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Be Mindful Of Your Messaging

If you are like me, you live, work and play on the Internet.  But, we have to be mindful of our different messages across channels to include Twitter, Facbook, websites, blogs, etc.  We are turning everything on that’s available.  But, be true to yourself in the digital space.  What is it you are attempting to communicate?  What is your mission?  What is your brand?  Communication is the key but just what are you communicating? 

The Power of Social Media

I was up late one night on Yelp, the website where users leave reviews and recommendations of top restaurants, shopping, nightlife, entertainment, services and more.  I decided to leave a review of some of my favorite DC hotels, bike stations and places to have Sunday brunch.

I really hadn’t put much thought into my review.  By that I mean, I gave my honest opinion in my own little witty way, but I didn’t give much thought to who would review it.  Imagine my surprise when the owner of the restaurant I reviewed actually got in touch with me on Yelp and thanked me for my review and apologized for the poor service I received at the bar.

My hats off to the owner of Founding Farmers for recognizing how to connect with and communicate with customers using Social Media.  Oh, and if you ever need a table at Founding Farmers let me know, I have a good hookup there 🙂  You can follow my Yelp reviews at daniellericks.yelp.com

The Shorty Awards – The best producers of real-time, short form content on Twitter

The Shorty Awards – The best producers of real-time, short form content on Twitter

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The Shorty Awards honor the best people and organizations on Twitter across 27 official categories and thousands of community-created ones. Online voting open to all members of Twitter culminates in an awards ceremony to recognize the winners.  I’ve been nominated in the #Dream category.  If you are on Twitter please vote for me and remember to dream BIG.

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Driven to Distraction – Britain Sets Tough New Laws for Texting While Driving – Series – NYTimes.com

A 24-year-old fashion designer was killed near Oxford when a woman who had just received a text message rear-ended her car at 60 miles an hour.  1226-Texting-540In one of the toughest ruling yet against texting while driving, the young driver, who was texting friends about her encounter with a celebrity was remanded for 21 months to a high-security women’s prison.  Read more:

Driven to Distraction – Britain Sets Tough New Laws for Texting While Driving – Series – NYTimes.com

While smart phones are taking off and the war between the iPhone versus the Blackberry continue, one this is becoming very clear, texting while driving is meeting with harsh opposition abroad and here in the Unites States.  “Nearly all Americans say sending a text message while driving should be illegal, and about half say texting while behind the wheel should be punished at least as harshly as drunken driving”, according to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll.

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New video from President Obama on National Cyber Secuirty Awareness Month | STAYSAFEONLINE.org

NCSAM_promoPresident Obama, who has championed cybersecurity since taking office,  proclaimed October “National Cyber Security Awareness Month”.  I LIVE on line and to be honest I’m “out there” for the entire world to see.  However, we all need to protect ourselves and make sure we are safe online.  Some quick tips:

  • Keep your password in a secure place

  • Change your password regularly and NEVER share it with anyone

  • Protect your computer and data with:

    • Anti-Virus Software
    • Firewall
    • Anti-Spyware Software
  • Protect yourself online by never revealing personal information or giving out your specific location while you are online

Watch President Obama’s video for more detailed information.

Let’s be careful out there people!

New video from President Obama on National Cyber Secuirty Awareness Month | STAYSAFEONLINE.org

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