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I’m Attending ‘Simply Social’ – Social Event of the year from Buzzom

This saturday, I will be attending the “Simply Social – Social Event of the year”. The summit aims to bridge the gap between knowing social media and understanding how to leverage it for your business. The event will have industry experts talk about the application of social media in business and showcasing real life case studies.

Simply SocialShare your success story where you have empowered social media for your success and you can win yourself a Nokia E72. More information here

The Buzzom team are also launching the first ever social web engagement and analytics product from India. The event promises to be a first of a kind mega event showcasing real life social media applications. The event is supported by iTimes, Yourstory, aFaqs!, Buzzintown and Meraevents.

Key highlights of this event, would be –

  • Industry experts from the field of social media educating through their own experiences.
  • The launch of first ever Social Media Analytics tool from India.
  • Over 100 participants from the entrepreneur, industry experts and social media enthusiats community.
  • Mainstream media attendance-The Economic Times, Mint and The Hindu etc.
  • Extensive pre and post-media event coverage on afaqs!, Buzzintown, Globalthoughtz.com, Yourstory.in and Mera Events.
  • Social media campaigns through Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and social bookmarking sites.
  • SMS Campaigns through our partner Buzzintown.

Have you registered for this event? If not, here is the place you can do it – http://www.buzzom.com/events/Registration.aspx

I will also be live-Tweeting and Live blogging from the event. Will post the information shortly.

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General IT News, Tech Information and Analysis

About.me – Your Single Online Identity Page for all your Activities.!

Most of us have multiple online profiles scattered across various services, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Twitter. And one problem we face is pulling all of this information together to build a single on-line identity. About.me is a new place where you can create one single dynamic profile page for all your online profile activities.

You have options to add your Facebook updates, Twitter feeds, LinkedIn Status, Blog RSS, Flickr Pictures and even custom URLs as well.  More good, you can also get analytics on how many viewed your profile and understand where they’re coming from, and what they do on your page!

Example Dashboard
Example Dashboard – Courtesy: about.me

About.me is in private beta as of now., and you cannot create your profile right away! However, you can go ahead and reserve your names – if the username you are looking for is available, they’ll reserve it for you and will send you a confirmation. Request your access here – http://about.me/

I have created a profile page for myself – http://about.me/vj

Vijay Raj

Here are few other sample pages – (About.me Team)

Ryan Freitas

Timothy Young

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General IT News, Tech Information and Analysis

Pitch your Social Story – Simply Social, Social Event of the Year!

Social media is here and here to stay, right now only the early birds have got on to this great medium to realize it’s power and use its potential. Numbers show that we have just started embracing Social Media and connecting with the vast number of customers or potential leads with it. There are the talented and timely few who have made this platform their own and have already made a mark on it. It could be just a blog or a Facebook campaign or a full blown, well funded campaign.

The team at Buzzom think that it is time for the successful social media adopters to stand up and be seen. There are many of you who believe that you are one of the select few. This is your chance! Let us know and if your social media success story is indeed worthy of mention and recognition, they will do it for you!  Yes, if you think you have used an innovative approach in social media and used it to promote/ market your business/ brand better, please let us know.

You can nominate your campaign by clicking here

The shortlisted campaigns will be showcased in Buzzom Social Media Bootstrapping on Oct 23rd. Be seen in the full glare of media and share your success story for others to get inspired and follow. This is a unique opportunity to be heard for your efforts.

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How often and When do you check your Twitter and Facebook?

If you had any doubt about the extent social platforms have taken over people’s lives, stats like these should help put them to rest. A recent study by Retrevo surveyed just over 1000 Americans and asked questions such as when, where, and how much time they spend on sites and services like Facebook and Twitter. These Stats are interesting and it worked pretty cool with me..!

Almost half of the respondents said they check in on the social media scene in bed, during the night, or as soon as they wake up in the morning., and no surprise here: users under the age of 25 tweet more at night than older users.

Check Update Facebook and Twitter After bedHalf of social media users are so involved with Facebook and Twitter that they check the sites first thing in the morning — 16% say this is how they get their morning “news”.

iPhone owners use Facebook and Twitter more often and in more places: 28% of iPhone owners visit Twitter or Facebook before getting out of bed in the morning, compared with just 18% of all social media consumers under age 25 and 8% of those age 25+. Similarly, 26% of iPhone owners check in with Twitter or Facebook before turning on the TV, compared with 17% each of all social media consumers.

Read this Full Story from Pam Dyer on her Weblog Pamorama!

Featured Thoughts from the Comments Section:

Tom Dixon, A web developer and business owner explains his thoughts on this topic..!

As a business owner, it is important to allocate an amount of time to responding to social networks at least once a day for “Direct Messages” & “Urgent Updates”, but probably only 2 to 3 times a week for generally trolling though FaceBook (walls, Inbox, invites, birthdays, posts) / Twitter (mentions, topics of interest, other user interaction) / LinkedIn (inbox, connecting, networking groups). I used to try and respond to everything as it was happening but found that my average billable hours of work were slipping and I was not getting as much client work done.

