Tuesday, July 19, 2011

7 sweet finds of mine, from beachcombing on social media

I love beachcombing for sea glass and smooth stones, the kind you carry home without knowing why or what you'll use them for. That's not the case, though, with these finds--I know why you want them and that you'll find them useful. They come from combing the beaches of blogs, Twitter feeds and more. Now's the time to unload them and share with my friends:

  1. U.S. government agencies on Tumblr: I read a tweet that led to a not very well sourced article about U.S. federal agencies on Tumblr, so I went to the source. Mark Coatney is Tumblr's media evangelist, and he pointed me to Jed Sundwall, who's keeping track of federal programs and agencies on Tumblr here. Have one that's not listed? Send it to Sundwall.
  2. What's the best time to post on your blog? KissMetrics has a great infographic here that will explain It All To You. Like videos, think about that hour heading into lunchtime...
  3. Tell the New York Times what's useful about PR: The public editor wrote about the Times' limits on David Pogue, who had been doing paid seminars telling PR folks how to pitch the paper, in violation of Times rules. Our more defensive colleagues objected, so now he's asking you to share what communicators contribute to the Times and what's useful about the craft.
  4. What's up with sharing? Here's a research look at the psychology of social sharing. If you're creating profiles of typical users, add this to the mix.
  5. Headlines count in social media: So this free ebook on creating headlines that go viral is a useful tool. It comes via Chris Garrett, one of the great minds behind the ProBlogger book.
  6. Exciting! Email! Eeek! might be your reaction if you read lots of emails with an abundance of points of exclamation. This New York Times piece explains that you're not alone. You'll wince in recognition.
  7. Get your own blog: The Times also cut reader comment length by 60 percent, from 5,000 characters to 2,000. News organizations have increasingly put limits on comments, as they are flooded with them. Will you follow suit?

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