FORBES- 8 Tips to Avoid Turning into a Facebook Creep

In Kiri Blakeleys latest FORBES article “8 tips to avoid turning into a Facebook Creep,” Blakeley gives users must have tips to avoid looking like a Facebook stalker.  Some of her tips include “Defining your goals,” “Manage your Facebook time,” “Defriend” and “Have a Signifcant Other conversation.”  Her tips are great, read the full article here

I love that Blakeley touches on some of the main points that we discuss in the issues of New Media Dating. “I’m seeing at least two new clients a week for Facebook issues,” says psychotherapist and Metro advice columnist Jonathan Alpert. “Most of the problems I see are connected to relationships, and women present more frequently with these types of issues.” These issues, says Alpert, take forms such as: “Why hasn’t he changed his relationship status?” or “He still has pictures of his ex up!” or “Is his new girlfriend prettier than me?”

These issues represent a sociological shift in how technology is impacting relationships and courtship.  People need to keep up with these changes or there will be serious implications- which I discussed in my latest JMAG column on how social media is impacting the engagement process.




Social Media Business Netiquette Tips ABC Good Morning CT, Kris Ruby RMG

 

Here are my top tips from my Social Media Business Netiquette segment on ABC Good Morning CT

“How Social Media is Impacting your Sales Cycle & Business Reputation: Avoid these Top 5 Mistakes”

1- Do not check in on foursquare when meeting with a prospect

2- Do not post pictures of meetings with prospects, free lunches they give you or anything else until the contract is signed! This will alert all of your competitors that follow you on your social networks that company X has an RFP out with other agencies

3-Avoid over sharing- be discreet with what you post- and if you find this too hard to manage then create 2 separate accounts- 1 for business, 1 for personal

4- Be consistent with your status updates- People do not want to see a changed relationship status and broken heart next to their “trusted advisor” that they have paid money to hire- this looks very inconsistent and can make them lose trust in your ability to make stable decisions- if you are in a rocky relationship or are a serial dater- it is best not to write any relationship status at all

5-Use the same “sick” rules you used in high school- When you called out sick in high school, it was best not to be seen running around the playground the same day.  The same rules apply for social media- if you are using a “sick” day- don’t go posting on twitter or facebook that you are actually on a 2 day vacation and you are having a great time! This is the easiest way to get fired


Forbes Woman- Top 20 Best-Branded Women on Twitter

My Forbes Woman Column recently went live last week.  Here is my first article on the top 20 branded women on Twitter. Read the full column on Forbes Woman here

Entrepreneurs

20 Best-Branded Women On Twitter

Kris Ruby, 08.05.10, 11:10 AM EDT

When it comes to marketing a personal brand on Twitter, these women have what it takes.

This list of “best-branded” women on Twitter comprises travel experts, political bloggers, former models, social media gurus to happiness experts and TV producers. Despite their disparate backgrounds, all have one primary thing in common: They utilize social media to help promote their brand as well as a larger cause and always “give back” to the Twitter community.

Best-branded encompasses a lot more then Twitter follower numbers, it means creating a cohesive brand identity across multiple platforms. The women chosen have used Twitter to branch out and create either new brands or further their original brand through new media with thought-provoking comments, original content creation, inspiring tweets and compelling backgrounds.

@adventuregirl: Stefanie Michaels, or Adventure Girl as she is known on and offline, became popular for giving honest travel advice. She has been featured from Vanity Fair to Fox News for her travel advice. Alongside her blog, her book, Adventure Girl’s Guide to Adventure Travel…without Breaking a Nail, and giving advice from Vanity Fair to Fox News, she is definitely who you would want to go on an adventure with.

@Pistachio: The writer of Twitter for Dummies and CEO/Founder of OneForty.com, Laura Fitton knows what does and does not work on the site. With over 55,000 Twitter followers, her advice on all things related to Twitter has led her to become one of the queens of the site.

@DigitalRoyalty: Amy Jo Martin’s PR firm, Digital Royalty, has worked with Shaq, the White Sox, the UFC and others to create effective social media strategies. She is “royalty” not only within the sports world but within Twitter as well. 1.5 million Twitter followers can’t be wrong.

