instagram is a fun and increasingly powerful social media place and
    I know that will learn a lot from this.
    You will also get some idea of how a tweetchat flows as well. We do #toolschat every Wednesday at 7pm Pacific time
    1. zoe201015
      Like #Instagram? Join @twylah @mqtodd and many others on #Toolschat at 7pm Pacific to share knowledge
    2. mqtodd
      Q1 What is special about Instagram for you? Why did FB pay $1 billion for it? #toolschat
    3. MalharBarai
      A1 Instagram can make any dull photo interesting!#toolschat
    4. Using @tagsforlikes, and a decent pic, you can get some visibility quick. Note the times. #toolschat http://pic.twitter.com/t3fhuQau
    5. susanborst
      If Facebook was a chocolate chip cookie, Instagram would be the chocolate chips – vsb.li/ns8EtJ via@pcmag #toolschat
    6. AidaofNubia
      @mqtodd A2: Photo Grid Pro. Fascinated by InstaTrack & InstaFollow. I’ll have to look up their twitter handles. #instagram #toolschat
    7. mqtodd
      A3 This IG photo of a climbing structure in downtown Tokyo has been popular for me >> ht.ly/fFm2d#toolschat
    8. wordwhacker
      A 3 Here’s one of my favs that I took:instagram.com/p/SL5Namlk66/ #toolschat
    9. ChristineLBowen
      RT @mqtodd: Q4 What are your favorite 5 #tags on#Instagram#toolschat
    10. WarJessEagle
      A4: Tags on Instagram, just like Twitter, should depend on the photo, subject, etc. Tailor the tags to the content.#toolschat
    11. wordwhacker
      I forgot. This was the first pic where Instagram and I clicked: instagram.com/p/PhiFyWlk-m/ #toolschat
    12. mqtodd
      Q5 Any secret sauce? Please give us a tip or two for using #Instagram #toolschat
    13. mqtodd
      Q5 #Tip Seems Instagram is a bit like blogging. You build a community by quality posts and commenting/ answering #toolschat
    14. WarJessEagle
      Secret sauce for brands? Using Instagram as a way to curate content via specific hashtag. Love that trend right now. #toolschat
    15. esills
      @ToolsChat A4 I like to use geographical tags, e.g.,#NYC #HudsonValley, etc. and make nice connections this way. #toolschat
    16. Yogizilla
      I enjoy highlighting unique products and prizes on Instagram. Very natural tool for us over at @socialprize#promotions#ToolsChat
    17. kmullett
      A5: Any tags with clouds or sunsets are money in morning or eve. I use @tagsforlikes, they know the best ones. #toolschat
    18. BLOGBloke
      My favourite Instagram feature: Turn location offhelp.instagram.com/customer… #toolschat
    19. MalharBarai
      RT @mqtodd: A6 Some recommended IG apps for editing >>> Ps, Express, iCameraHdr, snapseed, Photo Fx, spacepaint, Filterstorm #toolschat
    20. Twylah
      twy.la/X2q9i7 kellylordkim RT @wordwhacker:@Twylah What is your instagram? I missed it.#toolschat
    21. WarJessEagle
      @mqtodd Love, love, love Snapseed! Would also recommend PhotoToaster & PicFrame. #toolschat
    22. MalharBarai
      I did a review of Instagram based curation sitegoo.gl/338xe only recently, but only few Indian cities supported yet #toolschat
    23. NickKellet
      Shame Instagram won’t let you tag your content as Creative Commons. People sell printing of images, so perhaps it’s open #toolschat
    24. kmullett
      @yogizilla @WarJessEagle @RobCairns I’ve done testing with tags. 30 is limit. I generally do 0-2 in 1st, then…. #toolschat
    25. mqtodd
      Q8 Please share your favorite blog posts about#Instagram (will create a good one from this #toolschattomorrow) #tools #ig
    26. esills
      @mqtodd A8 Great read >> No Filter: How Instagram Caused Hipstamatic To Lose Focus and Gamble On Social j.mp/SfL3pm #toolschat
    27. jewelfry
      Thanks! RT @wordwhacker: Oh, check out Ben Lowyinstagram.com/benlowy Best photographer on Instagram. #toolschat
    28. WarJessEagle
      While we’re on Instagram, I have to share my fav campaign by Aldo Israel. Love seeing brands get creative: bit.ly/TmOBoj #toolschat
    29. RT @DTNEtiquette: How clever of you! RT @bennettdoneit: #Bacon #love and #hearts this morning! #toolschat http://instagr.am/p/SSzvlEwDgO/
    30. Yogizilla
      New to Instagram? Me too! RT @Tribe2point0: A8 How to Choose the Best Instagram Filter for Your Photomashable.com/2012/07/19/ins… #toolschat
    31. susanborst
      @ladyxtel @kmullett Frst music video ever filmed using only Instagram photos?. bit.ly/V2xCta via @cultofmac#toolschat <thoughts?
    32. mqtodd
      Q9 What is in the future for Instagram as a social and marketing tool? #toolschat
    33. One of my favorite #Instagram pics I’ve taken from the farm http://instagr.am/p/MLzkfPGUcw/ #Toolschat
    34. mqtodd
      .@twylah Maybe feature these next on #toolschat next week? Nominations for the 6th #Crunchies Awards close December 6th bit.ly/TWxR6o
    35. BenRisinger
      “@kmullett: A5: Don’t just wait for people to come from tags, go hang out in tags and like peoples pictures and comment. #toolschat
    36. elizonthego
      So little and cute RT @kilby76: Awesome! RT@christybis: And so the Instagram cookie was born 😀instagram.com/p/SWc-27y0LE/ #toolschat
    37. simpsontd
      RT @Tribe2point0: A8 How to Choose the Best Instagram Filter for Your Photomashable.com/2012/07/19/ins… #toolschat
    38. mqtodd
      How to Master #Instagram Tilt-Shifton.mash.to/U3Ubux #toolschat
    39. NealSchaffer
      RT .@mqtodd: RT @PamMktgNut @ethnicomm: Instaquette: The Do`s and Don`ts of Instagrampulse.me/s/fLyEo #toolschat #instagram
    40. mqtodd
      RT @einstagram @ToolsChat @AidaofNubia A8: Love all the #instagram blog posts under this tag:bit.ly/TuZSFH #toolschat
    41. hashtracking
      RT @mqtodd: Thanks guys RT @kilby76#Toolschaton #Instagram transcripts ow.ly/fFo1e via@hashtracking cc @twylah @pammktgnut @kmullett
      So there you go. Looking forward to hooking up on Instagram at http://instagram.com/michaelqtodd
      Michael

