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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RSS feeds are one of my favorite online tools, and I’m finding that most people don’t know what they are or how they can be used. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication… so, does that help?  Probably not :-)  Let me explain with an analogy about mail delivery.

You’ve Got Mail

Every day, the mailman* collects mail from everyone sending you mail, and delivers it to your home.  What if there were no mailman or post office?  Well, that would mean you’d need to go to each person’s house and pick up your mail and bring it home.  And since you have no way of knowing if someone has mail for you, you waste a lot of time stopping by everyone’s house just to see if you have mail.

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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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I try not to write posts about only Twitter, because many people who read my blog are not on Twitter.  But this is one of those I just needed to write. I’ve made a change to the way I follow people back so thought I’d explain:

Old Method

As you may know from my Indispensable Online Tools post, I use Topify to inform me when I have a new Twitter follower.  I rely more on those emails versus looking at the follower list in Twitter.  I also have a filter setup in Gmail so all the new follower notices go into a separate folder, which works really well so they don’t clutter my inbox.

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Lately I feel like I’ve been discovering some REALLY cool online tools that now that I am using them, I can’t imagine not having them! So, I thought I’d put them together into one post.

Followup.cc – This is one of the simplest, but most useful tools!  Basically, instead of having to remember to follow up with people you’ve sent emails to about something, followup.cc will take care of reminding you. All you do is put a date/time code into the bcc field of your email, and it will send you a reminder when you specified.  So, if I want to be reminded to followup with someone in 3 days, I bcc 3d@followup.cc, and in 3 days, it sends me a reminder!  Using this with Gmail is awesome, because with nested conversations, the reminder email comes with the whole prior thread.  I also have a label setup so they’re flagged green when they come in.  I feel such a weight off my shoulders about not having to remember to follow up with people!

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Today, I heard Seth Godin speak in Boston, promoting his new book Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?. He’s an unbelievable public speaker, marketer, entrepreneur and author.  He’s the founder of the “permission marketing” concept.  Below are my tweets from the day (most of the quotes below are directly from Seth; my favorites are in bold).  You can see more from the hashtags: #sethbos, #sethgodin and #linchpin.

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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.

This week I was in  NYC for the 140 Characters Conference, which is a conference about the “State of Now.” It’s my 2nd year here (recap from last year), and a lot has changed for me in the past year. Below are the top 30 highlights for me from the conference. The schedule is here if you want more information on the speakers, and there are videos of each of the session on the site too.

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