Google+ to make celebrity verification easy

Google+ For Business PagesI hoped they’d verify my account soon!

Really, I think it is a cool idea that Google+ developed a “celebrity acquisition plan” to encourage high-profile users to join Google+.

Mark Milian, CNN

Being “verified” on Twitter has become something of a status symbol. It’s sought after among celebrities who take to the service.”

Tacky Twitter Tools: How Big is your e-penis

1MM Twitter Applications

Twitter recently commented that they now have over 1,000,000 Twitter applications, and have put up a new Twitter Developer website to accommodate all those developers out there working feverishly to make new twitter applications.

I decided to investigate all of the twitter tools I could actually find, and that was 629. I didn’t do this research alone, I had to have help. And while 629 is a far cry from a million, it is a large number of tools to evaluate on your own to see if there are tools you could be using to grow your business.

Entrepreneurs want Word of Mouth, Not Social Proof

Word of Mouth Recommendations Stronger

I read today in an  article by Emily Maltby (WSJ) that entrepreneurs are more interested in word of mouth referrals than the social proof offered by Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Small-business insurer Hiscox Insurance Company Inc. hired Opinium Research LLP to conduct online interviews in May of 2011. They polled 304 U.S. business owners & managers of companies with less than 250 employees. The results were surprising to me:

  • 4% use social media as a marketing tool
  • 50% want word-of-mouth recommendations (this wasn’t surprising)
  • 28% have a company Facebook page
  • 18% have a company LinkedIn page or group
  • 8% have a company blog
  • 6% have a YouTube or video-streaming channel
  • 2% have a company Twitter feed

the companies who  are using social media are using it to increase brand awareness and generate sales

Ms. Maltby noted

The Hiscox study supports other research showing that the majority of owners haven’t found social media to be a vital part of their businesses.”

Other related small business posts: Is Google Place Page beneficial for local business promotion? and How to Set Your Facebook Landing Tab

google+ to Delete Private Profiles July 31

Google+ For Business PagesIf you keep your google+ profile private, Google will delete it after July 31, 2011.

Interesting info in the help section of Google+: there will be no private Google+ profile.

Google+ help

The purpose of Google Profiles is to enable you to manage your online identity. Today, nearly all Google Profiles are public. We believe that using Google Profiles to help people find and connect with you online is how the product is best used. Private profiles don’t allow this, so we have decided to require all profiles to be public.

Keep in mind that your full name and gender are the only required information that will be displayed on your profile; you’ll be able to edit or remove any other information that you don’t want to share.

If you currently have a private profile but you do not wish to make your profile public, you can delete your profile. Or, you can simply do nothing. All private profiles will be deleted after July 31, 2011.”

Moral of the Story?

Skulk on Facebook . . . Google+ is going to put you out there.

Other Google+ Posts you may enjoy:

Google+ vs. Facebook: Google+ winning the race

LinkedIn CEO forecasts Google+ can’t keep it up

Google+ to make celebrity verification easy

google+ to Delete Private Profiles July 31

How to embed a tweet into a wordpress post or a website

How to TwitterYou’ve seen those emphatic twitter status posts all over the internet. How do you embed a tweet into your site?

RT @yoda The place where the force is. Tweet I will. Yessss. @IamNessaroxWed Jul 13 01:05:04 via web


Twitter released Blackbird, a tool to “quote” a Tweet by using the status identifier and some html (a lot of html actually) that you then place into a WordPress post or elsewhere.
Before it was take a screenshot, edit the image, upload . . . time consuming.

To Use the Blackbird tool

(I don’t care for it; a 8 tedious steps) They are:

  1. Copy the full URL of a tweet (
  2. Go to
  3. Click on the input text field
  4. Paste the URL
  5. Click on “Bake it”
  6. Click on the text area where the HTML code is created
  7. Select all text (press ctrl+a or cmd+a on a Mac)
  8. Copy (ctrl+c or cmd+c on a Mac)

Then paste the code wherever you want the status. The only thing I can say is it is better than a screenshot that you have to edit

Better is the Publitweet Bookmarklet, which you can use from your bookmarks

  1. Go to the URL of a tweet (!/AlecBaldwin/status/91483756870909952)
  2. Click on the bookmarklet (which you’ve installed from the link above)
  3. Copy (press ctrl+c or cmd+c on a Mac)
  4. Paste it where ever you want it

Here’s what it looks like (it will adapt to your css, it won’t throw off your template):

@alejodorowsky ….my advice is to have the orgasm of the soul. Then, light two cigarettes and take your soul to the movies.Thu Jul 14 12:26:41 via Twitter for iPhone

Best is the Blackbird Plugin IF it will work with your webhost.

