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Craig Agranoff
Craig Agranoff is a CBS News Television Tech Correspondent. He is also the Tech Correspondent on The Buzz Morning show. He is an entrepreneur, and national Social Engagement consultant as well as a noted specialist in online reputation management and monitoring. He is the co-founder of He is a published author of two books, Do It Yourself Online Reputation Management and Checked-In: How To Use Gowalla, Foursquare and Other Geo-Location Applications For Fun and Profit Agranoff 's third book "Socially Elected - How to Win Elections With Social Media" will be published in late 2011. You can follow him on Twitter @lapp.

Entries by Craig Agranoff

How Home Security Is Evolving With Tech

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 1:13 PM

Technology touches nearly every aspect of our lives. Many of the things we do daily and take for granted are thanks to advances in computer-based technology. Yet today, nearly all homes still have nothing more than a bolt lock and door handle keeping them safe. Most of us still use...

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Generation X Parents Are As Distracted As Their Gen Z Kids

(20) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 4:13 PM

The other day, at lunch, I was sitting at a table and watched a young mother with two small children snapping photos and Instagraming the moments. I realized that she was not noticing much of what the kids were doing thanks to her focus on "sharing" the memories. This made...

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False Activism on Social Networks Is for Sunshine Patriots

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 10:51 AM

With the Supreme Court's decision in late June regarding the issue of gay marriage, a sudden outpouring of support for the controversial issue commenced. Most notably on Facebook, where millions of users changed their profile pictures to include a rainbow flag overlay thanks to a simple app added by Facebook...

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Vanity Credit Cards Are The Dodo Birds of Credit

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 5:16 PM

Back in the 1990s, vanity credit cards were all the rage. These cards, with their "personalized" look; color schemes denoting your financial status; or designs meant to showcase your love of team, alma mater, or Disney character, are still around and relatively popular today. How many of us have signed...

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3 Ways Google AdWords Will Destroy Your Political Campaign

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 1:38 PM

During the recent elections here in Florida, I learned a few things about Google AdWords, vital to any political campaign, that may be of interest to candidates and campaign staffers. AdWords can be an invaluable tool for getting the word out, online, about a candidate. It can also break a...

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Eight Things to Do After Graduation

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 10:07 AM

So you've graduated from college or are about to? Awesome. After all of the celebrating and diploma-gazing is over, though, you'll need to get on with life. Often, the big changes that come after college are a bit overwhelming and missing a few things is easy to do.

Here's a...

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The Death of the Graduation Speech?

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 10:36 AM

How A-list commencement speakers have become a deeply divisive force -- and how we can fix it
Odds are that if you're ever invited to speak at a college or high school commencement ceremony, you might be the last man, woman or Muppet standing.

Yep, Kermit spoke to the...

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Firearms on the Boat: The Legal Issues Surrounding Carrying Weapons for Defense in International Waters

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 1:09 PM

Recent news items and an everyday question asked by Florida residents to law enforcement regards the carrying of self-defense weapons, specifically firearms, on sailboats, yachts and other seaworthy craft capable of entering international waters. Legal authorities are regularly asked what the legal implications are and what laws and accepted rules...

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Bitcoins Continue Gaining Popularity as B2B Collection Company in Florida Accepts Them

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 4:28 PM

Local business-to-business corporate debt recovery agency Johnson, Morgan & White recently announced that they've begun accepting Bitcoins as payment. The number of businesses accepting Bitcoin as currency globally has risen sharply in the past year, and they now number in the thousands. This, despite the bad...

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Will Facebook Make You Famous?

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 2:57 PM

The social media platform's privacy changes are making us unwitting product endorsers.

Let's pretend there is a potentially highly embarrassing product that has dramatically improved your quality of life.

Maybe it's back hair removal foam or anti-snoring nasal corks or a balding reversal pill that can only be administered...

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Who's the Boss Now?

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 7:59 AM

Even Tony Danza is smart enough to know the pitfalls and perils of bosses and employees keeping the 'one-on-ones' going after the severance.

It's the last day of work. The cliché cardboard box is being filled with doo-dads, trinkets and framed pics fit for There is well-attended happy hour...

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Mock the Vote! Getting the Youth to Vote

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 6:49 PM

When you think of Georgia, you might imagine roadside peanut stands, fancy debutante balls, and corrupt small-town police departments that traded in softball leagues for competitive racial profiling.

You don't immediately envision a super-progressive state. But it was in fact the Peach State that first allowed 18-year-olds to vote back...

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Social Media Mistakes Learned From Anthony Weiner

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 5:15 PM

Anthony Weiner is the butt of a lot of jokes. Not because he's a ridiculous-looking guy, or one who dresses oddly, or has a dumb campaign gimmick to get himself noticed. And surely it's not because he's a politically controversial guy with views that most people cannot relate to.

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Political Campaigns and Google AdWords Ethics

(1) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 4:09 PM

There are many pay-per-click (PPC) options for advertising a political campaign, but Google is, by far, the most effective and most-used. It's possible for a campaign for or against an issue, for or against a candidate, etc., to become very effective online by incorporating AdWords as a large part of...

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Domain Names, Trademarks and Infringements

(4) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 4:46 PM

Most of us have probably run into this: you are starting a new website or expanding your business' current sites to include a new domain, but the domain that matches your trademarked name is owned by someone else. Worse? They're just squatting on it, waiting to sell it someone rather...

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3 Travel Apps You Should Never Leave Town Without

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 8:08 AM

It's officially the Holiday Season throughout most of the world. Many of our most family-centric holidays happen at this time of year and that always means travel. Whether you're going somewhere to be with loved ones or they're coming to you, here are some travel apps that no one should...

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Online Trading Should Go Beyond Wall Street

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 3:42 PM

Overall, e-commerce is on the rise, and in a big way. It's escalating so quickly that it's been called the magic carpet of Aladdin in business, flying ever upwards. As part of that, online trading has become a big sector of e-commerce as more and more investors take control of...

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Are Watches Obsolete?

(4) Comments | Posted July 8, 2012 | 4:41 PM

The other day, I saw someone looking at their wrist and then at the speaker, in the time-honored gesture that means "hurry up." Then I realized that the person doing this had no watch on their wrist. The gesture is still there, but the time piece it references is not....

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Social Media Experts With 5-7 Years of Experience?

(16) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 11:08 AM

The other day I was looking through job postings for fun and I came across several ads that ended up leaving me with a nagging question in the corner of my mind... At what point do we consider a person an expert? Most of us would expect an expert to...

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When Private Becomes Public -- Bad Decisions Online Can Come Back to Haunt You

(4) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 3:36 PM

There are a lot of things you do online that are considered perfectly normal and probably will never get you in any sort of trouble or besmirch your good name. Sometimes, though, seemingly innocent things may become horrific defilers of your reputation. There are a few simple rules that those...

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