Have you noticed an increase in SPAM comments on your blog? In the past few months, I've been hit hard. I've also noticed the people doing it have a few new tricks. Historically, I used to get comments full of links and text with no relation to my post topic or even to my blog - obvious SPAM. It's becoming a lot harder to spot the dodgy comments but they do have common features.
So, how are you feeling about your privacy lately? The news is full security breaches and examples of how people's lives have been affected by social media. Most of these stories have not been of the `good news' variety. If you read my last post, you'll know information is continually being collected and indexed about you and your network. I'm not endorsing giving up on social media "“ I'm out there every day enjoying the experience "“ but I do have some suggestions on how you can preserve your privacy.
Do you know what WOEID means? I didn't until I started research on a presentation about social media and privacy. WOEID stands for Where On Earth ID. Believe me when I tell you information about where you're at and what you're doing is being collected all the time.
Have you ever changed your opinion about someone because of a social media posting they made? The past five days have provided many opportunities for social media suicide starting with the Royal Wedding and ending with the death of Osama bin Laden. The behaviour of the masses is predictable as watching waves roll onto the beach.
When was the last time you had an assignment? One of the great benefits of content marketing is getting published without having to go through a query process. While freelancers live and die by the query letter, many full-time writers are assigned projects by an editor. While I love the autonomy of publishing my own content "“ most of it through my blog - being "on assignment" can be really valuable.
Last week I spoke about Social Media and Privacy at the Australian Computer Society in Western Australia. I was anxious going into the first presentation because the topic is so broad. I wasn't sure what the audience was going to expect. Because I was limited to an hour, I decided to narrow in on how personal privacy can be eroded in social networking environments.
Do you remember the first time you fell victim to too much information in a social media network? I'm referring to that feeling you get when someone shares personal information you're not necessarily comfortable receiving "“ a feeling you've invaded someone's personal privacy simply by being connected to them in a virtual network. It's become common for people to compromise their own privacy but I often wonder if they even realise they're doing it.
Is your website design supporting your business? I recently ran across a nifty articled titled, How to Spot and Avoid Web Copy that Kills Websites by Drag + Drop Design by Rick Sloboda, @WebCopyPlus. The article listed common mistakes made in the text of websites that makes the overall design less effective. It serves as a wake-up call for copywriters or anyone else trying their hand at writing copy. So did a newsletter from Amanda Gonzalez, @untangle, 5 web copy trends that belong firmly in 2010. Both these articles got me thinking.
Have you ever had one of those weeks? I've been on the receiving end of criticism as it relates to my social media activity. In a little over 10 days, I've been reported to MailChimp for SPAM, publically outed on Twitter as a SPAMMER, and accused by the moderator of a LinkedIn discussion group as partaking in `cheap advertising'. In every instance, my first reaction was surprise followed by wonder. After that, it gets a little murky.
Did you see the article called 7 Deadly Sins of Twitter? It's an evergreen post from October 2009 that pops up from time to time. I read it again the other day and posted it to my Facebook page. While the theme is irreverent "“ a great technique to get more readers to your blog "“ the advice from Zoey Dowling is spot on.