Follow Friday

(Hey, Social Media and Search Engine Optimization geek, gods and goddesses: I'm trying out Chase Adam's great short-term solution to the New Twitter problem. I'm hoping there are no linking issues; please let me know if you have any problems. Gracias mes amigos.)

I love hilarious protest signs. Also, Bieber Fever still has no cure.

Without further adieu, here are my ten must-follows for this week. Several are repeat customers and some are new friends.

Ronniedare: is an SEO freelancer who loves his job. I love talking tactics with him: he's got some great insight.

REALChaseAdams: is a web developer I met #UsGuys. He is also one of my go-tos for Social Media and SEO trends and discussion. He is always informed and always willing to broaden his perspective.

ang_drw: is my new favorite geek! She loves Dr. Who and Firefly and is broadening my horizons of geekdom. She is helping me out of my geek shell and has a pretty decent blog, too.

freak3dot: is a web developer at Slingshot SEO who is also great with software and Social Media. He is a great problem solver; he is also one of the most approachable geniuses I've met.

IndianapolisVet: is more than Leo's Pet Care head honcho -- he's an animal advocate. Check out his much-discussed blog post about reducing pet overpopulation in Indiana. I trust him with my dog's care; I know he has her best interests at heart.

MsDelany: is a lovely lady from Bloomington, Indiana. She is also sweet and supportive. She is a great conversationalist, too.

josephthomas: is quite possibly my favorite man on Twitter. He is hilarious, he is smart as a whip, and he's always on the move. He's not all business, either -- it's refreshing to tweet with a real (rad) person.
chirpyKT: is one of my favorite crafters! I can't do what she does and I appreciate her talent. She cooks and blogs about it, too.

randyclarktko: is one of my favorite Indianapolis tweeters! He's got so many interests and is always 'in the know'. He's approachable, he's respectful, and he's got a great sense of humor.

jc2the3rd: helped me get my position at Slingshot SEO. He's a family man, a work horse, and a traveler. Check out ProfyleTracker if you're serious about getting your career on track.

I'm always looking to add rad people to my timeline. If you're into any of the following, please, HIT ME UP. I want to meet more people who can geek out with me about cool things.
  • String theory
  • Britney Spears
  • SEO
  • Social Media
  • Advertising and media's effect on body image

Have a great weekend, y'all.

What's New Twitter's problem?

It's past 10 p.m. on a Monday night and I just had the following text conversation with Maggie:

Me: Gurl I am geeking out so hard right now.
Maggie: About what?
Me: Twitter and SEO. Love my life.

There are two reasons this is awesome.

One, I am what the kids call an 'old lady'; normally I would be tucked in and listening to my Sounds of Nature CD.

The second reason? Recent news of Twitter having an impact on rankings (more so than Facebook pages) means that they can officially call themselves big dogs... and with great power comes great responsibility.

So what spawned this little tirade? My SEO freelancer friend Ronnie Dare brought a broken link on my blog to my attention.

No matter what browser he used the link from my Follow Friday post to his Twitter page was a redirect to an error message. The page wouldn't load! I clicked it and it worked perfectly. I had several other friends check the link and they didn't have an issue, either. I fiddled with the code (removed the #!) and asked him to check again. No dice.

It turns out that any link containing the #! will work using New Twitter but anyone using the old version will get an error redirect page.

I'm not the only one with New Twitter issues and what's even more disturbing is that Twitter isn't addressing our concern.

So, why should you care?

Because those still using old twitter are missing out on content.  That won't be an issue forever, but it's been five months since New Twitter launched and the old version is still available. Twitter is mum over when this will be disabled.

Those of us using New Twitter aren't out of the woods, either. It's missing some critical features that can be found on other applications (like TweetDeck).

What is a gal to do in such dark time? Ask for help of course!

Chase Adams offered an incredible solution: use shortened URLS until Twitter gets its act together. (This is a great way to keep a record of link traffic, too.  It also helps you pack more punch in 140 characters.)  He has an excellent short term solution; I hope Twitter cuts him a check and offers us a permanent solution.

At this point any new information would be much appreciated.

Happy Valentine's Day

Isn't Valentine's Day the worst? It's hard enough to love yourself completely, let alone someone else.

Whether or not you have a 'special someone', I'd like to tell you that you are someone special.

Yes, it's okay to laugh. I'm the Queen of Cheese.

But really, you are incredible, just the way you are.

 The media paints a completely unattainable standard for women (and men, too). A body type that does not exist in reality is all we are exposed to; who can't be perfect with perfect lighting, make up, wardrobe, and Photoshop?

Go home and write this on your scale. Better yet, throw it out.

I ask that this Valentine's Day you celebrate your individual beauty, both inside and out. I also encourage you to call/text/tweet/Facebook/email (at least) three women in your life and tell them just how flawless they are and why they deserve respect and love.

I'd also like to bring to your attention this simple truth: if the only kind of love you are seeking is romantic, you are missing out on more love (and life) than you can fathom. Real love exists in every imaginable shape and form.

Legitimate poster from my living room wall.

Below you will find an amazing lecture called 'Killing Us Softly' by Jean Kilbourne. Do you know how deep the rabbit hole of women in advertising goes? You might be surprised. Total run time of the presentation is a little over 30 minutes.

Please let me know what you thought about Jean Kilbourne's lecture; if there is one thing I love to do, it's dish about media influence.