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Merry Christmas from 25 Hours!

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I’ll call you from the payphone when I need to be picked up… #serial

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DIY Despicable Me Minion Costume

My favorite part of Halloween is making my own costume. This year I decided to be a minion from the movie Despicable Me. I have a knack for taking things that wouldn’t necessarily be cute (i.e. costumes for boys) and making them awesome. Take a look at the world’s easiest costume.

You need the following:

  • Denim shorts/pants (or overalls)
  • Suspenders (not needed if you have overalls)
  • Yellow top
  • Solo cup
  • Headband
  • Felt
  • Needle and thread
  • Google and a printer

Let’s start with the eyes since this essentially the whole costume. If you google “minion eyes” you will get a ton of results. Print out one (or two) and cut it out.

Take your solo cup and cut it down to the first line. You can then glue your eye(s) into the cup. Next, grab your headband. We need to attach the solo cup to the headband. You can do this with staples but I chose to sew them in!

Boom. Your eyes are done. Now we need a Gru logo so there is no mistake of which villain you work for. I found the logo online (google!) and printed it out. I then pinned it to some felt and cut out the shape. You’ll need both black and white felt for this. One sheet of each from Michaels is more than enough!

Once you have cut out your logo, you can safety pin or sew it to your yellow shirt (or front of your overalls if you have them). Put everything on and…. TADA!

You’re a minion! Are you adorable? CHECK! Did you spend a lot of money? NOPE! Congrats and happy Halloween!

April Fools: A Classic Joke Can Be Entertaining

One of the greatest things about being in a relationship is that there is powers in numbers. I love April Fool’s Day and last year my boyfriend at the time and I thought it would be fun to leverage the seriousness of Facebook to play a prank. Frankly, we weren’t that creative. We were like, “Hey! Why don’t we change our relationship status on Facebook to say we are engaged!” So we did. And insanity ensued.

 

Within seconds my notifications went crazy. People who I went to nursery school with and old college friends were congratulated me. People began calling up my parents to congratulate them. My texts were going off the hook. This excitement made us want to take the joke a step further. I googled “Pale hand with engagement ring” and changed my Facebook profile picture to go in for the kill.

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This went on all day. My closest friends were smart enough to question this. Instead of texts that said “CONGRAAAATTTTSSS” they were more along the lines of “Hardy har har.” But some texts were pretty hysterical. Here are my favorites:

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The moral of the story is, people are suckers. Just because you are getting older doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy April Fools Day. People are gullible and it’s always fun to laugh.

What was the best April Fool’s Day prank you ever pulled?

 
 

Epic Movie Quotes: A Christmas Story

This week’s epic movie quote is inspired by the holidays. I love a good Christmas movie just as much as the next and this one is purely epic. Not to mention it is on for 24 hours straight every Christmas. Take a look!

You’ll shoot your eye out!


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12 Things I Want For Social Media This Year

This was originally posted on Likeable Media’s blog.

Dear Santa,

It’s that time of year again where we get to write you letters and ask you for things. The past two years you have really pulled through and delivered some great additions to the social media industry. When I asked for more personalized Facebook pages, you gave me Timeline! When I asked for the next big thing, you gave me Pinterest! Now it’s a new year and I have new demands requests for you. Please make my wishes come true!

1. Bring Instagram back to Twitter! I can’t stand to see them fighting like this. Plus, it looks like I have no pictures on Twitter since you removed all my Instagrams.

2. Make Timeline searchable. Things get lost on timeline very easily, but wouldn’t it be great to have a search function to find things?! I know search isn’t Facebook’s sweet spot but maybe 2013 is the year!


3. Ability to “like” tweets. Yes, I asked for this last year… and the year before. Favoriting is not the same. Some tweets aren’t worthy of a favorite or a RT. Just a like.


4. Facebook Offers for small businesses. Why the 400 liker restriction? Small businesses want to reward their fans with exclusive deals too.


5. Increased Newsfeed visibility. Could you give your buddy Zuckerberg a call and give us back our newsfeed visibility? I very rarely complain about Facebook changes but this just makes it that much harder to get content seen, even when your content is stellar.


6. Give Myspace a chance. I am really rooting for Justin Timberlake. I have a new Myspace page myself and it really isn’t all that bad.


7. Ban  politics or sports from being discussed on Facebook. Just kidding… but really.


8. Easy way to delete groups. Currently, you have to delete every member of the group before being given the option to delete the group. I understand the logic, but is this really the most efficient way of doing things?


9. Pinterest analytics please! I know there are free tools out there but I really want Insights for Pinterest. We already know that click through rates and purchases from Pinterest are real, but I need numbers!


10. Option to optimize. Uploading videos to Facebook as opposed to just sharing a link from YouTube has it’s advantages. However, I don’t get to select my freezeframe, optimize size, or anything. Give us some wiggle room here!


11.Group chat, come back! I miss the giant group chats. Bring them back!


