Google+ vs. Facebook

The most recent mutation of Facebook seems to have more people in an uproar than after previous mutations. And it’s not over yet (but since social media is always evolving we shouldn’t be surprised).

Next is “Timeline”:

Zuckerberg, Facebook creator explains that Timeline is, “the story of your life,” significantly altering the way people’s information is shown on the world’s leading social network, presenting “all your stories, all your apps, and a new way to express who you are.

As of today:

I am not sure if I will enable Timeline or not for my personal profile but would love to that option for business pages. One could highlight and showcase important business events such as product launches including photos and videos, customer feedback and customer service, events, human resources news and more.

Read more about Timeline on Facebook.

People are considering Google+ as an alternative to Facebook as the recent changes and repeated privacy concerns are leaving some users displeased. I have decided to cautiously use Google+ while I decide how I should use it. I am leaning toward using Google+ as an additional place to have a business profile. A site that feels friendlier than linked in and not as noisy as Facebook. To that end I probably have to go back and rethink my Google+ circles.

It is anything but boring when working in social media and the plethora of choices can only mean that one has to really consider why they are engaged in social media.

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Here is something I didn’t realize I was missing – Hyper Alerts: The feature that Facebook forgot

Here is the simple premise behind Hyper Alerts:

Hyper Alerts

Many of our friends administer one or more pages on Facebook, but there is one essential feature Facebook “forgot” to make – the option to get email alerts when somebody posts or comments on one of your pages.

Hyper Alerts is a feature that sends you an email within minutes after a posting – or only a summary each hour, day, week or month if you so prefer.

Try it out – it’s totally free!

Hyper Alerts is in Beta and was created by Hyper Interaktiv in Oslo.

I am giving Hyper Alerts a whirl because I manage several Facebook pages and of course I want to know who posted what and when. Now I don’t have to go looking for that info, it will come to me.

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Press Release: Black Women in Europe™ Blog and Social Network Celebrates Second and Third Anniversaries

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Social Network Boasts Over 600 Members While Website Visitors Come From Every Corner on Earth.

Stockholm, SWE November 3, 2009 – The multiple award winning Black Women in Europe™ Blog (http://blog.blackwomenineurope.com) and its companion, the Black Women in Europe™ Social Network (http://blackwomenineurope.ning.com) is having a birthday complete with gifts for its readers and members. The website and social network, which celebrates Black women living in Europe, has visitors and members from around the world.

The Black Europe in Women™ Blog turns three and the Social Network turns two this year. “Two and three successful years on the Internet is more like 572”, jokes Adrianne George, Black Women in Europe™ founder. “The Black Women in Europe™ Blog and Social Network are growing daily,” she says , “I am humbled by and grateful for the faithful readers and members and take great pride in raising the profile of Black women living and thriving in Europe. Yes there are Black women in Europe!”

The Black Women in Europe Blog and Social Network leverages the global reach of the Internet, social media and widgets to share relevant news, event notices and showcase a wide range of talented Black women from all walks of life including politics, social activism, entertainment, journalism and more. And with Black women living in virtually every country in Europe, it certainly is a large and influential market.

“The Black Women in Europe™ Blog and Social network are an important part of my life and identity,” says Adrianne George. “In the not-too-distant future I plan to obtain a non-profit status for the Black Women in Europe™ Social Media Group (http://BlackWomenInEurope.org) to enable the sharing of information from Black women’s organizations across Europe. I want to be the funnel through which this information flows.”

The year has again been marked with highlights for the Black Women in Europe™ Blog and Social network, notably the granting of the trademark for the name of Black Women in Europe™. The blog was also a finalist for a 2009 Black Weblog Award for Best International blog, was a featured blog on Ebonyjet.com, and was a guest blogger on PBS’s Tavis Smiley blog.

Tell me what the Black Women in Europe Blog and Social Network mean to you to win prizes from our anniversary sponsors.

Anniversary gifts are provided by IronSun Organics, Creating Tomorrow, Morganna’s Alchemy, Sheabutter Cottage, Simplicity Mastered™, Donna Elmore’s Send Out Cards, and Zhana’s Success Books. Companies who would like to participate in the celebrations can purchase advertising for a 30% discount. More information is available at http://blog.blackwomenineurope.com.

Contact: Adrianne George contact@blackwomenineurope.com

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Do you Twitter?

What’s Twitter and why should you care?  Well, today’s article is written by my colleague, Shama Hyder of http://www.afterthelaunch.com.  She’s an online marketing expert and has partnered with me so I can offer my clients the latest information and tools on Web 2.0 and creating a powerful online presence. 

By the way, you can follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/missmerlyn

Here’s her take on Twitter:

Twitter: Why it Should Matter to You
by Shama Hyder

If you haven’t already heard of Twitter, you are probably hiding out in a cave! Twitter is the social media site which allows you only 140 characters at a time to convey your thoughts. Think of it like a huge ongoing chat room. Doesn’t sound too appealing you say? Keep reading!

1) Why Twitter?

Twitter is like having your own personal search engine. Once you build up enough followers, you can use Twitter to:

  • quickly mastermind with others
  • find resources and make friends
  • share links to interesting articles (your own and others)
  • learn what’s hot and relevant in your industry
  • people watch online! (think e-cafe)
  • drive traffic to your site (20% of After The Launch’s traffic comes from Twitter)

2) Get started!

Go to Twitter.com and setup an account. This takes less than a minute. Then add me as a friend by clicking “Follow Me.” I will follow you back. This way you will have your first Twitter follower. You can follow whoever you like, but also have the option of keeping your own updates private. Meaning: you get to approve who follows your “tweets” (or messages). Then, watch and learn. See who is saying what and contribute your own two-bit when relevant.

3) Manage your Time

It’s easy to get carried away with Twitter, but that’s not the best use of your time. When starting out, give it 15 minutes twice a day. Log on, see what’s happening, and have your say. Eventually, you will be able to find your own rhythm for tweeting. At first it can seem like noise, but over time (a few weeks), you will be able to start making connections and finding value.

Questions on Twitter ? Comments? Feel free to ask me on the blog at http://www.afterthelaunch.com.

? 2008 Shama Hyder and AfterTheLaunch.com 
Shama Hyder is an expert marketing consultant to independent professionals and professional service firms around the world. You can get her f’ree report, 101 Ways to Market your Business” at http://www.AfterTheLaunch.com

Source: Smart Business Owners

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