April 17th, 2014 by Andrew J. Coate
We all know the importance of goal setting. Yet, just as we all know we should set goals, it can be a struggle to do so sometimes. We have trouble staying motivated, and it’s all too easy to “cheat,” even when using digital tools to help plan and track.
This is where the power of community comes in. By letting others in on your goal-setting or tracking progress you receive the added benefits of a support network and accountability to keep you motivated.
Below are five tools spanning a variety of lifestyle and professional categories. Each allows you to push toward your goals while engaging others in the process. Some connect to pre-existing social networks such as Facebook or Twitter, while others come with built-in social communities.
IRUNURUN (pronounced “I run, you run”) is founded on the principles that “actions speak louder than goals” and “we are what we repeatedly do.” The company believes that people generally don’t accomplish much alone, but rather “people achieve their potential by aligning their actions with their purpose.” What sets this app apart is that they understand the challenges that go with staying on task, and have crafted a motivational experience in the app itself and through their blog. You never feel on your own while using it. Read the rest of this entry »
April 17th, 2014 by Team Klout
Our goal at Klout has always been to help people have an impact online. Through Cinch, we created a new way for our users to directly impact each other by asking questions and receiving timely, personalized advice on mobile devices. Although we received an overwhelmingly positive response to Cinch, we believe that focusing our efforts on the newly relaunched Klout iOS app and soon-to-be-launched Klout Android app is the best way to help our users going forward.
With this in mind, we’re sad to announce that we’ll be discontinuing the Cinch app on Friday April 18, 2014.
To everyone who helped us make it easy for the world to tap into great advice – thank you. We greatly appreciate the time you put into the Cinch community. Read the rest of this entry »
April 11th, 2014 by Sahana Ullagaddi
Many social media pros use social media as a platform to build relationships with people they’ve never met. How do they do this? By using social media to share their story. We understand the world – and each other – through stories. If you want people to understand you, sharing your story is the best way to do it.
Even social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk lives by this philosophy, “Creating content that allows us to share our experiences, thoughts, and ideas in real time is becoming an intrinsic part of life in the twenty-first century”.
If you think about it, using social media to tell your story is really about building deeper human connection in the digital space. Each bio, post, re-share, favorite and like each help paint a clearer picture of who you are offline, and ultimately, why your audience should care about what you have to say. Whether you know it or not, potential employers and even credit lenders are increasingly using social media to find more information about you online. We recommend using it as an opportunity to share your story. Own your social presence; don’t let it own you. Read the rest of this entry »
April 8th, 2014 by James Landau
Today we’re excited to announce a brand new version of Klout for iOS, one that unifies our mobile and desktop experiences.
The release of #NewKlout in February represented an important shift for us towards helping you not only measure your online reputation and expertise, but also improve it. Our new app provides a crucial tool to help you do this.
Create Content On the Go
At the heart of the new app is the personalized content stream, which intelligently recommends articles that will strike a chord with your unique set of friends, fans, and followers. With the app, you now have the ability to discover, enjoy and share this content anywhere, anytime, on the go. As with the desktop experience, the same helpful tags highlight articles that are trending or particularly relevant for your audience.
Klout mobile also enables you to supplement your content with both original photos as well as location information, increasing the likelihood of engagement. You can now share your thoughts and ideas through Klout whenever you have them, not just when you’re sitting at your desk. Read the rest of this entry »
March 31st, 2014 by Wahiba Chair
In this age of the social web, getting others to notice you is short of asking them to spot a needle in a haystack. The good news is that it all starts with compelling content and it doesn’t always have to be yours. With thousands of social media posts per minute, your ‘home’ feed can get a little overwhelming. How do you cut through the noise and shed light on those hidden gems that will spark interest in your community? Here are efficient ways to discover and engage with live content:
1. Take advantage of Twitter Lists
Targeted lists will highlight what’s happening in your space. You can follow a list that you created, subscribe to a list; or check lists as you go. To find interesting lists, you can look up influencers around your topics. Chances are they belong to a lot of lists.
You can follow a list directly on Twitter or via a stream in your social media management tool. For instance, @MariSmith is a great example of a social media influencer.
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