I found this on a blog and it really is interesting to see. The blogger developed a flash counter that tallys the amount of activity of various social media types starting with the moment you start looking at it (i.e., number of blog posts, number of tweets, number of new facebook accounts, etc). The author explains how it works and what inspired him to do it. It really is amazing to see. [url]http://www.personalizemedia.com/garys-social-media-count/[/url]

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We all come on this forum to ask questions and discuss possible solutions and strategies and occaisionally we will mention a success story related to those topics. But why don't we all post a win or an accomplishment so that we can all be inspired. I will kick this off. One of my clients was extremely dubious of social media in any way, shape or form. Whenever I attended monthly status meetings and spoke about the opportunities that existed to promote their busines through social media he would make joking comments that were subtle hints that he saw no benefit. …

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I found this blog on Duct Tape Marketing that has some really positive numbers about social media adoption by small businesses. It might be helpful (I know I am going to use it with some of my clients) if you have clients who are small businesses and don't think that social media is a small business kind of thing. [url]http://www.ducttapemarketing.com/blog/2009/10/15/survey-finds-small-business-adopting-social-media-rapidly/[/url]

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Does anyone have any experience setting up social media presences for realtors? I have a friend who is an independent realtor and she is looking for ways to expand her reach. She knows I work with social media and asked my advice. As I have not worked with realtors in terms of social media I am reaching out to the community for help. Thanks.

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The 2008 presidential election featured a new emphasis on using the Internet, ranging from raising money to [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story219553.html"]advertising[/URL] to getting support. It's still going on. Facebook, in particular, due to the ease in which people can set up affinity groups, is proving to be a new source of online activism, according to a [URL="http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20091015/ARTICLES/910149903?Title=Causes-and-protests-catch-fire-in-Facebook-groups"]recent article[/URL]. "Facebook’s features, such as the ability to add real-world events to a group or fan page, the ability to send a message to up to 5,000 members on a group page and the built-in discussion boards, make it an all-in-one stop for the connected protester," …

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I found this through one of my Linkedin Groups. The links is to a short, somewhat general blog post from a company that is offering social media community building services. The one line I thought was funny (weird, not haha) was where he mentions how your prestige in offline social networks was determined by how many rooms in your house and[B][I][U] how many wives you have[/U][/I][/B]... The author and his company are both based in Romania so I am not certain what their laws are like in regards to marriage but I am pretty certain that outside of certain areas …

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I just came across a thread in one of my linkedin groups asking if anyone had participated in a 4-week, online course in getting the most our of social media. There is a panel of experts teaching the class and they refer to it as a university. I will not give the url because I do not want to give them a plug. Why? Because I am dubious of offers like these. If you want to find them search on the terms social media, university and magic and you will find them. Read the outline and let me know what …

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I found this interesting blog post through one of my groups on Linkedin and I wanted to share it with everyone. Here is the link [INDENT][url]http://www.relationship-economy.com/?p=6591[/url][/INDENT] The basic premise is that in the world there are either creators or copiers and that is social media if you simply copy other peoples work you are destined to be a loser in social media. I agree with this as I strongly advocate to my clients that they have to share their knowledge and develop and speak with their own voices in the social media world otherwise they will be ignored. What do …

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If you have not heard yet, there was a study coproduced by Comscore and Group M about social media and paid search. [url]http://www.scribd.com/doc/20703026/The-Influenced-Social-Media-Search-and-the-Interplay-of-Consideration-and-Consumption[/url] Above is the 6 page link. Basically it found that social media increases visitors consumption on context, experience, and increases click through rate.

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[url]http://www.digitaltonto.com/2009/chaotic-social-networks/[/url] I found the blog linked above and thought I would share it to get everyone's thoughts. The author basically says that the chaotic nature of social media si the secret behind its success. What do you think?

