Friday, October 08, 2010

Weekend read: My weekly share on Twitter

We can put off raking leaves for a couple of weeks yet, at least in my neighborhood. But why not rake up some good ideas before the weekend? I'm @dontgetcaught on Twitter, where I share good reads, news on communications and social media, and other resources.  This is a weekly compilation of posts from others that caught my eye in the week of October 4:
  • What's your one-line bio?  Anil Dash takes a look at the briefest of online profiles and how they came to be, then offers some great tips for what yours should include.
  • What do your @ replies say about you?  In the same vein, I'll bet you haven't looked at how your @ replies to others on Twitter look--but GigaOm tells you what those tea leaves can say to protential clients, partners and employers.
  • Shopping crops up in new places:  YouTube launched its first shopping site for retailer French Connection, and Amazon opened a store for Pampers on Facebook, both firsts that will expand the amount of time users spend on those sites.
  • Shorter Facebook Page feed stories:  Page administrators, heads up! Comments on your page posts will now be condensed when users see them in their news feeds--so you can't count on the comments luring folks in.  It's a space-saving move that allows users to pack more into their news feeds.
  • Mobile phones help community health organizers:  When you're thinking of uses for mobile phones and apps, consider far-flung examples like this one shared by NetSquared about a project in Senegal.
  • Collect that Facebook info now:  You can now download information you posted to Facebook in order to save it permanently--a smart step to take. TechCrunch clues you in.
  • What about the new Facebook Groups? I hear you cry. Cry no more:  Inside Facebook looks at how the new feature integrates with other core applications like news feeds, events and mobile.
  • Google News gets some friends:  Word came this week that Google News is testing integration with Twitter, which would bring friending to Google News.  Could be a solid new tool in media relations--I'll be keeping my eye on this.
  • Robot reporting? It's more common than you may think. 10,000 Words looks at how automated reporting is used at major papers around the U.S.
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