There are always articles about getting started in or getting better at social media, but this week was flooded with some great ones written by talented, respected authors. Here, I have compiled some great resources, some “must reads” for anyone wanting a leg up.
Social media is huge and growing. Those who have had success are often not willing to offer advice. It was a great week — the advice was strong and it seemed to be free flowing. Enjoy
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Ben Cook with bloggingexperiment.com takes a very straight-forward, conversational approach to showing the primary mistakes that submitters of social media make. Faking comments, misleading titles… we’ve all been tempted to try it. Some of us (myself included) have had marginal success doing these things. In the long run, it is futile and hurts your chances of building a strong profile that puts stories on the front pages consistently.
With the increasing popularity of huge social networks like Facebook and MySpace, it’s easy to see why niche networks are entering the market and falling off almost immediately. There seems to be no room for networks that focus on a particular hobby, demographic, or profession. They are too small, therefore they will all fail.
Rumors are flying.
“MySpace is getting a complete redesign.”
“MySpace is getting bought out.”
“MySpace is losing money.”
When rumors like these start flying, it’s normally a bad sign, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed. The Social Network’s meteoric rise and subsequent decline in users to Facebook has created these rumors, but there are still strengths that can be exploited. If they are going to make it, they will need to make some changes, but more importantly, they will need to rethink their focus and reimpose their will through marketing-guided changes.
Instead of making it the easiest platform to spam and game, they need to appeal to their current best demographic, teens, pre- and post-, and create ways for them to stay with MySpace instead of defecting as they get older to Facebook or someone else. More importantly, they MUST expand to the business sector. Sounds ridiculous, I know, when you consider the current state of the company and the growing disdain towards its inner-workings. Stay with me while
Our goal was to have a news story about StumbleUpon up and running before we got the homepage stumbled, but it’s too late now. We’ve been researching the Web 2.0, social media “wild card” (that’s one of the angles we were considering) for several weeks now. Tons of story ideas, but with a website like StumbleUpon, if you’re going to write something, it better be the right story.
The effect that SU has had on the Internet has been unique and engrossing. On the surface, it shouldn’t work. People want to see what they want to see, not what others want them to see, right? It just isn’t so.
Posting pictures or posts to your MySpace page via mobile device is not new. AT&T and T-Mobile have been doing it for a little while now. What makes this news about Verizon different is that their strategy is one of “hurry up and wait.”
Instead of jumping in and creating platforms using the current 3G technology, they are putting most of their eggs into the 4G basket. Video is the prize to be won, the segment of social networking via mobile that they are targeting. Currently, downloading video to mobile devices isn’t hard. The problem is with uploading.