Next week is going to be busy: a class and a webinar!

Linkedin Centipedes at 2010 Bay to Breakers.

I have two things coming up next week and decided to share them here!

On Tuesday, I’ll teach a class on LinkedIn for business.

On Thursday, I’ll lead Lunch & Learn Teleseminar: Social Media 101 With Regina Walton – Sponsored by FCN & NAGC.

I’m just excited for both. Check them out!

Now I have to get some lesson and presentation planning in.

Photo courtesy of smi23le on Flickr.

A Crazy Week and an odd Twitter Debate

I really wanted to talk about this right after it happened, but I’ve just been busy.  I had my usual level of work.  I also taught a course called Facebook for Business.  It went really well, and, yes, there are more classes in the pipeline.

It’s a lovely Saturday morning, and it’s the perfect time to talk about this.  My conclusion I’ll move here because I talk a lot about the minutia of the debate at the end.  If you’re going to debate someone on Twitter: state your point.  With that said, let me go through the discussion.

Last week I saw an article on Mashable and then shared it on Twitter:

The tweet that started this:

More U.S. Adults Own a Smartphone Than Have a Degree This headline makes me sad. Y’all ignant! RT @mashable (The text in italics is what I added.)

Reply 1:

@ReginaWalton I know lots of ignorant people with degrees. Credentials mean little to nothing.

My response 1:

I met those people too, but America is a pretty ignorant. I’d not use the few educated fools I’ve met to poo poo education.

Reply 2:

@ReginaWalton Education is not the same as credentials.

My response 2:

2) some credentials like professional ones you can’t get w/out a certain education level (note: avoided foolish ppl, period)

3) I’ve met some amazing people who are wise and educated. I’ve also met wise and uneducated people.

4) societies flourish when they educate their people. The USA is failing in that respect and that needs to change. Fini.

Reply 3:

@ReginaWalton A degree is not the same as education. We have a degree-flooded market, not an educated one.

@ReginaWalton If by “societies” you mean governments, I’d love to see proof. Simply not the case.

My response 3:

the ROK is one. Look at their development and the money they’ve put into their schools as well as their economic dev plans

also societies. antebellum black culture made amazing gains due to a self organized subculture which emphasized education.

Reply 4:

@ReginaWalton society is not the same as gov’t. if we can’t agree on that, unlikely to agree on much else! goodnight. 🙂

My response 4:

 I was already asleep. 😉 Government and society in a homogeneous land like the ROK has more similarities than you think.

Reply 5:

look, if you can’t agree with a dictionary, you’re not going to see my POV. hope you slept well!

This is where I’m thinking “did you really just insult me twice?”  I think this person realized it too, so that last reply was deleted. Shots fired, but taken back. However, I got it because Twitter now sends you an email when people reply to you (so don’t disable those emails; I wouldn’t have seen it otherwise.)  I let it slide because this person did have the decency to take it down. Also, for most of this I’m walking home on a hot night and I was moving fast because I needed to go to the bathroom.  I’m also diabetic and my blood sugar was crashing, so that’s why I just went to bed.

Let me walk through this as I saw it evolving.  That tweet from Mashable is my real voice and reflects my opinion. The news makes me sad a little. However, the reality is that even in highly educated societies the number of people using smart phones will eventually eclipse the number of people who have a degree. This is simply because degrees go to a subset of a population. Like TVs, anyone can buy a smart phone if they can afford it.  The second park, the “y’all ignant” thing is more a joke.  I don’t speak that way and was lacing in humor, which, clearly escaped this person’s notice.  (Not a bad thing because online humor often is misinterpreted.)

The first point was good, however, I never said that ignorant people don’t also have degrees.

In both response 1 and 2 I thought that I made express attempts to let this person know I acknowleged their points.  Of course, having a degree does not mean someone is wise or well-informed.  I chose humanties when I was in university because you go to university to learn.  Yes, you also go because it increases your chances for a good job. However, I’ve always had an issue with people who were simply mercenary about their college or university educations.  So again, I think we agree.  A lot of people with degrees aren’t educated.  However, I won’t go as far as attacking education.  What I want to do is improve it or revise it

The points where we seem to agree go ignored. This is why I get the feeling the person just wants to win the argument. Damn actually understanding each other.

When credentials come up, that’s right up my alley.  I have a professional degree: a J.D. (a law degree).  That’s how people enter the profession.  It used to be a system where people would apprentice by working with lawyers over a term of years and then they’d be able to enter the profession.  Now it’s a profession that you enter via getting in and surviving law school.  Then you’ve got to take the bar exam and maintain that status over the years with bar education and other requirements.  This model also applies to other professional degrees like doctors, teachers, social workers, dentists, etc.   Essentially you must have the degree to do the job.

I’m thinking this person is thinking more about cases like business where you can be truly self-made.  Nothing wrong with the self-made person.  Those are inspiring and great stories!

