Triberr helps bloggers with "Tribeup NYC"

Tribber decided to show its full support on bloggers and their power with the announcement of an event in New York.

"Tribeup NYC" will take place on September 22nd and it will be a great chance for every blogger that attends to meet other bloggers, network, listen to interesting speakers and gain valuable experienecs.

Tribber wrote in a blog post:

For bloggers to succeed, there needs to be an industry capable of supporting them. To have an industry you need a market, and to have a market you need a product or service people will pay for.

The problem is that bloggers, as a whole, haven't figured out how to convert content, knowledge and influence into a product and service people will pay for.
 And they add:
A jam-packed day of seminars, discussions, and networking, focused on how bloggers can convert their content, knowledge, and influence, into a product people will pay for.

We have invited world renowned thought leaders to share how they have risen to the top, and what needs to be done to make that path available to others. 

(More info here)

Since I am quite far to attend, I decided to promote it. To anyone that attends, enjoy and let us know of everything!


How to schedule posts on Facebook

You have probably heard that Facebook has finally allowed us to schedule posts, enabling us to post whenever we want. It was a feature that was anticipated by many users, especially those that use Facebook as a marketing tool. Hootsuite and Sendible might not be happy with this addition, but in general, it was high time it was added.

If you haven't tried this new feature yet, since it was introduced yesterday, let me tell you how it works.
  1. First, you go to the posting box, as if you would post a new status. 
  2. Then, you see a clock that appears on the bottom left of the box.
  3. When you click that clock, you set year, month, day, hour that you want to post the status.
  4. After that, you click "Schedule".                                                                                                        *The time you are scheduling is in your time zone
  5. Facebook notifies you that your post has been scheduled.
  6. You can see your scheduled posts if you go to "Manage" -> "Use Activity Log"
  7. In Activity Log you can see the scheduled posts and change the scheduled time if you want.

That's all for now.

Hope it was helpful! :)


How to add a video on Pinterest

Did you know that you can add video on Pinterest? I didn't!

As it seems, Pinterest is not just for sharing pictures, but also for sharing videos. This allows Pinterest to attract even bigger audience, by creating video boards with their content. Except for the common users that will enjoy creating boards with their favourite singers and movies, it can also serve as a great marketing idea, for those that promote their brands/content on Youtube, for example.

All you have to do is use the "Pin it" button and share any video you want, in any of your boards. You can also upload your own videos, by using "Add" and "Upload" on Pinterest.

Enjoy that great feature then!


Do you watch TV without using social media?

How many times do you watch a TV show or go to a movie theater and feel the need to let your friends know about it on Facebook and Twitter?

Social networks have become part of our daily routine, in a way that we may not even realize our addiction to them. It's like feeling "obliged" to review a movie we just saw on Facebook or Twitter. Even though it might not affect many friends of us, we still want to do it.

 According to a recent poll published on Hollywood Reporter and conducted by Penn Schoen Berland, 88% of participants consider the use of social media as a form of entertainment.

What's more, while watching TV, 79% of them visit Facebook, 83% is surfing on the Internet and 41% tweet about the show they're watching. After all, there is a trend to comment live on a tv show you're watching, mostly on Twitter, with the use of hashtags.

It is estimated that we spend per week:
  • 8 hours visiting social networking sites
  • 8 Hours listening to music
  • 7 Hours Watching full-length television shows
  • 4 Hours Watching full-length movies
  • 4 Hours Watching video clips (e.g. on YouTube)
  • 4 Hours Instant messaging

It's well known that social media are a big part of our weekly free time. Entertainment industry knows it,too and that's why tv and movie marketing is getting more social than ever.

As for the multitasking, we can't get away with it. We're used to it and we have to live with it. With the rise of social media, watching a TV show without Twitter may be boring. And if you haven't tried it yet, you'll understand what I'm talking about when you do!

How do you spend your time online?

We all spend many hours surfing on the Internet, but which activity is the most time consuming for our daily routine?

It depends on your age, your interest, the reason you are mostly using the Internet and of course the time of the day you are surfing.

For example, when I wake up I spend most of my online time reading the news,answering to my emails and checking my social networks for any new notifications. Afterwards, I get more creative and more professional, finishing all the tasks I have for the day. At night, I prefer to entertain myself by watching tv series, a funny video, or playing some online games. Needless to say that social networking is on my browser's tabs the whole day. 

According to the infographic by Go-Gulf, people spend their time on Internet for:
  • Social Networking
  • Searches
  • Reading Content
  • Emails/Communication
  • Multimedia Sites
  • Online Shopping

All in all, our online activities vary during the day, although some of them are common for most of us. Which activity of the ones mentioned in the infographic would you choose as the most common during your day?

