Social Media Top 5: Links for my Friends


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I, among many others, get sick of the same people talking about the same things, linking to each other’s posts, and generally turning the echo chamber into an eardrum-ripping feedback loop.


However, at the same time that doesn’t mean don’t link to your friends if their content strikes your fancy and you find it worthy of commentary. To wit:

Christopher Penn on Why Your Personal Brand Sucks

I like Chris because he has a no-BS attitude and eschews the rosy optimism that some of us portray  in the social media business. “Sucky” personal brands, says Chris, are the ones that try to “clone” others in their space.

So here I am, linking to his post.

Actually, I think about this a lot. There is no point in emulating others and what they say. I’d rather take the good stuff and just use it in my work (thanks!).  So, if I don’t do three brilliant ocial media-type blog posts in a week (hey, I was busy), I don’t worry. Read Chris Brogan or someone.

On the other hand, I don’t fuss if I’m not sure a post is up to snuff. I post it that’s me, and you’ll tell me if my stuff stinks.

Peter Kim on What Happened to Liveblogging?

This is exactly what I meant by the “not sure” post. Hasn’t the idea of liveblogging being replaced by “live-Tweeting” been played out for a while? The thing is, this transformation occurred afresh to Peter at a recent show– and it’s an entirely honest and (still) current topic. Worthy of commentary.

And yes, live-Tweeting and other media have made liveblogging obsolete, it seems. It’s a question of platform, not the activity itself.

Chris Brogan Says Stop Talking About Yourself

I say, ignore him, that’s silly. The thing is, Chris has a great point that is better stated as “be generous.” But I wouldn’t frame it the way Chris did. We need to talk about ourselves (or our own businesses). That’s our only legitimate point of view (even journalists must admit this applies to them in a way).

When I raise money to fight cancer (at, by the way), I frame it selfishly– my bike ride, my goals, my experiences- that’s what I know. When I talk about my work- social media- I can only discuss what I have done or learned.

Talk about yourself. Serve others.

Scott Monty on SeaWorld’s Crisis Response

Why try to be some “social media expert” about something like the PR/social media issues around the recent SeaWorld tragedy, when someone like Scott Monty has already done all the work? Plus, in his role at Ford, he could easily be sitting in the same position the SeaWorld folks are in now. It’s his job. Read the post, and think what might happen when, heaven forbid, something happens with Ford products

Let’s Go All the Way and Link to Myself

I’m glad to say that the MEdia Bullseye Radio Roundtable is back in production, and three episodes in, I have joined the rotating group of co-hosts with regular host Jen Zingsheim, speaking with Kelly Crane about ABC News, Twitter ads, and firing clients. Have a listen at the site, or:

Click here to listen directly.


  1. Regarding liveblogging, the trend seems obvious in isolation, but a dissonance occurs at greater scale. While individuals like you and me might have stopped, majors like Boing Boing (TED), Ars Technica (CES), and Engadget (iPad) have kept the discipline alive and well. Maybe the difference is that those making money on social media publishing are still doing it while those who aren’t, aren’t.

  2. Peter– thanks. I agree, it depends on how much you depend on a particular medium. Engadget IS Engadget, so they will live-blog events like Jobs keynotes– the liveblogging itself is an event for many of us.

    For someone like me (and maybe you), liveblogging wouldn’t fit in with the blog content, and with my egregiously voluminous use of Twitter, it makes the most sense (for now) to do it thee.

  3. A much tighter post, one with a nice curation of thought and thoughleaders. I get pissed Twitter people seems like a feedback loop some days, with little origanl content, thought and comment.

    Chris Penn comments are original

    Dara Bell

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