J.T Dabbagian is a Social Media and Public Speaking Consultant. He has a Master's Degree in Communications and specializes in New Media.
So you were born on November 23rd too? Happy belated. Found it a little annoying though that I had to log out to play that Doctor Who doodle everyone was raving about.
8 months ago on Google Doodle Celebrates Birthdays of Users! Who Knew?
Apple has done much more for music than Starbucks has. It basically pioneered a way for users to easily purchase and download songs to play. Starbucks just piggybacked off the idea for its own dubious "Experience."
As for the future of music, Apple could play a decent role in there, especially with people like myself who don't like the idea of being limited to one app to play music (Like Spotify and Pandora and earlier versions of iTunes were), not to mention what happens when you have no Internet connection. I'll take my MP3s over streaming anyday.
9 months, 1 week ago on Who’s Done More for Music – Apple or Starbucks?
WordPress. Hands down. You control your installation, you can post anonymously, and you can utilize plugins. Blogger...you can't. It's the Mac of blogs.
1 year, 2 months ago on Next #Bloggab: Blogger or WordPress?
@MackCollier Maybe one thing you could do for the second edition is split it into things that would work for small businesses, and another for larger brands. Even better, you can write another version of the book that specializes in small business. I believe Likeable Media did that with their new book...
1 year, 4 months ago on Reviewing like a rock star – Mack Collier’s Think Like a Rockstar
First off, never say that something will be the end of computer viruses. Hackers always find a way around even the most secure of systems. Case in point, if the user was logged into their email or social accounts, chances are vSentry would not prevent spread to those network.
That being said, this is downright impressive. We could essentially use this to create virtual PCs on a much grander scale.
1 year, 6 months ago on Could This Be The End of Computer Viruses?
I get the feeling this law was originally designed to keep people from hacking into their work computers. Still, this law is in serious need of editing.
1 year, 7 months ago on Checking Facebook at Work Might Be Illegal According to 1986 Law
I'd like to add one more thing to this post: Constantly bragging about how great your life is.
On the flip side: Constant complaining is annoying too.
1 year, 8 months ago on 10 Things You Need To Stop Sharing On Facebook
I agree. I think Cook's apology is a sign that Apple is under much more mature command.
1 year, 8 months ago on What Tim Cook’s apology means for Apple’s Future
@danielmclark @patrickallmond How does Youtube's auto-transcription thing work? If you can set that up it might help.
1 year, 10 months ago on 5 Reasons I Prefer Audio to Video
@danielmclark For entertainment, I do watch the whole thing. But that's just it...I'm watching to be entertained, not to learn something. And yes, totally with you with the videos on working things like Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Audacity; what could be said with one paragraph and a screenshot takes 5-7 minutes with video, and that's if listening conditions (voice, sound, display, etc) are optimal!
I prefer neither. Like you said, video takes way to long to produce, and on the viewer side of things, I can't digest content quickly by skipping to what I need to know, unless I know EXACTLY where the content I need is...and usually, I don't. Audio has the same problem. I don't learn well from hearing or seeing; by reading it instead, I can learn better by executing it myself...even if only in my head.
Wanted to bring an interesting fact into this that I thought was relevent: The Republican National Convention garnered 4 million tweets for the entire convention. The DNC has 3 million tweets...on its first day.
Would you say it's a sign that democrats are more connected in social media than republicans?
1 year, 10 months ago on Will Social Media Users Determine Who Wins the White House?
I find that asking questions is the most important part of doing work as a freelancer; if you don't ask questions, you can't get the intricate details that make your projects rock. Seems like one should never say "Here's what I can do for you." We should ask "What do you need from me/us?" Instead.
1 year, 10 months ago on How Can Power Questions Grow Your Business? #BBSradio
@prosperitygal I landed a website copy contract through someone who recommended me on LinkedIn and saw my answers on there. Made it clear I knew what I was doing, apparently.
1 year, 10 months ago on Linkedin For Business Brian Carter #BBSradio #B2B
There is no better network than LinkedIn for trying to find a job. It essentially works as both an online resume and a networking tool. If you're a freelancer like myself, finding a way to get contacts and possibly even new clients. The groups section could use a little work, in my opinion, but I find that LinkedIn allows me to interact with others in the way Facebook lets me talk with friends.
As for businesses, LinkedIn would be great for businesses wanting to work with each other, or for finding a way to outsource something. And of course, for finding a helpful freelancer.
