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Socialoomph helps you keep all of your digital ducks in a row

(SOCIAL MEDIA) In the digital age of having a plethora of online profiles, Socialoomph wants to help you keep all of your digital ducks in a row.

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The you that exists online

On the whole, I do not social media. I mean, I do in my professional life. I’ve gotten paid for that specifically. I’ve managed the online presence of nonprofits, for-profits… you name it, I’ve Tweeted, blogged and/or flame warred it.

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Personally, however, not so much. I exist on LinkedIn, which I’m pretty sure is now a legal requirement. I use Pinterest as an occasional brain dump for things I think are neat, mostly recipes, antique weapons and horror stories, which I enjoy separately, thank you. I promise I’m not a serial killer. That you know of. I suppose I have a Facebook account, but I will never, ever link it here. There’s still college in there. We do not speak of what theatre students get up to in college. Personal branding plainly isn’t my jam.

That said, if Socialoomph does what it says on the digital box, I may change my mind.

Managing online you

Obvs social media management tools aren’t new. Any number of solutions for managing your brand presence on multiple services are yours for the Googling. Socialoomph distinguishes itself in two vital respects, both of which make it an interesting option for entrepreneurs in particular.

First, it’s comprehensive. Its professional tier goes beyond the usual suspects (though it handles those as well, listing support for (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Tumblr, RSS feeds, blogs, and Plurk”) and allows users to schedule posts and track traffic not only from the listed social media sites but individual blogs.

That’s a great match for freelancers like your humble narrator who may have multiple digital pots boiling.

Second, it’s feature-rich. Socialoomph provides some clever add-ons absent from other services, like an inbuilt URL shortener, self-destruct updates that vanish after a time limit, and a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) text editor for blog posts. It also allows for unlimited accounts on most of the services it supports.

Drop some coin

The major downside to Socialoomph is price. There is a free tier but, bluntly, it’s not the service. Free Socialoomph is a glorified Twitter extension: it does nothing for any other service. For everything else you’ll need professional tier, and that’s going to cost you $38.94 per month.

Competitors offer comparable offerings for the $20/month range. Information like pricing and user limits also isn’t available upfront on Socialoomph’s webpage, which I found a shade sketchy.

There’s potential

That said, Socialoomph is more feature-rich than several cheaper competitors, and for blogging in particular it makes a unique and useful offer. Assuming you’d like to build a brand slightly more reasonable than my current mix of creme brulee and creepypasta (though really, tell me you wouldn’t go to that restaurant) Socialoomph may be worth a look.

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Matt Salter is a writer and former fundraising and communications officer for nonprofit organizations, including Volunteers of America and PICO National Network. He’s excited to put his knowledge of fundraising, marketing, and all things digital to work for your reading enjoyment. When not writing about himself in the third person, Matt enjoys horror movies and tabletop gaming, and can usually be found somewhere in the DFW Metroplex with WiFi and a good all-day breakfast.

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Zillow launches real estate brokerage after eons of swearing they wouldn’t

(MEDIA) We’ve warned of this for years, the industry funded it, and Zillow Homes brokerage has launched, and there are serious questions at hand.

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Zillow Homes was announced today, a Zillow licensed brokerage that will be fully operational in 2021 in Phoenix, Tucson, and Atlanta.

Whoa, big huge yawn-inducing shocker, y’all.

We’ve been warning for more than a decade that this was the end game, and the company blackballed us for our screams (and other criticisms, despite praise when merited here and there).

Blog posts were penned in fiery effigy calling naysayers like us stupid and paranoid.

Well color me unsurprised that the clarity of the gameplan was clear as day all along over here, and the paid talking heads sent out to astroturf, gaslight, and threaten us are now all quiet.

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We watched The Social Dilemma – here are some social media tips that stuck with us

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Here are some takeaways from watching Netflix’s The Social Dilemma that helped me to eliminate some social media burnout.

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Last weekend, I made the risky decision to watch The Social Dilemma on Netflix. I knew it was an important thing to watch, but the risk was that I also knew it would wig me out a bit. As much as I’m someone who is active “online,” the concept of social media overwhelms me almost more than it entertains (or enlightens) me.

The constant sharing of information, the accessibility to information, and the endless barrage of notifications are just a few of the ways social media can cause overwhelm. The documentary went in deeper than this surface-level content and got into the nitty gritty of how people behind the scenes use your data and track your usage.

Former employees of high-profile platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, and Pinterest gave their two cents on the dangers of social media from a technological standpoint. Basically, our data isn’t just being tracked to be passed along for newsletters and the like. But rather, humans are seen as products that are manipulated to buy and click all day every day in order to make others money and perpetuate information that has astronomical effects. (I’m not nearly as intelligent as these people, so watch the documentary to get the in-depth look at how all of this operates.)

One of the major elements that stuck with me was the end credits of The Social Dilemma where they asked interviewees about the ways they are working to eliminate social media overwhelm in their own lives. Some of these I’ve implemented myself and can attest to. Here’s a short list of things you can do to keep from burning out online.

  1. Turn off notifications – unless there are things you need to know about immediately (texts, emails, etc.) turn it off. Getting 100 individual notifications within an hour from those who liked your Instagram post will do nothing but burn you (and your battery) out.
  2. Know how to use these technologies to change the conversation and not perpetuate things like “fake news” and clickbait.
  3. Uninstall apps that are wasting your time. If you feel yourself wasting hours per week mindlessly scrolling through Facebook but not actually using it, consider deleting the app and only checking the site from a desktop or Internet browser.
  4. Research and consider using other search tools instead of Google (one interviewee mentioned that Qwant specifically does not collect/store your information the way Google does).
  5. Don’t perpetuate by watching recommended videos on YouTube, those are tailored to try and sway or sell you things. Pick your own content.
  6. Research the many extensions that remove these recommendations and help stop the collection of your data.

At the end of the day, just be mindful of how you’re using social media and what you’re sharing – not just about yourself, but the information you’re passing along from and to others. Do your part to make sure what you are sharing is accurate and useful in this conversation.

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WeChat ban blocked by California judge, but for how long?

(SOCIAL MEDIA) WeChat is protected by First Amendment concerns for now, but it’s unclear how long the app will remain as pressure mounts.

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WeChat barely avoided a US ban after a Californian judge stepped in to temporarily block President Trump’s executive order. Judge Laurel Beeler cited the effects of the ban on US-based WeChat users and how it threatened the First Amendment rights of those users.

“The plaintiffs’ evidence reflects that WeChat is effectively the only means of communication for many in the community, not only because China bans other apps, but also because Chinese speakers with limited English proficiency have no options other than WeChat,” Beeler wrote.

WeChat is a Chinese instant messaging and social media/mobile transaction app with over 1 billion active monthly users. The WeChat Alliance, a group of users who filed the lawsuit in August, pointed out that the ban unfairly targets Chinese-Americans as it’s the primary app used by the demographic to communicate with loved ones, engage in political discussions, and receive news.

The app, along with TikTok, has come under fire as a means for China to collect data on its users. U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has stated, “At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations.”

This example is yet another symptom of our ever-globalizing society where we are learning to navigate between connectivity and privacy. The plaintiffs also pointed out alternatives to an outright ban. One example cited was in Australia, where WeChat is now banned from government officials’ phones but not others.

Beeler has said that the range in alternatives to preserving national security affected her decision to strike down the ban. She also explained that in regards to dealing with national security, there is “scant little evidence that (the Commerce Department’s) effective ban of WeChat for all US users addresses those concerns.”

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