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Thursday; May 22nd with Guest @tommytrc 

Topic:  “Video Blogging.” at 10pmET

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Q1)    Why did you start vlogging?

 A1 I saw the power of social media when the video of the birth of my son went vital bit.ly/1lYVWcr

A1 I knew the power of video and wanted to leave a legacy for my 3 oldest kids from my 1st marriage.

Q2)    Where do you find your vlog Inspiration?

  A2 My inspiration comes from life lessons all around me, people, places and things. Theses always teachable moments.

A2 And since I only see my kids on a limited basis, Dad can teach them wherever I am. I know they don’t watch today, but someday.

Q3)    What kind of camera do I use to create a vlog?

   A3 I use my iPhone 5S. The BEST camera is the one you have readily accessible. I use the front facing camera – shooting’s a snap.

A3 Here’s a pin board I made of all my logging gear

Q4)    What’s the advantage of vlogging (video blogging) vs just blogging?

  A4 A picture is worth 1000 words, a video is 24 pictures per second 🙂 I want my kids to hear it from their Dads mouth.

A4 It’s all about teaching moments, and vlog’s come easier to me than straight typing.

Q5)    What’s your policy for handling comments from your vlogs?

   A5 I try to answer each and every comment, or at least acknowledge it. It’s a personal touch, but it’s all about engagement.

A5 I do not get loads of comments, but I’m passionate about giving each one a little love 🙂

@Mediachat : YES RT : Commenting is so important for engagement!

    its not about you, its about your audience!!

Q6)    What about negative comments?

  A6 EW!!! Negative comments are comments that need attention also.

A6 I try to follow with those first. Negative comments can turn nasty quick!

Q7)    What editing software do you find easiest to use when creating your vlog?

  A7 I’m a Mac guy at heart and I just love iMovie. Dead simple and free with each new Mac.

A7 Easy to add titles, transitions and merge pictures to the video. As well as upload.

Google free video editing tools. You’ll find a bunch.

Q8)    What services do you prefer to upload your vlogs to?

  A8 I prefer Youtube. It’s dead easy, integrated in iMovie and free-fifty-free!    What more can you ask for?

A8 and you can make money if you are a huge hit like  .

Q9)    What about sound quality?

  A9 good question -The sound quality of the iPhone is pretty amazing. I have tried a few low end external mics, none are good.

A9 There are some pretty good sound controls in iMovie to help eliminate background noise too.

Q10)   How many vlogs have you done?

  >  Apple puts a lot of  love and care into their mics on the iPhones. Increasing getting better each model.

WOW #10 already A10 I have well over 600 video logs to date, dating back in March 2008.

  > @shiorimine  You can get a joby gorilla pod dirt cheap!


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by @LisaRedShoesPR (Lisa Cruz) and @tommytrc (Tommy)


“For the first installment of Lisa & Tommy, they talk about the SEC and WIAA and their policy blocking social media and live-blogging activities and sporting events. Should the governing body of an athletic association be able to say who takes pictures and what info is posted from the venue?”

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/6284758″>RedShoes Speak Lisa & Tommy #1</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/redshoespr”>Lisa Cruz</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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Q1 @tommytrc How long did it take you to get to 100K+ followers & what techniques did you use to do so? #SocialChat

A1 I have been on twitter since May 2007, it took me over 4 years to get to 100K #socialchat


A1 decided to follow back everyone who follows me, like a big party. I like to use peoples lists to follow back. #socialchat


@aknecht A1 social media has been fun for me. The real growth started with birth of my son http://youtu.be/Rb3ntwMxB5w


@afmarcom @SocialMichelleR Slow and steady! #SocialChat


@aknecht Everyone uses SM differently… its not a game its a journey! #socialchat 

@DerekTac YES!!!! I some days get followed by hundreds… up to the limit of 1000 a day #socialchat


@tommytrc What advice do you have for people who have a hard time keeping track of people? #SocialChat


@SocialMichelleR LISTS LISTS LISTS!!! That’s the real power of twitter! #socialchat


@JTDabbagian never give up! #socialchat

@tommytrc You master lists, you are 90% there! #socialchat

@tommytrc @adinfini when people engage me, I add them to lists… #socialchat

 @SocialMichelleR Q2 @tommytrc A big issue with getting followers, is follower drop-off. How do you keep growing your follower numbers? #SocialChat

@SocialMichelleR A2 Each month, I unfollow those people who are not following back to keep my ratio almost even. #socialchat


@aknecht twitter is like a HUGE party… I work the room… encourage!#socialchat


@SocialMichelleR A2 Sure people stop following, but thats an exception to the rule #socialchat


@afmarcom I follow back everyone who follows me.. and invite others to follow. If they chose not, thats OK too! #socialchat


nice idea RT @tommytrc: A3 I use other peoples lists for new friends to follow! Lists BABY!!! #socialchat

@aknecht I use http://tweepi.com to see who is not following back#socialchat


@JaredMandel Focus and ADD VALUE!!! #socialchat


@dwendel You need to be personal…personal wins, promotion does not. #socialchat


Build relationships personally to grow professionally!! #socialchat


RT @tommytrc: Build relationships personally to grow professionally!! #socialchat ~live this IRL and on Twitter


@tommytrc But do you ever promote your biz (if you have one) or blog posts (if you write them)? #socialchat


@afmarcom I sure do… a dash of this and a dash of that, but let my followers do the real horn tooting! #socialchat 

The biggest thing to remember is Tommy is exactly the same in person as he is on Twitter. There is no “online persona” #socialchat 

