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Now we can't exactly get away with the same type of actions, but Prince is always ahead of the curve on what should be done to empower artists. Here is a short article. Nothing is really clear on the goal, but I think Prince realizes the power in getting people to the domains he owns.


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Sure we could get away with it, but we (including myself, at least for now), simply will not do it.  But Prince does a lot of things most of us will not do.  I guess that is why he is Prince.


The article does not say much more than Price dropped his Twitter and Facebook accounts.  I just checked Twitter and it does not appear to be much of a reaction to Prince's action, but Twitter controls what we see so who knows what the reaction is


I did not bother to check Facebook, because they are expert at controlling what we see so I'm not gonna waste my time.


I'm glad he dropped his social media, maybe people will rediscover other websites


Then again the article implies that Prince is down on the Internet altogether:


In an interview at the time with one of the newspapers, Britain's Daily Mirror, Prince declared the Internet to be "completely over" and said of digital gadgets: "They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you."


I can't find an official Prince run website, so the quote may reflect Prince's feelings. If this is true I wonder why he bothered with Facebook at all.

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Unfortunately we can't get away with it since the perception of legitimacy in business is being tied into social media. Do you know there are lines of credit for business tied into your social media presence and that your Klout score can dictate your relevance?

It sucks for me because my shoe company is found primarily through social media. The only recourse I had was to align with Amazon and they get 15%. I guess I could remove my pages because of Amazon, but either way I'm at the mercy of a corporation.

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Interestingly I've been having some success with posting my content on other, non-social media, websites.  I just run a few queries related to my topic, find related articles, contribute meaningfully to the conversation and post a related link (basically the same thing I've encouraged authors to do here since forever).


I tried using this tactic other Black sites and the effort was a complete failure. I even got my feelings hurt on Ebony's website by being flagged as a spammer!  Actually my feelings were not hurt I was just outraged that my own people would treat what I thought was a meaningful contribution to the conversation as if I was some low-life selling fake Viagra pills.


Lately I've been posting on the bigger news sites (the Washington Post, The Guardian, HuffPost, etc) and the results have very good-- far superior to social media.  I'm going to write about it next week if I can just get the new Power List out (it is late).  This is not a new strategy by a long short.  In fact, before search this was a common practice, for websites to become known.  Indeed we would actively swap links with related websites.  


The Wall Street Journal just published an article on how Facebook is going to really set the screws to entrepreneurs.  This is not a good sign for Facebook's future.  But they don't see it.

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I am finding a ton of success in sharing my tweets with the people I'm writing them about. I wrote an analysis of the Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete and tweeted it to the writer Mike Starrbury and he followed back and retweeted it getting traffic to the article. I guess we all have to find our way and it will be a combination of things.


In regard to that article on WSJ it is in alignment with what I wrote here: http://www.cbpublish.com/thats-not-what-its-for-another-facebook-article/


I have so many of these articles that if people would just visit my shoe site and CBP they could find a wealth of stats and info explaining how small biz does not really benefit from Facebook anymore.


But like I said, for a small biz that requires capital, the banks and lenders are actually taking into consideration your online presence. Which is something you should definitely take a look at. I have had a link to AALBC on my site for years and it will always be there. I redesigned the site and took down the Power List but that is because of a call to action I have at the top of the sidebar that I'm testing during the redesign. The more we link to each other and establish pingbacks we can't be ignored in the search algorithm for bing/google.


I do agree that posting on the larger networks and sharing tweets with hashtags and @s is the way to go.

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I'm doing the same, albeit slowly.  I deleted my facebook account. Now I'm managing 3 twitter accounts, 1 linkedin account and 1 About.Me account.  I'm refocusing my attention on my blogs and websites (In fact, I reactivated one because I realized that it is on my author page here at AALBC) and I  will soon consolidate all of those to one location once I figure out how.   My logic is this: if the site isn't connected with my revenue - I don't need it or the attention.  I support this site for two reasons because it supports me and Troy.   

 All those in my social network have my contact information and I have theirs - so why do I need the middleman?  

Ok off to read the article.  

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