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Twitter’s Mute Button is What Should be Muted

You can’t win them all. Sometimes you lose big. Other times, you don’t win or lose … you just stalemate yourself.  That’s exactly what Twitter did when it rolled out the mute button this week. Sure, I have fallen victim to long-winded fools who think in streams of endless tweets. People who like to write novels 140 characters…

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Influencers Spread Equal Rights on Social Media like a Fast Moving Virus

When I get to the Speak Social office in the mornings, my routine is simple: I take my laptop out of my black messenger bag, plug it in the outlet behind my desk, and open Internet Explorer (no judgments please). I have three homepages that I check regularly: CNN, Facebook and Gmail. Normally, very little…

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Resources for Understanding Millennials & How to Connect with them Online

Our President, Brad Bogus is taking the stage once again today as the final Keynote of the UPCEA conference for Marketing Professionals in the Higher Education field. For 22 years the UPCEA Marketing Seminar has brought together relevant content, inspiring speakers, and a community of professionals in the continuing education field. The great marketing minds behind…

How Cheerios Scared the Hell Out of Their Facebook Fans
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How Cheerios Scared the Hell Out of Their Facebook Fans

The story was all over the internet on Friday, “If you like Cheerios on Facebook, you’re not allowed to sue us.” General Mills, the overseer of such brands as Chex, Cheerios, and Betty Crocker, changed its legal terms, and what followed was your typical case of the unyielding, unforgiving internet working itself into a frenzy,…

These are the 30 People you will Definitely see at SXSW  (Many of These Describe Us)
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These are the 30 People you will Definitely see at SXSW (Many of These Describe Us)

Article Courtesy:  The Thrillist Whether you plan to jump in head first or stay far, far away — it’s inevitable, SXSW is upon us. We all know that with all the innovation and fun that comes with a festival of this magnitude, so do the people… and boy do they keep coming. And coming. While it’s impossible…

Facebook Purchases WhatsApp (and the youth market) for $19 Billion
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Facebook Purchases WhatsApp (and the youth market) for $19 Billion

Well the financial world is reeling from the news that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg would spend $16 Billion in cash plus both public and private stock options for one single application. To us, the reason is simple … retaining the young mind. Zuckerberg is no longer a spring chicken, he’s been at this for ten years…

The Grammys’ One Woman Social Media Team
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The Grammys’ One Woman Social Media Team

Mashable posted an interesting article this morning about a woman named Lindsay Gabbler, who, by the way, is responsible for the entire Social Media presence of The Grammys. That is right … I said the ENTIRE Social Media presence. All you brand strategists and community managers should let that soak in for a second. Think…

10 Events & Conferences to Attend in 2014
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10 Events & Conferences to Attend in 2014

If we’ve learned anything from past years, it’s that typical January blogs attempting to prognosticate major advancements in the coming year are worthless. The unpredictability of Social Media (who saw Snapchat taking over the world?) and technological advancements makes peeking through a crystal ball impossible; if one wishes to succeed at Social, one must evolve…

Google Puts Money in the Pockets of “How To” Experts with Introduction of Helpouts
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Google Puts Money in the Pockets of “How To” Experts with Introduction of Helpouts

In a move to help people make some cash off their free knowledge, Google launched a tool called Helpouts on Tuesday in which people can pay to get help from experts over a live video chat similar to Google Hangouts. Anyone who is a teacher or expert on a topic can trade their services for payment, either…

Who Reigns Supreme in a World of Internet Wars?
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Who Reigns Supreme in a World of Internet Wars?

Click on Image to Enlarge   The internet wars have waged for over 20 years. And with it, we’ve seen the fall of titans (AOL, MySpace, AltaVista), the longevity of steady powers (Google, Yahoo!, Amazon), and the rise of sleeping giants (Facebook, Twitter). To the average internet user, we have our homepages and our go-to…

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Yahoo Throws Analytics Platform, DataSift, into Bed with Tumblr

  Tumblr has teamed up with Social analytics firm DataSift to provide users with information about consumer engagement and sentiment. Their intent is to assist brands in knowing who their audience is and what that audience wants. At least that’s how the story is positioned right now. Most internet buzz speculates that this is a move…

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RIP Vine: Facebook & Instagram Announce Killer New Video Features

UPDATE:  Looks like Instagram Video will only work on Android phones with the Jellybean Operating System (4.1.2) or higher. We apologize if your phone can’t handle it … but who’s fault is that really? Thanks to Instagram, the world I live in (Facebook) has become obsessed with filtering photos to look like a Polaroid snapshot…

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