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Have you Downloaded your Facebook data?

Some people do not care about having their data incase Facebook “goes south” tomorrow but some do and may not know how to download a copy. I suggest my clients do this at least monthly. Here is how.

  • Go to Facebook settings in the uper right hand corner of your page.
  • Click on “Account Settings”
  • Under the work “Language” click on “Download a copy” of your Facebook data
  • Click on green “Start Archive” button
  • It will turn grey and say “pending” while your data is compiled.

When the archive is complete, Facebook will send an email to you.

Good Luck!

J.R. Atkins tells you hhow to download your FB data

 

 

 


Good Blog post on Twitter, 5 Useful Tools by Daniel Sharkov

5 Useful Twitter Tools that Will Save You Lots of Time and Energy

Dallas social media consultant J.R. Atkins likes the work of Faniel SharkovBy Daniel Sharkov

Whoever says that success on Twitter (and social media success for that matter) is possible without the use of any additional apps and tools is either a newbie, a celebrity or someone, pretending to be the latter.

Unfortunately if you want to utilize the full potential of Twitter, you need some outside help.

If I have to be honest, building the following, getting the traffic and the retweets that I have now, would’ve been impossible without a couple of handy Twitter tools.

In the following article I will share what I consider to be the 5 best Twitter tools to help you save time, tweet better and get more followers:

 
1. Tweepi – Managing Your Followers
2. UberSocial – Helping You Stay in Touch on the Go
3. Buffer – Keeping a Steady Flow of Fresh Content
4. IFTT – Automating Part of Your Tweeting (And Much More)
5. Triberr – Multiplying Your Twitter Reach
 
 

What’s up with Twitter today?

Dallas Social Media J.R. Atkins uses TwitterDid you see the email from Twitter today? Just in case you missed it, I have reposted it here:

New things are always happening here at Twitter HQ. We’re growing at a rapid pace, and our commitment to simplicity, transparency, and reaching every person on the planet continues. We thought you might be interested in knowing about some of our most recent developments:
  • A new weekly email that delivers the most interesting news and items you might have missed from the people you’re connected to on Twitter.
  • Now Twitter is in more languages than ever. Check for your preferred language and change your setting.
  • Download the latest Twitter mobile apps at twitter.com/download.
  • There’s more to Discover on Twitter.com – try out the new Discover tab.
In addition, we’ve made a number of updates to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
Here are some of the main changes to our Privacy Policy, with links for more information:
  • We’ve provided more details about the information we collect and how we use it to deliver our services and to improve Twitter. One example: our new tailored suggestions feature, which is based on your recent visits to websites that integrate Twitter buttons or widgets, is an experiment that we’re beginning to roll out to some users in a number of countries. Learn more here.
  • We’ve noted the many ways you can set your preferences to limit, modify or remove the information we collect. For example, we now support the Do Not Track (DNT) browser setting, which stops the collection of information used for tailored suggestions.
  • We’ve clarified the limited circumstances in which your information may be shared with others (for example, when you’ve given us permission to do so, or when the data itself is not private or personal). Importantly, our privacy policy is not intended to limit your rights to object to a third party’s request for your information.
In our Terms of Service, we’ve clarified how your relationship with Twitter works and made a number of small changes and formatting improvements, such as new headings for easy reference and updated descriptions of our services.
Take a moment to read our new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, and thanks for using Twitter.
The Twitter Team

 


Zig Ziglar Taught Me about Storytelling, Now There Is Science

Author, Speaker & Consultant J.R. Atkins beleives in the power of storytelling.Jonathan Gottschall, author of The Storytelling Animal, says science backs up the long-held belief that story is the most powerful means of communicating a message.

“Until recently we’ve only been able to speculate about story’s persuasive effects. But over the last several decades psychology has begun a serious study of how story affects the human mind. Results repeatedly show that our attitudes, fears, hopes, and values are strongly influenced by story. In fact, fiction seems to be more effective at changing beliefs than writing that is specifically designed to persuade through argument and evidence”

Read the full article from Co-Create

 


Does your Flickr account post to your Facebook account?

I received this notice today about my Flickr account:

Social Media Author J.R. Atkins suggest you check your Flickr settingsJust a quick reminder that you’ve just chosen to start sharing your Flickr uploads on your Facebook Timeline. New photos and videos will be sent to Facebook about 10 minutes after you upload them, as long as they are publicly viewable.

If this is what you want, no action is required. If you do not want your Flickr uploads to be shared on Facebook you can manage your settings over here.

You can always share any of your photos individually on your Facebook Timeline by using the Share menu.

The Flickreenos

Your use of Flickr is subject to the Yahoo! Terms of Service and Privacy Policy and the Flickr Community Guidelines

 

Check your settings today.


Can Success be Simplified?

