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(@meredithgould) sociologist, author, digital strategist and editorial consultant keen on using social media to build and sustain community. Founder: Twitter-based Church Social Media (#ChSocM) chat. Currently Community Manager for the Social Media Health Network of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media.Visit website to learn more.
Can you hear my applause resounding through cyberspace? Big YES to the word count. As an editor of several blogs, I tell prospective bloggers they must make their point in 350-450 words. If the blogger is someone I've worked with (read: edited) before, I kick back long posts with the query, "You want to cut this down or shall I?"
As a best practice I also let bloggers know that all posts will be edited before posting. Usually this means copyedited but sometimes it means line editing (i.e., light rewrite). This is especially necessary for academic types as well as those under the thrall of biz-speak.
Wow! QuotesCover looks like fun. I'm ready to go down the rabbit hole of playing with it.
I have the distinction of establishing and then getting the hashtag #chsocm accepted as the universally-recognized hashtag for content and conversation about church and social media. But that was after chosing a hashtag that generated a pile of porn spam in Portuguese. Turns out I'd unwittingly chosen a slang word for...let's just say something not even remotely close to my intent. #chsocm tested out fine. Point of this anecdote: pre-test all hashtags!
In the days of print I argued vehemently against using ampersands in headlines. And until recently, hashtags had no special meaning. These days I advocate their use if only to make the title/headline shorter and zippier and more attractive to a particular demographic. As for the argument about hashtags signifying a "Twitter-centric view," that's about to become mooted as Facebook adds that option.
I've already posted this fabulous resignation letter to my Twitterstream and am watching it get RT'd. I think it's instructive on many levels, not the least of which being a great example of what we can (hopefully) expect to see more of from GenXers and Millennials. So much more illuminating than the standard nonsense that he spoofs in his opening sentence, "I've decided to spend more time with my family."
This recalls a story from my own Adventures With Hashtags while setting up the #chsocm (church social media) chat back in July 2011. I'd unwittingly chosen a combination of letters that generated a stream of porn -- in Portuguese. Checked with a multi-lingual colleague who had a good laugh while tell me that I'd stumbled upon a slang term for lady parts, so to speak/tweet.