Friday, August 6, 2010

Think, Then Tweet: Pretty Good Advice

"Tweet Wisely or Forever Hold Your Peace"
The Blog of Frances Cole Jones (August 4, 2010)

"One measure of the popularity of Twitter is the proliferation of Twitter debacles due to inappropriate tweets—with one Scottish politician committing political death when he referred to his elderly constituents as 'coffin dodgers.'

"And politicians aren't the only offenders: while many people have a morbid fascination with celebrities, is there anyone who doesn't have Lindsay-Lohan-tweet-fatigue? I'm about to buy that family a washer/dryer so they can stop airing their dirty laundry in public...."

It's a four-point list of common-sense advice. Starting with "Tweets are forever: Don't tweet anything you wouldn't want to see on the front page of the New York Times."

Another, related, post:

"5 Myths Believed by Those on the Social Media Sidelines"
Paul Steinbrueck, Online Mission (August 4, 2010)

"A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with some people about a matter. Some of the people were already aware of the situation because I had posted about it on Facebook. Others, who were out of the loop, proceeded to mock Facebook rather than recognize it was Facebook that enabled some of us to be better informed and better connected than they were.

"Social media is having a huge impact on the way people and organizations communicate and relate to each other. Facebook now has more than 500 million users and has surpassed Google as the most popular site in the world.

"Yet some organizations remain on the social media sidelines. I believe it’s because they’ve bought into some myths about social media, myths I’d like to put an end to right now...."

The points, each one discussed in the article, are:
  1. Social media is a fad.
  2. Social media is only for young people.
  3. Social media is narcissistic.
  4. Social media is a waste of time.
  5. Social media is irrelevant to organizations like mine.
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A tip of the hat to TweetSmarter and Steveology, on Twitter, for the heads-up on this post, and the article.

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