Success Simplified by Steven Covey, J.R. Atkins, Tony Alessandra & Patricia FrippIn the book Success Simplified by Insight Publishing, several authors, strive to cut through clutter and identify strategies and steps to help us all succeed. I took a look through the book and identified a few ideas and quotes worth sharing.

In chapter 2, Dr Stephen R Covey talks about how many organizations are using “the industrial model in an information age” meaning the J.R. Atkins & Stephen Covey wrote Success Simplifiedmachine was the main asset of the industrial era. “The new asset is intellectual and social capital – the qualities of people and the quality of the relationships they have with each other.” He goes on to say that “the industrial model does not work in an information age. It requires a focus on new wealth, not capital and materials.” Yet, think of how many of our analogies and structures stem from the industrial days? (p22).

In chapter 6, J.R. Atkins (me) provides information and strategies for leaders so they can make sense of social media and learn how it can be applied to their organization. Of the hundreds of social media tools and networks available, I point to The Big 5 of Social Media: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Blogging and Video. Google+ may succeed in becoming #6 but the jury is still out on that verdict. With one or more of the Big 5, an organization can share content, listen to customers, create a community, build relationships of trust and build business. “In a broad since, there are generally 3 ways a business can use social media: (1) Marketing (2) Customer Service (3) Employee/Partner Communication. “In addition to these, social media also helps you search engine optimization or SEO. (p92)

In chapter 9, Patricia Fripp discusses “How to Get Ahead and Stay There” by becoming a better speaker. At age 20 she arrived in America as a hair stylist and $500. After becoming very successful as a hair stylist in Hollywood, she began speaking and became an award winning, accomplished member of the National Speakers Association. Patricia says there is nothing that an executive and leaders should focus on more than being able to communicate their ideas and their passions. (p147)

In chapter 16, Dr Tony Alessandra talks about using the Platinum Rule: Do unto others as they would have you do unto them. In other words, treat people the way they would like to be treated. (Tony owns the trade mark on the Platinum rule). He is also big on assessments. Check out his website: www.AssessmentBusinessCenter.com where Tony has over 25 different tools to measure skills such as EQ – Emotional Quotient, CQ – Cultural Quotient, Leaderships Style, Social Style and more. (p245)

My hope is that these few simple success ideas will help you become more effective today and in the future. If you would like a copy of the book, please go to https://somethingdifferentcompanies.com/products/books-cds-dvds/ to order a book, CD and/or DVD.

Events Worth Considering:


Changes in Worker / Business Models

The cover story on the February issues of Fast Company Magazine discusses Generation Flux and addresses the changing work model; specifically to be successful Dallas Marketing Concultant J.R. Atkins disucces Gen Fluxwe must learn to thrive in chaos. They describe Generation Flux as “… less a demographic designation than a psychographic one…a mind-set that embraces instability, that tolerates–and even enjoys–recalibrating careers, business models, and assumptions.“ One of my favorite quotes in the article comes from the CMO at GE, Beth Comstock, who says “our traditional teams are too slow. We’re not innovating fast enough. We need to systematize change.” This is validated by the success that small nimble companies are having in the area of Social Media and Mobile App Development. I hear terms like lean start-up, pivot, and crowd sourcing associated with new companies, not the Fortune 1000. This got me to thinking. Is the traditional, large corporate model losing its footing as “the way to do business” or “the ideal kind of company to work for.”?  Below I have identified a find few other trends and shifts in business and employment models. I welcome your observations and comments.

Trend #1 – If you are over 45, someone can do your job cheaper. Since wisdom and experience do not show up on the corporate balance sheet, it’s easy to look at this group as an unnecessary expense; their salary and benefit packages cost too much. Many in this group have been laid off and will not find the same job in another company. They will be forced to learn new skills and work for an SMB – Small Medium Business as the large corporate structures retool and redefine themselves with a younger workforce. (See “Age Discrimination”)

Trend #2 – The 24 hour work day. With proliferation of technology and low cost global communication it is getting easier for people to do their critical work duties far beyond 8:00am Eastern time to 5:00pm Pacific time. As a result, business culture will shift from rewarding those who put in extra hours for the “team” to those that can get better results in less time. When it is easy for anyone to work 12+ hour days I hope we quit wearing it like a badge of honor. The badge of honor goes to the people who get more results with less time. Besides, putting in long hours is an idea associated with the industrial era, not the knowledge era. (See “Sleepless in Silicon Valley”)

Trend #3 – Value for multiple jobs on your resume. Do you recall being warned not to “job hop?” This has changed to where employers look for skill building that may take the form of several different companies on your work history. According to the Bureau of Labor & Statistics, “the median number of years that wage and salary workers had been with their current employer was 4.4 in January 2010.”

