“We are accessible 24/7,” Elliott says. “Having a cell phone in your pocket you can be called or texted or video chatted at any point. With Facebook you are updating all time. You have friends on Facebook that you have never met, and they know more about what’s going on in your life than your mother does who is not on Facebook.”
Norine puts herself out there in a way that would make the most avid Twitterer or Facebook addict suffer an attack of shyness.
I view this as more of a publicity stunt than anything else, but it does raise the question of how beneficial social media is. I’ll admit sometimes I’m drawn to check emails and Facebook updates even when I’m with people. However social media doesn’t replace social contact.
Social media tools are simply ways to get us in contact with more people in real life. They also allow us to stay in contact with or “catch up” with people who aren’t physically close to us.
Even if you’re a complete introvert and use social media to connect more than you normally would, isn’t that an improvement? From a business perspective I think this hits home the concept you need to be where your customers are. On which platforms can you really shine? That’s where you need to be.
Utah Internet marketing company SEO by Swaby is pleased to announce the winners of its Utah’s Top Blogger contest for 2010.
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Connor Boyackwith Holly Richardson Chad Waite, Nicole Warburton, and Eric Ethington as finalists.
This was the second Utah blogger’s competition and participation has grown significantly. “It was a much more spirited competition this year because there was a political election that fueled audiences. We were very happy to see the number of bloggers interested in the contest grow as well as recieving 5 times as many votes as last year,” said Nigel Swaby.
Connor Boyack – Connor’s Connundrums
Holly Richardson - Holly on the Hill
Chad Waite - Daily Derbi
Nicole Warburton –Women Only
Eric Ethington – Pride in Utah
BenJoeMarkland - From Where I Sit
Stephanie Nielson – NieNie Dialogues (2nd year in a row)
Jesse Stay – Stay N’ Alive (2nd year in a row)
Phil Windley - Technometria
Misty Fowler – Saintless
includedUtah from various backgrounds
The winners were honored at an awards luncheon at Pierpont Place in downtown Salt Lake City. The top 5 winners were given prizes. Sarah Buhr of Salt Lake City’s Big Star PR was also a sponsor. Previous finalist Janet Thaeler (Newspapergrl blog) was a co-host.
Tune in to The Web Marketing Weekly Show www.webmarketingweeklyshow.com for interviews with some of the winners.
These are the top ten finalists of this years contest. We will be having an awards luncheon on Wednesday November 10th, 12 pm at Pierpont Place in downtown Salt Lake. We’ll announce the top 5 prize winners and hand out the prizes.
Please join us for a live podcast at 2 pm where we’ll broadcast the official announcement.
Beginning Nov. 1, we are partnering with Disqus, one of the Web’s leading comment tool providers. This is a nationally-supported platform used by thousands of websites, and it’s one that will remain flexible and reliable for us as our site continues to grow.
The good news:
• Comments will load faster and be more reliable.
• Your new login will allow you to comment with the same ID at many sites across the web (CNN, Mashable, many newspapers and countless blogs).
• If you’d prefer, you can comment using your Facebook or Twitter account, meaning no new registration of any kind.
First KSL.com shut down comments and the Deseret News made it harder to comment, now the Salt Lake Tribune is making changes as well.
I suggested a while ago a Facebook style commenting system is probably better than other options and it looks like the Tribune agrees. Even though they’re using Disqus, Facebook and Twitter logins will be available too.
This begs the question of whether freedom of speech is being infringed upon. I don’t think it is. It’s a matter of website managers rethinking the behavior that takes place on their pages. Being a “troll” on a message board is the online equivalent of yelling, “Fire!” in a crowded movie theater. Neither should be protected speech.
There are far too many instances where online bullying is having real life consequences including the suicides of vulnerable individuals. It’s time for reasonable restrictions to be placed on online comments. The new system at the Tribune looks like it will do the trick.