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Traveling will leave you to the fun times of not having to hunt for reliable internet service. I look forward to the days when this new social network of creating 4G hotspots is available internationally. The company will have to create some partnerships in order to extend it’s national reach. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the usage and the cool way of connecting with other Starbucks’ and Panera Bread internet users. (You know plenty of us sit there for hours nursing that pastry or beverage.)

Introducing the Karma 4G, WiFi Hotspot. This pocket sized connector has eight hours of battery from a single charge and works just as fast. Once the device is received, create a Karma account (sign in via Facebook) and immediately you will be given 100MB of free bandwidth. If you go over that limit, pay $14 for each additional GB of data I use.

No, it’s not unlimited, but it’s competitive with other mobile plans. If you don’t use that much, you pay less, and if you happen to go over that 5GB, you don’t have to deal with overage charges, which is grand.

Head to your local Panera Bread or Starbucks or other cool hip place that you sit and surf and Karma’s open WiFi network is bound to find some poachers. If those thieves sign up for Karma via Facebook, they too get 100MB free (as do you too) attached to their Facebook ID. Even if they don’t have their own Hotspot, they still get free access to WiFi, and since, as the admin, you can see the incoming WiFi connections and their Facebook profile. Very cool to connect with that person sitting across from you who might be a good business connection or even another person to click Like on your page.

Pocket sized and connecting with others around you – I like this! What do you think about Karma? Do you really want to connect like this with the people around you?

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Old Media v. New Media

I was perusing Twitter and saw the mention of “new media.” I wondered what this phrase was and dug a little deeper to see that the journalistic gods were at work creating a new buzz around old and new forms of media. Hell, I have done the same – look at the name of this blog: SocialMediumSphere. My aim was to sum up not only social networks, but also what they encompass.

Old media would include newspapers, press releases by fax, radio, and I’d dare venture to say that even email is an old manner. The word “old” does not mean that those tactics are not to be used anymore, but simply renovated. I like that approach much better. People are still reading newspapers – no matter the decline in readership, it still exists, so why not use it?

While old media was a passive form of entertainment, new media is interactive entertainment. It’s fun for me to post the high cost of Enterprise’s rental cars and to get a response back quickly on how they can assist. {I’m disappointed that they couldn’t offer me a discount, but that’s another post.}

Social media, on the other hand requires a conversation between the content creator/s and the audience. Social media is about the people who engage on the platform. If people are connecting through the media, then it is social.

In order for new media to be considered social, it needs to have an element of interactivity where the audience can contribute, connect or collaborate with the content. There are big brands right now that are not utilizing this aspect – they ignore posts on Facebook and Twitter and fail to interact with their audiences which costs them money in the long run.

The Ricki Lake Show recently began creating social media communities and producing new media programming that integrates the old and new media. I’ve watched the show in the past and haven’t really been a fan, but I think that’s taking all mediums with a Tweet in the right direction.

Get Glue is a name I was excited about. I signed up without exactly knowing what to expect, but since I’ve signed up I have been disappointed. The social network focuses on rating and checking on which television show you’re watching. I am a big fan of reality tv shows (which really isn’t reality, but that’s another post and blog altogether). But GetGlue didn’t have any listed – not even Jersey Shore! *gasp!

I piddled around for a while rating the tv drama shows that I was familiar with and liked and checked in as I watched Will & Grace, but I wasn’t exactly thrilled to want to return to the site to check in.

The advantage seems to only be one sided – which is to the networks of the shows promoted on the social network. The audience can rate, but not communicate with each other and there doesn’t seem to be a way to encourage engagement between the tv show and the viewer or even amongst viewers except to say that we’re watching the same show. Yippee. (And I mean that exclamation in its driest form.)

Are you a user or fan of GetGlue? If so, chime in and let me know your thoughts because to me GetGlue is…stuck.

This is great information for nonprofits to use!

Nonprofit Tech 2.0 Blog :: A Social Media Guide for Nonprofits

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Time: 1pm-2:30 EDT
Cost: $50 or Spring Webinar Special
How to Register: Sign up!
Presented By: Heather Mansfield
View: All Webinars for Nonprofits

This webinar begins with a general introduction to LinkedIn, a social network with more than 200 million professionals worldwide. Nonprofits are increasingly participating in the LinkedIn community through LinkedIn Groups and Company Pages. This webinar will teach you how to successfully create, manage, and promote a LinkedIn Group for your nonprofit and highlight best practices and demonstrate how to manage discussions, subgroups, templates, and announcements.

Also discussed is how to tap into the power of LinkedIn Company Pages already created and managed by others that are related to your mission and programs. The webinar closes with information on how to claim and set-up your organization’s Company Page and an exploration of the ever-expanding Company Page tool set.

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This is great information for nonprofits to use!

Nonprofit Tech 2.0 Blog :: A Social Media Guide for Nonprofits

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Time: 1pm-2:30 EDT
Cost: $50 or Spring Webinar Special
How to Register: Sign up!
Presented By: Heather Mansfield
View: All Webinars for Nonprofits

This webinar begins with a general introduction to LinkedIn, a social network with more than 200 million professionals worldwide. Nonprofits are increasingly participating in the LinkedIn community through LinkedIn Groups and Company Pages. This webinar will teach you how to successfully create, manage, and promote a LinkedIn Group for your nonprofit and highlight best practices and demonstrate how to manage discussions, subgroups, templates, and announcements.

Also discussed is how to tap into the power of LinkedIn Company Pages already created and managed by others that are related to your mission and programs. The webinar closes with information on how to claim and set-up your organization’s Company Page and an exploration of the ever-expanding Company Page tool set.

