Archive for the ‘Social media’ Category

It is hard to believe that I have been blogging now for six years. Thank you, dear readers, for joining me in this journey.

What began as a way for me to learn more about social media by becoming an active participant in it has now become part of who I am.

I may be neither the most prolific blogger out there, nor the most eloquent, but when I do post something, it is about a subject that means something to me. It may be silly or serious, but it is something that has touched me enough to write about it.

I do not post according to a timeline. For example, I do not strive to post daily or one post every week or anything like that. I post when I have something to say. At this point in my career (and my life), I am not blogging for fame or fortune. I just like blogging when I have something to say. There is no egotism in writing my blog. It is a form a self-expression, not a device to get anything, but a way to give to any who will accept.

If you have chosen to read my words, thank you. I hope you will come back again and again. If you do not care for what I am doing here, then I bless you in finding blogs that have more appeal to you. After all, there are a zillion different blogs out there.

Following are my posts which got the most views:

1. Good news and bad news about a degree in Communication/Public Relations, April 2011
2. Legal and ethical issues when employers check applicants’ social networking sites, February 2008
3. Grad school decision time: master’s degree in communication or MBA or IMC? February 2008
4. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear: The importance of having a mentor,  October 2011
5. Personal traits that help PR people be successful, September 2008

The list is instructive. It tells me that readers want helpful information that might be useful in making various career- and education-related decisions. In the future, I will do my best to provide you with more such information.

Thank you again for your support of More With Les. It means a great deal to me to have you join me here.


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It’s Christmas on Facebook,

And what holiday joys!

Seems all my friends’ dogs

got new Christmas toys.

There’s pic after pic of their frolic and playing.

Bores me to tears, but no offense,

I’m just sayin’.


It’s Christmas on iPads,

And I’m doing much reading.

Seems cheap ebooks full of typos

was just what I was needing.

Who proofreads these things?

No one it seems,

But expensive paper books exist only in my dreams.


It’s Christmas in the blogosphere,

And on a keyboard I’m writing

about holiday social media.

Who can keep fighting?

Pen and paper are relics of a long-distant past,

But you gotta admit, social media’s sure fast.


It’s Christmas on Twitter,

and holiday messages are short.

Only 140 characters,

and there’s no quick retort!


Who thought I’d miss the Christmas chain letter?

But is cold social media really any better?

You got the joy of throwing those letters on the fire,

But an iPad’s too expensive to add to the pyre.


You can’t fight Web 2.o,  so why not join in?

To miss all this fun would be a great sin.

Then you, too, can tweet, blog, text, and send cheer,

Merry Christmas to all,

and Happy New Year!

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I am becoming increasingly disillusioned with Facebook. I am not even sure why. Some possible reasons:

  1. I am growing up (finally) and looking for more substantial relationships, not mere connections.
  2. The insistence of many to post their unsolicited political statements. I do not go to Facebook to read spouted dogma and party talking points.  It always amazes me how utterly intolerant some people are while professing to be so open and accepting in their thinking.
  3. I am becoming even more of a hermit as I age. I do not need to know what everyone is doing at every moment. In fact, it is quite the opposite. If I have a real true connection with someone, I already know.

Even as I write this, a new book is out, The Boy Kings: A Journey Into the Heart of the Social Network, by ex-Facebook employee Katherine Losse. In fact, she was Facebook’s 51st employee, beginning in customer service and working her way up to be FB Founder Mark Zuckerberg’s personal ghostwriter.

According to Losse, who even went so far as to disconnect her Facebook page, the social network left millions with numerous connections, but they were in her opinion connections that were narrow and unfulfilled. Amazon‘s description of her says, “Losse started to wonder what this new medium meant for real-life relationships: Would Facebook improve our social interactions? Or would we all just adapt our behavior to the habits and rules of these brilliant but socially awkward Internet savants who have become today’s youngest power players?”