(I'm picking social networking)

Infographic Source

Are we obsessed with Klout score?

Klout score has been very popular between social media enthusiasts (just like me) for some time now, as it becomes a way to measure our influence through social networks. Although its measuring criteria are questionned, it is still considered a useful tool for many social media addicts, marketers, and employers.

What's more, Klout fills our need to rank ourselves and our influence, anticipating every day to see whether we have improved on the scale. It's like ratings on TV and sales on magazines. Once you start, you can't ignore it anymore. That's why I am checking my Klout score every day, checking my profile analysis, even though I'm not really sure of its usefulness. We all know that it does not reflect our total social media presence, but can you ignore it? Can you check your score for once and never do it again? It's addictive!

Analytics are part of our lives. If it wasn't for Klout, we would be checking different rankings. Maybe we need a better measurement of our social media presence, but we surely want to have one!

*If you want to read more about Klout score and its meaning, check Wired's interesting article What Your Klout Score Really Means
** Gina Carr also wrote about Klout and what counts on our score on What does Klout Count when they Compute Your Klout Score?
*** What's your Klout score? 
**** I told you, I'm checking my Klout every day. Why not help each other? +K me 

Where should I post my status?

If you just came up with a cool status and want to share it with your friends and followers, you need to choose carefully which site to choose, depending on your audience.

Is it a professional status? Is it a joke? Are you addicted to likes? Are you addicted to statuses?
Not posting the status is an option, too! :)

*Image source: Screenwerk

Google Drive is here. Which cloud storage to choose?

Google announced the release of Google Drive, a brand new cloud storage service, raising the cloud competition. It starts with 5GB free storage, it is available on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android and it allows editing with Google Docs.

Google knows that its reputation will raise the standards on cloud services, but it's up to them to gain customers from the other popular services.

Now with Google Drive, Dropbox, Skydrive, Sugarsync and iCloud, which one should we choose?

First of all, the right choice depends on your needs, the features, the price, the devices. Personally, I've tried Dropbox, I've installed Sugarsync on my pc, but I should stick to Skydrive, due to its compatibility with my Windows Phone.
If you're still unsure, check the table below:

*Image source: Gizmodo

How often do you check your emails?

There are many people out there, myself included, that consider their emails to be on top priority, feeling the need to check for new mails every minute. I know, you might be waiting for an important message, but what happens if you don't and still check your messages anxiously? 

This is one of the common "diseases" of the human world. We have the tendency to consider whatever we are doing as highly important, as something that cannot be postponed. We know that it's not true, but we always present it that way to the others. How many hours can you survive without checking for new mails? How many people will miss you if you are absent for a day? Think carefully before answering. Or even doing the test. You might be disappointed. 

Before reaching that stage, start setting priorities; the real priorities, not the ones you used to have. Stop having your email on an open tab 24/7. I am not suggesting to avoid communication. I am just suggesting to balance your routine. Even the email routine can change you. And I'll try to start first!
(I WILL try!)

*Source image: Forbes

Don't you have a Facebook account??

I was writing an article the other time about social media, commenting on Pinterest and its referral traffic. Suddenly I realized that not everyone is aware of what I'm talking about. We might take some things for granted, but there are other readers out there who have no idea of advanced terms. And they don't have to! Don't fall into the trap of pretending to be an expert on a topic. Even if you know some things, remember the importance of sharing knowledge, especially on such topics. 

Not everyone is exposed to social media. Not everyone is a social media addict. There might be a time though that s/he wants your advice. It's your chance to prove that all your knowledge can be explained even to someone that has no idea of what Facebook is. Of course there are people out there that don't use Facebook. And by the time we overcome our shock ("don't you have a facebook account??") we try to be as simple as possible.

 I spent the other day a couple of hours, trying to explain to a friend the difference between a Facebook profile and a Facebook page. How do you distinguish them? Which one do I have? How to promote a product? How to find my friends? How to keep it private? If it is a personal relationship, try to be patient and keep explaining every little detail, even a hundred times. If it's a professional relationship, try to be even more patient and keep explaining again and again, even a thousand times.

(or maybe stop giving advices from now on and hide from friends and relatives)

* I wish I could provide the dialogues I had while explaining on Facebook profile and page, but I'd better keep them private :)

** After passing this patience test, I think I should launch Facebook 101 tips. For any question, just ask me :)


Discussing social media

I decided to start a blog about social media, mostly to comment on everything I notice through them on a daily basis. It addresses every one: from the newbies, to the marketers. The only requirement is to be interested in them. I'm not pretending to be an expert, not even close to it, but we all have our opinion, don't we?
Hope you like it!

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