When and how to ‘friend’ your new bud online

Here’s 3 real situations you may find yourself happening upon in real life that cause you to wonder…what is the appropriate etiquette for following someone you just met in the social media world.

Situation No. 1: You make a legit business contact at a network event (before spilling your drink on an intern). You arrive home, business card clutched in your damp, shaking hand.

Situation No. 2: You make a new friend! Yay! Friends are life’s gifts! Or something. Whatever.

Situation No. 3: You’re perusing the stacks at your local used bookstore when you brush hands with a dark-eyed dreamboat. She’s a doctor. You enjoy being stethoscoped.

Interested for answers? Hit up Brenna Ehrlich and Andrea Bartz‘s new “Netiquette” CNN.com column. It’s funny, yet insightful. Enjoy.

How to Suck at Facebook

Great post from the folks over at the Oatmeal on how to suck at using facebook. I see these examples pretty much everyday. See if you can spot yourself…hopefully not.

Are you the Gamer, the Event Coordinator,  the Desperate Marketer, the Horrible Photo Tagger, the Rash, the Quiz Taker, the Passive Aggressor, the Infant Profile or the ever famous Filterless?

Check out the post here.

Seth Godin on the tribes we lead

Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so. Great video.

Seth Godin on Social Networking

Seth is the king of out of the box marketing. He’s the author of books such as Purple Cow, All Marketers Are Liars, Tribes & Permission Marketing. In this video, he is asked basically, if social media is of any real value to business. His answer is on spot. Check it out.

Cool Defined.

I love this picture from Carol Phillips’ blog post at Millennial Marketing. It’s hilarious to watch the progression in even the last ten years. Her blog has some great insight into the Gen Y “Hipster”. Check it out.  

Google giving $1 million to help with Haiti’s relief

Google announced today that they will be donating $1 million to organizations on the ground that are rescuing those still trapped and providing clean water, food, medical care, shelter and support to those affected. They have also listed numerous legit charities you can donate to (including donating to UNICEF or CARE directly from their blog) like the American Red Cross, Wylef Jean’s Yele Haiti and many more.

Call for Haiti donations via Social Media

I was inundated this morning with text messages, facebook/twitter statuses asking me to donate money to help with relief for the people who have been devastated by a monstrous earthquake in Haiti.  Haiti has always been close to my heart because I grew up in Miami, Fl and many of my friends were 1st and 2nd generation Haitian-Americans.  To find out how you can help, just click here.

The 10 Stages of Social Media Business Integration

Social Media is here folks and the train is leaving the station. So how do you get your business to thrive in it’s turbulent waters? I love Mashable’s simplistic 10 stage approach to integrating it into your business plan this year. Check out the blog…unless of course you already got the Social Media thing covered.

From: http://ping.fm/4sCLn

Tastes Like Facebook

I am loving the use of Social Media by some companies lately. These guys knocked it out of the park. Vitamin Water + Social Media Contest = New Facebook Flavored Water. Seriously. Go ahead and read the rest of the article.

From: http://ping.fm/tStpH

“Career women make bad mothers?”

Marketing genius. UK based Outdoor Advertising Association launched a 2 week campaign to get the British public to go to www.Britainthinks.com and speak up. The site is a community opinion driven site where members can vote on other folks opinion and add their own as well. I love it. Pass the tea & crumpets.

From: http://ping.fm/anltf