Something for FB fans who are are unsure how much location data their are sharing… Facebook users can easily access their entire location history. Essentially, this is all the places where you use the facebook “checkin” feature.
I gotta admit, I’m really tired of hearing from people that they think Twitter is simply a waste of time, or a stupid social network for boasting about your cat or where you eat or for sharing a selfie etc… Seriously, if you think that’s what Twitter is all about then you are missing out. And if you happen to be a “technology professional” and have that mind-set, I’d seriously also have to question your technology skills and the lack of an open mind that you bring to your work and your personal life. In short… crawl out from under that rock!
There’s many ways to use Twitter. There’s no right or wrong way to use it and the possibilities are seemingly endless. To say that using Twitter is silly and/or a waste of time is very short sighted. Read on for 10 Things you can easily do with Twitter that will make you love it, even if you hate it!
I know I’ve often looked around and shook my head, saddened by how much people (including myself) are truly missing out on because we have our face stuffed in our phone… next time you pull it out perhaps you’ll think of this video, I know I will! Thanks to FilmsforAction for sharing.
A recent blog post from OpenGeo shared a cool list of 100 Geotechnology innovators and influencers on Twitter and it generated a bit of discussion in the community. If anything, the list is quite handy for finding some great people and tech geeks to follow on Twitter (even if the numerical ranking / ordering is a little odd). Something I found interesting to do was to churn out a Wordle from all the text in the people’s bios to see what terms and keywords popped.
A few of the other interesting keywords that were hidden within the visualization that I took note of include: GISP, Washington, Redlands, learning, advocate and Geek! Gives you some good insight as to what traits are found in an influencer!
Yes indeed, the hipsters in PDX are doing it again, this will make #6 as WhereCamp PDX is scheduled to take place late in September in Portland, OR.
About the event – WhereCampPDX is a free, annual unconference for people interested in geography and related technologies. This year’s WhereCampPDX will be happening September 27–29 at the Metro Regional Center and other Portland locations.
Social Media for business… I’m sure you, the boss, or your colleagues have had meetings or discussions about the topic. A good place to get the wheels turning and start the research is via some of the handy white papers and e-books from the likes of hubspot, hootsuite and others. The following are just a few handy resources that I’ve recently downloaded and added to my iPad iBooks library… enjoy
Guide to New Facebook Business Page Timelines – Many businesses fear the changes the Facebook Business Page Timeline has brought about. So the sooner you get familiar with the new page design, the bigger competitive advantage you can gain
42 Rules for Growing Enterprise – Marketing, sales, and business development executives face constant pressure to boost revenue. This book is a brainstorming tool meant to provoke discussion and creativity within executive teams who are looking to boost their top line numbers.
All Aboard the Pinterest Train: Your Express Track to Powerful Marketing on Pinterest – A recent stat showed that Pinterest generates more monthly usage than Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ combined! Whether you’re already Pinning like crazy and suffering from Pinsomnia or just exploring how Pinterest might be relevant for your business, somewhere in this 40-page eBook
Best Practices – How to Implement Live Chat: Throughout the report, Netop will draw from their experience as a market-leading chat provider and share the real-world experiences of their customers. Their hope is to help your organization implement a smooth launch of online chat on your website, for improved conversions, increased online sales and more efficient customer service
How to Attract Customers with Twitter – The biggest mistake marketers make with Twitter is not realizing its full potential as a way to bring in more revenue.Yes, Twitter is a place for engagement with followers; but it’s also a place to generate leads and drive new sales for your organization.This eBook, with a foreword by Laura Fitton, the author of Twitter for Dummies, explains how to use the social network to drive real business results.
