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Unfortunately this year I haven’t been able to go to Austin Texas to visit SxSW. Luckily Mashable partnered with Topsy to create the Mashable SXSW Trendspotter which allows me to monitor whats trending on twitter and find out what’s hot every day.


Over the past 2 days I have discovered a few new startups that are creating some buzz, and decided to try them out and share them with you. Curious to your thoughts on these! Read the rest of this entry »


A while back I was asked by Patrick Stal from Interbrand if I would do an interview for their quarterly magazine IQ. This issue is all about digital and I had the opportunity to talk about digital branding and the role of design in this context. Read the full article below.


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“I rarely do guest blog posts on my blog. But when Courtney pitched to me the idea of this post, not only did I think it was clever, I also thought that many of you might find this article quite insightful. So I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and of course I welcome all feedback! Thomas”

If you haven’t heard of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), chances are you’re losing money and prospects you didn’t even know were out there. SEO is the process of optimizing your website to rank higher in search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo, and it can mean the difference between surviving this economy and closing the doors of your business. Read the rest of this entry »

The votes are in, and the top 3 #FavSongOf2011 are known! Thank you all for your nominations and votes in the last couple of days. Not surprising maybe, but here they are!!!

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Vandaag was de uitzending van MediaZaken op Business News Radio (BNR) waarin ik samen met Theo van Vugt (in de foto hieronder) en Jasper Leunk een aantal goede en minder goede cases van social media marketing heb besproken.

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Today one of those remarkable social media moments happened to me. A moment where you really experience how (social) media tools enable relevant news to reach you with the speed of light.

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As you might or might not know over the past 2 years I had the pleasure to speak at a few iStrategy conferences across the world. It has been a wonderful experience and an honor to speak at such a great Social Media event and meet so many digital media professionals, and I highly recommend this conference to anyone in this line of business!

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We love lists right? And we love lists with tweeps to follow!!

Up until a few months back I have mainly been tweeting with people all over the world and it hasn’t been till very recently that I also started to explore the Dutch twitterverse. I came across a lot of new great people to follow which deserve a global stage. So I thought it was time to put the Dutch Wonder Women I got to know on twitter in the spotlight.

Most of them have Social Media superpowers and attract large followings in the Netherlands. Everyday they fight evil forces with their positive super energy and great earthshaking content! Read the rest of this entry »

As many I have also fallen into the trap of using an AutoDM (Automated Direct Message) welcome message on Twitter when someone just followed me. It was a boring “Thanks for the follow” which was clearly not appreciated by many. As a rookie I thought it was a cool feature, but soon discovered it went against everything social media is about. So I turned it off and started hating it like everyone else :)

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Of course they do, but I am wondering about how. This question has been top of mind for me all week after I have witnessed some pretty horrible tribe behavior in the Dutch social graph. I wont go into the details but some influential individuals actively were bullying and making fun about other people in very inappropriate ways. As I am mostly active in the international social graph I was surprised to see this, as usually the atmosphere in social media is very positive.

Being of mixed cultures myself I am very aware of the different nuances cultures have. We all share the fact we are human beings, but aside from that, we are very different in many ways.

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