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Really interesting read, Amy.  I have faith that your decision is the right one for you. I'll check out Glimpse and tell my older teens about it!  Best of luck to you.

- Latest blog post - About four years ago.  

1 year ago on Why I’ve Joined Glimpse Labs


Fabulous news, Sean. Best of luck to you!

1 year, 10 months ago on I’ve Accepted a New Job with Sears


Nice post, Brandie!  Love that photo of you and Tim.  You might want to consider entering the Social Media Week contest for the boldest, most original ideas for  the ultimate G+ Hangout  for your #CMAD day via @smwnyc & you could win $5k:.  #needbugels

2 years, 2 months ago on A Sharpie, A Screwdriver and Passion, My World of Community Management


Very nice tribute to your friends, so many of whom I am fortunate to know as well.  I look forward to seeing you in Vegas.

2 years, 3 months ago on 2012 Video Post of Gratitude


Jodi, Thank you and all the chat participants for all your great insights on helping to avoid parental anxiety during the college application process.  I really like how you recapped the chat here and want to learn more about how you set this up.  Nice alternative to Storify.  Thanks again.

2 years, 5 months ago on Motivating, Communicating and Talking to Your Student


Please add IAB MIXX on October 2, 2012 in NYC. The international IAB MIXX Awards honors the teams and talent that push interactive advertising to new levels—celebrating creatives and brands for unprecedented work in the interactive arena and elevating the creative and metric standards of the medium. Focused on creativity and impact, the MIXX Awards is the only competition that evaluates all key facets of interactive marketing, including strategy, creative development and execution, media placement and integration, effectiveness and ROI. www.iab/mixxawards Thank you!

2 years, 6 months ago on Guide to events & conferences for October


I suggested to my company that we use Twebevent as a way to help respondents see the questions both in advance of and during the chat. We could also post a video there for some background perspective. Great for branding, too. (thanks to the example set by @mqtodd and others for some high powered chats.) We did a Storify after the chat to represent the discussion and included as many different voices as possible. The community manager then posted announcements to those who were quoted in the Storify as a way to keep awareness high and encourage sharing. The Storify was posted on all the company's social sites. We are still learning so all tips help. Thanks for a great post.

2 years, 7 months ago on Five Tips for Holding a Twitter Chat that Doesn’t Suck


Great post, Dan. The industry sentiment seems positive on the change. It's better for LinkedIn in the end as this forces members to post via LinkedIn or a dedicated LinkedIn share button. This makes the platform a destination (vs an after thought) with more thoughtful content sharing.

2 years, 8 months ago on 6 LinkedIn Habits To Quit: You’re Not On Facebook Anymore


While I have not become an entrepreneur, if I were to become one, I would definitely say that Patricia Wilson, founding Partner and President of Brand Cottage, a "media marketing company that is focused on achieving measurable advertising and marketing goals for its clients"is definitely an inspiration for me. Her agency clients include Johnston & Murphy, USA Today, Seventh Generation, Farm Rich and Ted's Montana Grill. She has 22 years of media experience, including media director posts at Ogilvy and Mather, Young & Rubicam, Della Femina and Bayless Cronin. She was also Chief Marketing Officer at BrightHouse.


What makes her a role model is that she has built Brand Cottage as a smart, small company where she and her employees also have an admirable work/life balance. They are lean and just get the job done, and done well.  I had the honor of working with Patricia and her team as a social media strategy consultant prior to joining the IAB.  She is a role model for a successful business in today's digital age. She's a beautiful woman inside and out!


You can check her out at:

Twitter - @brandcottage (where is is part of the original 'Bad Ass 75' group of top Twitters)

Facebook Company Brand Page:

And, of course, LinkedIn

2 years, 8 months ago on What Entrepreneurial Story Inspires You Most #BrainDownload


Great life lessons, Sharon.  As much as I miss my daughter when she's away at camp, I know she's having more fun than hanging out with no one around in our town.  This will be her 6th year at the same camp.  She's meeting people from all over the country: some she likes and some she doesn't ...but she has to learn to live with both in her close proximity cabin.  She has more responsibility and more freedom as she gets older with the program. These experiences will make going off to college so much easier (for both of us!)  She will have friendships that will last a lifetime and, yes, they do sing a lot!  Thanks for a fun post~~

2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Useful Life Lessons I Learned at Summer Camp


Thanks for the invite to speak.  You've done a great job organizing this event! 

