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Manage Your Business’s Reputation On Social Media Sites

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Whenever I eat out at a restaurant or want takeout I check out restaurant sites like Yelp, Citysearch, Menu Pages, etc. to see what people are saying about the place.  I make my decisions based on the opinions voiced on these sites.  I do the same for hotels when I travel.  This is a reality that businesses are having to deal with.  Instead of taking a hostile stance toward these sites and customers, businesses can use these opinions to address concerns and improve their service.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/30/business/smallbusiness/30reputation.html?pagewanted=2&em

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July 31, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Get More Out Of LinkedIn

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I’ve found LinkedIn to be invaluable for networking with current colleagues and friends and reconnecting with past colleagues.  Here’s a well written piece about how to use LinkedIn effectively.  I admit that I need to do some of the things on this list:

http://www.ducttapemarketing.com/blog/2009/07/29/5-tips-for-getting-more-from-linkedin/

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July 31, 2009 at 4:07 PM

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Manage Your Company’s Facebook Page

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Ok, so your company has  a Facebook page.  What do you do next?  How do you engage your existing customers and make prospects take notice?  Here’s an article about managing content on your company’s Facebook page:

http://www.insidefacebook.com/2009/07/28/8-tips-for-effectively-updating-your-facebook-page/

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July 31, 2009 at 3:03 AM

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How People Use Twitter

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Here’s an eMarketer report about how people use Twitter.  It turns out that the majority of Twitter users (42%) use the service to communicate with their friends.  About 29% use Twitter to update their status, 26% to find news, and 21% for work-related reasons.  Also, more women use Twitter to keep in touch with friends than men (48.4% vs. 33.6%).

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/why_do_you_tweet.php

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July 30, 2009 at 11:49 PM

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Facebook And Twitter On Verizon FiOS

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My building here  in Manhattan just recently got FiOS TV and I signed up right away.  Overall I’ve been happy, particularly with the dedicated 20 MB/s for the internet.  This makes a marked difference when I stream Netflix to my Xbox 360.  Last week I was looking at my new messages on the cable box and noticed that Verizon just added Facebook and Twitter integration.  It’s still in its infancy but it seems promising. Facebook will only let you save one account at a time which can be a pain as it’s hard to input account info with the remote control.  Twitter does not allow for personal accounts but you can view the public timeline next to whatever you’re watching on TV.

http://www.examiner.com/x-14552-Providence-Social-Media-Examiner~y2009m7d19-Verizon-FiOS-brings-Twitter-Facebook-and-Internet-Video-to-TV

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July 30, 2009 at 4:29 PM

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Yahoo Leaves The World Of Search

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In the search and advertising deal announced by Yahoo and Microsoft yesterday, Yahoo will turn over search for 10 years to Microsoft and Bing.   This is apparently a move to take on Google’s dominance.   I’ve been using Yahoo since the days when they resided on Stanford’s servers and only in the last few years did I switch over to Google.  Let’s hope this deal works out for Yahoo and makes the company competitive with Google.  Perhaps now Yahoo can concentrate on some of their other offerings such as email and improve upon those services.

Good piece from Wired on the deal:
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/07/yahoo-gives-up/

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July 30, 2009 at 1:45 PM

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