The Best Social Media Blogs on Tumblr
As a social media marketing consultant, I focus on posting content related to my industry. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a Tumblr directory category for social media or any lists of the best Tumblr blogs in the field. Argh! So, I scoured Tumblr for the blogs with the best social media content.
Below are my favorites (in a somewhat particular order). These folks update regularly with fresh, interesting content. I suppose you could think of this as my social media blogroll.
InMaps is an interactive visual representation of your professional universe that answers all of the above questions. It’s a great way to understand the relationships between you and your entire set of LinkedIn connections. With it you can better leverage your professional network to help pass along job opportunities, seek professional advice, gather insights, and more.
I messed up big time today. I totally choked while I was giving a presentation in front of my colleagues.
To make a long story short, I was working on this presentation for a while. However, I decided to put way too much effort into making a Prezi at the very last minute. I got caught up in making a good slideshow (that wasn’t even good) that I forgot about everything else that is fundamental to making a speech.
Needless to say, public speaking isn’t my forte. In fact, I have a really huge fear of speaking in front of audiences. I’m embarrassed admitting that but I have to be honest with myself and do everything I can to get better.
With that being said…
I sent an email to a colleague of mine about enrolling in the Toastmasters club. Yup, I’m going big or going home. I’m sure my boss will appreciate it too now that he doesn’t have to put up with my whining.
I understand you want me to be happy. However, I cannot tell the love of my life I like him because I fear getting a letter from HR. And who knows if he feels the same way. I don’t want to make a fool out of myself.
I also refuse to use online dating sites to find my next mate. I’m glad it worked for you and your (ex) girlfriend/boyfriend but it isn’t for me. I understand being single for three years is a long time but honestly, I would much rather have piece of mind and not end up on the sequel to the Craigslist/Match.com/e-Harmony Killer.
In regards to whomever I decide to share my life with next, one thing is for sure: I would much rather not connect with that person online. I don’t want to be his friend on Facebook or see the pictures of him cuddling with his ex. I would rather him not see pictures of me with my ex. I don’t want to read his blog because I much rather talk about his day over coffee or tea. I don’t want to follow his every move on Foursquare or Twitter. I most certainly don’t want him following my every move on Twitter and Foursquare. I can deal with following him on Tumblr though, especially if it’s his artistic outlet. That’s hot.
I think you get the point. As Valentine’s Day ups the ante for having someone special in my life, let’s not forget my happiness comes first. And perhaps now is not the time to focus on love but instead pouring all of that energy into work… and the guy I work with. ;)
I bought myself a bouquet of pink and white flowers today. When I got home, I took out my dried red roses and cleaned out the glass vase. I cut an inch off the stems and placed them in their new home. Then I sat there looking at them for 20 minutes. They are absolutely gorgeous.
While the real number one habit of highly creative people is whatever works for them and only them (see this article), I can argue in favor of Leo Babauta’s top creative habit. In a word: solitude.
Creativity flourishes in solitude. With quiet, you can hear your thoughts, you can reach deep within yourself, you can focus. (cameronmoll)
You know, that is absolutely true. Read more at the link. I get so much more done when I have nice, long, isolated periods I can use to reflect. You can imagine that is difficult to attain in the crazy busy world of advertising, but I try my best.
I get my best work done however sitting alone in the dark, at home, with a gin & tonic. I’m just joking. There’s no tonic. (notesfromthenapkin)
Creativity isn’t something you can turn on or off, so the real tragedy of PR agencies is that we’ve generally eliminated the opportunity to be creative, day-by-day, with billable hours and other systems designed to make us more like other businesses.
But here’s the catch. PR is not like other businesses. We exist to provide creative.
It’s difficult to run a business without measurement. The key is to find the right things to measure and not get caught up in all minutiae. One factor to keep in mind is that there’s an abstract quality to being creative. Or looking at situations from other sides.
So we have to be flexible on giving people the time to develop the way they think. The best ideas shouldn’t have to be born in brainstorms. They shouldn’t die there, either.
Facebook isn’t going away, neither is Twitter, nor Tumblr. No offense to Tumblr but in a perfect world, we wouldn’t have any of these platforms. In a perfect world everyone would have their own piece of the web that they own entirely. The tech savvy have this, so far as they don’t own the datacenter that their server physically resides in. That’s about the last mile of anyone owning their place on the web. Those tech savvy enough to rent out rackspace, install their own web server and plop down their virtual piece of land on the web control and capitalize on all of the content that they deliver there.