2 years, 11 months ago on Introducing a Spectacular Speaker Line Up #140MTL #Montreal – Part I


Mila - Like you, I am indebted to the many individuals, publishers, and community groups who so freely share such incredible insights about the topic of 'social' at large. I value the engagement and have made many great connections that have led to professional  opportunities as well as in-real-life friendships (like getting to know you via #usguys!)


In terms of mixing professional and personal on Twitter, I veer on the professional side.  I would have steered clear of a chat topic of "God and Abstinence." For me, that's too personal and not appropriate for a 140 character 'conversation.' I'm not worried about being judged...I'd just rather not go there on Twitter. I do participate in 'non-professional' chats of personal interest to me such as #collegecash.  There, I can be 'personal', but without encroaching on 'sensitive' subjects that I feel are not suitable for me on Twitter as a medium.


Great post, Mila (and I love the visuals!) 


- Susan aka Christie ;)

3 years ago on Learning the Art of You: The Marriage Between Your Online Persona and Your Personal Views


Mattias - Great post. That Chris Brogan advice about examining 'your last 10 tweets' is something that I, too, read and it has stuck with me.  If someone follows me, I look at their last 10 or so tweets and form an immediate impression - it is part of the bias I use to determine whether or not to follow back. Thus, I try to keep my own tweets 'balanced.'


At the end of the day, whether you are a brand marketer or an individual, it's important to think about WHY you use different social platforms. Many would say they have different 'goals' on different platforms - e.g., LinkedIn is for your professional self, Facebook is for your personal self, and Twitter... really depends on the person - it could go either way. For me, on Twitter, I had a definite mission which was more professional in nature.  I didn't have a set 'ratio' but I RT'd a lot of great content and learned to engage. This led to business opportunities and real friendships based on shared professional, and sometimes personal, interests. I never imagined this could come true via 140 character exchanges. 

3 years ago on Become An Engaging Valuable Friend In Social Media


A beautiful piece, John. I share Jeannette's sentiments exactly.

3 years ago on A Boy And (The Loss Of) His Dog


Fun post, Gini - thank you.

- ps - I've also read that the more affluent you are, the more likely you are to re-gift! ;)

3 years, 2 months ago on Gin and Topics: Rich People Shoplift and Look Better Instantly


Nick - I like the idea of inviting members of the #usguys community to be on the #hotseat for the weekly #usguyschat for a topic that they, themselves, have some level of 'expertise' in. This puts the 'us' in 'usguys' and is a nice way to celebrate the group participants while also being different from other chats. Kelly can talk about her Pinterest obsession and why it's the hottest social media platform, Paul/Peg can talk about the background of their new venture and the importance of personal branding, Stan can talk about his experience with his new book from both a social media and first time author perspective, Ty can talk about his Random Acts of Kindness video experience, etc....It's not about's about sharing.

- I'm not familiar with Listly.

3 years, 2 months ago on Take the Social Media #Hotseat Challenge?


I'd "like" your page, Margie! Signed, a big 'fan' :))

3 years, 2 months ago on Why there will never be a Margie Clayman Facebook Fan Page


Another beautiful post by the lovely Margie Clayman. Random acts of kindness are always appreciated. I love that my kid's school system promotes this concept - honoring kids who have exhibited kind behaviors and even devoting a whole day to helping kids understand what it means and why it's important. I've read too many stories about people reaching out on social media, sending signals that something is seriously 'wrong.' If your intuition tells you that what you read in a post is alarming, trust your instinct and act on it. The simple act of reaching out with a kind word or expression of caring could make an important difference...even if you don't know the person well. Thanks again, Margie~~

3 years, 2 months ago on Are you sure you know what matters?


Nice post, Aaron. Agree on all, especially the last point on Social TV/Second Screen. Talking trends on Toolschat in a minute. Hope we'll see you there~~

3 years, 2 months ago on 5 Social media trends that will lead 2012.


