My Blog Comments

Here’s a list of comments I personally make on other blogs on the web.

1. Twitter unveils ‘the single biggest change they’ve ever made’ to the site by PR Daily Wednesday, September 15, 2010

These new changes to the Twitter website sound promising. As a frequent Twitter user, I think it will be interesting to see what happens when we are allowed to have more detailed profiles. With these changes I think that twitter is becoming more like a combination of a blogging site (like blogspot, tumblr, or wordpress) and facebook. These changes may cause more social networking junkies to create a Twitter account, or actually use the one they made months ago. I also think these changes might encourage facebook users to actually use facebook less and less as time goes on and even possibly make an official switch to Twitter in the future.

Thanks for the information,

Amber

2. How do brands regain trust? by Stuart Foster

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

All of these steps seem necessary in cleaning up a mistake for a company. Number one really resonates with me because if the company isn’t willing to admit their mistake, then how will they ever be forgiven? No one will forgive a company for doing something if the company itself thinks that they did nothing wrong. Today, there are multiple companies using advertising to try and cover up and apologize for mistakes they have made. Look at BP, Toyota, and even Dominoes commercials from the past several months. Essentially, they all try to admit what they’ve done, apologize for it, and move on by making some new promise to their customers or participating in a humanitarian effort.

Thanks for the tips,

Amber

3. Cable guy late? Tweet about it by Andrew Analore

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

This is a great topic to write about. Up until a few weeks ago, I had no idea that companies used twitter as a way of reaching out to their customers. It is very interesting to me that as a company, you have the ability to personally interact with your customers on a social networking site that they use to mostly interact with their friends. It makes me think twice about all of the times that I may have bashed a company on a social networking site, not realizing that the company itself could be monitoring who says what about their product(s) on the internet. I hope that this trend continues on, thus increasing customer service across all lines.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

4. Facebook fans vs. twitter followers, which are more valuable? by Patrick Vogt

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I think that Twitter followers can be much more valuable to companies than Facebook fans. When you think about it, people become fans of companies, movies, and actors alike on Facebook to show other people what they’re interested in, hoping that someone with the same interests will want to be their friend. It might not be what Facebook was created for, but it is what people use it for now. With Twitter, you can be a fan of a company solely for your own benefit, and to receive constant updates on what’s new. I would see that as more of something I’m looking for on Twitter, whereas on Facebook I might see it as an annoyance.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

5. Six ways to revive a dead social media channel by Aliza Sherman

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I find it interesting that you advise not to “fishbowl” post, I sometimes wonder if that’s what most companies do to get any sort of traffic started on their pages. When following certain companies, I’m not sure who to trust and who not to trust. I definitely agree that the absent page needs to address their absence. It doesn’t make sense to the consumer when they disappear from their page for months and then start posting again as if nothing happened. This is especially true for television media and celebrity public relations. It is important to keep consumers informed, or else they’ll find something better to look at.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

6. Gap listened to its customers, or did it? by Patricio Robles

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I personally feel as if GAP made one grave error in this entire process—they ignored their customers. I am a frequent shopper at GAP and had absolutely no idea that they had even made a new logo until I realized that they were changing it “back.” I wondered, “back from what?” Now I see what all of the commotion is about and the only reason that makes sense as to why the customers disliked the new logo is because GAP did not inform anyone that a new logo was in the works before they bombarded their customers with it, on their website. The customer always comes first, but it seems that they realized the customer is always right.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

7. Nine ways companies completely blow press opportunities by Beth Monaghan

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I enjoy your insights on number three, advising the companies to return reporter’s phone calls. I have recently been studying the ramifications some people and/or companies experience when they are not willing to speak to the press after issuing a press release or after being the topic of a press release. They have to respond to the reporters in order to further expand on what they said in their own press release. Besides, people will be searching for more information on whatever information they have already given, because information is power to Americans and we can never have enough of it.

Thanks for the tips,

Amber

8. Ten things journalists and PRs hate about each other by Mickie Kennedy

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I find this particularly interesting because at my University when you are a Journalism major, you are automatically a Public Relations major as well. The two majors coincide with each other here, but apparently they don’t in the work force. I never had thought about a negative relationship occurring between a journalist and public relations professional before, but after reading your article it makes complete sense. I only hope that I am not found guilty of any of the five things on either side. Apparently, at our university the two professions get along, because all of the professors seem to!

