Periscope: Social Media in Real Time

Periscope: Social Media in Real Time

Have you used Periscope? It’s a relatively new app that lets you “broadcast” (their term) what’s going on in your world. It’s real time, and your followers can indicate that they like your video by touching the screen, which produces tiny hearts that flow up from the bottom of the screen.

What is a Hashtag?

What is a Hashtag?

You’ve heard people talk about them, you see them on TV in the bottom corner of your favorite TV show.

But what are hashtags? Should you care? If so, why?

Yes, you should care. Here are two reasons:

Twitter: How to Live Tweet an Event

Twitter: How to Live Tweet an Event

Have you ever wished you could attend a conference or event, but just couldn’t make it? Are you on Twitter? If so, you might be thankful for someone who lives tweets the event. Or you might be annoyed if it’s an event you have no interest in. Either way,...
Social Media, Tornadoes, and Sirens

Social Media, Tornadoes, and Sirens

I admit I’m particularly freaky about thunderstorms, and when the tornado sirens go off, my blood pressure tends to rise precipitously as the barometric pressure falls. I was raised in Jonesboro, Arkansas in the 1960s and `70s. That was during the time that CB...
Social Media Common Sense: Uncommon

Social Media Common Sense: Uncommon

I give a lot of advice about online stuff like web content, writing and social media. And sometimes people even listen. When I distill all the advice I’ve ever given about online behavior, it all comes down to common sense, which may have become something of an...

Where Are Our Manners?

It’s no secret I love social media. Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Instagram … if it’s not Pinterest, chances are I’m there. I have friends who are dear to me that I’ve never met in real life (IRL on the Internet),...
The Auto-DM Experiment

The Auto-DM Experiment

The Twitter Auto DM A couple of weeks ago, I posted about how much I (and all the people of Twitter) despise the auto DM. It’s puzzling why some people still do it, except that those who send these do so because they think … well, I have no idea why. So...
Social Media Does Not Disconnect Us.

Social Media Does Not Disconnect Us.

I don’t usually rant, but I do reserve the right to. So here it is. I’m really sick of hearing people say social media causes us to be disconnected. I’ll answer that with two words: Bull. Crap. Obviously there are times when we become engrossed in...
What’s Your Sign?

What’s Your Sign?

What does your sign say about your organization? It’s seen by a few or thousands, depending on your location. Would you buy an ad in your local newspaper or magazine and use the space in a way that confuses and/or alienates your audience? This church used their...

Don’t Be a Twitter Mosquito

Consider the mosquito. Many a southern afternoon or evening have been ruined by this tiny pest. They buzz about annoyingly and drive you inside on an otherwise pleasant evening outdoors. And they suck your blood. Don’t be the Twitter equivalent of a mosquito....