Friday, December 31, 2010

Twitter is microblogging, right?

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Twitter is microblogging, right?

But what does that mean, and is it entirely accurate? Is Twitter a fad? What sets Twitter apart?
    • Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users' updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length which are displayed on the user's profile page and delivered to other users who have subscribed to them (known as followers). Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow anybody to access them. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) or external applications. The service is free to use over the Internet, but using SMS may incur phone service provider fees.
  • In my opinion...
  • Twitter breaks down the hierarchy (e.g. you can tweet directly to the author of something, to give feedback)
  • Twitter is a hybrid amongst chat/IM, feedback, news, marketing, and status (with public and private history).
  • Twitter is not email.
  • Twitter is dipping into the watercooler, to snatch a bit of thought (ideas), humor, or new things that you haven't heard of.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Twitter should be flattered that Facebook's makeover aligned its functionality and appearance to that of Twitter. And BTW, I have feed my Twitter feed into my Facebook update stream, using the Facebook | Twitter app.

If you don't already have a Twitter account, you can join for free.
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Saturday, December 4, 2010

What is a Community Ambassador / Manager / Evangelist / Advocate ?

Some examples:
  • Vint Cerf, chief Internet Evangelist Google  - advocate of expanding internet to entire world population; work to find new technologies relevant to Google; serve as "intellectual bumblebee" among the remote engineering offices; participate in policy development and advocacy.
  • Guy Kawaski, former Software Evangelist at
  • Marilyn PrattOnline Community Evangelist:  – Community Evangelist SAP Community Network SAP Labs
  • Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Facebook Fan Page or Website?

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I’m a small business entrepreneur, and I’ll be introducing a consumer product soon. Should I create a website for my company or a Facebook fan page?


A: I faced a similar question a few weeks ago for my book, Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions. I had three options: create a site for the book, add a section for the book to my existing website, or create a Facebook fan page.


After five minutes of thoughtful deliberation, I decided to add a bare-bones section to my website (which I haven’t gotten around to do yet—which should tell you something) and create a Facebook fan page but not to create a website for the book. Here’s why I did not choose a website" - read more

Wow, awesome timing!

This is the very subject that I have been studying, in order to best advise my clients. Since there's no one-size-fits-all, will continue to study and read up on this subject ("Facebook Fan Page or Website?"). Better to be prepared, after listening to clients, such that the recommendation fits the clients style, needs, etc.

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Monday, October 25, 2010



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Browsers have evolved

Used to be that browsers had their own flavor and features. Not anymore! Well, they are virtually the same in many ways. What do you think?

Here's a short, showing a few browsers, e.g. Flock, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Netscape, SeaMonkey...

  • Flock* - The Social Web Browser - The BEST!!!
    • Most Firefox extensions work with Flock.
  • Firefox* - Truly revolutionary, very extensible
  • Safari (about) - syncs with with iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
  • Opera - Very innovative, built-in news, great for handheld devices.
  • SeaMonkey* - SeaMonkey is the all-in-one internet application suite formerly known as the "Mozilla Application Suite"
  • Netscape - support has been discontinued*
  • IE - InternetExplorer - Only as a last resort, e.g. if IE.Tab Extension doesn't work from Mozilla-based browsers. Note: Internet Explorer was unsafe for 284 days in 2006; by contrast, Firefox experienced a total of nine days’ worth of insecurity. (reference)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

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