Starting a # Hashtag Campaign on Twitter

Creating a #Hashtag Campaign


Little Action, Big Result #Hashtag

Take Twitter  hashtags, for example..#hashtag Creating a hashtag…it’s not as hard it it may seem; just add the “#” symbol in front of a word or a group of words with the spaces between them taken out. This teeny detail lets Twitter organically categorize your tweets, as well as anyone else’s, that make use of the exact same #hashtag.  It’s pretty much the equivalent of assigning keyword tags to websites and blog posts.

How can this #Hashtag help a business grow?

Just as anyone searching for a specific keyword/phrase gets directed toward the articles with that keyword, anyone searching on a # sees a list of tweets containing that #.  Think about that for a second, that’s the power of the humble hashtag. By adding a relevant to your tweet, it becomes visible to everyone searching for that specific subject, adding your thoughts to the mix. Hashtags will hone in and narrow down your viewers, allowing your tweets to involve only those interested in the same subject. The odds of your tweets being retweeted are also higher when you use the right # to share your comments on a subject- it’s one’s nature to share useful insights.  In the end, you may gain new followers, not because of the hashtags per se, but because your ideas will reach the folks interested in them in the first place.

With such a powerful tool for attracting folks to engage with you, naturally the next step is to use the # platform to market products and services. It makes good sense and Twitter is loaded with stories of how companies carry out their marketing campaigns using #s.

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Here are some tips on how to get started with your own #Hashtag

  1. Make sure your intentions for starting the #hashtag are clear and focused. Formulate a hashtag that is relevant.   Is your aim to create buzz? Are you looking to provoke conversation?
  2. Make sure the # you have in mind is in not already being used.Twitter Search, and Tagalus are some tools you can use to find out.
  3. Start tweeting your #hashtag. It helps to briefly explaining what it means. Tweet with value, and with moderation. No one likes a spammer.
  4. Set up an automatic alert tool that sends you an email when someone tweets your hashtag.  Twilert is one that you can use.

Another New Facebook News Feed

Coming Soon: New Facebook News Feed


new facebook news feed


Another New Facebook News Feed? You betcha

On March 7, 2013 Facebook announced that they’ll  have another ‘new Facebook news feed’.  Zuckerberg changed it a few years ago, last year they added the live ticker.  Totally redesigned this time, it definitely is a new Facebook news feed.

Pay attention to the photos you post in the new Facebook news feed…be sure and:

  1. Make you page look fabulous. Keep it fresh, change the cover photo from time to time.
  2. Make the photos you post stand out from the average Joe.
  3. Promote the heck outta your very best photos- Encourage people to like them.

A ‘Spring Cleaning’ for the new Facebook news feed, says Facebook

Sneak a peek- at what the new Facebook news feed will look like.


With the new Facebook graph search soon to be released and the new Facebook news feed, Hubspot has created a terrific document to help with your content strategy.  Download the pdf right here.

Experts have commented that Facebook is making it more Linked In, even an Instagram knock-off… here are a couple quotes:

“YESSSSSSSS!!!! Best news for businesses about the new News Feed? There is a “Following” filter which will display ALL of the posts from PAGES you’ve liked and the public figures (PROFILES) you follow.” ~ Mari Smith

“I like the new changes to Facebook announced today.” ~ Robert Scoble

One thing is certain-it will be crucial to post relevant, attention grabbing, and sharable content.

What say you? I want to know your opinion so leave a comment!


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Facebook Sucks Sometimes – How to make it suck less

Raise your hand if you think
using Facebook sucks sometimes!

facebook sucks sometimes

Ok. Put your hands down!!
But it’s true. Facebook sucks sometimes.

One way that Facebook sucks and how to fix it

Here’s one problem we all face — and a tool I use to solve this problem and make the way Facebook sucks a little less. By the way, I spend at least 8 hours a day on Facebook.

Problem 1: News Feed pollution

The number one thing for me why Facebook sucks is seeing my friends post a gazillion times about the same topic when the topic is hot or trending.

