Catching Up With Connie

Why I Was Anti-Social & Didn’t Shake Hands at Social Media Marketing World

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For the past couple of days, I had no choice but be anti-social at the amazing Social Media Marketing World, where some oSocial-media-marketing-world-2014-19f the biggest names in social media participated in 80+ sessions, during which they shared tips and tools that can boost your social media platform.
In fact, I didn’t shake one person’s event at this great conference, sponsored by the Social Media Examiner.
For months, I’d been eagerly looking forward to being social and attending programs with wuch compelling speakers as Social Media Examiner founder Michael A. Stelzner, who I interviewed a while back on my Gab with the Gurus Show) after his book, Launch, was released; Copyblogger mastermaind Brian Clark; Facebook guru Mari Smith (who also appeared on my Gab with the Gurus Show), Chris Brogan (whom I’d also on Ginterveiwed); “Podcast Answer Man” Cliff Ravenscraft; “The Connector” Larry Benet, “hype-free marketing consultant” Jay Baer, author of YouTility; Michael Hyatt, author of Platform); and many more.
So why would I be anti-social, especally now that after two years, I’m re-emerging after My Dark Night of the Soul, including My Bittersweet Last Year with Mom?
I couldn’t in good conscience get up close or shake hands with anyone, because the day of the event, I was landslided by a nasty cold, complete with sore and scrathy throat, stuffy nose, awful headache, annoying congestion, and utter exhaustion. Of course, I just didn’t want to get anyone sick.
Although I t didn’t shake hands, I didn’t follow the great advice about what to do when you have a bad cold.I was smart enough to pass up the 6 am networking walks that I’d been eagerly awaiting.
Anyhow, I’m full of great ideas after attending this great Social Media Marketing World.
I just have to get better first before I can implement them. Off to go take a nap.
Join the conversation. Have you not shaken hands with a colleague so you wouldn’t get that person sick? Share your thoughts.

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Facebook Disabled My Account: Too Friendly too Fast?

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Facebook has disabled both my regular account, (www.Facebook.com/ConnieBennett), and my public page, www.Facebook.com/SmartHabitsFans. (Although I can’t post to the latter, I believe you can still join and post comments to previous posts.)
Suffice it to say that I was shocked upon being told:
Your account has been disabled by an administrator. If you have any questions or concerns, you can visit our FAQ page here.
I finally discovered my offense after carefully reviewing Facebook’s Warnings and reading such helpful blog posts as “13 Reasons Your Facebook Acount Will be Disabled” (from Thor Muller of Get Satisfaction) and “Facebook Account Deactivation, Can It Be Avoided” from Facebook guru Mari Smith.
Apparently, my violation is that I wrote too quickly to people who’d requested to be my friends before accepting them.
You see, I did what I thought was a great time- saver — I simply cut and pasted innocuous messages such as “Wow! Lots of friends in common. Look forward to your posts.” You see, I was just seeking to conserve my precious time.)
I guess you could say that a fun, apt way to describe my Facebook violation is this: I was too friendly too quickly for Facebook!
And the speed of my friendliness, along with the cutting and pasting of messages, was interpreted as being potentially “annoying or abusive.” (As far as I know, no one complained.)
Facebook, I’ve now learned, limits the number of times a user can send the same message or make the same post. (So much for saving time!)
Guy Clearly, Facebook needs to set limits to protect users from spam, but unfortunately in its zeal to do so, many of us innocents are tossed out of the site.
If you’re on Facebook, I would strongly advise reading all of Rights & Responsibilities so you don’t suffer similarly.
Anyhow, I hope to be back on Facebook soon to connect with you, but in the meantime, here’s what I discovered about the unsettling experience of being booted off the social networking site.
Every day, thousands of people are banned for a variety of reasons. Just do a Google search for “Facebook account disabled, and you turn up a whopping 38,100,000 hits.
Among those who’ve been disabled are Robert Scoble, Guy Kawasaki, and actress Lindsay Lohan, who vented about it on MySpace.

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Get Inspired, Educated & Motivated by the Gab With the Gurus Radio Show

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Got some free time during this holiday weekend? Get inspired, educated and exhilarated by a host of experts, who can help you build a better life.
Listen anytime to my Gab With the Gurus Radio Show. Just visit www.GabWithTheGurus.com
Catch interviews with Suzanne Somers, Montel Williams, raw food expert David Wolfe and more.
Learn Twitter Secrets with Robert Scoble, Peter Shankman, Joel Comm, Doug MacMillan and Warren Whitlock. Get Facebook Help with Jesse Stay, Mari Smith and Greg Atwan.
Or get organized with the helpful FlyLady.
And if you’re single this holiday weekend, let Dr. Diana Kirschner, Arielle Ford or Rachel Greenwald lift you up.

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Facebook: Learn Now About Facebook With Gurus Galore — Listen Live or Later

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Are you one of the 175 million people on Facebook?
Join a group of gurus galore, who will tell you how to use this social networking tool.
Listen at 3 pm EST Tuesday — or tune in later — to learn about Facebook.
Spread the word to your Facebook friends, as well as business colleagues, family members and others near and dear to you.
Tell your Facebook friends and Twitter followers by sending them this tiny URL —
http://tinyurl.com/FacebookExperts-GabWithGurus

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Facebook: Gurus Jesse Stay, Mari Smith, Greg Atwan & Others Tell You How to Get Friends, Fans & More On Facebook

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Join us Tues., March 24 at 3 p.m. EST on the Gab With the Gurus Radio Show to learn about Facebook, the popular social network, which now has 175 million followers.
This show — which you can listen to live or later — will help everyone learn how to use this amazing tool.
In particular, journalists, authors, moms and small business owners will get advice on bst to this amazing tool.
Gurus, who will help you, include:
* Jesse Stay, CEO of SocialToo.com and co-author, I’m on Facebook–Now What?;
* Mari Smith, dubbed the “Pied Piper” of Facebook by FastCompany.com. Also, the writer of the WhyFacebook.com blog;
* Greg Atwan, author of The Facebook Book;
* Karel Baloun, author of Inside Facebook: Life, Work and Visions of Greatness;
* Shashi Bellamkonda; social media swami;
* Shama Hyder, founder of Click to Client; and
* Mona Nomura, which readwriteweb.com described as a “big influencer in social media.”