“Pointless Babble” in Social Media

Written by + on November 30, 2011 under Twitter

Based on a short study conducted in 2009 regarding Twitter use by Pear Analytics, it segregated tweet contents into at least six (6) categories namely pointless babble – 40%, conversational – 38%, pass-along value – 9%, self-promotion – 6%, spam – 4% and news – 4%.  Pointless babble which sounds so useless and wasteful of time when categorized as such includes the desire to know “what people are doing, thinking, and feeling” as pointed out by a social networking researcher.  The term has understandably offended many tweeters which resulted to some sort of word war for its clarification. 

The phenomenon which makes it possible to provide the most mundane and inconsequential information available to everyone as observed in other social media platforms as well is probably the crux of the matter.   Social media today has inadvertently allowed people to impose their “will” on others by flooding the platform with information that are better kept to themselves.  I would like to think that this communication venue has been developed for people to stay connected and not be burdened by a tremendous load of messages that are mostly “pointless babble”, so to speak.

Relevance of tweets or posts is highly subjective.  What constitutes pointless for some may be important to others.  It really all depends on who is getting what messages.  It is a fact that some of these messages can be classified under “conversational” which is obviously not offensive.  That said, social media platforms should provide an option for people who think that they are being plagued by tiresome messages from their own acquaintances.

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Implications of Facebook Statistics

Written by + on November 22, 2011 under Facebook

Facebook Statistics show that it has more than 800 million active users and at least half of these active users log on in any given day.  With an average count of 130 friends per user, we can just imagine the far reaching implications of these numbers as applied to personal and business lives.  For a site that did not even register among the top ten barely four years ago, it is now the most used social networking service worldwide.

Aside from being good for the site itself, the popularity of Facebook can be harnessed towards the good of its user as well.  The use of social media is inescapable and it is a mistake not to use its features where they are applicable.  The provided platform is not merely confined to finding friends but allows for the performance of other activities such as searching for information, playing games, or finding the best deals and offers. 

A Facebook user soon finds out for himself the influence wielded by a comment or preference expressed through the site.  A single commending remark for a product or service can have as much effect as a single derogatory remark.  At this time and age, anything that goes viral has the potential to either build or destroy personalities,products, and businesses in the shortest time possible. 

The statistical numbers are still growing and so are the implications.  As the Nielsen’s Social Media Report indicates, Facebook has three times the audience share of its closest competitor representing almost 70% reach of active Internet users in the US.  Depending on one’s main goal in using social media, Facebook represents unlimited possibilities, at least until competition has not caught up with it.

 

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A Blogging Strategy

Written by + on November 17, 2011 under blogs

Successful online presence is essentially about good content and sound optimization strategies.  This includes being associated with reliable company and relevant support.  In the context of employing the most effective strategies to promote your blog, a blog review should not be far behind.

What then is a blog review?  It is a service that bloggers can avail of to arrive at a true assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of their blog.  On the presumption that most bloggers would like to maximize the potentials of their work, reliable and dependable reviews are able to provide an opportunity for improvement where it is needed.  Sometimes, the authors’ and readers’ perception of good writing may be entirely different.  Timely feedback can serve as a wake-up call for immediate modifications, when required. 

Most of the time, content is not a problem, but the manner of ensuring that readers find them, is.  Blog reviews provide the right exposure and the links that can open up wider readership and better income possibilities.  A paid review is a sensible expense if you are serious about your blog’s success.

Bloggers can have their blogs reviewed and published on Blogsearchengine.com by availing of membership packages starting at $14.99.  A prospective member merely needs to provide blog details and pay the fees through the PayPal gateway, a process which requires about a minute of one’s time.  The chosen username and password will be contained in an email sent to the new member.  Members simply have to fill in their new details once they decide to avail of the advanced membership packages.  Blogging strategies need not be complicated.  They can be as easy as having professional sites review your work.

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Effective Management of Widgets

Written by + on November 1, 2011 under Widgets


Whether it is for the purpose of providing a fun experience in one’s site or enhancing personal productivity while using the computer, widgets can make it happen by managing them effectively.   A site owner manages best if he/she knows the site’s ultimate goal.  Unless the reason for being is clear, random and poorly chosen widgets may unnecessarily clutter the site to its own detriment.

Every site would like to be identified with something concrete and recognized.  Widgets can personalize the feel while creating an association with excellence and reliability depending on the choice.  If a site or blog owner is unsure of what widgets to pick, widget galleries can provide clues pointing to the right direction.  A gallery of widgets offers a wide range of choices organized by category to make the search easier.

The main concern in getting a widget for use in on’s blog or social networking profile is the installation which widget sites  typically provide support for.  Everything else that follows is relatively easy.  The most important thing to accomplish is to copy the code and determine where it is to be placed.

A widget that cannot be found is of no use to anyone.  Instead of providing greater utility and excitement, frustration results in knowing that it is there but cannot be used.  The essential thing to remember is that success does not lie in having the most number of widgets but in having the ones that are useful to the site.

A widget manager can be used like a standard dock bar with some additional features.  Widgets can be rearranged  by simple dragging and dropping while titles can be displayed below the icons.  Anything that allows for a simple and easy way to manage widgets is a welcome addition since that is the way additional features should be – easy and simple.

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