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Saturday, October 10, 2009

BeadzNBling was featured in Artistic Weekly!

This is a reprint of the recent article published in Artistic Weekly where we were this week's featured artist. Thanks ladies for the nice write up! www.artisticweekly.com

When I think of Minnesota, I think of the Mall of America, my brother-in-law (ya, you betcha, eh) and the mom from Bobby’s world. The state does not exactly inspire thoughts of artistic accomplishment. However, if you thought 10,000 lakes and an enormous mall are all that Minnesota’s got to offer, think again. The 32nd state is also the birthplace of this week’s artist, an extremely talented jewelry designer.

Lynn Potter Goldstein, who currently lives in Dallas, TX, crafts one of a kind jewelry, ranging from timeless classics to holiday themed pieces and even humorous designs. Her creations are mainly made of pearls, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that these are boring “granny”-ish pieces. No, indeed many of them are chunk, funky and all together unique.
Lynn works with not only the standard white or peacock colors, but also uses dyed pearls in lime, purple, pink, copper, blue and red. The pearls are also not all your standard spherical shape, either. There are pieces that use freshwater baroque, which look most like the common idea of a pearl, coin pearls, which are more flat in appearance, as well as potato and seed pearls. Most of Lynn’s current projects are centered around holiday themed items, both for Halloween, which tend to be more on the humorous side, and Christmas pieces.

Etsy is home to Lynn’s online shop, Beadz n Bling. With the holidays approaching, it would be worth your while to see what Lynn has to offer. I believe that there is something for everyone as far as jewelry tastes are concerned, there are some very elegant pieces, some that are pretty wild looking and of course, those that will just make you smile. The thing to keep in mind, though, no matter what type of jewelry that you may be looking for, all of Lynn’s pieces are one of a kind, have incredible personality, and are just plain beautiful. Check out Beadz n Bling at www.beadznbling.etsy.com. ~KLS

Friday, October 9, 2009

Twitter and More on Social Networking 101

I am encouraged by some and thanked by others for the knowledge and wake up call on Social Networking 101, a previous blog posting, so I continue reading and searching for answers. "Why are people RT'ing me" and what the heck is "FF". So here are a few more bits and baubbles for those that are new to Twitter and Tweeting.

I was new and looking for followers a good way to get followers was to get "retweeted" -- meaning that someone would pick up my tweet and send it to their followers preceded by the code "RT @beadznbling

Then we have #FF or Follow Friday. In January 2009, a new hashtag named #followfriday started on Twitter. It immediately became a successful way to recommend some of your most interesting followers to others. Recommending great followers is similar to recommending a great restaurant or product. Spreading the word about someone on Twitter on Follow Friday is a great way to give kudos to your favorite followers and make sure other tweeters connect with quality members of the Twitter community.

For Follow Friday, I found this terrific source. It will give you a box to type in your twitter name, then hit enter and an entire list of your TWEETS in order of activity will pop up, you copy and paste, vioia! http://thetwittertagproject.com/followfriday.php

I found it difficult to acknowledge answers I received on Twitter. Twitter's reply features felt clumsy. The easiest way to reply to a tweet is to hit the @reply icon which broadcasts your answer to all your followers, essentially Twitter's equivalent of the "reply all" email function. As a result, I often didn't reply because I didn't want to spam everyone with a bunch of "thanks for your feedback" messages. So I was silent -- which made me feel even more antisocial. This is where the DM, or Direct Message, may come in handy.

There are more than 2,000 Twitter applications made by other people to help you sort through all the tweets. One of my favorites is Twitturly.com, which tracks the most popular URLs (or Web links) being shared across Twitter. Others such as Tweetdeck and Twhirl, help you manage and organize your tweets. (Thanks to Julia Angwin for subject matter)

Twitter Glossary
@: At reply. A public tweet directed at a fellow Twitterer, such as @Barack Obama, that shows up in their Twitter stream.

DM: Direct Message. A private message that appears in a Twitter inbox. You can only direct message people who follow you.

RT: Retweet. A tweet that you like so much that you are resending to your followers. Usually includes credit to original tweeter, such as RT @BarackObama, followed by the tweet.

Whale Icon: The iconic blue whale that pops up when Twitter is down. It appeared frequently in Twitter's first year and a half.

#: Hashtag. Used to designate a topic such as #SanDiegoFire so that people can easily search for tweets on a topic. (It is totally unnecessary, though, because a search on a keyword without the # returns the same results).

Nudge: A feature that lets you send a note to a Twitterer encouraging them to tweet more frequently. You can only nudge people who are tweeting from a mobile phone

So there we have it....more brain food!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Social Media 101

I just read the best article written by Gini Dietrich on Social Media ie Twitter, Blogs etc. As the article was in a news periodical I cannot clip and paste her ideas so I will give you the nickel version.

I am very new to Social Media and from what I have been reading (and reading) is it's actually Social Marketing. My newbie status on the likes of Twitter has shown me that 'more' is not the way to go but select quality followers and followings. I watch my Twitter account several times a day and there is nothing worse than seeing Tweet after Tweet after Tweet from the same person discussing nothing but themselves, and mostly info that nobody would care about nor relate to.

Gini Dietrich began her article by talking about a man that walks in to a party and introduces himself, explains he just opened a company, he sells wrenches, but not just any kind of wrench, the kind you cannot lose because it has a 'Clapper' attached, so when you cannot find your wrench, you clap and there you have it, you have located your wrench blah blah blah. WELL, by the time he gets halfway through his ME intro, you have totally lost interest in the person, his company and his product that may or may not have been worth looking at.

So the bottom line, let's talk...that means all of us about all of us, not just you.
Create Brand Awareness
Prospect for New Customers
Develop Brand Loyalty Through Engaging
Increase Your Online Presence With Knowledge you Wish to Share

Social Networking can be very useful, but don't be my mother, don't try to be the Dali Lama, a Shrink, and for goodness sake, don't tell me how many times your child had a bowel movement today. Use this platform to keep your presence, but don't be 'in your face all the time'. Be active and be involved with others within your followers. Ask, answer back, seek more, be interested about them. They are, after all, your followers and they can very easily become bored or overwhelmed by the land of ME.

Itsastitch, a fellow Etsian, was the person that brought out my first wake up call on Twitter. She is not shy and is willing to say COME ON ALREADY PEOPLE! She made a simple clean statement one day and I stepped back and thought...wow, she's got a really good point. If you are in the Etsy or Artfire type business, don't keep listing items and end it there. After a while, as noted above, people will become very bored with you and no longer click to look at your wonderfulness. Become engaged and involved and every once in a while, send a new listing or something you think they would like to see.

In summary, Social Networking is a wonderful tool and quite addictive and fun in a nutsy sort of way. Dedicate one hour at the max per day for social networking or you will lose focus of why you are doing it in the first place. There are some great features to see if your networking is actually doing you any good. Twitter Grader is one, Popuri will check your popularity and sites like Digg or Delicious will tell you your ranking amongst search engines and number of subscribers. Twitter Analyzer will give you analytics for pretty much everything and Socialmeter scans the major social sites to analyze a blogs social popularity. These are great tools to use to start a benchmark now and and then see where you are in a few months.

I hope this info will help you grow as a Social Networker and allow you to develop your skills in the right direction.