Category Archives: Social Networking

Taking Conferences to a Whole New Level


I’m remembering a day in 1999 0r 2000 when I was trying to explain to my 90-something  grandmother how email and faxes worked.  Finally, she stopped me and said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about but you must be really smart if you can talk to people on the computer all day.” No Grandma, I’m not all that. The people who invented these amazing ways to communicate are the smart ones, I just learn how to use it to the best of my ability. That’s why I read Seth Godin’s post Reinventing the Conference Call with interest. When one works for a virtual company, one finds many creative ways to communicate. At BlogTalkRadio we rock the conference calls on a daily basis, taken to a whole new level when accompanied by Skype front and backchannels . It goes deeper than that though.

Without getting all “I heart BlogTalkRadio and here’s why…” on you, Seth’s post got me thinking even more about what is offered here, and even on other sites, on a regular basis. In 2009 we have this incredible ability to take conferences and classes to an entirely different level. We can take a tutorial such as BlogTalkRadio 101 and instead of one person coming on each week and saying, “Step 1: Sign up for BlogTalkRadio”, we  communicate with listeners via chat and phone. They tell us live what’s on their mind, and we can offer immediate assistance. We  invite new listeners to join us with our “Tweet This” and “Share This” buttons,  take it all in on our cell phones and participate from our laptops on the back deck. The one thing we can’t complain about in 2009 is a lack of communication.

Seth Godin’s post surprised me because he acted as if text chatting while listening is a bold, new concept. The reality is, many of us have been using it for years.

Tweet This!


BlogTalkRadio unveiled a new feature this morning. A “Tweet This” button found on a user’s profile, switchboard and episode pages allows hosts to tweet their show’s link just before going going live. Simply click the “Tweet This” button and your followers are alerted to your show.

Users who click the button from their show pages are treated to a tweeted link with brief description. If  hosts click the “Tweet This” button from the switchboard, the tweet will also include the show’s call in number.

Just another way to help you reach more people!

BlogTalkRadio As a Social Network


When we talk about social networks,  Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, .Ning and usually come to mind. Most of the Web 2.o crowd think of BlogTalkRadio as a place to listen to diverse programming and host online radio shows, and they’re not wrong. However, BlogTalkRadio is indeed a social network. It’s a lively online social radio community that can be used as a marketing tool, research resource or just a place to make new friends.

BlogTalkRadio offers many ways for  community members to learn, network and interact. For instance, each live broadcast offers the ability for listeners to particulate in a live chat and even to call in to ask questions of hosts and guests. This is a favorite way for members of the BlogTalkRadio community to mingle with like-minded people. The chatrooms are also a worthy networking tool. While spamming the chatroom with links or show pitches is generally frowned upon, many of our listeners do enjoy talking to the people they meet in the chatrooms and take it to the forum or email once the chatroom closes.

Like many social networks, BlogTalkRadio allows its registered members to “friend” other members. There are benefits to befriending others in the BlogTalkRadio community as it’s a way to learn about upcoming shows and events. Members may also send direct messages to each other as a way to connect and carry on a discussion. Like Facebook, BlogTalkRadio friends receive updates when new shows are posted, when friends comment and more.

As a research tool BlogTalkRadio is top notch. With hundreds of shows being broadcast daily, interested parties can listen to hours of programming on a favorite topic or topic. Not only are our hosts experts, but they also interview the best in the field. BlogTalkRadio can be used for research for homework, projects, term papers, blogs, articles and so much more.

Members of BlogTalkRadio also have access to the BlogTalkRadio forum and Yahoo group. The chatrooms are only open for the duration of the live broadcast and direct messages only include two people in the conversation. The forum and Yahoo group allow our members to share and interact at length.

As you can see, BlogTalkRadio is more than a place to listen to online radio. It’s another way to learn, interact, network and make friends online.

How do you use BlogTalkRadio?

