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@Robzie I'm with you on the newsfeed -- even though I use lists, like @NickWestergaard said, I feel like it's one of Twitter's unique attributes. Personally, I get leery of changes to the platform to make it more applicable to the mainstream when the tradeoff is upsetting your most dedicated users. I realize I'm now contradicting my post a bit (as I said the newsfeed changes wouldn't affect us), but even if they don't in practice (because of lists) they do in principal. Hum...more food for thought.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on 3 New Twitter Features You Need to Know About
Sounds like a potential blog post. ;-)
1 year, 9 months ago on How a Virtual Office Allows You to Stop and Smell the Roses
I've read a lot recently that supports the notion that this work environment is the one that will allow companies to attract the best talent. Not gonna lie...I sure do miss the roses from time to time.
@KenMueller Thanks, Ken. And, if ou haven't seen the documentary, I highly recommend it!
2 years, 3 months ago on Programmed Content Kills Community
@JoeCardillo Yeah, ok...you got me on "content curation." Guilty as charged.
Absolutely! Content should inspire action - thought, discussion, etc. This is the essence of building community (hope that's not a bad buzzword ;-) Perhaps a distinction here is "auto-curation" vs. "human planing" (trying to avoid curation, there.) As one who reads post by post when doing any sort of analysis (especially sentiment) I know that we've yet to find any bot that can do that. This is the SOCIAL web. Humans are social. Robots are not.
P.S. Any day that I can inspire a rant is a good one indeed. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and continuing the conversation.
@StaceyHood You caused trouble? GASP. Community managers, content creators, DJs, whatever/whomever/whichever need to have flexibility to deviate from a scrip if they want to keep the audience engaged. Keep on varying, friend.
@Nick Don't forget about the baby named, Hashtag! And, my apologies. I absolutely see where this is a sensationalized title that could lead readers to believe there is actual bloodshed going on.
@ginidietrich I have a love/hate relationship with editorial calendars. I get their purpose (and, in large orgs, even their need) but as @LaurenVargas said, they need to be used as part of a foundational framework that supports their flexibility, as well as engagement, context, etc. Thanks for letting me share my two cents over here on your fine piece of real estate. Always a pleasure. :-)
@ExtremelyAvg @amysbryant Thank you both for your insight. I agree - talk radio programing another example of programming done right, for a specific audience. Yes - quality talent, time, and hard work = success. That's a formula that's not going to change.
@Jessica Hume Ha! Many thanks for the catch and we've got it fixed, now!
@Sean McGinnis This, quite simply, is my favorite comment in the history of ever. You win.
@LaurenVargas You are exactly right. (And, my go-to, community management expert I admire most, I might add. :-) Content calendars are essential. It's the framework on which they are built that will shape their ultimate success. Great point on moderation and context, too. Biggies that are oft overlooked. Many thanks for stopping by to share your insight.
I always say if you're going to auto post, don't do so more than 24 hours in advance, and know where and how to cancel if need be. National news trumps all, and yes, pimping your post after tragedy is in poor taste. I agree. It does have its place, but relying on it too much, or before you've put in time in the trenches to build your community authentically, is not a recipe for success.
Hi Arik! - thanks for the shout. Great folks on this list and I wish everyone the best. As for me? I'm currently in a contract role at Allianz Life as their social media specialist helping to lead their corporate social strategy. Huge change and lots of exciting challenges ahead, I'm sure.
2 years, 3 months ago on 18 big social media career moves in Minnesota in 2012
Yeah, I'm in! Fun.
2 years, 4 months ago on My latest crazy idea – and how you can help
A wonderful event. So honored to be a part of it!
2 years, 6 months ago on Social Brand Forum Recap
@allenmireles I have to give the "social cyborg" credit to @jenkaneco - in real life, she's made up of a lot of metal, and she's a bit more of a sci fi nerd than I am. Thanks for the shout-out. I too, would love for our panel to make it. :-)
2 years, 7 months ago on Is PR Ready for the Social Cyborg?
Very thoughtful post! A few years ago, I was much more a purist, I'll admit. But to your point - we need to adapt to the tools at our disposal and use them AS APPROPRIATE. It's crucial to remember that PR via social media is not about the tool. These are communications channels and should be treated as such, per your business strategy. Having said that, though, in order for this to truly be scalable for the long term, some essence of "cyborgness" is inevitable.
Good reminders here, Frank. Something I know I need to work on. I think we're all just consuming so much more and it's easier (faster) to share or like than take the time to comment. But...that's really where the value is. I've noticed, too, that sometimes, because of sharing, the comments actually occur elsewhere. For instance, I might share a post on G+ and it sparks a conversation in the comments there, rather than on the blog post itself.
2 years, 10 months ago on Why you should comment on blogs
@ginidietrich Yep. We had a similar situation here and @JenKaneCo called authorities and they couldn't get past the "But we can't SEE the person's Facebook...how can YOU see it...how do you know about this if you aren't friends with the person on Facebook..." Um...you're running out of time to help this person...do you want social media training or do you want to help? (Incidentally, I've got plans for a post on this one. :-)
2 years, 11 months ago on Social Media and Its Effect On Suicide
Not an easy topic...have explored it a bit in my own posts...but an important one, nonetheless. Our world, and the way in which we communicate our thoughts/feelings, is changing drastically. While it's great that we're becoming more aware of ways to help, mental health and law enforcement need to understand and adapt to the challenges (and opportunities) posed by interactions via social media.
@Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing@3HatsComm@soulati I heard booze...I'll drink to that. :-) Thanks, ladies.
