Monday, September 27, 2010

This is my first post on Amplify! So, naturally I'm curious what this does and how it will help me with what I do online. #myfirstpost
This is my first post on Amplify! So, naturally I'm curious what this does and how it will help me with what I do online. #myfirstpost

Sunday, September 26, 2010

What is Twitter? An analogy

Motorola's First 2 way radio from 1962
Image by bhenak via Flickr

Twitter is analogous to 2-way radio. Many of the same dynamics that apply to radio communications are also applicable to how Twitter allows its users to communicate. Radio communications gives everybody in the group the ability to listen in. The ambient radio chatter gives all members of the group situational awareness of what is happening throughout the organization.

While radio carries voice communications, Twitter carries text and background awareness of what is happening in the network.
Enhanced by Zemanta

Friday, September 24, 2010

Teaching Social Media Backwards

I've been to the conferences, unconferences, and workshops. There is a real public desire to learn how to use social media for business and other organizations; but, too much talk about social media puts the cart before the horse.

I think if you learn to create content first, it will naturally lead to the use of social media to help you distribute your work.

First, let's make you interesting; then we'll talk about friending and liking.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Self-licking Ice Cream Cone

Vanilla Ice Cream Cone 8-6-09 3 I could not find an illustration of a self-licking ice cream cone; but the general idea is that a self-licking ice cream cone exists to perpetuate itself.

My friend Dan Mosqueda first mentioned this to me in relation to social media. You'll find that many people involved in social media spend a lot of time talking about social media. So, yes, we spend a great deal of time talking about the very thing that we use to get the word out media. It's a vicious circle.

So, I've been racking my brain trying to think about ways to break the cycle. Dan suggested that we should instead focus on creating content. After all, this is what people look for when they are browsing the web. So, I've been thinking about how to create content so that it relates to social media without getting the ice cream ready to lick itself.

Obviously, now at least, I should probably teach by example. Meaning that instead of talking about social media all the time, I really ought to find topics that I enjoy and simply create content around the topics. So, I'm working on narrowing down some topics to blog and record about.

I expect to be able to inspire some of my friends to produce their own internet content easily and without hesitation. Quite frankly, I learned everything I have about social media because I needed a way to distribute content. So, it's not too much of a stretch to help others create for themselves an urgency to figure out ways to grow their audiences.
Enhanced by Zemanta

Monday, September 20, 2010

Springpad Is Finally a Viable Personal Organizer for Me

Image representing Spring Partners as depicted...
Image via CrunchBase

Just today, I downloaded the Springpad app on my Android phone. I have been aware of Springpad for some time; but could never really take advantage of it without the option of going mobile. Although I do spend a lot of time in front of a computer, I find that the information I gather while at the computer is most often useful when I'm out and about in the world.

I rely heavily on Evernote because of its flexibility in storing information. I can send all manner of information to Evernote and access it on my mobile. The only downside to Evernote is that it is a blank slate, which also happens to be its strength.

Springpad is handy because it has templates for storing many kinds of information. The available categories make organizing your information that much easier. Evernote, on the other hand, is completely free form, leaving it up to you to create structure, or not. While I love the universality of Evernote, sometimes I need some structure. It also helps that Springpad has some social sharing goodness thrown in.

My favorite feature of Springpad will most likely be Lists. I don't mean so much to-do lists; I have those through Vitalist already. Rather, I will make use of lists of things I might do with my family, like watch a movie, go to the museum, play frisbee, go for a walk. Or, maybe I'll make lists of things I buy often, not the actual shopping list, just a reminder of stuff to put on the list.

Second to that, I think I'll enjoy the Recipes. I've found some good ones. Having recipes handy at the grocery store makes it easy to buy the necessary ingredients.

Some of the other categories really don't appeal much to me; but they must appeal to somebody. I don't foresee using the other categories so much for organizing information; but, I can see using them as another social medium.

I'll be experimenting with Springpad on my phone in the days ahead. I don't expect that it will be my workhorse for organizing myself; but, time will tell.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Maybe I'm wrong about social media