6 Social Media Pain Points (and What to Do About Them)

You may love social media, but even the biggest fans of the social web will find some sources of frustration. What is your social media pain point? I thought I’d explore some of the main ones I’ve identified and offer up some potential solutions.

Facebook Apps Can Now Access Phone Numbers and Addresses

Facebook has quietly announced to application developers that third-party apps will be able to access the addresses and mobile phone numbers of Facebook users. The easiest way to avoid making postal addresses and mobile phone numbers available is to not include them in your Facebook profile.

Don’t Do Social Media Marketing by the Numbers

As the social media industry matures and best practices continue to refine, I’m struck by how too many people tend to get caught up in the numbers — or at least the wrong numbers — and let those numbers dictate how and when they use social media.

About.me and Flavors.me: Online Calling Cards

Flavors.me and About.me are both platforms for creating “personal splash pages.” I decided to compare the two services, in order to see how splash pages can be used as online business cards, and whether they might be useful for web workers.

Back to the Future: Reviewing Social Media Trends

I enjoy looking at previous “predictions” and see what actually happened. Here’s what I predicted in my 2010 post on trends in social media and the outcome as of the end of the year. I’m also providing additional thoughts on trends to watch in 2011.

The Anatomy of a New Idea

I’ve had the chance to speak with a number of online innovators. Every day, step by step, these people have proceeded into the unknown. The web has possibilities for innovation that takes us from the warm shallows into the uncharted depths beyond what we know now.

How to Keep the Grinch From Stealing Social Media

Have you been feeling like a Grinch about social media? It’s everywhere, shining its “happy, cheery” hype wherever you look; I know it’s taken over my life more than it probably should. Here are some simple tips for dealing with social media in the coming year:

8 Reasons Not to Fear Social Media

Just the other day, someone told me that they are afraid of social media; they have no Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn account. I’ve compiled this list of eight reasons why you shouldn’t fear social media for anyone who is still apprehensive about using these tools.

Should You Go bit.ly Pro?

When I noticed that bit.ly had a Pro version that enables custom short domains and that it was free, I just had to try it out. You have to submit your email address to be “considered” for the beta; I just received my access information.

What’s Wrong With Facebook’s New Profiles

Facebook has released a new Facebook Profile. As usual, the changes seem pretty arbitrary, but Facebook appears to have moved in the direction of a profile that blends your professional life and your personal life, and I feel strongly that this is a mistake.