Hell, my parents had very low education levels and managed to move across the country from a rural and very uneducated town to a major city. There they owned a home, had great credit, and were the picture of the American dream complete with a father with stable job and a stay-at-home mom.  However,  my parents also pushed me to get my education and that opened doors for me that wouldn’t have been there but for the degrees I earned.  This is my narrative and what was pushing me during this back and forth on Twitter.  I know both sides: the educated side AND the uneducated side.  I know my parents worked hard and would have gotten so much further had they had the benefit of education.  That’s why they pushed me..

And this person wants proof.  Okay, I bring it. I lived in South Korea for 8 1/2 years. You can’t throw a rock in a small city there without hitting a college or university.  Okay, you can but the first small city I was in had, at least, 4 to 5 nearby colleges and universities.  Another small town I lived in had 3 universities all less then 10 minutes apart.  I KNOW what I’m talking about here and South Korea is an example of development that is studied worldwide now. I also studied it when I got my master’s in international studies at Ewha Womans University.  I know that example is more government than community, so I also talk about an instance of it happening on a community level: antebellum black America.

My impression of this back and forth was this person only pushed back on my points.  However, this person failed on articulating what they were trying to say.  I, honestly, never really got what the point of the discussion was.

If you can see it, please let me know. Thanks.

Twitter Sociology

This is just exciting because I sat in on Liz Pullen’s seminar during the Social Media Camp at Internet Week New York 2009.  What I didn’t notice was that Jolie O’Dell from Read Write Web posted an interview that she did with her later in the day.  The Social Media Camp is how she got on my social media radar, and I started following her on Twitter after that. I got a link to it today via the @Twitter_Tips stream.

One point in their discussion that I think is very interesting is Twitter trying to distance itself from being defined as a social network.  That’s a bit odd because it is a social network.  It’s a micro-blogging social network. However, with the shift from being able to search bios and follow people who might interest you based on their location or based on their interests or causes they support, you get their suggested users list of celebrities or other notable people.  The problem is with people who have a huge number of followers, Twitter is primarily used as just another broadcast network.  There are many types of broadcast networks.  Honestly, the celebs that I follow I don’t pay much attention to.

This is particularly so regarding the ones who only tweet inspirational quotes. It’s not original. I can and do look up inspirational quotes when I need them. BTW, who made you Gandhi? Following is such a passive sport that, even for the celebrities cut from pretentious cloth, I can do it without much disruption and there is that hope that they’ll say something insightful. Some do from time to time and stay on my list. However, after one too many inane bits of information there are others that are simply not broadcasting anything interesting and I just stop following them.  Again, their follower numbers are so big that it’s no loss to them and there is no loss to be because there wasn’t a conversation or interesting information.

In contrast are the people who have something interesting or informative to say.  I look forward to their tweets.  Also, there is the social network function that comes into play.  I do converse with some people. Most of these people I know.  Others I converse with because we share an interest.  I have juvenile diabetes (insulin dependent or type 1), so I tap into and converse with other diabetics.  I talk to people in NYC.  Of course, I converse with people in the social media field and other bloggers. Those are all social networks that I’m a part of and that Twitter helps me maintain on some level.  It’s a bit disingenuous to ignore that level of social interaction.  Twitter is used for many things including social networking, business promotion, broadcasting, etc.

It’s so interesting that people are smart enough to look at the sociological implications of social media independent of the ROI analysis.  Granted there is, of course, a place for ROI in the context of business.  However, everything ought not be based on profit.  Social media is also fun.  It’s bringing people together in a new way.  It’s interesting to see what people do with it and also how people react.  I’m usually most amused by the Luddites who see social media as a harbinger of all that’s bad with the world. Having sociologists take it serious and analyze it in-depth also validates my like of it and involvement with it.  We all like to be validated from time to time.


Tweepsearch – allows you to search Twitter bios.

Social Media: New Year’s Eve Style

Well, at least they’re on it. However, there is no way on this Earth that you’ll catch me in Times Square this New Year’s Eve. It’s already insanely cold out there.  That’s the beauty of social media!

I don’t have to be there. 😉 If you will be there, bring your iPhone!

NewYearsEveWebcast.jpgThe Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment aren’t dropping the ball when it comes to incorporating social media into the upcoming New Year’s Eve celebration, as they will offer a six-and-a-half-hour Webcast via,, or, as well as on a special site for iPhone users, The New York TimesGadgetwise reports.

The Webcast will follow five separate story lines and cover the international participants, the history of Times Square through photos, the story behind the bloggers and other information, and viewers will be able to post photos and comment via Twitter and Facebook, according to Gadgetwise.

