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Interview with Zombie Author Jonathan Maberry

I’ve been doing a lot of fiction writing recently; more than I’ve done in quite a few years. One of the things that’s inspired me, and which I’ve found fascinating, is how  social media, tablets, e-readers and e-books are changing the publishing landscape. As a result, I’ve started interviewing authors to learn about how they use social media to build their audience and propel their careers. The links below will take you to two posts that together are the first in a series of interviews I will be posting about authors and social media.

In this post, I interviewed Jonathan Maberry, author of such zombie brain-feasts as Patient Zero, Rot & Ruin, Dust & Decay, Dead of Night and Wanted Undead or Alive. Note that there are two versions. Tweeting with Zombies is a short version that focuses on Twitter and was posted to The longer, extended post, Of Zombies & Social Media, is on Addicted to Social Media.


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Being Busy is Good

Well, I’ve been busy lately with several new blog posts (with more coming) and podcasts. Check them out at the links below, and enjoy.

Addicted to Social Media
A2SM Podcast #11: Jumping the Shark
A2SM Podcast #10: Interview: Loic Le Meur, Founder of Seesmic, gives us some Exclusive News!
Post: 4 Simple Reasons Why Twitter’s @Anywhere is Going @Nowhere
Guest Post: 10 Features I want to see in TweetDeck (Don’t miss TweetDeck’s Community Manager’s comments (see Comments 7 and 8). (See Below)
9 More Features I want to see in TweetDeck (a continuation of my Twitip post above – I had a lot to say)

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9 More Features I Want to See in TweetDeck

This is the continuation to my post, 10 Features I want to see in TweetDeck that I wrote for (please visit Twitip for Features 1-10). I’m offering this continuation here because a friend of mind constantly complains about the length of my posts and I thought that offering all 19 would be too long. So here are 11-19. Enjoy, and let me know what you think in the comments.

11.    IM Integration

Problem: I can’t IM from Twitter.

Solution: Add IM functionality.

12.    List (History) of Links Clicked

Problem: I often look for tweets with links that I’ve previously clicked, but can’t find them.

Solution: Provide a column showing all of the tweets containing links that I’ve clicked. Also need to see who tweeted them and when, and provide a Retweet button so I can forward them.

13.    List of Lists

Problem: I don’t like the way lists are handled in TweetDeck.

Solution: Offer a column providing a list of all my lists and the lists I am on.

14.    Show Followed/Unfollowed Dates

Problem: I often don’t know when someone started following me, when I started following them, or if and when they may have stopped following me.

Solution: I would like to see all of this info.

15.    Favorite Tweeter’s Column

Problem: There are some people whom I really enjoy or simply need to follow closely, but I don’t want to add yet another Search Column.

Solution: Provide a column of my favorite tweeters (I know this could be a list, but as mentioned, I don’t like the way lists are implemented. Also, the list I want to see will show the tweeters themselves, not their tweets (unless I expand them).

16.    Missing Tweets

Problem: TweetDeck misses massive numbers of tweets. Although this is sometimes a Twitter problem, I’m not convinced this is entirely their fault.

Solution: Fix how TweetDeck pulls tweets from Twitter or add a “more” button when there are gaps in the timeline so I can back-fill them.

17.    Better iPhone Integration

Problem: I live on my iPhone and while I love that desktop TweetDeck syncs with iPhone TweetDeck, the iPhone version is not only incredibly sluggish, but it misses even more tweets than the desktop version.

Solution: Fix the bugs in the iPhone version and how it pulls tweets from Twitter.

18.    Show Tweets Replied to in a Column

Problem: I often like to look at tweets that I’ve replied to, but it’s inefficient to have to search through all my tweets to find them.

Solution: Provide a column that compiles only the tweets I’ve replied to.

19.    Analytics, Analytics, Analytics

Problem: Just knowing that someone clicked on a link is not good enough. I want to see every bit of data that can possibly be extracted from Twitter regarding the tweets I’m sending and receiving.

Solution: I’m not going to list all the types of data that I would like to see (no blog is big enough), but a comprehensive suite, like what PeopleBrowsr offers is critical.


Tighter Integration with Facebook

Problem: Let’s face it, Facebook is an important platform and while TweetDeck added Facebook features last year, it’s not doing much to help me manage my Facebook account or Fan pages.

Solution: TweetDeck was built with Twitter in mind, but it now absolutely MUST offer tighter integration with Facebook. I need to manage not only my account, including having columns for my various lists, but I need to be able to manage several different Fan pages including having access to page analytics.

