How To Be Better At Networking and Improving Your Personal Marketing

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social networking circle In person networking is as important to growing your business and increasing your influence. Here are the top ways to not miss your next networking opportunity.

Business Networking doesn’t begin when you arrive at the conference

Before leaving for an event, networking lunch or conference (see our pubcon seo conference post) have your goals outlined and script prepared. Know who you should contact and be ready to help them. Also, If you are at an event and are not professional there is a possibility that your bad antics will be video recorded and shared online. Always assume that video cameras are running at any event and don’t do anything you wouldn’t want taped.
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Yahoo No Longer Second Most Visited US Website

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Facebook has become the second most popular website in the United States, passing Yahoo with 134 million unique visitors. Yahoo has been on an aggressive cost cutting plan, reducing services and features while Facebook continues to innovate, develop and improve their site.
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What is most remarkable about Facebook’s dominance is the short time span this has happened in and it’s level of user engagement. The social networking site has nearly 3x the site visitor time as the other major internet properties.

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<p>Facebook is only behind Google and they have a real chance at beating them – <a href=Facebook is growing faster.

Back in the late 1990’s Amazon foresaw the growth of social networks and made a large investment in the purchase of PlanetAll.com in 1998. Amazon was correct in realizing “the only address book you’ll ever need” would be a website, however they were about 8 years too early.

Read more about Facebook becoming the #2 most visited website on the internet at Network World and Compete.com.

Social Networking With Google Uses All Your Personal Info

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Social networking is the center of web 2.0 and Google desperately wants to get into the game. They have Orkut.com but this doesn’t really count as it has a pithy userbase compared to myspace.com and facebook.com. In order for Google to truly compete in the online social revolution is to play strong and dirty. Just like Mocrosoft, Google is willing to use any and all resources to win this game, and the resources in question are your personal information.

The G social network of the future is codenamed Maka Maka and it will integrate every bit of your known data into one complete system. Your personal search history, gmail.com contacts, google reader feeds, iGoogle widgets & data, Gtalk buddy list, events in your Gcalendar will all suddenly be part of the social web.

Yipee! We now get  to let Google monetize our personal information, and we unknowingly agreed to it when we signed up for all these time saving Google services, clicking i agree to the end user license agreement.

Google wants to place ads on your homepage, start page, networking page, personal events, heck if google could produce an alarm clock that displayed adwords they would send them to every household in the world.

More from the Google social announcement:

Google will announce a new set of APIs on November 5 that will allow developers to leverage Google’s social graph data. They’ll start with Orkut and iGoogle (Google’s personalized home page), and expand from there to include Gmail, Google Talk and other Google services over time.

On November 5 we’ll likely see third party iGoogle gadgets that leverage Orkut’s social graph information – the most basic implementation of what Google is planning. . . . Google is also considering allowing third parties to join the party at the other end of the platform – meaning other social networks (think Bebo, Friendster, Twitter, Digg and thousands of others) to give access to their user data to developers through those same APIs.