Blogging and Community Building

New blogs are being created every day by bloggers who assume “build it and they will come” and likewise assume “post it and they will come“.  I’m sorry to say that isn’t the case. There are no shortcuts when it comes to creating a blog centered community by means of creating a flow of organic…

State of the Blogosphere Survey

Are you participating in the State of the Blogosphere Study?   I completed the survey in response to this notice: Since 2004, Technorati has been tracking the Blogosphere through our State of the Blogosphere study. The goal of the study is to create a complete snapshot of the activities and interactions that make up the Blogosphere…

Blogging and Demographic Groups

Every generation make its mark by adopting different preferences and standards in language, clothes, music, etc. from the generations that have gone before.  Generational determined lifestyles and values have as much influence on buying and purchasing as more common demographic factors such as income, education and gender do. Most of today’s consumers belong to one…

Silver Surfers: The New Social Networking Wave

The Pew Internet and American Life Project produce fascinating results that bloggers ought to pay heed to. Blogs, or online journals, are a way for internet users to express themselves creatively or to document their experiences. About one in ten internet users contribute to a blog; one in three internet users read blogs.

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New Media Douchebags Explained

This is an absolutely hilarious video.  Enjoy! New Media Douchebags Explained Here are some related videos: Show Your Media Literacy Did You Know 4.0 This is another official update to the original “Shift Happens” video. This completely new Fall 2009 version includes facts and stats focusing on the changing media landscape, including convergence and technology,…

Blogging: Attracting More Readers

Without doubt content is the key to bringing traffic to your site. The more fresh,  useful and interesting content your site has the more successful it will be.  Content that sparks lively discussion is key to creating regular readers who become subscribers.  Social networking is a means to reach a larger audience and let them…

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Lose It or Build It: Trust in Blogsphere and Beyond

Lose It or Build It: Trust in Blogsphere and Beyond by Guest Author Jean View her Profile and 2 blogs thirdwavecyclingblog cyclewriteblog Trust is the glue that keeps us bonded to close friends and cherished family members.  Trust keeps a society from totally collapsing into chaos. Nearly every day, we have to trust complete strangers…

WordPress.com in house blog promotion

The most effective way of promoting a blog within the WordPress.com community is to seek out other blogs in the same niche  and form blog centered relationships with  bloggers who share the same blogging interests.  Forming blog centered relationships is a natural consequence of posting meaningful comments on posts in the blog you locate.  There…

Facebook Connections and Reputation Management

These days one can be either hired or fired based on what employers find on our Facebook pages and reputation management has become a focus for bloggers. The reality is that much of the web is designed, not so much to share information, as to sell it. It’s also a reality bloggers today, more than ever before, have many demands on their time and social media networking to create an authentic online presence can be a time drain.

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Security Threats: Symantec’s Protection Tips

Yesterday while Wordpress.com was experiencing some difficulties I downloaded a file containing all the intrusion attempts made on my computer. I was astonished to see how much work my Norton Internet Security has done to protect my computer from invasion.
Where are these attacks coming from? United States, China, Brazil, Germany, India, United Kingdom, Russia, Poland, Italy and Spain.

In 2009 a shift in malicious activity to emerging countries was noted and became more pronounced. For example, for the first time since Symantec began examining malicious activity by country in 2006, a country other than the United States, China, or Germany has ranked in the top three, as Brazil ranked third in malicious activity in 2009, behind the United States and China, respectively.

Social Networks Siphon Personal Info

Did you know this? When surfing the web if you click an advertisement the web will conceals your identity. But if you click advertisements on social networking sites, your username will not be concealed, and it will be traced to your profiles page(s) on social networks in order to and acquire your personal information. It’s the Victoria Day long weekend north of the 49th parallel and our visitors are discussing the recent Facebook privacy scandal. Some say there are far too many sophisticated hacks and criminals who know how to manipulate anything Facebook, or any other social networking apps can come up with in the way of protection. Maybe membership is just not worth it. Others say if you don’t want your information shared, don’t post it.

Google Wave goes wide

In case you missed the announcement Google Wave invitations are not longer required. It’s now open to everyone who wants to us it to communicate and collaborate online. Google used its annual I/O developer conference to announce the invite only system has now been dropped and Google Apps business users now able to sign up at wave.google.com. More information can be found on the Google Wave Blog.

Social Media and SEO

Google attempts to offer, the best service possible for those using their search engine by having the most relevant, and most useful search results. The most important factor contributing to your Google ranking, is reader-friendliness, and naturally acquired organic links are the best kind of links because they indicate that real people are showing an interest in your content, right?

Prior to Twitter and microblogging authority was derived from creating high quality content containing authoritative links that got backlinks. These days we are witnessing the power of social media broadcast range. Tweets, retweets and “likes” are having their effect on linking patterns and the SERPs.

BlogCatalog Forum in the Frying Pan

So a month from now the outdated Blog Catalog discussion forum will be replaced by “Connect,” which will run on FriedEggs.com software. Connect has been designed to give BC members control over who they befriend and follow, and who befreinds and follows them. As Tony Berkman said members will be in total control of who can communicate with them and view their activity records.

This innovative approach will provide BC members with the ability to rid themselves of the creepy spammers, scammers and Adsense click fraud fools, who squeeze through the cracks into blog directories and social networks.

GetSocialLive: Customization, Toolbars, Buttons

Where we’re headed by Guest Author Hillel Stoler – My future work on GetSocial Live is going to be focused on three fields: Customization, Features, and Graphics. One of the things I would like to do is separate GetSocial Live into sections, where you’ll be able to perform customizations, generate toolbars and create single buttons.

Handle Online Attacks Effectively

A personal attack is committed when a person substitutes abusive remarks for evidence when attacking another person’s claim or claims. This line of “reasoning” is fallacious because the attack is directed at the person making the claim and not the claim itself. If you’ve been  personally attacked online my advice is to consider failing to…

Hootsuite 101 for Social Media Integration

HootSuite, the professional Twitter client, lets users manage multiple Twitter profiles with multiple editors on each, schedule tweets, track stats, RSS their content, and more – all on one easy-to-use interface. Facebook, LinkedIn and Ping.fm status updates are integrated and Ping.fm allows you to update GTalk, Tumblr and many other social networks. So how does…

Buzz.com for Businesses on Facebook

The changing nature of Facebook  from a college friends connecting site to reflect Fastest Growing Demographic on Facebook: Women Over 55 is accompanied by other shifts as well.  Facebook is teaming with business men and women  focused on entering relationships with future partners, investors, clients, employees and customers.  More than 1.5 million local businesses have…

WordPress.com adds Facebook to Publicize

WordPress.com sends your published blog posts to several places to automatically promote them for you.  Publicize supported third party services now includes Facebook, as well as Twitter and Yahoo! You can now send your WordPress.com posts to Facebook. Joining our Yahoo and Twitter features is our latest in WordPress.com’s Publicize family: Facebook. Read all about…

Add getsociallive Bookmarks to WordPress.com blog posts

Many wordpress.com bloggers have asked me where the social bookmarks I have at the end of my blog posts come from. They are from getsociallive.com The bloggers who asked also assumed there was an  automatic means of  having these bookmarks appear on every post in a wordpress.com blog but that isn’t so. We cannot access…

Sharing blogging, computer and technology news

If you self host wordpress when you visit your dashboard you will notice that  WordPress 2.9 is available This is a major upgrade, and brings some new features like a built-in image editor, database optimization, easier video integration, batch plugin update and a trashbin. I’ve been do busy with holiday preparations that I haven’t been…