Tweeting is Fun, But Face to Face Conversation is Best

Pisarro's Conversation

Pisarro's Conversation

by Deb Ng

Something struck me as amusing at SXSWi ’09. The buzz word of the event was “conversation” yet, a lot of people weren’t talking. Don’t get me wrong, there were conversations happening, just not with each other. Every where I looked, I saw folks sitting next to each other….tweeting. I saw tables full of people not speaking but their fingers were flying at a rapidfire pace over cell phones and laptops. Are we getting so into our social networking we’ve forgotten about talking to each other?

It’s a good reminder that while social media has it’s place, real live conversation is more important. Twitter is 140 characters, the human vocabulary is infinite. I had wonderful conversations at the Residence Inn’s free breakfast buffet with folks I had just met, but that’s because I made it a point to leave my laptop upstairs. There were plenty more folks sharing tables who didn’t even look at the potential friends or colleagues joining them.

Whether you’re talking about your blog, your radio show or whatever it is you wish to promote, don’t forget the art of conversation doesn’t mean spending all your time online. The best conversations take place among good company with lots of ideas and laughter being shared. At BlogTalkRadio, we take conversation to a new level. I hope you do too!

Are You Following Us On Twitter?

How do YOU use Twitter Search?

Are you following us on Twitter?

by Deb Ng

We’ve been getting heavy into the Twitter campaign and it’s working. Not only is the BlogTalkRadio team tweeting out the love, but hosts and listeners are promoting their shows as well. If you’re interested in receiving updates on the latest blog posts or current shows, we hope you’ll follow us! My BlogTalkRadio Insider co-host, Shaun Daily,  is the Twitterer behind the BlogTalkRadio account and rocking the banter. You’re also welcome to follow me!

Also, if you’re interested in learning which BlogTalkRadio hosts are on Twitter, check out the BlogTalkRadio forum. We have a thread going where the Tweeting members of the BlogTalkRadio community are letting us how to follow them. Twitter Search is another superb way to find the BlogTalkRadio friends who Tweet.

Hope to see you on Twitter!

25 Celebrities on Twitter


by Deb Ng

Ever want to stalk your favorite celebrities without seeming so…obvious?  Every wonder what they’d say if they were on the popular social networks? Think they’d follow you in return? Now you can find out.

Many famous faces have Twitter accounts. While some are obviously a means to gain even more noteriety publicity, others seem to genuinely get it.

Check out these famous Twitterers, in no particular order:

  1. William Shatner – @williamshatner
  2. Luke Wilson – @LukeWilson
  3. Eli Manning @elimanning
  4. Lance Armstrong – @lancearmstrong
  5. Shaquille O’Neill – @The_Real_Shaq
  6. Snoop Dogg – @snoopdogg
  7. Michael Phelps – @michael_phelps
  8. Mischa Barton – @mischabarton
  9. Wil Wheaton – @wilw
  10. John Cleese – @johncleese
  11. Britney Spears  – @therealbritney
  12. Dave Matthews – @davejmatthews
  13. M.C.Hammer – @mchammer
  14. Barack Obama – @barackobama
  15. Rick Sanches – @ricksanchezcnn
  16. Al Gore – @algore
  17. Jimmy Fallon – @jimmyfallon
  18. Demi Moore – @mrskutcher
  19. Elijah Wood – @elijahwood
  20. Rachel Bilson @rachelbilson
  21. Paula Deen – @pauladeen
  22. Yoko Ono – @yokoono
  23. Jamie Oliver – @jamieoliver
  24. Karl Rove – @karlrove
  25. Arnold Schwarzenegger – @schwarzenegger

Twitter’s Greatest Hits

How do YOU use Twitter Search?

by Deb

Over the weekend I had an epiphany. Since we’re always using the forum, this blog and BlogTalkRadio Insider to help our hosts find ways to bring traffic and listeners to their shows, why not also bring out some gems from the BlogTalkRadio vault. Saturday’s feature, Chris Brogan’s Greatest hits was quite the success and I hope those who listened to some of the archived segments walked away with something useful.

