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20 Great Social Media Professionals On Twitter via TweepleML


I posted this list of very intelligent Social Media folks awhile ago and will be adding to it in 2010. You can bulk follow these smart chaps and ladies through TweepleML.

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Monday Smorgasbord: Zillo, Bing, Google Wave, Jeremiah Owyang

I was going to devote this post to talking about iPhone apps that will change the Real Estate landscape., but I found many really great items to comment about. So with that, I reference the Joker and say “here………………weeeeee…………………………………GO!”

Zillo– Zillo is a game changer! Instead of having to call to get information on a home you are interested in, you can now use this app to simply look. In fact, you can put in an address and widow shop what is for sale in the area and what other homes are selling for. You don’t have to be sitting on that street to use the app. This makes selling, buying and browsing for real estate much easier. Not to mention you can make educated buys and know the right time to sell based on selling trends in your neighborhood.

I thought that the website, when it came out, would make the Real Estate agent more of facilitators of transactions. The app can virtually make you a short term real estate agent.

BingGoogle now has more competition! After playing with it this weekend I was impressed to find that a search of me turned up everything Google did and then some.

Microsoft has made no bones about their hot spots at the outset being in these buckets:

  • Automobiles (car models, car manufacturers)
  • Travel & Local (countries, cities, states, points of interest like stadiums and parks)
  • People (celebrities, athletes, musicians, bands, politicians)
  • Sports (NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB teams)
  • Health (cancer, diet, over-the-counter and prescription drugs, symptoms, genetic and conditional disease, injury trauma)
  • Entertainment (popular television shows, movies)
  • Retail (certain electronics such as cameras, cell phones and optics products)
  • Events (Oscars, Fourth of July, NASCAR, etc.)

I however loved how clean everything looks and how in-depth my search was. I would love to see a rating & review section for each search result.

Two questions, did they steal Google’s algorithm? What effect does Bing have on SEO optimization?

Google Wave: I sat down and watched the video and came away with this: Google Wave is a wiki on steroids that has the usability that traditional wiki’s have not had. Personally, I think wiki’s could have replaced a companies need to create a user manual for products. Let the users create it and download it upon purchase. Anyways, I digress…what’s your opinion?

Jeremiah Owyang– Went transparent and teed up the ability for anyone to tell him how he can improve. A great post! Now if every CEO would take his lead-we might now have any more GM bankruptcy’s on our hands!

That is it for now. Make it a great week!

Assorted Musings: Twitter, Jeremiah & Mzinga, Facebook, ITunes Contest, Baseball Predictions

There are many thoughts swirling in my bean on this rainy spring morning! So I decided to unleash some random musings starting with how the Apple stores are now selling iPhone 3G without a contract. Who has a the money in this economy to afford it? Is now the right time?

Twitter– There were as many spam follows from Twitter in my Inbox this AM, as there were birds chirping outside my window.failspam What is Twitter going to do about this? They claim they are taking steps to remedy the issue, but are they really? I had a self proclaimed “porn star” follow me yesterday morning. I don’t think it is working! Just a point, when people have a username spelled out it makes them more accountable. Twitter should encourage people to not create aliases and use their name as their business brand.

Jeremiah Owyang & Mzinga – I am still waiting for the official post from Jeremiah in regard to his meeting with Mzinga this past Monday. Hmm…..

Am I the only person that likes the new Facebook structure? I could care less about changing it back? Although it is important for all Social Networking companies to listen to their users, I feel like this is a case of people getting comfortable. The bottom line is the new structure makes the fan pages far more sticky and I have found myself spending less time, but doing more on my personal page. That is a good thing! This is my request to Facebook to keep on…keepin on!itunesgift1

Authority Domains Contest – I am working with the rest of the design team at Authority Domains to rework the website. So far so good! However, the beauty of Social Media is to ask your peers what they would like to see. Use the wisdom of the masses to craft your vision is simply smart! Have a gander and comment here on what improvements you would suggest. The best idea will net a $20.00 ITunes gift card!mlb

Baseball PredictionsWith baseball starting soon, here is my 2009 predictions:

American League Division Winners:

Red Sox



Wild Card: Yankees

National League Division Winners:


Reds (yes I said the Reds)


Wild Card: Mets

We will have a classic Dodgers/Red Sox Worlds Series. I think the Dodgers & Red Sox have a great blend of youth and veterans. I think the Mets will be good, but are one stud starting pitcher short. Oh, Manny will have revenge on the Sox in 7 games. I almost forget that very important prediction.

Jeremiah Owyang Taught Us Many Lessons…Sadly!

oopsPlease read Jeremiah’s recent blog post:

Expect Changes at Mzinga

Mzinga is one of the companies that I closely watch, in fact, they were in my recent Wave, which was started last summer, and performed well.

I’ve been hearing from multiple sources in a variety of folks that Mzinga is undergoing some changes. With the recent layoffs a few months ago, to apparently voluntary leave of the CMO this week, there are a lot of questions I have to ask.

Today alone, I’ve received over four direct messages or emails from individuals suggesting there is some difficulties. I’m being vague on purpose, as I’m not going to start rumors and I’m not going to speculate without first talking to the company.

Mzinga responded to my queries in public on Twitter, and we’re planning on speaking next Monday, one week from now. It’s interesting to note, that if I don’t hear from the company themselves, others will tell me, resulting in my asking questions in public.

Why this post? It’s my obligation to have my clients best interest in mind, and this is the fastest way for me to reach them, by using the tools where we’re already connected.

I strongly recommend that any Mzinga clients or prospects stall any additional movement till they brief me next Monday.

I promise to be fair and balanced in my coverage towards Mzinga –yet with the interest of buyers and brands foremost.

The following is my response on his blog:

  1. Derek Showerman March 17th, 2009 5:53 am

    Jeremiah, I respect your work and find pretty much every Twitter post to be insightful and incredibly valuable. But to me, this post shows that you need to be humbled. When you are talking about “rumored” changes, you need to leave it at that. There are people’s jobs on the line. People with children! People with dreams! People that are passionate about their job.
    The beauty of Social Media is it allows people to be human-and to err is human. So I will throw you a mulligan for this one. However, Social Media also self regulates-I would be remiss if I didn’t call you out. Telling companies to stop buying from Mzinga is not your job. Your job is to analyze, not be passing judgement on who companies should be doing business with based on “rumors”.

So what are the lessons learned?
  1. Journalism 101 tells you to never report based on rumors.
  2. Be objective and dont pass judgement!
  3. Verify! verify! verify!
  4. Listen to your inner-self! With success comes responsibility. Many years of hard work can be hurt if you don’t continue to think before you act. If something doesn’t feel right while you are writing it, then chances are you should not publish it.

In the end, Jeremiah will be fine! He is smart guy, a great person in fact, who had an error in judgement! We all have moments in life where we are humbled. Throw Jeremiah a mulligan on this one and don’t judge him. Let’s hope his rumors are not true!

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