Do you have your social media policy in place?

With the rise of social media, if you have not dealt with it in your business, you likely will be dealing with it at some point in the near future.

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audio technica ATR3350 lapel microphone tests

This is a few test videos using the audio technica ATR3350 lavalier microphone (lapel), plugged into the Kodak Zi8 HD camcorder and comparing that audio to the Zi8’s built in microphone.  If your interested in approving the sound quality of a camera with an audio “in” jack this relatively inexpensive lapel microphone is worth a try. ATR3350

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An App Store for Mac???– Bodega — [TechTipTuesday]

This week’s Tech Tip Tuesday is a part video/part text review of an interesting application for Mac OS X:  Bodega which aggregates Mac apps from many places.  It is essentially an application store (like the Apple App Store or Android Market) which categorizes Mac applications in categories such as “productivity”, “Business” “Audio” etc. . . and allows app purchase directly through the store.  Here is what it looks like:

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For a video walk-through of the application, check out the video below:

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iPhone Affidavit

Below is the affidavit which was used to get the warrant that allowed the search of Jason Chen’s (Gizmodo employee) home, and the seizure of a substantial amount of his property. It is long and tedious but there are some interesting parts.

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Do you have your social media policy in place? [FreeStyleFriday]

With the rise of social media, if you have not dealt with it in your business, you likely will be dealing with it at some point in the near future. While there are fancier and more technical definitions, “social media” boils down to any service that allows a person to keep in contact with other people through digital means.

Social media can take many different forms, including Internet forums, weblogs, social blogs, wikis, podcasts, pictures and video. Examples of social media applications are Google Groups (reference, social networking), MySpace (social networking), Facebook (social networking), Yelp.com (product reviews), Last.fm (personal music), YouTube (social networking and video sharing), Avatars United (social networking), Second Life (virtual reality), Flickr (photo sharing) and, of course, Twitter (social networking & microblogging).

With so many outlets for employees to participate and share their views, it is not surprising that the opportunities for a business to be negatively impacted also increase. Today, employees can communicate with the world from almost any place, at any time and through a number of different channels. It is also fairly easy for communications (positive and negative) to attach to your business and shape the public image of your business. Additionally, with employees communicating in a way that could be construed as “on behalf of the company”, there can be legal implications. A prudent business needs a policy to control and direct this potential torrent of information.

Your business may already have a communications policy that broadly addresses communications by employees with the outside world. However, a specific or refined policy that addresses at least several key issues raised by social media is advisable. If you are interested in seeing some of social media policy guidance I have create, please email me at sjr@shawnjroberts.com

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Apple iPad Giveway Winner!

It has been a week of great comments and a wonderful launch for shawnjroberts.com and I appreciate all the input.  To complete the launch, we randomly selected one commenter to win the iPad and we reveal the winner in the video below . . .

Congratulations to Kurt McDowell!!!

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Hello world.

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I am not going to be publishing a bunch of personal detail about my life that might bore people on this blog.  However, we had a fairly significant event happen in our family today:  The birth of our daughter Leela Paige.  She is a healthy baby girl, 6 pounds, 9 ounces.

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