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Amazing Woman’s Day 2010 Worldwide Launch

January 18, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

It’s an honor to be selected to be a Feminine Leader at the Amazing Woman’s Day 2010 Worldwide Launch in Beverly Hills.

Please join me on Saturday, January 30, 2010 where I will be speaking to authors and those who dream about writing a book. Learn how through social media marketing you can become a bestselling author.

I’ll be discussing the social media strategy I used on Facebook, Twitter, and blogging and more that made my first-published book, The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online a bestseller on its launch date.

Amazing Woman’s Day was created by Marsh Engle. The day will be filled with education and enrichment for women to help them succeed in 2010. We all have a book in us. Why not make it a bestseller?

What: Amazing Woman’s Day 2010 Worldwide Launch
Where: Beverly Hills Hotel
When: Saturday, January 30, 2010
Why: Because you are an Amazing Woman who will be inspired and educated by dynamic leaders
Cost: $196

To order tickets, please go to for a day that will change your path in 2010.

Click here for press release

AWD LA Flier

Julie Spira to be Featured Speaker at Writers Panel

January 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 


Bestselling author and social media expert Julie Spira will be a featured speaker at the Independent Writers of Southern California Presents A Panel Discussion: Writing 2.0: Electronic, POD, and Social Media on Monday, January 25, 2010.

The panelist of authors and book marketing experts will explain the new methods offered today and show writers
how to integrate these new tools, social media, and shortcuts to better promote their published books.

The panelists include:

PENNY C. SANSEVIERI, CEO and founder of Author Marketing Experts, Inc. Penny is a best-selling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert.

ELLEN REID, one of the industry’s premier book shepherds. For over ten years she has been helping authors and independent publishers produce books that win awards and, more importantly, stand tall to compete in a rapidly changing book market.

ANNETTE FIX, author of “The Break-Up Diet: A Memoir,” a finalist in the memoir category for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year. Her memoir was optioned for development as a cable television series as a direct result of her social networking on Twitter.

JULIE SPIRA, bestselling author of “The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online,” and founder of Social Media and More.

When:Monday, January 25
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where:Veterans Memorial Building
4117 Overland (at Culver Boulevard)
Culver City, CA
Parking is FREE, enter on Culver
(Networking follows)

RSVP: or 877-799-7483
Free for IWOSC members, $15 for non-members.
non-members.  Reservations are required.
Deadline noon, Monday, day of the event (Jan. 25).  Call (877) 799-7483,
or e-mail

IWOSC, the Independent Writers of Southern California, is a nonprofit association that has provided support, tools, and resources to help self-employed professional writers in Southern California since 1982.

Social Media in 2010

January 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Brian Solis wrote an excellent piece on Mashable today called The Ten Stages of Social Media Integration.

In his article he breaks down the 10 key stages to implementing a social media platform and presence. With all of the buzz about social media, people are looking for the quick course in understanding how to tweet, communicate, and present your brand in a few hours or a weekend.

As he clearly points out, this isn’t possible. Social media is an ongoing and engaging part of your platform that requires nurturing, feeding, and educating on a daily basis. New rules and algorithms are created hourly. Books are outdated before they are printed. This will be the year to track the performance of social media in a more structured fashion. Late adopters need to jump on now. You can’t afford to be left behind solely through the use of traditional media. Get our your blender and start blending now.

Read the article and take time to embrace social media as part of your daily program and be ready for the changes, as they will happen as quickly as it takes for me to push the send button.

Click here to read article

Spreading the Twitter Love

January 8, 2010 by · 2 Comments 


In 2009, many learned about Twitter for the first time. Some embraced Twitter both personally and professionally. It became a household name. Others ran from Twitter as they either didn’t understand it or thought it would be a fad that would disappear.

Finally, traditional advertising is embracing Twitter. Businesses have huge followings and couples are getting engaged through Twitter marriage proposals.

To be successful on Twitter, you need to spread the Twitter love.

Just how do you spread the Twitter love with someone you have never met “in real life?”

It goes back to the old saying, “In order to have a friend, you must be a friend.” The same holds true for social media and social networking.

Today is #FollowFriday and a perfect day to love one another. Here are a few simple tips to become a rock-star tweeter:

  • Follow people back if you find they are interesting.
  • Thank people for following you.


  • Retweet. The shortened version is to add RT before someone else’s tweet. It’s Twitter’s way of paying it forward.
  • Retweet others and they will find you twitter-friendly and return the favor.


  • Add simple Retweet buttons to your blog. I use Tweetmeme which is a combination counter and easy button for someone to add your article’s link to their twitter stream.


  • If you have an important tweet to share, add “Please RT” before your tweet. The twitterverse loves to help out a friend.
  • Remember your friends on Fridays with #FollowFriday or #FF so they can get more followers.


Julie Spira is a social media expert and bestselling author. Visit her at Follower her on Twitter @JulieSpira

Social Media Club Los Angeles January Event

January 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 


Join me on January 14, 2009 as the Social Media Club – Los Angeles presents, “Dating and Relationships: The Game Has Changed.

I will be a panelist along with my friends @Avlox @EvanMarcKatz @LindaSherman @LizHKelly where we will be discussing how social media has changed the rules of dating. The event is exactly one month before Valentine’s Day.

