Some Wins, Some Losses in My Feb 2011 Social Media Predictions

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It’s been over a year since I delivered a keynote at the Digital Marketing Strategies Conference in Napa Valley. We drank a lot of wine and talked a lot of social, but the speech I gave was the first one where I really “put it on the line” and made predictions about the way that social media was heading.

There were some wins. It wasn’t terribly prophetic to announce that Google would be getting hardcore into social media as it had already been mentioned as an important concept for the company by then-incoming CEO Larry Page, but it was before Google+ at the time and I think it made some sense. Other things were losers – Klout wasn’t bought by Google (or hasn’t been yet) as I predicted.

Here’s the long video. Let me know if you think I was a fool. If anything, it’s probably the first (and last) time you’ll ever see someone delivering a speech and taking a call in the middle of it.

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The Ethics Behind Getting More Twitter Followers

Getting Twitter Followers

Those of you who know our editor JD Rucker might remember that he stopped following Twitter users other than people he knew or wanted to follow over two years ago. After skyrocketing to the top 200 in the world, he simply quit adding and started the long process of removing people that either weren’t active, weren’t interesting, or weren’t real people.

Why? Because he was cheating.


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Talking Social Media… In Person #DMSC #NADA2011

Greetings awesome readers. I will be heading up to San Francisco this week to give the Social Media keynote at the 2011 Digital Marketing Strategies Conference as well as attending NADA 2011. Unfortunately, I will not be posting as often as I would like, but I’m hopeful that some of the other writers will pick up the slack and make it interesting.

Unfortunately, this also means no Social Blade Show this Thursday (but we’ll be back next week!).

Please continue to send you “5-Minutes with Your Startup” requests and I’ll be caught up with them shortly after getting back.

Please “tweet it up” so everyone knows that I’ll be gone. Thanks!

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MrBabyMan, LtGenPanda, and several others talk about Digg

With Andy Sorcini, MrBabyMan on Digg, away from his home studio for Friday nights’ The Drill Down show, he graciously allowed me to pop in and have an impromptu “Drill Up” show.  We were able to interview and have a discussion with several Digg users including MrBabyMan, MSaleem, LouieBaur, Brainnovate, and Tched.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night was getting LtGenPanda, the enigmatic new user who has really taken the Digg from page by storm with instant success.  Also joining us was former Digg powerhouse OptimusPrime01 as we had 3 hours of fun and informative discussions.  You can check it out here:

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