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$1 billion for Instagram was a bargain

04.15.2012

There’s been a great deal of controversy about Facebook’s purchase of photo sharing site Instagram for $1 billion. As always, people are heralding it as a harbinger of a new social media bubble. How can a site like Instagram possibly be worth that much, and how can it add to Facebook’s share value? But that’s […]

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What I want in a blogging platform

02.20.2012

I’ve had a self-hosted WordPress blog at dbthomas.com for several years, because I wanted to have control over my content for the long haul, and because, frankly, I thought as someone working in social media, it imparts at least a little bit of geek cred. These days I find myself using Facebook more than anything, […]

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How to survive as a marketing or communications professional in 2012

12.26.2011

I’m a little frustrated right now. Over the last several years, quite a few people have asked me for advice about getting into social media. Some of them are good friends, and a lot of them are people with a professional communications or marketing background. My advice has been the same for the last several […]

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Why Google+ will replace ice cream

07.12.2011

Disclosure: Post title is fatuous linkbait. I was on vacation last week when Google+ happened. I kept my email inbox in pretty good shape when I was away, but when I returned I felt like I was a week behind on creating circles and +1′ing and learning all the new stuff. Some folks dove in […]

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If I love buying local so much, why do I buy so much from Amazon?

03.26.2011

I am a huge fan of buying local. I got a warm glow at a coffee shop this morning when I saw the list of their local sources of ingredients. I pay more money for locally-made items because I want those businesses to succeed and stay in my community. Heck, I buy soap from Piedmont […]

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The day I stopped defending Facebook

10.09.2010

Facebook, as you know, has gotten a lot of grief in the past for the way it treats users’ privacy. Seemingly every few months, they make some change that has users up in arms because more of their information is exposed. I understand why people get upset, but at the same time, most people who […]

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Baffled by Facebook, Vol. XXIII: Facebook Places edition

08.20.2010

I have no problem so far with Facebook Places. I like the idea that you can see where your friends are (assuming they’ve opted in to do so). The ability I want that so far I haven’t seen in location-based apps is to say, for instance, “Where is Jeff Cohen right now?” That would have […]

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Promoting your local business through blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube

07.12.2010

In my last post I mentioned I had sent a friend a long email in answer to her questions about using social media to promote her orthodontia practice. I talked about the difference between spamming your friends and promoting your business. In the second part of the email, I gave her some specific tips for […]

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The difference between spamming friends and promoting your business

07.11.2010

I’ve had an interesting back-and-forth via Facebook email with an old friend who is starting an orthodontia practice. I had complained in my Facebook status about my friends (some of whom, in the peculiar world of Facebook, I don’t actually know) who only seem to use Facebook to promote their band or their book or […]

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Getting spammed by my bank

06.26.2010

Nothing new to anyone, I’m sure, but my bank just called me at home. I listened because, you know, it’s my bank. Maybe something weird was happening with my account. He thanked me for being a customer, so I knew it wasn’t them calling to tell me a check had bounced or anything. Then he […]

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