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Social Media Workshop to be Held Thursday

The Livingston Technology Committee will present a workshop for the community about getting the most out of social networking.

The Livingston Technology Committee will present a workshop for the community about getting the most out of social networking on Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m.  Jim Comerford will present LinkedIn, the online business and professional social networking site and Howard Kleinman will discuss Facebook, the huge site that connects family, friends and even business associates. The meeting is open to the public and will take place at the Livingston Senior Community Center, 204 Hillside Ave.

Jim Comerford, founder and president of Successful Business Solutions, Inc., will focus on how to get the most out of LinkedIn and help the audience learn “how LinkedIn and social media are similar to person-to-person networking−and how it differs.”  He will provide tips for getting the most of out of LinkedIn; what users should and should not do in their social media activities; and how to integrate social media into their business promotional and networking efforts. 

“I will focus on the reality of what people should expect based on their efforts in advancing their business interests or career,” Jim notes.  “Following the advice provided will put listeners on track for long term development of their networking efforts and start to provide tangible benefits for them in business.” 

With close to a billion active users, Facebook is the most popular social networking tool on the planet.  “The site can be used to share personal updates with friends and family, start conversations, get back in contact with people with whom one has lost touch, promote businesses and non-profit organizations, organize events, and much, much more,” says Howard Kleinman, who runs Nerd In A Box LLC, an at home technology tutoring, installation and consultation service.  “Because Facebook is massive, and because it is continually evolving, it is very important to learn how to use the site safely and how to manage the privacy settings.  Once empowered with the proper knowledge, anyone can use Facebook to put the world at his or her fingertips.”

Kleinman will demonstrate how to create a personal or professional Facebook account, with tips on utilizing privacy settings, including what information should and should NOT be shared, how to find and group your “friends,” share photos and links, hold a live chat with friends, and set up events.

About the Speakers:

Jim Comerford is founder and president of Successful Business Solutions, Inc. (SBS), a web design and hosting firm founded in 1988.  SBS supports clients in all aspects of website design, maintenance, optimization, search marketing, social media strategies, email marketing and more.  Clients range from single person consultancies to fortune 500 Companies and include private, public, and non-profit organizations.  Jim has served in leadership positions various civic, fraternal, and networking organizations and has been involved with training and presenting on web design and social media to several industry and networking groups.  He is a past president and current member of the “Summit of Success” BNI Chapter (Business Networking International) and lives in Berkeley Heights with his wife Dawn and two daughters.


Howard Kleinman is the owner of Nerd In A Box LLC, an at home technology tutoring, installation and consultation service.  He is a certified teacher and consumer electronics sales professional with hands-on customer service experience.  He has served as administrator on an Internet gaming forum, created content for professional web sites and designed and managed Excel spreadsheets for multiple companies.  He also serves as Communications Director for Eco Africa Social Ventures and writes the pop cultural analysis blog, Life In an Electric Box.   A graduate of Livingston High School, Howard lives in Millburn with his wife, Alicia.

The Township of Livingston Technology Committee was created in 2003 in conjunction with the official town website, www.livingstonnj.org. Ellen Lazer, webmaster of the site, is the chair of the Committee. 

Don’t miss the Committee’s next workshop about Cyber Crime and Internet Safety on Thursday, October 18.

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