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Re: How to take your first steps into an online community

James The Jovial Jester ·
Useful beginners tips Rosemary. I can relate a little of my own experience here if you don't mind. ( notice the compliment and the almost apologetic way of stepping in Groupee was the first Bloggers site I had ever joined with confidence. It was the newness of the Social network on offer that gave me a feeling of belonging. Prior to that I could not "break the ice" anywhere else. I think blogging is easier than joining a forum. Unless the forum is very specific in it's nature. In a blog you...
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Re: How to take your first steps into an online community

Rosemary O'Neill ·
LOL James you are a perfect example of how to do it! Thanks for adding your insights as well...you just never know who might be reading and need a little encouragement.
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Re: How to take your first steps into an online community

Rexi ·
Reference: James if people want to join in they can. I can't I thought I'd have a look at your blog, went to comment and it says I am not authorised
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Re: How to take your first steps into an online community

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Rexi, LiveCloud lets everyone restrict who can view and/or comment on their blogs...so James may have his commenting restricted.
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Re: Don't be a social Frankenstein.

Anonymouss ·
Thank you to share such a wonderful article.
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Re: How has Social Media Impacted You this Year?

James The Jovial Jester ·
Well you know what I think about Twitter. It belongs.... Well on Twitter no-where else as it messes other social sites up with it's constant twittering so yes right tool for the right job. Facebook is a requirement for some rather that a 1st choice. I seems to be replacing Emails in a lot of ways LiveCloud is having it's ups and downs.. Just got another down this morning the add attachments function has gone walkabout. Just in time for New Year. Tis a sad thing. I had some nice pictures to...
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Re: How to automate a Twitter feed from your forum

Sheri ·
Can I do this for our blog/announcements feed?
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Re: How to automate a Twitter feed from your forum

Rosemary O'Neill ·
You sure can! On your blog page, on the right hand column, you should see an RSS link. Just grab that and feed it into Hootsuite as I described above, and voila. Just let me know if you run into any trouble, and I can help further.
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Re: How to use a Hoop.la custom page as a landing page

Lori ·
I have three custom pages on my community: one for directions to our rehearsal/performance venues, one for our fundraising program, and one for contact information.
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Re: How to use a Hoop.la custom page as a landing page

Pearl ·
I'm trying to set up a custom page, but for both Inherit or choosing a theme it is mandatory to input custom HTML. I don't have custom HTML as I want it to use the current theme's. What is the solution for this?
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Re: How to use a Hoop.la custom page as a landing page

Brian Lenz ·
Hi Pearl, The custom HTML field is where you put the contents of your custom page. This field is required, as there's no point to having a custom page without any content on it You don't need to worry about putting any custom CSS or theme settings in that box. Does that help? Brian
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Re: How to use a Hoop.la custom page as a landing page

Pearl ·
Ah! That part makes sense. But what about adding widgets to the right column..so it looks like the about page?
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Re: How to use a Hoop.la custom page as a landing page

Brian Lenz ·
Hoop.la doesn't currently support adding widgets to custom pages, though this is an idea we've considered for a future release.
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Re: How to use a Hoop.la custom page as a landing page

Pretty Thunder ·
Hi, I don't know html. Is this the only way to add a page? I need to add a page that has text, image and links. Thanks
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Re: How to use a Hoop.la custom page as a landing page

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Hi @Pretty Thunder ! Since this article was posted, (a couple of years ago), we have added the ability to include widgets on a custom page, so that might help you get part way there. If you'd like us to create the custom page for you, you could consider buying an hour of professional services time ($200). To take care of that (or ask more specific questions), just post a fresh support topic and we'll get you taken care of!
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Re: Rosemary's Secret Recipe for Small Biz Social Media Engagement

James The Jovial Jester ·
You do all that before feeding those kiddies? And you cook! If I am honest It is the Small business feel that attracts me to LiveCloud. Some of the Faceless options out there just turn me off. So from my point of view your "recipe" is very tasty. I would love to know how you manage your Email in box...
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Re: Rosemary's Secret Recipe for Small Biz Social Media Engagement

Rosemary O'Neill ·
LOL, but breakfast is usually something "instant." It makes everything so much more fun when we get to know our customers and they become friends. Makes me want to get up at 6am When are you coming back to visit us in the States again? I use my email inbox as a "to do" list. First run through and delete all of the spam (even with filtering, there's a lot). Then respond to the quick items, then go top to bottom for the longer responses. Then read the blogs, deleting the ones I don't need to...
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Re: Rosemary's Secret Recipe for Small Biz Social Media Engagement

