Internet And Smartphone Addiction

April 11, 2012

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After posting my article on the IT’s Seven Worst Addictions (And How To Cure Them), I came across a posting on where they expand on “Online Junkies and Brain Shrinkage: The Rise of Internet Addiction.”

For my readers’ convenience I include the infographic from their website below this article.

But worse might be the Smartphone addiction. Because we have it with us all the time. And it is difficult not to react to all the tweets and updates from your friends and circles. Reports say that some are even leave the phone on at night not to miss anything. Read the rest of this entry »

My Top 5 Social Networking Sites For Business

March 5, 2012

Social Media in the Enterprise

Social Media in the Enterprise (c) by the author

Michel Ruggaber (@miruggaber) pointed me to a useful article discussing Social Media sites for business:
Top 10 Social Networking Sites For Business (Social Networking Marketing Stress Relief)

I don’t necessarily agree with the entire list but do agree with the top five. I am quoting the top five from the article (my remarks in Italics):

(begin quote) Read the rest of this entry »

Social Media Revolution 2011 (Video)

February 27, 2012

Some amazing facts on Social Media—and many companies still think they don’t have to deal with Social Media. That Social Media are only for kids…

I saw the link to this video on Michael Neuwerth’s Social Media Zeitung following a link in a post by Michel Ruggaber (@miruggaber) on LinkedIn.

The video was produced by Erik Qualman (

Act Now: Set Your LinkedIn Privacy

February 3, 2012

Retweeted from several messages that I received:

In case you don’t know it, without attracting too much publicity, LinkedIn has updated their privacy conditions.

Without any action from your side, LinkedIn is now permitted to use your name and picture in any of their advertisements. The network now allows advertisers to use pictures and names of other users in their network of connections who have recommended or followed that brand.

Most likely you want to opt out of this. Some simple actions to be considered: Read the rest of this entry »

If Zuckerberg Deleted Facebook: Social Networks – Can We Survive Without Them?

November 30, 2011

The Good Old Days

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In many previous postings I have been pondering on the importance of Social Media for business and how it will change our cooperation. Today I would like to discuss our dependence on such technologies:

I still remember the days in the mid-80’s when email addresses were written with exclamation marks and you had to know the path through the servers for the mail to arrive. E-mail was a “nice to have” gadget and nobody entrusted important information to it. All the “real” company and external information came per paper mail.

These days passed more quickly than I anticipated. It was in the late 90’s when a pharmaceutical company in my town had to send the employees home after an email outage. It had taken a mere 10 years for email to become an indispensable business tool.

If Facebook or Twitter would be down today there might not be a big stir in the business community except for the guys from the marketing department but in a few years a Social Media outage could very well bring business to a grinding halt.

Certainly if a blog site would go down we would feel the pain. Maybe not immediately but after a day or two. A Twitter outage could very well lead to more severe withdrawal symptoms. Read the rest of this entry »

Ten Sloppy Social Media Mistakes to Fix NOW

November 24, 2011

Social Media Signals

Corey Eridon has some advice on mistakes to avoid and she warns not to be sloppy about Social Media. She writes in her blog on

“What makes the following social media mistakes particularly sloppy is that they cost little time and no money to fix, have tremendous returns, and as such are huge misses to your overall social media strategy. Stop being sloppy, and make sure you’re not making any of these 10 social media mistakes (+1 for good luck).” Read the rest of this entry »

Are you clueless when it comes to integrating social into your website?

November 1, 2011

Clueless (film)

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A recent non-scientific poll done by Jeremy Victor, which he published on SmartBlog is titled “Are you clueless when it comes to integrating social into your website?.”

He reports as results:

  • 42.86%: “Our website has “Follow/Fan Us” links to our social presences but with no strategy”
  • 22.08%: “There is no integration between our website and our social presence”
  • 18.18%: “Our website is a fully integrated component of our social activity, with the goal being to bring users from the social site”
  • 12.99%: “Our website displays activity from our social presence and has Follow/Fan Us links”
  • 3.90%: “Our website has “Follow/Fan Us” links that encourage users to promote our brand after following”
He concludes that: Read the rest of this entry »