Learning LinkedIn From the Experts: How to Build a Powerful Business Presence on LinkedIn” – In HubSpot’s newest eBook, “Learning LinkedIn from the Experts”, five LinkedIn specialists provide key insight into how you can use LinkedIn to successfully grow your network and business
No huge surprises here and always fun are these Top10 lists and here’s one just published that shares how teens are using technology to fool parents about their activity (no doubt this could easily be ported and used by a number of users and various scenarios – spouses, workplace behavior etc….) enjoy! Despite their awareness of online dangers, teens continue to take risks by posting personal information and risky photos online – top 10 ways teens are fooling their parents include:
- Clearing the browser history (53%)
- Close/minimize browser when parent walked in (46%)
- Hide or delete IMs or videos (34%)
- Lie or omit details about online activities (23%)
- Use a computer your parents don’t check (23%)
- Use an internet-enabled mobile device (21%)
- Use privacy settings to make certain content viewable only by friends (20%)
- Use private browsing modes (20%)
- Create private email address unknown to parents (15%)
- Create duplicate/fake social network profiles (9%)
Interesting conclusions include: On average, teens spend about five hours a day online; Teens are glued to their news feeds; Facebook was the most popular site with 89.5% of teens using it, followed by Twitter (48.7%)
The annual Esri UC is a pretty darned social event. To help make it an even more social experience, there’s a number of resources that will really help you. To begin, the official ESRIUC facebook page is a great place to look for news from esri and to share some relevant information – See https://www.facebook.com/esriuc
Connect with other attendees in this non-esri run group on LinkedIn – See this un-official EsriUC LinkedIn Group
San Diego Map
Here’s an excellent San Diego map with plenty of tips on ArcGIS.com put together by an Esri insider – some fine tips and places to check out while in San Diego…
EsriUC Geo Lounge
The lounge onsite in the upper area of the SDCC – near the Map Gallery is a great way to kick back, watch some social media streams on the screen, update your blog, or check your twitter page.
@Esri has a number of official Twitter accounts including @EsriUC
Be sure to also follow search.twitter.com on the hashtag #esriuc and be sure to tag you rupdates from the event with the hashtag.
Like many others you may be thinking to yourself, oh, foursquare, why should I bother with that? Perhaps a good point, however, you have to admit, for the developer looking at the foursquare API there’s some very cool things one can do with location data if you really put your mind to it. Case in point, the Canada Geopolster app (@geopollstercan). The service (developed for The National Post) links a users’ foursquare account to a political affiliation. Then, once users begin to checkin, some interesting patterns begin to appear. For example, to date it seems that the Green Party is most popular in Alberta and Manitoba. At a finer grain, the cities of Edmonton, AB and Sidney, BC are also quite Green. Where it gets really cool is that the data is also starting to indicate that venues like bike shops, museums, soccer stadiums, and even cupcake shops are also popular with users that favor the Green party. You see where this can get a little interesting now? With enough people using the app the political pollsters and campaign mangers could target their efforts at venues where their efforts might payoff. Indeed an interesting concept and I’m sure we’ll see much more if this kind of thing in the future. Foursquare may not be rewarding end users with much value, however, for the developer and those building on the API there could be some huge rewards – this holds for true for developers using any of the social or mobile APIs out there – think Opportunity!
For more about GeoPollster and the use of foursquare in the Canadian Federal election see this article – More Than A Check In (Part 1) – Geopollster, Cast Your Vote When you Check in via foursquare
Like a number of you, I’m heading to the annual GIS in the Rockies event next week in Northern Colorado. There hasn’t been a ton of pre-event hype and hooplah on the social media streams yet, but hopefully that will change as the event approaches. In addition to 2 days of sessions and GIS/Geo Tech demonstrations, there’s also some fine pre-event educational training the day prior to the event as well as some post-event off site visits (like a trip to the local USGS office and other interesting outings).
As I plan for my getaway one of the first things I find myself doing is searching for an OFFICIAL event hashtag. Unfortunately its been a little tough to come by, perhaps the planners hadn’t given that any consideration. I think this a great reminder to anyone planning events need to keep in mind that developing an official hashtag for use by attendees is critical and needs to be done at the early stages. In addition to helping attendees and others that are interested in the event come together and share their discussions, the hashtag is also very useful as a promotional tool. When properly done, a hashtag can be used by attendees when they register (imagine tweeting “I just registered for event XXX”, or “I’m presenting the following paper at event XXX” etc…).
Events and social media go hand in hand. Any event planner needs to make it simple for attendees to share their event experience with the World and its also a crucial tool for non-attendees to virtually attend and take part in discussions from afar. So, the final point here is planners need to designate and promote an official event hashtag early on in the planning stages, they need to use it online on the event website, incorporate the hashtag into the registration process if possible, and use the hashtag in all your pre-conference planning and promotional efforts.
Event Hashtag Tips:
- create a logical, easy to use, easy to spell, and easy to remember hastag
- create a SHORT hashtag – you only have 140 characters in a tweet, don’t waste valuable real estate!
- tweet and retweet people who are using the hashtag
- consider registering your official hashtag at What the Hash – this will provide you with some useful stats and information about users – See http://wthashtag.com
I’m still not 100% sure of the GIS in the Rockies HAshtag but I’ll likely use #GISRock or #GISRockies