James The Jovial Jester ·
Well visiting America/Seattle depends on Elizabeths recovery from this Pemphigoid condition. It is so sensitive that we fear a prolonged flight may antagonise it. However people are supposed to recover so we will see. We would love to Amtrak it from Chicago to Seattle have va few days with you lot again then go back via a different route. Probably expensive but worth it.
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Re: You need to be a dog, not a cat, in social media

Rexi ·
Love it Lori - especially the bit about barfing hairballs
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Re: Why I Quit Facebook

Lori ·
Can I get an "amen"?! I quit Facebook quite a while ago, mostly over privacy concerns. But, I was definitely spending more time online in less meaningful ways, and who has time to spend doing meaningless things?
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Re: Why I Quit Facebook

James Cooper ·
First, let's start with the irony - I just used my Facebook account to post this comment. Its true, FB can and does suck in a lot of ways. It also creates an opportunity for a lot of fake and meaningless interaction. However, it does serve at least one purpose for me in that it does allow me to keep 'light' contact with a lot of people who don't live in my area. Friends from my hometown and friends who have moved. It allows me to keep a sort of dialog open that allows us to easily pickup...
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Re: Why I Quit Facebook

Brian Lenz ·
Thanks for your comments, James. I don't disagree that Facebook has potential to serve a purpose for keeping in touch. My experience has been that while it has that potential, it doesn't typically play out in practice. I typically have used email/IM for those types of "light" contact, instead. I think that Hoop.la has a lot of the tools that are needed to enable networking and community in an effective way. If you haven't already, I'd recommend you check it out (you can set up a free site to...
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Re: Why I Quit Facebook

Steven ·
You're right about the noise, Brian.
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Re: Interview with Morgan Luce of VT Farm & Garden Exchange

usr bin geek ·
As a Vermonter and gardner I'm glad to learn of this new site. Just joined!
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Re: Interview with Morgan Luce of VT Farm & Garden Exchange

Rosemary O'Neill ·
That's awesome. I should have remembered you were up there!
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Re: Interview with Morgan Luce of VT Farm & Garden Exchange

Morgan ·
Yay! Welcome! And if you have any suggestions, please feel free to shoot me an email!
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Re: Interview with Morgan Luce of VT Farm & Garden Exchange

Danny Mallinder ·
200 members is great but how many are free and how many are paying? What business model was used as far as pricing was concerned? The standard $25 a year? Or a larger monthly fee etc? I never watched the video, so sorry if it is mentioned there - 3am here I am too tired.
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Re: Interview with Morgan Luce of VT Farm & Garden Exchange

Morgan ·
Hey Danny! I just thought I'd pipe in on this as I got the email notification that you'd responded. The video is before I had set up premium memberships and more focuses on things that I had learned about bringing new members to the site in only a couple of months and keeping them engaged. I've since set it up and do have maybe 5 paying members currently (at the standard annual rate) but I really operate the site for the love of sharing my interests with others and learning from one another...
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Re: Why I Quit Facebook

Rich Melvin ·
Brian, it warms my heart to see someone like you, who is very knowledgeable about the tech side of things on the internet, and who is much younger than I am, do something like this. The issues you raised are spot on and have motivated me to do the same thing. I got a Faceplant page about 2 years ago solely for family purposes. I think I have 8 "friends." My daughter was posting pics of the grandkids there at the time. However, due to the privacy concerns you linked to in your post, she has...
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Re: Why I Quit Facebook

Brian Lenz ·
Hi Rich, Thank you for the thoughtful and kind words! It's humbling to hear. I can't believe it's been over 5 years now since I wrote this post and quit Facebook. I can tell you that I've never looked back After a nasty election cycle like this year, I can definitively say I don't miss it at all! Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts; enjoy the Facebook-free life Brian
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Re: 5 reasons to make your own social community

Mike Johnston ·
I think Hoop.la is a brilliant solution to social networking and we're happy to have had the chance to test it out. Our review is here: Hoop.la Review
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Re: 5 reasons to make your own social community

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Thanks very much Mike!
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Re: 5 reasons to make your own social community

Jonmark Weber ·
That is a great review! Glad you like it.
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You need to be a dog, not a cat, in social media

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Disclosure: I am an aficionado of both dogs and cats, and a proud cat owner, and this post is in no way intended to slight either species. Have you ever wondered what the secret code is, in social media? Are there certain universal rules that apply to...
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3 reasons you still need forums

