Posts Tagged ‘mari smith’


I borrowed this title from a new “fan” friend. I apologize for not remembering who it was or what exactly she said on Sunday night, but the gest is here. (If you are that person, please comment so I can give you credit!)

Sunday night, where do I begin?

After working hard all weekend to garner the 25 fans necessary to get my unique username for my fan page on Facebook , they changed the rules. They upped the limit to 100. I was close, with 15 fans by Sunday afternoon, but I knew getting 100 fans would be an impossibility. But as my mother said, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE if you just believe (or was that a movie line???).

At any rate, about 8pm Sunday evening I read a post by Mari Smith (the Facebook all knowing expert) about a social chat going on at the moment to help small businesses get their fan counts. It was set up by Hazel of SocialBees and the place was buzzing (literally) with traffic. The concept? Post your Facebook fan page link and other small businesses would “fan” you. I liked to call it, “Paying It Forward on Facebook”. Mari was there pumping up the troops, as was Hazel and it was an amazing night of fun. I started with 15 fans and by the end of the long evening, I had 98. At 4:00am I called it a night, with only 2 fans to go to reach that unattainable 100 count.

I learned something that night. People are basically generous. They want to help and share and connect with other business owners. I also got to know many small business owners and got introduced to their businesses by “fanning” them as well. It was a marvelous night of co-sharing and learning, as well as seeing the basic generosity of others.

The next morning, I woke up (late I might add) to 8 more fans, pushing me over the top and enabling me to secure my username: ParentCollegeCoach. But as far as I’m concerned, I gained so much more by connecting with other small business owners like myself, paying it forward on Facebook!

Here is Mari’s Facebook page link (http://www.facebook.com/marismith)

Here is Hazel’s SocialBees Facebook page link (http://www.facebook.com/socialbees)

Here is my Facebook Fan page (Parents Countdown to College Coach) link (http://www.facebook.com/parentcollegecoach)


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Just for fun, here’s some “Twitter Celebrities” and snapshots of their accounts.


Our new President used twitter on the campaign trail and after election, continued providing updates. He’s the most popular Twitter account. However, judging from the latest post (January 19) he may be a tad busy right now running the country.


Stephen Fry – wit, writer, raconteur, actor and quiz show host – is also a self-confessed dweeb and meistergeek. As he confesses “If I added up all the hours I’ve sat watching a progress bar fill up, I could live another life.” His Twitter feed is the world’s second most popular, behind Obama’s.


Guy says: “I may get more value out of Twitter than anyone else on the planet because I use Twitter as a tool—specifically as a marketing tool.” Anyone who is anyone follows Guy. His Twitter updates are filled with useful information for everyone.


Rob McNealy is a small business, entrepreneurship, and startup junkie. His passion is using social media to evangelize about small businesses, and coaching entrepreneurs on his Startup Story Radio podcast and blog. Recently his Twitter Gangsta Rap debuted on Twitter to RAVE reviews!


As “The Barefoot Executive,” Carrie and her network of experts have quickly become the definitive resource for helping women achieve extra income and career goals while working from home. She’s achieved Twitter notoriety in a relatively short period of time.


According to her Twitter Profile, Mari is  a “Bubbly Scottish-Canadian. Dubbed “the Pied Piper of Facebook” by FastCompany. Social Media Trainer + Social Marketing Speaker. L♥ve to help you grow your biz!” Her Facebook expertise is to be valued and followed. She knows all the ins and outs of that social marketing tool.

Add these Twitter celebrities to your follow list for some fun and business insight from the experts.

Happy Tweeting!

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