This is especially true when it comes to politics. (or Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian!!)

This past election season was taxing from seeing political posts.  Pardon the pun. 🙂 My news feed was filled with ‘litter’.

I had a choice to make. I could either hide those friends or pages from my news feed, or I could unfriend them.  No way! You’re my friends!! and then I’d miss out on all the good stuff you post — stuff that’s not political.

The Solution

There is a terrific extension for Chrome called No Politics Please and it completely radically changed my News Feed.

The plugin allows me to easily block any word related to the election and politics— so my News Feed was more focused on things I wanted to interact with.

So from the summer of 2012 until after the election I used this extension to block words such as Obama, President, Romney, Ron Paul, election, White House, etc.

Any time a friend or a page posted an update with one of these words in it, the extension hid the update from my News Feed.  Remarkable! This totally made my time on Facebook more pleasurable and made me 1,000 times more productive.

But, here’s the best part… you don’t to use it only for politics.  I used it last week to block another hot topic that was polluting my news feed — and it immediately removed all of that goofy content. Now Facebook sucks less!

Watch as my friend Scott shows you the extension in action:

Facebook sucks with privacy issues

Facebook Graph Search  will be activated to every member at any moment now.

People were already ‘liking’ and ‘sharing’ the very things that will land them in the search results – and your history never goes away. Facebook has created a way to organize that info and spit it back out to, well… everyone you know (or even just kinda know).

I suggest that you visit Facebook’s Graph Search help pages and educate yourself about your privacy settings.If you like what you are reading please visit often or subscribe to my RSS feed- don’t miss one article! It’s my passion to share knowledge about health, nutrition and weight loss.  If you would like to blog about your passion and learn how you can make money doing so, take a look at the opportunity at hand >>>>

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Facebook Graph Search – Google Ain’t Skeered

 Ain’t Skeered of Facebook Graph Search


Facebook Graph Search

They figured that Markey Zuckerberg would eventually figure out a way to harness piles of valuable personal user data to create a stellar search product, and it appears that day has come.. When Facebook unveiled Graph Search last week, it was touted as revolutionary.  Fast forward a week, some bad press, and a Tumblr spoof, and F’book’s supposed game-changer seems more like a viral web phenom gone bad.

Google ain’t skeered.

 Zuckerberg’s explanation of Facebook Graph Search

“In general, Web search is designed to take any open-ended query and return to you links that may have answers to the question that you might be trying to ask. Facebook Graph Search is very different. Graph Search is designed to take a precise query and return to you the answer, not links to other places where you might get the answer.”facebook graph search

Mr. Zuckerberg also made mention that Facebook partnered up with Bing to create Facebook Graph Search, and the two tech kings designed it to answer queries about people, places, and things. Users can search using different types of filters, such as ‘liked by’ or ‘place’. Here’s a couple of examples that Facebook offers up:

* “Restaurants in London my friends have been to”
* “People who like cycling and are from my hometown”

Sounds pretty cool, eh? Yup, it did – but then …enter the Tumblr account.

Facebook Graph Search… or Graphic Search?

This week reality clobbered Facebook in quite an undignified way. ‘Actual Facebook Graph Searches‘ – a Tumblr spoof created by Tom Scott – surfaced and went viral right out of the gate. Every news outlet from CNET to FOX to Forbes covered the story, and now some serious publicity problems must be faced by Facebook.

Forbes published an article about this  debacle and highlighted the worst of the worst from the Tumblr blog thus far. In the article, some real Graph searches that actually produced results (Eek!) included these humdingers:

* “Current employers of people who like Racism”

* “Spouses of married people who like Ashley Madison”

* “Family members of people who live in China and like Falun Gong”

* “Islamic men interested in men who live in Tehran, Iran”

* “People who like Focus on the Family [anti gay marriage] and Neil Patrick Harris [gay and married with kids]”

* “Single women who live nearby and who are interested in men and like Getting Drunk”

* “Mothers of Catholics from Italy who like Durex”

Wow. Just imagine what kind of trouble people could get into if their name were to pop up in the results for queries like those. Now imagine if the searchers happened to be spouses, family members, or even worse – employers.

