Tagged With "social networker"

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5 key differences between social networks and communities

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Lately I've been getting a lot of questions about how online communities differ from social networks--why a Hoop.la site is different from, say, a Facebook page. It can definitely be confusing if you're a marketer trying to figure out where to invest...
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Why I Quit Facebook

Brian Lenz ·
My family and I just got back from a long vacation in Hawaii, and as part of clearing my head during the trip, I decided it was finally time to delete my Facebook account. I've been pondering it for quite a while, but inertia is a strong force to...
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Social Network Integration Changes

Jonmark Weber ·
As many of you know, we recently migrated all Hoop.la sites to SSL . One consequence of switching to SSL is that some Social Network integrations may need to be updated. This is due to OAuth callback URLs which are registered for each Social Network and are used to validate the authenticity of requests made through the various APIs that enable these features. Since each Hoop.la customer controls their own Social Network integrations, you must fix the issue if it applies to your site. If you...
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Re: Tutorial Video: How To Link Social Networks

Morgan ·
VERY helpful! Thank you!!!!
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Tutorial Video: How To Link Social Networks

Ted O'Neill ·
We've created a new tutorial video to help Hoop.la users link social networks to their profiles.  Note: this is not a tutorial for admins to enable the social networks in the Hoop.la control panel (that must be done before your community members...
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Re: Filtering out the Noise

Oh Rosemary! What a wonderful blog. Very honest and heartfelt. I've never done a social network site... and increasingly I'm glad I don't get tied up in the white noise that people seem to have to deal with. I like a simple existence. I like to be in control of anything I say or post. This isn't a puff piece for LC as some may see it, but I'm comfortable here... and I know it's a social network site too!
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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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Facebook Integration Change

Jonmark Weber ·
Facebook has recently changed their OAuth authentication requirements by enabling “ Strict Mode ” for all consumers. What this means, is that if your community is using Facebook as a linked Social Network, then that integration with Facebook will no longer work until you have met their requirements. For all site owners who have not integrated Facebook as a Social Network for your members, please allow your eyes to haze over and move on with your day. Perhaps throw on some music and get a...
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How to leverage social tools to support a forum

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Forums and social networks are not oil and water.  They are oil and vinegar for your vinaigrette.  Shake gently together and take your marketing salad up a notch.  In fact, there are several things you can do to leverage your social...
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The social media bubble, are you in it?

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Those who cheerlead for social media are in one bubble, and those who pooh-pooh it are in their own bubble.  The best place is reality, in between the two camps.  Depending on the day, you will read headlines that any given platform,...
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Are you a Tuber or a Canoer?

Rosemary O'Neill ·
From my bedroom window, I can see the Snoqualmie River rushing by.  It's comforting to know that it's always there, always moving.  Today it made me think about the world of social media is similarly rushing, moving past at a rapid...
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Re: Welcome to our New Blog!

Well I don't really know what this place is for, but I hope everybody enjoys it and finds it useful and informative. Rosemary I know it makes travelling hazardous, but I wish it would snow here for Christmas.
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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: 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 key differences between social networks and communities

Soulati ·
Excellent description of the differences. I think perhaps an online community can also be more theme oriented, right? A mission, cause, program, objective or some such? Which at the end of the day continuously helps my further clarity about Hoop.la. Slow on the uptake, and I'm not sure why I am! Time...take the time to learn thoroughly, Jayme. Yep.
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Re: 5 key differences between social networks and communities

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Yes, I love the insight about a theme or cause. That's definitely another differentiator. You're not slow on the uptake--you're helping me up my game every time we talk
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Welcome to our New Blog!

Rosemary O'Neill ·
This space will be used for thoughts and advice on social media issues, news, and technology, including our own.  We'll include corporate news/updates, inside scoop, and other fun items as we see fit. Right now we're furiously working on a...
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Re: Social Network Integration Changes

Daniel Dixon ·
Great information and thanks for sharing. it will be informative for me.
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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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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: Filtering out the Noise

Lori ·
I've been using my earbuds the last couple of days, because of this road construction noise, and it helps. On Facebook, I hide the game posts as they come up, that way I can keep it to the "nuggets". The only problem is that there's no way to do this on the phone app, so I have to log on via computer occasionally to fix this. I'm a bit surprised the iPhone app doesn't have a facility for this, but maybe they will in a future version.
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Filtering out the Noise

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Today at the office, I'm trying desperately to focus as the machinery in the street beneath our windows grinds, pummels, and jackhammers the pavement into oblivion.  Where are those Bose noise-canceling headphones when I need them? The scenario...
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Do you know your Influencers?

