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Merry Christmas! – It is Christmas Day and So I’ll Say It!

Somehow “Happy Holidays” has never cut it for me. I do use that expression during December when I know that I have a mixed audience.

But December 25th is Christmas Day. Period.  So when I see tweets and posts that avoid using “Merry Christmas,” I just wonder why? It IS Christmas.

Merry Christmas to all!


Social Media: Be Nice or Leave – Thank you

Social: adjective

From Dictionary.com

1. pertaining to, devoted to, or characterized by friendly companionship or relations: a social club.
2. seeking or enjoying the companionship of others; friendly; sociable; gregarious.
3. of, pertaining to, connected with, or suited to polite or fashionable society: a social event.
4. living or disposed to live in companionship with others or in a community, rather than in isolation: People are social beings.

Social Media…?

If Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc. are social media, should we expect online social behavior to be as positive as the definition implies?

On the other hand, aren’t you often pleasantly surprised at how positive most posts and tweets are? Do you find it interesting that it’s the “feel good” stuff and the “make someone laugh” stuff and the “inspirational / motivational” stuff that gets shared and RT’d the most?

Not to mention #FF (Follow Friday) – all about helping each other get more followers. And #tweetchats – the sharing of knowledge and helpful advice?

And of course, humor runs wild! We all need a good laugh.

So where does the crude stuff go?

Have you noticed that what usually happens to the “offensive” stuff is that it disappears into the streams… Oh, yeah, we might chuckle a little, even get a kick our of checking the attached inappropriate link, but… we pause before we RT, Share, Like or display any other action of recognition, because we think before we associate our public selves with that stuff.


So is that why junk doesn’t spread?

Was Anne Frank right? “It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”

No, I’m not going all Pollyanna on you. But it is something I have noticed a lot – because tooooo much of my time is spent on social media and I’m a human behavior junkie ;-)

IMHO: I think we pass on sharing “unseemly” stuff because:

  • while we might share some negative stuff in a face to face exchange, we can’t count on written words to convey who we are and we don’t want to be taken at face value to online strangers.
  • Because we do think twice before possibly tarnishing our pages (i.e. reputations).
  • We know we can’t delete it later.
  • We never know who’s looking – even our moms

Agree or disagree? Would love to hear your opinion…

Hi, Mom :” >


Ya gotta kiss a lot of frogs before you find the right Tweetchat

I’ve started attending tweetchats…

If you’re following my posts, you already know how I feel about the latest webinars we are all getting slammed with where EVERYONE is THE expert and yet all are saying the same thing.

A lot are obviously advertising their services – “not that there’s anything wrong with that” (quoth Seinfeld)!

I’m rambling. At any rate, I decided to try tweetchats in hopes of more control of content.

Hmmm, I thought. Live… interactive… guest experts (aka guests to build RTs) … and maybe some fun making new connections.

Enter the frogs. There are a gazillion tweetchats scheduled for all types of interests (really, I counted).

Here’s a Google doc that lists them if you have the rest of your life to check them all out :)


Unfortunately, you have to attend a lot of tweetchats (kiss a lot of frogs) before you find one worth the hour and the dose of A.D.D. adrenaline from jumping all over tweets while trying to track Q2 and A5, etc.

I don’t have the time to attend more than 1, maybe 2, a week. So this is a painful process to find one that is really productive or even entertaining.

I think I have found one – just 1. Fortunately the participants are as knowledgeable or even more-so than the guests and moderator, but that is what I want. Far more entertaining and worthwhile to have many participants saying a lot rather than one moderator and one guest saying a lot of nothing.

Jury’s still out on this one as I have only attended 2 so far. If I can just ignore the moderator’s ego, I might start really enjoying it. I’m not telling you which one since I don’t want to offend anyone (ha).

So what am I looking for (and you should, too) in a Tweetchat moderator?

Challenge the guest! Force questions and comments!

Share Social Media 201 stuff, no more basics! We are up to our eyeballs in basics.

Don’t throw out 3 new questions when the previous ones haven’t been answered.

I guess it’s back to the old saying for both tweetchats and free webinars – ya get what ya pay for! Time to cough it ($) up for some princes. No more frogs for me. But I’ll keep searching the tweetchats, too. I like answering questions to help others.

Any suggestions for a good tweetchat?  Please!?


Twitter tit for tat following – Get over yourself!

Just like you, I am busy.

Because I want to walk the talk as a Social Media Consultant, I keep up with my own SoMe accounts – authentically!

Yes – it’s me doing all those posts and comments, etc. Which means I spend a lot of time making sure I respond to mentions, comments, questions, conversations. And I don’t use an Autoresponder (that’s another post).

…So, maybe it takes me a while to get to all my new followers and follow back – much less thank them – I am sorry.

But why do some people UNfollow me just because I didn’t follow right back. Seriously?

When I had more time, I used to take the time to read the bio and a few tweets of each new follower so I could respond with a personalized DM (“Direct Message” for newbies).

I’d say things  like, “I’m a big fan of Stephen King, too!” or whatever peaked my interest in their tweets or bio.

Then (dum, dum, DUM – scary music), I started getting CANNED RESPONSES to my personalized DMs.

I took the time to notice their interests and comment on them, but they never read it because they have an autoresponder. (Can you tell I hate autoresponders?)

I have a new strategy. I religiously check my mentions and respond there. On the same page, I can check my new followers and immediately follow back. No more email notifications on new followers either!

AND at least I know there is a live person on the other end in a conversation on my @bizcommunicator mentions page.

I put social back in social media for me and my followers.

What’s your strategy on new followers?