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Social Media Sum-Up

Social Media Sum-Up

I didn’t realize it had been well over a week since my last post, but moving our office location put me behind. So, this post will be a summary of what’s been happening this week in the social media world. 🙂

Facebook

As if Facebook didn’t already have millions ‘like’-ing this and that, the company recently added the ability to ‘Like’ users’ comments. That’s right. Now when your friends leave a witty comment on another friend’s status update, you can let the world know you like their comment enough to ‘Like’ it on Facebook.

Twitter Places

Twitter launched their new ‘places’ feature last week.

After months of rumors and hinting, Twitter has unveiled its major new foray into the world of geolocation, Twitter Places…

…Twitter Places can be explored and will reveal a list of recent, public tweets from that location. Twitter will also show you nearby locations and points of interest, including restaurants and shops.

Twitter Places will be integrated with Foursquare and Gowalla as well.

For more info on Twitter Places, read Jolie O’Dell’s post on Mashable.

Google Voice – “in short, less annoyances and more awesomeness.”

Google Voice is now available to everyone in the U.S., which means you don’t have to wait around any longer for your invitation to arrive. I’ve been using Google Voice for a couple of months now and have really enjoyed it. What I like most is the fact that I can miss a call and immediately receive a text and email of the missed caller’s voicemail transcribed a la the Google Voice robots. Sure, some of the transcriptions come out a little botchy, but they usually make me laugh.

There’s a great video about Google Voice, as well as more details on this great tool, that you can check out over on Mashable in Christina Warren’s post.

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Public Libraries using Social Media

Public Libraries using Social Media

Four libraries in our county will be closing by the end of this month due to pending budget cuts.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is moving forward with preparations for the closing of four libraries due to the pending 45.5 percent budget cut proposed by Mecklenburg County.

Charlotte will still have plenty of branches open, however, this is still a terrible thing for any county. I never thought I would hear about libraries closing. Why I can remember going to our local library every summer to get books and take part in the summer reading challenge. Once summer I even read 100 books and got a special library card, which celebrated 100 years of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

In a News Release that went out last week, the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC) discussed the closings and what they have been working on to save other libraries. Advocates can check out the PLCMC’s CALL TO ACTION page for ways to get involved.

One area that the PLCMC has been reaching many advocates and citizens concerned about the future of our libraries is through social media. That’s right, even the public libraries are using social media today! The aforementioned News Release ends with the following:

For more information about the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, visit our website at http://www.cmlibrary.org. Also look for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.

If you visit the PLCMC’s Facebook page, you’ll find almost 4,000 fans and a message to “KEEP LIBRARY FUNDING INTACT!” While 4,000 fans is excellent, Charlotteans better spread the word to the other 683,000+ people in our city who have yet to ‘like’ the PLCMC.

Keep up the great work though, PLCMC! And keep using your social media channels to reach more people who like to read!

Social Media STATS

Erik Qualman‘s update of his excellent “Social Media Revolution” video includes some great stats, especially for business-owners debating on whether or not they need to get involved with social media.

For example…

34% of bloggers post opinions about products & brands.

Do you like what they are saying about your brand? You better.

People care more about how their social graph ranks products and services than how Google ranks them.

78% of consumers trust peer recommendations. Only 14% trust advertisements.

Check out the updated “Social Media Revolution 2 (Refresh)”:

We don’t have a choice on whether we DO social media, the question is how well we DO it.
~@equalman

Coming Soon: Twitter Business Center

Earlier today, Mashable confirmed with Twitter that they have begun beta testing with what they are calling the “Twitter Business Center”.

Basically, this new business center will allow businesses to utilize the power of Twitter even more so than they currently do. Features include customizable profile pages, the ability to add a “Verified Account” badge to their profile, extra preferences to help reach customers, and multiple contributors (think HootSuite Team).

Check out the article from Mashable Co-Editor, Ben Parr.