Thanks for the information,

Amber

9. Short attention spans for web videos by Alex Mindlin

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I completely agree with the statement that most people will click away from a video after the first ten seconds of watching it, mostly because ninety-five percent of the time I find myself doing just that. I really only watch YouTube videos in their entirety if they have gone viral or are the only thing people will not stop talking about. I think YouTube can be fairly useful at times, but also an incredible waste of time at others. It really depends on how educational the video is and how entertaining I find it within the first few seconds. Another factor is internet connection, if the video takes too long to load, there’s no way I’ll see it through until the end.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

10. A list of one: reasons why Carl Palodino can’t possibly be homophobic, according to Carl Palodino’s campaign by Juli Weiner

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

In my Media Ethics class we have been discussing the latest political campaigns and I have noticed that many of them take things that people see as negative view-points or qualities and try as hard as they can to disprove them in their ads. I think they could use their expensive ads more usefully by advertising the positive things about their campaign, rather than focusing on what others are saying about them or tearing their opponent down. If they gave enough of their own history and ideas, then they wouldn’t even have to worry about another candidate trying to “best” them in their ads.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

11. Being a twitter snob is a good thing by Mitch Joel

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I agree with you completely. After all, Twitter started as a service to allow you to connect with your friends. I don’t understand why so many people are starting the endless plight of attempting to become “Twitter famous.” Even if that is your goal, you might as well show those who stop by your profile reasons why they should be following you, not giving them a shot at gaining a follower for themselves. You want fellow “tweeters” to follow you because they find you entertaining or informative, not because they’re looking to increase their own number of followers.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

12. Campaign attack ads from the election of 1800 from Ragan’s PR Daily

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I find this video particularly hilarious because I am currently discussing the election of the year 1800 in my American History lecture and lengths at which Alexander Hamilton went to make sure John Adams was not re-elected. This election caused a monumental shift in voter opinion because it marks the first “real” election, where the two candidates were pitted against each other. I’m also in a Media Ethics lecture currently, and we have been discussing the over the top political ads for the state of Florida. I recently have seen even worse ads for the states of Connecticut and New York.

Thanks for the link,

Amber

13. Twitter begins publishing ads in users’ streams by Edmund Lee

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Interestingly enough, I think that this can be seen as both a negative and positive addition to Twitter. Obviously, I’m not looking to be bombarded with ads when I log onto my account. However, if companies use Twitter to promote sales or special offers that only Twitter users will be able to participate in, it could get interesting. In reality, not that many people use Twitter as frequently as you would think. Therefore, having a smaller audience via Twitter ads and sales could lead you to a specific client base. It could also increase the number of Twitters users.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

14. Top 30 facebook fan pages by number of fans – October 2010 by Nick Burcher

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

It’s interesting to see the most popular like pages because it really reflects what our media covers and what people find entertaining right now. It really shows what the current generation is interested in. I think that if Facebook sticks around and isn’t trumped by a future social networking site that it would be interesting to take note of the “fan pages” (or whatever they may be called in the future) every year to watch the evolution of the public eye. From this list we can see that Facebook users are most entranced by famous people and entertainers—mainly in the music industry. What if this changes to sports or political figures in the future?

Thanks for the report,

Amber

15. The 100 best signs at the rally to restore sanity/fear by Matt Stopera

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Although I did find myself laughing at some of these signs, I was more surprised by the lack of seriousness of the attendants of the Rally for Sanity. I do realize that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are nowhere near being politicians and fair more closely on the side of comedians, but based on the traffic this even was getting, I figured people were taking it seriously. Instead, I see that most took it as an opportunity to express their ill feelings towards the GOP or, in the unfortunate cases, their feelings about things that have absolutely nothing to do with politics.

Thanks for the pictures,

Amber

16. Prince William’s engagement news comes courtesy of Twitter by Liz Kelly

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I find it interesting that the royal family is trying to delve into the world of social media. The fact that the engagement of Prince William and Miss Middleton was announced via Twitter makes it seem that they want their relationship to be of public concern. I’ve always seen information about his love life printed in the day-to-day gossip magazines in line at the grocery store, so it seems peculiar that they would use a social media site to announce their engagement. They have now opened up their own relationship in this unforgiving world of online socialite gossip.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

17. Social media speakers:  A dime a dozen? by Arik Hanson

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I think that no matter how many opportunities there are, having a history in public speaking engagement on a subject you excel at will always be a credibility builder. It’s basically telling people that someone thought so much of what you do that they wanted you to share it with others. Whoever requests your presence at a speaking engagement obviously thinks that what you have to share is important, no matter what “kind” of public speaker you are. Also, I think that you can be a successful public speaker without being an entertaining public speaker. Better that your audience leaves properly informed, than entertained without any knowledge.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

