My Thought in Social Media World: Is “Like” for a Lazy People?

My Thought in Social Media World: Is “Like” for a Lazy People?It’s Thursday, and I have a lot of catching up to do in Social Media World. As a social media addict I get anxiety when I’m not constantly connected to what’s going on in my newsfeed. This weekend I decided to put the phone down and interact with the non – digital world, as a sort of “retreat”. My adventures to a secret beach and some random city exploration would have been perfect times for me to whip out the phone and start documenting my experience socially, but I refrained and happily I might add.

Sitting here at my desk, glad to have skipped over the three days and the thought of scrolling of updates and pictures, Tweets, Re-pins, and check-ins, I was started to get overwhelmed. So I decided to cheat and began “LIKING” everything. I felt like I had lived several weekends in one after going back in time and interacting with all my friends and followers. I felt accomplished to say the least.

However, “Liking” something is the easiest way to interact. It’s non-committal. You can easily “un-like” something and you don’t have to worry about saying anything intelligent or meaningful. Since the act of “Liking” something is so easy, and so accessible, does it mean being a “serial liker” is to be a lazy social media user?

“Like” allow us to be part of a crowd, to feel part of something. That’s what we are doing on social media networks to begin with to interact, to connect to people, and feel a part of something larger than all of us. So it is lazy?

Call Me Maybe – Ms. USA Version

Just when you thought it’s over, here’s a version from the Ms. USA Pageant:

And a collection of the most popular local celebrity versions:

What do you think of these latest “Call Me Maybe” lip dub? Is the trend getting old or do you want more versions? Let us know!

It’s Time to Get Socialized at Manila Social Media Day 2012!

Be Part of Social Media Day at Manila 2012!Fellow bloggers, Facebook and Twitter addicts, and other social media fanatics, please come and celebrate with us at the Manila Social Media Day on June 30, 2012 in Tower One & Exchange Fountain Area, Ayala Triangle Garden. This will be a fun event to meet people we usually interact on social media.

On June 30, the Philippines joins the world, for the very first time, in marking Social Media Day, with a big event planned right at the heart of Makati City.

Filipino Twitterati, bloggers, advocates, practitioners from media, business, government are expected to grace that day’s celebration of creativity, community and conversation that has pushed individuals, companies and organizations, and the nation many steps forward and ahead of the rest of the world.

The event is being organized by the community of netizens behind TweetUp Manila and the first Twestival Manila, and whose work and passions have brought them together both online and offline.

There is much reason to celebrate social media in the Philippines: its creation of new careers and new opportunities, the awesome efforts to use new tools for helping during and after disasters such as Ondoy and Sendong, the new space for media, politics and expression, citizen journalism and cutting-edge, content-rich multimedia practice, and industry going digital to reach and affect more people whether thru marketing, PR or advertising.

So to those interested, register now and let’s get socialized.
Visit Social Media Day website for resources and more information: http://mashable.com/smday
Follow @TweetupMNL for more details

See you guys there! 🙂

Mike Moran’s Biznology Webinar: Search Marketing on the Cheap

Mike Moran

Social Ally is proud to sponsor Mike Moran’s June 26 Biznology Webinar, “Search Marketing on the Cheap.”

If you think that successful search marketing forces you to pay Google and the other search engines to send visitors to your site, think again. Learn the free techniques for search marketing that everyone with a Web site needs to know. You don’t need to be a technical guru or a star copywriter—what you really need is the right knowledge and a willingness to work. Don’t let the investment you’ve made in your Web site go to waste. With the right moves in search marketing, you’ll bring more traffic to your site than ever before, and you won’t pay the search engines a dime.

Skinflints now have a way to successfully market their wares without requiring huge budgets. In the past, consumer marketers needed to spend large amounts of advertising, or come up with more and more interesting public relations stories. B2B marketers had it even tougher, because their small markets often meant that advertising and PR were both foreclosed. Each step in organic search requires tools, but you can find good ones for free.

