WordPress Reaches their Milestone in Mobile usage

Dear Blog,

WordPress has reached one million mobile users.  I would say, it’s about time.  It took 2 years for WordPress to reach this number, but it is still an achievement.  What do you think?

Mobile blogging and CMS are growing fast.  And no matter what you may think, 1 million mobile user is a serious number.  Along with Facebook and Twitter, now WordPress has become another content on our mobile.

Mobile blogging has become very popular and due to smart phones, the ability to reach to the public has become no challenge.

Phones, such as Blackberry, Nokia, Android, and iPhone all support the WordPress App.

In the years to come it might turn out that millions of new users are added monthly or weekly but for now it is an achievement worth mentioning.  Hopefully in the future the number will increase; I won’t be surprised to hear that WordPress has reached its first billion mobile user.

More soon,

Sahar K

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WordPress Application, Now Available

Dear Blog,

Now, there is a way to blog on the go.

The application for WordPress is a great resource for people using mobile. The application is now available in Nokia phones which will allow people to blog on WordPress using their mobiles.

The WordPress application was available in other phones such as blackberry and android.  It’s a great feature to Nokia mobiles for the Nokia users. Wordpress is a fastest growing network for people to blog and its best for all the mobiles to have that feature.

It allows people to keep blogging without having any access to the computer. It becomes an interesting way for people to read and write new information about many different things.  WordPress is free and it attracts many individuals.  It would be best for other companies to include WordPress application as well.

This is definitely exciting for blog lovers!
Find out more here: http://mashable.com/2010/10/31/nokia-wordpress/

More soon,

Sahar K

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Facebook Against Social Networking Privacy Act

 

Dear Blog,

Facebook knows where to invest its money and of course there must be a necessary reason for it.  Recently Facebook has spent $6,600 dollars lobbying against California state officials to kill the Social Networking Privacy Act.

The Act would impose civil penalizes on social networks which display home addresses and phone numbers of users under the age of 18 years.

“Facebook’s California lobbying report included an expense for dinner with the majority leader of the state Assembly, Charles Calderon.  Yet, Charles decided to move forward with the bill.

Facebook has and will try to implement any regulations that may affect the internet privacy settings, especially Social Networking Privacy Act, which would have affected the company directly.

Facebook has come a long way since it started, and grew quite rapidly.  Thus is it very important for the company to fight hard against such regulations which may hurt them essentially.

For more info:
http://mashable.com/2010/10/27/facebook-lobbying/

More soon,

Sahar K

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April Silver – Guest Speaker at my Social Media Class

Dear Blog,

Today, my class was introduced to April Silver.  Ms. Silver is a social entrepreneur, activist, and writer/editor. She is also Founder and President of Akila Workshops(AK), Inc. AK is a unique communications agency founded in 1993 that offers public relations and marketing solutions for artists, activists, non-profits, foundations, and corporate entities.  Silver is also founder of Put On BLASH!™, a widely trusted email marketing service that creates and manages online public awareness campaigns in select communities.

During her presentation Ms. Silver showed us her Facebook page, and shared some tricks to link and share your other fanpages with others. It is helpful to have many fans on a fanpage, because this way the request is suggested to many people.  Thus more people are able to find out about your business or company.  The trick is to have a lot of friends on the page – so the suggest request is sent to  all.

Also she mentioned the filter friend list. This helps to categorize your friends by states, so you are able to send request in different parts of the world. This helps you expand  in quality within your network.

She talked about conversations and how one should converse on Facebook, and the content of the pages. She insisted that sending messages (keeping up to date), keeping track of the page(staying current), researching, thank them comments, and send them other links.  This creates a boost, especially when you like the other person’s comment/share link.

Ms. Silver was very informative and shared some interesting experiences. One thing that i think was a stand out appeal to her, was her story about her personal twitter page.  Apparently she only has 30 friends on that..but it is her own personal experiment.  This is also how she finds out how many people may want to know her, or might know of her without her actually promoting herself.  I think after listening to her experience and stories, I may start my own business in what I am passionate about.

I really want to share this advice from Ms. Silver – she mentioned the book, Personal Touch by Terrie Williams.  This book is recommended by her, especially if you are pursuing a career in public relations.  I will be sure to read it. Hope you do too!

More soon,

SaharK

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iPads Have reached their milestone

Dear Blog,

Ipads has created news once again.  There has been more than 1 million ipads sold in its first month of availability.  Because of this increase many other notebooks have decreased in sales.  It ironic how many critics were saying that the ipads were not worth the money, and it is nothing new, yet the its sales have proven them wrong.

Ipads have sold more than iphones when they were first launched.  To me, it obviously means that Apple as a company well aware of what their customers want.  Personally, their promotion and customer service is excellent.  I know many people who go back to them to buy more product, due to their service.  Apple apparently knows how to take care of their customer – thus their products are one of the best.

I would like to congratulate Apple, and hope the best for them. I don’t want to see them in any crisis.

More soon,

SaharK

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All about Podcasting

Dear Blog,

So as I have mentioned before, I am completely new to the whole aspect to the social media, but thanks for my social media class I am able to quickly adapt to the fact pacing networking programs online.  The most confusing yet useful of all the networking media I feel is Podcast.

Fortunately my professor gave us a website where you can find all the information about podcasting. This includes from the basics instructions on how to use podcast, it enlists the defintions of words which you may not be familiar with and also gives you a visual example of how to go about podcasting. It was very interesting and insightfult website.  I would recommend anyone who needs a informative site about podcast, to check out this webpage.

There is a slideshow which is a tremendous help to those who need the extra insight to the meaning of the different terms they use.  I hope you do check the site out, and begin podcasting.

More soon,

SaharK


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BP is under water on Twitter

Dear Blog,

It is very important in the business market to keep track on your social media network.  Apparently BP has not been doing just that.  Understanding that BP must be in a rough time right now, it is just as important to speak out about your crisis to the public, especially those who are questioning the company through twitter or Face book.

The site, http://www.kullin.net/2010/05/bp-oil-spill-and-social-media/ discusses how the BP is not responding to the thousands of tweets they have been having from the public.  The company is not following anyone on Twitter, and is not responding to any messages.  This is clearly not a good sign from their side, or from the PR professionals who may be helping them repair their image in this crisis.  The tone is negative, yet is not bashing the oil company, and instead wants to hear them out.

Another site, http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/state/BP_denounced_as_oil_spews.html, also gives a negative tone towards BP, but its not as harsh.  It has more of how the government is implementing the pressure on BP to make sure it takes care of its crisis as soon as possible.  BP states in the website that it is, “the largest response effort ever done in the world” to “stop the flow of oil, minimize the impact and keep the public informed.”
BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles defended the company’s performance, stating “We’ve utilized every technology available, we’ve applied every resource requested, (and) we continue to try to stop the source of the flow.”  This implies, that their key messaging that because they are using every way possible to solve the mess, through technological, other resources to keep the impact small and to update the public.

Overall, BP is doing an Okay job in managing expectation and doing reputation damage control.  I say only okay, because they still need to work on their social media efforts, and hire someone to respond to people who are tweeting them on Twitter.

Till next time,
Sahar Khan

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