Tech Talk Tuesday: Facebook, Privacy, and Social Media

Facebook has changed their privacy settings again, and if you don’t live in a tech space you might not understand why all the geeks are screaming about the end of their illusions of privacy. What often happens in social media (as in every part of our lives) is that one person makes a valid point about best practices not being heeded, and it spirals into an Orwellian tirade about Big Brother. Which is wrong. If you hear folks yelling about Facebook breaking their trust, then please send them to me. …

Tech Talk Tuesday: Linkbait And Trackbacks

Linkbait is when you post to your site, link to someone else, and hope and pray that you get their attention (and even better, their traffic). Bloggers (and many webmasters) try and keep track of their statistics. In the year and a half that I’ve had this blog, I’ve gotten comfortable with my statistics and I can sort of feel the trends. My traffic comes from search and returning readers. A tiny piece of my traffic (less than 3%) comes from links from other sites. Now, you can interpret that …

Tech Talk Tuesday: MyLikes.com

Last week I got an email from Bindu Reddy, inviting me to be a Premium Influencer on MyLikes. After poking around a bit, I decided that MyLikes is a community I’d like to participate in. Everything about it makes sense, as it appears to be the natural growth of Likaholix. Rather than a traditional review, I’m going to give you my brief interview with Bindu Reddy of MyLikes. Also, I’m giving it my full endorsement. It’s a good site, and if great people participate it will be a great community. …

Peter Kinder Shows What Social Media Can Do

This morning there is a hostage situation in Jefferson City, Missouri. Peter Kinder is the Lt. Governor. He is usingTwitter to alert his constituents to the situation: And then more information as he had it and then an authoritative blessing for his constituents This is the real time value of twitter. It’s essentially acted as a reverse 911 phone system for the good people of Missouri. Follow Peter Kinder on twitter for more updates. ****** Update: I’ve made a list of people who are on site at the shooting. Click …

Tech Talk Tuesday: Lists As Linkbait or Community?

Some bloggers like lists. Lists are simple and easy to read, particularly when you’re reading off a computer screen. There are a few other reasons that bloggers write lists: Lists are easy to write You don’t have to use good grammar on a list Lists are easily searched by bots Lists of people might get you mentioned Being on a list might sound impressive If you make a list of people, they might talk about you See how easy that was? Do you see the value in it? Neither do …