Social Networking

The Importance of Social Networking: Facebook

Last week I wrote about the importance of using Twitter to your advantage when networking, and this week I’m going to talk about Facebook. I don’t really want to get into which one is better than the other, mostly because A) they’re used very differently and serve a very different purpose, and B) how you use both of them is extremely subjective.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has ordered employees to stop crossing out the phrase “Black Lives Matter” on the walls at its Menlo Park, California, headquarters.

“We’ve never had rules around what people can write on our walls — we expect everybody to treat each other with respect,” Zuckerberg wrote, calling the incidents “disrespectful” and “malicious.”

Zuckerberg also expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement, which campaigns against racial discrimination and police brutality. He encouraged employees to attend a town hall next week to learn about the movement. #Love it!

Hi folks! The other day, I made a post discussing that I was having trouble finding certain volunteers to help out, or finding funding to pay people to do it. I discussed the notion of crowdfunding the funds to go into the site, and that’s what I’ve decided to try.

As a result, I present to you, the Gendrr GoFundMe page.

Gendrr is a project I started around December 2013 to create an open social network platform for gender-variant people. The intention is for it to be a community-driven and -regulated project that allows people to connect with one another, share experiences and discuss a variety of topics, within a safe and managed environment.

Initially, a survey was put out to find out what features and aspects people most wanted. I received a lot of feedback, and immediately started working on the project. I also received a large number of volunteers in several fields. Unfortunately, work stalled, because there were not enough volunteers in several crucial fields to complete the project.

I continued to monitor interest, and I believe people are still interested in seeing this reach completion. As such, I would like to find the opportunity to pay people in the areas where we have not recieved volunters, however, this requires the project to be funded, which is something I cannot personally afford beyond the initial funding I’ve already laid out. Where possible, we will find help from people who are a part of our community, and in most cases, the funds from the project that we use to pay these people will be helping with their living and transition costs, something which we all know can be hard to raise.

As a result, I appeal to the community to help fund this project and see it through to completion. I have offered several reward levels, and more may be added as I find volunteers willing to help me make new rewards. Every single person who donates will be thanked by name, handle or username (their choice) on a special thanks page within the site - regardless of how much you donate or what level (if any) you choose.

I know not everyone has a lot of money floating around, but if you would be at all interested in seeing this project completed, please consider donating even a little bit - it helps! :)

Thanks!
-Kay

We have a few donation levels which will get you some interesting stuff once the site launches, although I’m still considering other things I can do to add additional levels. (If anyone has any suggestions or contributions, please let me know! :D)

Every single donation, no matter how big or small, will receive our thanks on a page of the site dedicated to exactly that purpose. Any excess money that is raised from this that doesn’t get spent on deploying the site itself will be donated to a charity or fund that I will take a vote on, to pass the money on to other projects or people.

I would greatly appreciate it if you could spread this around, signal boost it, tweet it, Facebook it, whatever! Any and all help, monetary or otherwise, will be greatly appreciated in getting this project finally launched!

Social Media Superstars: How Successful Authors Are Building Their Followings On The Web

In today’s competitive publishing environment, having a presence online is not optional—it’s vital. And we’ve brought you some of the best insider info about building your online author platform—from creating a solid, functional author website to engaging potential readers onsocial media.

But to a writer with very little marketing experience or social media savvy, the Internet can be overwhelming. Daunting, even.

Luckily, there are many examples of thriving online author platforms you can turn to for inspiration. Here are a few of the authors who have mastered the art of the author brand and effectively connected to thousands of fans around the world.

do you realize that if the Beatles were young and famous now Ringo would have a video blog with all the random shit they’d get themselves in to, John would tweet random strings of words/jibberish alongside incredibly wise thoughts, George would have a tumblr with a url he would keep a secret, and Paul would post shirtless pics on Instagram