by Ron Mader
One of my favorite Mexico-focused websites returns September 16. I am so looking forward to the return of Mexicanwave! Twitter account: @mexicanwave
By: Lisa Coleman
The power of social media is almost endless. When it comes to Mexico, Facebook (and Twitter) have served as unique platforms that allow us to talk about the country we love, and to share news and opinions. The Mexico Today program has now taken social media to a new level with its “Social Magazine.”
The recently launched Mexico Today Social Magazine is an innovative tactic that pushes the envelope of what is possible on Facebook. This multi-phase project leverages community participation from fans to produce an evolving online publication. The stories and submissions come from leading Mexico bloggers and influencers, including the 24 Mexico Today Ambassadors. The Ambassadors’ contributions are divided into 6 topics: Economy, Health, Infrastructure, Security, Sustainability, and Travel and Culture.
In addition, the Magazine invites viewers to post their own Mexico stories. The intent is to create a grassroots movement by allowing submissions from those who are interested in sharing their Mexico experiences. There are two easy ways to be part of Mexico Today’s Social Magazine: 1) Write what you know – submit an original post featuring your tips, to-dos and cool happenings in Mexico. 2) Share an interesting link about Mexico that you discovered online.
We need your help to shape the conversation about today’s Mexico. The Magazine accepts not only short links, but also longer blog posts. Submit your content today to enter a chance to win a $500 gift card.
Future phases of the Magazine will use the same article database to power an iPad App version. Click here to check out the magazine: Mexico Today Social Magazine on Facebook.
Disclosure: I am being compensated for my work in creating and managing content as a Community Manager for the México Today Program. All stories, opinions and passion for all things México shared here are completely my own. Mexico Today is a joint public and private sector initiative designed to help promote Mexico as a global business partner and an unrivaled tourist destination
Mexico Premiere contributor John Mitchell recently spoke with Susie Albin-Najera about his photography and travel in Mexico over the past three decades. You can read the entire interview and see some of John’s Mexico photos on The MEXICO Report.
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by Ron Mader
Is anyone else on Mexico Premiere using Twitter?
What a great tool! Here’s a tip — keep an eye on #mexicomonday and #mexmonday.
I like all genres of music, depending on my mood, the company I’m keeping, and the weather outside. I range from Buffett to Bach, from Pearl Jam to Pavarotti, from Sinatra to Santana, from Dylan to…well, there is no “to” after Dylan.
So I have had a great weekend checking out a web site that my good friend Kevin Knox (we used to listen to Beach Boys together in 7th grade on our RECORD PLAYERS!) told me about – Slacker Radio http://www.slacker.com. I’ve never downloaded pirated free music online because I don’t like the idea of stealing from talented, creative artists, but Slacker is different. It is free, but the concept is more like listening to a radio station, and they have thousands of songs and many music styles to choose from.
One of the station categories is Latin, and there you will find another sub-category called Regional Mexican where you can listen to Ranchera, Banda, Mariachi, Salsa, and much more.
After creating a sign-in identity (username and password) you can compile your own Favorites that are saved for you. I typed in a little known old favorite of mine, the late Hoyt Axton, and heard his cover of The Yellow Rose of Texas that knocked my socks off (metaphorically – I was barefoot at the time). In the mid-70’s we would drive up to the Palomino Club in North Hollywood from San Diego, to see Hoyt perform – but that’s another story that I can’t write about here. Let’s just say I feel lucky to still be here.
So give Slacker Radio a try, and on those rare weekend mornings when you wake up with a tequila and beer hangover, and the only thing that will help is a big, steaming plate of chorizo con huevos, tune in a heartbreaking ballad from Mexico. The rest of your week will be much better for it.
I have to admit, I don’t get the group-hug, ego-driven characteristics of some of the Social Network sites. Announcing to your “friends” that you just ate a back-yard home-grown tomato that was just so delicious just seems desperate to me. If I wanted to hear forehead-slapping, boring stories I’d go to the nearest dive saloon and grab a bar stool next to the out-of-work hedge-fund manager who just can’t flippin’ believe the halcyon “Gordon Gekko greed is good” days are over.
But, there are some good, common interest sites around and one I like dedicated to the Mexico expat community is Mexico My-Space http://mexicomyspace.ning.com. Founder George Puckett keeps the energy flowing, and the site has signed up nearly 800 people in about a year. The members, from all over Mexico and the U.S., have formed various Groups, including Living in Vallarta, Riviera Maya, and Real Estate Professionals, to name a few.
You can learn a lot about living in Mexico from this site. Log on, sign up, and make some friends. You can tell the guy at the bar about your home-grown tomatoes.