@ijustine: Lifecaster and Internet personality Justine Ezarik gained Web popularity with her Lifecasting videos and her now infamous 300-page iPhone bill. Now with over 1 million Twitter followers, users are still checking in to see Justine’s video parodies, her daily thoughts as well as her lifecasting videos.

@MarketingProfs:Advertising Age and The Huffington Post have recognized Ann Handley, the chief content officer forMarketingProfs.com, for her writing on business marketing through online and social media. She supplies her Twitter fans with up-to-the-minute social media related news and Web 2.0 posts!

@Techmama: Beth Blecherman, the founder of techmamas.com and whose website was chosen as one of the 100 best websites for women by Forbes, became famous by being a mom tech blogger. She is also influential on Twitter as well, where she provides premiere technology information for her readers.

@JuliaRoy: She has been one of ForbesWoman’s14 Power Women to Follow on Twitter, named one of America’s Tweethearts by Vanity Fair, a Top Twitter User and one of Top 30 Under 30 Tweeters. Alongside that impressive list, she is currently the senior manager of New Media at Coach Inc. (COH – news – people ), she also has worked at Schnieder Associates and Undercurrent. Check out her site at juliaroy.com

@BrandYou: Cindy Ratzlaff’s impressive resume includes being a social media strategist, a passionate brand evangelist, an author and an award winning publishing executive. She has also been named one of ForbeWoman’s 30 Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter (LINK: http://www.forbes.com/2009/11/24/twitter-forbeswoman-views-forbes-woman-entrepreneurs-natalie-macneil.html). She currently gives advice on brand marketing as well as developing marketing and publicity campaigns forNew York Times bestselling books.

@DonnaAntoniadis: Antoniadis is a digital, mobile and social media leader. She is the cofounder of ShesConnected.com, the first dual-profile social networking sit for women. Created for busy women, ShesConnected allows women to connect with other women in personal and professional areas.

@SmallBizTrends: Anita Campbell is the founder, CEO and editor in chief ofsmallbiztrends.com, as well the host of Small Business Trends radio. Anita is an expert in the areas of business and writing. Her website has won Forbes “Best of the Web” and has appeared in theWall Street Journal.

@MariaShriver: Most celebrities pages are a one-way street of communication–updates that focus solely on themselves, what they’re doing, what they’re wearing etc. However, the First Lady of California re-tweets valuable information about California based charities and events that all tweeps can get involved in or attend. She supports her image through tweets that inform, educate and push people to act. Most valuable are her tweets about The 2010 Women’s Conference.

@OfficialKimora: From its colors, to its design, to its background, Simmons’ Twitter page is fashion forward and connects with her overall fashion-focused brand. Simmons is extremely transparent on her page and connects and engages with many of her followers. After watching Simmons tweet live with her followers at an FIT speaking engagement, it is clear that Kimora does not believe in Twitter ghosting and is the real deal.

@IvankaTrump: Trump uses her Twitter profile as an extension of her personal brand. She tweets daily about her handbag line, her books and her life as an entrepreneur. Not only does she update her twitter followers on her business ventures, she also takes time to interact with them and share her personal opinions.

@Pattistanger: Stanger’s business, which centers around helping millionaires find love, has quickly catapulted her to success through her Bravo TV show and various social media profiles. Patti gives followers love advice, tips, and her personal opinion, as well what she is doing daily. Her dating tweets are often helpful and valuable to her followers looking to find true love.

@Alyssa_Milano: Milano uses her Twitter for a good cause: promoting charities that she is involved in, United Nations updates, helping her fellow tweeps by posting valuable Twitter how-to content, as well as her experiences traveling abroad. She often shares videos and pictures that help promote her brand. One last thing: She is one of the funniest people on Twitter today.

@AnnCurry: Curry uses her Twitter page as an extension of her journalistic passion. She provides glimpses of upcoming specials she has reported on, breaking news, and shares her own personal passions with her followers through her own photography. Curry also provides references to other great American works of literature and pieces of well-known journalism in her tweets. Curry also engages with her followers and gives them direct updates on current affairs and news.