So, she took her money and ran. She ended up in the tiny west Texas town of Marfa, hidden away at the intersection of highways 67 and 90. Marfa is so small that, as we used to say in the Deep South where I was born, “You can walk toward town to go hunting.” The next largest city out there in Presidio County is Alpine, and it is small, too. But there in Marfa, Losse found a bit of a refuge from the digital world, a quiet place where she could write her book.

I like this woman a lot. She has been in the belly of the beast and found it troubling and not at all satisfying. I would love to have dinner with her and hear her story first-hand, without a digital referee/gatekeeper.

Does this mean I will disconnect my own Facebook page? Not any time soon. It is like what they say of wrecks — you want to turn away, but you always look. I, too, will (for now) continue to check Facebook from time to time. But there has to be something more, some greater fulfillment in real-time, face-to-face, where you can hear the voices and see the emotions. Where you can touch.

John Naisbitt summed it up way back in the 80s in his book, Megatrends: “The more ‘high tech’ humans have, the more ‘high touch’ humans want.” I guess I am just yearning for the high touch.

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If the current uprisings around the world prove anything, they prove the power of the well-chosen word over the well-aimed bullet.

The recent Egyptian revolution is said to have been born on Facebook. Most agree that social media has enabled the most significant changes in freedom of expression the Arab world has ever seen. Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter all played a part in bringing down an Egytian regime that had held absolute power for decades.

Even when Egyptian authorities tried to shut down the Internet and mobile phone service, the protests held in January 25 were promoted in advance on Facebook, and protesters showed up in large numbers.

The world is changing, and it is changing rapidly. Every day, there seems to be a new outbreak of protests in Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Yemen, Algeria, and Libya. Even China has recently cracked down on possible protest leaders when word got out that protests may be planned.

Can regime bullets stop protesters’ tweets? No. Not now, and not in the future. The power of the well-chosen word will win.

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If it were not for visitors/readers like you, this blog would have no reason for being. Thank you for coming here, reading my words, and commenting when you feel so moved. I know there is much out there to draw your attention, so your support here is greatly appreciated.

So, how are we doing?

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys reviewed how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

The numbers

The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, my blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 25 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 208 posts.

The busiest day of the year was November 29th with 204 views. The most popular post that day was A question for my Millennial Generation PR Writing students.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were lespotterinc.com, facebook.com, bloglines.com, google.com, and search.conduit.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for facebook ethical issues, more with les, public relations personality traits, ethical issues of facebook, and perils of facebook.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


A question for my Millennial Generation PR Writing students November 2010


Legal and ethical issues when employers check applicants’ social networking sites February 2008


Grad school decision time: master’s degree in communication or MBA or IMC? February 2008


Should teachers communicate with students via social networks like Facebook and MySpace? July 2008


Personal traits that help PR people be successful September 2008

Thank you for supporting my blog in 2010. I look forward to our continued connection in 2011.

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Facebook has bought FriendFeed, a social media platform that acts as a clearinghouse for our social media activities. 

According to its Website, “FriendFeed enables you to discover and discuss the interesting stuff your friends find on the web. Read and share however you want — from your email, your phone or even from Facebook. Publish your FriendFeed to your website or blog, or to services you already use, like Twitter.”

The goal seems to be a central place of organization among all the disparate aspects of social media. When told what to look for, FriendFeed collects all the information and lets the social media world know about it.

TweetDeck does some of that by facilitating simultaneous updates to both Twitter and Facebook. Facebook tried it with Facebook Connect. According to Chadwick Matlin writing in The Washington Post, Facebook will make FriendFeed a companion to Facebook Connect.

Matlin believes that Facebook’s purchase of FriendFeed is all about social aggregation, bridging the existing gap between what shows up with our Facebook friends in status updates and all the stuff they do outside of Facebook. Now with FriendFeed, Facebook can create a mash-up, making all that much easier.

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I’ve been using TweetDeck successfully for several weeks. But a few days ago, I received an update message. I clicked it, and ever since, I have been unable to use TweetDeck. When I open it, I get a blank page with no columns. I cannot make anything appear, no matter what I do.

I tried removing the program and starting over, but it does the same thing.

Does anyone have a suggestion on how I can fix this?

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