@JenAnnHall There should be a link at the bottom of the emails that lets you unsubscribe from the conversation.
1 year, 11 months ago on Livefyre, IntenseDebate, Disqus. What’s the Best Blog Comment System?
Oh, it'll be at Target on the 26th. That's better.
1 year, 11 months ago on T-Mobile offers $100 Concord smartphone
Why Walmart? UGH. And I was hoping I could get my hands on some Android power for a fraction of the price too. :(
I caught a couple people with more than 40% fake followers (Names will remain confidential to protect my bank account.) I think at that level it's clear they're deliberating inflating their numbers. As for me, I can proudly say I have 0% Fake, 5% Inactive and 95% real. :)
1 year, 11 months ago on How Many Fakes Are Following You on Twitter?
I'm guessing the instructors were already picked for these classes. Any info on who they are?
1 year, 11 months ago on NMX Adds Pre-Conference Master Classes
I'll give a 2 for 1 special.:)
1. What are the most basic things you need to do to get started with your Facebook page?
2. What are some tips on using Facebook advertising to build the reach of your page?
1 year, 11 months ago on Facebook Fan Page Tips – Melanie Nelson #BBSradio
@BestDadICanBe And the same goes for anyone who follows the "What [RANDOM THING HERE] can teach us about Social Media/Blogging/Design/Garbage/etc" line of posts.
1 year, 11 months ago on 40 Words and Phrases I Want to Ban Online
@westfallonline It should. From what I've been told, it helps the audience to know when you're talking about something else, like a nonverbal transition sentence.
1 year, 11 months ago on Public Speaking: Great Presentation Ideas
You should always try to move with purpose. Me personally, I move across the stage each time I change segments in my presentations.
Just curious, how old was the person posting for PBR? Odds are it'll contribute to the "Can you do social media at 23" debate in some way...
1 year, 11 months ago on When Humor Goes Wrong in Social Media #DigitalSplash
I'm sorry, but I have to disagree. Yes, being able to post daily is a great thing, but it also greatly increases the chance you will burn out. Look at it this way: What if you don't know what to write about, but you have to write something? You'll end up producing shoddy work. I guess the debate is this: Do you want potentially shoddy work, or no work?
1 year, 11 months ago on Why “Blog When You Have Something to Say" is Bad Advice
Social Media Unicorn....I like the sound of that.
Honestly, I have to agree. I'm not a guru. I'm not a rockstar. I'm not even sure I'm an expert in social media/writing. What I do know is that I'm knowledgeable in it. And I intend to use my knowledge to empower my clients' business.
1 year, 11 months ago on 12 Most Offensive Phrases You Could Use in Your Business
@tonygreene113 Give it a shot. So long as you haven't edited any other part of LF's code, it should. Let me know.
1 year, 12 months ago on How to get the LiveFyre Admin Page in WordPress
I believe the words echoed in Finding Forrester work well here: " The first key to writing is... to write, not to think!"
1 year, 12 months ago on 14 Tips to Becoming a Better Writer
That's very generous of Y'all. I really do hope she accepts...at the very least, the networking she will do will work wonders.
1 year, 12 months ago on An Invitation for Cathryn Sloane
@blogbrevity Smart! I'm too used to Akismet being pre-installed onto Wordpress.
2 years ago on Nine Plugins to install with a new wordpress installation
I agree that older generations need to be more receptive to younger people, but I think Sloan was a bit out of line with her post; she arrogantly assumed that only younger people would understand social media.
2 years ago on Working in Social Media at 27: Yes, I Am Over The Hill
@joisigers I'm curious...how did you try to get ahold of them? I find they're always around on Twitter.
2 years ago on Livefyre, IntenseDebate, Disqus. What’s the Best Blog Comment System?
I used to be a Disqus fan, but it just got stale/confusing. Livefyre was much more suited for my needs.
Consistency is extremely important! If people find one network where you're thorough, but you half-assed through, it brings your competency into question. If you can't maintain a presence somewhere, don't have one there at all.
2 years ago on #Speakchat Delivers the Finch Effect For Your Speaking Business
If absolute lack of bias was enforced in journalism, there wouldn't be any journalists at all. I agree that reporters should try to keep an objective, clean slate approach to their work, but deep down, we all pick sides. Reporters are no different. Sometimes that bias can subliminally affect the work they write as well, without them knowing it, not so much in opinions, but in what facts get included or excluded, or if something is worthy of being reported in general.
