What I love most about the holidays are the infused warmth emanating from friends, coworkers, and family: beautiful Hanukkah displays at the store, cozily decorated houses, and lots of extra goodies in the office break room.
One of my favorite holiday surprises is getting greeting cards! It’s such a beautiful way to let people know you’re thinking of them, and who doesn’t like getting mail (that isn’t a bill)? This has really inspired me to think about how I can get in on the action.
After the hubbub and subsequent disappointment about new platform Ello, I was definitely skeptical about whether This.cm would woo me. But it has: it’s full of great reads from people whose opinions I respect about issues I like reading about.
This. bills itself as “a place to find and share the web’s best stories, ideas and arguments. Each user can share just 1 link a day.” It was launched by Atlantic Media, helmed by Andrew Golis.
Once the calender turns to September, it seems like the rest of the year melts away. I can’t believe it’s getting close to the end of October! I’ve been battling a cold for a few weeks, which definitely makes the days seem to run together, but I’ve also been doing and writing a lot of fun stuff lately.
I was disappointed to hear that Hukkster, my favorite sales notification site, is shutting down. I’d relied it on it to let me know when anything I wanted was on sale, and really loved that it was headed up by women. In order to make sure that I didn’t go without sales alerts, I immediately embarked on finding a new alert service.
July isn’t over, but it’s already been a wonderful month. As if Independence Day and long, warm evenings weren’t enough, I’ve been busy with some awesome stuff.
I just got back from a wonderful weekend in Seattle. I was there to present at CU Conferences on social media crisis management for credit unions. It was my first conference presentation that didn’t have to do with being Muslim or being a woman, and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was wonderful to meet credit union board members from all around the country and talk about how social media can help their credit union marketing and customer service. Thanks to everyone who grabbed some snapshots of my presentation!
I just learned about a start-up that brings lobbying to the masses. It’s called Amplifyd, and it allows you to purchase a phone call in support of an issue you care about. For $5, someone will call your elected official and lobby on your behalf. The founders put it this way:
I updated my Twitter profile a few weeks ago. Have you done the same?
I know everyone’s grumbling about it looking like Facebook, but I kind of like it. I especially liked the pinned tweets feature, which is really handy for keeping something important at the top of your mind (or profile).
In case you’re wondering, the profile dimensions are 1500×500 pixels. If you already have a profile picture, Twitter will automatically resize it to fit within these dimensions. Whether it still looks good is another story.