Monthly Archives: October 2013

Scheduled tweets during live events… still a bad idea

Social media runs in real-time. Real-fast real-time. If you want to Tweet at an event, you better be ready to be there the whole time. Numerous brands and people have looked foolish in the past when they’ve scheduled auto-tweets that get sent at bad times during events like disasters and elections.

Have you ever been sifting through your Twitter feed and come across a tweet that stood out like a sore thumb? Haven’t we all… For most of us, coming across an obviously scheduled tweet is irksome and distasteful. Why? Because it defeats the entire purpose of Twitter. Especially at live events.

Recently my company was attending a Gartner Symposium in Orlando and the fire alarm went off during the show. Thousands of people had to evecuate and go outside until the all clear was given. Below are tweets during the evacuation. Some tweets are scheduled and some are live. It’s easy to tell the difference.

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These tweets are embarrassing but the now famous Worst Scheduled Tweet Ever takes the cake. 

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Minutes later this scheduled tweet was posted:

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Love it or Hate it. Conan O’Brien is a LinkedIn Influencer

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Conan O’Brien is one of the funniest people out there. I would go as far as calling him a comedy genius. But perhaps the person who thought of naming him a LinkedIn influencer is the true genius.

His first “influential” post on LinkedIn is typical Conan. But a lot of people, including “real influencers”, are angry and voicing their opinion on the comment section of his post.

As of this morning, there were almost 1,000 comments. Many are saying that Conan missed the point on becoming an influencer. Others are applauding Conan for giving his usual sarcastic point of view on the whole influential business: “it feels good to be on LinkedIn among my peers – attractive, fabulously successful plutocrats who laugh at their own jokes.”

Check out Conan’s first post.


Instagram turns 3, now it has to make money…

In case you missed it, Instagram, the ridiculously popular photo and video sharing social platform, turned three years old last week. During those three years, the company swiftly overcame some tough obstacles (including a huge backlash to its proposed privacy changes) to remain the selfie addict’s app of choice. In three short years it has racked up some impressive feats. For instance, it has amassed 150 million users worldwide, who have collectively shared a brain-melting 16 billion photos. Figures like this prompted social giant Facebook to snap up the company for an estimated $1 billion in 2012 as it obviously saw the money making potential.

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The #Selfie Experience [Infographic]

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2005 to 2008 was dominated by MySpace, the largest social network then who started the selfie concept by letting users upload a ‘MySpace pic.’

Fast forward to August 28, 2013, when ‘Selfie’ has been officially added to Oxford Dictionary.

All kinds of people from kids to important public figures like The Pope have starting taking selfies.

Here are the top ten hash tags on Twitter related to Selfie, with over 41 million photos: #selfie, #selfies, #selfiesunday, #selfiesaturday, #selfienation, #selfiee, #selfiesfordays, #selfiecentral, #selfiemonday, #selfieee.

The infographic below by ebay talks about the top 25 Twitter Celebrities, calculated by the number of their posted Selfies, with Miley Ray Cyrus topping the charts.

Surprisingly enough, Barack Obama has tweeted 0 selfies out of 1,463 messages containing photo or video, the lowest selfie rate out of top 100 Twitter Celebrities.


Facebook Launches Program to Expedite Reports of Cyberbullying

From U.S. News:

Facebook announced Thursday it will launch a new campaign to combat cyberbullying, in a partnership with the state of Maryland, where the company will begin a pilot program.

The new program will give school teachers and staff a streamlined channel to report potential cyberbullying incidents on Facebook, according to an announcement from Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler. Each school system will have one point person who deals directly with Facebook to resolve any questionable activity that is not resolved through Facebook’s standard reporting system within 24 hours, through the site’s “Educator Escalation Channel.”

“Too often, we read headlines about cyberbullying that inflicts serious emotional trauma on children, or worse yet, ends in tragedy,” Gansler said in a statement. “We can no longer brush off these episodes and we must reject a ‘kids will be kids’ mentality that ignores how to confront this troubling trend.”

Nationwide, 28 percent of middle and high school students experience some type of bullying, according to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. But the majority of students who said they were bullied did not report it.

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