Five for Friday

This was one busy week. For starters we had yet another awesome winter storm that made driving to rehab a boat ton of fun. That was followed up by some real awesomeness as I sat in on a panel for #PRStudchat to discuss social media policies and then yesterday evening, Vistaprint hosted their first ever event for local micro businesses to discuss marketing and I was able to give a crash course on social media. So it’s Friday and I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend and hopefully my brother gets a good game and a win as he travels to Pittsburgh to watch his J-E-T-S take on the Steelers. How was your week, any big weekend plans? Have a safe one and enjoy this week’s edition of Five for Friday.

What if Tunisia had a revolution, but nobody watched? – Mrs. Espo passed this one along to me from her daily news at her employer and I found it quite interesting. I have heard of the Tunisian revolts and have followed along some on online sites, Twitter and peeped some videos, but didn’t realize that it was not getting as much airplay overall. While I do not think that overall change or social revolution will occur over a social platform, this may be an instance where it can be used to leverage traditional media to build exposure.

Charity worker fired over Facebook comments – my real beef with the video below is that the guy is saying all the right things. Without a clear policy in place, you can’t make up rules as you go along. Should he have been smarter, yes, but then again so should the company.

Please ReTweet This – How many times have you included {pls RT], DM folks for retweets or just asked for someone to share something? How many times has it been asked of you? I can safely say that it has probably happened a lot, but is it ethical or right? I tend to only RT things when I find them useful to the community at large or if something made me think. Asking in some circles is just as good as begging to get hits, visitors, followers, etc. a quid pro quo if you will that leaves me feeling dirty, what about you?

Unmasking the social media “expert” – This is the first of a four part series, but I am very happy to see a traditional media outlet offering its readers insight into hiring a social media consultant and if it is right for their business. It is not only awesome but also responsible as many folks think that they need social media and might be getting sold a tub of snake oil from an opportunistic person with guru or ninja on their business card.

How To Build A Crappy Twitter Profile – You know you have seen them, bad Twitter profiles that do nothing for you. Maybe you have a friend who has one or get stalked by one or two of them. If you are new to the Twitter game, be sure to follow this guide to the letter to have an awesome Twitter profile. Please note that should have been read tongue-in-cheek, like this hilarious post.

5 Responses to Five for Friday
  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by jeffespo and Katherine Caringola, Chris Apple. Chris Apple said: RT @jeffespo: Five #PR & #SM articles that you may have missed this week […]

  2. geoffliving
    January 22, 2011 | 7:45 am

    Jeff,thanks for including the Please Retweet this article. Also, thanks for te Tunisia link. Very helpful. I am working on a piece about how the tools played a part in the Revolution.

  3. jeffespo
    January 22, 2011 | 9:19 am

    @geoffliving Very cool Geoff, looking forward to seeing it. Have a great weekend.

  4. JonHearty
    January 22, 2011 | 2:17 pm

    ‘How To Build a Crappy Twitter Profile’ is a great article! It drives the point home well and I suggest everyone read it. Excited to check out the other articles in this post that I missed!

  5. jeffespo
    January 22, 2011 | 5:24 pm

    @JonHearty Jon, much like Pokemon, we can’t catch every awesome article each week. I try to but fail often but do share my favorites each Friday. Have a great weekend.

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