Category: Social Networking & Marketing

For 17 years I’ve been active in online communities and tried my best to follow one basic rule – “Is it true, necessary and kind?” – with each comment.  It doesn’t always work. When search engines began to listen to social signals coming from Facebook, Yelp, G+, Amazon and countless other web sites where the public can leave comments, the opportunities for learning the truth about products and services was easy to find. Generally customer feedback is helpful and politeRead more…

Update from John Mueller from Google – “5:09 PM It’s still up and running – the counts are being worked on. We use it on all our blogs as well :-)?” If you didn’t get the memo or have the ability to read Google’s universal mind, their free RSS and email subscription service is no longer available. Cre8asiteforums Moderator, Barry Welford, sounded the alert: Your Feedburner Subscriber Stats = 0 :should You Worry? We’re seeking alternatives to Feedburner in thatRead more…

I’m excited to introduce you to a new web site launched by my long time friend, Ross Dunn. I love the design and the ENERGY it puts out. Strongly recommended! Visit Social Media Tips. Learn Social Media Efficiently:SocialMediaTips.com was launched on July 25th, 2012 with simplicity in mind; find the social network you are interested in, sort the tips to find exactly what you want, and then learn. Please try it out and provide feedback on the right (the smileyRead more…

The practice of marketing companies paying armies of people to post misleading, false information on blogs, forums and social sites is expanding globally. While the practice can be used to post fake positive reviews for pay, for example, more often these paid posts are intended to destroy competition. I’ve been getting unsolicited calls from companies looking to hire people to do “SEO work” where the work consists of signing up for fake accounts and posting fake testimonials or comments, dependingRead more…

It took us 15 years but finally, FINALLY, humanity is connected by one unifying activity. Online communication. This is not the same thing as chatting, emailing, newsletters or forums. They’re the medium. What I mean is that we’re making contact and learning from it. I had an epiphany in 1995 the first time I ever saw the Internet. A neighbor had showed me AOL and chat areas grouped by interests. I’m driven by a powerful sense of curiosity (when untamedRead more…

As if this is isn’t an already stressful season, Facebook has decided to change its user interface YET again. We had a learning curve the last time they did it. With this latest “upgrade”, they’ve clearly lost their minds. Facebook. What have you done! Let’s explore. If I wanted to update my status, or add a link, photo or video, that main task was front and center and easy to use. Underneath that, in the wide center column, it wasRead more…

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