10 Things I’ve Learned Working With Social Media

Below you will find a list of things I’ve learned while working with social media.  Some of this stuff I learned the hard way, while other things came as a pleasant surprise. No matter if you’re new to this stuff or not, I hope this post sparks your creativity. Read more of this post

The Comment Killer

It’s happened to you. You’ve just thought up a funny anecdote of a life experience and you’re laughing just typing it out. This could be the most perfect status update ever. It’s going to be amazing. You’re going to get at least 20 comments on this one. Fifteen likes, easy. You hit share, and just sit back to watch the comments come streaming in. Read more of this post

Google+: On The Outside Looking In

If you haven’t been paying attention, everyone’s talking about Google+.  Google+ is supposed to be Google’s answer to Facebook.  My twitter feeds are lighting up with talk about this new fancy social media outlet.  Everyone’s making comparisons, asking for invites, or simply saying how awesome it is.  Truth be told, all of these people are Geeks.  Sure I’m one of them, but this time around I’m not on the inside.  I wasn’t quick enough for the first round of invites, nor have I received any yet from my fellow Geeks.  But I’m OK with that.

Yeah, I’d like to try it out, just to see what’s going on under the hood.  Yet, my opinion is Google+ is never going to really take off.  Why you ask.  Well, I have a few reasons, and here they are:

  • It’s not a new idea. Let’s face it (pun intended), when Facebook came out there was no one else doing social media.  Facebook was ground breaking.  I know you’re thinking, “what about MySpace?” Well, MySpace was never intended for what it tried to be, so it doesn’t count, and we’ve seen what happen to it.
  • Google+ initial adopters are Geeks.  When was the last time you saw something Geek driven really take off.  Unix?… Most of you just went, “huh?”  Facebook early adopters were college kids.  They wanted to use it to be more social.  Well, we’re all social now.  Geeks on the other hand look at the features, not what the features, in reality, are good for.
  • It’s already being compared to Facebook.  We’ve seen this before.  Every smart phone that has come out since the iPhone was introduced into the market has been compared to it.  Sure some of these other phones have had better individual features, but they haven’t been able to topple the innovation of the iPhone.  Facebook was the innovator, Google+ is the competitor.
  • My mom’s on Facebook.  Facebook made it when they crossed the generation gap of who was using it, but it took awhile for that to happen.  Older generations are not going to want to learn yet another social media tool.  Heck, I’m not sure I want to manage another one, even for just a transition time.
  • Everyone is already on Facebook.  Many people still think of Facebook as just a tool for social media.  It’s more than that.  It’s where we live.  For Google+ to take off, it would be like everyone in Ohio selling their homes and moving to Canada.  I just can’t see this happening.

I could be completely wrong.  Like I said before, I haven’t played with it yet so we’ll see what happens.  Those just happen to be some of my views from the outside looking in.

ibook my facepad

I don’t know if you’ve heard this already, but word on the street is Facebook will be putting out an iPad app in the coming weeks.  This makes me very excited, as the 3rd party Facebook apps for the iPad are awful.  Sometimes I think I’ve found a good one, only to discover later that it hasn’t been showing me all of my feed.  The Facebook page doesn’t even display well via safari on the iPad.  You lose some functionality, and sometimes it doesn’t scroll correctly.  Needless to say, fail all around.

This is why I’m so excited about the potential app.  The iPhone version, that has been out for ever, is one of the best apps out there.  It’s simple, functional, and just does what its supposed to do, without any fuss.  Kind of like how you wish your kids would act.  If the iPad version is even remotely close to the iPhone version, it will rock.

So, for what I want to see in the “upcoming” app, I can sum it up with this; “I just want it to work.”  You could dazzle me with features, allow me to tag friends in anything, and even display who of my friends are currently on, but that’s not what’s most important to me.  For Pete’s sake, just work.  That’s all I ask.  Well that, and for it to be free.

So what features would you like to see in the app?  I know you have ideas, let’s hear them.

Got Klout?

Do you have klout?  Well, you probably do about something.  Klout.com is a website that measures your social media presence.  It’s like your credit score for twitter and Facebook that gauges if you really know what you’re talking about.

Klout is your calculated score after examining such things as @mentions, retweets, likes, comments, the likelihood of your ideas being passed on, and how many people hang on every word you type. The analytics aren’t perfect, but the evaluations seem to be fairly accurate.

So, head on over to klout.com and get registered.  Then, start seeing how you stack up against your friends, colleagues, or even me (@mattpugh80).  But don’t try to figure out how to increase your score, doing so will just drive it down.  Getting caught up in the score stops you from doing what it was that got you the score in the first place, being yourself.

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