This morning, you may have seen a new, interesting look to the Burger King Twitter account. Why was Burger King advertising McDonald’s new McFish Bites? Well, apparently, their account was hacked by a well-known group.
This group went so far as to change the name of the account to McDonald’s and changing the background pictures to those matching McDonald’s products. Then, they began to create several posts, including one of a male with a needle in his arm, stating, according to them, that it was an employee. Other posts included one stating that Burger King had been sold to McDonald’s and one with a link to a video promoting Chicago rapper Chief Keef. Several of the posts contained vulgarities.
It is unknown yet exactly who is responsible, but the group that may have done this is previously linked to previous hacks to several MLB websites and celebrities. Authorities believe the group to allegedly hacked the page may have chosen today because many of Burger King’s corporate employees have the day off for President’s Day.
As of early this afternoon, Twitter has suspended the Burger King page and its future is unknown. It is believed that the Burger King corporate office is now aware of what is happening. Their next steps will be intriguing for those in social media to see exactly how they deal with this crisis.
I have been asked frequently what is LinkedIn and how can it help my business?
Let me begin by explaining what LinkedIn is. LinkedIn is a Professional Social Networking site that allows you the ability to post your professional profile and capabilities and then connect with people you know. In addition you become connected with people that your connections know. So how can this tool help your business?
LinkedIn is a tool that helps you to promote your area of expertise. Individuals looking for your kind of service can review your profile and make a determination as to your abilities to assist them. In addition LinkedIn has a Q&A sections that allows your to answer questions that others may have posted and if you are selected for contributing the best answer you have formed a connection that will lead to future sales.
Through LinkedIn you can give and receive recommendations. We all want to do business with people we know and trust. So if you have a client, invite them to join your network on LinkedIn and request a recommendation. Now when they add someone to their network, who most likely has a similar need, that individual looking for the services you provide is now connected to you and sees a recommendation for the services that you performed. This could potentially lead that individual to contact you because you come recommended from someone they trust.
Linked in is a visible Networking reminder that can help you build your business through the power of relationships. Just this week I have been contacted twice by individuals whom I have not been in touch with for some time, which has led to potential business opportunities. There are so many other ways that LinkedIn can help your business. Perhaps I shall write a future eBook on the matter. But I think the next question to answer will be how can FaceBook help my business. Check back for the answer to that one
Remember: Byte or Get Bitten
I have long been a Microsoft zealot, starting with Windows 3.0. But on Friday I had a Vista breakdown for the third time and that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I had been toying with the thought of getting a Mac for the past year. So, instead of attempting to rebuild my laptop, I went out and bought a MacBook Pro. All that I can say is WOW!!!! I should have done this a long time ago.
One of the biggest holdbacks for me has always been Outlook and Exchange. But Microsoft has a program called Entourage, which is Outlook for Mac. What I like about it, is that it not only has Mail, Calendar, Contacts, & Tasks but a feature that I have always wanted in Outlook and that is Projects.
No, I did not go with Office 2008 for Mac I went with iWorks. It is simply but powerful and is compatible with Office. I have always been an Access expert but decided to give FileMaker Pro a shot. The verdict is still out on that one. I use Visio daily for mapping out processes, plans, information architectures, and other flowcharts. But ConceptDraw is just as good. I use and love MindManager for brainstorming and they have a Mac version. Of course, all of my Adobe Web 2.0 tools work seamlessly and now I have more tools available because of being on a Mac.
Everything about Apple is cool, trendy, hip and it just operates so much better. I??ve gone Mac and never going back.
Byte or get Bitten
OK all you blog enthusiast, here is a neat little site Pimp My News. It sorts through that top blogs and reads them to you. The drawbacks are that it has to be a highly rated blog and if you have an iPhone you can listen to it on that or your computer but not any other phone. I am sure that some will use Google’s Android to mash something together for all of us who do not have an iPhone. Check it out and tell me what you think.
Byte or Get Bitten!
OK there are a ton of ugly websites out there. Some of the website that I have seen are hideous and whoever developed them should be forever banned from every developing a website again. Your website is a picture of you. When someone comes to your website what do they think? How do they picture you?
Let me explain how some of these comes about and explain the cure.? Some business owners know that they need a website and they want a professional websites so they go looking for a web developer and see a 4-8K price tag and get sticker shock. Because they understand this is just the upfront cost and know that they have to keep the websites update. So they try to do it themselves or worse they pay some high school student to put something together.
So if you want an incredible professional looking interactive functional website get it for free with DotNet Nuke (DNN)
DNN is a free Web 2.0 Framework. ? It is open source with a huge support community. There are tons of free modules for this platform such as Maps, Blogs, Forums, Calendars, File Managers, and even an incredible Online Store. If you want more then what is included for free with DNN you can go to the snowcovered website and get some very professional looking skins for less than 100 bucks. ? DNN is incredible and it??s designed for the Search Engine Optimization. It gives you the flexibility to tag every module.
Nuke your ugly website
Byte or get Bitten