Connect.me is relaunching – get access to the beta launch and learn the latest

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Regular or even sporadic readers of this blog will know that my passion is the increasing of connection via the latest technology.

 

So I was really excited when Connect.me launched a year or so ago.

 

Now after a great deal of remodelling and reflection it is back. As a founding member I can give you access to the beta launch through my link here.  It is free and I believe it is worth your while making a profile and seeing where it goes to.

 

 

This is the press release from Connect.me explaining where things are now.

Connect.Me enables people consolidate their identity, social presence, and peer reputation into a social business card. Your social business card shows who you know and what you are trusted for. It makes you discoverable for your interests and expertise and is the first step in building the largest directory of respected people on the social web.

Connect.Me is the world’s first P2P reputation and discovery network that works across Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn.  As people build their reputation, they can use it to curate the social web by vouching for the people, content and businesses they trust.

Until the public beta is launched, you can only create an account by going through a special invitation link, such as the public card of any Connect.Me Trust Anchor.  Trust Anchors will be sharing their social business cards within their networks this week.

Connect.Me is not just a new app, it’s the beginning of a larger movement to put people back in control of the web.

The team behind Connect.Me, along with a coalition of partners, are pioneering a new business model where people connect directly to businesses on their terms. While this concept seems simple, it is a radical shift away from the current business models where users’ data is collected and sold without their direct participation. This new model, in development since 2005, was created by a group of 11 well-known architects in Internet identity, privacy, trust, and relationship management. It will provide people a way to get the full value of their reputation and intention by allowing them to directly share it with businesses in a new trusted  way.

It has taken more than two years to develop the legal and technical infrastructure to make the Respect Network, the network behind Connect.Me, possible. When users join Connect.Me, they are conceptually joining the larger Respect Network. Any data entered into Connect.Me is under the full control of the users and will soon be portable within the network.”

 

So there you go. 2012 has always been designated by futurists as the culmination of the “Age of Connection”. What is happening here is no surpise.

It is simply up to you as to whether you participate or not. I hope that you will at least check it out. Reserve your username and see what it has to offer. The next Linked In? Who knows? It is different as there is vouching and various ways for the cream in various industries to rise to the top.

Have a look here http://t.co/JFrOqz13

Thank you

 

Michael

Some thoughts on where social media is taking us

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So now we are well into 2012 what does it all mean for you?

I invite you to look really closely at what social media is. How over 1 billion people have all gathered together to join an interconnected network called Facebook in little over 5 years.

How the tools of Facebook and other places allow us to easily find and talk to anyone anywhere and enable connectors to connect us at an ever increasing pace. Why is this happening and what does it mean? How quickly are things about to accelerate?

Can you see and feel the big companies and and banks and countries scrambling to regroup and assert their authority and power? When actually they are simply illusionary entities which will all be swiftly cast aside when a sufficient number of us embrace true unconditional love and purpose. The rush towardes this tipping point where everything is flipped upside down may be happening much faster than you think.

This is because what is happening is increasingly exponential and we have never experienced anything like this before. The open graph which is developing every day will play a huge part of this. The acceptance of niching rather than being everything to everyone by the technology leaders will also accelerate this. You see better and more powerful connecting technology will result. This exponential factor fascinates me and I see it every day in the quickly increasing number of mutual friends or connections we have when people send me requests on Facebook and Linked In. And the variety of cultures they come from. Do you really believe there will be any need for say India to suspect and police say Pakistan when a sufficient number of young people in both those countries connect for relationships, both romantic and plutonic, do more and more business with each other, learn more and more about each other. Realise that actually they have so much in common and that all that is really real is love.

