Social Media Around the World: A Complete Infographic Guide

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The world of social media is increasing and has a powerful role to play in the future.

In 2012, more than 63% of online users visited more number of social media websites than any other types, and that number is expected to continue going up through 2013.

View this infographic to find more statistics about online behavior and the use of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram across the globe…

Michelle Gilstrap‘s insight:

This is amazing how you can look at this infographic and see the use of the social media around the globe.

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9 Ways to Use Google + to Boost Your Business

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This is a guest post by Lucy Harper.

Most small-business owners have got on the bandwagon, as far as social media marketing goes. Widespread use of Facebook, T(…)

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Good information for any business owner.

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Social Media Cheat Sheet


This is a great Social Media cheat sheet from my friend Detlev Artelt. Check it out.


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Top 9 social media networks

The researchers from SM2 have ranked the Top 9 Social Networks for small and medium-sized Businesses.

  1. Twitter
  2. Facebook
  3. LinkedIN
  4. Pnterest
  5. Youtube
  6. Google+
  7. Instagram
  8. Tumblr

Your Cheat Sheet

Look at the important tips for each network for your own use. Learn and adopt these tips to achieve better results in your own usage of social media.

Social Media Cheat Sheet

About the creator

The infographic features independent research by the SDL Social Media Team. Created by SDL SM2 and Bizango Business Websites

Interaction and reaction

Let me know where you are active and comment e.g. with your Xeeme Link or your idea on the different networks.

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How Social Media Benefits Your Business – Blogging Tips

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Using online marketing such as the social media sites to promote your business is one of the easiest and most cost efficient ways to advertise your goods and products. Online marketing reaches people from all over the world …

Michelle Gilstrap‘s insight:

Good tips for using social media to keep your business on-line and ever present in the customer’s eyes.

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9 Tools to Improve Social Media Productivity | Ian Cleary

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Do you find that the daily demands of social media promotion are increasing?

Our time is our most precious asset and social media is great at eating into it! Thankfully, there are several wonderful tools that can help.

Here are 9 social media tools that will help you save time and improve your productivity….

Michelle Gilstrap‘s insight:

This is an excellent article with good tools to assist the busy business owner or social media manager. Thank you Ian Cleary

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Path — Gary Vaynerchuk- No Regrets

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Path — Gary Vaynerchuk. Click to see this wonderful poster to be.

Many of you may have seen this Poster to be on Facebook this week, if not I invite you to take a minute and click the link. It comes from an interview that Gary  Vaynerchuk did this week. He hopes to make this into a poster.  I hope he does, because it will be a hot seller.

To the Right is a photo of Gary from a previous interview, not from the one that this possible poster is from.

He challenges many of us to have no regrets in the last 10 years of our lives. To take the challenges of life and move to the places where we can accomplish our dreams.  If you never pick up the challenge and do it, you will never know if you can or not.

Many of my friends from high school are still in our home town,I am not saying they have done anything wrong, but there were several of us who had a challenge inside of us to leave and go out into the world to see what we could do and achieve.  Some of us are in foreign countries, I am in Los Angeles, California, not doing what I had expected to do, but doing what I have  enjoyed doing since I was in high school. Planning events, and working for a non-profit.  I have some regrets of course, but my accomplishments outweigh the regrets.  The people I have met on my journey have been educational and fun, witty, charming, quirky, spontaneous, giving, and I wouldn’t change one of them.

We learn from everyone who comes into our lives, they all teach us lessons. Some lessons are short and some are longer and painful to endure, but all must be learned.  Life is a path and there are no right or wrong paths, we each have our own to walk.  I have lost many friends along the path, some whose time had ended on this earth, and some whose time was gone from my life for now. I hope to run into some of my friends again down the road, and maybe even those who I left in my hometown.  Remember that quote, You can never go home again.  I think it is because, when you do, your realize, you are not the same person as the one who left, and everyone else has changed as well.  Life is about change, thank God.  If we all stayed the same how boring we would be.

Social Media Tools !


Social Media Curation Sites and Tools is an excellent article for anyone using social media. Many business owners are needing the tools that are addressed in this article

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Last month I shared 40+ networks that you could consider depending on your niche or interests. As part of my commitment to this community, I shared that I will  expand on this list throughout 2012. So here is the first addition to that build!  The topic- Curation!

