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Great list. A few more I'd recommend:-Evernote Web Clipper - great tool for bookmarking, saving articles, ideas, phrases, quotes, and anything else you come across online-Clearly - Evernote also made this extension that is great for reading blog posts. It removes all the ads and just gives you the clean text for quick reading and scanning. Plus you can highlight things and get it all up in Evernote.
-Awesome Screenshot - for screen caps and annotations
-Tab Organizer - for those like me who have a million tabs open and want to get an idea of what's where and group them a little better by window
-Pocket - for avid readers - great especially if you have the app on your phone/tablet
-Session Buddy - again great for those with many tabs open. It allows you to save all your tabs. It's really great for mass bookmarking
Hope this list helps for part 2 :)
4 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Most Super Handy Chrome Extensions
@TimNichols Thanks for those those suggestions, esp After the Deadline. Checked it out and put it on. Huge fan of LastPass and Evernote Clipper. Make life so much easier
Yeah, I still don't understand why people think it works. I imagine they're thinking Mark Zuckerberg shakes his fist angrily and yells "we lost another one!" every time pastes that status.
However there is a serious threat from Facebook that I too have copied and pasted, you guys are free to use it:
"If you don't know, as of today, Facebook will automatically start plunging the Earth into the Sun. To change this option, go to Settings --> Planetary Settings --> Trajectory then UN-CLICK the box that says 'Apocalypse.' Facebook kept this one quiet. Copy and paste onto your status for all to see. We must all work together to save the world."
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Post This, or Facebook Will Own Your Soul…and Your Kids…and Your House…
@KDillabough Love this comment! Understanding the big picture is essential. I love comparing social media to telephones because I know there were definitely businesses that were reluctant about installing telephone lines in their businesses because they didn't see the ROI. Ultimately, I think the businesses that succeed are the ones that themselves WANT to talk to the customer. The mom and pop shops that tend to stick around are the ones where the owners are very friendly and want to spark up a conversation. Same thing in today's world, it's the business that genuinely want to get in touch with other people, particularly those people that are interested in their products. Like you said, it's always the recognition of the person.
7 months, 1 week ago on The Fourth Wave of Social Media
Excellent insight. We are entering the 4th wave because many businesses are realizing that social media is larger than having and tracking a great Facebook Page. However, we're still some way off from being in the fourth wave. Many businesses may realize this insight, but not many are implementing it. They're still thinking in terms of "campaigns" - to truly be in the 4th wave I think it's important for the business to realize that it's a continuous process. I believe the 4th wave is the most essential because that's when social media becomes embedded in the business' consciousness - this will serve as an integral philosophical business foundation for waves 5 and on.
Great list. I've used all the tips except Triberr. That's something that I want to use soon because it has been praised by many bloggers. Tips #9 and #10 are definitely the best - tools and platforms come and go, but nothing can replace being social, fun, and engaging!
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Smart Ways to Boost Your Social Media Efforts
Thanks for sharing these! It's important to maintain an intellectual diversity online. I am a big big fan of Cracked. I think it's one of the best things out there. So much daily fresh and relevant content, well-researched (for the most part), and offer a great perspective and information.
Five more things I'd like to add/recommend:The Oatmeal, The Onion, abduzeedo
xkcd and white ninja (webcomics)
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Five Non-Social Media, Non-Marketing Blogs You Should Read
With Google using social actions to help it index data, do we inadvertently become real-life human Google bots? As far as Google making social media management free, that definitely is a great way for Google to gain a strong foothold over other social networks - especially with added features and integrated with Google analytics. If they offer a free platform on Google Plus, many businesses will be drawn to the network. In turn, over time they will begin offering customers incentives to engage on G+, which works greatly in Google's favor. Interesting to see what happens next.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on 4 Reasons Google Bought Wildfire
@wordwhacker Great point. There has to be a balance between automatic follow backs and following back to facilitate conversation. Even though, I don't have many followers, I still look through a person's profile before I follow back. If their latest Tweets are 20 links - half of them from Mashable, then chances are, they're not adding much of anything new, or original to my network. I look for people who insert their opinions and add their views, because those are the people I want to follow and engage with.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Most Offensive Habits on Social Media
This is a great refresher. Even though I've been using social media for a while, it's good to look back on a guide. I've been starting with G+ myself and the best thing that worked for me was to comment. The community is very engaging and by putting yourself out there, you can find opportunity to meaningfully connect.
Most important tip you shared here was Having Fun. If you don't have fun doing it, it's unlikely you'll be doing it for very long without getting bored. No one likes engaging with people who are bored. Have fun and enjoy people's jokes, new ideas, and silliness!
