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How to Screw-Up a Blogger Pitch in 4 Easy Steps

In addition to all of the presentations and workshops, one of the many wonderful aspects of the recent LeWeb conference in Paris is the opportunity to connect with others who are working on innovative projects and developing new applications which make our lives easier or more productive. As I was listed as one of the LeWeb Official Bloggers, I received a few requests to meet from those interested in obtaining coverage for their product or for one of their clients

Sorry It’s Been So Long; I’ve Got More Important Things To Do Right Now

For any normal person, not connecting online for a short while doesn't seem odd. In fact, it makes sense. When I notice that someone hasn't posted in a few days, I assume they are out and about living their lives. When a social media geek like myself doesn't post updates to Facebook or Twitter and too many days have passed since my last blog post, people begin to wonder if I've fallen off the Earth.

How Not to Use Twitter For Business (DMV Edition)

Ugh. Does anyone like dealing with the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles)? Seldom does a day go by without seeing a tweet or a post from some tortured soul waiting in a painfully long line at the DMV. Similar to that other beloved public agency, the IRS, the DMV has a reputation for confusing processes, no sense of customer service and an infrastructure stuck in the technological dark ages.

How Not to Use Twitter for Business (FroYo Edition)

I was a rabid frozen yogurt fan when it was all the rage in the 1980s. Then, like all good things I loved, it was sent out to pasture with my severely wide-legged pants, sweaters with shoulder pads and my Lionel Richie records*. The period of mourning has long since passed, but imagine my delight to see that frozen yogurt is now *in* once again. I was thrilled to see a new frozen yogurt shop open within walking distance of my home. OK, so it is wildly overpriced, but it's there and that's all that matters when I want a fix.

Social Media Stats – It’s Raining Content!

Does it ever feel that there is a non-stop downpour of Facebook posts, YouTube videos, Twitter tweets, LinkedIn connections and blog posts? Do you ever feel like you're drowning in content? If so and you spend any amount of time online, it isn't just your imagination. The larger our networks of contacts, the more information we see pushed in our direction every time one of our friends shares a link to a news article, their latest blog post and a funny video of a cat dressed as Lady Gaga.

I Don’t Care Where. You. Are. Right. Now.

Hey, you! Yeah, you standing in line at Starbucks using your phone to check-in while waiting to get your daily latte. We need to have a word. We've been connected for awhile on Twitter and Facebook. I like you, really I do. I enjoy getting to know you better through our connection. I appreciate the information you've shared about your interests and news in your area of expertise.

What is Your Favorite “Real-time” Tool?

The theme of LeWeb '09 was "The Realtime Web," but what exactly "is" realtime? And, at what point, do realtime tools stop being new toys which only geeky people use and start becoming so embedded into our everyday lives that we don't really think about them, but can't imagine living without them?

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