Posts in Social Media category

Use Twitter to Tighten Up Your Writing

Use Twitter to Tighten Up Your Writing

A consultant once told me that “tighter is righter.” A handful of well-chosen words provides so much more power than paragraphs that endlessly spool on and on and dilute themselves.

As a guy who writes advertising slogans and headlines, I’ll tell you right away that a powerful one-line headline trumps anything I can do in the descriptive copy to follow. If I can’t punch through the clutter and noise and commandeer your attention with a three-word statement, then whatever wonderful language I employ in describing the product is moot, because you’ve already moved on. Luckily for me (and the many others who make a living by churning out words) modern social media is a perfect whetstone to sharpen our verbal tools.

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The Great “Curation” Scam

The Great “Curation” Scam

I hate the word “curation” as it applies to social media. It elevates the act of sharing other people’s content to a level it doesn’t deserve.

To be clear, I do see value in occasionally alerting your connections to content of value, regardless of the origin. Part of the equation of being a thought leader is getting out of the way when someone has said something better than you ever could and promoting ideas beyond the audience the author would be able to reach on his or her own. The key word in that sentence, however, is “part.” It should be a small addition to your social media strategy, not Your Entire Social Media Strategy.
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