There are still many people out there who believe Facebook is just for kids. Hopefully this infographic will show you otherwise.  Here are a few of my favorite statistics:

  • 1 in every 13 people on EARTH are active Facebook users
  • The 35+ age demographic represents over 30% of Facebook users
  • 71% of US Internet users are on Facebook


Obsessed with Facebook
Via: Online Schools

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There’s a new trend on Twitter where people create a “news daily” on a site called paper.li. I’m not a fan of them, but was really curious about what others thought, so asked people’s thought on Twitter this week, and even ran a poll.  First, here’s a bit about Paper.li and how it works…

Essentially, paper.li automatically creates a newspaper for you on a daily basis from content that comes through your twitter stream.  They either create it based on the links in the Twitter stream of the “curator” (person creating the newspaper) and the people they’re following, from a hashtag, or from a particular list. Then it sends a tweet something like this.

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When was the last time your company’s customer service department made  a “random act of kindnesss?” Well, for Constant Contact, it was just the other day, and I was the recipient of their generosity.  Here’s what happened…

On Tuesday evening, I got a direct message (a private message) on Twitter from Constant Contact saying:

“Could you DM me a good number to reach you at? I’d like to give you a call about your account. :) – Marisa”

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Have you heard of the new Fox show Lone Star? I had seen one commercial for it, but it really caught my eye, when I received an email a couple of weeks ago from Klout.

Subject: Klout Perk: Be the first to see the pilot of Lone Star

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Facebook launched a MAJOR new feature on their iPhone app yesterday, called “Places.” It’s a location based service (“LBS”) where you “check in” to locations, letting your friends know where you are.  If you use Foursquare, Gowalla or BrightKite, you are very familiar with these types of apps.  Or, if you have friends who cross-post their Foursquare updates to Facebook and Twitter, you may also know what they are (and may not have a positive opinion of them!).

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Now that Tweetdeck is integrating more social networks (LinkedIn, Facebook, Google Buzz, Foursquare, MySpace), I’m guessing there will be a name change soon. Ideas? Take this poll!



Click here for the results so far.

If you haven’t heard, the past few weeks have not been good for Facebook.  They’ve made a number of changes in how the privacy settings work, and have not been completely clear in explaining the changes. They’re not respecting people’s privacy.  “Facebook changed the rules and this information was unexpectedly shared with perfect strangers. That is, simply stated, a profound invasion of privacy.” (Gizmodo, 5/10/10). Rather than reshashing all of the issues, I’ll direct you to a few articles:facebook trash

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You may have noticed that Facebook made a change this week from calling the action of joining a Facebook page “Fan” to “Like.” What does this mean, really?  Nothing!  It’s really just a name change.  Instead of clicking “Become a Fan”, you now click “Like.”  In Facebook’s words, “We believe this change offers you a more light-weight and standard way to connect with people, things and topics in which you are interested.” (from their FAQ).  As an example, here’s how it looks:

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Most people who know me, follow my blog or talk to me on Twitter know that I’m not a big fan of cross-posting, where people post updates in one social network and have it automatically post to other social networks. If you missed my post, check it out “To Cross-Post or Not to Cross-Post.”  So you won’t be surprised to know my opinion is the same when it comes to Foursquare,  a location-based service where people “check-in” at places they go to.foursquare_logo

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I’m pleased to announce, that in addition to my Marketing and Social Media consulting business, I have now launched a new venture called WebinarListings.  Through hosting a few of my own Webinars (online seminars), I noticed that there was no central website for hosts to promote their webinars, or for people to find out about them.  So, I created one!  Today is the beta launch of my site, and it will eventually be FULL of a variety of Webinars for all interest areas (business, health, technology, etc), in any part of the world. Right now it happens to be focused on marketing, social media, technology because that is where my connections are, but that will soon change. Webinars are a great way to learn new things right from your computer AND are free most of the time.WebinarListings

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