Twitter: The Safest Way to Share Post-Prom Pictures…Said No One Ever

promThere are a lot of crazy activities that go on during Prom Weekend, and none of them are parent-friendly. My mother would have been frantic if she learned I wasn’t taking my vitamins everyday. Most teenagers try to lie to their parents after a weekend in Seaside in order to protect their innocent image, but I didn’t revert to this tactic. I was perfectly honest about all of the Monopoly and SAT-Review Games that I played Saturday night. Unlike others of my age, I know better than to lie. No matter how beautifully I craft a story, it doesn’t matter because somebody will spoil it with the ultimate tattletale technology — Twitter.

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Reasons Why Parents Shouldn’t Have Facebook…Especially Mine!

facebook1 It was a Wednesday night. About ten o’clock. I had just finished my essay for English class, titled “Why Reading Crime and Punishment is Actually a Crime and Punishment,” when it happened. After three dreadful hours of poring through pages of 19th Century-Russian literature, I was finally able to open my laptop and log onto the social capital of the world: Facebook. Immediately upon entering, I noticed a new notification, signaling a “Friend Request.”  Thoughts swarmed in my head when I saw this: “Danny, this could be it! That cute girl from math class whose clothes look they’re from Baby Gap has finally requested you! This could be your moment!” Click. “Wait a minute…this says the request is from ‘Jody New’…that’s not the girl from math class. That’s…that’s my…that’s my Mom!!!!” Read more

Beyond the Tweets

twitterSOCIAL NETWORKING is an obvious necessity in everyone’s world. All of your friends are on FACEBOOK and TWITTER, you may have some stragglers on MYSPACE or MY_____ or NEWMYSPACE, but if you want fans you need to know how to use social network and realize that they are part of the equation, but not the entirety of your marketing. The only reason you are reading this is because you have a compute and someone suggested it to you. What we need to do is take your page from promotional to productive.

Let’s start with the obvious, invite bombs work for mics, but not really for shows. E-mails, texts, phone calls, friends talking, a sick YOUTUBE clip, i.e. “BREAD AND MILK”-Vic DiBittetto, that drives traffic. You need people to want to check your page to see what you’re going to say/do next. Some comics test jokes on FACEBOOK, and if you get butts into chairs doing that, then continue being relevant on FB. It’s still better than the daily I’M AT THIS CLUB TONIGHT/ I’M DOING A BRINGER PLEASE BUY TICKETS posts.

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