John Oliver Searches for Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly’s Good Old Days

Cable news rabble-rousers like Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly love to rouse their rabble by lamenting the loss of the America they grew up in, an idyllic and simpler bygone era. So, on last night’s Daily Show, John Oliver went looking for these so-called good old days, and it wasn’t so easy. But maybe he just didn’t go back far enough. From what I understand, there was a pretty nice period of time that ended about 250,000 years ago. Continue reading John Oliver Searches for Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly’s Good Old Days

Holiday Spectacular! Videos and Images that have me pumped for the Holidays

Videos and Images that have me pumped for the Holidays
Nothing says holidays like Mr. T and Nancy Reagan!

 

I love the holiday season. Family. Parties. Friends. Parties. Presents. Parties… and nothing gets me more ready for the holiday season than the images [think Santa, elves, reindeer, snowmen… er snowpeople, and presents], videos [think Frosty, Rudolph, Shrek(?), etc.] and smells [crisp winter air, the copious quantities of food] of the season. [Hopefully, the images and videos here will help overcome any untoward smell that you are experiencing now.]

 

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How to Create a Branded Version of TwitPic

How to Create a Branded Version of TwitPicMore and more brands are starting to use Twitter, whether it’s to promote new products or connect with customers. The only problem that some brand marketers have with using Twitter is that it can be difficult to have a conversation around links or media files.

This is why Vitrue, a social media management company, has created ‘Twitter Pages’ as a new part of its Vitrue SRM Product suite. Think of Twitter Pages as a branded TwitPic for companies and brands that want to share media or links with fans.

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Growth of Social Media in Real Time : Hard Data (InfoGraphic)

Social Media is a like nuclear explosion these days. High speed internet reach increases everyday and more people use internet. Facebook users increase everyday, Twitter registers 18 million new users every year, and Google wave is on the horizon. Everyday bloggers publish about 900,000 blog posts on thousands of blogs around the web, or 700 million photos are uploaded on servers by 75 million users of Flickr.

Based on a research carried out by Gary, a social media counter was designed to get a measure of this enormous growth.

This counter clearly shows the insane growth rate of social media in real time. Continue reading Growth of Social Media in Real Time : Hard Data (InfoGraphic)

Mark Montoya: Online Personal Branding Specialist

Mark Montoya: Online Personal Branding Specialist
Mark Montoya: Online Personal Branding Specialist

I’m often asked: Online Personal Branding, what is it? And what does it have to do with me?

Good questions.

The fact is that in this era people and companies are increasingly using the internet to find out information about others. When you log onto major social networking sites like LinkedIn, MySpace.com, Facebook Twitter, StumbleUpon or other social media sites (you can find me under username MarkMontoya) you leave a ‘virtual footprint’ that gives an impression of who you are, what you like, whom you chose to associate with and other characteristics about who you are. Continue reading Mark Montoya: Online Personal Branding Specialist