Social media

Talk With People, Not To Them

Ross | December 8th, 2008

A few days ago, I read an interesting essay by Steven Hodson on The Inquisitr – Is social media becoming a social mess? In his essay, Steven wrote about the avalanche of conversations occuring in social media. “It is beginning to feel like we are just having conversations for converstaion sake – to make some […]

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I Tried To Do Handstands For You…

Angeline | December 2nd, 2008

So, as my final days are approaching at crowdSPRING (sniff), I’ve been deep in the trenches, looking for the perfect person to fill my Womens’ size 6 1/2 shoes, and although my feet aren’t very big, they are quite capable, spunky, and dedicated! There’s a lot of excitement going on at cS central, and there […]

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So You Think You Can Dance? Or Community Manage?

Angeline | November 18th, 2008

Since my announcement yesterday, we’ve gotten a flood of resumes, emails, and tweets about the crowdSPRING Community Manager position. Several people have come to me and asked about the job description, saying “But Angeline, a snazzy resume and a witty email alone probably won’t get me this job? You want to see how well I […]

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10 Useful Marketing Tools For Freelancers

Angeline | November 11th, 2008

This was a blog post I originally wrote for Fuel Your Creativity – a great design inspiration site. The site’s owner, Adelle Charles, is an established graphic designer who has guest blogged for crowdSPRING before. Check out her post – Typography is Sexy. It’s not easy being a freelancer. Sure, there are perks such as […]

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Can Ants Teach Us About Marketing on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube?

Ross | November 3rd, 2008

Ants are fascinating insects. E.O. Wilson and Bert Hölldobler, in their 1991 Pulitzer Winning book The Ants, described an ant colony as a superogranism – a vast social network. The ants in the colony communicate with each other by following chemical trails left by other ants. (Photo by aristeos) What do ants have to do with social networks […]

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crowdSPRING Lolcats

Angeline | October 28th, 2008

If you have no clue as to what an “Lolcat” is, then you have probably never been bored and on the internet. Made popular by websites such as I Can Has Cheezburger?, these grammatically incorrect and sassy felines have invaded monitors worldwide with their silliness. These Lolcats are so rampant among the internet that The […]

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How to Leverage Social Media: Where to Start?

Angeline | October 15th, 2008

“The Conversation Prism” – a social media snapshot by Brian Solis Last week, crowdSPRING’s Director of Marketing Pete Burgeson spoke at a forum sponsored by the Chicago Community Trust regarding how arts organizations can use new media to help promote awareness of their initiatives. The panel also included social media expert Brian Solis, Social Media […]

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“Personal Brand” – An Exercise In Linguistic Olympics?

Ross | October 13th, 2008

People find reasons to disagree about many things. Sometimes, what appear to be substantive disagreements turn out to be little more than smoke and mirrors. Take for example the subject of “personal brand”. David Armano’s new “Brand U.0 Blog focuses on personal brands. Chris Brogan recently listed 10 articles from his blog about personal branding. […]

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Professionalism Is Earned

Ross | September 22nd, 2008

In 2006, Jason Fried of 37signals posted a short article to the Signal v. Noise blog titled “‘Professional’ is a buzzword”. Jason wrote:  “It seems like it’s time to call a spade a spade: ‘Professional’ is a buzzword. It doesn’t mean anything anymore. Disagree? What does Professional mean to you?” Eighty-five comments were posted in response to […]

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Inspiration and imitation

Chris | August 20th, 2008

In our continuing discussion of copyright, imitation and inspiration, I’ve decided to throw in my two cents. Hi, I’m Chris, one of the developers here at crowdSPRING. While I may spend most of my days making and breaking portions of our site, I did manage (and still try) to dedicate a small portion of my […]

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