Twitter’s Trending Topics 2009

Just in case you’re curious Twitter has tracked the trends of 2009. However, I think it’s a bit early for Abdur and crew to publish this stuff as 2009 isn’t quite over yet. Who knows what news might emerge in the next couple of weeks. I’m sure it’s already planned that they’ll run the numbers again.  So, assuming that we can roll out of the rest of 2009 with nothing but boring news days, here are Twitter’s Trending Topics 2009.

News Events
1. #iranelection
2. Swine Flu
3. Gaza
4. Iran
5. Tehran
6. #swineflu
7. AIG
8. #uksnow
9. Earth Hour
10. #inaug09

1. Michael Jackson
2. Susan Boyle
3. Adam Lambert
4. Kobe (Bryant)
5. Chris Brown
6. Chuck Norris
7. Joe Wilson
8. Tiger Woods
9. Christian Bale
10. A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez)

1. Harry Potter
2. New Moon
3. District 9
4. Paranormal Activity
5. Star Trek
6. True Blood
7. Transformers 2
8. Watchmen
9. Slumdog Millionaire
10. G.I. Joe

TV Shows
1. American Idol
2. Glee
3. Teen Choice Awards
4. SNL (Saturday Night Live)
5. Dollhouse
6. Grey’s Anatomy
7. VMAS (Video Music Awards)
8. #bsg (Battlestar Galatica)
9. BET Awards
10. Lost

Sports (Teams, Events, Leagues)
1. Super Bowl
2. Lakers
3. Wimbledon
4. Cavs (Cleveland Cavaliers)
5. Superbowl
6. Chelsea
7. NFL
8. UFC 100
9. Yankees
10. Liverpool

1. Google Wave
2. Snow Leopard
3. Tweetdeck
4. Windows 7
5. CES
6. Palm Pre
7. Google Latitude
8. #E3
9. #amazonfail
10. Macworld

Hash Tags
1. #musicmonday
2. #iranelection
3. #sxsw
4. #swineflu
5. #nevertrust
6. #mm
7. #rememberwhen
8. #3drunkwords
9. #unacceptable
10. #iwish

Repost: How to Engage your Facebook Fans

It’s been over a month. I know! Over a month.

My apologies, but I’ve been busy working, and that’s an excellent reason to be busy 😉

Part of the work I do is social media management, I thought this was an interesting enough presentation to share. There are a few small grammatical errors in it, but the basics of what they’re discussing is good enough to overlook the small kinks.

Check it out:

Addicted to Twitter? How About TwitterPeek!

Are you just addicted to Twitter? Well, if so, maybe TwitterPeek is for you! This is the world’s first dedicated Twitter device.  What “dedicated” means is it only sends and receives tweets.


Um, what?!!!

Okay, I’ve got to say this is probably the most underwhelming product I’ve heard about in awhile. I just love Twitter now that there are a ton of people on it. I joined in 2007.

However, I’m a Blackberry-carrying, ÜberTwitter-addicted, multifunction sort of gal. I’m the person sitting on the bus reading through her tweets, laughing and replying.  It’s better than dealing with the surly mass of humanity that lives in Manhattan. Also, using Twitter while commuting is usually both informative and entertaining because I follow some pretty smart and funny people.

However, a device that only sends and receives tweets?  I’m not too sure about that. One of the things I do a lot is move on to the link sent in a tweet. If you’re using TwitterPeek, you can do that. Also, it only only allows one Twitter account. Um…okay. (Details taken from TwitterPeek’s FAQ page.)

The TwitterPeek folks base their theory that there is a market for this on the Rapleaf’s study that says 65% of tweets are sent from the web.  From that, they conclude that most people are “stuck” using Twitter on the web.

But, but, but…wait! I’m NOT stuck. I’ve got Seesmic Desktop, a free-standing Twitter client, or PowerTwitter, a web-based Twitter client, running when I’m working on my computer, and that’s pretty much all of the time. That doesn’t mean I don’t have a smart phone. It simply means that I’m more likely to tweet when I’m taking a break from work than when I’m sitting in a taxi.  Usually, if I’m in a taxi, I’ve got Google Maps up and running. There has got to be more numbers and research that show a need for a product like TwitterPeek.

The device costs $99, and that includes 6 months of free service.  After that, it’s $7.95 a month or $199 for lifetime service.

That’s another question – is Twitter the IT service for the rest of our lives or in a couple of years will something else have taken its place? (Just the fact that I posed that question should tell you my answer.)

I just don’t know about this one.  I wish them luck (and, hell, by posting this, I’m spreading the word for them.) We’ll see if it takes off.  I know I just don’t have a need for something this basic.

Check out this video of Engadget’s Joshua Topolsky on Jimmy Fallon’s show. Joshua demos the TwittePeek for Fallon and his audience. Their laughter seems to indicate that they’re thinking the same thing I am about this one.  However, maybe there is a demographic out there that really does need this.  If you’re one of those people, I’m glad to have shared this info with you.  Now get yourself to and happy tweeting!


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