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I think that parts of the internet can be genuinely scary because of that negativity. But anyway, i wanted to share something that I came across in an assigned reading this week. This is from a Usenet post in 1991:
"FIRST AND FOREMOST remember that the net is populated by PEOPLE not computers. What you say CAN hurt. It is very difficult to judge someone's feelings when you can't see their face, so you have to be extra careful about EVERYTHING you post."
"Interpreting Soap Operas and Creating Community: Inside a Computer-Mediated Fan Culture" by Nancy K. Baym, 1993.
Apparently things haven't changed much in 20 years.
3 days, 18 hours ago on Truth, Lies, and Facebook Memes
Great to see the results of your experiment! It might be interesting to measure whether an increase in Klout has any bearing on online product sales (as opposed to gaining clients.)
3 months, 1 week ago on Influence Scoring: All Klout(ed) Up and Nowhere to Go
@ginidietrich @lauraclick Looking forward to seeing what the experiment brings! I'm trying to increase the different types of online media I pay attention to, myself. I only really read blog posts, and that's a bit of a problem for a content specialist...
5 months, 1 week ago on Startup PR: Tips for Getting Started
Great tips for startups - and a lot to learn by other companies, too. I know a few people who will find this article helpful!
I've hesitated to comment on both this post and your PR Firm of the Future post earlier this month. The first time, it was because the "hybrid PR professional" of the future is what I'm building myself towards—because integrating online and offline, marketing and communications seems like the only measurable, effective way to go forward.
This time it's because your first two paragraphs sound a lot like me. I'm in a position right now where it seems like striking out on my own might be my best option (as it's been my "five-year goal" for what seems like a long time now). Still, it's probably not a good idea for me to say (out loud) that I have problems with authority.
And I need to find my clients before I can make the mistake of setting the retainer too low. ;)
5 months, 1 week ago on Starting a Public Relations Firm: The Business Side of Things
@belllindsayLindsay, are you using a different way to clarify who your audience
is? I think that sometimes the language and context of a specific
technique can give you the willies, but the ideas behind the technique
can work for you in a different form.
My tone might be light and
conversational on one Twitter account that I run, and more businesslike
on another. One way to get around the sociology experiment would be to
say: "Account A: fun, Account B: business."
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Content Marketing Strategy: What Does Relevance Really Mean?
One desk-turned whiteboard, coming up!
@ginidietrich @photo chris @JoeCardillo
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Seven Tools for Writing Blog Posts
I'll put up a photo for you guys tomorrow!
I have a glass desk that I painted the underside of white. It serves the same function, though I have to keep my desk clean to use it!
@JayDolan @giesencreative @ginidietrich And delete frequently.
@ginidietrich @JayDolan It's a tricky genre!
I write directly in WordPress as well, although I have to admit that I've lost a few minutes of typing here and there. It happens occasionally due to computer malfunction.
I hear you on the pen and paper. I use a weird mix of Evernote, Twitter favourites, notebooks and whiteboard notes to get my thoughts straight.
The wonders of etymology and Spin Sucks comments! Nice to e-meet you!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Vote for the Spin Sucks Subtitle
I like the concept of asking "A or B" questions on Facebook, because I think you're right: open-ended questions don't get much engagement. I wonder if it's the same with Twitter—it's always easier to answer A/B questions, no matter what platform you're on.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Nine Reasons Fans Don’t “Like” Your Status Updates
@RobBiesenbach I second the "death of the Spin Doctor" in some form, although I do think #1 has a nice ring to it. I voted for #2, though!
@yearwood It does seem inevitable. In another world, you'd think that people who think along the same lines could be friends, but intellectual property can be a tough subject. It sounds like it may have been an honest misunderstanding.
Kudos to the Spin Sucks team for handling it so well.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on A Blogging Community: Why it’s Important to Have One
It looks like the original study is available online temporarily, if anyone wants to take a look. To clarify, the bullying comments are more polarizing than convincing. If you support the topic and see rude comments, you'll be less concerned by the risks. If you're against the topic and see rude comments, you'll be more concerned by the risks. Explains political debates pretty well...
8 months ago on How Online Bullying Affects Your Brain
I like the idea of regular collaboration sessions. Come to think of it, I think our weekly team meetings are a lot more productive when we're generating ideas rather than just updating each other on what we're working on.
8 months ago on Collaborate: Five Heads are Better than One
That's a really good point about access to data and other people in the organization. I imagine that's a roadblock for quite a few companies.
8 months, 1 week ago on Seven Reasons You’re Not Ready to Hire a PR Firm
@ginidietrich I think getting nominated by someone else who posts here would be building on the community aspect—even if you don't get a #FollowFriday post, you've got to be doing something right!
8 months, 1 week ago on How Our #FollowFriday Recommendations Work