13 Ways to Spot a Twitter Spammer

Posted by on Feb 22, 2011 in Social Media | 49 comments

Ever since reading Mark W. Schaefer’s excellent post on the importance of managing your followers on Twitter, I’ve been more and more aggressively blocking and reporting spammers as they attempt to follow me. This past week I had a a twitter conversation with Sandy Hubbard, Mary Lower, Jenny Weigle, and Beth Granger about how exactly to identify spam accounts on twitter. We went back and forth with our suggestions on how to ID a spam account, and I thought I’d capture the core of the discussion as a blog post. Hopefully you’ll find this a good resource.

Without further ado, here’s a list of X ways you to know YOU MIGHT BE A SPAMMER:

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#FollowFriday: Tim McDonald (@tamcdonald)

Posted by on Feb 18, 2011 in Follow Friday, Social Media | 4 comments

Well, it’s Friday morning.

Had a terrific night last night at Social Media Club Chicago – watching Amber Naslund present on her new book The NOW Revolution. Great preso, Recommended.

Last night presented a great opportunity to hang out with lots of friends, and to make many new ones. I really enjoyed my time spent with Lisa Diomede, Barb Rozgonyi, Jeannie Walters, Mitch Byrne and so many others.

One of the guys I always enjoy hanging with  is Tim McDonald. Because of that (and for another reason you’ll read about shortly) Tim is this week’s Follow Friday!

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How Google Can Solve the Spam Problem

Posted by on Feb 17, 2011 in SEO & PPC | 8 comments

Google has a spam problem. We can quibble and debate about the severity of the problem, or the nature of it, but it exists (and it always has). And its been in the news quite a bit lately. The problem has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and the SEO industry on a weekly basis. Google even has a team dedicated to finding spam and keeping it out of search results, the search quality team.

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Does Social Media = SEO of 10 Years Ago?

Posted by on Feb 9, 2011 in SEO & PPC, Social Media | 4 comments

I had a terrific time last night presenting to a small group of Social Media Marketers here in Chicago. We talked a little bit about some SEO basics. Thanks to @Leyla_a for putting together such a great shindig.

One of the points I made during the presentation is that there are a LOT of parallels between where Social Media is today and where SEO was about a decade ago – and that Social Media leaders could benefit a great deal by reaching across the aisle and talking with SEO leaders in the industry and the enterprise. In fact, many “issues” facing Social Media (things that generate a lot of hyperventilation from within the social media sphere) have already been addressed (not all of them successfully, I might add) as SEO was introduced into the enterprise. Issues such as:

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Leadership Secrets of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Posted by on Feb 3, 2011 in Business & Leadership | 9 comments

I’m an unabashed Steeler fan. Have been for as long as I can remember. I was born in the ‘Burgh but moved to Chicago when I was only one year old. I remember my uncle John mailing me Steeler hats and scarves and wearing them to school. I learned many hard lessons during those elementary school years, but that’s a post for another day.

Today, as the Steelers march toward a possible seventh Super Bowl victory, I’ve been reflecting on the ways in which the lessons of Steeler teams current and past apply to business.

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