Since Twitter is a huge topic of discussion among the BlogTalkRadio community, I thought it was time to bring out Twitter’s Greatest Hits. Some of these links are single segments, others point to a Twitter oriented show page. As with the last “Greatest Hits” feature, I hope you walk away with the knowledge you need to succeed using this popular microblogging platform. Behold:

Twitter’s Greatest Hits:

  • In June, 2008, Tim Phelan gave a mini Twitter tutorial.
  • Warren Whitlock, or @warrenwhitlock if you follow him on Twitter, not only wrote the Twitter Revolution, he also has a weekly Twitter radio show right here on BlogTalkRadio.
  • A new Twitter-oriented show makes its debut today – Twitter Radio!
  • Last month the Columbia Journalism School presented a Twitter briefing.
  • Would you believe there’s a Twitter cruise? Check out Twitter by the Sea.
  • Last week, Black Talk Radio explored the various Twitter applications.
  • Every Tuesday Jason Crouch and Ken Cook bring us Twitter Tuesday!
  • To Twitter or not to Twitter. Find out when Karen Rands explores this social networking phenomenon.
  • Why should you follow me anyone on Twitter? Learn the answers on SEO101.
  • Twitter can also be used to raise awarness and funds for charitable causes. On User Friendly Thinking Connie Reese discussed using Twitter to raise cancer awareness.
  • In October, Social Media Explosion, welcomed  the authors of The Twitter Handbook, Warren Whitlock and Deb Micek.
  • In November Jim Turner of Social Mediasphere featured a discussion on Twitter and how it can be monetized.
  • Even the FlyLady and friends discussed Twitter!
  • This past September, Paul Cooley discussed using Twitter to build up your business.
  • In October, Socially Speaking welcomed Laura “@pistachio” Fitton who discussed the different benefits of microblogging.

BlogTalkRadio features over 500 Twitter-oriented broadcasts in our vault. If you’re interested in learning how to use Twitter to build up contacts and community, do browse our listings.

Chris Brogan’s Greatest Hits


Social media expert, Chris Brogan

by Deb Ng

So we’ve been talking about social media as way to bring in traffic and build community. All of our discussions on the blog, BlogTalkRadio Insider and our forums are terrific and yielding great results. But it occurred to me we have a wealth of information in the BlogTalkRadio vault. We have interviews with Chris Brogan, Guy Kawasaki, Jeremy Owyang, Robert Scoble and many other leaders in this field. With that in mind, I thought it might be cool and useful to bring out each expert’s greatest hits.

Today, we’re going to start with someone I had the pleasure of meeting last fall at BlogWorld Expo ’09, Chris Brogan. What impresses me about Chris is that he puts on no airs, the same regular guy you see on Twitter or his blog, is the same regular guy you get in person. That he really knows his stuff is the icing.

Chris Brogan is no stranger to BlogTalkRadio. Here are his greatest hits:

  • In December 2007, Chris joined Alan Levy to talk about social media and social networking.
  • Kris Smith sat down with Chris Heuer and Chris Brogan at SXSW interactive last year, to talk about the current state of social, new and emerging media.
  • John Havens interviewed Chris in October 2007 to discuss community issues and marketing in a pitch averse environment.
  • In December 2007 John Havens and Chris chatted about transparency and using Twitter as a way to increase a businesses transparency.
  • Innovations Insider‘s first show in August 2008 featured a discussion with Chris on how companies are using social media as a channel to reach new audiences and how social media can help organizations reach their business goals.
  • Oh, look! John Havens features another discussion with Chris Brogan who was joined by Fast Company’s Lynne D. Johnson and lijit’s Ronald Lewis. (It’s looking more and more like a man crush, John)
  • Chris visited with Talking HR in December to discuss social media and business.
  • In August 2008, John Lawlor spoke with Chris Brogan & David Alston about the results of their project.
  • When Chris visited with Ron Hudson in October, 2008, he spoke about how to use social media and social networks to build relationships and deliver value.
  • Chris joined Jim Turner on BlogWorld Expo Radio in October, 2007.

Just another way to learn from the best on BlogTalkRadio. Follow Chris on twitter @chrisbrogan.