Paid Bloggers Still Get Google Downgrades

I read today in Business Week that Google is getting increasingly sophisticated about tracking blog content that is somehow linked to compensation, alongside a discussion of pending rules from the Federal Trade Commission to cover paid product/service reviews in blog posts.  A couple of years ago this really hit the fan with one of the first “official” PayPerPost blogging services launched. Bloggers…

I’ll Be at Social Media Club Hawaii April 10; Will You?

I sure hope so! Our new chapter has started off with incredible enthusiasm, and the word of mouth is really kicking in strong. Here’s the short scoop: The meeting proper is 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Feel free to come early/stay late and visit at the ING Cafe. 5:00 – 5:30 pm Optional networking and meeting setup 5:30 – 5:35 pm Welcome &…

MacHeist: Lower Your Price, Use Your Network, Give to Charity, Earn over $2M

And do it all in less than 2 months. “Whaaat?” you say. That’s right. This is another example of the power of the social web, of leveraging your network, of the network effect, of doing good and doing well, and so many other 21st century concepts made possible by the internet combined with intrinsic human traits. It’s also trust on the part…

Social Media Club Hawaii Launch

Wow. With less than a week’s notice we had over 40 people attend the launch meeting of the Hawaii Chapter of the Social Media Club. There was a dynamic mix of people, including the geeks (@SidSavarra, @avharris, @exbor, @judico, @shane to name a few), several major communications companies (Communications Pacific, Pineapple Tweed, Becker, Loomis-ISC,) web & marketing people Starrtech Interactive and Hawaii…

Join Us for Launch of Social Media Club Hawaii Chapter

Date: Friday, March 6 Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Place: ING Direct Cafe, 1958 Kalakaua Ave (former home of Local Motion store; parking in rear) Print a coupon for a free beverage. Map and Directions Special thanks to Cleota Brown for offering the space. We will be upstairs in the Aliʻi Board Room. The space is open, modern, there are low…

Case Study: Twitter + Two Weeks = $7000 Raised

Though many traditional businesses are still sitting on the sidelines studying how the “not new anymore” social web tools work, the people are taking it to the trees and creating events for social benefit. So I am delighted to present a brief case study for your consideration. The latest of these is Twestival, a global event designed to have simultaneous fund-raising efforts…