Rosemary O'Neill ·
There are so many options for engaging with your friends, fans, customers.  Twitter, Facebook, blogs, photo-sharing sites, chat, and direct email are all shiny objects competing for our time and attention.  And somehow in all the social...
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5 Ideas to Take your Online Community to New Heights

Rosemary O'Neill ·
I've been asked a few times in the last week or so if I had any ideas for increasing membership in an established online community.  After giving it some thought, I decided it might be fun to brainstorm here.  Below are five ideas that can...
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A conversation with Imad Naffa of BCDG online community

Rosemary O'Neill ·
I love talking with our long-time customers; I always learn something new! This Q&A with Imad Naffa, CEO of Naffa International and owner of the BCDG online community , contains some great tips about leveraging Twitter in combination with your forums to create even more momentum. (One of his Tweets was even RT'd by Queen Rania of Jordan!) Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences with us, Imad! Youve been running BCDG since 1995; whats your secret to...
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Control Freaks Unite

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Yes, I'll admit it right now.  I'm a control freak.  And when it comes to my social accounts all over the web, it's intensified by a factor of 10.  Do you consider who's reading your blips, blogs, and profiles you've left in various...
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How to use a Hoop.la custom page as a landing page

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Different community audiences sometimes require different content.  You can target the words and phrases to appeal to a specific group, and then track the success of your campaign.   Hoop.la's custom pages feature gives you a quick and...
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Free "New Twitter" Background

Rosemary O'Neill ·
As a little thank-you goodie for our customers (and friends), I thought it would be fun to share a freebie today.  We've customized our own Twitter background (our Hoop.la feed is http://www.twitter.com/gethoopla), and I'd like to share the...
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Dear Diary...on LiveCloud?

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Sure, you know you can blog to the world, upload videos and photos, share your Twitter feed, and make new friends on LiveCloud...but there's a little-known feature that can add a new dimension to your writing.  You can use your LiveCloud account...
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You are not a robot. Are you acting like one?

Rosemary O'Neill ·
If you've made the decision to participate in an online community or social network, whether it's a support forum, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or some other place where people gather online, then you need to be digitally present.  Every...
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How to automate a Twitter feed from your forum

Rosemary O'Neill ·
I generally don't advocate full automation of a Twitter feed.  Twitter is great for interaction, conversation, and true connection.  When it's just a bunch of bots broadcasting, it takes away from the experience. However. I do...
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How has Social Media Impacted You this Year?

Rosemary O'Neill ·
As we reach the waning moments of 2009, I've been pondering how the online community landscape has changed this year.  MySpace took a nosedive, Facebook cruised to the top of the heap (and got some egg on its face), Twitter is still a polarizing...
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How to take your first steps into an online community

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Lots of digital ink has been spilled discussing how to start an online community and how to grow one, but not much has been said about how to gracefully join an existing online community.  Even if you are an admin, blogger, or moderator of your...
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How to use the "firehose" to water your garden

Rosemary O'Neill ·
How many blog feeds are you subscribed to? Do you read online articles related to your industry? Do friends forward relevant posts or articles to you?  Yeah, me too. The daily onslaught of information can be overwhelming, but there's a reason you...
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Interview with Morgan Luce of VT Farm & Garden Exchange

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Today's interview is a special treat---our first video interview!  I had a great chat with Morgan Luce, who started VT Farm and Garden Exchange in April 2012, and is closing in on 200 members already.  I had to know her secrets, so I...
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What are the KPIs for an online community?

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Marketers sometimes like to make up acronyms for really simple things---for example, they say "KPI's" instead of "how we measure success."    KPI stands for Key Performance Indicators, and they are metrics used to help an organization...
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5 reasons to make your own social community

Rosemary O'Neill ·
First, let's clarify that when we say "make your own" social community, we mean make an inviting place for your existing community to come together.  Everyone has a community, after all (whether they recognize it or not).     They might...
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Quick Tip: Fun with Twitter Feed Widgets

Rosemary O'Neill ·
In Ghostbusters, they always say "don't cross the streams," but this Hoop.la tip will help you do that (without getting slimed). Twitter offers a simple way to get embed code. And you can use this embed code in a Hoop.la custom widget to present dynamic Twitter content within your community. You can do lots of fun things with this tool. For example, you can use Twitter lists to present combined feeds, you can pull in a hashtag stream, or you can display your Twitter badge (with a "follow me"...
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