@KarenRobinovitz: Robinovitz’s cosmetic’s company, Purple Lab, has been featured in the New York Times, InStyle, E! News and on countless blogs. Her line has been featured on HSN, where her products combine glam and science into a multipurpose eye, lip, and face makeup. She uses her Twitter page to tweet to her fans, as well as to give advice on make-up and fashion.

@AmyPalmer: The InTouch weekly senior editor and Emmy nominated TV host and executive producer is soon to launch Power Women TV, an online series focusing on women in business and entrepreneurship. She uses Twitter to update her followers on when they can see her on TV, as well as communicating directly with her fans. She is building the Powerwomen TV brand solely through her Web 2.0 efforts and we applaud her for building a brand from the ground up using Twitter.

@GabbyBernstein: Founder of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Network and Herfuture.com, this modern-day life guru also has a No. 1 bestselling book, Add More ~ing to Your Life. She uses her Twitter to discuss her upcoming talks and book tours, as well as giving out life advice to her followers. She has distinguished herself as the “happiness expert” for women and always tweets out inspiring and uplifting “pick me ups!”

@KathyIreland: The former SI swimsuit model has turned herself into a multimillion-dollar brand. She uses her Twitter page to not only promote herself, but to raise awareness and promote charities to her followers. She gives advice to her followers daily and often communicated directly with them, answering questions tweeted to her.

Kris Ruby is the president & founder of Ruby Media Group, a public relations, personal branding and social media agency. Kris also leads national speaking engagements on branding for Microsoft and the ABA has been featured on MSN Money, AOL Small Business, ABC Good Morning CT, NBC and News 12. She is the youngest ever to be chosen for the Business Council of Westchester’s “40 Under 40” Rising Stars.

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Very excited to be covering the 2010 Women’s Conference!

I am honored to be covering the 2010 Women’s Conference for RMG, Forbes Woman & Newsbutterfly!

The impressive speaker line up includes:

Mary J. Blige, Deepak Chopra, Paula Deen, Giada De Laurentiis, Jane Fonda, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Donna Karan, Nicholas Kristof, Matt Lauer, Jillian Michaels, Mary Oliver, Suze Orman, Robert Redford, Tony Robbins, Deborah Roberts, Al Roker, Diane Sawyer, Howard Schultz, Jessica Simpson, The Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Oprah Winfrey Join Other Headliners at The Women’s Conference 2010 Hosted by First Lady Maria Shriver and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

LOS ANGELES  – California First Lady Maria Shriver  announced an extraordinary lineup of newsmakers and world opinion leaders confirmed for The Women’s Conference 2010 to be held from Sunday, October 24 through Tuesday, October 26 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Tickets to the conference’s major events – The Main Event, A Day of Health, Wellness & Transformation, and Night at The Village go on sale next Wednesday, June 23 at 9:00 a.m. PDT at www.WomensConference.org.

The Women’s Conference 2010 will showcase more than 140 speakers and participants to inspire, empower and educate more than 30,000 attendees for three full days. The world class lineup will be led by Laila Ali, Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz, Martha Beck, Mary J. Blige, Erin Brockovich, Campbell Brown, Deepak Chopra, Rosario Dawson, Paula Deen, Giada De Laurentiis, Linda Ellerbee, Giselle Fernandez, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David Gregory, Arianna Huffington, Women for Hire CEO Tory Johnson, Donna Karan, Billie Jean King, New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof, Matt Lauer, Omega Institute Co-Founder Elizabeth Lesser, Journalists Laura Ling and Lisa Ling, Jillian Michaels, Former Chairman & CEO, Xerox Corporation Anne Mulcahy, The Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, Poet Mary Oliver, Suze Orman, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Robert Redford, Tony Robbins, Deborah Roberts, Al Roker, Diane Sawyer, The Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop and Primate The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Howard Schultz, Maria Elena Salinas, Jessica Simpson, Anna Deavere Smith, Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks, President, Disney/ABC Television Group Anne Sweeney, “The Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, Kerry Washington, Ali Wentworth and Oprah Winfrey.