Rosemary O'Neill ·
This Ad Age article caught my eye today: http://adage.com/digitalnext/a...le?article_id=143372 It's an elegant summary of "influencer" activity across multiple social media platforms.  The article mentions discussion forum posts as an area where...
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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: The social media bubble, are you in it?

social66 ·
I totally agree with each point of Rosemary. Limited knowledge of things can spoil us. It is better to read widely and try to find out the best you want from it. Our own analysis of things will help us to take a final decision. I'm planning to start a social website on a vCloud Connector server, could you please suggest the positives. Different writers put forward different opinion; some prefers to write only positive but some are totally opposite and only born to think negative. It creates...
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Re: How to leverage social tools to support a forum

Alex - Lanoba ·
There are some great ideas here. I particularly like the idea of posting hot topics online. Is there any way of automating that? Perhaps you know which blog engine is natively more social? In other words, which one requires the least amount of customization to be social? (e.g. PHPBB, VBulletin, etc.) Alex lanoba.com
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Re: How to leverage social tools to support a forum

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Thanks! There might be a way to grab the RSS feed for topics that meet certain criteria...I'll have to look into that. It wouldn't be too difficult to manually Tweet out or post teasers to hot topics though. As far as which platform is the easiest to make social, may I humbly suggest Hoop.la ?
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Re: How to leverage social tools to support a forum

Alex - Lanoba ·
Thanks for the quick response. I had never heard of Hoop.la so I will certainly take a look. Regards, Alex lanoba.com
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Re: Preliminary Data: How Social is Your Business?

Soulati ·
The confusion surrounding social marketing is palpable. Whenever I speak with folks they believe it's only about posting to Facebook and Twitter. No one really knows how to engage customers. Now that I am blogging and writing social media posts for clients, it's a longer haul to earn traction. People and companies are so behind and had they engaged 3 years ago when everyone was excited to like, share, follow it would be easier today.
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Re: Preliminary Data: How Social is Your Business?

Soulati ·
P.S. Can I share this on LinkedIn? Or are you not there?
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Re: Preliminary Data: How Social is Your Business?

Rosemary O'Neill ·
LinkedIn share button is coming...meanwhile, you can copy paste the URL into the LinkedIn post box and it should work fine (should you be so inclined). And I totally agree that confusion is rampant right now. Seeing the data from this study really gives perspective on how many folks are still figuring it out as they go.
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Preliminary Data: How Social is Your Business?

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Leader Networks, a social strategy consulting firm, has recently released its preliminary findings from an ongoing study called the Social Business Benchmark Project.  The study is designed to assess how the trend toward "social business" has...
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Don't be a social Frankenstein.

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Does your social community look like Frankenstein? Are your Facebook page, Twitter stream, YouTube channel, and blog lumbering around cyberspace in search of friends? If so, then you need a way to pull it all together into a social hub that lives...
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Google+ using circles to set privacy on posts...great idea...

Rosemary O'Neill ·
...that our LiveCloud network has had since 2006.   Glad to see Google's on board with the idea.
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Can you create a community?

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Is it truly possible to create an online community? Yes, but no. The right way to think about it is that you're creating the best place for a community to come together.   There are many reasons why you don't want to approach the...
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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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Re: European (and Product) Expansion

Slaz ·
Ireland is apparently popular for multinationals setting up their European HQ. Corporate taxes are relatively favorable and as a bonus, it's English speaking and has the Euro as currency (accepted in about the rest of Europe) as opposed to the British pound. No wonder tech companies like Apple and Microsoft have their European HQ's in the area as well. It's also famous for it's pub culture, Guinness, and is number 7 in the list of most beer consuming countries. Sounds good to me.
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European (and Product) Expansion

Ted O'Neill ·
We are expanding our footprint, with a new office in Dublin, and plans for new products.
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Social Media is not New, not Voodoo

Rosemary O'Neill ·
There we were, crowded around my mother-in-law's blinking grey monitor.  There was a squealy bouncing sound, and then...we were looking at a message from a lady in Germany who liked the same kind of dogs as she did. Around the same time, my...
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The Difference Between a Feed and a Conversation

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Social networks can be depressing . Scrolling through a "feed" is a self-reinforcing loop, and you're being "fed" the pieces of content with which the algorithm has determined you will engage. You spend your time scrolling, occasionally flicking a reaction or typing a quick comment, feeling inferior because it's not your birthday, you didn't eat at Ruth's Chris last night, and your 2.5 beautiful children haven't won the gymnastics competition. Sometimes there will be a random, intrusive...
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Re: The Difference Between a Feed and a Conversation

MHK@CS2 ·
Very timely, Rosemary - thanks! Mary
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Re: The Difference Between a Feed and a Conversation

Slaz ·
Such a nice little well-written jab at the drug Facebook and Twitter are injecting into their users. The many Hoop.la, UBB, and Eve communities, as well as Narrative are examples of how user to user interaction through the web should be done.
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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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