Tag Archives: social media

What are Twitter hashtags?

The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keyword or topic in a Tweet. Any Twitter user can categorize or follow topics with hashtags.

It’s been such a long time…(Foreplay/Long Time: a Boston classic)

It’s been so long since my last Tweet, I had to reset my password in order to login…

Resources: What are Twitter hashtags?

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This post was started on Thursday, March 15, 2012.

What is tumblr?

tumblr logo - social media, microbloggingTumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website that allows users to post text, images, videos, links, quote,s and audio to their "tumblelog," a short-form blog.

Users can follow other users, ‘reblog’ their posts, or choose to make their tumblelog private. Tumblr emphasizes ease of use.

Microblogging is a digital broadcast medium (on the internet) representing a sub-genre of blogging. A microblog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is typically smaller in both actual and aggregate file size. Microblogs allow users to exchange small elements of content such as short sentences, digital photos, or video links.

Like traditional bloggers, microbloggers post about topics ranging from the simple, such as “where I’m at now,” to the thematic and serious, such as “Slaughter in Syria.” Commercial microblogs also exist, usually to promote commercial websites, products, services, and to promote intra-organization (and less often, inter-company) collaboration.

tumblr logo - social media, microbloggingSome microblog platforms or services offer features — such as the ability to change privacy settings (allowing users to control who can read their microblog content), alternative publishing methods (apart from the standard web-based interface), and much more. Publishing can occur via text messaging, instant messaging, e-mail, and even digital audio.

Exploding popularity

As of January 5, 2012, Tumblr had over 39.5 million blogs.

An analysis by AddThis of shares through their service in 2011 noted that Tumblr sharing had increased by 1299.5%.

According to comScore, Tumblr scored 13.4 million unique visitors in the U.S. in July 2011, which was up an amazing 218% from July 2010.

Who uses tumblr?

As of January 5, 2012, Tumblr had over 39.5 million blogs and more than 15 billion total posts. As of September 2011, the website receives more than 13 billion views per month. As of July 2010, the site receives 25,000 new users each day and as of September 2011, 40 million new posts are published on tumblr every day.

The service is most popular with teens and college students; fifty percent of Tumblr’s visitor base is under the age of 25. As of 2009, Tumblr had an 85% retention rate, compared with 40% for Twitter.
(Source: Wikipedia)

tumblr FAQ, per tumblr

  1. What is Tumblr?
    Millions of people sharing the things they do, find, love, think, or create.
  2. How are people using Tumblr?
    The average Tumblr user creates 14 original posts each month, and reblogs 3. Half of those posts are photos. The rest are split between text, links, quotes, music, and video.
  3. What is reblogging?
    The same way YouTube embeds make it easy for a video to become a viral hit, the “reblog” button on all Tumblr posts allows a meme to spread rapidly across thousands of blogs with just a click.

Source: About page on tumbler.com

Tumblr, Inc., the company operating the website, has its headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. (Source: Wikipedia)

Resources: Tumblr

NOTE: This post was started on Thursday, February 09, 2012.

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest logo - social mediaI must admit I had never even heard of Pinterest.com until just the other day when I saw a headline about Pinterest on Mashable, my favorite resource for tech headlines and news.

How can I be a professional falling within the broadening category of technology, yet have never heard of Pinterest.com? Hell, I don’t know…

So, what is Pinterest?

Pinterest logo - social mediaPinterest is a virtual pinboard, allowing users to organize and share anything found on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Sounds like more of a girl thing, I know.

You can also browse pinboards created by other users. Browsing pinboards is an enjoyable way to discover new interests and receive a bit of creative inspiration from others who share similar interests. New users cannot simply join; to get started, on must first request an invite – then wait for it.

I am still waiting. (To be fair, I sent my request only minutes ago!)

Pinterest is a website that allows you to “pin” things online, just as you would pin them on a real life bulletin board; however, Pinterest saves your pins to your account so you can access them quite easily. As a social media, Pinterest allows users to follow friends and “repin” any items that have already been pinned on your Pinterest boards, or browse a live feed of Pinterest items that are being pinned by strangers when you’re searching for creative inspiration.

Resources: Pinterest

This post was started on Friday, February 03, 2012.

Essential WordPress plugins for the serious blogger

There are now thousands of WordPress plugins out there, and many of them are free; however, reviewing them can burn up a lot of valuable time. I’ve spent many hours reviewing some of the available WordPress extensions, and that’s nowhere near an exhaustive analysis.

I can at least offer some advice regarding a handful of what I definitely consider to be the most essential WordPress plugins for serious bloggers, who are probably concerned about search engine optimization (we want our blogs to be search engine friendly, of course), blog visitors and web traffic, advertising, speed and efficiency, and so on.

The first plugin I upload to all new WordPress blog installations is SEO Ultimate.

SEO WordPress plugins

SEO Ultimate
Google Analytics for WordPress
Google Sitemap Generator


Social media plugins, link sharing plugins
Share This

WordPress Popular Posts: For most of our blogs, we like to list the most popular posts as the first widget on the sidebar; that way, the links to the top 5-10 posts are there for all to see, regardless of which page they are on.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP): I include the list of related posts at the end of every post.

WassUp Plugin: A must for those who want real-time information about who’s reading the blog

Other handy plugins
Advanced Permalinks
Page Links To
Broken Link Checker
Link Library

WordPress plugins for later

I often run across a potentially interesting or useful WordPress plugin while I am researching a related topic and grab it for later. (My Later File is huge and unmanageable.) I’ll list those here.

  • Thank Me Later, WordPress plugin: A CRM-related WordPress plugin – Thank Me Later (TML) will automatically send an e-mail to your those who leave a comment at your blog. Use this plugin to say ‘Thanks’ to your visitors, and prompt them to further engage with your blog… TML is highly configurable. It allows you to create multiple e-mail messages and to send the message after a pre-defined amount of time, making messages appear more unique and people-friendly. NOTE: Development of Thank Me Later is sponsored by Pipvertise.
  • Optimize DB WordPress plugin – For some People running WordPress, the use of phpMyAdmin appears to be a risky thing. There’s just too many options. This plugin lets you do just one simple task: optimize the tables of your database, to reduce their overhead.

    NOTE: Although this post is unfinished, I went ahead and listed most of the plugins I am using across multiple blogs; I’ll add a few other WordPress plugins and describe some of the plugins in more detail later.

    See also Best page, which includes a section of our favorite free WordPress plugins.

    Resources: Essential WordPress plugins for our blogs

    Coming soon

    Monday, October 31, 2011