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@MattNagel - more good points.  Some journalists prefer communication over twitter or Facebook messaging.   When you do your homework and listen, the relationships you have and the relationships you build are part of knowing - or getting to learn the method by which the receiving end prefers.   If carrier pigeon is preferred, so carrier pigeon it is.   Remember, you hare trying to be helpful to journalists / bloggers / analysts.  And some look to PR people as sources for info, trends and what's next.  I regularly help journalists that have nothing to do with my clients.   My relationships go beyond the last pitch or email.  If I see a call out from a journalist asking for sources, I jump in and help - on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, etc.


Oh... some journalists have children.  Some have families.  Some are vegans.  Others love good wine.   They are human and their humanity rises best on their social feeds.  That's where you can learn and tune into what they are thinking and looking for.


You gotta be social in your own right.  It's part of the value chain and value add we bring.  Being social is my R & D Department - uh... oh I mean the listening and engaging department.


You see, I work for the media.  My clients pay me to do this. That's why I am social - first listening and then - yes, heaven forbid - proposing story ideas.   If a client does not get this principle, then they are not a client.


9 months, 3 weeks ago on Living off the social media grid: Why a publicist shouldn’t tweet

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Here is some of an email I sent to a client today... recommending much of what @scobleizer shares on G+ and Facebook.  I personally engage with journalists and bloggers - most of the time having nothing to do with client work.  Outside of "work" I love the entire tech world, the wonderful people I meet, and the smartest people who are changing the world.  


1.  http://www.recommendedusers.com/journalists/  - not all - but the techies and more mainstream media that cover tech.   

2.  Best Tech Journalists to follow on G+.  Your mileage may vary here, but it's a great place to dig into and research - and engage.

3.  And consider following and engaging this list on Facebook.  

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Living off the social media grid: Why a publicist shouldn’t tweet

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I totally disagree with your premise.  Oh.. and by the way, you ignored one REALLY valuable way for PR types like me to use twitter:  research.  Yes, research, listening, discovering and getting a sense of who we should reach out to, how to best to engage and most of all, how to build relationships.  I also advise clients on listening first and social discovery.   Oh, and yes, I am on twitter and the other networks.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Living off the social media grid: Why a publicist shouldn’t tweet

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I met, and interviewed Amanda Fucking Palmer in 2010 at the #140Conf Boston.  Also in the interview, Captain from the Boston Police Department...  here's  the video:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muezLygBIvE

1 year, 6 months ago on Amanda Palmer: social technology soothsayer

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I recently shot this interview with Jon Medved who is mentioned in your terrific article.  

View:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFw6EeohLkY

1 year, 12 months ago on Angels spreading their wings in the Holy Land

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I just spent 3 days at @mexicanvc icanVC - which was acquired by @500s tartups.  Here's a video tour of their facility and some of the startups....  http://www.alanweinkrantz.com/mexico-city-starts-up-video-tour-of-mexicanvc/

2 years ago on 500 Startups’ latest batch of companies is so international we had to map it out

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Great article, but is myopic to the Valley?  Other parts of the startup ecosystem?   Facebook aquihired GoWalla from Austin.  Are there others?  

2 years, 2 months ago on The Acqui-hire Scourge: Whatever Happened to Failure in Silicon Valley?

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If you REALLY care about how "influential" you are, then you are not influential. That aside, what makes someone "influential?"  Maybe you do great work, but want to stay under the radar because you're more humble.  What if you are doing amazing things, in a small town or just a 3 block community in New York City, making an impact and touching people lives for the better, and you aren't a huge personality? 

 

Instead of spending your time worrying about how influential you are, maybe put that energy into volunteer work, or investing five minutes a day in reaching out to someone you know and you tell them how awesome the work they are doing really matters.

 

2 years, 3 months ago on Kred vs. Klout: Is There Room For Two, Or Even One?

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Dell is in transition to being a super integrator with a huge strength in storage...

2 years, 3 months ago on Stick a Fork In It: Dell Is Done

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I think what is really happening is Tony is reinventing a new form of intellectual entertainment.   Come to Vegas, clear your head, allow for magic and serendipity, with a self-selective ecosystem and let great things unfold. 

2 years, 4 months ago on Tony Hsieh’s New Twist on Hacking the Downtown Vegas Tech Ecosystem

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Here's the video interview with Zain - many moons ago... http://youtu.be/7SAUWpZ-g-Y   @

2 years, 5 months ago on Vungle Gives Away Half Their Funding

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I met Zain Jaffer two years ago in London and was very impressed with his smarts and drive.  What's happening now is of now surprise.  Congrats to you guys.  Well done!

2 years, 5 months ago on Vungle Gives Away Half Their Funding

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maybe that is what Phlippe Starke is working on?

2 years, 7 months ago on Screw TVs — Why Isn’t Apple Building A Smartwatch?

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