When we have more mutual connections our own connection becomes exponentially deeper and stronger if we allow it to be.

I watched Gandhi twice last week. We all have the power now to gather communities around us and to inspire people to do better things in their lives.

The elections happening in the United States are fascinating. The speeches coming from the Republican Congress and the Democrats could barely have been more different.

These will be desperately scary times for those who love to impose “authority” and to supress others. For those with “established supply chains” and monopolies. For those who profit from suspicion and fear between the dozens of groups of people that were at one time classified as “nations”. This is all being broken down of course and I suggest that it is about to explode.

Tablets, smart phones and other ever powerful mobile devices are about to become super super accessible to literally hundreds of millions of people in China and other parts of Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe everywhere. How long before those billion people on Facebook becomes 2 billion? Or the 500 million on Twitter becomes a billion? Sure not all those people are regular users yet but what about when they are? Is it so impossible that this might not happen in the next year?

In August 2008 I suggested very strongly and repeatedly to a group of people who removed their community activity from Facebook to a secret Ning site that this would kill their community. I predicted that by Christmas of that year there would be at least 15 million people on Facebook (at that time I think there was about 8 million).In fact I grossly underestimated the potential growth and I think that by Christmas 2008 there were 50 million.

Hence my reluctance to underestimated again as I look at what is something of a second wave. In this second wave all the “holding on to things” is going to fall away. All the “this is my photo you have to pay to use it”, “these are my connections you cannot see them” and “that is my quote you should have credited me” . All the “my product or service is better than yours” marketing. All these kind of emotions and feelings will be being laughed at in a year or so’s time. There is only love so by default there is only abundance you see.

I was loudly and roundly ridiculed by all apart from one person. I am a believer that it is possible for us all to connect and live peacefully. That there is enough for everyone. I am no longer surpised by the growth of sites like Instagram, Tumbler, Reddit and Pinterest. I predict that there will be much more of that in the next few months. The barriers are falling away because of increasing powerful algorithms and bandwidth and the open graph.

How can you prepare for this rush of connection and consciousness? This new paradigm?

Some random thoughts….

Be open. Embrace connection.

Learn new tools and strategies every day. Rapidly changing times require rapid re-education. Thomas Friedman taught us this in “The World is Flat” in 2004. He had even been writing in his columns in a similar vein much earlier even over 10 years ago. In the past ten years those who have embraced re-education have prospered. This will become increasingly important. Writers like Alvin Toffler, Malcom Gladwell and Eckhart Tolle have also forseen what is happening right now.

Find what you love to do and get really good at it. Seek the mentoring and inspiration of those that are the best at that thing. You may be shocked at what you will find when you do this.The blockages and stress in your health and your relationships will quickly fall away. Unlimitless possibilities will unfold before you. My own story is testament to this and there are many like me.

Feel rather than analyse. Allow rather than want. Be. Relish and make the most of every moment. Look nether back nor forward just be.

Give and give and give. The universe rewards givers. This is an irrefutable law. Things may not happen for you immediately but keep believing.

Embrace your own uniqueness and the uniqueness of the cuture your were brought up in. These will identify and strengthen you once we all connect over the next few months.

Be random rather than selective or controlling. More and more information and messages, opportunities and possibilities are about to be shared with you. You will not have a hope of seeing all of it so give up on trying. If you are meant to see something or answer someone you will or if you are meant to be somewhere you will be. Trust your intuition and instincts relentlessly. Let go of control.

Social media is a part of a massive massive wave that is about to sweep away much of what we know and how we market and are marketed to. How our societies operate and how we interact with each other. This is going to happen whether you embrace it or not. The human will to connect, to share and to love is simply too powerful and there are several vehicles empowering that right now.

You may have read this and may think I am a dreamer. I would not have written it if I believed that I was the only one.

I am sure John Lennon is smiling.

Peace

Michael

Tips on building a FB page for a cause as @jackiesbuzz and I are with @DolphinsLoveUs

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About 15 months ago my friend Jackie and I decided to collaborate on a “message” cause about dolphins. We had long been passionate about protecting these amazing creatures and wanted to bring awareness in a unique and positive way. Many people were protesting strongly about what is happening to dolphins in Japan but we did not just want to “protest” to bring awareness.

I live in Japan and Jackie in Canada and we have only ever spoken 2 or 3 times. We have very rarely even chatted to each other. This has all happened quite intuitively with no pressure or expectation. It has been a great experience and I know I could not have got close to getting where we have just by myself.

For over a year we were inconsistent with our posting and our follow through but recently we have been active on a daily basis and are getting great results.