I don't doubt that the different parts of the media have their biases (Not to the levels that both sides of the political punditry claim though) but again, it's impossible to remove it.
2 years ago on Reporters can be gay?
That's a pity it's actually NOT being changed. I'd figure Google would do SOMETHING to make Blogger compete with Wordpress. Seriously, you think commenting on a generic WP blog is bad, you've never tried to do it on Blogger....
2 years ago on Google to Rename Blogger "Google Blogs"
@audaciouslady @inc @writersdigest I believe yes, they are available at Barnes & Noble. Their site is at http://thesocialmediamonthly.com/. I actually will (hopefully) have an article in there in the next issue. :)
The reason why I wanted them to put a Twitter username or something at the front is for convenince of contact. Newspapers like the L.A Times and the like include email addresses under their bylines, which was my thought on what should happen.
If you mean bios or graphs explaining who someone is, then yes, that should go at the end.
2 years ago on Social Media Monthly Magazine: A Review
@KirkHazlett I agree. What I liked the most was that somebody (McHale) finally sat down and wrote out something that any online worker could use as a set of legal guidelines for anything they do. Granted the laws could change quickly, but at least now we have a foundation.
And like I said before, the complexity is a neccesary evil; we need these terms and information if we're to keep our butts covered in a legal sense.
2 years ago on Reviewing (And learning about) Navigating Social Media Legal Risks
You got something really good going here. Hope a lot of people pay attention to him. Sad to see that banks are causing so much hell in parts of the world.
2 years ago on We're Giving Away 10 Copies of Patagonia's New Book: The Responsible Company
@MHazell I assume you mean that LiveFyre doesn't install to as many platforms as Disqus...
Anyway, As for Disqus, been there, done that. I really don't like it. I never know if someone replied to my comments unless I visit another Disqus site, there doesn't seem to be easy access to my "account," and it just doesn't look as good as LiveFyre does. Plus, LF seems more geared to promoting conversations than just comments.
I really don't care that it's not available for a ton of platforms. Wordpress is the platform I prefer to work with, and that's all that matters to me.
2 years ago on Six Reasons why LiveFyre rocks
It makes me wonder...do we really need to be objective? There's many instances where journalists were forced into the story one way or another. I recall a story by my journalism prof. where the reporters that decided to go to Lee Harvey Oswald's funeral ended up acting as pall bearers.
I think objectivism is something that has its advantages, but it isn't the only way to be a journalist.
2 years, 1 month ago on Are Bloggers Different than Journalists?
@WordsDoneWrite As have I. Thankfully though, I learned better. :)
2 years, 1 month ago on Five Headlines Lazy Bloggers Use To Hide The Fact That They’re Wasting Your Time
You forgot one of my (LEAST) favorite ones: "What [Random pointless thing] can teach/show us about [topic relavant to blogger.]"
@blogworld I guess if you look at it on the lines of there being no such thing as bad press, you're probably right. But then again, look who it is. It's Fox News. Some of their talent and former talent are breaking into the "New Media" world, such as Glenn Beck. You'd think they'd be a little more supportive of the expo that deals with such things, especially since I think BillO has his own blog or video site or something. But as I said previously, they'll say or do anything to get a laugh out of people.
Plus, while one might be appreciating of Watters' antics, you need to remember that this put BWE in a VERY bad light. Since Blogworld is still relatively young, this might very well have been the first impression to millions of viewers; and it was a really bad one.
But I do agree. This clearly shows we have a lot longer to go if we're to show people that new media is here to stay, as well as a major power for reporting news AND making money.
2 years, 1 month ago on Did The O'Reilly Factor "SPIN" BlogWorld in the Wrong Direction?
@MTRHost Fox News? Professional? Don't make me laugh. They'll jump at any way to make a quick laugh at someone's expense, especially if they're a Democrat.
"No Spin Zone" my eye. It's just depressing that we still get flack despite having such a large audience. There is so much good that Blogworld does, even for people like O'Reilly. I felt that the mockery was undeserved, and the treatment typical of Fox News BS. Oh well. I'm sure we'll be happy to remind Bill and Watters of this when they're both out of a job and think blogging is a good idea.
@Thinkingperson Since you came to THIS website inferring to us that it DOES work, why don't you prove to us that it does? Even then, I think the article does a good enough job disproving the bunk "Law" of Attraction crap.
