Posts Tagged ‘networking’

Is #FollowFriday Still Relevant?

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ve been a Twitter user for almost three years now, so I’ve seen a lot on the social network.

And when I started, I was a frequent proponent of #FollowFriday, when lots of users would use the hashtag and tweet about people they recommend following.

But I’ve changed how I use it. Read my full blog post on Storify at the link below.

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My 3 Words for 2012

January 9, 2012 15 comments

Chris Brogan has been framing his years — how he wants to focus on the next 12 months — since 2006. Each year he sets out 3 words that he will use to plan out his next year.

And in his email newsletter, he challenged readers to do the same. Come up with 3 words, and act on those 3 words in 2012.

Thanks, Chris, for challenging me. Here’s the words I came up with on how I want to live my life in 2012.

My 3 Words


I love this word. It’s so evocative. What this word means to me is fulfill my passions and seek out new ones. I love blogging, crafting words into coherent posts, and I want to do it more. My blogging on this blog fell off in 2011. For those things I’m passionate about, put all of my effort and energy into making those things great.

But this word also means I need to focus on keeping what I’m passionate about in my life and let go of the things that I’m not passionate about. Weed out what is unnecessary.


This word was inspired by a couple of things: One a post I wrote last year about getting out of my comfort zone, and two a pin on Pinterest (right) that reinforces what I wrote in my post.

In my personal and professional lives, I need to challenge myself. Take on tasks I normally would ask for help with. Without challenge, I won’t grow and learn and accomplish new things. A challenge is integral to growth.


I’ve made a lot of great friendships and met new people through social media. I want to learn more about those people who I’ve met and continue to meet new people, online and offline.

But I also want to reinvest in old friendships and connect on a deeper level with those people. Bonds can break easily if they’re not continually nurtured, and I need to remember that.

What are your 3 words for 2012?

Why Facebook is Still Not ‘Open’

September 26, 2011 1 comment

Facebook SubscribeIn recent weeks, Facebook and Google+ have come out with updates on their respective social networks.  A lot has been made of these announcements, but I want to focus on one from Facebook.

The new Facebook subscribe button opens up the social networking site. No longer do you have to be a friend to get updates from someone. You can simply subscribe to their updates (assuming they’ve enabled subscriptions, of course).

I’m a huge fan of Twitter and Google+, and the one thing those networks have over Facebook is that they’re open. They offer a one-way connection to people whereas Facebook required both parties to accept the connection.

So while I think this Facebook subscribe button is a step in the right direction, it doesn’t go far enough.

Let’s think about this for a minute.

Who would you subscribe to? Celebrities, sports personalities and other public figures will be high on a lot of lists. But I use social networks to connect and deepen connections with people who live near me. After all, I’m more likely to meet them than I am to meet Brad Pitt or Barack Obama.

How will I be able to connect with those people?

Well, I’m not sure. Will they show up in the suggestions area? Usually I see people who might be connected to me from previous employment or school or from mutual friends. How will I connect with random people from my general location? Those are the people I’ve connected with and found friendships and relationships with on Twitter and Google+.

It’s because of that that I don’t see Facebook subscribe being a great tool for me.

Note: I haven’t used Facebook subscribe button yet. This post is based on a thought experiment. I’d love to hear if you’ve encountered otherwise.

Why I Don’t Follow Celebrities (On Twitter)

May 4, 2011 5 comments
Celebrity Twitter Directory

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Travelin' Librarian

When I first started using Twitter in September 2009, I followed a lot of celebrities. It was cool; I could sneak a peak into their world and it was an extension of our “friendship” via TV or movies or popular culture.

Now, not so much.

I don’t follow celebrities on Twitter anymore.

It’s nothing personal. I find the value I get from those tweeps is quite small. Sure, there are some funny, funny celebrities, or even some interesting ones, but as I made more and more local connections on Twitter, I saw — and often received — value from those connections.

When I started following Milwaukee-area tweeps, the way Twitter affected my life began to change. I made some connections, met some new friends and acquaintances and had good times.

What have celebrities done for you lately? For me, not a thing.

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#FollowFriday: Oct. 15

October 15, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s that time of the week again: Time to reflect on the coming weekend and what’s happened during the past work week.

@magirck: I erred in neglecting her from last week’s #FollowFriday. She was also instrumental in helping to bring the @GumboGitDown to fruition. A great event came because of her work, and a good cause was helped in the process.

@SharifRenno: Another one of Milwaukee-area tweeters making a difference through networking. I had a great time meeting new people at the #WaukeshaTweetup he helped produce a few months ago. I know I would have had a similar time at the #AGTweetup yesterday had I gone (he also helped with the planning of that event). (There was the #TosaTweetup in between the two, too!)

@KatieFelten: Another must-follow tweep who is an ace in networking. She’s helped out a ton with a lot of tweetups, and it’s always good to see her. And this week, she was a Milwaukee cheerleader on local newscasts for reaction from the AJBombers “Food Wars” episode. If you aren’t following her yet, remedy that today.

Why I’ve become an @dailymile fanatic

July 13, 2010 1 comment

I joined dailymile last week. It’s a social network for runners, walkers, cyclists, triathletes and more. Since I’m a sucker for social networking, and I’ve been wanting to ride my bike more often, this was the perfect confluence of timing in my life.

The thing I love the most about dailymile?

The motivation tool, which lets you interact with your friends and help push them to meet their goals. My goal is pretty steep, I think, considering it’s been about a year since I rode my bike. I want to log 500 miles on my bike by the end of September.

Since I started on July 3, that’s 90 days in which to bike 500 miles, a per-day average of 5.55 miles. In 10 days so far, I’ve ridden 18 miles, meaning I’m about 37 miles behind where I should be at this point.

Am I worried? Well, maybe just a little.

But I have no doubt that dailymilers will help motivate me to my goal. It’s going to be hard, but it’s certainly attainable. And social networking will help me to achieve it — that’s why I love dailymile so much.

Without social networking, I never would have been motivated by @krittabug to sign up for the @dailymile service in the first place.

You can find me on dailymile here.

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