I am a huge believer in the power of Facebook pages and firmly believe that they are where you should be directing the biggest part of your time and energy. We are at or around the seemingly magic number of  “1000 people talking” which seems to bring regular exposure to news feeds of likers and their friends. Our immediate goal is to bring this up this month.

I have identified a few points of learning that will benefit you too.

  • Be daily. 4-6 posts a day spread throughout the day seems to be a good amount
  • Publish a mix of posts. Some photos, some updates, some links.
  • Interact on the page of others in your niche as your page. B2B and B2C marketing really. Their people will see you and take an interest.
  • Follow through with thanks when people share or comment on your content
  • Grow an effective Twitter account and regularly tweet links to your FB posts. We have gained 2,500 or so followers organically and get regularly retweeted
  • Be fun, friendly and entertaining
  • Have a key message that people will remember you for
  • Post regularly in Facebook groups related to your niche
  • Ask great questions in your posts to get discussion going
  • Build a community on your page with polls and competitions
  • Identify your key supporters and become personal Facebook friends with them
  • Promote your page on your personal spaces
  • Analyse. Recently I have found Recommendly useful. Here is a recent report for our page

 

I learn from this we need to participate in far more of our posts. 21% is way too low.

  • Do not give up! There are a lot of people on Facebook and if you are consistent you will attract the ones who are meant to find you

Working as a team is a great bonus as there will be days when you cannot attend to tasks and your partner will pick up the slack. The exponential factor of being supported by at least 2 personal FB profiles on a regular basis is also key.

 

So find your passion and get your message out. Jackie and I are blessed to have the support of some wonderful friends in our Empire Avenue community. You will have communities too so ask for their help occassionally. They will be pleased to do so.

Above all aim to get better at what you are doing every day and you will soon see exponential growth. It will excite you.

You can find us at Dolphins Love Us on Facebook 

Peace

Michael

 

Some snippets from my Wolfram Alpha FB report. Have you done one yet?

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This is rather interesting and I hope you will try it out.

It is absolutely amazing how much data this Wolfram Alpha can assemble about your Facebook profile.

I have given some snippets and “teasers” as to what you can expect!

Learn the religious and political preferences of your friends. When you post and how many are photos, links and updates. Everything!

Enjoy!!

The new report,says Wolfram CEO Stephen Wolfram, expands Wolfram Alpha’s “powers of analysis to give you all sorts of personal analytics.” The company plans to expand these reports with new features over time, but they already give you a pretty deep look at your Facebook habits.

Basic personal information

 

Photos:

Photo posting information


Most liked photo


Most commented on photo



 Want to know which friends comment most on your posts and who shares your posts most often? Wolfram Alpha’s Facebook app will tell you, along with interesting stats on which Facebook apps you use on various days and times each week as well as what times of day during the week you’re most active on the site. It also gives you pie charts that indicate the percentage of male versus female friends, how many are married, single, in a relationship or engaged, not to mention the ages of your oldest and youngest friends.


Photos:

Photo posting information


Most liked photo


So just a little taster of what you can expect!!
It was really interesting that I never used to post photos and now they are around half of my postings. The influence of Tumblr, Google+ and Pinterest!
You can get a report by logging in to Wolfram Alpha.com and typing “Facebook report” in the search area.
What do you think of them knowing so much about you? Personally I think it is fine!
They seemed to have missed a lot of my most popular posts etc but overall I found it well worth the few minutes it took.
Michael

An archive of our #ToolsChat on Pinterest with an explanation of how the chat works

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#ToolsChat update of Pinterest Tools from 5 September

I am blogging this to show you the flow of a Twitter chat from start to finish. I selected about 70 of around 1200 tweets. If I missed your tweets do not be offended I did it quickly and randomly!

Much to learn about Pinterest here too. Enjoy!

I am adding some comments during the tweets to show why I asked the questions I did and when. I use http://twebevent.com/toolschat to display questions, tips , news and instructions and to tweet from tweetchat which is imbedded into our twebevent site. We have had around 35,000 views on our twebevent page already.

We started #ToolsChat about 15 months ago to build a community of people who like to tweet and who like to know the latest online tools. We have a Facebook group as well that you may enjoy too