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[url]http://mashable.com/2009/10/10/facebook-poke-arrest/[/url] In a society that has become as litigious as ours, this was inevitable. If you read the link above you will find out that a woman has been charged with violating an order of protection for poking someone on Facebook. If found guilty, the woman could get a month in jail and a $2,500 fine. Based on the court order the logic behind the charge is solid but this is sad from the point of a view that we have become so sensitive that we will sue for anything at the drop of a hat. While I am on …

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In an analysis of search engine and social media sites, Facebook was shown to have the most loyal visitors in terms of browsing habits. The study done by the ad network Chitika studied browsing habits of the top SE and SM sites in the month of September. What was really surprising to me is that Digg came in second and Yahoo a close third. Bringing up the rear were Google and Bing (tied for fourth) and Twitter in last. Here is the link to the study on the Chitika website [url]http://chitika.com/research/2009/digg-facebook-loyal-readers/[/url]

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Mashable is reporting that the results of a survey of 1.400 CIOs from companies with 100+ employees (conducted by Robert Half Associates) show that over 50% of companies totally block employees from accessing Facebook, Twitter and MySpace while at work. Of the companies that do not block access, 10% limit the use by employees for business reasons only and the rest have no restrictions. Also, of the companies that allow unfettered social media access, 8% have fired staff for abusing the privilige. What does this all mean. One can make the broad assumption that adoption of Social Media in the …

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In an effort to bring Firefox users closer together, Mozilla has released a conceptual design dubbed "Coop" that would give Firefox the ability to share "photos, news stories, links" with other users, reports [URL="http://www.computerworld.com"]Computerworld[/URL]. Mozilla of course, says that this is purely conceptual, and that this is as far as they are going to take the Coop project (for now). It would actually be a good idea, for a couple of reasons. Social networking is quite "the thing" now, especially considering the popularity of sites such as MySpace, and it's not too much of a stretch to say that many …

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[URL="http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=security&articleId=9013481&taxonomyId=17&intsrc=kc_top"]According to ComputerWorld[/URL], MySpace seems like the next target for the now-famous "month of bugs" project. The hackers are of course, anonymous, which is perhaps part of the fun of doing such a project. They say that they're going to expose a new bug every day for a whole month, just like the other "month of bugs" projects have done (for example: Month of Apple Bugs and Month of Kernel bugs). As much fun as it seems, I'm skeptical on how successful and how much of an impact this project is going to have on MySpace. One point that I …

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If you believe the results of a study by those chaps over at the USC-Annenberg School Centre for the Digital Future, the answer to the question posed in this blog posting title is 43% of Americans. That is the number of people who took part in the survey, were already a member of a virtual community and who said that the virtual world is just as important as the real one. The fact that the [URL="http://www.digitalcenter.org/"]2007 Digital Future Project[/URL] reveals that 20.3% of virtual community members take actions offline at least once per year that are related to that online …

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When computer systems get "owned", you may think it takes a master-geek with an extensive amount of knowledge to hack into tightly-secured systems. After all, security bugs are quickly found out, and patches can be released within a few days. But when securing a computer system or network, especially the larger ones, many network administrators forget the most dangerous kind of hacking: social engineering. It may not sound like a threat, but it is. As [URL="http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=111503&WT.svl=column1_1"]Dark Reading[/URL] writes, a spy went into the bank to do some transactions, but while doing so, taking note of all the equipment in the …

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If you are a user of the popular social networking site Facebook you might have noticed the recent redesign along with the new features that they added. You also might have noticed the response from the users of Facebook whom find the new site creepy. The new home page lists every little action that your friends have done on the site including things like who they added, comments they have written, changes on their profile, pictures they have added, and so on. In my experience the whole appeal of facebook was that it wasnt as open as myspace and not …

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Jon Jacobs has spent $100,000 on his own Virtual Nightclub, within Online Role-Playing game "Project Entropia". The winning bid for the space station he plans to use is currently being built within the game. Project Entropia, is a virtual world, with 236,000 players, who convert real cash to in-game dollars, to be spent in the virtual economy. Jon, aka Neverdie, will no doubt be looking to cash in on his purchase by charging for live shows. "I'm already in talks with some of the worlds biggest DJs about spinning live sets inside the nightclub," "Gamers want to be entertained while …

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There has been a lot of hype about former Vice President Al Gore’s revolutionary television network – [url=http://www.current.tv]Current_[/url]. In late July, Current_ went live after being anticipated since early April. The network is said to be like no other TV network around; it’s not news, it’s not fiction, and it’s "not boring." Using short video segments of 1-5 minutes, current_ aims to keep a tech savvy audience interested and informed. [b]Shows are [i]‘Drippy’[/i][/b] But is it all that its cracked up to be? The answer is yes, and no. I tuned into current on DirectTV (channel 366) to see it …

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The End.