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[Originally posted on Joe Spake’s Weblog]
According to Wikipedia, the Luddites were a group of 19th-century English textile artisans who protested against the changes produced by the Industrial Revolution, which they felt were leaving them without work and changing their way of life. They could get wild at times, sabotaging and destroying the looms and machinery that displaced them. The movement was named after General Ned Ludd or King Ludd, a mythical figure who, like Robin Hood, was reputed to live in Sherwood Forest.
The Luddite movement has continued in various forms right into the present. And
some lots of days I can really relate. Like when I wake to 541 items in my Google Reader, scores of important Tweets from close friends, 2 or 3 screens of emails, and scores of irresistible updates on my Facebook home screen. And then the phone starts ringing. We love our electronic toys. Toddlers can manipulate iPads; Baby Boomers, challenged for years with programming their VCRs, are texting before breakfast. Grandma is Skyping with her grand children. Everyone is a geek and/or a social media guru. Millions of us have become homemade journalists, posting our wittiness and brilliance to our blogs for all the world to see. We’ve got to keep up with all, because if we don’t, we shall perish. …Or not.
For a while last year it looked like we might lose Delicious, the King of online bookmarking and my favorite curation tool, as owner Yahoo did some strategic re-arranging. Delicious was bought by the founders of Youtube and is now rocking on as good as ever.
So what is Delicious?
Think about how you arrange files on your computer: perhaps that MS Word document is filed in a sub-sub directory of my documents like C:\….\MyDocuments\business\correspondence\john_smith_ltr.doc. Delicious allows you to organize Internet content in the same way. If you find a blog post you want to save, you simply paste the link into delicious, assign one or more keywords and the article is saved to a specific URL – for example: http://delicious.com/joespake/socialmedia/ will take you to the articles I think are interesting enough to save. There are lots of possibilities for sharing with this simple format, and as a bonus, Delicious lets you generate an RSS feed for the sub-directory. Wanna subscribe to my social media saves? just go to http://www.delicious.com/v2/rss/joespake/socialmedia. Watch this screencast to see how easy Delicious is to use.
Scott Stratten‘s January 10th post Worst Use of Social Media of 2012 and follow-up is a social media tutorial in real-time. Read the entire article to learn how not to use social media and the results of doing it wrong. In this particular case is it worth scanning the comments so you can understand the results fist hand. Note: my Atlanta news video link did not play well, but you will get the gist.
Boner’s BBQ – I swear it exist – had an unfortunate experience with a customer who reviewed the business on Yelp. Boner’s (promise, real name) took to their Facebook page to air their opinions. It hit the local news and now is somewhat viral.
Scott’s screen shot documentation is what makes this a good tutorial and a great post. Read and learn both how Not to use social media and how to write and document a great post.