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Powerful Tips to Succeed in Social Media
Great article. Refreshing take as well. Many people get caught in the "hype" of social media and treat it like the only activity that's worthwhile. You make a great point about that it shouldn't be an either/or question; all the time a CEO, or another C-level exec, is faced with a decision about how to proceed. They weigh out the costs and benefits. I'm sure the CEOs realize that to be effective on social media, they must spend a few weeks getting working with it before they can realize how to even begin to use it for their business. For example, Twitter has its own mores, terms, and expectations that take time to learn. A CEO may realize that it's not cost-effective to use it personally and may have others do it. It doesn't mean they shun social media; they simply realize the value of their time.
As long as the CEO espouses and promotes the values in which social media thrives - transparency, openness, responsiveness, listening - then their inactivity with social media is by no means a terrible disadvantage.
11 months ago on Fortune 500 Executives Aren’t Using Social Media and That’s OK
Wow this is amazing. I never realized this as a strategy - but I can definitely see how it can help connect the people with the cause. Not only do people know exactly where their contributions are going, they also feel responsible for helping. Maybe nonprofits can document the goods being given to those in need and highlight the people who helped contributed. For example, if someone ordered a large batch of canned soup for a shelter, the org can take pictures that day distributing the food. Then they caption the pictures saying "Thank you ____ for your contributions." So many great ideas, just takes a little bit of creative thinking. Thanks for this article!
11 months, 1 week ago on How Amazon Can Help Your Non-Profit Gain Donors
Great post. The customer-business relationship is exactly a relationship, and like you said, the things that destroys other relationships is what will make a business one. Now I totally agree that selfishness is the root of the failures of relationships; but with businesses, I think the problem is simpler that. I think the reason many customer relationships fail is because many businesses don't even realize that they're in a relationship with the customer. Many businesses are so focused on profit that they merely see customers as a course of revenue. Businesses can help prevent losing customer by simply recognizing that their customers are in a relationship with them, and are not there to merely supply them with money. Once businesses start to realize this, selfishness will decrease - but that too takes work.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on What Kills a Customer Relationship?
I think many businesses understand the value of simplicity. Ironically, however, simple is simpler said than done. To achieve the simplicity that IKEA has, they needed to understand the core of their business. For example, on the surface, Amazon doesn't seem simple because they sell so many different things. Yet they understand their offering and they understand their customers, so their website is incredibly simple to shop from. Simplicity is the result of understanding the business and customers. Many companies pursue simplicity without realizing that other understanding is vital before achieving the coveted simplicity.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on The Psychology of Being Memorable
Great post. I definitely agree that either of those two mindsets lead to failure. Yet beyond that, even understanding that both aren't true isn't enough. Social media is a tool that gives us the ability to communicate in a novel and meaningful way (that professor's ears must be burning now). I spoke with a friend regarding social media recently and compared social media to having a mouth - a mouth that you can now use digitally. It's not even about using it right - because there's no RIGHT way. It all depends on the person using the mouth and what the goals are and the identity of the person is. Like you said, tweeting for multiple clients isn't being social; strategy, branding, and proper integration are all key.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Social Media’s Perception Problem(s): Everything and Nothing
@ShakirahDawud Thank you for replying and appreciating my comment :) I don't think that this question ever had a clear answer, nor will it ever. We must let our personality bleed into our business life as much as our professionalism bleeds into our personal one. I know myself, as a reader, appreciate deep thoughts and personal anecdotes. I like to engage critically and personally, and I expect a blogger to do the same once in a while.I think it may depend on your overall goal of blogging. If it is to give professional advice, you must ask yourself, as blogger, how much does your professional advice stem from personal experience. Would the reader benefit from that added context? Is it relevant? As with all things, moderation is essential.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Can You Ever Be Big Enough To Blog About Anything You Want?
Well if we approach blogging as an extension of human conversation, then the answer becomes a little clearer. Obviously we blog to help others, to offer our advice, and sometimes to even relate. Relating is key - whether relating to our audience or to our own lives. Blogging by itself gives you the opportunity to express yourself and present a whole idea. Blogging can even give you personal insight into your own life. If your directions change because you begin being honest with yourself - then so be it. Ultimately, you're not blogging for the adoration of others, you're blogging because it is your passion, your drive. Let the drive be honest and let your passion live I say. Bloggers - people in general - are complex, multi-dimensional beings. Shutting down many of those characteristics make us less genuine. The audience will have a harder time trusting the advice of someone they view as inauthentic. So from a blogging perspective it also makes sense to change direction.
It's my two cents, I could be wrong though since I'm by no means an active blogger so I may not be able to understand.