4 Ways Foursquare Can Improve Your Workplace

I found the following post on Mashable this morning and shared it immediately because it has such valuable information for businesses regarding the power (and persuasion) of social media networks like Foursquare… Hours later I’m just now editing my initial share to include a little blurb and my own thoughts. 😛

4 Ways Foursquare Can Improve Your Workplace

It’s amazing how fast a social network can catch on. The most recent example is Foursquare. Co-founder Dennis Crowley recently announced they added almost 100,000 users in the ten days following SXSW. You might be tempted to write it off as a fad, but remember: Twitter started in a very similar way.

For those of you not familiar with Foursquare, let’s start at the beginning. It’s a location-based social network that combines your friends, location and status, meaning it allows me to tell my friends where I am and what I’m doing. The interesting thing about Foursquare is that this happens in a pseudo-game format. When I check-in at places, I get points. After multiple check-ins, I get badges. And I can see how many points I have in comparison to my friends.

While many are talking about the benefits of Foursquare as a marketing tool, don’t forget some of the same concepts can be applied to the internal workforce…

Posted using ShareThis. Read more of Sharlyn Lauby‘s post here on Mashable.

I think Sharlyn’s ‘4 Ways’ are beneficial for any business wanting to get more involved with their employees, customers, and of course the world of social media:

  1. Orientation – for students or company employees (old and new)
  2. Making Work Easier – for engaging your customers
  3. Recognition – I’m the Mayor of 27 places and I love it!
  4. Morale – positive work environments = more productive workers

For more workplace tips and great advice, follow Sharlyn on Twitter: @hrbartender

Countdown to OAuthcalypse

Mashable Co-Editor, Ben Parr, recently posted about Twitter’s upcoming move to turn off basic authentication for apps…

In 9 weeks, 3 days and some change, Twitter will turn off basic authentication for apps, making OAuth the only way to connect to Twitter applications. The Twitter API team has even launched a countdown to what it calls “OAuthcalypse.”

Currently, there are two ways to connect to apps: basic authentication, where you provide your username and password to a third party, and OAuth, which allows you to connect to apps without giving away your account information. As part of a move to make Twitter more secure and stable, basic authentication will be removed on June 30th. Apps will no longer be allowed to ask for your username and password.

You can continue reading Parr’s post on Mashable here.

I’m happy to see that Twitter is focusing on making its platform more secure. With Facebook’s recent ‘Instant Personalization’ feature and Blippy exposing users’ credit card information, at least one social network is working with us to be secure online.

LinkedIn Upgrades: A New Appeal for Businesses

LinkedIn Upgrades: A New Appeal for Businesses – Website Magazine

When the conversation turns to social networking, Facebook and Twitter are the two most often discussed. For some reason, LinkedIn is often left out of the discussion. That might be due, in part, to its past lack of focus on sharing content. Sure, LinkedIn has positioned itself as a place to connect with other professionals and industries, but few have considered it a “social” experience on par with Facebook. That’s about to change. And LinkedIn’s prior reputation could actually be a great benefit to the company and users alike.

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Foursquare Day – The Aftermath

One of the Foursquare Day Team members, @MissDestructo, posted a great blog about the aftermath of the first social media holiday today:

Foursquare Day was last Friday, did you hear about it? Many people that did thought there was a powerhouse viral marketing hot shots or a high priced PR firm behind the scenes of this global social media celebration. would hate to burst your bubble, but reality just checked in and there’s a new mayor in town…

Read the rest of Miss Destructo‘s post here.

Twitter Launching ‘Points of Interest’

Here we go… Twitter will be ranking right up there with the location-based social networks soon!

Twitter Launching “Points of Interest” to Tie Tweets to Places

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Twitter Unveils New Homepage

When I logged onto Twitter this morning, I noticed a new homepage… After glancing over the new features briefly, I logged in and went about my tweeting. Later I stumbled upon the following article on Mashable:

Twitter has just rolled out a new homepage that non-logged in users see when they visit Twitter.com. It features scrolling trending topics, “top tweets” (a tweet from Justin Bieber was the first one I saw… go figure), and a “who’s here” with avatars of well-known users and brands that are on the microblogging service.

Check out the rest of Mashable writer Adam Ostrow’s article here.