Double eek.

So Google ain’t skeered – in just 7 days, the Facebook Graph Search has dwindled from earth shattering web concept to a drinking game that interns will play on Saturday nights.


Moral of the Story: Facebook Users, Check Your Privacy Settings

faceboook graph search 1 billion peopleHas reading this caused you to become ‘skeered’ that your Facebook page will show up in a list of questionable Facebook Graph Search results? good.

The moral of the story is that you need to visit Facebook’s Graph Search help pages and educate yourself about your privacy settings.

Facebook Graph Search
 will be activated to every member at any moment now.

People were already ‘liking’ and ‘sharing’ the very things that will land them in the search results – and your history never goes away. Facebook has created a way to organize that info and spit it back out to, well… everyone you know (or even just kinda know).

Remember, the Internet never forgets. The more proficient the web becomes at organizing your data, the more you’ll want to protect your personal info and activity online.

Bottom line: Don’t do anything online that you wouldn’t want your wife children or boss (or a jury) to see.

Prejudice- Will it Ever End?


prej·u·dice  /ˈprejədəs/

Preconceived opinion not based on reason or experience. 

What would Martin Luther King, Jr. say about prejudice today?

Prejudice can end

This morning was a thoughtful one for me.  Mornings are my ‘best’ time.  I was reminded of the prejudice in this country. January 21, 2013 was the swearing-in ceremony of the 44th President of the United States, Barak Obama. The 57th Presidential Inauguration.

Today is also Martin Luther King Day, the national holiday to recognize the birthday and life of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Who by the way was born neither Martin nor Luther.  He was born Michael King in Atlanta on January 15 1929. The Rev. King changed his own name to Martin Luther King in honor of the Protestant reformer.  The rest as they say, is history.

I like to think that today was a birthday gift to MLK, Jr..  That’s how I feel.
The second presidential term for a black man in this United States of America!
And knowing the hearts of a few close dear friends who happen to be black, I hope this day gives all African Americans a feeling that none of the struggles throughout US history have been in vain, but instead that part of a dream has come true.

Grateful I Never Personally Knew Prejudice

I grew up in a small town- Amityville, Long Island, New York.  I did not grow up with prejudice.  I consider myself to be very fortunate to have been in a school district where the  ratio was about 60% black students to 40% white students.
My best friend in first grade was Sherry Hines, “a little colored girl”,  my daddy would say.  We were young and we were learning together, and we never learned how to hate. Fast forward about 35 years and my friends from High School are all on Facebook together, reminiscing the good times.  I say ‘all’… black and white friends, without prejudice. We have celebrated winning football seasons together, cried for the loss of classmates together.  And we have differed in political opinions- together, without prejudice.

I live in Texas now. The South.  Oh yeah, different world than the North.  I spent one Thanksgiving in a town where they still use the ‘N’ word like ‘please pass the salt’.  True ignorance in every sense of the word, IMHO.  Some are haters, yes. They were taught to hate from generations before them and never evolved.  (As is true for some African-Americans.)  When I hear the reality of not only slavery, but the cruelty that was happening to blacks not long ago, right down the road, I am appalled.
I never knew.

The Human Body Knows No Prejudice

Think about this-  When a patient is brought into the OR and the surgeon makes that first cut, the blood is the same color, no matter what the color of the skin.  Internal organs look and function the same.  The heart beats the same.

Will Today’s  Inauguration Bring us Closer to an End of Prejudice in America?

Today’s inauguration kicked off a year of important commemorations that propelled the struggle for equal rights forward: the 150th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation and 50 years since the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and black activist Medgar Evers.

Are we any closer to peace within the USA?

 “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Stop prejudice today. God Bless us one and all.