In this free 30-minute Biznology® Webinar, Mike Moran will show you the free tools and techniques that lead to success. Search marketing doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

Special sponsored presentation by Brick Marketing, Marketing Pilgrim, Rimm-Kaufman Group, and Social Ally

Mike Moran is the Founder of the Biznology blog, a well-known expert in all things digital marketing, and Chief Strategist at Converseon, a leading social consultancy. Mike is the co-author of Search Engine Marketing, Inc., and the sole author of Do It Wrong Quickly. Mike is a veteran of IBM, managing groups in IBM.com for eight years, retiring from IBM in 2008 as a Distinguished Engineer.

To register for our Webinar kindly click here.

See you there! 🙂

Mark Zuckerberg’s wedding status update passes 1 million Facebook ‘likes’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg capped the rollercoaster that was last week by marrying his sweetheart of nine years, Priscilla Chan, on Saturday and the news has gone down very well with users of the social network. To date, more than one million people have ‘liked’ the update, less than 48 hours after it was posted.

The update also drew more than 730 comments, in contrast to Chan’s update, which passed a nonetheless impressive 38,000 likes and 80-plus comments.

Mark Zuckerberg’s wedding status update passes 1 million Facebook ‘likes’

To give some idea of the magnitude of that response, Zuckerberg’s goodbye note to Steve Jobs after his passing got almost 580,000 likes, having been his most popular for some time.

Zuckerberg’s Facebook Page has amassed more than 14 million subscribers, and the social network’s founder uses it to post regular updates about both Facebook and his personal life. Recent entries have included the ‘Stay Focused & Keep Shipping’ memo when Facebook first filed for IPO, and a video of his dog Beast that was his first contribution to Viddy.

One of Zuckerberg’s most memorable postings came days before news of his nuptials, as he rang the bell in with an epic status update to mark Facebook listing on the Nasdaq, an event that the company celebrated with a hackathon.

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Mae Limboc is an Social Media Specialist at Visual Ally Incorporated. She has been in the company since it started and is currently being trained for Social Media. To practice her learning’s, she is now trying to venture out into blogging. Her blogs usually showcase their different activities and interests and also her experiences of a newbie in the Social Media world.

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg kicks off investor show in NY

Mae Limboc: Facebook's Zuckerberg kicks off investor show in NY
Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg fielded questions about the No. 1 social network’s slowing revenue growth and its $1 billion purchase of Instagram as he kicked off a cross-country roadshow to promote the company’s $10 billion initial public offering.

Wearing his trademark “hoodie” sweatshirt, jeans and sneakers, the 27-year-old chief executive said he would do the Instagram deal again if he had to, according to attendees at the event.

Hundreds of investors showed up for the presentation at New York’s Sheraton Hotel, which was closed to the media, on Monday.

The world’s largest social network aims to raise about $10.6 billion, dwarfing the coming-out parties of tech companies like Google Inc and granting it a market value close to Amazon.com Inc’s.

The 8-year-old social network that began as Zuckerberg’s Harvard dorm room project indicated an IPO range of $28 to $35 a share on Thursday, which would value the company at $77 billion to $96 billion.

The size of the IPO reflects the company’s growth and bullish expectations about its money-making potential as a hub for everything from advertising to commerce. Many investors say they expect Facebook to raise its offer price-range as the roadshow progresses from New York to major cities such as Chicago, Boston and San Francisco.

Amid the hoopla of one of the most closely watched IPOs in years are persistent concerns about Facebook’s longer-term growth and Zuckerberg’s majority control.

Zuckerberg, who will have roughly 57 percent voting control after the IPO, personally forged the deal to acquire mobile app maker Instagram in a matter of days last month with little involvement from Facebook’s board of directors, according to media reports.

Asked about the deal by an attendee at the event, Zuckerberg said Facebook’s management had discussed a possible Instagram acquisition at length in several meetings. Facebook decided to act when it saw Instagram’s user data cross a “tipping point” from which they believed it would grow significantly, he said.

He said Facebook moved quickly to strike a deal when it became clear that Instagram was open to being acquired.