Nice post, Mila... inspirational and I love the photos! I'm hoping I can achieve the goals I have set for myself in 2012. Cheers to YOU, and I hope our paths cross IRL again soon. All the best, Susan.

3 years, 2 months ago on The Dawn of a New Year – Be Outstanding


@BrandFlair The baby on the Nirvana cover is now 20, just like the Nevermind album. He may be grown, but the album is still considered a classic. I think that's what #usguys can be.

I became a part of #usguys in March of this year. I have enjoyed the chats, friendships and IRL meetings with so many people - including those who may no longer be active with #usguys. We all need to remember how much has changed this year in the social media world, and not just with #usguys. There are so many more chats/groups to become part of, so many more social media options and tools...I actually think #usguys has weathered the storm well.

Josepf, I don't think a website is needed, but the chat should continue, perhaps with more focus based on current group dynamics (and perhaps a different time as Monday 3pm is tough - for me at least!)

Onward and upward!

3 years, 3 months ago on Sad & Good things about #usguys


Fun post, Brian. The dust has settled a bit after the initial score change, but other measures of influence are looming. The question is if any of them can capture the critical mass/attention that Klout has achieved. Time will tell. Thanks again!

3 years, 4 months ago on 12 Most Kreative Klout Plays On Words


This was a Fondalo love-fest post! You're amazing, Robert.

3 years, 4 months ago on 12 Most Kreative Klout Plays On Words


@danieleagee That sounds like the makings for a great follow up post.

3 years, 4 months ago on Is Klout Doing More Than Using Facebook to Inflate Their Numbers?


Another fabulous post from the lovely Margie Clayman. I agree that cheering someone up may be a "lost art", but it also seems that reaching out for support may be a lost art, too. In a world where we're all suppose to be happy all the time, it's sometimes hard to admit when things aren't really going that well, even with the best of friends or family. We "put on a happy face" or "smile tho' your heart is aching" when what we desperately may really want is a shoulder to lean on, an encouraging word or, perhaps, just a hug. Yet you can't be consoled if you have not shared your true feelings. Hmmmmm...good stuff to ponder. Thanks again, Margie.

3 years, 4 months ago on The Lost Art Of Cheering Someone Up


Great post, thanks Daniel. It is good that accounts can now be deleted (I checked, you are definitely not part of the Klout world!) Creating profiles for people who have not signed up is nothing new with Klout although in the past, these were Twitter users only. We're all now seeing non-Twitter Facebook user notifications. Seems just a matter of time until we see a similar trend for non-Twitter LinkedIn users.

Hope you get lots of comments! (And when Klout activates livefrye as one of their monitored platforms, expected in the next few weeks, anyone who comments may see a Klout boost! omg.)

3 years, 5 months ago on Is Klout Doing More Than Using Facebook to Inflate Their Numbers?


Dan, I love that you're original. Keep writing the good stuff!

3 years, 5 months ago on Provoke Is Not a 4 Letter Word


Nice post, CamMi. My feeling is that our scores all changed proportionately and relative to our interaction on other networks (beyond Twitter.) I went down 14.4, Based on my new "influencer of" people, this seems largely due to my Facebook friends who I adore, but who are also not social media connected beyond casual Facebook use. I would like to "test" what happens if I disconnected Facebook from Klout, but I will wait till the dust settles before doing that.

Klout only recently activated numerous platforms and is about to activate numerous new platforms, so I do understand why leveling out the scores may have been necessary.

Keep sharing the good stuff, CamMi!

3 years, 5 months ago on Should I Dump You for a High Klout?


Great post! Can't wait to chat with you today at 3pm during #usguyschat. Can already tell it's going to be quite lively!! Until then...

3 years, 5 months ago on 12 Most Outrageous Ways to Promote Yourself


Great post, Dan. I understand that spam DMs, which were a stated primary reason for the original "purge" instigator to unfollow and "start fresh," can be a real nuisance. Couldn't Twitter activate some functionality that would allow us to follow back, yet block only DMs (versus the current option of completely blocking another person)? And couldn't these "rock stars" be the ones to implore change with Twitter itself? If they're truly that influential, seems they could impact change that would help us all. Beyond that, big or small, we all have our own follower/following each his own.

