I've just been offered the chance to become (the newly minted position of) "social media editor" at a local newspaper. Aside from a vague job description and lofty goals and expectation attached to it, I have other qualms and concerns that I hope you want to read about in order to help me make an informed decision: [more inside]
I'm the digital marketing manager at my multi-location office. Coworker at another location just made a new, high profile Facebook page for their location without checking with my office first. The cat is officially out of the bag. Do I now make placeholder pages for each of the other locations in order to claim the URLs for standardization's sake? Or would the greater web crime here be to create new Facebook pages that might ultimately remain empty? [more inside]
I'm looking for some good articles that explain the timelines of social media to my boss. I'm struggling to get him to understand why delaying posting things that are already published online on news websites for days or even weeks doesn't make sense. Ditto delaying posting photos from events for up to two weeks. [more inside]
I started out as Emma. But I've turned into Miss Bates. [more inside]
A friend posted a picture of herself breastfeeding to a social media account. A coworker told her this was inappropriate "for work" and that her having coworkers as friends means she shouldn't have posted it. Um, what? [more inside]
I don't like the amount of access to my (Android) phone most social media apps want, so I mostly use sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, etc. through a browser, which greatly reduces their access to my identity and personal data. But the user interface for a mobile website usually sucks compared with a dedicated app. Is there a better way? Are there any good 3rd-party apps for accessing these social media sites that don't demand access to my entire phone?
I'm anti Facebook for all of the normal reasons: ethics, privacy, security, waste of time, as well as some special snowflake reasons below. But I like social media (hence, my MetaFilter membership). I'm feeling the FB pressure and have had a couple of specific "Damn, I wish I were on FB events" happen recently. But Facebook has been, and remains a really bad idea, right? [more inside]
My colleagues and I are looking for a simple way to clip and share ideas with each other. The keyword here is simple. Any recommendations? [more inside]
In a continued effort to find my people, I want to be able to update my social media without going insane. Currently, I have Instagram, Tumblr, Etsy, Twitter, Pinterest, Ello, and Facebook and jeez I do not want to have to post to each individually. Is there a service that can do this in a way that will make each site's update look right (no Instagram #tags on Tumblr, etc)? Cheap-as-in-freely? [more inside]
Long story lots of snowflake details to follow. First girlfriend and I broke up about 10 years ago. Haven't spoken since. I made the mistake of looking at her social media accounts recently out of curiosity, and uh...she has been saying some pretty mean things about me. [more inside]
My spouse works in law enforcement at the federal level. Recently, she has become increasingly paranoid about just about everything. She has told me to edit or remove some Facebook posts. She has asked me to delete an Instagram account I use for a local sports league I am involved in as well as my personal Twitter both of which are not public. She prohibits me from posting photos of our child. She demands I not post political things that might "make her look bad". I am not involved with or know with anyone she works with. Should I be upset or is this normal in the LEO world? It feels a little over-controlled and she will not discuss options or compromises. Any help would be appreciated.
How do I separate posting, notifying, & consuming content on Facebook? [more inside]
The small natural history museum I work at is looking for a way to let visitors tag photos on instagram (or twitter, or facebook, or whatever, but instagram is the one they asked me about) with a hashtag about our upcoming temporary exhibit, to be displayed on a 60" display in the gallery. The exhibit opens next week. The service we used for this last time shut down last week. All the other services I can find either have no moderation tools or are super expensive. Help? [more inside]
We will soon be closing a small retail shop. I'm wondering what to do with our social media pages and web domain. We have Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus as well as our domain address. I'm not too sure what should be done with those and I couldn't find any good information about this on the internet. Delete them? Leave them up with a final post/thank you? Thanks all.
This video on FB of a little (assumed Japanese) girl singing karaoke is one of the funniest things I have seen on the net for a while. Please help me find the original posting (YouTube or Japanese equivalent?) [more inside]
I'm finally checking out of Facebook, today's various new items (especially that they're sponsoring the Republican convention) put the nail in the coffin. This means I'm looking at Diaspora* again. I know there's a large German network on the site, but I don't speak the language. Any Mefites on diaspora? Anyone else you would recommend following? I read English and Dutch. :)
Help me find conservative but intelligent bloggers and twitterers. The last questions on this topic are more than eight years old. [more inside]
What are some good non-msm (and non-spammy) progressive/liberal Twitter accounts I can follow that will keep me up to speed on St. Louis and Missouri state government political activity? [more inside]
I used to subscribe to a website which sent me a regular digest of stories which more than one person from my social media network had linked to. I would like to set this up again but I can't remember what the website/app was. Any suggestions? Thanks!
I am creating a YouTube channel and a couple of associated social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr). I figured I'd have come up with a name by the time I finished editing my first video. However, that's not the case, and I find myself basically ready to launch but with a lot of uncertainties about name. [more inside]
Has there been any scholarly work or research done on how attitudes toward sex workers/pornographic performers have changed due to social media? [more inside]
I'm managing an organization's Twitter account (and other social media efforts). I want to follow back accounts that follow me, but only the ones who are active and have followers of their own. [more inside]
I'd like to hire a photographer to take some casual pictures of me to use online, and I have some questions about that. [more inside]
I read a story recently that I've not been able to find on Hacker News or Google about behaviors that are built into websites that make them addictive. I cannot find the story--I'm creatively remembering now how it related to the bottomless feeds a la Facebook, random reinforcement, and perhaps social pressure. Does this thread ring a bell for the hive mind?
