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I’m Twittered Out

15 Jul

For quite a while I was on the Twitter bandwagon. It’s a great source of information, from news to technology to just keeping in touch with friends. And although I still send the occasional tweet, I don’t log into the site very often anymore.

It was almost like information overload. I followed several different news organizations, other public relations professionals and other businesses in my industry. Plus a few of my favorite movie or television stars (but of all the stars I felt that only @Alyssa_Milano actually sent out quality tweets). When you start to follow a few hundred people, the feed is going so fast that you can barely keep up with all the messages.

Then you find yourself using tools like TweetDeck and HootSuite to group people and keep up with different subjects or groups of people. Tweets are typically short, 140 characters or less. But often these tweets link to a site with more information on the subject. Then you spend some time looking at links, retweeting stuff that you found interesting or replying to comments that other people may have said. Next thing you know, you’ve lost an hour or so.

And since there is always so much information, you find yourself going back to find older posts. I saw the signs of addiction. Tweeting at least eight times a day to make sure that I stay in people’s feed. Sometimes scheduling tweets to make sure I didn’t miss peak hours. I’d also spend tons of time looking for interesting things to post.

I often used Twitter as part of my social media strategy at my job. Twitter can be a great marketing tool, if you know how to use it. The people that are just sales pitch-y and not informational or conversational, can be quite irritating. Twitter is a great way to get at early adapters. Twitter is also one of the few social media networks that has a primarily middle aged male demographic.

While I think that Twitter is a great service, at least temporarily I’m not going to be as active on Twitter. But you can still follow me if you’d like @LHaliburton.

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Only an Expert on My Life

15 Jun

So as a person that creates social media campaigns for other people and businesses, I know I need to create a strategic plan for myself. I’ve seen Hajj Flemings speak several times about “personal branding”. Other conferences have said that you should use your blog and Twitter to express on what subject matter you are an expert. Well I honestly don’t have much that I think people would have an interest.

I could talk about work, but honestly talking about news trends, social media and healthcare isn’t that fun when you do it all day. Besides there are people much more versed in these subjects than me.

I love social media, but I can’t tell anyone on Twitter how to make their tweets more effective. The people that I follow are already great (so check out some of the people I follow).

So on what subjects am I an expert? I sometimes ask myself that question everyday. But these are the things that I have concluded I know most about:

  • Single and almost 30
  • Living in Detroit
  • Looking for a new job in this economy
  • Media: I love TV, movies, music, reading and the internet

So here’s my life, love it or hate it, I have to live it.

How Twittascope Screwed my Twitter Account

19 Feb

I can’t even remember why I clicked on Twittascope. I think I saw it on another friends page. I really didn’t realize the permission that I had given them to my account. At first I thought it was fine, they only sent one tweet a day, in the morning. After a month, I went to their website and unsubscribed. I also went to the Twitter settings and blocked them from my connections. But somehow they kept sending tweets.

The problem came when I spent about six weeks away from Twitter while taking care of a sick relative. I just couldn’t send out any tweets because everything seemed so grave. That darn twittascope somehow kept sending out tweets. Because of Twitter’s Terms of Service, they have blocked my account from the search function. I’m assuming it is because the only tweets coming out for weeks was from a third-party and also posted the same message to several other accounts.

FROM TWITTER:

Accounts may be filtered from search for posting similar messages over several accounts. If you have allowed a third-party application access to your account by giving out your username and password, and this application is updating to lots of accounts with similar or duplicate content, your account may be filtered from search.

So I can’t fight it. I can’t explain it to Twitter. Their comment is just to keep tweeting, and one day my account will be searchable again. There is no timeline of when it will happen. But it makes anyone trying to find me impossible. It’s terrible when you are trying to create an identity in the social media world.

The only thing I could do to finally stop them from sending tweets from my account was to change my password. Which then meant I had to change the password on all of my apps that I did want associated with my twitter account. So hopefully you won’t ever click on their site and be duped into signing up. You can’t get rid of them easily.

I’m Clicking off ClickonDetroit.com

29 Jan

I consider myself a news junkie. I am constantly looking at different news sites and getting RSS feeds to my computer and phone for recent updates. I even still read the newspaper. I love the feel of paper in my hands, the ink turning my hands black and the detail they can put into print, that often doesn’t make it to TV or web.

However, one news site has been angering me for a very long time. I like to stay current on local news, so I often turn to the Detroit ABC, Fox and NBC affiliates. I also go to their websites for breaking news. But some of the comments that are placed on the NBC (www.ClickOnDetroit.com) website truly angers me.

Many people already know that Metro-Detroit is one of the most segregated areas in the country. But by reading the posts, I often see nothing but racism and hatred. Though these type of comments are often left on other sites, only ClickOnDetroit.com puts them right under the story. Most other news affiliates, print and television, makes you click on a link to see the comments, so they can easily be avoided, if you choose not read that type of stuff. Also their moderators seem to be better about controlling negative comments.

It is hard however to avoid the clickondetroit comments, as you have to scroll past them to get to links of other stories at the bottom of the page. I’ve seen blacks referred to as monkeys, maggots and any other derogatory thing they can say. They talk about how terrible the city is and how “it should just be burned down with the people in it.” (Actual quote!)

This comment has been posted over 16 hours already about two men that actually surrendered themselves to the police after being suspected of a crime.

Momma and “daddy suspect” #1 have convinced dey baby to turn hizself in, and now he’s in jail. It will be a negro homecoming turned family reunion when he meets “daddy suspects” #3, 4, and 5 in the prison yard.

A couple of months ago I sent an email to the web staff at clickondetroit. I heard nothing back. I let a few weeks go by and sent emails to every other person and reporter that I could on their site. Devin Scillian (one of their busiest reporters, and one of my favorites) was the only one that responded. He said that he also felt that many of the comments were offensive and that he would share my comments with higher level management.

Since then I haven’t heard anything back. But the more I looked at the site, I realized that most of the comments are made from some of the same people. I myself have reported many of their comments. And sometimes the comments are removed. What upsets me however, is that the website is not doing anything to prevent these posters. I figured that they may get blocked and perhaps create new profiles. But the most offensive offenders have over 3,000 comments. It seems as if they are never being blocked.

So now I am officially clicking of ClickOnDetroit. I believe that they are giving these racist people a forum for the public to see these terrible comments. The web staff is doing nothing to stop them and keeping them on the main page of the story for everyone to see. What is worse, is people see the ignorance that Metro-Detroit still has when we are linked to national news sites, or listed in Yahoo or Google news. Even other NBC affiliate sites don’t allow comments right on the story page.