Erik Qualman and Social Media

June 10, 2010  |  Videos

All of us who are Baby Boomers remember the lyrics to the old Beatles song… “You say you want a revolution…”  Well, we’ve got one on our hands here in 2010… a social media revolution.

And Erik Qualman ought to know.  He’s the author of the book “Socialnomics”, and he’s considered a social media guru in the world today.  Qualman has produced a string of great videos to introduce us all to the basics.  i.e. Why is social media such a driving force in the world today?  Why is it NOT going away?  Why should I learn to embrace it?

So click on the link below, take a look, and let me know what you think.  I want your REACTION to all of these astounding facts and figures.  And trust me, they ARE astounding.  ;-)    By the way… While you’re at it… Crank up the Beatles, would you?

Social Media Revolution 2

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Top 5 Tips for Shooting a Great “How To” Video!

June 9, 2010  |  Videos

With all this talk of Social Media, we haven’t talked enough about one of the biggest information sharing sites in the world today:  YouTube.  And one of the things its best known for is “how to” videos.  Trying to figure out how to do something?  Chances are someone has posted a short, simple, often hugely entertaining video on YouTube… yours free for the asking.  Now the popular website “Mashable” has come out with its top 5 tips for shooting a great “how to” video.  Ready to rumble?  Follow me… (More…)

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Steve Jobs has a Bad Day!

Steve Jobs has a Bad Day!

June 8, 2010  |  iPhone

This, from the “Whew, I’m glad it’s not just me!” department.  Yesterday, Apple head honcho Steve Jobs was in San Francisco, trying to show off the newest iPhone.  “Trying” is the operative word.  Try as he might, he couldn’t convince it to display web pages for a comparison demo with the previous version of the iPhone because too many computers were clogging the wireless network.

“Well, jeez, I don’t like this,” he complained to the crowd.  Jobs tried one, two, three times … And we all know that it’s three times you’re out ;-)

Check out the video link below, kids…Suddenly, I don’t feel so bad about my high tech issues.  You?

Steve Jobs has a Bad Day

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Kidnappers on Facebook – You can run, but you can’t hide

June 7, 2010  |  Facebook

Lots of Baby Boomers don’t see the point of social media.  “Why should I care?” is the question they love to ask.   However, it seems that law enforcement is now caring in a big way.  Last week came word that more and more divorce attorneys are using Facebook to find the evidence they need to go after cheating spouses.  This week, a story from California about a mother who used Facebook to find her long-ago kidnapped children.  Imagine this woman’s surprise when she did a search on one of her children’s names on FB, and actually got a reply! (More…)

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Opting Out? I’d rather Opt In!!!

June 4, 2010  |  Facebook

Another news conference by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week.  And more indications that instead of making FB security settings simple and user friendly, the company continues to defend the “opt out” route.  What does that mean for you as a consumer?  Well pull up a chair and let me tell you, pardner. (More…)

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Facebook and Divorce Court

June 2, 2010  |  Facebook

You probably saw this one coming.  CNN is reporting that more and more divorce lawyers are turning to Facebook in their search for evidence against cheating spouses.  A growing number of attorneys say that social media sites have opened the floodgates to infidelity, making it easier for people to rekindle a romance with an old flame or flirt with a stranger.  Hard to believe, but compromising photographs are apparently not that hard to find, along with wall posts, status updates and tweets incriminating the cheater.

Are you KIDDING ME??? (More…)

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Did you “quit” Facebook???

June 1, 2010  |  Facebook

The final numbers aren’t in yet.  But at first glance, it seems the “Quit Facebook” campaign is … well… a big bust.  Torontonians Joseph Dee and Matthew Milan came up with the idea a couple of weeks ago in response to the privacy concerns plaguing the social networking site.  They dreamed of a world where millions would simply walk away.  One of the funniest comments I saw about this whole thing was a tweet that asked  “Should I quit Facebook?  Decisions, decisions… I think I’ll have to update my Facebook status and see what my friends think.”  The irony here is inescapable.  In the end, it looks like only about 30,000 users actually may have quit.  Why is that cause for concern?  Let’s talk. (More…)

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Social Media and the Toronto Mayoralty Race

May 31, 2010  |  Uncategorized

“May you live in interesting times,” the old Chinese saying goes.  And interesting times, these definitely are.  If you’re paying even a bit of attention to the mayoralty campaign in the city of Toronto, Canada, you’ll know by now that Social Media is playing a big role in the battle for the city’s top job.  Experts claim this is the first truly Canadian political experiment in converting Social Media into votes.  Let me explain… (More…)

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Can We Talk? No, Really…

May 28, 2010  |  Uncategorized

Went to the salon yesterday to get my hair cut.  It was my first time there, and had a great time talking with Ana.  Loved the hair, loved the conversation.  We started talking about social media, how it’s changing the world and people’s attitudes.  And then she said something I’ve been saying for ages now… She said that young people don’t know how to socialize in the real world because they’re too busy texting in the virtual one.  Right on! (More…)

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A Little Help from My Facebook Friends

May 27, 2010  |  Facebook

“I can’t believe the power of social media!”  Those are the words of Jenn Marsh of Thamesville, Ontario, Canada.  Why can’t she believe it?  Because she turned to Facebook for baby name ideas for her sixth child, and within a day and a half had 500 suggestions.  F-i-v-e   H-u-n-d-r-e-d.  “I know people say Facebook is negative and invasive,” the veteran mom adds, “but I used it in a positive and good way.”  Okay gang, let’s put our thinking caps on here… Hop in, and we’ll go for a social media spin around the block… (More…)

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