So, what features do you want to see in TweetDeck. Let me know in the comments (and don’t forget to read about Features 1-10 in 10 Features I want to see in TweetDeck on



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Social Media Training Available (don’t wait!)

Does Social Media leave your confused? Can’t tell the difference between Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google? Need to strengthen your social media skills? Want to use Social Media in marketing your business?  Learn it all with Audrey Julienne of RDEMarketing, Rick Simmons of Dinkum Interactive and yours truly in the new LIVE computer lab at Peirce College on Wednesday, April 28 2010, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM for a special full day training program.

Click here to register. Sponsored by the Center City Proprietors Association.

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I’m Here, I’m There, I’m Everywhere!

Apologies to Dr, Seuss, and to you, my readers, but sometimes you just get so busy that you forget you haven’t updated your blog in far too long (yeah, I know, Bad Neal). So here’s a quick rundown of some things I’ve done recently and some things that are on their way.

Understanding Twitter, Presented to the Center City Proprietors Association

On February 17, I gave a lecture to members of the Center City Proprietors Association called Understanding Twitter. It was a really fun event and I’d like to thank the CCPA for inviting me to present, everyone who attended (you were a great audience) and the law firm of Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow for hosting the event. I’ll be posting the PowerPoint deck shortly, but here are some pictures.

That's me!

Upcoming Speaking Events

Over the next few months, I’ll be presenting at several events. Some of them are listed below, but several others are still in the planning stages, so stay tuned. Details will be announced shortly. I hope to see you there.

  • April 20: Center for Architecture Spring Seminar Series
  • TBD: Social Media 101: How to use Social Media for Fun & Profit
  • TBD: JobCamp: Using Social Media to Find a New Job
  • TBD: PhillyTweetUp: We coming back with a new format and locations.

A2SM Interview: Podcast #9: Chris Heuer, Founder of the Social Media Club

On February 19 Seth Goldstein and I interviewed Chris Heuer, Founder of the Social Media Club for our Addicted to Social Media Podcast Series. Since starting SMC about 3 years ago, the club has spread to over 100 cities around the world. Learn about what’s going on with the Social Media Club and what Chris’s plans are for the future. Click here to listen.

Also in this podcast:

  • Neal Presented “Understanding Twitter” to Philadelphia’s Center City Proprietor’s Association
  • PR nightmare: How fat is too fat for Southwest Airlines (ask Kevin Smith)?
  • Schools spying on your kids via their Webcams
  • Seth’s Pick of the Week: Google Buzz
  • My Pick of the Week: Yoono

Talking About SaveNASA

On February 3, I was a special guest on the Talking Space Podcast discussing President Obama’s budget proposal for NASA and its implications for the future of American human spaceflight. You can listen to the podcast here. If it sounds a bit choppy, that’s because the conversation was cut from over 2 hours to about one. Sorry about that.

The Talking Space crew also discussed my SaveNASA movement back on November 29, 2009. You can listen to that podcast here (Jump to the 19 minute mark to hear them discuss SaveNASA).
And Finally…

Read my post about Facebook’s Nefarious Plot to Destroy Email Forever! (and Own YOU in the Process) originally posted on Addicted to Social Media back on January 20.


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What’s the Big Deal about This Poster?

STS-129 Poster at NASA HQ

This poster is hanging outside Space Operations Chief Bill Gerstenmaier’s office at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC.

See the little red square at the top left. Whose signature is that, I wonder?

Hey, that’s my signature!

The Story
If you haven’t seen my previous post, on November 16, 2009, I presented this poster to NASA officials on behalf of one hundred guests who were invited to a Tweetup at the Kennedy Space Center for the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on the STS-129 mission to the International Space Station.

Presenting Poster to NASA Official

The Tweetup Group

So, now a little bit of me is at NASA HQ. Kind of cool, ain’t it?

This poster is hanging outside Space Operations Chief Bill Gerstenmaier’s office at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC. See the little red square at the top left. Who’s signature is that, I wonder?

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TweetUp, NASA Style

On September 24th, I had the privilege to attend a TweetUp at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC to honor of the crew of STS-127. Check out the following posts that I wrote about the event for (Please Comment):


That’s me being interviewed about TweetUps on NASA TV
(Do I look strangely intense? ;)
Click here to see the entire video (Note: it’s 1h, 30m)

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