2 years, 1 month ago on The Law of Attraction is Bullshit
Again, another reason why every blogger should take a Journalism 101 class. Not only does it teach them effective writing that DOESN'T involve search engines, but it also teaches them how to gather information, conduct research and hold interviews. And it explains how to write it all properly.
2 years, 1 month ago on How to be Taken More Seriously as a Blogger
I try to remember that if one path doesn't work, it's never too late to try another, despite how much it sucks if you end up going around in a circle. It's better than trying to work the path over and over again.
Still, while I advocate taking challenges and making (a few) mistakes, one should be cautious when they try something new. Don't just shoot yourself out of a cannon and hope to make it....at least make sure you're wearing a helmet. :)
2 years, 1 month ago on My Advice To New Grads
Brogan hits all the right points! In the end, it's all about what you do, and who you are, and also putting yourself out there for others. If all you do is think about yourself, your only reader will BE yourself.
2 years, 1 month ago on Chris Brogan's Lessons About Blogging
I'm 27 turning 28 this year, but one thing I learned is that sometimes you just have to swallow your pride and ask for help...or find another way to do things. I thought I was meant to go down one path in life, and I wasn't. Hopefully this time I know better.
2 years, 1 month ago on A Request (and Giveaway!) for My Twenty-Sixth Birthday
I gave out a lot of business cards at BWELA, but I ALWAYS made sure to have a conversation with the person BEFORE I gave them my card. That way, I don't come off as some pushy used blog salesman or something.
2 years, 1 month ago on Using Business Cards at BlogWorld: Some Things to Think About
For me, I'm stupid about organization in general. I guess it's because my brain doesn't seem to work well for them, but I occasionally get in a bad scrape because I can't organize for crap.
On another note, We can't be good at everything (but we can damn well try.) There's some things about prgramming and design I'll never get, and sometimes even I turn my own head at an analytic report. In those times, we just gotta swallow our pride and call for help...or a life preserver.
2 years, 1 month ago on How Are You Stupid?
@jennalanger Sadly no. But let me know if you guys will be hitting LA soon...and I'll definitely see Y'all at Vegas next year!
2 years, 1 month ago on Six Reasons why LiveFyre rocks
There's something for everyone, man and women to learn at the Art of Manliness: http://artofmanliness.com/
Learned a lot of interesting stuff there.
2 years, 2 months ago on Book Review: Click Millionaires by Scott Fox (Plus a Giveaway!)
@crubin Yeah. I still have nightmares sometimes about insanely long things I have to read. I want to make it my personal mission to tell the world that shorter is often better.
2 years, 2 months ago on On Page Length
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2 years, 2 months ago on Waldow Social Elevator Pitch Contest: Win $200
Sorry people are such morons. I think your blog/agency name's pretty snappy, myself. Believe me, there's much worse.
Oh, and yes, Klout is for Klods, but there is a hint of truth in the service. It can show how you're influencing others. But it shouldn't be the only one you trust. I look at Kred and Peerindex too, as well as Google Analytics.
2 years, 2 months ago on You’re Not Doing It Right Unless You’re Pissing Someone Off
I'd like to think that corporate bloggers have a bit more common sense than this. They know not to post stuff that could be potentially embarrassing to the company or private info about certain employees. If they don't, they clearly need some training in public relations.
That being said, some of the private stuff can be readjusted to work to the company's advantage. If the above CEO had been sick for so long, yet still continued to show up for work and run the company, that would say wonders about that person's dedication to the job. It just depends on the spin one puts on it.
2 years, 3 months ago on Myth: Nothing is off limits on a corporate blog
Me personally, I learned to make my payments monthly. I can't do the quarterly bit, but as long as the IRS and the state get their money on a regular basis they don't seem to care. Also, I pay 20% instead of 15.6, just in case.
And you don't even need to mail the SS4. You can file for an EIN online or by calling the IRS as well. Either way, you're assigned one IMMEDIATELY instead of waiting.
Also, I like the idea of finding a local accountant, but if you can't, DO NOT GO TO H&R BLOCK. They seriously overcharge for a few extra forms. Instead, you can easily use H&R Block's online service which walks you through the process and do it yourself for a fraction of the price. On the plus side though, you can deduct their fees as a business expense for next year.
