* 50 Websites you've lived without...?!?!.
You'll now know why your life is so empty after you read this list of websites. But, now you can read them. And fill that emptiness in your life.
And, it's at least cheaper than a pet.
And 2009 is starting to look so promising, now.
From Maria Langer and her eclectic mind...blog.
Is that like Social Media for Dummies? Except it's for lawyers? And it's one in a series of books that explain things really, really, simply in language geared towards a specific audience and its knowledge or lack?
Like the rules of social media are different for this profession or it needs a specially titled post to get their attention? I don't know. The article so says 'sue me, the author, for libel and/or slander' for the generic content (and lack of passion).
On the other hand, FindLaw recommends Twitter for lawyers. And being attorneys they know the audience and keep the article crisp, to the point, articulate, with excellent supporting evidence examples.
Note to self: I need to ask Rext why he links to articles hosted by adjix and not the original article. Kinda not cool in a social media etiquette world.
This is an excellent article with excellent graphics. It's well worth the read. It covers some basic definitions and then shows how social media brings these six degrees down to maybe 3-4.
Now, they did have one section that made me chuckle. Here it is:
In the past, network building has been done in person, followed by telegrams and postal mail, then phone/ pager/ voice mail, then email and now through a variety of online “social media” options.
These electronic options are all variations of “word of mouth” - an ancient form of communication.
Dude. You are so....web 2.0. And web 2.0 is so....2008, really 2007.
First off, in person network building is even more powerful and vital with the spread of digital social media.
Second, word-of-mouth....it's very now. It's the most effective form of marketing, advertising, spreading a brand message because it uses the most trusted network: you and your friends. And word-of-mouth, like in-person networking, plays an even larger role in marketing communications today as it's the only message format that consistently delivers a positive ROI in any market, any industry, any company with the right DNA.
Article is at the GeekPreneur blog.
And we forgive you for that one quirky passage. Here'a s couple of things you can do in 2009 to help your personal brand by networking in the most effective manner:
- Join The Swom.
- And get out more often.
It's a good article that asks why Google chooses to algorithmically determine what's hot, as opposed to crowdsource the data from Google Reader Shared items among its users.
That cool phrase, algorithmically, (I had to spell check it twice and I'm a champion speller in 2nd grade) is so cool...that it's a bit opaque. And That's so antithetical to Google Reader and its sharing feature.
Odd. Google's showing signs of big-company-itis using some super-secret, uber-geek, algorithm (spelled it on my own).
Still, as the blog post reads:
Eventually, I believe that will be a part of Google Reader. And this may well be the first step.
I do, too. I applaud them for not waiting for perfection, throwing something out to the blogosphere to start the discussion and then in later iterations, making it perfect. That IS what you're doing, Google, isn't it?
Link from Jguske. Funny sidenote about Jguske. I met him in the Vegas airport as I was leaving the BlogWorld Expo this summer. Nice guy, smart, shares lot of good stuff on Twitter. See: in-person networking....it works.
That's the question that Stephen Nipper asks in his blog The Invent Blog.
And he offers some possibilities to help improve your personal brand. After all, we're living in a BrandYou World now.
And here's three of his 8 suggestions to improve your personal brand oin 2009:
- hire a personal/business coach
- start blogging, even if it is microblogging via Twitter (there are 50+ IP attorneys doing just that already)
- learn to effectively use LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Steve's an attorney. He's an IP attorney. He doesn't need a social media tutorial. In fact, he could write a tutorial for social media that wold work well with any audience. Even geeks.
Link from Nipper. (That's Steve's username on Twitter.)
Yeah, why not? Save a lot of money. Save a lot of time. This here's an article in Advertising Age. So, when they say stop using focus groups, start using Twitter...you should listen. This advice is the advice that bites the hand that feeds it.
Link from Ben McConnell's post at Church of the Customer.
And that's a wrap for 2008. Let's make 2009 a great, great year. We're off to a headstart: nowhere to go but up, at this point. Right?
Note: Some of the titles of articles here have been changed from their original posts in order to protect the innocent reflect what I think they should be.