With this trend, I hope we see a change in employer language and expectations about “permanent positions.” What is a permanent position in today’s climate; 3 to 5 years? Who are we kidding? How can an employer say “we’re looking for someone for the long hall” when they know they need someone now and have no idea what the future holds.

Professional Speaker J.R. Atkins recommends Linchpin by Seth GodinTrend #4 –Become a Linchpin. In his book Lynchpin, Seth Godin describes changes in the corporate business model as the industrial age gives way to the digital age. He tells us that the person that is most employable is either an artist (creative), innovative, a connector of people or a combination of the three. With these skills you are often the key person (linchpin) on projects as you are indispensible. Leadership comes to you for the big important projects because you are very valuable (and you get results).

Trend #5 – I am responsible. For my healthcare, retirement, career path, and continuing education. How will we prepare the workforce for this? Some will take to it, but many others will need help. What kind of new business model will spring up? Or, do we have an existing model to fill the gap? I see staffing firms as a part of the solution. These firms can help many of us get the next project as our current project winds down. They can also be a source of benefits such as healthcare, retirement, paid vacation and continuing education. If we are not associated with a staffing firm then we must think like a contractor and always be looking for our next project within the company.

Events worth Attending

3/1/12 Tech Execs Discuss Steve Jobs Biography

3/2/12 Social Media & Leadership

3/2/12 Cultural Intelligence for Leaders

3/6/12 HBO Premier “Game Change”

3/8/12 Angel Investing Trends

3/8/12 The Coming Invasion; Drug Wars

3/9-3/12 South by Southwest Interactive

3/11-6/17 The Age of Impressionism

3/13/12 The Rivalry between Biz & Gov

3/20/12 Career Pathing in ’12 & Beyond

3/21/12 Membership in the Digital Age

3/21/12 SXSW Recap @DigitalDallas

3/22/12 Creatives in DFW Event

3/23/12 Dev Your Biz Social Media Strategy

3/27/12 Mobile Apps, the Next Big Wave

3/27/12 Last Tuesday @ The Ritz

3/31/12 Membership in the Digital Age


Update about the Tweets Application on LinkedIn

I received this email from LinkedIn today and thought I’d share it for the benefit of all.

Social Media Trainer J.R. Atkins shares changes to LinkedIn and TwitterDear LinkedIn user,

We wanted to let you know about a change coming soon to the Tweets Application on LinkedIn.

1. First, we are not eliminating the ability to send updates between your Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. You can still go to your Settings page and choose to send either all tweets or only tweets with a #in hashtag to your LinkedIn status updates. It’s up to you. Again, tweets imported from Twitter into the LinkedIn network updates stream will not be affected.

If you haven’t yet joined your Twitter and LinkedIn accounts, here’s how you do it.

2. At the end of January, however, we will not be supporting the standalone Tweets Application on LinkedIn (see image), that displays tweets from everyone you follow on Twitter on your LinkedIn homepage. As of January 31st, this module will no longer be available.

If you have any additional questions, please visit our Help Center.

Thanks,
LinkedIn

 


Job Searching During the Holidays? Really?

Dallas social media speaker J.R. Atkins speaks on Social Media and Your CareerSince I speak on Social Media and Your Career Search, I thought the following information might be helpful to those in transition. You can find the entire article at:

http://news.yahoo.com/8-reasons-continue-holiday-job-search-150323731.html

8 Reasons to Continue Your Holiday Job Search

 

1. You’ve got more time to search for a job since work has slowed down.

2. Your competitor job seekers may not be looking.

3. It’s a perfect time to meet the people who may be hiring later.

4. Holiday networking opportunities are abound.

5. People are more laid back.

6. End-of-year budgets may provide hiring opportunities now rather than in January.

7. Holiday cards are the perfect excuse to remind hiring managers that you’re available.

8. Freelancing while everyone else is on vacation might get your foot in the door.


Is Google+ Ready for Recruiters?

Join Denise Houseberg & J.R. Atkins as they discuss the Pros & Cons of Google+ for Recruiters at the DFW TRN Luncheon.

Dallas Social Media speaker J.R. Atkins to speak to DFW TRNThe DFW Texas Recruiters Network (DFWTRN) is a non-profit professional association formed for the purpose of sharing and networking with recruiters and human resource professionals.

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Denise Houseberg has helped small companies expand and become more
profitable for the past 25 years. Denise now uses her flair for trying new
ideas, and her experience in helping small business clients stretch their
boundaries and grow in profitability.

dhouseberg@gmail.com  | http://www.linkedin.com/in/dhouseberg

J.R. Atkins is an author, Speaker and Consultant on Social Media and Mobile Apps. J.R. is noted for “taking the mystery out of Social Media” and speaking in terms that “even a CEO can understand.”

jratkins@SomethingDifferentCompanies.com
| http://www.linkedin.com/in/jratkins85

 


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