2 years, 3 months ago on 5 Things I Learned About Self-Employment Taxes
@PixieChaser Yeah, I found that out a few weeks after I did this....I probably should say something about that here. Thanks for pointing that out.
2 years, 3 months ago on How to make money using Pinterest and Affiliate Links
Why assume so much of someone just because they say they're broke? Maybe they're a financial whiz but they know they can't budget for an activity. Or maybe they tried a gambit (thinking optimistically) and failed. Some of the most cheerful people I know would also say they were broke if they were. Maybe it's simply a statement of fact; they don't have money to spare at that time.
Point being, don't assume that because someone's broke that they're a loser or incompetent. You're right in the fact that we shouldn't admit something so personal or complain about money, but don't judge them for it unless you actually know their personal situation.
2 years, 3 months ago on Complaining About Money? No Business For You.
@alliepal Ack, that's what I was afraid of. Not that good with hand-coding a website, lol.
2 years, 3 months ago on Tools to Help Design Your Blog
Any advice on actual coding and web page work? And is there something cheaper than Dreamweaver that isn't NVU?
@MackCollier That's quite true! People seem to forget that behind all the infographs, behind all the analytics, charts, tools and strategies, there's one simple rule to social media: BE SOCIAL. And Twitter chats let us do just that!
2 years, 3 months ago on Four Ways Individuals Can Work Twitter Chats to their advantage
Google could eventually shut down G+ but keep Google Hangouts, with only needing a Google account to create one. I could actually see it happening if confusion still happens with circles, and G+ never gets a private message system.
2 years, 4 months ago on Why Google Plus Is Missing The Mark With Hangouts?
It may not always be for casual communication reasons.
My last name is HELL for people to pronounce. I'd be a serious A-hole if I expected people to call me "Mr. Dabbagian." Hence, I adopted that policy. It might not be as formal as the traditional Mr. Whatever, but at least I'm spared the annoyance of having my name mispronounced a thousand times.
Still, even on Twitter and FB, where my name is clearly spelled out...I still prefer being called by my first name just because I want to portray an everyday kind of person. I think ultimately it depends on how you want others to see you.
2 years, 5 months ago on Is New Media Making Communication Too Casual?
I'll bite. I'm a copywriter/Social media Manager in Los Angeles with a Master's Degree in Communication Studies. I can write blogs, web copy, ad copy and email correspondence. I wrote flyers that increased signups for parties and email templates for agents to introduce themselves to clients. You can see my portfolio here: http://jtdabbagian.com/hire-james-dabbagian/writing-portfolio/
And my LinkedIn here: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jtdabbagian
2 years, 5 months ago on If you’re looking for a job, post here
Simple tip: Anytime's a good time to practice your speech!
2 years, 5 months ago on 27 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Public Speaking
@LindaSherman Hi Linda,
I actually have no relationship with Mitch. However, Mitch was the special guest host of last Sunday's #Blogchat. As such, I felt that I should feature him in particular in this storify. I did mention this in the summary on Storify but it seems it failed to appear on this blog.
As for what tweets I post, you should remember that there are literally HUNDREDS of tweets made during #blogchat at a very fast rate and unfortunately I might end up missing what someone says as I try to keep up.
Lastly, Storify includes the option to submit what you make to your blog, but doesn't really grant any control over how the post appears. If you look at my other articles you will see that they are organized with permalinks, tags and categories.
2 years, 6 months ago on Blogchat on Blog Design - January 8th, 2012 Featuring Mitch Cantor
@Alrighte33 Amen brother, Amen. The "Law" of Attraction is one of the worst things to ever possibly happen. Were it to gain control, anyone "Negative" would be executed, and the world plunged into another dark age, or rather a "Manifesting age."
2 years, 6 months ago on The Law of Attraction is Bullshit
And just like the "Secret," all you provide is strictly anecdotal evidence from someone. All I can ascertain from this is that he managed to get $10,000 (And I'm not even sure of that!) There's a myriad of other factors that play into this: Luck, desire, motivation, etc. Occam's Razor would say he put his mind to something and he got it. And he was lucky too. Lot of people put their minds to things and get nothing. Nothing spiritual or mysterious about it.
@Charlotte74 Yeah, I'm thankful I don't have to judge Policy regularly, but the few times I did, it was terrifying.
2 years, 7 months ago on This is one way you probably DON'T want to speak
Are there any specific guidelines for writing out the proposal?