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I won’t get in to the political banter and mudslinging, but I am tired of being subjected to the sameness that is politics. I’m sure you are too. We’ve been subjected to the business as usual style of politics for a long time, but with the onset of the social media world it sure makes clicking Like/Following/Retweeting/Sharing/lol’ing more fun and interesting.

Truthfully, I signed up for Votizen, but was skeptical thinking it may be driven by one of the political parties – beware the ides of astroturfing in these social media driven times of political power struggles. But seriously, I did think this and who wouldn’t be apprehensive? We live in a time where the thought is that someone is spying on us and why should this be any different?

The social site allows the citizen to leverage her own networks to self-organize in voting blocks and advance her causes and interests, which redefines the political system and places the voter at the center instead of the politician.

When you sign up for Votizen you include your social network of which connects you with your area’s upcoming elections as well as your friends or followers whom may share the same political views. This is not only for the upcoming Obama/Romney showdown, but also for State Legislatures, school boards, and other local governments, depending on by how many friends you know in a certain district.

Votizen is a web service that allows you to discover how your friends on social networks are registered to vote, and campaign with them to elect candidates that share your values.Voters can connect to their own records to see their voting registration and history, as well as use it to prove their power to those that hold and seek office.

As a past community organizer this is a great tool to use via social media because then you can harness political cheerleaders to assist in the political campaigns and do social media outreach. This only further encourages people to only take political action behind a keyboard, but if coupled with face to face rallies and physical action this tool can be a good motivator and reminder to participants. Certainly this appeals to the new and emerging computer community organizer and those who want to feel that they are participating by reacting to this medium.

For campaigns and those running for office, Votizen offers a low-cost application that lives on your Facebook page and finds voters that live in your district. This gives the person’s  fans and volunteers a simple way to campaign on their behalf.

After this election this website may not be as happening as it is right now. The trail is hot as Obama and Romney hit us with binders. I think the people who will visit the page will be organizers and local politicians, but the new start up has stated they may evolve and change from their original plan for the site. What’s your take?

I have been BUSY with social networking. I have begun getting rid of “friends” and followers where I have that control. I have been a hoarder of…people. Have you done this? I know many say they don’t add people they don’t know, but how will we grow our network if we only accept people we already know?

So I have been cleaning my social house, if you will, and have found that I overlooked many quality people because there were so many.

Either way, if you find that you have too many and haven’t tapped them or find that you are closed off, its time for a change.

I thought this video was appropriate to reintroduce social networking.

Disfrutala! (Enjoy!)

Project Eve

For those of us tired of the Good Ol’ Boy Network and wanting to build a better sisterhood of business and personal activities, this is a good network to join. I like how Melissa Pierce put it: if you can’t join them at the table, build a bigger table. So, the table building continues with Project Eve.

“Project Eve is a social media platform that encourages female entrepreneurs and business owners to communicate, collaborate and share actionable solutions minus the sharp elbows.”

At one point I did not think this was a necessary thing. We’re a nation of people who have overcome such petty issues, right? #Wrong. I have been a witness to behavior very becoming of this exact “professional” environment and it was lead by men. Never did I think that once I saw the t.v. show, Mad Men, that individuals walking among us in this Matrix of life, actually think they are remaking these episodes themselves.

Once I realized this I missed doing business with ladies and wanted to belong to a Good Ol’ Girls Network, but certainly did not have the time to create one myself. So, when I saw Project Eve on Twitter, I signed up immediately.

In this social network I have already connected with many like minded women. I like the Quora-like feel to one part of the site where you can post questions and others can respond. It is affectionately entitled Help An Eve Out. Here, women can give their opinion and expertise in helping others.

There is also a section for groups, events, news/resources, and, of course, an area to peruse the members. There is also a chat feature much akin to Facebook, but you don’t have to befriend people first; however, befriending people can be done.

The site encourages conversation – something all of us women enjoy and love. For the men who do know how to play well with others, you’re invited too.

This is a good place to be as Project Eve is just gaining its wings and is new to the social networking scene. If you have a product with demographics for women this is a good place to start. The owners are bootstrapping the site, so this would be an opportune time to get in with your products to offer freebies and perks for members.

Additionally, if you are a woman who is looking to nurture and be nurtured in your beginning steps of entrepreneurship this is the place. Here you won’t have to worry about harsh judgement and you will be cocooned in to a circle of women who care. I’ve already met several Mary Kay agents, business consultants, and fitness trainers.

If you’re a female it is your girly duty to spread the word now about this social networking site right after you’ve signed up for your account.

See ya there!

You know that moment when you see something and you say to yourself: “I should have thought of that!” This is that moment. I present to you Social Safe.

Social Safe is a digital diary of what you have posted in your social networks. It serves to save your information (according to the package that you choose) and have it available to you in the earth shattering event that your social media channels are corrupted or no longer available. *Gasp!

For those who just cannot believe that this would ever happen, believe it. Remember, we are not paying for the majority of these social networks, at least not directly, so it is possible for things to happen.

Some of the features include being able to save your status update, profile, comments, and Likes. As well as your own album photos, wall photos, and tagged photos and don’t forget Check Ins. There are a lot more because it is not just centered around Facebook, but many other social networks including the latest craze of Instagram. The packages start currently at $2.99 per year, which is not a bad price to save all of our updates – from drunk tweets to bad pictures. But seriously, for those of us “in the business” it would be important to make sure that our clients’ information is safe and sound.

Since some of us are visual creatures, I found this video of a guy sharing his finds on the website and you know its not complete without the sexy sophistication of an English accent.

Are you getting an account? Do you already have one? Share your thoughts on why you decided to join the Social Safe family.