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Social Media Wasteland

April 20, 2010 Comments off

Social “Starlights” seem to be in a Social Media Wasteland lately and their advise is definitely left wanting.

I’m a huge proponent of  Social Media and I have personally gained numerous opportunities by taking up the social opportunities presented to me.  I’ve grown through the opportunity to meet with all kinds of people in the social media space, hear their thoughts and appreciate their issues.  I can say that I’m much more connected to the community now than ever.

What I find very unsatisfactory is what I call the role of a social media “Starlight”.  While well respected, the “Starlights” seem unwilling Read more…

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Twitter and the allure of 140 characters – is it easier than blogging?

October 15, 2009 7 comments

I really like 140 characters – do you?

Why Twitter?
I joined twitter and started tweeting in July 2009 after watching a 1 hour demo of Google Wave – the Wave demo changed my perspective on communicating and I realised that real time, live collaboration was almost here.  Until then, Twitter was the closest thing to real time communication I could find – I also really like the fact that in the demo they added twitter to a wave creating a twave and there was a heap of people in the audience tweeting about the wave demo.

Personally, I love twitter and 140 chars – forces me to be short, sharp and succinct with my messages.  I also love the fact that it’s the same for everyone else.  I can organise the people I follow into groups and scan tweets quickly.

The potential of 140 realised
My break through into 140 and appreciation of the value of this tool was when I attended the Online Retailer Conference in August this year where I spent a fair amount of time tweeting key points from each of the presentations – there were a couple of other people that did the same and both during and after the event several people said “thanks for your tweets, it was like I was attending the event.
I also really like the whole concept of ambient awareness (learn more by reading this article Read more…