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Image by jonny goldstein via Flickr This guest post is by Jeremy Epstein, founder and chief marketing navigator at Never Stop Marketing. If you found a pile of cash in your house, you would do something with it, right? Buy something. Invest it. Whatever. There...

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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in SmartBrief on Social Media — tracks feedback from leading marketers about social-media practices and issues. Last week’s poll question: Do you think Facebook gets more attention than it deserves?
  • It does not deserve this much attention — 47.62%
  • It is worth all the attention it’s getting — 31.22%
  • I don’t pay attention to all the hype around Facebook — 21.16%
Whether it’s offline or online, everywhere we turn someone is talking about

Strom Thurmond was my wingman in college. Not literally, of course. I only met him once, for about a minute in the spring of 2000. But I got a story out of that meeting that I would later tell to almost every girl I ever tried to impress. Part of that stems from the fact that I went to a university where people talk about politics all the time, but mostly it’s just a really funny story. But I can’t tell it to you. It’s totally apolitical and G-rated. I now tell it in lots of non-date scenarios, including once in a successful job interview, but it would flop on a blog because to tell it right, I have to be able to touch your elbow at one point. The story falls apart without that gesture. And that’s why I told it over and over again. Touching someone, even briefly, creates a bond. You’re creating a literal symbol of the personal connection you now share. It is powerful voodoo.