  1. DuaneTilden
    Like Pinterest? Join #pinchat NOW with @tribe2point0#toolschat 7pm Pacific today with @twylah &@mqtodd Meet pinners & learn new tools!
  2. Tribe2point0
    10 Minutes to #PinChat with @PinLeague and then join#toolschat at 10 chatting about #Pinterest tools!
  3. I warmed everybody up and invited/ reminded some of our biggest supporters that our chat was back on after a 2 week break. I did not just dive straight into asking questions.
  4. CosmicDoggerel
    Like Pinterest? Join #pinchat NOW with @tribe2point0#toolschat 7pm Pacific today with @twylah &@mqtodd Meet pinners & learn new tools!
  5. mqtodd
    Today`s #toolschat is about @Pinterest (still growing fast) Q1 How often are you using it and why? #pinchat
    I made this question to get participants involved. A simple question which is not yes or no but can be answered in 100 characters
  6. ChristineLBowen
    A1. LOVE #Pinterest. Post a few times per week…#toolschat
  7. AFriendlyHouse
    A1 We use #Pinterest ea time we see an image that expresses the message of removing barriers in design that others need to see #toolschat
  8. kmullett
    A1: I’ve slowed down due to schedule, but hope to pick back up now that there is an Android app. #toolschat
  9. arabpestcontrol
    @mqtodd We try to use @Pinterest daily. It’s a great tool for branding #Pinchat #toolschat
  10. Twylah
    A1 Sadly, I don’t get to it very often, but I do love it.#toolschat
  11. OSPInteresting
    “@arabpestcontrol: Anyone offering thoughts on shared “group boards”? #toolschat”Careful who you invite Useful for project planning.
  12. relinowes
    Hello all! I’m studying SM in #NewhouseSM4 with@dr4ward learning about twitter chats. This is my 1st time participating. #toolschat
  13. ChristineLBowen
    @Blogathon2 Ha! I’m addicted to @Pinterest too. Was pretty bad in the beginning. LOL #toolschat
  14. wordwhacker
    A1 I unfortunately am using it less. There are a lot of new tools and platforms. #toolschat
  15. mqtodd
    A1 Quickly learning Pinterest not just about photos. Networking, branding, bookmarking, SEO all happening#toolschat
  16. Tribe2point0
    #PinChatters ~ Want to chat more about @Pinterest? Join #toolschat NOW:) #pinchat
  17. OSPInteresting
    A1: I use it for personal and business use. I write a blog about Pinterest which has brought me clients.#toolschat
  18. MalharBarai
    A1. Wasn’t using it much, though have started of lately. Thanks to @BekiWeki and @Tribe2Point0 to get me interested #toolschat
  19. bennettdoneit
    A1. I use Pinterest personally, but also for a nonprofit – one more free way to drive traffic to a cause! #toolschat
  20. mqtodd
    Ahhh have missed #toolschat !! What was wrong with me in August? Heatstroke? Q2 Pinterest username & what are your boards about?
    Another question to get people involved and tweeting and to connect more deeply with each other. Best to do this early as it will help bring their friends to the chat and everyone will see who is here. Will do more difficult questions next which there will not be so many answers to.
  21. tamcdonald
    I’m tamcdonald on Pinterest (and most other places) Boards incl #cmgr #CoffeeTime and stuff you don’t care about (seriously) #toolschat
  22. topilarity
    username: at20 My boards are about my history, my passions and my future. #toolschat
  23. OSPInteresting
    “@Sheresed: #toolschat What would be a pinnable post?” Something with an eye catching image.
  24. topilarity
    And a hint of intrigue 🙂 QT @OSPInteresting: “@Sheresed: #toolschat What would be a pinnable post?”Something with an eye catching image
  25. OSPInteresting
    User name CynthiaPins Bards are about recipes, food, humor ,social media blogging, podcasting, all about me. I’m an open book #toolschat
  26. mqtodd
    @Tribe2Point0 Since we had you as a #toolschat guest nearly a year ago #pinchat has grown & grown. You inspire me Kelly
  27. mqtodd
    OK nitty gritty Q3 What are your favorite tools for searching on Pinterest? #search #photos #sm#toolschat
    Our chat focus is tools
  28. Tribe2point0
    A5 Reverse image search by Google or Pin Search Chrome extension ~ find the source for images and attribute #toolschat
  29. LovelyLu
    What amazes me is how mainstream #Pinterest is….. it is just as popular with the older generations as the young. #toolschat
  30. OSPInteresting
    “@Sheresed: @OSPInteresting Would the image link to the post to drive traffic to blog? #toolschat” It sure can!
  31. bekiweki
    @LovelyLu What amazes ME is the people that are still dismissing #Pinterest. Just shooting themselves in the foot, IMO. #toolschat
  32. Sheresed
    #toolschat A2: pinterest username is sheresed using to connect on a lifestyle level w/ biz audience.
