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Craig Agranoff
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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 Gripd.com. 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

The Death of the Graduation Speech?

(2) 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 AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com. 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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The Tech Conference Attendee's Guide to Personalities

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2012 | 6:00 PM

If you're like me, you attend a lot of conferences, events, presentations, and the like. They happen in nearly every business and always involve groups of people coming together in a hotel conference room to listen to presentations and interact with the presenters. During these events, there are five distinct...

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Online Reputation -- Losing in Court Thanks to Facebook and Twitter

(2) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 3:37 PM

Today, everything we do online has potential consequences. The angry post you make on Facebook today, even if you delete it later, could mean losing a job or even in court tomorrow. In our increasingly connected world, the things we say can more easily come back to haunt us.

For...

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Miami and South Florida Could Learn From Louisiana

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 10:29 AM

Right now, technology is one of the only sectors in the U.S. economy that is doing well. For most cities and states around the nation, this means they're working hard to promote themselves as the "new Silicon Valley" in one way or another. Some are failing, others are succeeding. I...

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How Discrimination Happens in Tech Today

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2012 | 6:00 PM

When you read about discrimination in the information technology workforce, you'll be reading about one of two things: about how one group of people is underrepresented in the workforce or how another group of people is funding themselves through programs that only benefit their group. Both stories are talking about...

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The Growing Tech Scene in South Florida

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 4:22 PM

Florida's tech and entrepreneurship scene is growing at a fast pace. A large part of this is thanks to our close connection with many companies and tech groups in Latin and South America. I attended the 2011 Americas Venture Capital Conference hosted by Florida International University's Eugenio Pino...

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QR Codes: The Great Technology That Isn't

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 9:27 AM

All of us have seen those little blocks of random mess that are supposed to be the (more) modern equivalent of bar codes. Called QR Codes, these little blocks can keep a lot of data in a small space. They were supposed to transform how mobile users interact with the...

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