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Hukkster is closing. What do I do now? [Updated]

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.

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Not-so-lazy summer days

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!

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Have you updated your Twitter profile?

Have you updated your Twitter profile?

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.

It’s almost April already?!

March has really flown by quickly, friends. It’s been an incredibly busy and wonderful month, though!

Things have been buzzing at brass Media. We’ve worked hard this month to put out important information about content marketing for financial services. I co-wrote a white paper on the basics, and put out blogs about valuable content and consistent brand presence. (more…)

We don’t need no “liberation”

Fakhraie Abu-Lughod

I’m really excited to finally receive a copy of Do Muslim Women Need Saving? by Lila Abu-Lughod. I’m looking forward to read the book because Abu-Lughod is an excellent writer on issues relating to Muslim women.

But I’m also really jazzed because, as you can see above, a piece I wrote for Muslimah Media Watch (MMW) appears in the notes (page 287, to be exact). The idea that Abu-Lughod used something I wrote on a blog I created to critically analyze Muslim women’s media representation is incredibly humbling.

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Are you into comic books?

I haven’t given much attention to comic books. I’ve read a graphic novel here and there, and own a single Catwoman comic book (she’s just so badass). But I think I’m about to get into comic books in a major way because Marvel’s new Ms. Marvel is a teenage American Muslim girl.

ms marvel

I talked to Al Jazeera America about my excitement over Kamala Khan:

“She is going to be a window into the American Muslim experience,” said Fatemeh Fakhraie, the founder of Muslimah Media Watch, a forum on Muslim women’s representation in popular culture.

Fakhraie said the new superhero “normalizes this idea of the American experience as Muslim,” adding that “A lot of us are bumping up against that the idea that a lot of America is white, while that isn’t what America is, we’re not all white and Christian.”

Check out the piece and keep an eye open for the new comics. G. Willow Wilson, whose work I really enjoy, is writing for Kamala, so I’m really excited to see what’s coming up.

I Left My Heart in Silicon Valley

I was lucky to attend a social media strategy workshop for American Muslim professionals on Monday. The Amplify Online project, sponsored by the New American Foundation, held a training at Google’s Mountain View campus that brought about 25 of my amazing colleagues together to talk strategy and perception.

Fatemeh at Google

The morning had a fantastic presentation from Anser Hussain and Javed Ali of Illume Magazine, with excellent tips on social strategy and content generation. Then Alex Cole from Hattaway Communications provided a sobering look at perceptions our fellow Americans have of American Muslims. Hattaway has a great PDF available on their site that includes much of the information.

The afternoon was chock-full of great presentations from social media channels, including an informative presentation from Alex Hillis on Google+. Since I’m starting to get into G+, hearing tips on how to make your Google Hangout live-stream to your YouTube channel were incredibly helpful. Many thanks to Alex, Erica Anderson from Twitter, and the fabulous Facebook ladies Krista Kobeski and Melissa Oppenheim for their time and insights.

And thank you to Ben Blink from Google and the Mountain View campus for hosting us! The Google campus was as amazing as you’d think. Even though everyone raves about their bikes, snacks, and ping-pong tables, what really impressed me was their sense of hygiene: all toilets came equipped with heated seats and programmable bidets! Meeting and connecting with inspiring American Muslims and learning about digital strategies were definitely my cake, but those toilets were the icing.

To top off a wonderful day, I spent the evening with some old and new friends at San Francisco’s Woodhouse Fish Co., and finally got the chance to meet Ethar El-Katatney in person. Ethar was MMW’s first Egyptian writer a few years after I founded the site, and it was such a pleasure to finally meet her!

Ethar El-Katatney and Fatemeh Fakhraie

Many thanks to everyone who helped make my Bay trip as wonderful as it was short. I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to connect with all the fantastic people I know in the area, so I’ll definitely be back soon!

Did you miss the #MuslimaVoices Twitter chat today?

Today, the International Museum of Women (the people behind the online exhibition Muslima)  hosted a Twitter chat in partnership with Miss Representation to discuss media portrayal of Muslim women. A bunch of wonderful Muslim women (myself included) joined in and had a discussion about media representation surrounding images of Muslim women. This was right up my alley, since it’s the entire reason I started Muslimah Media Watch in 2007–I was (and am) sick and tired of being portrayed through stereotypes.

Here’s a storify of the Twitter chat so you can catch up on all the good stuff you missed!