2010 was a heck of a year in so many ways wasn’t it? I know it was for me. One of the things that I do throughout the year though is, I stockpile sites, blog posts, articles, tools and things that just catch my eye-Oh yea that’s called social bookmarking isn’t it? Well, rather than have you sort through the 14 thousand bookmarks in Delicious, I saved you the trouble and am sharing my favorites of 2010. Let’s get to it.
1) It’s all about networking and sharing isn’t it? But it’s also about learning and growing too. So it starts with this resource: 100+ Upcoming Social Media & Tech Events
2) Turn what people post in social media into compelling stories with Storify
3) I liked the premise of this but always questioned whether it was sustainable beyond the this is cool stage? Groubal
4) A ridiculously long Directory of Social Media Monitoring and Analysis Tools
5) Let’s think in a forward fashion-Greenopolis is doing it, now we need to. And you thought the green thing was just a movement…
7) How The Average U.S. Consumer Spends Their Paycheck from Visual Economics would seem to really connect with all of us these days and thus I loved this infographic: How The Average U.S. Consumer Spends Their Paycheck -
9) The Hierarchy of Digital Distractions just makes sense and probably needs to be revised every 6 months.
10) What The F*!# is my Social Media Strategy is hilarious if not for the fact it’s very very accurate.
11) Along those lines Marta Kagan from Espresso has really found her niche with these decks-this one from 4 months ago oozes the words explosive and growth.
12) From March of 2010, David Armano, from Edelman, rolled out a pretty good deck himself about the need for the uncommon in social media. What is the uncommon? Common sense silly.
13) Not only was the Old Spice social media campaign the big wow for me in 2010, I thought this was pretty fun too. The Old Spice Voicemail Generator.
14) This article in July from Wired really touched on a lot of truths in social media that we all know about and in some cases actually do, but don’t admit. Gaming the System: How Marketers Rig the Social Media Machine
16) Stick this QR-Code Generator in your back pocket
17) One of the most important issues to come out of 2010 was about cyber bullying, I thought this June article from the New York Times really brought the issue front and center-How Should Skills Handle Cyber Bullying?
18) This pretty sweet image tagging tool from Tangelo was another one of those “this is cool but will people use it type of applications”.
19) Another Google product Follow Finder analyzes public social graph information (following and follower lists) on Twitter to find people you might want to follow-Did you even know about it?
20) One of the key lessons in 2010 was, watch what you say and where you say it-Need I say more from Openbook?
21) Regretsy was one of my favorite sites of 2010-where DIY meets WTF.
22) In March of 2010, Altimeter came out with a great report that I have referred to more than once, The 18 Use Cases of Social CRM, The New Rules of Relationship Management
23) One of my favorite tools of 2010 came from Flowtown
24) I absolutely loved this post from April, but I’m partial because of my SEO background. So it might not mean much to you but I loved it anyway because it was so dead on accurate. 36 SEO Myths That Won’t Die But Need To
25) I always forget to use this Tagxedo
26) This is another I want to try and use more in 2011 Tinypay.me
27) PPC gone awry at your PPC sucks.
28) 35 great social media infographics was a really cool post. We all love a good infographic and here are 35 of them all in one place!.
29) I love time lapse videos, and this one is no exception. One year walk/beard grow time lapse
30) and lastly one of my favorite articles from 2010, Branding and the ‘Me’ Economy from the New York Times.
As we hurdle into 2011, first, I want to thank those who made the content that I consumed and you consumed in 2010, but now it’s time to start thinking in a more altruistic, giving way. People need our help, and for a lot of us we have the ability to use our knowledge, skills and attributes in social media and technology to make things happen. We can do it, I can do it and you can do it. Let’s make it happen through design, through action and through our words and our vision.