2 years, 8 months ago on BlogWorld NY 2012 Call for Speakers Announced
Honestly, I don't know how those other people do it, smiling almost 24-7 talking about how they "live the life" and are happy 80% of their waking lives. I doubt they actually are, but that's another thing.
Nobody talks about the dark side of new media. We seem to forget in a world all about SEO, ROI, Recovery rates, analytics, blogs, content curation, etc, that we're human. Sometimes I feel like we're expected to be robots 24-7 crapping out content, interacting with others all the time, doing 110%, all while keeping a smile plastered on our faces. And they wonder why workers are so miserable, when they admit it?
I'd rather not leave my personal story out in public, but let's just say that things happened in 2009 (2008 as well, but mostly 2009) that made me doubt that I'd ever amount to anything. I still have those doubts. I know I should be someplace by now, since I have a fucking Master's Degree for Chirstsakes, but I'm still stuck wondering if I'll ever escape.
I know, I gotta work hard...work hard...work hard...it's just how much harder do I gotta go? I can see why people want to throw in the towel.
Anyway, I'm just ranting. Thanks for bringing this topic up, Allison. Honestly, if we all stopped pretending to be a bunch of perfect pansies and really opened up to people, the social world would be a much better place.
2 years, 8 months ago on A Post on Suicide: If you Read No Others, Read This One
Just wanted to say again it was good to actually meet Y'all. :) Here's hoping more people realize it would be better to use you guys than just constantly type in email/name/URL all the damn time.
2 years, 8 months ago on My #BWELA Recap – Third Blog World is a charm!
@blogworld Well, I wasn't meaning Allison wasn't passionate about zombies, I was just reminiscing about P VS Z, lol. But yes, when the trend goes down, Alli will look awesome for sticking to her guns. :)
2 years, 8 months ago on Why I Don't *Really* Blog About Zombies: How to Pick a Great Niche
Well, if it were 2006, your site would probably be "Blog Ninjas" or "Blog Pirates," lol.
I'm kicking myself for missing this keynote. There's a strong part of me that has a kick for data, and I'd love to see that data in its raw form...it'll probably be pretty fucking daunting, lol.
2 years, 8 months ago on Technorati's State of the Blogosphere 2011
@allison_boyer You should have said something to me! I would have rushed to hand-deliver you a double-double!
2 years, 8 months ago on #blogchat LIVE at BlogWorldExpo: The Greatest Tweets & Quotes
@larakulpa Definitely! Let's keep in touch.
@MackCollier Of course! I hope to attend the next one in the area!
To say that Android is a ripoff of iOS is to to say that Chess is a ripoff of Checkers. They are very clearly two different operating systems with two different methods of creation. That they have similar features is only coincidence in the grand scheme of things. Perhaps Palm (HP, really) should sure EVERYONE for ripping off their GUI.
Again, this is like saying the Macintosh OS was ripped from Xerox's ideas....oh..wait....
2 years, 8 months ago on Which Came First - The Android or the iPhone?
Because as many people have pointed out (I think someone said this in the final Keynote at BWE) nobody's competing with anyone. A rising tide carries all boats. We all have our niches and specialties, and we should remember that when networking.
And of course, to anyone who thinks of bloggers as someone that bitches and moans on livejournal...Well, it's not 2002 anymore.
2 years, 8 months ago on A Blogger's Plea: Be Proud of Us
I do plan on pulling a Seth Godin and slapping together a free ebook based on previous blogs. I figure it makes me a "published author" and gives people something to read on their Kindle or whatever.
Free products usually play the role of the hook: You lure people in with the free whatever, then try to get them to buy the good stuff. That free ebook they just downloaded? You can have an even MORE in-depth version of the book with more strategies/info for extra money.
I guess in a way that means you're giving away trial versions of your content, and not free versions...but it still does the same thing.
2 years, 8 months ago on Why I Don't Give Away a Free Ebook
I think what you've just stated is one of the few POSSIBLE good reasons for AutoDMs. I'd still think it was annoying though. I think what we need is to figure out how much of our Internet lives we need to automate...and also realize that NOBODY should expect anyone to be Tweeting/blogging/facebooking/muckingonline 24-7. We do have work...and sleep and stuff...
2 years, 9 months ago on Automation doesn't have to be a Four-Letter Word
@profkrg I agree. But you have an actual reason for linking content from the major players; your students can learn from the forefront of the industry. However, what I was aiming for was telling people to focus beyond the big names. Look for the rising stars or the niche expert, or someone that a friend on your networks is following. It lets them know someone cares.