Do I need to be on Instagram/Snapchat/Facebook to stay relevant? [more inside]
Is there a way for me to blog under my real name and still avoid exposing myself to stalking, doxxing, threats, and harassment? [more inside]
Please help me 1. stop using social media and 2. find other "home" pages for my day's exposure to the world. Complicating factor: I use social media for work. [more inside]
I am going to ask my undergrad students to systematic follow celebrities on social media. Is there an easy systematic way to do this? [more inside]
Hi there, I have a colleague in PR who was used to getting data from Sysomos. He says 'she would love some other tool which will help her quantify engagement around particular news (press releases, financial news, etc)' Other than Hootsuite/Talkwalker I can't think of many others. Any tips? Thank You!
Is there a way to count how many times a specific twitter account has tweeted out a hashtag? [more inside]
I picked out a guy from afar that I thought was cute, found out his name, and added him on Instagram. Is it creepy for me to start messaging him? [more inside]
I've been busking with a typewriter for two years now, and recently began collecting the stories and photos of the people asking for stories. I had an article about it published in The Toast and it was also the subject of an FPP a few weeks back, but I'm struggling to give the project a permanent home on the web. I've been putting the stories on twitter, but it's not really a good fit. [more inside]
As I mentioned on the blue, I'm one of the women who was involved with these jerks. My own humiliation and hurt have passed, and now I want to do something productive with my anger. Seeking suggestions. [more inside]
I work at a high level in a communications agency in London, UK. We currently have a pretty regular roster of mainly young people doing internships. Personally, I think the current program is a bit useless (without going into details) and would like to make some tangible suggestions to improve it. People work with us anywhere from two weeks to three months, and primarily on our digital, consumer PR and B2B PR teams. What made your internship(s) valuable? Were there any qualities/approaches that stood out? [more inside]
What are some good examples of effective corporate presence on the various social media networks? [more inside]
I used to be on LJ and loved it, making online and RL friends until I began editing myself to silence because my ex was not keen on what I wrote etc. Now I'd like to talk to people again but how's that done in 2015? Twitter, Tumblr, Myspace? I want to be able to write short random posts, but what I miss most is the interaction and sense of community, reading a group of friends and having conversations in comments and messages. Facebook feels like shouting across a mall.
I have hired someone to work on social media campaigns for my business. How can I delegate access to our social accounts to the employee without giving the worker our master passwords and without using a paid service like HootSuite Pro? [more inside]
I'm about begin the hunt for a new job, and I'm aware of how social media can hurt my job prospects if I'm dumb about using it but what if I don't use social media at all? [more inside]
I was recently reported for a supposed fake name, and the case is now solved. However, I want to know if one can whitelist one's profile/account from ever being locked-out and in need of an ID, a second, third, etc., time? [more inside]
I have a site that I have started a few months ago. It is a site where I am selling random stuff right now and seeing what works. I have had some conversion from Reddit posts that got a few thousand hits so that seems to be helping but it is not always reliable since you never know what is going to go viral. Also, I'd like to open up more channels for selling. The problem is that acquiring visitors can be expensive. Does anyone know of any reasonably priced ways to generate good targeted traffic in 2015? I am not looking for SEO as an answer. I am interested in promoting the products on this site and getting conversions. I am still working on improving the site but I already know that it can convert at a reasonably good rate so my problem now is just acquiring visitors at a reasonable price.
With several major (many users) social media service providers being headquartered in, or near to, San Francisco in California, what would be the effect on these services of a catastrophe e.g. earthquake, tsunami, Godzilla etc laying waste to the city? Would these services still be able to function without a HQ, senior personnel and owners, and with all of the disruption caused by such a catastrophe to their HQ host city? [more inside]
How do I properly search for Facebook pages in such a way that I find ALL the results that I am looking for? [more inside]
Please help me find music magazines/groups with a social media presence. In particular, I'd like to find genre-specific ones whose content is carefully curated. [more inside]
Should I stop using my name online? Everywhere? Somewhere? With several pseudonyms? Details after the jump. [more inside]
I have a so-far unused 'public' Twitter account under my real name tied to my primary (real-name) gmail account. I have a 2nd Twitter account tied to a different gmail address that I would like to use for personal/ frivolous/off-brand uses. I would prefer that the twain shall never meet - e.g. my personal Twitter will not be suggested to contacts from professional Twitter as 'someone to follow'. Is this possible? [more inside]
Back when I used to have a blog, my Twitter account would automatically tweet links to my new posts. Meanwhile, my tweets were automatically posted as Facebook statuses. But that was 5+ years ago and I have no idea what the done thing is these days. [more inside]
I went to a fan convention last week, and was groped at a bar, by someone other than my partner. I filed a police report that night, but am wondering if there's anything else I should be doing to get help. [more inside]
For the last several years I've been getting occasional sexually harassing emails and Twitter @ mentions from a specific person - not an ex, almost a stranger. I've read The Gift of Fear and have been doing my best to ignore, but... I have published a book under my real name, and intend to publish more, and I don't want to nuke my whole public Internet presence just to shake this guy. Do I have to? [more inside]
I work for a professional organization that runs classes and issues certifications for members of a scientific field. We are having issues with cheating via social media and would like to hire a company who can help monitor this and track down the real identities of the offenders. [more inside]
I found I really like tumblr for my interests, personal and professional but I can't have these worlds combining too much due to stigma and just my general privacy. Tumblr allows different master blogs, but I tend to do this stuff from my phone, and I haven't found a good app or way to make sure these things stay separate. [more inside]