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Warning: Bebo Will Change Your Profile Without Warning or Input

If you’ve paid attention to my advice about selecting your social networking profile name, you’ve likely carefully made your choice.

Well be warned; Bebo will change your profile name without notice and without any input from you.

Take a look at this email I recently received from Bebo:


Andy Beal,

Your username has been changed by a Bebo administrator for security purposes. Sorry for the inconvenience.

New Username: AndyBeal_*******

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Please do not reply directly to this email.

If you have a question about the Bebo service:

LinkedIn Partners with CNBC – a social site for professionals – is partnering with CNBC to integrate news and other content. LinkedIn has over 27 million members but until now has had very little community-buildling or social networking features.

Currently on LinkedIn you can email other professionals, ask them questions, and give or get recommendations from people in your network. Now you’ll also be able to share information with them – something that is happening informally anyway.

One way to build up your network is to send relevant news stories, blog posts, or videos that you think they’ll benefit from. With this partnership, that could be easier if the content is on CNBC. On CNBC’s site there is a section devoted to LinkedIn – though right now it’s at the very bottom of the page and it’s a poll. To answer the poll, you must be a member of LinkedIn.

Blogging the Democratic Convention from the Big Tent

Today I wish I were a political blogger. I supposedly had a ticket to the Democratic Convention, which fell through. Then I had the misfortune (in this situation) to live in a state that didn’t get a lot of tickets. Some lucky bloggers – one from each state – were also part of the State Blog Pool or Corps (here’s a list of the bloggers by state).

I have a feeling, that while it would be fun to attend the parties and see the speeches, I would want to hang out in the Big Tent. That’s where the bloggers are. It’s not air-conditioned, and you’re not as wined and dined, but from the looks of it, you’re in good company. Google and Digg set it up and sponsored it. If you’re Republican they’re sponsoring a tent at the Republican convention too.

My SES San Jose Presentation: Twitter for Marketers

I don’t normally share my presentations online, but I thought some of you might want to take a look at the presentation I gave recently at SES San Jose.

It’s an intro on using Twitter as a marketer and covers the basics and a few advanced tips. There’s no audio, so some of the information (and gags) are missing, but hopefully it’s still useful.

Twitter Tips for Marketers

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The Government Twitters and They Should Pay for It

The government can’t be all that bad. They Twitter. They don’t make us practice until we’re almost dead for the Olympics. Plus they use other social media sites to communicate and encourage freedom of press. Now, if they could just let reporters live twit during press conferences it would look just like BlogWorld – speakers could look down at an audience of laptops.

Silicon Valley nerds may be early adopters of social media – but the government is not only twittering, they are blogging and using other social media platforms (and maybe they should subsidize it too!).

Yahoo Buzz Opens to All; Don’t Get Too Excited

When Yahoo Buzz first opened in beta, stories soon surfaced that, those invited to the beta, saw some big increases in traffic. If you’ve been pining to get a piece of your own Buzz, you’ll be pleased to know that Yahoo Buzz is now open to all web sites.

Today, six months and more than 5 million users later, we’re pleased to share that we’re opening Yahoo! Buzz up so that you can “buzz up” content from any publisher on the Web…And for anyone publishing Web content that was not part of our beta testing, today we hope you will join Yahoo! Buzz and let our audience (of more then half a billion people!) buzz up your content, too. Joining is as simple. Just grab code from our Buttons page and paste it into your website or blog.

Exclusive: Hands-on Social Media Training from Om Malik, Biz Stone and More!

OK, pay attention! With many folks offline at various conferences this week, this is your chance to secure one of only 25 seats for a very exclusive conference: the Aloha Social Media Summit.

Picture this: You, me, the Om Malik, Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter), Peter Shankman (the Help a Reporter genius), Susan Bratton (social media diva), Dave Taylor (the man, the legend) and other social media gurus, sitting in beautiful Boulder, CO learning cutting-edge social media tactics!

Drooling yet? It’s gets better!

No boring PowerPoint, no stale boxed-lunches, and no sales pitches from speakers, more interested in signing you up as a client, than actually helping you.

This is your chance to tap the minds of some of the smartest people in social media–all willing to help you create a killer social media campaign.