It’s time to put a stop to children being hungry

We read and hear about it ALL the time: Be a giver.  Give till it hurts. In the past, I thought that donating a tweet was good enough.  I thought writing a blog post would cut it.  Then I realized that even giving $5 helped an organization get closer to a finish line. Today, I [...]

SHRM Kickball and No Kid Hungry

Everyone benefits when you “do good” for someone.  First of all, the person you are “doing good” for benefits.  Next, you generally feel good about it.  Finally, by telling the story of what just happened, you inspire others. And sometimes, your actions can help change someone’s life. Let me tell you a story… A few [...]

How to spy on the success of links

Have you ever seen a link on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn that starts with bit.ly or j.mp ?  If your QR Code scanner shows you the URL of the code you just scanned, you might have noticed a shortened URL there too. I’ve seen shortened URLs used in books, on posters, and even a business card. [...]

The day Twitter was down

Today, starting at about 11:03 AM CST (and for a little over an hour), Twitter was unavailable worldwide.  At first, I noticed that my Tweetdeck columns were no longer refreshing.  Then, a series of Facebook status updates with tons of people commenting exploded.  I checked Google+ and there too, people were commenting and chatting about [...]

A Camp Experience You Won’t Forget

I like conferences. They give me an opportunity to meet new people, give hugs and handshakes to those I’ve already met previously online, and they also expand my thoughts as I listen to the range of content topics.  Every once in while, I experience a conference that I can’t shut up about.  If you follow [...]

When your brand talks back

I don’t care whether you’re a Twitter newbie, or a Twitter veteran: it’s an AWESOME feeling when a brand “tweets” you in 140 characters or less. I’m not just talking about fielding your complaints either, although that’s important too. When you mention a brand and that brand talks back to you, it makes you feel [...]

Google Plus is Life Online

  I live over 70% of my life online. I just made that number up, but  it seems reasonable once you take sleep out of the equation.  I use multiple platforms when I’m online.  Facebook for delayed “catch-up” with friends (and reminding me of their birthdays), Beluga for keeping small groups in touch, Twitter for [...]

Get ready to help end childhood hunger on June 21st

I love to eat. I love just about any type of food, and I especially love preparing food.  So when I heard about the fact that nearly 1 in 4 children in America will face hunger this year, it tore my heart out.  Here I am, enjoying these delicious ribs, and there are children going [...]

The secret to building a social community

Building a social community takes time and is not an easy thing to do.  There is power in a group of like minded people gathered together around a purpose.  When you can get them to interact offline, and then naturally continue to interact online, you’ve accomplished something special.  So what’s the secret?  Let me enlighten [...]

Social SEO – Awesome spreads

This is a story about Social SEO. I’m not sure if someone has claimed the term of social seo already, but I’m using it to describe how a small article of mine made it to the #1 search search result on Google, subsequently dropped down to #7, and how I’d like you to help me [...]