12. Analytics… that are good… and FREE. I realize I am asking a lot here. I want to be able to compare my brand to other brands and do a deep dive into click through, engagement, and ads. Let me know what you can do here…


Alright Santa… work your magic! And just in case, send this over to Hannukah Harry too (I want to make sure I’m covered!).


S.W.A.T. (Sealed with a tweet!)Cara Friedman and the Likeable team!


What would you wish for from Social Media Santa? If you agree (or disagree) post your favorite numbers in the comments!


Click here to see my wishlists for 2011 and 2012.

It’s My Birthday And I’ll Pin If I Want To!

That’s right folks… it is my birthday! I happen to love birthdays (not just my own) and pretty much any reason to celebrate! Considering my obsession with Pinterest and the fact that Pinterest allows you to pin for the party you’ll never have (and can never afford) I decided to describe my dream birthday party in pins for all of you. Maybe you can use some of these party ideas IRL.

You are cordially invited to my awesome birthday party… Harry Potter style!

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Every good party should have good party games. In my opinion, Battle Shots is wildly appropriate.

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Babies of the 80’s should have treats that reflect that. My guests can enjoy 80’s themed cupcakes.

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At my fictional birthday party, it is warm in mid-March! And that is why we will be playing lawn twister.

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No party is complete without a gorgeous Disney-inspired cake!

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Thanks for attending my Pinterest-inspired, utterly disjointed, fictional birthday bash!

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That was fun! What would you have at your dream party? Let me know!


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Will Santa Deliver This Year? My Social Media Wish List For 2012

Originally posted on Likeable Media’s blog

Dear Santa (or Hannukah Harry depending on your beliefs),

It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is over and everyone is in the holiday spirit. As I start to make my wish list, there’s a few things the social media world would be happy to have. Last year you were able to deliver some things from my list such as stronger conversation features for tweets and a more personalized Facebook profile. This year, I’m back with more requests so let’s see if you will deliver

 

1. Add the ‘like’ button to emails. People receive millions of emails everyday and the only thing more annoying then receiving a ton of emails, are receiving emails that say “thanks” or “okay.” If we could ‘like’ the email, then the other person knows you have read it and you are good to go!

2. Foursquare should tell you how far away you are from receiving badges. The latest Foursquare features allow you to level up on select badges. In those cases, you can see how many check-ins away you are to the next level. However, for the majority of badges, they always come as a complete surprise. I want to know how many more yoga classes I need to attend before I get the Downward Facing Dog badge!

3. Uploading documents to Facebook groups. Facebook groups has become an excellent tool for internal communication in organizations. You can post docs, pictures, questions and more. The one thing you can’t do is upload documents or PowerPoints. To really make this tool unstoppable, uploading documents would really help!

4. Ability to ‘like’ a tweet! I know, I asked for his last year BUT I really want it!!! Everyone else lets you ‘like’ things, so why can’t Twitter?! Some things aren’t RT or favorite-worthy but may be worthy of a like. C’mon Twitter! Catch up!

5. Allow multiple admins on Google+ pages. Facebook pages will dominate until this happens. Communities are almost never managed by just one person so in order for Google+ pages to be functional, they need to add the option of multiple admins.

6. Chance to edit posts on Facebook after you’ve published them. This wish was sort of granted, but only if you are really quick! If you post something and delete it seconds after, you will get the chance to edit it. However, on Google+ you can edit you post at any time. That is a future of posts so I hope Facebook adopts this!

7. Option to unlike a bunch of pages on Facebook at once. Sometimes you want to purge through your friends or followers and get rid of the people you don’t know. The same goes for pages. You may have gone ‘like’ crazy one day and liked a lot of pages that are now just clouding up your news feed. I think this is one wish that would make marketers and community managers very upset about!

8. Analytics for Google+. It seems obvious since there is already a Google Analytics. Why not just combine the two and then we can show some results and ROI from the platform?

9. Ability to post pictures on comments. Currently, you can post a link to a picture on a comment and then in the preview that picture may (or may not) show up. Comments on posts could be much more valuable if there was an option to upload a picture. And besides, a picture is worth a thousand likes! (I think that’s how the saying goes…)

10. Easier sharing with your Amazon wishlist. It is holiday time and I have been adding things to my Amazon wishlist so I don’t forget about my must-haves this year. Unfortunately, nobody will ever see them! Sure I can tweet out the whole list, but that looks needy. Amazon, will you please add more sharing capabilities to your wishlist so I can tweet every time I add something?

11. We want Google+ Vanity URLs! Sure, there are G+ personalized short links you can use, but we want the ability to reserve a vanity URL for our brand or page. Not that we are so concerned with finding the page (since Google will not make it hard for you to find your G+ page) but it would be nice to have a quick, direct link for pages.

12. People to start using Google+ on a regular basis. I am making all these wished for Google+ but what I really want is for people to start actually using the platform! It is lonely on there. As much as I add people to my circles, I still don’t get continuous posts like I would on Facebook or Twitter.

I hope this isn’t too much to ask! These wishes and requests are to try and make the social media world a better place. Thanks in advance Santa!

Sincerely,
Cara!

What’s on your social media wishlist this year? Share them below in the comments! 

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