3 years, 3 months ago on Top 10 Guest Blog Posts of 2011
Thanks, @ginidietrich and @Lisa Gerber for letting me ruffle some feathers. I've enjoyed writing over here and am certainly in some mighty fine company.
I'm right with @Marcus_Sheridan on this one. The thing that struck me most about your post was the fanboy syndrome (love the "shit goggles" analogy.) Idolizing a putting a mere human on a pedestal gets dangerous in a lot of ways, but forgetting that they are human and losing the ability to reason for yourself? Scary. When your 'hero" makes a mistake, what's there to "like" about that? Especially at the expense of others? Sad.
3 years, 7 months ago on Lessons From An Asshole
This. Is. Funny. :-)
3 years, 7 months ago on 5 Reasons I Should Get More Blog Comments than Gini Dietrich
Best wishes to you, Beth. I know this wasn't a decision you took lightly. And, I echo @keithprivette - Thank You so much for starting your blog when you did and being so generous with your time and knowledge. Wouldn't have met you if you hadn't, and I am so glad that I did.
3 years, 8 months ago on Goodbye Blog… Hello World!
@ginidietrich Something tells me no one bullies Gini into doing anything. :-) Like @JenKaneCo said - we've been talking a lot about it. Unplugging and prioritizing is important. Sunday will be interesting!
3 years, 9 months ago on Managing Social Media Fatigue
@DeafMom Oh, I don't think it'll go away, either. This style of communication is probably here to stay. To use your party analogy, it's like small dorm-room parties have become big soirees with tons of food and a corporate sponsor here and there. Fun to be had, but different.
3 years, 10 months ago on Three Reasons Twitter Is Beginning to Suck
@scottishwildcat Interesting tactic...sort of an "audition." I might have to experiment with that. Thanks for sharing!
@margieclayman Point taken. And, you're right...I could have said the exact same three things with a different twist and title, but I chose a title that paid homage to the tittle of this blog. Also...I wonder, with a more positive twist, would as many people have reacted and discussed? Interesting thoughts. Appreciate your 2¢.
@prlab Agree. Although, I do think it's hard not to reciprocate a follow to someone who seems genuinely interesting or who works in my industry.
@Sherree_W Thank you. And yes...lack of civility, anywhere, is unfortunate. Fortunately, there are those who still make me feel good about humanity. :-)
@KelleeMagee First, THANK YOU for being the only one to realize that yes, my choice of the word "sucks" was hyperbole and hat tip to the title of this blog.
I appreciate all of your thoughts. And, actually, in my opinion, it's some of the "freshman" (as you say) that make Twitter worth sticking around for. I could have gone on about more of these things, but the post would have been too long. Alas, maybe a follow-up some day.
@allenmireles Yup - even with the negatives, there are sill good things happening on Twitter. And, I agree with you on Facebook. Never thought I'd say that, if you'd have asked me just six months ago!
@digitalvision Great perspective. Thanks for sharing this, and the video.
@LucretiaPruitt Thanks for bringing a fresh perspective. And yes, there's definitely some irony at work, here. :-)
@MNHeadhunter Hey, ramble away, my friend. I use lists, too, but sometimes wonder if I'm getting to narrow and missing the point? I guess, the answer to that could be that I had the wrong point to begin with, or, that my point needs to change with the landscape. And, yes, to each industry will be their individual growing speeds, pains, and success stories. Happy that you're finding such great value.
@Rick_Now Thanks, Rick. I certainly have reasons why I think it's a good tool. Many which might take time to percolate as I watch these larger changes take shape.
@BethHarte @primesuspect @RyanMM Now that just sounds delightful. What can I say...i'm nostalgic like that.
@BethHarte Absolutely. @JenKaneCo always tell our clients that taking the conversation online is making a commitment to their customers/stakeholders/prospects/employees and that in doing so, the intel they gather needs to in-turn shape the business. If they aren't ready for that, then they've got work to do, first.
@alimarno Yeah...I do think that users morphed it into something it was never meant to be. And then, like me, are getting disappointed when it can't keep up.
@RyanMM I find value in your hypothesis, Ryan. I joined Twitter in 2008 (and, I know others here joined way before that) and you're right - at the time, it was more of a community unto itself and yes, I did solidify relationships in the space. I credit Twitter with business contacts, friendships, business deals, learning opportunities and more. It's just a lot different now, and takes more effort to find the gems. But, I haven't given up.
@John Fitzgerald Interesting. I'm actually finding quite the opposite, but, probably very unique to each of our networks. And yes - it's all about the network we create.
@RyanMM You're right - each of our experiences is unique to the network we've built. It makes me happy to hear you are finding it to be as good or better each day. Gives me hope!
@Ari Herzog You're right. That's always an option.
@ginidietrich @wabbitoid @BethHarte Absolutely. I never said I didn't like Twitter. In fact, I absolutely love the connections I've made, which is why the inevitable change is disheartening. But, I'll change with it because I'm not going anywhere. (Oh, and I did know that @JenKaneCo we go way back. Even lost our Twitter virginity together. :-)
@JenKaneCo @wabbitoid I'd have to agree. And, adore @BethHarte for the same reasons. It's a community that started within social media and hasn't let me down.
@BethHarte Thanks, Beth. You're right - OUR communities are evolving, and maybe Twitter isn't the space for them to thrive. Ebb and flow, I guess. I'd love to see a new level of conversation, but you're right...people are tired. (Myself included,some days.) Like @ginidietrich said, this takes work. All relationships do.
@primesuspect Gateway is interesting. Probably one of the shifts I'm going to have to get used to.
@ginidietrich Absolutely, Gini. Glad you've seen similar things in the space. Thanks for allowing me the chance to talk about it here - you've got a fantastic community.