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The Social Soap Box: Why Mark Zuckerberg is Person of the Year

December 22, 2010 at 12:12 pm PST

Mark Zuckerberg is Time magazine’s “Person of the Year.” As I read the article which talked about the growth of Facebook as being close to twice the size of the U.S. and Zuckerberg’s net worth estimated to be almost $7 billion, I started thinking about my own personal journey with the social entity. I recalled the days in 2006 when my brother who was in college at the time, kept harassing me to get on Facebook. He told me that it was a way to connect with all of my friends and that once I start, I wouldn’t be able to stop. Mind you, those were also the days of Friendster and MySpace. So as a professional who tries to maintain a healthy balance between my personal and professional life, I told him what I’m sure others who’ve been asked to join Facebook have said in the past, “I am a very private person and don’t have time to play with friends online.”

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Give the People What They Want

December 17, 2010 at 7:14 am PST

Understand what your fans want, and help them help themselves.

A few weeks ago I blogged about how we gave admin rights of the Networking Academy fan page to the top fans. In the private FB group I set up for them to collaborate, one of them commented that our total active monthly fans was constant at 90k, even though we’d gone from 100k to 150k total fans in the past 10 weeks.

They started to collaborate on how to generate more relevant content. They decided to share mini networking lessons as well as daily quizzes. The ambassadors set up a wikispace to collaborate, and a WordPress blog to share full lessons with the fans.

The results have blown me away. Our monthly active fans have been amazing! (Facebook defines monthly active as viewing, liking, commenting or sharing your pages posts)

Out of a total 153k fans, that’s a 77% Monthly Active User base. Please share your stats if you have a similar or better ratio of activity.

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Cisco Likes Facebook’s Like Button

Cisco has gone live with Facebook’s Like button throughout its Data Center product pages and select Small Business product pages. Cisco continues the trend of staying ahead of the curve in utilizing social media technology to better communicate with its customers and partners. The Like button will give Cisco customers and partners an intuitive and elegant way to share content they find valuable.

Cisco has developed a strategy on how to integrate social media into Cisco.com, leveraging Jeremiah Owyang’s framework, which outlines the evolution of social corporate websites. Today Cisco is proud to announce the rollout of Facebook Like buttons on over 180 product pages on Cisco.com. You will notice them when browsing Cisco’s Data Center or small business product areas.

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Partner Velocity Broadcast Recap: Leveraging the Power of Video with Live Video Streaming

December 8, 2010 at 4:51 pm PST

Partner Velocity has been keeping me busy! In the midst of attending sessions, interviewing speakers, capturing video clips, and catching a few quick bites, I managed to carve out some time to host my own session, “Leveraging the Power of Video with Live Streaming.” During my talk, which was also broadcast live over Ustream, I discussed and demonstrated how to setup your own live Ustream session from start to finish.

Didn’t get a chance to watch the broadcast? Here’s a replay:

And here’s a recap of what I discussed. Read More »

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Use Video to Send a Greeting Card

December 6, 2010 at 3:11 pm PST
Flip Video Greeting Card App on Facebook

Flip Video Greeting Card App on Facebook

Okay Flip fans – now’s your chance to get creative like OK GO and show off your holiday spirit and send video greeting cards to your friends and family – via email or now on Facebook!  We just launched on our new Video Greeting Card Facebook app:  www.facebook.com/flipvideo or  http://apps.facebook.com/flip_video_ecard/. This brand new app lets you load a video into a selection of unique holiday inspired greeting card templates… and what’s cool is that it can be video from any device that you load into Facebook– a Flip camera (which we know is your favorite video device) an iPhone, digital camera, and others. You have to check it out!

The latest version of FlipShare software is also coming.  Its planned for Dec. 15.  For those of you who don’t know what FlipShare software is – it is a preloaded software on your Flip camera that enables you to easily organize all your videos, email friends and family or directly post your video to Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

The latest version of FlipShare (5.10) includes 3 new fun to use features:

  1. dozens of holiday greeting card templates which enables you to send privately to friends and family,
  2. improved private sharing options
  3. the ability to quickly import contacts from their online email accounts such as  AOL™, Google™, Hotmail™ and Yahoo™.

The private sharing feature enables you to easily and privately share your videos -- plus share comments on your favorites. It’s like having a private video community page for those users who want to share only with their friends and family.

These video greeting cards are a great last minute way to send a greeting card – or maybe you want to send a thank you video greeting for all the great gifts you get for the holidays.   Get your Flips out and start recording! – we hope we are on your holiday greeting card list this year!

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