When we sent our Happy Thanksgiving email using Mailchimp it was shared on Facebook. After all, why should our email of gratitude and holiday wishes only be limited to our mailing list? The pesky auto-post-from-one-online-service-to-another. It posted with Mailchimp’s logo from the email.
Perhaps you’ve done something similar. In fact, you may have abandoned some tools in their early releases because they transfered your well engineered blog post to a lousy text-only-link on Facebook or elsewhere. It sounds finicky, persnickety or some other thing that ends in “y,” that means workflow on social tools that just works like my toaster.
There is a bunch of little stuff and getting it right takes time.
Social media managers, community managers and many more are fiddling around with getting all of the details right that can contribute to making things work in concert. And they break. And they change. The mistakes are public and need to be acceptable.
These days, the learning happens live. Right there in front of you. Hopefully it’s something small and annoying like this and not a contribution to the book of digital cautionary tales.
I posted a status update on Facebook yesterday. I suppose it was part of a New Year’s renewal to state that I was,”Letting Go.” You might guess that this evoked some response. I’m grateful to loving friends and family that thought to reach me. I was encouraged by the messages I received. Some wondered what it was I was letting go of…others were concerned. I considered the context, and, there really wasn’t one. A few friends said, “It’s about time,” or “Of what?” I had a quick education on the obscure post in need of clarification.
I am letting go of stress, worry and the past. I am also letting go of the need to react or be affected by others, especially if they are not focused on the present or the future. Did you ever get a dirty look from across the room? Did you feel compelled to say “What’s wrong?” or “What did I do?” Well, my choice is to no longer address an issue until there is one. When confronted with an issue or an objective then address it. When brushed by passive-aggressive (or even aggressive) dissatisfaction or anger, don’t call attention to it! Let it go! Maybe it’s about you, maybe it’s not. Don’t invite the confrontation – it’s not likely to be a healthy one.
Especially in today’s fast paced, mobile, social, inter-webbed world it’s even more difficult to not let public opinion and judgement take the place of our true selves. I am letting go of frustration with myself and my life, letting go of anger and bitterness in an effort to focus on what matters most. My commitment is to choose joy and have a wonderful productive year. I hope you do the same and I’d be grateful for your thoughts!also best to assume that someone’s post or comment isn’t about you and isn’t personal. If it is, let them choose to say so. Otherwise, don’t sweat it.
This post is an Alert/Advisory published by law firm Franczek Radelet on the Worklaw® Network, an international association of independent labor and employment law firms.
In three recent cases, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has indicated that employee comments about their employment on social media web sites like Facebook may not be protected under federal labor law. These cases signal a retreat from the NLRB’s trend in late 2010 and early 2011 to issue complaints involving employer discipline of employees who posted complaints about their employment online.
Jolie O’dell at Mashable published an article with some interesting findings from NetProspex about how employees of larger companies are using social media. LinkedIn is still the professional connection point for employees of larger companies:
Sponsored by The Sacramento Press and Chipotle, about 85 percent of people attending had some experience using Facebook, but were looking for guidance on how to use the social media tool to boost theirÂ business and/or public image — especially those who had a limited marketing budget.
There are a number of good utilities available for managing multiple social media and social networking properties like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Hootsuite has become our recommendation and the tool we are implementing for clients. Here are some of our main reasons:
Multiple accounts: Hootsuite allows you to manage multiple Twitter profiles, LinkedIn profiles, Facebook profiles and Facebook pages. It allows posting to one, many or all accounts at the same time. You can also organize tabs and columns to group accounts by personal preference.
Browser integration: We recommend Mozilla Firefox and Hootsuite has an add-in that is required for our clients to make sharing information and scheduling tweets and post in advance an easy task.team members
Metrics: skip the url shortener, Hootsuite does it for you but adds tracking for each link
Security/User control: Multiple users can log-in to Hootsuite and have privileges to the same account without access to the primary user-name and password. this is a deal-maker for any entity that wants to spread responsibility for social accounts across more than one person.
Have you ever said something stupid? I have. Maybe you spoke out of turn? Let something slip that you shouldn’t have? I did. I also know some pretty smart folks that have done the same. What did you do? Humbly apologized, I hope. I also offered to do what I could to make it better, sans excuses.
It doesn’t always work, right? We all make mistakes but sometimes you’re still at the mercy of the maturity on the other side of the table. Granted, some open-mouth-insert-foot moments are worse than others. Forgiveness can take time.
Here are 3.5 tips for how to act when you’re the one that got “dissed”…
A number of our workshop students have requested a quick demo of how to get videos, blog posts, yelp reviews, and photos at Flikr to post to your Facebook profile and newsfeed.
This can be done effortlessly from these sites (and many more including Pandora, Last.fm and your Google Reader) with a few quick settings on your facebook profile (demonstrated in the video).
Note: there are more advanced tools that accomplish this and send your posts to more places than just Facebook. This gets it done to give your Facebook friends access to your activity elsewhere in an easy way.