FIR Interview: Social Media Monthly Publisher and Editor Bob Fine

In this FIR Interview, FIR co-hosts Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz chat with Bob Fine, publisher and editor of The Social Media Monthly, a new print publication that is also a current Kickstarter project.

The Social Media Monthly was conceived at the 2011 South by Southwest Interactive conference and launched a mere 53 days later, on May 20th, 2011, at BlogWorld in New York. Three weeks later Fine secured US national distribution for the magazine with Barnes and Noble. The magazine was honoured as one of the top magazine launches of 2011 by MIN, an organization that reports on the US publishing industry.

In the interview, Fine recounts the magazine’s origins, why he opted to produce a print magazine about social media, the audience he’s trying to reach, the motivation of article authors, and a host of other topics.

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About our Conversation Partner

Robert Fine is the founder of Cool Blue Company, LLC, and author of The Big Book of Social Media Case Studies, Stories, Perspectives.

Robert has over 17 years experience as a systems and sales engineer with various companies including CMGI, Hughes Network Systems, and most recently as Senior Director of IT for Global Strategy & Development at Conservation International (CI). He is currently pursuing his PhD at George Mason University where he is researching links between investments in information technology and achieving conservation outcomes.

Connect with Bob on Twitter: @bobfine.

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(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

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