RSVP on Facebook at the Social Media Club Los Angeles event page.

Who: Social Media Club Los Angeles
What: Panel and discussion: Dating and Relationships: The Game Has Changed
Where: 12th and Highland, 304 12th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA
Time: 7:00-10:00 pm
Why: January is the biggest month for new members to join online dating sites. Social dating has changed the landscape of online dating. We’ll help you get armed and ready just in time for Valentine’s Day.

RSVP: Social Media Club Los Angeles

Follow me on Twitter @JulieSpira

LA Times – Top 10 Moments in Social Media, and a Few of my Own

December 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The Los Angeles Times has just published their Top 10 Moments in Social Media in 2009. In their year-end summary their list goes from #10 down to #1. I’ve added my thoughts,  reversed the order, and added four of my own.  Feel free to comment on these as well as add your own social media memorable moments in 2009.

The LA Times List

1. Hudson River plane landing – I have to agree with the LA Times. The photos taken from an iPhone of this brilliant landing clearly reflects the change in how we now gather the news. It was a powerful shot. I think I’ll upgrade my mobile device this week.

2. Iran “green” protests – I think I missed this one where the avatars turned green. I’ll wait and see the film instead.

3. R.I.P. Jeff Goldblum? – With or without the web, he seems to fall prey to rumors. Thanks to the LA Times for the others I missed, including Natalie Portman, George Clooney, Britney Spears, Ellen DeGeneres, Michael Lohan, alleged Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan, Jared from Subway, Emma Watson and P. Diddy

4. R.I.P. Michael Jackson – The power of the Internet at its best.  I recall the moment I saw the news on my Facebook live stream. I was sitting in a panel at the Social Networking Conference in Beverly Hills, still commenting on my thoughts about Farah Fawcett’s sad death earlier that day when the news about MJ broke. Confused at first as to whether the MJ was Michael Jordan or Michael Jackson, I,  like the others started commenting. When news breaks online, we have to take a serious look at social media for news distribution. When polled at a Digital LA event I attended a month later, more than 60% of the room found out about Michael Jackson on Facebook or Twitter. I found myself in front of my television watching the memorial service tweeting about the musical selections and the speeches on-stage. It was my first Twitter funeral. I have a feeling there will be more to come.

5. Susan Boyle launches career – The power of video and YouTube brought her from “frumpy” to “famous.” Kudos to her and others such as Gary Vaynerchuk who made online videos a household word.

6. Ashton Kutcher vs. CNN – It was an interesting race. Kutcher went from the underdog to beat CNN to the 1-million mark of Twitter followers. Sure, I saw the billboards on the freeway promoting the campaign. Anything that engages community to benefit a charitable organization gets my vote.

7. Twitter and Facebook under hack-attack – I experienced a few minor glitches, but never found my sites to be unavailable. The phishing emails have become annoying. The bottom line: Don’t rely on only one form of social media. Try the new Backupify service to back up your tweets, streams, friends, and followers.

8. Google Wave – I have to agree here with the LA Times. I was excited and thrilled to receive my not-so-exclusive invitation. I tweeted about it. We all did. And then I lost interest as it wasn’t user-friendly enough for me. I’ll wait for the next wave and join in again.

9. Whopper Sacrifice – Did I miss Burger King’s free offer to entice Facebook fans to remove their friends in favor of a F>R.E.E. burger? Perhaps it’s because I’m a vegetarian. In any event, thank you to my friends who didn’t de-friend me in favor of red meat. It’s nice to know I’m still popular.

10. The World of Web – They call it the new currency. No mention is made of monetization, but clearly bloggers and businesses using social media have less time on their hands as they are jumping in on the bandwagon.

Thank you to Andrew Nystrom and Mark Milian for a terrific article.

As usual, I like to add my tw0-cents and have listed a few more for your reading pleasure.

11. Facebook Marriage – The October wedding of Kelly and Kelly Hildebrandt, the couple who shared the same name, met on Facebook. “Girl Kelly” in Florida did a simple Facebook search for her name and up popped “Boy Kelly” from Texas. A Facebook friendship turned into a beautiful courtship. They appeared in my Cyber Love Story of the Week as well as on the Today Show and numerous other media outlets.

12. Facebook becomes “third largest country” in the world. – Hitting the 350 millionth subscriber in December shows their startling growth. Facebook is now multi-generational with parents spying on their children’s walls and kids seeing who their parents are now dating. Facebook went from a personal photo album and social connecting to creating business brands. Every business should have a Fan Page. It’s like having another website to promote your brand.

13. Twitter accountability – Oops! I used the wrong hash-tag at a conference and within moments on Twitter, I was corrected by another attendee. The value of messaging in real time is clear. When you make a mistake, you stand corrected instantly.

14. Mobile Dating – For the younger generation and the tech-savvy, they have moved from traditional online dating sites to iPhone apps such as Skout, Hot-or-Not, Grindr, and more. Why wait for an email when you can meet up or hook-up now? Meeting “in real life” has taken on a new meaning.

Julie Spira is a social media expert and author of the bestselling online dating book, The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online. Visit her at

Click here to read full article from the LA Times

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