“I am honored to again be hosting what has become the nation’s premier forum for women,” said Shriver. “With this year’s theme of ‘It’s Time,’ we are hoping The Women’s Conference inspires women to see this challenging moment in history as an opportunity to come together and transform ourselves, our communities and our world as Architects of Change.”

The Women’s Conference 2010 will kick off on Sunday, October 24 with Maria Shriver’s March on Alzheimer’s and candlelight vigil in the Shoreline Village area of Long Beach. Joining Maria Shriver will be Event Emcee Leeza Gibbons and Event Co-Chairs, actor Peter Gallagher and Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines. Additional celebrity co-chairs and event entertainment will be announced in the coming weeks. Maria Shriver has been a long-time advocate for families like hers who are struggling with Alzheimer’s and the march will bring together thousands of families, friends, caregivers, community members and conference attendees to raise funds and awareness to fight the disease. Online registration for Maria Shriver’s March on Alzheimer’s is now open at http://www.womensconference.org. A minimum donation of $25 is required to sign-up for the march and all participants will be encouraged to raise additional funds to support the work of the Alzheimer’s Association, the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.

“Alzheimer’s is a mind-blowing disease that disproportionately impacts women – both as victims and caretakers of loved one’s suffering from it,” said Shriver. “With more than 5 million people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in this country and a new diagnosis every 70 seconds, I believe it’s time to pick up the pace and start marching to defeat this devastating disease.”

On Sunday evening, October 24, the first day of The Women’s Conference 2010 will culminate with the presentation of its inaugural Night at the Theater event. Night at the Theater will feature a star-studded live performance of “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” the intimate collection of stories written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. Additional information about the event, including venue, ticket information and confirmed cast, will be announced later this summer.

On Monday, October 25, the second day of the conference will begin with A Day of Health, Wellness & Transformation, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Due to popular demand, the second-annual event will be doubled in size to more than 3,200 attendees. Hosted by Maria Shriver and organized around the theme of “It’s Time…To Take Action,” the event will feature more than 20 world-class issue experts leading interactive sessions packed with practical tips, tools and takeaways for how attendees can transform themselves personally and professionally and become Architects of Change in their lives. Session topics include “how-to’s” such as Take Action in Your Own Life, Lead Like A Woman, Negotiate Effectively at Work & Home, Leverage the Web to Get Ahead, Enjoy a Successful Love Life, and Find Your Frank and Fearless Voice, among others. Confirmed speakers for A Day of Health, Wellness & Transformation include Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Martha Beck, Sally Field, Giselle Fernandez, Tory Johnson, Dr. Marie Savard, Author Gail Sheehy, Elizabeth Lesser, Black Enterprise Magazine Editorial Director Sonia Alleyne, Dr. Robert Epstein and New York University Professor Carol Gilligan, among others.

The conference’s second day will be capped off with the third-annual Night at The Village from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Night at The Village will transform the Long Beach Convention Center’s exhibit hall into an over 160,000 square foot women’s village for more than 10,000 attendees. Hosted by Maria Shriver and organized around the theme of “It’s Time…To Experience the Best,” the event will feature: stage conversations with prominent speakers, notable personalities and women entrepreneurs such as Paula Deen, Jessica Simpson, Jane Fonda, Donna Karan, Giada De Laurentiis, Ali Wentworth and “The Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro; stage interviews and book signings with more than 20 best-selling authors such as Caroline Kennedy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Meghan McCain, Kim Barnouin, Cat Cora, “The Biggest Loser’s” Bob Harper, The Happiness Project Author Gretchen Rubin, Fresh Mexico Author Marcela Valladolid, Holly Robinson Peete & Rodney Peete and Katherine Schwarzenegger; live entertainment, a fashion show and cooking exhibitions; and interactive shopping experiences with women-focused products, services and information from more than 330 exhibitors. The Village stays open throughout the conference and is a popular gathering spot for speakers, authors and attendees.

