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Calling all social media junkies in Ohio (and surrounding areas) :

Just a little note to remind you all that Podcamp Ohio will be held this weekend in the glorious city of Columbus, Ohio. The event is FREE. Yes, I said FREE. If you are scratching your head right now asking yourself, “What the hell is a Podcamp?” — Please visit the Web site here.

If you are being highly productive and don’t have time to scan the site for information, then why are you reading my blog?!?! Just kidding of course. Here is a brief overview:

WHAT: A conference that helps connect people interested in blogging, social networks, podcasting and new media. Attendees can learn, share, and grow their new media skills with others.

WHEN: June 28, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

WHY: You will learn all sorts of really cool things about the various aspects of social media. It’s also a great way to meet new folks who love to do the same things as you! (translation: NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK)

Some of the sessions that are being offered include, but are not limited to:

Managing Multiple Online Identities by Daniel Johnson Jr.

Small Words: The Power of Twitter by Michelle Lentz

What NOT To Do: Podcasting and other Social Media Anti-Tips by Luke Armour and Paull Young

WordPress 201: Beyond the Basics by Mitch Canter

Dude, Your Podcast Sucks: Six Steps to a Powerful Podcast by Doug Petch

To see the full list of sessions, please click here.

Obviously, I am very excited about the event. I can’t wait to learn more about the different types of social media and how they all work together. Plus, I get to hang out with some pretty sweet people in the process. (Cough, cough) –my favorite Aussie Paull Young, Kait Swanson, Luke Armour, Constantin Basturea, and Michael Denton to name a few. Come join us for a great weekend!!

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  New & Improved Airport Amenities

 

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The air travel industry in the United States have been struggling since  the Sept 11th attacks.  Many companies have filed bankruptcy and most are still fighting to get out of debt.  As I was  reading an article in USA Today earlier this morning, I found some interesting facts about what airports are doing to appeal to the public.  After more research, I realized some airports are tapping into social media tools to communicate better with patrons. 

Our very own Akron-Canton airport is using blogs! Yes, you heard correctly… BLOGS.  The airport offers a link on its Web site to 3 Akron-Canton executives’ blogs about different aspects of  the airport.  When I clicked on the link, I expected to see a handful of posts about how wonderful the airport is.  What I found actually surprised me and made me give a tip of my hat to the airport for being so transparent to its customers.  The blogs are updated regularly, include great links and ( gasp ) even discuss the importance of social media.

Blogging is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to airport changes and new amenities.  Here are some new services you may find at an airport near you:

  • Massage stations

  • Flu shots in airport terminals

  • Napping chairs in terminals ( http://www.metronaps.com/ )

  • Fitness centers

  • Work stations equipped with laptops, printers, fax machines and U.S. Postal Service drop boxes (more…)

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Are you a Tigger or an Eeyore?

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On Monday, I started drafting a new blog post in my mind. It started as a post about Kent State’s PR program. On Tuesday, it was a post about PR in the entertainment industry. The topics kept changing as the week progressed, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I found something that really made sense. I was reading the latest Young PR post, which included a video feed of a speech given by Randy Pausch.

Pausch is a professor of computer-science at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also terminally ill with pancreatic cancer and is expected to only live for a few more months. In the speech, Pausch outlined several points to consider while riding the roller coaster of life. If you have an hour to spare , watch it. ( I know, I know…. you don’t even have a minute to spare! ) But, it is hands-down the best speech I have ever heard. You can learn more about Pausch in this Wall Street Journal article. Here are some of the main points of his speech:

  • Brick walls are there for a reason, they let us prove how badly we want things.

  • Get fundamentals down. Without them, none of the fancy stuff can happen.

  • Wait long enough, and people will surprise and impress you.

(more…)

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