I think that 15min a day for urgent stuff then, 2-3 hrs 2 – 3 times a week is all the time you should really be spending on all Social Networks combined for non-urgent usage. Generally the blocks of time you choose to use the networks should not be during work hours (unless you have a slow day) If you are serious about actually keeping your mind on your work at hand and completing jobs then well, try avoid the distraction.

I generally spend 1-2 – 2hr sessions on social networks during week after work hours & 1-2 – 2hr sessions on the weekends (depending on other plans I may have made).

You have to remember these services, great as they are, should not be allowed to interfere with a working day and control your life. They should be used as additional outlets to collaborate, share & possibly market your ideas, websites, business or products. (whatever it may be). Its all about not letting those reminders in your in-box distract you. Move them into a folder and check them out when you have made time to do so, not when they want you to.. hehe..

Everyone works differently though, that’s just my opinion!!

Raghav Parthasarathy, A socio blogger explains his points on how few people use Twitter..,

Twitter usage is more prevalent during the weekdays than during the weekends. This can be attributed to the fact that most folks whose full time work involves using a computer log on to twitter to check/post updates. This is a proven statistic although employers would hate to admit it. To really understand this , we need to realize that although tweeting is a fun activity, it does take some effort to post sensible content for which you don’t have to answer unnecessary questions or face any complication. In that sense, tweeting does consume your energy and that is probably the reason why people who like to relax in the weekends stay away from it.

Another observation is that humour bloggers who maintain a twitter handle , tend to tweet a lot. This is because even if most of their tweets don’t make sense they can get away with an excuse that people didn’t really get the joke ! Gosh I wish they tweeted less !

People who don’t log onto their accounts regularly tweet a lot during the short period of time when they are using their account to make up for their inactivity. Their usage pattern would contain multiple spikes rather than a smooth curve.

Twitter usage is also greater for people who focus on a specific type of content . This is one reason people tend to create multiple twitter accounts to target a specific audience. A tech blogger/tweeter  would dilute his content by posting other information.

Hence his usage would be greater If he/she maintains twitter accounts dedicated for a purpose. On the other hand, a regular user might think twice or even reduce his tweeting when his followers contains people with whom all the information cannot be shared. Would you update on twitter about the movie you are watching if your boss is following your updates ?

Whats your take on this? When do you check your Tweets and Facebook updates? – Do add in your comments!

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Google Buzz – A new way to start conversation about Stuffs which Impresses you!

Whenever we see something really interesting, Most of us like to share. And we predominantly share it online using our Facebook status, Twitter update, Instant Messenger etc.. Google yesterday unvelied, a soooper cool tool called Google Buzz.

Google Buzz LogoBuzz is a brand new way to start conversation about stuff that interests you, while sharing various updates such as photos and videos with your family and friends among others.  Buzz is a part of Gmail, and it uses the friends whom you have already mailed. You automatically follow the people, whom you email and chat the most. When you say something through an update – You can choose whether to make it public to the world, ot share it only among bunch of your friends.

Google Buzz - Choosing Privacy Settings

Buzz goes beyond status messages, you can share images, feeds, play videos inline, flip through images in full screen mode. You can now connect Buzz with Picassa, Flickr, Twitter and Google Reader all in one place!

The best part of the experience being the responses to the post, you get to see all the comments and feedbacks directly on your inbox, so that you do not miss them. You could respond right from the inbox itself to keep the conversation going.

You can check Google Buzz here – http://www.google.com/buzz. Buzz is also available on selected cellphones! – You can check it here from your mobile browser – buzz.google.com

Google is still in the process of rolling it out worldwide! So if you don’t see it in your Gmail account yet, check back soon!

There is a lot of talk happening on Google Buzz already on the Social media sphere, Few of the comments are like,

“Hope, Buzz makes its presence and doesnt go down like the wave”,

“Buzz is nice but costly to move my existing secret contacts over.!”,

“Buzz is for Today, Wave was for tomorrow!”,

“Google was smart to add Buzz to Gmail and integrated all their home apps in it. It might do better than Google Wave for sure.”

“In buzz, I dont like the comments to come to my inbox, its annoying”

Well, Buzz is nice! If you ask me whether is it a replacement for Twitter, and will I stop Tweeting and use Buzz? The answer will be a No. I would love to integrate my Twitter onto Buzz, as my followers are more than my friends in my gmail box. Moreover, Twitter is much rich with its Hash Tags, Search Abilities, “You dont need to follow someone, if they do!”.  Buzz looks powerful, once when people start using it more, we will know the real power of it!

A cool thing about Buzz is that you don’t have to create a new account or profile for this. Most of your friends have a gmail account. So you don’t have to send any friend requests!

I would recommend you to check this Article, which describe the Hands On Review with Google Buzz using an Iphone. You can also have a look at this short video, to understand how Google Buzz works!