18. “Newsweek” staffers turn to Tumblr to save website by Lauren Indvik

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I find it interesting that they would use Tumblr as a means of getting their story out to their audience. I think it’s necessary to know which social media platform your general audience is accustomed to. Although the use of Tumblr seems to have paid off for the workers at Newsweek.com, I think that they might have gotten a much more dramatic response had they used a social media platform such as Twitter or Facebook, but they didn’t need it in this case. Obviously, if they didn’t come out of this triumphant they may have turned to those popular sites.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

19. Is it OK to write ‘WTF’ in a subject line? by Michael Sebastian

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Personally, I have seen the phrase “WTF” so many times (having grown up in this digital age) and don’t even think of the obscenity being used in the phrase when I read it to myself. When I read it I literally say, “W-T-F,” so I don’t really see what the problem is with using it in a headline. How many young children do you think read PR Daily? And if they do (highly doubtable) then they most likely don’t understand what “WTF” means. I find the title appropriate because it is just the kind of term that a Tumblr user would use.

Thanks for the information,

Amber

20. Playing tag #notjustforkids by Lindsey Frey

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I love hashtags and think that they can be used for many purposes on Twitter. Sometimes, it bothers me when people overuse hashtags though. Some Twitter users don’t understand how hashtags work and what their purpose is. I think this is a great post to use as almost a kind of tutorial for new Twitter users about hashtags and their purpose. For example, I follow someone who will tweet and hashtag simple things like “#imtired” and “#bored,” obviously, not things that you’re going to find trending on Twitter. Hashtags can be great, but Twitter users need to learn not to abuse them, because when they do it becomes annoying.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

21. Foursquare: rest in peace? by Jay Dolan

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I personally don’t use any location based services. I have people on my Facebook friends list that I definitely would not want knowing exactly where I am (address included) at all times. I understand that the argument then comes in that you should only be friends with people that you know personally, but honestly everyone knows that with Facebook it won’ stay like that for long. I have at least met all of my friends on Facebook, but at the same time I am not incredibly close with many of them or at least close enough to share my location. Therefore, foursquare is an application that I would never consider using.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

22. The 18 worst companies in America by Gus Lubin

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I know that everyone complains about AT&T, but I have been an AT&T customer for six years and I really don’t understand what all the complaining is about. I have only had a few problems with my cell phone service over the years and mostly due to random lines going down or other unavoidable reasons. I love AT&T and am now the proud owner of an iPhone 4. One of these companies that I do complain about is Delta airlines. On one of their flights I was held on the plane for an hour before finally being let off, only to just make my connecting flight. I have sworn to never use their airline again.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

23. Ten words you need to stop misspelling now by The Oatmeal

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

As a college student and Journalism major, it is particularly upsetting to me when people misspell these words. At the risk of sounding snobby, I’ll say that I have never had a problem distinguishing the appropriate uses of words like your, you’re, they’re, their, or there. I honestly never noticed how many people misused these words until the emergence of Facebook and Twitter in my life. I then realized how many people my own age, including friends, had no idea that “your” does not mean “you are.” It was really disappointing to me and I think I twitch a little every time I see a mistake involving these words. This is a fun way to show people how they should use these words.

Thanks for the post,

Amber

24. Three tips for writing a killer Twitter bio to get targeted followers by Lauren Dugan

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

As an avid Twitter user, I find this article incredibly interesting. I have seen various uses of the Twitter bio, very few including actual information about the Tweeter. I think many people use it as a way to write something witty or funny that they think will stick out and make people want to follow them. Not many people actually give information about themselves or what they’ll be Tweeting about (except for major companies or media junkies, who usually don’t even need their bio). After reading this, I’ll definitely think more about my Twitter bio and how relevant it is to my followers.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

25. Top ten must have apps for the iPhone, and some runners-up by Bob Tedeschi

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I’ve had an iPhone for about three years now and I don’t own all of these apps, but will definitely look into them now. One of my favorites listed here is the Hipstamatic app. I always saw photos like this in my friends’ mobile uploads albums on Facebook, and wondered how they got their iPhones to take pictures like that. One day when sifting through photography apps I finally found Hipstamatic-a unique photography app that edits your photos as you take them and lets you change the “film” and “lens” of your camera at your own will. I love this app and use it often.

Thanks for the tips,

Amber

 

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