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Twitter co-founder Biz Stone can add a new job title to his long list of professional accomplishments: strategic advisor for social impact at AOL. The new role for Stone (who will be keeping his day job at Twitter) coincides with a "30-Day Service Challenge" that Arianna Huffington is kicking off Monday. Biz Stone announced his new role in a post on his personal blog. Stone, who has always been Twitter's socially conscious voice, will advise AOL (specifically its new Huffington Post Media Group) on cause-based initiatives and best corporate practices for philanthropy and corporate responsibility. In a related blog post, Huffington announced AOL's new social challenge. "Starting today and throughout the month, AOLers and HuffPosters (who are now AOLers!)
This post is part of Mashable's Spark of Genius series, which highlights a unique feature of startups. The series is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark . If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here . Name: Umagram Quick Pitch: Umagram lets you tweet private message links to people who don't follow you. Genius Idea: We've all done the Twitter direct message dance.
By CLAY LEPARD
One question I’m often asked by those who are starting to tweet is ‘What do I tweet about?’ So I have written 30 Tweeting Top Tips. Even the most experienced tweeters get twitter block sometimes. Here are a few ideas to keep you going. Incidentally many of these suggestions make good blog ideas too. I did write a post on Blog Ideas earlier.
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On Friday, February 19th from 11 am - 3 pm ET public realtions professionals from around the country will be donating their time and talents to help fellow PR pros connect with employers as part of the first ever "Help a PR Pro Out" day. Those seeking a job in the field off public relations should prepare a creative blog post, pitching themselves to prospective employers and share it via Twitter during the event using the hashtag #HAPPO. Employers are encouraged to follow the hashtag and share their openings as well.
The power of Web 2.0 continues to grow daily. Both good and bad. While you still might not be that familiar with Twitter , a mini blog of sorts…unfortunately, the Global PR firm, Ketchum has recently had a quick study on what NOT to do with it. Let’s all try to learn something here, because it could easily have happened to anyone who still does not appreciate the clout of social media.
I have enjoyed and toyed with Twitter since I first signed up in December 2008, not expecting the journey to be so transformational. For the first few months I sent the occasional tweet and connected with a few friends and watched the stream pass by. In March 2009 I started my blog inspired by the content, search engine optimisation, social media inspiration and evangelism provided by Hubspot . I then waded in a bit deeper and started to use tools and apps like TweetDeck and Bit.ly , Social Oomph , Hootsuite and Ping.fm to integrate with Twitter. I discovered Guy Kawasaki and Alltop.
In an interview with Inside Facebook , Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared his thoughts on Twitter, Facebook's growth, the company's culture, online gaming, and more. He described Twitter as a "very nice, simple service," adding, "They do one thing really well – that’s powerful." He said of Facebook's previous engagement with and interest in Twitter: I think the main thing was we looked at their growth rate and – well, we saw our exponential growth rate continue for a very long period of time, and it still does at a super-linear rate, though not quite 3% a week any more. I looked at their rate and thought if this continues for 12 months or 18 months, then in a year they’re going to be bigger than us.
Some people on Twitter helpfully post links, all day, to the things on the Internet I need to know . Some people make me laugh. Some people I follow because they're famous, particularly if they are train wrecks and/or cast members of Jersey Shore .