On Tuesday, October 26, more than 70 world opinion leaders and approximately 14,000 attendees will gather at the conference’s Main Event from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Organized around the theme of “It’s Time…To Be An Architect of Change,” the Main Event will once again be a place for the conference’s signature once-in-a-lifetime conversations and news-making moments that combine the world’s most authentic and influential voices in discussions about the issues that matter most to women and shape their lives. Program highlights from the Main Event’s main stage conversations and 14 “breakout conversations” include:

Diane Sawyer will moderate a “once-in-a-lifetime conversation” between The Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg;

• A “kitchen table conversation” between Matt Lauer and Arnold Schwarzenegger where the Governor will reflect on lessons learned from his seven years in office and discuss what’s next;

Dr. Oz and Lisa Oz will moderate a conversation titled “It’s Time to Talk About Marriage and Relationships: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” between Al Roker & Deborah Roberts and Hal Rubenstein & David Nickle;

Campbell Brown will moderate a conversation titled “It’s Time to Talk to Women Who Know Firsthand What It Takes to Lead” between Carol Bartz, Anne Mulcahy, The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori and Anne Sweeney; and

• The Women’s Conference will honor the year’s most remarkable women with the presentation of the prestigious Minerva Awards during the afternoon main stage session of the Main Event. The special ceremony will be hosted by Maria Shriver and will feature remarks by Mary J. Blige and the five 2010 Minerva Award honorees Oprah Winfrey, The Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, Oral Lee Brown, Sister Terry Dodge and Carolyn Blashek. The Minerva Awards ceremony will culminate with a special concert event that will be announced at a later date.

Tickets will be available for purchase online next Wednesday, June 23 at 9:00 a.m. PDT at www.WomensConference.org. Full day tickets for conference’s Main Event on Tuesday, October 26 can be purchased for $250 (Loge View), $185 (Balcony View) and $150 (Partial View Balcony). In addition, a limited number of tables situated on the arena floor will sell for $3,900 for a table of 12. Tickets to Night at The Village on Monday, October 25 will sell for $40. An individual ticket to A Day of Health, Wellness & Transformation on Monday, October 25 can be purchased for $165. Individual tickets for the special Minerva Awards presentation ceremony during the Afternoon Session of The Women’s Conference Main Event on October 27 will sell for $50.

The mission of the California Governor & First Lady’s Conference on Women, the non-profit organization that produces The Women’s Conference event, is to create Architects of Change – people from all walks of life who see a problem and seek to create the solution, be it in their home, their community, their state or our world. Proceeds from The Women’s Conference Main Event, Night at The Village and A Day of Health, Wellness & Transformation benefit the organization’s WE Programs. The Women’s Conference has formed strategic partnerships with established organizations to create lasting change through its six far-reaching programs – WE Educate, WE Invest, WE Connect, WE Act, WE Inspire and WE Honor. Through these programs, The Women’s Conference community works together 24/7 on the front-lines of humanity to finance dreams and invest in entrepreneurs, lift people out of poverty, help end the cycle of domestic violence, send young women to college, build community centers, playgrounds and gardens, honor courage, wisdom and strength, and inspire people by the remarkable history of their state.

WomensConference.org — The Home for Architects of Change — has become a thriving online community of more than one million women who visit the site to be empowered with daily editorial and video content, inspirational conversations and stories, and life-changing tips, tools and resources.

The Women’s Conference 2010 is supported by nearly 60 generous sponsors and partners that share its mission of empowering, inspiring and educating women. Many of our sponsors have been with us for all seven years under Shriver’s leadership, including Safeway, who returns as a Conference Presenting Sponsor and Target, who returns as The Minerva Awards Presenting Sponsor. Lean Cuisine returns as A Night at The Village Presenting Sponsor, and the Shinnyo-en Foundation returns to present A Day of Health, Wellness and Transformation. New sponsor Kodak will join the Conference this year as a Presenting Sponsor.

For more information about The Women’s Conference organization, events and WE programs, visit: http://www.womensconference.org.