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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Save 7/13/11 for Social Media at Kinnelon Library - Part II

Save 7/13/11 for Social Media at Kinnelon Library
The Social Media Presentation Series at the Kinnelon Library continues on Wednesday 7/13/11 at 7pm

Will you join us? 

It's free, it's fun and filled with valuable information. If you don't believe me, judge for yourself based on what Mary Beth Grybowski - who contributed an article about Kinnelon author Michael Catalano - writes below.

Simply call the Kinnelon Library at 973-838-1321 and come by at 7pm on 7/13/11. Bring your laptop so you can follow along as we discuss part II in the social media series: LinkedIn & Blogging.

If you missed part I - or simply want to review it - you can check out the presentation slides below. Note the homework! :-). 

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An Evening with Christine B. Whittemore at the Kinnelon Library

I discovered the Smoke Rise Blog, in the Spring of 2009, when I went searching the Internet for details about Smoke Rise and the Kinney Family. I already had a fair amount of information about the borough of Kinnelon, thanks to Lucy Meyer, the town historian. I was gathering information for a Spring Hike around Kakeout Reservoir for my Stonybrook Highlands neighbors. I titled the hike ‘Test your Kinnelon History’. It seems all the hikers were much more knowledgeable than I that day, which wasn’t a bad thing.

In the 2 years since I first subscribed to Christine’s blog, she added the word Kinnelon to the title. Last Wednesday, she hosted the first of a 3 part event at the library. When I saw via her blog that this would be on Social Media, I knew I had to attend, for several reasons. First, I have been hesitant to join FaceBook. Actually, I joined for one day and people who I didn’t care to stay in touch with wanted to friend me. So I panicked and I disabled my account the following day. Second, I do follow several blogs, Christine’s being one of them. Third, I thought it would be nice to meet Christine in person since I was grateful to her for featuring me last month.

Am I glad that I went to the event? You bet! I really did learn a great deal in those two hours. I now know what a QR code is and what it looks like. I can create one just for me at http://qrcode.kaywa.com. I found out that the Boonton Historical Society even has pictures on Flickr.com; I love discovering the history of local people. I learned about setting up alerts on www.google.com/alerts, so if I want to see if someone publishes something on the internet that I would like to track, I can set up an alert.

I now know that Alltop.com is where I can go to find out what the top stories are for the day on the Internet. Did you know that when you ‘tweet’ on Twitter, you are limited to 140 characters? Who knew? Not me before Wednesday, but now I do.

Mary Beth Grybowski
Until last week, I thought that YouTube was still just for amateurs trying to show off.

I am running a writing contest called ‘A Song Tied to a Memory’ and every entry included a YouTube link to their favorite song. So I went looking around and found my favorite singer Alison Krauss. She has music videos on YouTube; I love her new song : Paper Airplane - Alison Krauss & Union Station. Christine told us that YouTube is now the second most popular search engine and was purchased by Google®. She even noted that they have watched old TV shows and Shirley Temple movies on YouTube. Isn’t that priceless? And it’s free!

Christine showed us a page on her Simple Marketing blog and told us to look up her ‘Top 10 Tips for Getting Started With Social Media’. She must have been a school teacher in her earlier years or perhaps a past life, because she gave us a homework assignment for session 2. We need to bring our laptop computer and have 3-5 blogs ready to show or discuss. It kind of reminds me of show and tell. One final thing of note : the Kinnelon library has does have wireless internet access. Good to know!

Mary Beth Grybowski

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Thanks very much, Mary Beth! The teacher in me is impressed with all that you learned!

Here is part I of the Kinnelon Library Social Media Presentation Series: an Overview. 
I hope you'll join us on July 13, 2011 at 7pm for part II of this social media series.  Do you have specific and burning social media questions about blogging and LinkedIn? Share them in the comments and we'll be sure to discuss them on Wednesday.

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