2 years, 9 months ago on Six Tips on effective sharing on social networks
Has the deal sold out yet?
2 years, 9 months ago on No B.S. Social Media Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway
And sometimes, they get your name wrong because you have the most confusing name in the universe....Mine's not that, but it's up there. I've had Dabbaggan, Dabagn, Dabington, Dabageun, etc. Best part? I found out according to my father that the person with the most epic screwup of my name is MYSELF...at least in pronounciation.
I used to care as a kid, but as more and more people started screwing it up, I just gave up.
So yeah, when people misspell/mispronounce my name, I don't say anything unless either I know the relationship is going to go further or it's someone I trust. It's not worth it, and in the 26-going-on-27 years of my existence, I've gotten used to it. Most of my fellow Armenians have as well.
2 years, 9 months ago on The Blogger Name Game
Ok, seriously, you just got even more points with me for mentioning GUTS.
Anyway, when I was in Journalism 101, one of the things we learned about is Libel, and it's something I think every blogger needs to know about. Hell, this is one of the reasons why I think every blogger should have a copy of the AP Stylebook with them; it has an entire section dedicated to media law and libel.
On the other hand, you gotta be prepared for the idiots of the Internets. Some people are just in it for the grief, others for the trolling.
And then there's that special kind of blogger that wants to piss everyone off. If you're that kind of blogger, ESPECIALLY if you plan on deliberatly publishing an article you know will incite all sorts of Hell, BACK YOUR SHIT UP, else the law WILL come down on your ass.
2 years, 9 months ago on Zombies Don't Pay Parking Tickets
@everett.lazell I completely agree. BN just recently announced a price reuction to $99...for a REGULAR Nook...USED. It's either looking like they don't think Amazon presents a threat, or they just don't care. Which sucks because it looks like Amazon will beat them, and when Cyanogen or whoever is able to root the thing, that'll FURTHER make the Nook look like crap.
2 years, 9 months ago on Nook in the Fire: Amazon’s Kindle Fire VS The Nook Color
My argumentation teacher refered to his tests as "knowledge festivals." :)
Anyway, That's something I learned as well a long time ago. Sometimes the best thing you can do is walk away, especially if they're vehement about whatever it is they're talking about. You're not going to change their minds, and some people just want to bitch.
2 years, 9 months ago on The Ultimate Social Media Lesson
Totally agree. Sometimes it's best to just apologize instead of being a douche. It's a perfect reminder that the toes you step on today might be connect to the ass you'll be kissing tomorrow.
2 years, 9 months ago on If There's Mud On Your Face, Stop Smearing It Around Like the Village Idiot
9. If you care about Klout....Actually, I noticed a steady decline the more I participated in Twitter chats. I guess it depends on how much people choose to respond to you.
2 years, 9 months ago on 12 Most Twitterific Reasons to Participate in Tweet Chats
I did Speech and Debate for 4 years, and coached it for another two, and I can totally tell you that #6 is spot on, Mack. If you have this problem, my suggestion is to get a Twizzler, stick of beef jerky, or any sterile pole, stick it in your mouth such that both ends are sticking out, and give your presentation.
And for the love of the presentation gods....YOUR POWERPOINT IS NOT YOUR PRESENTATION. You need to design it such that in the event of failure, you don't need it as bad to deliver your presentation.
I'll readily help anyone who wants it at BWEChat, btw. I'm trying to break into public speaking consulting, so I can help coach/deliver your speech.
2 years, 9 months ago on How to ace your first presentation at a Social Media conference
I think that another problem we have in linking is that so many people now include "Nofollow" in their tags so that their influence doesn't help the other site. This really sucks, because blogging is like science: You stand atop the shoulders of others.
2 years, 9 months ago on Sometimes, I Miss My Blogroll
I like the idea. It seems to be very comprehensive, but my hope is that it provides a way for a layperson to learn the basics of SM without getting into the technicalities like conversion rates, metrics and the like. But yes, one of the things we need to understand is that Social media by itself isn't going to help anyone. It's using it as a marketing tool that does.
2 years, 10 months ago on Cut Through the BS on Social Media (Book Review)
Whoa...Easter Eggs ARE NOT CHEATS. A cheat is something that gives an advantage to a player. All an easter egg is is some little funny thing the developers left behind.
