Facebook Email: Simple Improvements, Please!

Have you noticed an increase in your volume of email since joining Facebook? Hello!? I sure have. And, mostly, it’s a good thing because I’m meeting so many phenomenal new people. However, I’m finding it a challenge to keep up with responses – 114 unopened emails last count, oh – strike that, now 115 since I started writing this post! I just can’t get to everyone, sorry. (If you’ve written to me and I haven’t

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Facebook Abuse: Is Blocking People Enough?

I didn’t think it would happen to me… but it has. This past week on Facebook, I was the victim of a slew of abuse from a very aggressive Facebook member. I had a gut feeling about this character some time ago when we first friended. In a way, I’ve only myself to blame for having any interactions at all. I’d stepped in a couple times in the past on Facebook Notes to placate and

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What Is Social Networking Anyway?

One of my Facebook buddies, Nigel Legg, recently wrote this Note: I’ve read so many posts on Facebook and blogs and elsewhere about social networking that seem to confuse social networking with what we do on sites like this. Surely social networking is what we do everyday of our lives, whenever we talk to someone, whenever we meet someone new, whenever we develop a business relationship? In this sense, the stuff we do here is

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Goal Post App: Perfect for New Year’s "Resolutions"!

At last, I found a really useful Facebook Application. Based on Keith Ferrazzi’s book, Never Eat Alone, the Goal Post app is simple to use and encourages interaction among small groups of friends. You set a goal (choose from a selection of preset ideas, or customize your own), then select three accountability buddies. You can choose to have your goal public, only visible to your chosen buddies, or private. And, depending on your settings, your

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Optimize Your Real-time Facebook Experience with Facebook Toolbar

I just installed the Facebook Toolbar for Firefox app and *love* it!! (Hat tip to Jonathan Kleiman on Nick O’Neill’s All Facebook blog for the heads up). Looking at the toolbar screen shot above, from left-right, you can: see a list of your friends in order of the most recent status update (I like this one a lot, though I had to widen the sidebar quite a bit to read properly), search the entire Facebook

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Twitter: Fundraising meets microblogging

Today was the first ever Frozen Pea Friday. Through the power of social networking and the highly-addictive (and effective!) micro-blogging platform, Twitter, the community created incredible solidarity to support Susan Reynolds as she underwent surgery for breast cancer today. Such courage. Such support. Blows me away. The idea behind Frozen Pea Friday is to donate the cost of a couple bags of frozen peas to a fund for cancer research. Read how the campaign got

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Suffering from Social Networking Overwhelm?

A participant in my Facebook Fortunes class recently posed this challenge to me: “Hi Mari, My name is Sara and I am a newbie I just sent you a message from Facebook too. In fact that’s part of my question. I’m on Plaxo, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, MSN Messenger, Gmail, Gmail Chat, MySpace, have three Outlook email boxes, a David Allen task manager, Google reader, Blogger blog, and now the Podclass. Is there any way I

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