I thought I would focus on curation because a) I have a favorite site and b) there has been a  lot of “press” on Pinterest  as a curation tool  and as a result I thought the timing was right.  However before I list the sites let’s talk curation.

What is social media curation?

Today,  with the exponential growth of social networks and blogs,  it can be overwhelming searching for information on the internet. As a result, the act of filtering, selecting, reviewing and providing commentary with a perspective on an article, or collection of articles, have become increasingly important. This is known as social…

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A Hero From My Home Town: Bob Kalsu: Former Buffalo Bill &Vietnam Hero!

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Many of you will remember when I wrote about my home town of Del City, Oklahoma a few weeks ago and how we were playing the Remember When thread on Facebook.   One of our hometown heroes was Bob Kalsu, who I grew up with in my church, and  in my community of Del City, Ok.

I have attached a link to Sports Illustrated that is the story of  the first hero from the Vietnam War who also played in the NFL.

Many of us remember Bob and his kind spirit and we named the Del City High School Stadium after him.  He will always be a hero for many of us in Del City.

I Believe She’s An Amazing Woman

The other day on Facebook, a highschool friend posted this video to honor one of our friends who had passed away, Margene Griffin, who had graduated from Del City High School, and went on to Central State University with me.  She joined Tri Sigma Sorority and convinced me to pledge and to join her on this path.

I should also add that Margene and I were in Senior Girl Scouts together and we did many special community service projects together.  Tri Sigma Sorority at our college had many Girl Scouts in it and we even sponsored a Brownie troop.

Margene graduated from Central State University after serving as President of Tri Sigma, with a degree in nursing.  She was married very soon after graduation and she and her husband began their journey around the world as missionary’s for a program that took them to many different countries.

I did not know that through this journey, Margene was battling an illness within her lower GI tract and she had been on liquids for many years.  I saw her at my 25th high school reunion and  she shared that she was waiting on a lower intestine transplant.  She did receive the transplant and did very well for several years.

Both of us were battling physical issues, mine was a physical disability and her’s was an internal issue.  She was smiling and strong just as she had always been.  Margene and stayed in touch through our Sorority for several years after and then she moved to Colorado and I moved to California.  I lost track of her.

I was on to try and find her but I couldn’t, so I contacted her brother, and discovered that she had passed on.  I felt terrible that we had lost track of each other.  Sometimes life gets in the way, and we lose one another.  I just urge you to stay in touch with those special people who touch your life in high school or college and let them know how much they mean to you before you lose that opportunity.

Margene and I did have that time, but I still feel that we could have had a little more.  Here is the Video that I dedicate to Margene who was an Amazing Woman.

Remember When? Facebook Posts Are Wonderful Ways to Bring a Community Together!

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Many of us are on Facebook and have personal pages.  My high school has an Alum page and recently we started a thread discussion Remember When? about the community we grew up in.  Before we knew , many of us were connecting with people we had not spoken to in 30 to 40 years.

The memories of our elementary schools and the teachers and crossing guards, came rushing back to all of us.  Our Kindergarten teacher and the photos pulled from Mom’s who had so carefully stored them for us, were suddenly posted.

Our community, Del City, was a Baby Boomer Community where the Veterans came back and bought homes and we grew up.Our city  we could ride our bikes and visit the grocery store for our Mom’s and wave to everyone on the way home.  We watched every new business that came into the community and we remembered those that were no longer there.

One of the television stations in Oklahoma did a story on the Remember When threads going across Facebook about the many communities in Oklahoma City.  Although, I am in Los Angeles now, it made me homesick for a time when all was simple and pure.  Our lives were filled with going to the Drive-in Sonic and Burger Train and seeing our friends after school.  Life was not filled with the stress  of debts and recession, although, we did have the Vietnam War that took lives.

What we all realized as we came to the end of our high school days, was that we had lost many of our friends over the years, and then the Remember When turned into a Memorial Wall postings of who had passed and left our lives too soon.

If you have not participated in a Remember When? thread on Facebook, I urge you to see if there is one going for your community.  If not start one, and relive the history of your community.  I emailed the current city manager for our community, and advised him that much of the history of the developers and the business owners was now part of the thread for our community.

Knowing the history of how things started and who started them, can help you understand growth and why you and your children need to continue to carry that growth forward for your community and our country.