About

Tamar Weinberg all Dressed UpTamar Weinberg is a killer inbound sales closer, a digital and social media strategist, a customer happiness hero, and author of The New Community Rules: Marketing on the Social Web (O’Reilly). She has been involved in the Internet since the early 90s and has dabbled in social online interactions for more than fifteen (now twenty) years. Tamar has been working nearly exclusively within the Internet Marketing and online sales industry since 2006, though she also has experience with web hosting and technical support and can handle complicated WordPress installations and configurations with ease. At the present time, Tamar is the Chief Strategy Officer for Small Business Trends, VP of Marketing for Ruxly Creative, and community manager at domain name registrar and web hosting company Namecheap, in addition to working alongside other companies in her own role as a digital marketing consultant, focusing primarily these days on social media customer service. (She calls this her “professional hustle.”)

In my own words:

I’m a passionate person. When I want something, I’m determined to get it. As a young child, I wanted to be an author. My mother told me that if I were going to be an author, I would be subsisting on small amounts of food and my luxuries would be minimal. For awhile, I was going along the path of pursuing a law degree which seemed to fit well with my personality traits of persistence as well as the ability to argue a point well when I knew it was the right thing.

But even from a young age, I became involved in computers. From my first “computer,” a Speak-N-Spell, I always had the fascination with a smart interactive machines.

When I was in grade school, it was an Apple IIgs. In middle school and ever since, it was a PC. I’ve played with flavors of Linux too. I remember “breaking” my first computer because my curiosity took me outside Windows 3.1 and I decided I should try FDISK. Oops.

Despite my interest in writing, I didn’t cultivate that interest publicly despite a published poem at the age of thirteen. In fact, I also almost entirely stopped reading when I got a computer — that was where I was most excited. Because I was not afraid of trying new things (not much can get worse than FDISKing your master boot record when you’re a preteen, which effectively renders your system unusable), I quickly became interested in everything computers and tried not to focus on one single aspect. I graduated from Barnard College / Columbia University with a degree in Computer Science just so I can have the programming background (though I still don’t know how to program after all that study). As a student, I worked as a Residential Computing Consultant, so I learned a lot about academic networking. I focused on network security as a Security Consultant. I learned Linux in 2001 while working as a Junior Unix Administrator. I designed some nice
websites. I never wanted to be in one place, because the world of computers was vast.

In the end, however, I was particularly taken by the Internet and emerging technologies therein. After the world of bulletin board systems (BBSes), my first paid online service cost me $5.95/hour on a slow 2400 baud modem (my largest monthly bill was a whopping $267.48). I joined many social networking websites even if my friends didn’t. I generally had a solid idea about the trends to follow (if only my parents, who were more stock-market savvy than I was at the time, would have invested in my interests. Listen, I’m a computer geek, not one who knows how to play the stock market!).

I love learning how websites work, the social communities that surround them, the news and hype surrounding websites (especially search engines!), and I especially love administering the servers upon which they reside.

Techipedia is my blog where I journey through technology news that interests me with my personal spin. By blogging, I’m able to combine that first love of writing with love of the Internet, social networks, and technology. I hope you enjoy the journey.

More information about Tamar can be found on her official biography page, which is located at Tamar Weinberg. She is also active on many social communities, including (but not limited to):

Tamar has also contributed to numerous online publications, including Search Engine Roundtable, Mashable, Macgasm, Real Simple Magazine, Pistachio Consulting (now defunct), and Lifehacker.

Oh, and one more thing: What’s with the funny email?

I’m assuming that those of you who know me may wonder why I have such a funny nickname. Back in the very early 90s when I first got AOL, I was using a super slow computer on a 2400 baud modem. The lack of RAM and the consistent fights over the phone line caused my computer to get disconnected from the online service, a term that oldies used to refer to as “punted,” numerous times a day. I fit that bill entirely. I was your classic case of being punted. Being the creative type for a 12-year-old (and since I was also dabbling in poetry at the time), I decided that it would be cute to append “runt” to the nickname. Thus, punt runt was born. I still use the name to this day because old habits are hard to break (and it’s really easy for old friends to find me!). Over a decade later, the nickname still fits: I’m still a computer geek and I love to write. However, when I can, I prefer to use “tamar” instead. (Note to the Gmail team: I’d love tamarATgmailDOTcom if you’d ever allow for 5-letter usernames!)

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