2 years, 10 months ago on Are Video Game Cheats Lazy Or Smart?
What is the most important lessons that you’ve learned from social media?
The most important thing I've learned that your audience is the reason for your existence. If there is no audience, there's no social. Care for your audience above all else.
Also, that there is no such thing as a Social Media Expert...or ninja...or rockstar...or titan. We are both professors and students of Social Media 101.
2 years, 10 months ago on Likeable Social Media book review by @DaveKerpen
@AdamBritten@tamcdonald Done and done. :) Thanks for the suggestion!
2 years, 10 months ago on Twitter Chat Resource: Seven Social Media-Centered Twitter Chats
@MackCollier Well, considering that I LIVE in Los Angeles, I figured I'd better show up. I guess I'm something of a #blogchat Brand Advocate. :)
2 years, 10 months ago on #Blogchat will be LIVE at Blog World Expo in Los Angeles!
Very glad that I'll finally be able to meet you in person. :) See you there!
I think the best use of list posts is for long-time traffic. Granted you may not get many followers, but your information will be stored on Google, and anyone searching for what you post will find it.
That being said, list articles really don't let you bring out your voice. Hence, it's best to alternate them with how-tos and editorials on other things as well.
2 years, 10 months ago on 3.5 Reasons Why I Am Sick of List Posts
The follower/following ratio argument is confusing as hell. Some people follow everyone who follows them, and produce excellent content for their followers, even replying to their stuff. And I've seen people who try to regulate the amount of people they follow and still garner good respect in the field.
Honestly, I don't know what's better.
2 years, 11 months ago on How to Spot a Social Media Faker on Twitter in Ten Seconds
@MarthaGiffen I was going to add #blogchat to this, but I think that would be better suited for something I have planned for another article...:)
2 years, 11 months ago on Twitter Chat Resource: Seven Social Media-Centered Twitter Chats
@Ruth - MarketingWise WP has a blog export system you can use...just export from WP.com then import it into your hosted blog.
More info: http://en.support.wordpress.com/export/
2 years, 11 months ago on Where Should My WordPress Blog Park Its Butt?
Weird....I just covered this today on my own blog. Believe it or not, there's so many myths about self-hosted WP blogs, ranging from installation (Which you discuss) to management/getting help. Ultimately, if you want to have any sort of rep from blogging, you gotta go self-hosted.
My entry if you're interested: http://jtdabbagian.com/2011/08/myths-and-realities-managing-self-hosted-wordpress-blog/
@patricksplace Indeed. I stick to only a few areas because I want to establish myself as a Social Media/Content Consultant. People who blog for the sake of blogging, however, aren't restricted by that, since they're not looking to be experts. It's kind of like the Livejournals of days of yore...only less emo.
2 years, 11 months ago on I Survived the Blog Critique!
Good to know you got a lot of useful knowledge! Keep it up, and keep blogging!
I gotta disagree on the Times New Roman/Courier thing. Unless you're using PDFs for your resume's, it's not guaranteed that a prospective employer will have the same "creative font" that you are employing. When they don't, it either defaults to TNR, or worse, becomes some other random font.
For the record, I'm 26 years old.
2 years, 11 months ago on 12 Most Obvious Signs You Are Old and Unemployed
I humbly submit my portfolio blog for consideration: http://jtdabbagian.com
I use my blog as a resume, kind of. I want it to not only demonstrate my portfolio and my abilities, but also be able to sell my services. Things like pricing, FAQ, proper wording to increase potential sales, etc. So things like navigation, clarity and the site map are of utmost importance to me.
Things in particular I could use advice on, in order of personal importance:
1. How can I improve my bio? (Found here: http://jtdabbagian.com/about-me/)
2. How do I explain my services (Blogging and Social Media)
3. How to make it easier/more likely for clients to contact me?
4. A primer on categories (This has ALWAYS given me a headache...I end up having more than I probably should.)
5. Anything else I can do to increase readership/hits
6. Is the blog overall readable?
Blog stats at a glance:
Blog name: J.T Dabbagian (Should I do something for the brand?)
Target: Prospective clients and employers
Typical blog entries: Tips/Howtos with some Op/Ed
Posting frequency: 2-3 posts per week
Social Media used: Facebook/LinkedIn and Twitter posting
Thanks for looking!
3 years, 1 month ago on Get your blog reviewed during #Blogchat - June