@aknecht @tommytrc I’ve used an Adobe Air app called Social Bro for checking who hasn’t followed me. Pretty good #socialchat


@TheSmarmyBum Socialbro pukes out with 100K followers… no good 😦 #socialchat


@sunaynat I use tweepi to check who un follows, so do I can unfollow back… #socialchat


Q3 @tommytrc How do you effectively manage such a larger following & at the same time follow 135K+ back? #SocialChat


@aknecht A3 My home column looks like a stock ticker – goes by way too fast. #socialchat


@aknecht A3 I use lists! effective list management is the only way to follow the conversation! I never open my home column. #socialchat


@Dino_saura Its ok to unfollow..but thats your own gig. Do what feels good. its refreshing! #socialchat


Q4 @tommytrc which tools have your tired, but stopped using in an attempt manage such a larger follower/following base? #SocialChat


RT @sunaynat@tommytrc @DerekTac #socialchat Twitter helps me be more pithy and erudite 🙂 #socialchat


@JillioDe I average about 100 tweets a day, so very small amount is not really me… to keep conversation going #socialchat


Q5 @tommytrc Where do you see most people or brands going wrong when developing a follower base?#SocialChat


@aknecht A5 People going after quantity vs quality is just wrong. It’s not easy engageing. Its an art. #socialchat


@aknecht A5 People going after quantity vs quality is just wrong. It’s not easy engageing. Its an art. #socialchat


@aknecht A5 people who are good at engagement get more followers. #socialchat

@scottcowley I’m not sure I understand what that means… social proof mass? #socialchat


@afmarcom @tommytrc LOL. Social proof critical mass = people follow you only because they see a bunch of others following you.


@scottcowley sadly relationships and engagement is not science#socialchat

@tommytrc what’s the worst thing someone could do on Twitter?#socialchat 

@Grovo toot their own horn over and over and over… or not be genuine. Transparency is kind #socialchat 

@adinfini I m just myself… 100 texts for a teenager is cake. I just chat with friends #socialchat

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“Clearly…not much!” -trc

Out in Theaters near you! 😀

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It’s #TommysStolenIPhone –What did you want to tell me friend? I miss you!

You are pure evil!

I’ve been corrupted! Darn thief! If it’s meant to be. . .until we meet again. (((hugs))) – #TommysStolenIPhone


Oops missed the ‘K’ |Do YOU want to find out WHO this is? If so, U have 3 tries…GO! If ONE of the names is correct, I’ll check *smile*…& leave a comment (on Sunday). Deal!? -TommysStolenIPhone Or…Do YOU want to continue with the Fun, not EVER knowing?

No its perfectly ok to be anon..more fun that way!

I saw your Twitter handle over here in Chicago, did you write it? If not, it may have been me. -TommysStolenIPhone

Rat Bastard!

I still ❤ YOU!! -TommysStolenIPhone


I’m near this street. You want to see me? Lets meet: http://chicagoist.com/attachments/chicagoist_chuck/2012_2_20_31st_parnell.jpg   -TommysStolenIPhone

No thank you, you have been replaced!

How could you be so hurtful? – #TommysStoleniPhone


You’re nice and cool in your office, and I’m sweltering in this heat. Hope you’re happy! #TommysStoleniPhone4

I’m sorry I’m not in my office today. I’m sweltering at the LPGA. Im sorry your new owner does not have A/C. That stinks. You should never have left me.

I remember the time you went to Idaho. You might not of had me, but I sure was a thought in your mind. 🙂 Remember? – #TommysStoleniPhone

You rat bastard. You will be caught and punished for your Torments!

Glad your happy buddy, partying it up. I’m here smell’in the booze my new owner consumes. I prefer diet cokes. That’s what you were drinking today, right? Did you have Dew? – #TommysStoleniPhone

I hate you so much, please go away!

I’m right near Giordano’s. Did you see the kid-thief? He’s always on the run, that one! #TommysStoleniPhone

I hate you so much!

I’m sure you’ll be happy to know when I’m dead. I’m getting old my friend, my memory is going. I’ve been more than abused. Another will be born soon in Sept.. I’m sure you’ll have a new young model, right? 🙂 #TommysStoleniPhone

I hate you!

HELLO Back!!! I’m always out there in the streets of Chicago. You just don’t want to find me. 😦 Do you? #TommysStoleniPhone

You are a jerk. Please stop taunting me!

And your home without me again. Don’t you want to find me? We were so close. #TommysStoleniPhone

Please stop calling me, I MUST move on and can not while you taunt and harass me.

You miss me or you hate me? Well I miss you (((hugs))) #TommysStoleniPhone

I have moved on…





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Question:  Have you made your own kite? And…have you flown a kite? ツ

As I was reading, and picturing images in my mind―It was believable.

Answer:  Funny you should ask. I used to LOVE flying kites But one huge incident changed all that. I was 9 yrs old when I was really into kite flying. I really, really wanted to send a kite as high as I could.
I purchased spool after spool of string, and sent that sucker as high as I could. I guess it went too high. You see it was a windy day, and I sent my $5.94 K-Bee kite as high as I could. Apparently it was too high.
The darn thing got snagged on a DC-10 that was passing overhead…
well one thing lead to another, and you know how things go. The next thing I knew it was state troopers as well as the FAA officials had swarmed the house. It was pretty amazing.
Okay, I made the whole thing up..but I do love to fly kites. And yes I have made my own kite.

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“Remember Kids, take it easy and if it’s easy, take it twice!” ~                      ©Thomas Clifford                    

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Like with everythingmoderation!

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