After you install the plugin, you get the status ID from twitter and embed the blackbird id in your post. Quick, one line input. But there are some problems with Twitter (Can’t explain why . . . haven’t figured it out )

To get the status ID number, click on the TIME on any tweet; you’ll get a page with just that tweet. Pick up the URL, or ID Number, or use the Blackbird Bookmarklet on that page.

I like that the bookmarklet changes the “2 mins ago” to the actual date the tweet was done.

1MM twitter applications: R U Kidding Me?

how to twitter

1,000,000 twitter applications and growing?

Twitter reported today, July 11, that they now have more than 1 million registered third-party Twitter applications. That is up from 150,000 registered applications one year ago. They say there are more than 750,000 developers world-wide in their developer community. I hope they aren’t counting people like me, who’ve added hovercards and a twitter box to my website as a ‘twitter developer.’

If they are counting people like us who’ve added tricks to our websites, these numbers are grossly overstated . . . but with quotes like this one, ya kinda have to consider my website may be one of the million+ applications.

from the official twitter blog

“A new app is registered every 1.5 seconds, fueling a spike in ecosystem growth in the areas of analytics, curation and publisher tools.”

In conjunction with the announcement, Twitter is also releasing a new Twitter Developer site.

I think I’ll release the “Definitive Guide to Twitter . . . How to Find Your Way around 1,000,000 Twitter applications, and which ones will really do something for you!”

Business from Facebook: Funeral Homes

Facebook Business from Funeral HomesDeath & Taxes? Well, death anyway, has come to Facebook in Funeral Home business

64% of funeral homes who responded to a survey by Expressing Sympathy Advisory Council said they’d gotten business through contact on their Facebook pages.

The ESAC also published that

  • 67% of responding funeral homes have used social networking services
  • 44% said Facebook had the greatest impact on their businesses
  • 13% attributed business to YouTube (horrors!) and LinkedIn
  • 3% gave credit to Twitter and Myspace

Anthony Kaniuk, ESAC member & associate publisher at Kates-Boylston Publications

More and more funeral homes are recognizing the importance of building an online presence for themselves. When you lose a loved one, you are at your most vulnerable, and many people are using the Internet (Facebook) to research their options. It absolutely makes sense for funeral directors to get online and let people know they are there for them.

Would you research Facebook or YouTube to plan a funeral?

Edward Burns, Nice Guy Johnny, powered by social media

My Hero: Edward Burns

He has a list of screen credits that is incredibly impressive, and he’s good lookin’. (You need to hear me say that with a Southern accent, it will mean more!) But the reason I want you to know about him in this moment is the way he has leveraged social media in his indy movie productions, and how very successful he’s been at it.

His new movie “Newlyweds” had a reported budget of only $9,000 which he tweeted was broken down into “5k for actors, 2k insurance, 2k food and drink. 9k in the can.”

He has a slick, sexy blog at

Edward Burns Website

Yeah, look closely. Built on WordPress. (just sayin’)

He posts to his Twitter @edward_burns (no college interns for him!), and has a Facebook page, that he uses to interact with fans.

And, of course, a YouTube Channel, edward burns films for the trailer and film information.

EVERYTHING I’ve told you you should be doing to promote your brand!

No more lectures; here’s the trailer from “Nice Guy Johnny” – it is funny, and touching. Watch the trailer; rent the flick from Netflix. And when you’re done, work on that social media campaign of yours!

Edward Burns is known for acting, but he writes, produces, directs

Edward Burns, a lesson in Social Media Promotion

In fact, his film credits are too many for me to list through the keyboard

Edward Burns Filmography

Google+ to Businesses: Not Yet

Google+ For Business PagesGoogle+ is preparing an exceptional ‘Business’ experience

Google doesn’t want brands making Google+ profiles, and says it will delete profiles that don’t belong to individuals. According to GoogleOestlien’s YouTube Channel a much more elaborate profile system for companies is due later in the year, and Google wants to avoid confusing users by allowing brands to register as consumers.

Google+ advertising chief Christian Oestlien

The business experience we are creating should far exceed the consumer profile in terms of its usefulness to businesses. We just ask for your patience while we build it.”

Other Google+ Posts you may enjoy:

Google+ vs. Facebook: Google+ winning the race

LinkedIn CEO forecasts Google+ can’t keep it up

Google+ to make celebrity verification easy

google+ to Delete Private Profiles July 31

Social Media is bigger than Porn

This video shows the staggering numbers of activity on the internet in one form of ‘social media’ or another.

Part of the world’s most watched Social Media video series; “Social Media Revolution” by Erik Qualman. Based on #1 International Best Selling Book Socialnomics by Erik Qualman. This is a shorter version that includes new social media statistics for 2011.

If you aren’t in the social swim, what’s keeping you?

Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, with populations larger than countries, perhaps continents . . . Apparently it is irresistible.

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