Interesting Reads of the Weekend

(This post first appeared on my blog, Content is Queen Blogger)

I love Twitter. I love reading tweets and seeing the links to interesting posts. I do actually read the blogs and articles that people post links to. I even download the free e-books that people post about.

I was having fun sifting through twitter posts last night and came across some great reads I’d like to share:

Tweet Smarter- “What’s Wrong with Follow Friday?” :

This is an interesting take on the Twitter phenomenon of Follow Friday. Many users use #FF to recommend other uses for one reason or another, to help their friends gain followers, or perhaps just for fun. But, how useful are these recommendations?Why should we trust these recommendations?

Michelle Shaeffer- “51 Ways to Explode Your Blog’s Awesomeness”

Helpful tips for starting a blog, creating a safe, easy to use and follow blog and most of all, inviting blog page.

Hubspot.com- “How to Enhance Your Social Media Presence with Social Media”

This free e-book discusses how to be effective with internet marketing. Of course, you need more than just a traditional website. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube are great ways for potential customers and clients to learn more about your business.

All Twitter- One Secret to Increasing Engagement on Twitter: Mix Up Your Tweets

Great tips for Twitter users, especially if you feel that you have fallen into a tweeting rut. Includes 10 great tips for a tweet variety!

AOL Tech/Techcrunch.com- “Keen On…What Twitter is Doing to Our Brains”

Is the internet wrecking our brains? Andrew Keen interviews Dean Buonomano, author of Brain Bugs: How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives. Buonomano believes that our brains will eventually adapt to real-time networks like Twitter.

Kruse Control Inc- “Social Media is Word-of-Mouth-Digitized”

Social Media IS Word of Mouth advertising…I believe I said that before. So this post here says it, and talks about a study that was conducted that overwhelmingly shows how word of mouth referrals from family and friends are the most influential for car shoppers. People spend up to 11 hours on line researching brands and looking at websites. This article is right in saying that today’s customers are buying WHO YOU ARE.

I personally always investigate websites before purchasing big items, before going on a shopping trip for clothes, makeup, purses etc. Websites are great. And let me tell you, if I like a brand, I will be following it on Twitter the second I know its Twitter handle! I want to know everything about that brand!

Last night, I started to look up my favourite gluten free brands on Twitter and I was amazed at how many fellow gluten free diet followers were on Twitter, how many stores, companies and how much information I could find. It was a rewarding experience. And the nice part is, the Gluten Free Community will follow you back!

Back to a couple more articles I found interesting:

Lake County Record-Bee: “Press On Social Networking Concerns”

Social networking is the epitome of going viral. This article talks about the uses of social media and I enjoyed the discussion about how potential employers could be looking up potential employees on Facebook. You should be careful about the pictures you post!

It was funny because this past Tuesday I had a job interview for another law clerk position and I was commenting about social media and how I was in the industry as well and the lawyer interviewing me said “we haven’t gotten to the stage in our firm where we are Googling our employees yet”. Not that I had anything to worry about,  but I thought, being in the personal injury field, and hearing about all the cases where Facebook has been brought up…You never know who’s watching!

OneForty.Com – “10 Social Media Marketing Tips to Jumpstart to Kickstart your Week”

10 well-thought of tips to give your social media marketing strategies a boost, with helpful links.

I hope you enjoyed this post and you can look forward to more posts like these every week!

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