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This is the second time this week I’ve had to remove a post from Sitk.com. It appears to be a new social referral type network. Except that this network asks you to interface with your Facebook account. Once you allow this app permission within your Facebook, it sends out spam messages to all your friends.

This particular feature of this social network has been slammed by bloggers, tweeters and Facebook pages. The company has addressed several of those blogs and said it would correct this spamming feature. I still however receive these spam type messages.
     But I won’t anymore.

How to Block Applications

As with any application that you do not wish to allow your friends to publish to your wall, you can block that application. You simply find a wall post from the application you wish to block. If you hover to the right of that post, you will see an X.

When you click the X, you will be given an option to remove the post, block the application, or block the user. If you simply remove the post, the next time someone posts one of these spam posts, you will have to remove it again. If however you choose to block the application, that application will no longer be able to post on your wall.

A Newer Threat

I have also received a notification from an unknown person that I was made administrator on a fan page. The latest one was for “apple ipad2 test and keep.” The previous one was for “Ipad 2 research”


If you receive notifications from an unknown person, do not click the notification. If you try to click the name of the person to see who they are it will only take you to that page where you are not an administrator. Once you’re there pop-ups begin, and your computer may very well may be infected. Change your password. Run a virus scan.
There’s not much out about this new notification spam.

As Facebook adds more vigilant ways to block spam and Facebook hacks, the creators of these annoyances will continue to be more creative.

Be careful and be alert.

My dear Twitter friend and fellow social media entrepreneur, speaker, and consultant, Chris Husong is participating in the Audi twitter contest. If he win’s he will be awarded $25,000 to a charity on his behalf.

 

You can read more about this contest at Mashable.

I would love to see my friend win this contest. If we are friends, even if we are not, can you please help him out?

 

You can help Chris get the money for his cause in 3 ways:

1. Re-tweet his tweets,  with the #oldwatch and #progressIs hashtags.

2.View this TwitPic: http://twitpic.com/3zmaem (additional points if people comment on the pic with the #oldwatch and #progressIs hashtags. )

3. Write you own blog about this contest.

 

 

Why would you want to do this?

  • Because I am asking you as my friend to help a fellow friend.
  • Because this is a great cause.
  • Because this is a a fun and interesting way for a brand to get people talking, and to do so for social good.
  • Because I said please.

Thank you!

 

#1

Almost isn’t good enough by Wayne Elsey.

#2

Branding Yourself by Erik Deckers and Kyle Lacy.

#3

UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging. by Scott Stratten

#4

Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion  By Gary Vaynerchuk

#5

The Thank You Economy By Gary Vaynerchuk


Fine Print: These are in no particular order. I have not received any money for my endorsements. I did receive my copy of Branding Yourself for free because I hassled Erik to death about it:) The Links are to my affiliate Amazon account.

I’ve been reading Almost isn’t Good Enough: The Human Connection Changes Everything. This isn’t  a book review. That will come soon. This book is written to people who are running or involved in not-for-profit work.  The author is standing the world of not-for-profit on its ear and challenging some long standing traditional view of how a not-for-profit is run, and how it takes on the basic clear task of following a mission.

As stated, this is not a book review.  Wayne Elsey is a proven man in the world of for-profit business and not-for-profit organizations. He “gets it” on such a deep level.  I’m reading this book because of my interest in both worlds. So let’s look at some takeaways that I’ve gathered so far from this book that can be applied to any business.

Making a difference
When teaching in the corporate world, I ask companies about their philanthropic works. I often suggest that they strategically support those not-for-profits and the community with their online influence.

“Making a difference in the life of someone else, though, is something that everyone has the capacity to do, regardless of where one is in life and career…

It will create energy around you that will attract others, change lives and offer the opportunity to leave a legacy of change in the midst of a culture of access. “

Clarity

“Success, wealth, and impact are not philosophical ideas to be debated within the halls of academia. They are characteristics grounded in a focused effort over a long period of time that lead to transformation.”

Many times we associate the words mission statement with not-for-profit, but a business should have one too. If you’re not clearly focused on achieving that mission, you’re just working.  If you find the clarity of your mission and follow it, you will be on the path of success, wealth and impact.

Valuing People


Janet Effron wrote a great post called: Company Policy in there she asked

“Is it your practice to hire stupid people?”

That stuck with me. When I work with companies, I often ask to train, not only upper management, public relations,  marketing, and sales people to use the tools of social media, I ask to train support staff, and a variety of other positions within a corporation.  Why? Because, people are what make your company strong. It is the people that you have trusted to represent your brand in the real world, that make your company shine. You should trust that they will make you proud online too, with proper training of you policy, goals, and a clearly defined strategy.

It is our “belief that everyone is at the table because they bring something of value. To that end they are expected to bring that value everyday” You want to “create a culture of empowerment…

It’s vital that we not create barriers to conversations but empower the experts we retain to perform at their highest levels.”’

Are you creating a culture of empowerment, and valuing the people you have chosen to be a part of your business? Do you give them a platform in which to express their knowledge of your product or service, and to become branded themselves as an expert in you field of business; and thus your business is branded thru them? Or do you simply let the PR guys get this new media stuff?Wayne “gets it” no matter if you are talking for-profit or not-for-profit :

“It’s all about the people.”

I wasn’t as if I had been making the world or anything. I attended two meetings and ran a few quick errands. There was even at least one whole hour of lying down, full-blown rest time in there.  But, yesterday completely wiped me out.

 

As luck would have it, today was a snow day and, even if I hadn’t been so tired, I would have stayed indoors anyway. Even if this had not been a snow day, I would have been stuck here. But I was most definitely not alone.
The Boys

I have two very entertaining boys who were not in school today. We enjoyed some time together, making and eating cookies, and watching Narnia, Prince Caspian.
The Friends

I had  texts from concerned friends when they did not see me online. Ok, I’m either an addict or this is my career. I’m standing firm on the career, but there seems to be a slim line.
Twitter Love

I didn’t totally stay off line. I tweeted here and there and made a few Facebook posts. But again, I received both public and private requests asking how I was feeling. I was really hesitant about this Blog-a-thon and my choice to talk about this procedure openly.  But it has brought me closer to some friends, brought me new ones, and even brought to light a need.
Finding support

I mentioned in the history of all of this that I have Medullary Sponge Kidney (MSK.) Through my efforts to reach out to others with Kidney Stones, I have found at least one other with this problem.  I’m sure there are more, but I found a friend who truly understands the type and extent of my pain.  How many people are out there suffering by timing mind-numbing drugs? How many doctors out there treat MSK like other stones and don’t look at other possible treatment options? Is research being done to find better ways to treat this condition? I don’t know any of these answers, but I know  @LeeAase , Director, Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media.  I’m asking him, and anyone in the medical field, specifically in urology or nephrology to comment on this post and connect with me, with us. We want to find out more.  We want to do more.  We want to be more than drugged up zombies.

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