  33. Tribe2point0
    @Blogathon2 @arabpestcontrol Find your niche, what are you passionately interested in, Pin it and others will connect #toolschat
  34. relinowes
    Is Pinterest fated to be just a personal means of expression or does it have professional applications?#toolschat #NewhouseSM4
  35. mqtodd
    Q4 What are your favorite Pinterest analytics tools?#toolschat
  36. arabpestcontrol
    A4 @Pinreach is another tool to consider. I haven’t used in a while, but seems popular #toolschat
  37. ModWorkingWoman
    “@MalharBarai: @Tribe2point0 Reverse image search = Very important tool to know the image source!!#toolschat
  38. mqtodd
    Q5 What general tools do you recommend for Pinterest? Please use their twitter handles if you know them#toolschat
    Attempted to attract the attention of Pinterest tools twitter accounts plus makes it easier for chat participants to search for them
  39. crazedmom
    A4: Pinerly #toolschat
  40. websuccess
    “@topilarity: #toolschat A4: pinerly is great for tracking single pins, and I like @repinly for trends and content ideas.” We <3 Pinerly
  41. kmullett
    A5: I like using Share As Images to take twitter posts and turn them into pins. #toolschat
  42. websuccess
    “@CosmicDoggerel: A5 Use @woobox to add a Pinterest Tab to my Facebook page. Helps to direct more FB visitors to my Pinterest. #toolschat
  43. Tribe2point0
    @LovelyLu Yes ~ actually so much easier for everyone to use. No lists, no need to think of a status update, just#Pin #toolschat
  44. mqtodd
    Q6 What is your favorite #Pinterest #tip? Or make up your own! #toolschat (Best 10 will make my blog post)#toolschat
    Gives experts a chance to show themselves off and will give real value to those in the chat and reading the archive. I learned a lot too!
  45. ModWorkingWoman
    “@arabpestcontrol: A6 #Pinterest #tip Use hashtags within the title and Tweet your Pins! #toolschat
  46. Blogathon2
    A6. You can mention a pinterest user just like on twitter by adding @username in your pins. #toolschat
  47. mqtodd
    A6 As everywhere on SM post & network on #Pinterestto get shared not simply to get seen once #tip #toolschat
  48. ModWorkingWoman
    “@bekiweki: A6 Don’t pin all at once–it’s tempting to “pin all the pretty,” but frequent visits and steady activity wins. #toolschat
  49. Tribe2point0
    A6 Be consistent, edit boards ~ check for bad links, follow others, comment/like, have FUN:) #toolschat
  50. bekiweki
    @Tribe2point0 The same can go for sharing–share only the best of the best pins on other SM platforms.#toolschat
  51. Twylah
    Pinterest definitely needs a @bufferapp function.#toolschat
  52. Blogathon2
    A6: When an image is pinned, it automatically pulls what’s in the atl tag of the image. Use this to your advantage on your site. #toolschat
  53. Tribe2point0
    A6 On @Pinterest you are a curator not an aggregator ~ be discerning #Pin the BEST stuff #toolschat
  54. michelejmartin
    Q6 Pin articles you have penned. Great way to drive traffic to your blog/writing #toolschat
  55. shilps31
    Ans 6: It may sound cliched but it helps if anyone doesn’t get overdose of pics posted by u. . #toolschat
  56. mqtodd
    Q7 Will you use Pinterest more in the future? Why?#toolschat
    People are warmed up and are feeling more comfortable and are more likely to express opinions
  57. Blogathon2
    A7- probably. I love collecting ideas and I’m a visual person, it’s perfect for me. #toolschat
  58. crazedmom
    a7: I plan on to but I know for a fact especially after tonight I will be updating my board #toolschat
  59. kilby76
    @mqtodd A7) I hope to use Pinterest more in the future. Still trying to be good at Twitter and Facebook! And maybe G+ too! #toolschat
  60. Tribe2point0
    A7 Definitely more ~ excellent research tool, SO much data available #toolschat
  61. CosmicDoggerel
    A7 definitely. @Pinterest helps me to create visual boards that I can use as inspiration for my work or projects. #toolschat
  62. mqtodd
    Q8 What would you like to see as topics for #toolschatfor the rest of September? Have really enjoyed it today. Thank you!
  63. Blogathon2
    @mqtodd A8 – I really want to know more about using@linkedin and @empireave #toolschat
  64. bennettdoneit
    @mqtodd A8. I want to delve into which “newspaper” type schema is best and why (rebelmouse, paperli, Tumblr, hypemarks).2 many! #toolschat
  65. LeoWid
    @Twylah @ChristineLBowen @mqtodd Hi guys, I feel very bad for having to slack, I’ll back to the US soon and chat tools w/ you! 🙂 #toolschat
    Then there was a lot of thanking and see you next week stuff . Hope you will join in #toolschat next week! Wednesday 7pm Eastern every week.
    Peace
    Michael