Zuckerberg was accompanied by finance chief David Ebersman, who was wearing a suit and tie, and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Investors managed to ask five questions during the event on Monday, including a query about Facebook’s potential plans to enter China, the world’s largest Internet market by users.

Zuckerberg noted that Facebook was blocked in China – a situation experienced by several popular U.S. websites such as YouTube and Twitter. Sandberg added that the company would be willing to sit down with Chinese government officials and discuss partnerships in the country.

Facebook’s emergence as a cultural phenomenon whose beginnings were depicted in the fictionalized 2010 film “The Social Network” added a palpable level of energy and buzz to Monday’s event.

One investor was overheard joking that the event should have been held in New York’s Madison Square Garden, home of the Knicks basketball team and a standard venue for rock concerts.

Investors had formed a line outside the Sheraton Hotel about an hour before the roadshow started on Monday morning, as a nearby media throng awaited the arrival of Facebook executives and elicited inquiries from curious passers-by.

“This is unlike anything we’ve ever seen,” said another investor who was at the event.

Morgan Stanley banker Michael Grimes took the stage to begin the formal presentation as the audience of investors lunched on Cobb salad, ice tea and cookies, attendees said.

With 900 million users, Facebook is challenging established Web businesses such as Google Inc and Yahoo Inc for consumers’ online time and advertising dollars.

Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Herman Leung said in a note to investors on Monday that he expected Facebook’s revenue to grow 40 percent this year and 33 percent in 2013.

He said the $28 to $35 range for Facebook shares was an “attractive” valuation that provided a “compelling entry point” for investors.

In a separate note published Sunday, Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Wieser put a $30 price target on shares of Facebook.

“Our conversations with investors to date suggest that concerns around revenue growth and the absence of mobile monetization will linger for some time,” said Wieser.

But, he added, “we would not be surprised if the stock trades up above the IPO price on retail interest in the company over the near term.”

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Mae Limboc is an Social Media Specialist at Visual Ally Incorporated. She has been in the company since it started and is currently being trained for Social Media. To practice her learning’s, she is now trying to venture out into blogging. Her blogs usually showcase their different activities and interests and also her experiences of a newbie in the Social Media world.

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Will the “Flickr Fix” Work for Pinterest?

Mae Limboc: Will the “Flickr Fix” Work for Pinterest?
Pinterest just announced a partnership with photo-sharing site Flickr. This deal isn’t a no-brainer considering that Pinterest users are siphoning most images from Flickr. A sharing button has been added to Pinterest, and each pin will contain full attribution info which is useless for now.

Whenever you post something on Pinterest that image becomes “free” due to the casual nature of the site. Users don’t really care about this whole image attribution issue but publishers are pissed off. So to addressed this concern, Pinterest came up with a deal with Flickr that recently confirmed that it had included the code for all copyrighted and non-public pages.

The Flickr Fix will be beneficial to Pinterest which thinks that they can get over the copyright issues without being acquired by Google. While this move by Ben Silbermann’s camp is not send significant repercussion compared to if they were bought by Google, The Flickr fix will complement each other without compromising their identities. Before Pinterest and Instagram, Flickr was arguably the most distinct image-sharing platform but it didn’t project itself as a social platform. Pinterest and Flickr are aware that visual platforms are about:

User engagement and Buzz Marketing are built around communities
It’s about making the content more instant and establishing a presence on mobile
User-generated content paves the way for more “visual communication” that lets brands engage more with consumers
As the social web embraces the visual engagement revolution, Pinterest and Flickr will emerge as winners from this partnership. The Internet’s next big social network and the old reliable will serve as bridge between consumers and brands. Brands are now establishing their presence on Pinterest. On the other hand, Flickr is a consumer haven where they give every user control. Pinterest is brand-friendly. Flickr is user-friendly. What’s not to like?

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Mae Limboc is an Social Media Specialist at Visual Ally Incorporated. She has been in the company since it started and is currently being trained for Social Media. To practice her learning’s, she is now trying to venture out into blogging. Her blogs usually showcase their different activities and interests and also her experiences of a newbie in the Social Media world.

Explore the world with her:

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