However for most of the people on the web today, this isn’t the case. We live in a world of Digital Feudalism. The land many live on is owned by someone else, be it Facebook or Twitter or Tumblr, or some other service that offers up free land and the content provided by the renter of that land essentially becomes owned by the platform that owns the land.
In the case of Facebook, the content is your entire demographic profile, your likes, your dislikes, your friends, the products you buy, the videos you watch, the articles you share, it’s the most extensive marketing profile known to man, and you’ve created it for absolutely no monetary gain.
In the case of Twitter or Tumblr, you’re helping build a fantastic repository of content that can be sold against ad inventory. Tumblr doesn’t yet have a monetization plan, beyond offering the ability to place ads in their directory, so we don’t yet know how they will leverage our content. We do have a right to wonder though. We’re not paying for the privilege of using their hosting for free so we have no right to complain if and when they do leverage the amazing content everyone here is helping create.
People want to be a part of these communities, so perhaps that is more valuable to them than owning their content completely. I wonder though, if given the choice to have their own place on the web, owned entirely by them, interconnected by a way to “reblog” each other in the cloud, a cloud that nobody owns, if enough people would take it?
I doubt it though, I think the concept of communities built on platforms not owned by the people creating those communities is too established and the draw is too strong for most to resist.
I don’t think we will ever see the death of platforms and the rise of the networked individual.
Hope your weekend is going well. I have to give you a BIG THANK YOU! for helping me with the Saturday class. It might not have been the time or day I would’ve chosen, but I am sure this Professor will definitely prepare me for the grammar exam. Thank you so much for trying your best in seeing to it that I got in.
I just came across this website dedicated to business books. Not only are their books deeply discounted (40-50%), you can customize/brand your books. You can add a belly band or a signature to your book. I can totally see CEO’s and C level executives gifting these books to business partners, prospective clients, etc. You can also schedule to bring these business authors to your organization. Seriously, take a look around.
I just realized that my last post was my 500th post on Tumblr. I knew I was going to hit 500 sometime this month but I totally forgot about it and just posted that picture of an extremely fluffy cat(?) that resembles a Tribble. I was going to delete it but I want to stay true to what’s become of my Tumblr. So I’ll just hash out my thoughts on this 501st post.
Why get hung up on numbers, right?
Looking back, I started this Tumblr on December 08, 2008. Since then, I’ve gotten the chance to work with the some of the most fascinating companies on plenty of award-winning projects, pursue my passion, fall in and out of love and most recently graduate.
I’ve come a long way. Yet I hope to make even greater strides. Even more so, I hope to make my posts less about cats or other weird internet memes but more about my work, my insights, my life, marketing, digital media and what inspires me. Hopefully, they inspire you too.
*Note - I originally wrote something a bit more eloquent but I accidentally refreshed the tab.
“Do you have to dress up to be successful? Of course not. But why put yourself at a disadvange? You aren’t Steve Jobs. His reputation precedes him. Does your reputation really precede you?”—grundyhome.com
I didn’t think a social media policy was necessary at my current workplace. I’ve worked with large corporations before and I’ve always believed that implementing a policy also meant “I don’t trust you” was written somewhere in between the lines.
I’ve also been doing some research regarding technology and new media adoption with young adults. I guess it’s important to understand that these are really tech savvy young adults who usually come from high school environments where the only time they heard the term “social media” was when their parents and teachers were telling them it was a bad thing. So when you add in another “social media policy,” you’re usually starting off on a bad note. I was trying to avoid that.
However, due to a very recent event, I’ve read that reporters were attempting to get in contact with a student of ours via Facebook and Twitter. And then my heart dropped…
It really is about protecting our students more so than “protecting” the institution. I wish it was as easy as dropping a big, protective Web blanket over them, but it isn’t. It’s about protecting their privacy. In the future, it should be about enforcing their Internet rights. But as a society, we haven’t gotten there yet. Most people enforce policies to avoid public embarrassment and remind those with poor judgement what not to do. However, I don’t think that solves anything. In reality, people will always say what they want to say and the university is more than equipped to handle any issues on their own, which has a kick-ass legal and PR team. Unfortunately, our students don’t have anywhere to turn to and their rights are often blurred on the Web.