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I looked at my RSS feed just after publishing the last post to catch “Want a Popular Blog? Put Your Ego Aside Then” out of the corner of my eye. This was a reminder for me to correct for the fact that I did find two blogs that have reinforced my faith in the helpfulness of blog “tips.” They are: CopyBlogger and ProBlogger.

I’ve been reading Copyblogger for a while and really like what they have to say on monetizing blogs. Last night, I wanted to make a group of bloggers on my @tweetdeck to follow and help each other out with research and advice. After looking for hours, I finally found a huge list of bloggers on Twitter from the ProBlogger Social Media Love-in.

Oh, I thought, blogger tips are for bloggers. Social media tips are for social media entrepreneurs (even though they post them on blogs) and their regulars. Honest mistake! See you on Twitter, bloggers. Looks like I may need your help, too, figuring it out so hopefully there’s enough love to go around. Follow me @blogislam and I’ll follow back.

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Whoever let Fox think that Twitter is a potential terrorist tool is not frequent user of social networks. How do I know? Because terrorists aren’t either. Well, they start web forums to attract news sources and freak everyone out and then shut them down. No one on Twitter would follow that kind of user.**

Today BBC reported an Al-Queda deputy likened Barack Obama to a “house slave,” brought up his father’s Muslim faith, and other such issues that have profound importance for all Americans. It’s a low blow but, par usual, Twitterers are taking it in stride, demonstrating pure randomness and superfluous linking (the previous link will show you a live list of all updates).

Thanks Mark for this update: NYT chimes in on Al-Queda’s cryptic symbolism in “Al-Queda Leader Weighs in on Obama Insultingly.

**Note: the only way I know this is because I’m on Twitter too much. Non-users sometimes assume there is a concise definition because all interactive tools like Twitter are hard to understand until users see for themselves. Any definition is ambiguous and has something to do with “microblogging.”

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Successful blogs have a genius way of relating to others like there’s no computer screen between them and the reader. A real connection helps users forget they’re not face-to-face, open up, and share, too. This kind of exchange is not easy by any stretch of the imagination. It’s hard work to present content in a way that makes sense to an online community and stimulates conversation.

Motrin taught us how not to do reject community over this past weekend. They sorta alienated the online community and offended people with a corporate ad campaign. I’m referring to the total damage control fail after moms stormed Twitter to set everyone straight about babywearing (which increased activity to Motrin’s hompage, shutting it down). When the site went live again, the video was pulled and this posted in it’s place:

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Why didn’t Motrin just climb on Twitter, create some self-aware PC screenname and maybe respond on the thread? There’s a better response than a random letter on their homepage. Is that supposed to be a blog post? If so, the disconnect in online communication between users and bloggers, and corporate America is worse than I thought. It wouldn’t bother me so much but I’m pretty sure these places have a communications or PR people. So, I wrote a little open letter to express my grievances over the misuse of social media.

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Adorables.

Tweethearts: blogger proposes to nerd girlfriend over Twitter, she tweets back acceptance. POSTED BY XENI JARDIN, OCTOBER 10, 2008 8:27 PM | PERMALINK [From Tweethearts: blogger proposes to nerd girlfriend over Twitter, she tweets back acceptance. – Boing Boing]

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StumbleUpon is a network for sharing social media (websites, networks, videos, blogs, etc.). New users download the stumble button and sign-up to pick topics of interest.

Google Search Awesome (from Britny)

Google Search Awesome (from Britny)

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Yes! The Presidential Debate is on! So, let’s celebrate. Cheers to McCain and Obama with the McCain drinking game. Here are the rules, as posted on The Huffington Post:

Obama (AP Photo)

Obama (AP Photo)

Every time John McCain mentions his POW experience, praise his courage and drink a kamikaze. This one is only for the heavy drinkers.

Every time Obama says change everyone has to switch seats and drink the other person’s drink of choice.

Every time John McCain tries to associate Barack Obama with an unsavory character, take a sip of your dirty martini.

Every time someone says bailout you have to finish your drink and pour another.

Every time John McCain says “my friends”, spit out your drink and shout “I am not your friend” at the television.

Every time “evil”, “evil doers”, or anything with evil is mentioned, drink a sip of French red wine.

Every time John McCain threatens Iran, drink a savage car bomb or cherry bomb.

Every time Barack Obama ties John McCain to George W. Bush, drink a sloe gin fizz and wish for better days.

Every time John McCain displays how hopelessly out of touch he is, drink an old bastard.

Every time John McCain refers to the USSR or any other non-existent formerly communist country, get ready to ride the red tide.

When Georgia is mentioned, drink a fuzzy navel.

Every time John McCain mentions Sarah Palin, drink a white russian. After all, if Sarah Palin is around there must be a Russian nearby somewhere.

Every time John McCain smiles creepily, drink a roofie-colada.

If anyone mentions a golden parachute, pound some goldschlager.

Every time John McCain makes an appeal to states rights, lean back and take a sip of that sweet southern comfort.

When NATO membership is mentioned, clink glasses with everyone around you and attack anyone who refuses to clink.

If John McCain doesn’t show up, lock yourself inside and sip Jack Daniels all night. It is going to be a long six weeks.

Regardless of what either candidate says, at the end of the debate, drink something that must be lit on fire first then hit yourself in the face with a shovel.

Don’t forget: best not to take pictures afterward and post them on Facebook. Enjoy christening 2008 debates. I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks about what the candidates have to say. I’ll be tweeting from blogislam. Follow me and I’ll follow you.

LINKS:

Follow twitterers playing during the debates
Read the original rules posted on The Seminal
Check out ReadWriteWeb for a post on Twitter’s Election Site

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Twitter is a microblogging service that grew by over 400% recently. You can watch a screencast about Twitter or read about why I like it on Foshowley. With all the growth there’s a lot of services popping up to help you communicate.

Just drag the twitterkeys link onto your toolbar for a gallery of icons.

Just drag the Twitterkeys link onto your toolbar for a gallery of icons.

Here’s a gem ❂. Twitterkeys gives you a slew of icons to spice up your micro posts. The only downside is you have to be logged in to Twitter from the web and can’t use Tweetdeck but you can use Chirp. But for what it’s worth, I give it a thumbs up.

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