The value of retweeting and the thinking behind #EAvRTs

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Getting retweeted is extremely important on Twitter but unless you are already a celebrity you are going to have to do some first. A mistake that many many make on Twitter is randomly retweeting an assortment of people with no strategy. Nothing comes from this so people give up.

Sort out 10-15 people in your niche to retweet and review these after a month or
so. It is not vitally important who they are but if possible go for people who are giving
out great info, retweeting regularly and conversing a bit too. Check out their last 20 or so
tweets and you will easily see patterns emerge.

I do promise that this is vital!  You will change your top 10-15 as time goes on but initially stick with them and it will pay off exponentially. Go for people who RT and communicate the most in your niche rather than simply the ones that have the most followers. You will discover that follower numbers do not necessarily mean so much on Twitter.

Follow these people who you find are talking to and retweeting your key people.
If you are visible, intelligent and communicative in your particular niche as well, these
people will also naturally be interested in you and will check you out and probably follow your tweets.
I would also recommend that you follow 10 or so people that are using Twitter well. These people have a good balance of conversation, information and edification of others. They tweet regularly but not TOO often in a
positive, meaningful way. These are a few of the people I have learnt the most from and
you will too.

Try for a start @brenisphere @tpr2 @terrinakamura
@NealSchaffer @lorimoreno @lorimcneeartist @AskAaronLee @i4harold @LynnHasselbrgr
@henrystradford @JackiesBuzz and @zaibatsu

Some of these people do not retweet so much as they no longer have to as they are
searched for by many fans and followers. Look at other ways they are doing things
though. How are they conversing with and thanking and edifying others? How are they
structuring their tweets? Using #hashtags, asking great questions to keep conversations
going and get you interested enough to open links etc.
A few of the people you follow will follow you back but at the moment do not worry
at all who follows you back. Likewise you should not worry or take any notice when
people send you automated direct messages after you follow them. In your settings
where it asks you if you want to be emailed when people follow or message you just
click No.
I would also recommend doing a Follow Friday ( #FF ) each week of the 10-15
key people you are interested in. This is a way of acknowledging that you like and
recommend them.
If say your niche is the use of Social Media for Non Profits or Causes you could tweet
like this..

Using Social Media well to promote Causes @kanter @johnhaydon @eadvocate
@afine @rjenbarr @cfnoble @jackiesbuzz #FF

Then repeat later in the Friday with another few names to make up your 10-15
Remember to keep your tweet short. Ideally some of your followers will retweet you.
E.g.
RT @mqtodd Using Social Media well to promote Causes @kanter @johnhaydon
@eadvocate @afine @rjenbarr @cfboble @jackiesbuzz #FF

One or two of them may well also thank you if you make it easy for them.
Eg @eadvocate may tweet

Thanks Michael RT @mqtodd Using Social Media well to promote Causes @kanter
@johnhaydon @eadvocate @afine @rjenbarr @cfnoble @jackiesbuzz #FF

This will quickly get your name circulated and seen by the serious tweeters in your
niche. After a month or so of this they will be checking you out after recognising you as
a supportive, communicative, consistent, niched person.
So by the end of 4 weeks you should have sent out about 400 retweets. If you have followed your key 10-15 people and all those that retweet them and who they talk to then you will have probably followed 100 – 200
new accounts.
DO NOT be frustrated even if none of these have followed you back. Just ignore it. If
random people follow you then follow them back.

No need to thank or acknowledge them. They are followers not friends or not necessarily
even supporters. Engage in conversation with them if they are in your niche but do not
retweet them.
Stick to your strategy of keeping to your key people and after a month or so things should be humming along for you.

#EAvRTs will make all this a lot easier. Simply use hashtracking.com to find the tweets that have used this hashtag in the past 24 hours and share a few. Other people will see and RT you as well. To fuel and connect the whole thing I have made a twitter account called @eavretweets which will consistently retweet people who participate.

This is a way you can connect with and add and get value from your Empire Avenue participation. This will give a great boost to your social media presence. It is nearly always much more effective to have others sharing your messages rather than pumping them out repeatedly yourself.

I hope you follow #EAvRTs and share some around.

 

Michael

How will YOU most effectively discuss the Election on Social Media?

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In about 2 months Americans will go to the polls to elect a new President.  Social media is awash with campaigning and discussion.

No doubt this will accelerate as we get closer to the big day.

When I started on Facebook and Twitter 4 years or so ago the previous election was in full swing. I had also just awoken to the horrors of the Japanese dolphin hunting. In respect I was way way too noisy in both directions and “burnt” a lot of friends who may well have heard me out if I had toned things down to a political message say once every 2-3 days. Rather than 10 a day.

I do want to hear and know your opinions and passions and I would much rather you expressed them rather than not at all ( no matter what they are). In terms of effectiveness though I really do believe that you need to mix things up.

Do not get disheartened by thinking that people are not reading your stuff. Particularly in the case of political posts engagement level as a percentage is very low. Possibly as low as one like click per 1000 views and one comment per 2000.

Mainly people log into social networks to be entertained, find out what friends are up to, get connected, promote their businesses or causes, be inspired and be informed. They do not generally like to see fighting or critical posts and threads and they will be drawn to you if you are teaching them something or making them laugh.

If you are providing huge value then people will put up with you putting the odd political message across their stream. They will probably even take notice of it as you will have gained their respect. This is a very new space for most of us and we are stiil learning how best to use it. Sometimes less is more don`t you think?

If you are going to be political (and I hope you are because these are critical times) then try to keep it fun and positive. Inspire and elevate us. Make us laugh and make us think!

When posting on Facebook ask questions that will create friendly and fun debate. Keep asking questions throughout the thread and if possible make sure that people are not slamming each other overly much. We all wake up at different times in our lives after all. Post great photos and infographics that will get shared. When tweeting aim to get retweeted rather than just blast messages. Having others spread your message is far more effective than if it only comes from you.

