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December 2009 Archive

Social Media New Year Resolutions

I was reading this article by Jason Bakker of Campus Media Group about 2010 Social Media New Year Resolutions on YPulse and was inspired by this resolution of his in particular:

I will become a power user. Our friend [and Ypulse Youth Advisory Board Member] Libby Issendorf has challenged us to choose one new social network each month and become a power user, if only for 30 days. Make friends, add content, and
experiment with every feature and privacy setting. No making “I don’t have time”
excuses: A few hours of setup, one hour-long session per week, and a five-minute
daily check-in are all you need. You’ll learn more about Tumblr, Foursquare, or
Farmville than you ever could from a blog post or presentation.

Here are some other interesting posts on the subject:

(by Blogalicious community member, Terri Holley!)

Sure, the thought of tackling a new social network site every month sounds a little daunting, but imagine the opportunities to connect and explore. I have to admit, I’m intrigued by the notion and 98% up for the challenge…Are you? Do you have any social media resolutions for 2010?

Merry Christmas Everybody
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As we mentioned in our newsletter we are launching a new series – Blogalicious Bytes: Lessons in Social Media. Blogalicious will host monthly webinars on topics of interest to our social media community. These hour-long webinars will be taught by well known and respected instructors in their respective areas of expertise.

The first webinar will be held on Monday January 18th, 2010, at 8:00 P.M. EST, join Ken Gibbs, Jr., former Site Development/Real Black Network Director on Essence.com, as he presents on the topic of Money Matters: Monetizing Your Blogs.

Please rsvp here to reserve your spot in this session. The webinar is free, so in the spirit of the season, please share this tip with your friends:)

Social Media New Year Resolutions


I was reading this article by Jason Bakker of Campus Media Group about 2010 Social Media New Year Resolutions on YPulse and was inspired by this resolution of his in particular:

I will become a power user. Our friend [and Ypulse Youth Advisory Board Member] Libby Issendorf has challenged us to choose one new social network each month and become a power user, if only for 30 days. Make friends, add content, and experiment with every feature and privacy setting. No making “I don’t have time”excuses: A few hours of setup, one hour-long session per week, and a five-minute daily check-in are all you need. You’ll learn more about Tumblr, Foursquare, or Farmville than you ever could from a blog post or presentation.

Here are some other interesting posts on the subject:

Sure, the thought of tackling a new social network site every month sounds a little daunting, but imagine the opportunities to connect and explore. I have to admit, I’m intrigued by the notion and 98% up for the challenge…Are you? Do you have any social media resolutions for 2010?

We need your input, please

Planning a conference is not as easy as it seems! There are so many details and so many choices and it’s a little daunting that one misguided decision could affect many things. Fortunately, there weren’t too many poor choices for Blogalicious 2009 (we hope you would agree).

As we embark on Blogalicious 2010 we are once again reminded of the many, many choices that go along with this process. We narrowed down the city to Miami with ease and I think we are all pretty comfortable with that choice. I mean, c’mon, its Miami – sun, sand and fun; what more could we ask for?

Onto the next big decision – the hotel. Do we want posh and hot or laid back and relaxed, mid city or beach front, fancy guest rooms or great amenities. Granted, it would be fabulous if we could wave a magic wand and get it all, but the truth of the matter is that it’s just not that easy.

We visited Miami this weekend in search of the perfect place to host Blogalicious 2010. For us, the accommodations and vibe have to be just right because we want the best for you. We want you to enjoy your experience so we are considering many options. But, we have safely narrowed the choice to a couple hotels, BUT we want your input.

Help us choose the RIGHT hotel. Here are the specs:

Downtown – moderately priced; fantastic rooms with lots of hi-tech gadgets; great in-hotel amenities; posh and sleek; Biscayne Bay views; walking distance to shops, dining and the Bay; a 10-minute ride to South Beach.

Beachfront – moderately priced; plush and spacious rooms; beautiful beach views from rooms; beachfront resort; laid back; family amenities; great outdoor facilities; North Miami Beach; convenient shuttle rides to South Beach and superb shopping.

Tell us what you want your experience to be. Please leave us a comment AND vote. Voting closes on December 12th, and we’re looking forward to your feedback.

Facebook changes its privacy policies

FYI….just in case you didn’t know, Facebook is changing its privacy policies. Please see open letter from Founder, Mark Zuckerberg:

An Open Letter from Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg

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by Mark Zuckerberg Yesterday at 9:23pm

It has been a great year for making the world more open and connected. Thanks to your help, more than 350 million people around the world are using Facebook to share their lives online.

To make this possible, we have focused on giving you the tools you need to share and control your information. Starting with the very first version of Facebook five years ago, we’ve built tools that help you control what you share with which individuals and groups of people. Our work to improve privacy continues today.

Facebook’s current privacy model revolves around “networks” — communities for your school, your company or your region. This worked well when Facebook was mostly used by students, since it made sense that a student might want to share content with their fellow students.

Over time people also asked us to add networks for companies and regions as well. Today we even have networks for some entire countries, like India and China.

However, as Facebook has grown, some of these regional networks now have millions of members and we’ve concluded that this is no longer the best way for you to control your privacy. Almost 50 percent of all Facebook users are members of regional networks, so this is an important issue for us. If we can build a better system, then more than 100 million people will have even more control of their information.

The plan we’ve come up with is to remove regional networks completely and create a simpler model for privacy control where you can set content to be available to only your friends, friends of your friends, or everyone.

We’re adding something that many of you have asked for — the ability to control who sees each individual piece of content you create or upload. In addition, we’ll also be fulfilling a request made by many of you to make the privacy settings page simpler by combining some settings. If you want to read more about this, we began discussing this plan back in July.

Since this update will remove regional networks and create some new settings, in the next couple of weeks we’ll ask you to review and update your privacy settings. You’ll see a message that will explain the changes and take you to a page where you can update your settings. When you’re finished, we’ll show you a confirmation page so you can make sure you chose the right settings for you. As always, once you’re done you’ll still be able to change your settings whenever you want.

We’ve worked hard to build controls that we think will be better for you, but we also understand that everyone’s needs are different. We’ll suggest settings for you based on your current level of privacy, but the best way for you to find the right settings is to read through all your options and customize them for yourself. I encourage you to do this and consider who you’re sharing with online.

Thanks for being a part of making Facebook what it is today, and for helping to make the world more open and connected.

Mark Zuckerberg

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