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Hi Randy, Our mutual friend Eileen emailed me the link to your article and I'm so glad she did. This is an excellent explanation of why social media is important and how to make it work. It echoes my own experience, which I stumbled upon intuitively. It's great to see it laid out so clearly. Anyone thinking of entering the world of social media should read this first and save themselves a lot of time and money.

1 year, 10 months ago on Why Social Media Marketing Does Not Work

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@tedcoine You are most welcome to use that comment anytime. :-)

I would also like to add that there's a difference when someone else calls you a visionary and when someone decides to call themself one.

I happen to agree with the many comments you have received noting your talents. I'm a huge fan of yours, Ted. What I love most is that you identify salient issues, cut to the chase and don't mince words. I don't think I'll ever forget your post to CEOs on "Who's Going to Tell You Your Baby's Ugly." (Notice - I described behaviors, didn't label you.)

The biggest reason I resist labels is because when we label ourselves, we define ourselves in ways that can lock us in to modes of behavior and expectations that limit our growth.

2 years, 10 months ago on I Am No Visionary (And Neither Are You!)

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I'm with you, Ted. If someone calls themselves a visionary or a guru, chances are they aren't. Labels aren't very helpful unless you're looking at a jar or can.

2 years, 10 months ago on I Am No Visionary (And Neither Are You!)

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@NickWestergaard I wasn't aware of Flickr Commons. It's a big help. Thanks for letting me know about it.

3 years, 3 months ago on 12 Most Valuable Tips to Keep You from Quitting Your Blog

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Thanks, Nick. This was really helpful. I was traveling last week and didn't post for almost 2 weeks and was feeling bad about it. Your approach has a kindness to it that made me feel better. I started my blog in February and am still finding my stride. I find it much easier to write articles or even books than these short posts. I spend a lot of time on #8, tweeking it to make it more succinct and crisp. I also spend a lot of time on something you didn't mention - finding the right picture. Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

3 years, 3 months ago on 12 Most Valuable Tips to Keep You from Quitting Your Blog

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PS I do respond to the "stalkers" and to people who sent me DMs asking me to RT their posts. They're turned out to be some of the more interesting people I've connected with.

3 years, 6 months ago on 12 Most Irritating to Most People I Know on Twitter Behaviors | Was: 12 Most Stupid Twitter Behaviors

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Enjoyed your post and humor, Josepf! You have a great way of cutting to the chase. I've been on Twitter for 6 months now but am still a newbie, trying to find my way in this strange world. I still don't get how to use the hashtags - I get it in theory, but not how to set it up logistically. And I don't know the lingo - like what MLM stands for.

For many of your points I've already come to the same conclusion on my own.
1. About a month ago I decided not to follow anyone who requires TrueTwit. Too time-consuming and frustrating.
2. I wish people didn't send auto DMs when I follow them. They clutter my DM box and I delete them immediately.
3. I have a professional Facebook Page that I hope everyone joins, but my personal Facebook account is for people I know - family, old friends, and yes, some of my new SM friends that I've connected with.

The best take-away for me was your take on the paper.li. I didn't get it. And I'm greatly relieved to have your permission to ignore them.

3 years, 6 months ago on 12 Most Irritating to Most People I Know on Twitter Behaviors | Was: 12 Most Stupid Twitter Behaviors

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