Thanks again. Aces, as always!

3 years, 5 months ago on Laughable Social Media: The Great Twitter Purge


Another great post from Margie Clayman. Thank you! It's a classic trope where the sincerely good, kind and polite character is underestimated by others because of their kind nature. It's played out time and time again in books, movies and in real life. But, in the end, I think nice guys do finish first. Way to go, Margie!

3 years, 5 months ago on Being Kind Doesn’t Make Me Stupid


You're funny! And I like that photo of you.

3 years, 5 months ago on Profile: The #UsGuys Village Idiot


Mack - I found my way here via a RT from Amber Avines (@wordsdonewrite) and I'm so glad I could read this today. So many clients, and individuals for that matter, are focused on the numbers and not the quality behind the numbers. (Is it no wonder that 2 out of 5 people who "like" a Facebook brand page end up clicking "unlike"?) Love your "think like a rock star" theme - must have been fun to have been an attendee! Thanks for sharing!

3 years, 6 months ago on Think Like a Rockstar Review at #SMIATL


Great post. My first RT of it had a bad link, so I'm RTing it again now as others have expressed interest in it!

3 years, 6 months ago on Why Auto-DMing new followers is the stupidest thing you can do on Twitter.


I love her because she read my name this week on a webinar saying I won a Dell computer. But more seriously, I've been following her for a while now on Twitter and her content is infinitely re-tweetable! She's a major role model to anyone in social media - man or woman. Thanks for your post!

3 years, 6 months ago on 12 Most Shameless Reasons to Love Carol Roth


That sounds like a blast. Wish I lived in Chicago. Good luck.

3 years, 6 months ago on Social Media + Scavenger Hunt = Downtown Dash and Team Zaarly


Interesting post, and relevant also for parents of high school students who are just beginning to think about their child's journey to college. My high performing school district totally agrees with Ellen's statement about "student-professor dynamics." I was told by my daughter's guidance counselor that even at the HS level, a good student/teacher relationship is a distinguishing factor for the highest achieving students, and is a good predictor of college success.

FYI: college students rarely use librarians' expertise (USA Today article about it: Yesterday's Washington Post article addressed the need for parents to leave their college kids alone!

Thanks again.

3 years, 7 months ago on 12 Most Diverse Two-Minute College Prep Conversations for Parents


Go Margie! I like you even better now (and I liked you a lot before!)

3 years, 7 months ago on 12 Most Important Reasons I Don’t Bash People Online


Angela - I really enjoyed the positive take on kids today, including the positive impact technology has had on them. Too often the story is about the negatives so this was refreshing (and is how I like to view my own kids!) Nicely done!

3 years, 7 months ago on 12 Most Important Things to Know about Kids Today


Nice, Lewis. You missed the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - regarded as a great family pet - a small dog (18-20 lbs as adult) that acts like a big dog (fetches, swims, etc) but snuggles. Great disposition, few notable health issues. Yes, long hair sheds - biggest negative. Ours is named Brownie - we love him!

3 years, 8 months ago on 12 Most Family Friendly Dogs


Extroverts could learn a thing or two from this post as well! Nice...thanks!

3 years, 9 months ago on 12 Most Powerful Recommendations for Introverts in Business


Great recap of some of my favorite chats. I especially like that you gave the days/times! Thank you.

3 years, 9 months ago on 12 Most Stimulating Twitter Chats


Really great post! Thank you.

3 years, 9 months ago on A Community Manager In Over Their Head


Great post, thanks. Case study for scheduled tweets: Read article about social media use by church on Tuesday. Wrote my own "headline" and put in my scheduled tweets for Sunday. I knew the SM topic would be meaningful to my key followers...and having it "run" on a Sunday added relevance since (some) people were thinking about church/synagogue. Net-net: My most clicked on attachment and most retweeted post ever. Had I not scheduled it, I may have forgotten about it - and no way would it have had the same impact on a Tuesday. Just some food for thought.

3 years, 10 months ago on Five Ways To Freshen Up Your Tweets