The Early Bird…Social Media Style (2011)

Paper.li is a social media site that creates a daily, online newspaper by aggregating the posts of your Twitter or Facebook friends. I learned about it several months ago after seeing a number of Twitter posts that looked like "The MY NAME HERE Daily is out! Top Stories by LINK LINK and LINK." I didn't really want to create a 'Mike Nicholson Daily', or '46alpha Daily' utilizing all 14,000+ Twitter friends, but did come up with the idea of utilizing a Twitter...

‘Checking In’ with location-based social media (2010)

  The following was a piece written for Army.mil and can be seen here. 'Geo' is this year's Twitter If 2009 was the year of Twitter, then 2010 is ramping up to be the year of location-based social media services. Geo-location services like Foursquare, Brightkite and Gowalla have rapidly been adopted by users, and many of the sites you've likely already heard about like Facebook, Flickr and Twitter have either already integrated this capability or plan to do so in the near future. These services typically let users 'check-in'...

The Unit Twitter account (2009)

There was a recent CNN article describing the different types of annoying Facebook users, as if the author's way was the only way to 'correctly' use Facebook. The truth is,  there is no right or wrong way to use all these social media tools. There are different techniques, but what might work for one may not be good for another. So with that in mind, here is how I use Twitter for work. For the unit Twitter account, I stick the unit crest...

Social Media goes mainstream (2009)

It has been a week since the Iran election and subsequent explosion of social media as the primary method for getting information out there. You cannot turn on any of the major news networks without hearing the anchors talk about Twitter, Youtube and Facebook. Everyone in the social media world has been blogging, tweeting and posting photos and videos related to Iran all week. There has been a few things over the past few months that have thrown social media into more...

And the next big thing in ‘new media’ is…real-time conversations (2009)

A recent post on ReadWriteWeb says that Paul Buchheit, the man that built Google's Gmail and Adsense, believes that real-time, multi-person conversations is the 'next big thing'. I made a quick joke about this on Twitter about everything coming full circle. We have all these web tools like blogs, twitter, video conferencing, etc, and the 'next big thing' in technology is talking to someone in real-time. I'm a bit skeptical about this claim, as I cannot see joining some kind of chat-room...

The race to a million Twitter followers (2009)

Actor Ashton Kutcher and CCN are in a semi-competitive duel right now; a race to 1 million followers on Twitter. There is a page tracking the number of followers for each in real-time (link), it is in the news (link), Kutcher has been providing updates on Youtube, and CNN's Larry King even got in the mix (link). For the record, they both have around 985,000 +/- followers at the time of this post. Kutcher is going to donate mosquito nets to an...

Twitter influence ratio (2009)

I received a Tweet the other day and it was from someone I did not know in a field I was not interested in. The post said something to the affect of 'I have followed you, now follow me and then unfollow in order to complete the opt-out process'. When I started my Twitter account, I went to some of the communication and PR twitter accounts that were of interest to me and then followed some of their followers. The thought was...