The client who emails you on Friday night to add something to the project before disappearing until Monday... The Skype connection who wants to pick your brain at 3:30 a.m.... The self-proclaimed c...
This article was triggered by a conversation I had with an acquaintance last night...
One of the scariest things as a parent is to understand how to prepare my kids for their digital future. It is beyond anything that I experienced growing up.
The other day, I was discussing with someone the dangers of using social media without rules. Since Millennials are the only generation that did not have to go through their formative years without a computer, teaching them the basics is now vital.
Jim Dougherty shares a great infographic on his blog. It is full of eye-opening stats on Facebook usage. For example, do you know that 55% of teens have given out personal information to someone they don’t know?
Social media is great for making new friends, but it also attracts the creeps.
From generic introductory messages to favors, social networking is becoming the field where lack of professionalism abounds.
It’s time we started talking about it!
“[B]efore you send that friend request or ask for a “shout out,” think about how you’d feel if the tables were turned. If you’d be creeped out or annoyed, chances are I will be too.”
An excellent article by Kerry O’Shea Gorgone.
You know that saying about not getting a second chance to make a good first impression when you meet someone?
Well, when you’re communicating with someone, especially if it’s electronically or by phone, you get even less slack—particularly when it’s for work. That’s when lost opportunities can have bottom-line consequences.
If you want the prospect to open your email, the client to return your call, or the journalist to read your pitch, you’ve got to communicate impeccably.
Here are some of my favorite basics:
On most social media networks, it seems like anything goes. Things are a little more loose on Facebook and Twitter, but LinkedIn is strictly professional, giving it a different kind of status when it comes to etiquette. You have to be careful about what you put out there, how you make your requests, and remember to be polite. Are you stepping on toes without realizing your mistakes? Read on to learn about 17 unspoken rules of LinkedIn etiquette.
You’ve heard how wonderful a tool social media is for freelancers. For little to no cost and a minimal time commitment you can find exposure for your freelancing business that used to be beyond the reach of most solo professionals.
But don’t take social media too lightly. To get results, you need to learn to use it effectively. Sadly, many freelancing professionals fail to get the kind of results they would like from social media. That’s because they make embarrassing mistakes.
In this post, I’ll list twenty-one embarrassing mistakes that I’ve seen on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and other social media sites. You can use this list as a handy checklist to make sure that your social media presence is all that it should be.
What is your social media pet peeve? Mine is people who just post quotes all day long, thinking they are being inspirational. What’s yours?
The number and variety of responses I got was amazing, so I thought I’d digest them into categories. The value, here, is to help each of us understand what irritates other people in the realm of social media. Not that we have to please everyone, but if there are a lot of folks who are irritated by a specific behavior (ahem…auto-direct messages on Twitter), we might think twice about engaging in that behavior via our personal or business social media channels.
So…here they are! 25 social media pet peeves contributed by the readers of SocMedSean.
The Web is overrun with dumb hashtags, chart-topping fart apps, and guys just waiting to show you their d*cks. But with this week’s launch of Twitter’s Tailored Trends, Facebook’s App Center, and Airtime’s safety net, some tech companies are fighting back.
If you can’t get people to act smarter, at least you can hide their idiocy, and that’s what each of these products does. But can we make the Internet smarter and safer with without whitewashing away differing opinions and locking ourselves in an echochamber?
Question: Why do people feel the need to use social media to constantly brag about their lives? I can’t tell you how many pictures of bouquets and dinners and chocolates popped up on my Facebook feed around Valentine’s Day — on top of the already daily descriptions of "perfect boyfriends" and pictures of vacations in real time. When did people stop living life and start just trying to prove to others that they are doing so?
This week, a new free social media tool called Klouchebag hit the web. If you haven't played around with it already, it's a tool that tells you how ... uh ... annoying you are on Twitter. Yeah, we'll just go with "annoying" for the sake of this blog post. But it got me thinking: social media can be chock full of valuable content, but it's often buried among the mundane and useless social media updates, or hidden behind poorly constructed social media profiles. And this makes a marketer's job mighty hard.
So this post is going to outline all of the worst offenders we've seen in social media. If none of these apply to you, congratulations! Use these as entertainment over your lunch break. Otherwise, consider these cautionary tales to help protect your own social media strategy.