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On The Google Who Cried "Malware"

Hi, Jeremy

I totally agree that we need to have such security measures automated. I also believe that Google should be held to account for the mistakes due to their automation. We rely on Google for services that have become crucial to search, as do all websites at this point. I even own a Chromebook! But there can be a cost to this dependence.

In any case, we're small potatoes compared to some of the other sites that were impacted yesterday and the noise they're making dwarfs our level of complaint. We would at least request that the malware warning allow for other non-criminal causes for a blockage. And lose the burgler, for cripes sake.

January 16, 2013    View Comment    

On The 10 Keys To Optimizing Twitter Engagement

Point taken, Stephen. Thanks for pointing that out and I'll be more reflective next time something like this comes up.


December 7, 2012    View Comment    

On The 10 Keys To Optimizing Twitter Engagement

Hi, Mr. Boar (or can I call you Wild?).

Thanks for pointing this out. We do try to keep the quality and credibility high but some content does slip by that is not sufficiently researched or otherwise backed up by experience. I don't know how many 10,000 hour experts write for us and we don't hold that up as a standard, but I agree we shouldn't publish experienced-based information where there is little experience.

Would you care to write something for us to publish?



December 6, 2012    View Comment    

On Small Businesses Investing More in Social Media, But Juggling Resources

Hi, JC. I didn't create this infographic - I just published it. But I know what you're saying. It's hard for small businesses to find the time to invest getting to understand social media in the context of their business, much less to learn how to use it effectively. It forces them into a tough decision: to spend extra time doing work that MAYBE will end up saving you time. Then the decision is whether to hire a skilled employee to set up your social media or to contract someone to do the same and teach you how to run it.

Established small businesses have a harder time. New ones can include social media from the beginning, or even start the business in social and base it out of there.

November 19, 2012    View Comment    

On Dreamforce? How about Socialforce?

Thanks, Nick. Nicely said. Being a life-long early adopter it's hard for me to relate to C-level people who are still dragging their feet.

October 12, 2012    View Comment    

On The WELL: Legendary Online Community Losing Its Home

Maybe Salon is sincerely looking for a new owner to operate the WELL as is.  But Salon needs big money to survive. Is the well.com domain really so valuable that it could help? Here are 10 domains and their purchase prices:

1. Insure.com, sold to QuinStreet for $16 million in 2009.
2. Sex.com, sold for $12-$14 million in 2006.
3. Fund.com, sold for $9.99 million in 2008.
4. Porn.com, sold for $9.5 million in 2007.
5. Business.com, sold for $7.5 million in 1999.
6. Diamond.com, sold to Ice.com for $7.5 million in 2006.
7. Beer.com, sold for $7 million in 2004.
8. Israel.com, sold for $5.88 million in 2004.
9. Casino.com, sold for $5.5 million in 2003.
10. Toys.com, sold to Toys ‘R Us for $5.1 million in 2009.

July 2, 2012    View Comment    

On ViDEO: Privacy is Dead - Panel Discussion at Social-Loco 2012

Please excuse the herky-jerky camera work - it's difficult to pan a small digital hand-held camera.

June 22, 2012    View Comment    

On Habbo, Facebook and the IWF: Child Safety Lessons

For most of us, this dark activity goes on beneath the surface, invisible to us. Yet it's one of the liabilities of open online social networks - that child abuse can find a good foothold in the social cracks of the system. 

If you're aware of other positive developments in the fight agains online child abuse, please let us know.

Thanks, Tia, for this instructional post.

June 22, 2012    View Comment    

On How to use Pinterest to drive traffic to your website or blog [INFOGRAPHIC]

Ever? EVER? I will admit, we've got a thing for pink. Maybe a carryover from V-day?

Sgt. Cliff

SMT Editor Policeman


February 22, 2012    View Comment    

On Abject Lessons Learnt from McDonald’s Social Media Disaster

Apparently you haven't spent any time in England. It's not a typo.

January 27, 2012    View Comment    

On 5 Social Media Management Tips for Real Estate Businesses

My apologies for mistakenly publishing this post before copy editing. I've cleaned it up a bit and the spelling/grammar errors should no longer be distracting from the information. 

January 24, 2012    View Comment    

On How Facebook is Enriching the College Experience

Again, credit for the infographic goes to onlinephd.org for its creation and to Jenn Rhee for bringing it to us. I appreciate the comments.

January 23, 2012    View Comment