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This is where social media has taken me

August 31, 2010 2 comments

Jim Raffel published a blog post last week (“Where Can Social Media Take You?”) that he published in response to Julie Larsen’s blog post (“Amazing things happen on the way to change”).

So, where has social media taken me?

Well, it’s been about a year since I joined Twitter, and in that time, my wife and I have made a lot of connections — there’s a lot of great people out there we probably wouldn’t have met without social media — including a bunch of fellow Wisconsin food bloggers.

And those food blogging connections have taken us on a Milwaukee Food Tour and we hope to Git Down with some Gumbo in October.

I’ve also met other Waukesha area professionals from LinkedIn in a networking meeting. It was a great way to learn about others and their businesses in my community.

And in dailymile I’ve found an online community that has been a huge pillar of support as I try to reach my goal of cycling 500 miles from July to September. (I’m nearly there, and I think I’ll make it.)

Social networking for me has been a way to increase the number of people I meet, especially now that I have a limited budget and can’t afford to go out to paid gatherings every night.

Instead, I’ve been able to start building and nurturing those relationships through the social networks I venture onto most frequently. (While I do nurture some relationships on Facebook, the relationships I have there are primarily started offline and continued online.)

I know that once some of those relationships get to a certain point, we’ll have a blast taking a trip brought on by social media.

Let’s chat: My first vlog post

August 20, 2010 Leave a comment

This is my first attempt at a video blog post. I’d appreciate any tips from those who have vlogged more often on how I can improve.

(This is cross-posted on my About Me page.)

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Business cards and LinkedIn

August 19, 2010 Leave a comment
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Sometimes I’m not as clean as I’d like to be. In particular, my filing system in my home office is a bit disorganized, to say the least. So I began to clean and tidy it up a bit recently and came across several business cards from people I met at recent #Milwaukeetweetups.

And then I thought, “Why not connect on LinkedIn?” So I did, and sent invitations out to a handful of people.

It’s not that far to extrapolate that LinkedIn is my new Rolodex. If you’re not on it, you’re probably not at the front of my brain when I think about networking or business.

From there, I can learn much more about you, your business, and how we can connect in the future.

So really, for me, business cards are just an invitation to connect on LinkedIn, which is where I would think to do business, anyway.

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The stagnation of social networks

August 11, 2010 1 comment

I’m on a lot of social networks. And I enjoy keeping up with my online and offline friends on all of them. Building and interacting with a community each day is a lot of fun.

But lately, some of them just haven’t been as engaging or have suffered problems that set them back. And that’s led me to wonder: Are some social networks stagnating?

Foursquare: This social network erupted earlier this year as a lot of Twitter users flocked to incorporate the location-based application. It was used heavily by users to see where their friends are, see where the happening place is on a given night, and earn badges. But I think a lot of users are going through what I am, too: Not a full withdrawal from it, but a huge dropoff in check-ins. I check in to places where I’m the mayor, where I’m close to being the mayor and where I’ve never been before.

How to solve it? Mike Wisniewski of @CometBranding offered a good solution. Read it here. (GigaOM has a story worth reading, too.)

Twitter: It’s no secret that this social platform is quite popular, and growing quite rapidly. And, as a art enthusiast, I enjoy looking at the famed Fail Whale. But it’s been happening too often lately. It seems that the user base is growing — with no sign of stopping — at a rate faster than the company can handle. Even Mashable has questioned whether the company can scale up with its increasing userbase.

How to solve it? Unknown. I’ve read a lot about whether people think Twitter is scalable. But with the rollout of promoted tweets through Twitter’s API, perhaps this is the beginning?

Facebook: Well, I think we all know about this. But the main issue here for me is the terms of service. As Jim Raffel pointed out in his #MKELikemind discussion, how many times has the company changed its terms of service in the past year?

How to solve it? Up for discussion. For me, I tolerate it, only because a lot of contacts I want to keep in touch with are connected with me only on Facebook. That’s what makes this social network more important than others: Its user base is far greater, and growing all the time.

To me, those are the big three. But I’m also on a lot of other social networks and have begun to explore them. Perhaps I’ll soon come across those stagnating as well. Are there other social networks you think are stagnating?

Bridging the social media divide

August 3, 2010 Leave a comment

This is such an interesting question. And, to be honest, one I never thought about. But after @kammerait posted this, I started thinking about it.

Recently at work I helped a couple of coworkers start personal and professional Twitter accounts. And as I was helping them do so, I could tell they had very little knowledge about Twitter. But, thinking back a year to when I decided to step aboard the Twitter train, I realized I was in their position.

And I know that as I’ve grown as a Twitter user, I’ve grown as a social media news consumer. And my coworkers are in the spot now that I was a year ago. And I think they’ll eventually learn more and their knowledge base will expand.

I think what’s more likely happening is that there are just more social media newcomers than there are social media veterans. And as the waves of newcomers continue to absorb into the social media stream, they’ll learn and hear it again and again.

What do you think of the social media divide?

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