Why I am so happy that I chose Flickr over Instagram for my photo of the day project

If you want to learn to be a better photographer, skip Instagram and head over to Flickr. Forget the filters. Skip the smartphone. If you want to become a better photographer, even when you use filters and smartphones, dedicate a week, a month or even a year to carrying around a dedicated camera everyday and …

Social media IS engaging in the political process

I have a voice. You have a voice. Everyone using the Internet to connect with people all over the world has a voice. We deserve to be heard. Social media is amplifying that voice, letting us reach people and institutions like never before. Smart companies and individuals have leveraged social media to connect with more …

Followers (or fans or friends) are not all created equal

It’s easy to get followers; it’s hard to get good followers. Be patient. There are a bunch of tools to get people and organizations a mass of Twitter followers quickly. But raw numbers won’t help you. What your organization needs are followers that actually care about your product and want to interact with you. That’s why I …

It’s not personal — it’s just Twitter

We don’t have to follow each other on Twitter, and it’s not poor form if I don’t follow you back or vice versa. That’s the point of followers and followees and not friends. It’s not a connection like Facebook or LinkedIn. Just because I follow you doesn’t mean you are required to follow me back, nor …