Weekend Update – July16

Social Media for Schools - Weekend UpdateHappy Social Media Saturday! Listed below are links to interesting things I found on the web this week: cool tools, great blog articles, memorable Tweets – anything that stuck out to me and I think is worth sharing. I encourage you to check them out for yourself.

Blog Post: How to Create Google Plus Profile Custom URL – So Google+ launched and all the social media loving geeks – myself included – are spending ridiculous amounts of time exploring, commenting, blogging, critiquing, complaining, hypothesizing, well, you know the drill.

If you’re slightly annoyed at not yet getting into Google+ or annoyed by the incessant the talk about it, please forgive us.

It’s no different than when Quora, or Instagram (which I’m still in love with), Foursquare, Google Wave (remember that?) or any one of a number of other social media playgrounds were hailed as the new favorite of the early adopter set. Make fun if you will, but the reality of it is that diving into new platforms like these are really part of what a large majority of us do for a living.

Blog Post: Twelve tips for writing more blog posts each week – I write six to seven posts each week on four different websites, which might seem amazing. But I used to struggle to write just two posts every week (seven is still a struggle, which is a good thing).

Here are a few things I’ve do that have help me be more efficient (but still authentic) with my blogging:

Blog Post: Reality To Soon Set In On Google+ – Typically in situations like this, I think, “God … everyone and their brother is talking, Tweeting and writing about Google+, I should write something different just to be a beacon of freshness in the stale drawer.” But I’m on vacation and haven’t been thinking about much more than my kids and family this week. When I’ve take a moment or two to jump online and see what I’ve missed, I’ve been experimenting with G+ just to see if I have any relevant thoughts to bring to the table for you.

But I’ve noticed a few things that need to be brought to the discussion to center us all a bit.

Tool: 1hrMail – 1hrMail prints, stamps and mails your letters within 1 hour for only 99¢ per letter.

Have fun checking these out and let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Christmas w/a K

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