 

Look forward to debating the issues of the day with you

Peace

Michael

 

 

 

A TweetThis function is added to @dashburst by @danielzeevi

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I came across Daniel Zeevi of Dashburst about 20 months ago on Empire Avenue and since then we have enjoyed a wonderful daily collaborative relationship. Daniel is a little bit special as he is active EVERY day. He also offers true value in many ways.

I am excited about the possibilities of what he has created with Dashburst

DashBurst is a place where users can discover and explore social media and useful sites from across the web. DashBurst is also a creative media agency and an independent news source dedicated to covering the latest in technology, business, marketing, art, digital culture and design. The social dashboard technology provides you free tools to manage, explore and analyze all of your social media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+ and your blog.

Today I used Dashburst`s “TweetThis” tool – the fastest and easiest way to share a tweet.

Basically you change a tweet into a very short link so you can send it to people and they can go straight to it without copying and pasting. Great for mobile for a start!

The shortened TweetThis link for this post is http://burst.to/6y

 

Try it out!

Quote start“We found that our TweetThis tool had a strong demand from bloggers and marketers looking to quickly engage audiences with simpler and better targeted sharing options for Twitter than before. While we continue to develop our social networking service, management tools and online digital magazine, we felt that our host of apps, link shortener and other stand-alone services could provide a benefit to the marketplace right now.” said Daniel Zeevi, CEO and founder of DashBurst.Quote end

DashBurst is also launching a creative agency for website development and graphic design, social media strategy, content marketing, advertising, SEO, testing, infographics, presentation design and business consulting. The team is made up of experienced software and verification engineers, researchers, designers, digital media strategists and social media thought leaders.

DashBurst will soon be launching a new social network and online magazine about business, social media, technology, design and web culture. On DashBurst users can explore, bookmark and share articles, photos, videos, apps, stats, infographics, slides and other media types integrated into one site for the first time. This beta launch will also include a comprehensive set of tools to manage and analyze users’ online business presence including their website, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+ pages and more.

I am so impressed with what Daniel and his team have achieved.

 

 

Michael

 

What is @33voices ? By @meetusinghal ; global conversation about things that matter in business & in life

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When it comes to Smart conversations about Business and life, no one facilitates it better than 33voices. At 33voices the mantra is to keep the ideas moving. Let me first share the genesis of 33vocies. Moe Abdou, the founder of 33voices back in 2009 came up with an idea of asking 2 questions from 30 thought leaders. Three out of 30 came back asking Moe if their friend can also participate so they added one friend each to the pool and the count became thirty three and hence the name 33voices.  The overarching purpose was to create a digital anthology and dedicate it to the courageous entrepreneurs and emerging leaders who were racing to bring new thinking and transformation to the interesting problems that continue to keep us guessing about the future instead of creating it.

Moe has been conducting these conversations since 2001 though the brand name 33voices came into existence only in 2009. Since early 2008 there have been 350 + interviews that Moe has conducted and published online for free and majority of these interviews are available today on 33voices.com.
The team 33voices everyday works with one goal in mind – Contribute to the success of entrepreneurs.  The methodology can be seen in the picture below.

33voices methods

Method @33voices

 

I am hoping that by now you would be thinking how can I start accessing this data mine? 🙂

A.  Begin with Search. 

search feature of 33voices.com

Search on 33voices.com

 

 

Social Media Search on 33voices.com

"Social Media" Search on 33voices.com

 

For instance the search on “Social Media” showed some phenomenal results as seen on image on left hand side.

B.  After you view the list of experts you can proceed to Podcast link from top navigation and listen to the audio interviews conducted by Moe Abdou. You can Ask questions using the comment section or by clicking the “Get Advice” floating tab from the right hand side that you will find on every page of the website.

Try it for yourself visit and register at http://www.33voices.com/register . Note that the content on website is also available without registering as well. But interactions (comments, asking questions, requesting an interview etc.) are only possible after registration.

Let the team 33voices know what you think on any of the platforms Facebook and Twitter , iTunes and YouTube.  Needless to say that we would love to connect with you on our social media profiles.

If you have any questions feel free to ask in comments. I appreciate Michael for giving me this opportunity to introduce 33voices to his audience  and I appreciate you all for reading and sharing this post with your community.
– Meetu Singhal @meetusinghal [ Web and Social Media Strategist at 33voices ]

Simple ways to get more comments on your Facebook posts

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65% of all social media activity is on Facebook. 20% is on You Tube. Nothing else rates more than 1%.

You Tube is high like me because people watch lengthy videos. On Facebook people are active and engaging.

Facebook is the place to be and the key to success is comments and likes on your posts.

A reasonable goal is 4000 likes and 1000 cooments a week. I have been getting this and sometimes more for a while and it is sustainable if you spend say 2 hours a day on the site. Spending half that time will probably get you a quarter or so of that “attraction”.

Here are some simple common sense tips which will extend the length of your threads and get you content seen and shared.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIcx_rxTstc

Have fun on Facebook and please subscribe to my updates at http://facebook.com/michaelqtodd I always subscribe straight back.

Thanks so much.

Michael