If you're still wondering if you ought to bother spending time getting to know yet another social network, I've got one big reason you might want to give Google+ a try. The team at Google thought long and hard about how people and brands use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and worked to incorporate the best features of all, while adding a few cool features of their own.
So, there I was. Listening in on an fascinating conversation online with one of the business world's most well known thought-leaders*, some of his most famous books on the shelf above my desk as I soaked in his words coming through the speakers of my computer.
I've been in pain for the last month. At first, the pain in my hand would come and go. Gradually, the pain moved to my wrist up my arm and eventually to my shoulder. I spend too much time on the computer, there's just no way around it. Between email, blogging, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, my fingers are constantly tap-tapping away.
I already know almost all of you will be in one of two camps. Some of you will immediately feel my pain and totally get what I'm talking about. Others will think I'm making much ado about nothing and ought to let go of my outdated idea of how and where content is best shared. There will be a handful in the middle; those who can see both sides, but there won't be many of you in this third group. That said, let's get ready to rumble!
With a two-day program filled with tech thought leaders and innovators, there was one subject which seemed to consistently rise about the rest and dominate so many of the conversations at LeWeb. What was it? Wikileaks. While I didn't go into LeWeb expecting to hear so many opinions about Wikileaks - it's mission, it's founder, it's future - it shouldn't have been a surprise. The issues surrounding Wikileaks and it's release of mountains of sensitive information exist at the intersection of privacy, safety, security, technology, social media and politics. With such a smart, savvy and international crowd, seemingly everyone had and interest and strong opinions on the matter.
Has it been a year already? It's hard to believe that I'll be heading to Paris in just a few days. I'm thrilled that I've once again been selected as an Official Blogger for LeWeb, Europe's largest and most exciting tech event. It's an honor to be included among such a diverse group of multinational bloggers.
For any normal person, not connecting online for a short while doesn't seem odd. In fact, it makes sense. When I notice that someone hasn't posted in a few days, I assume they are out and about living their lives. When a social media geek like myself doesn't post updates to Facebook or Twitter and too many days have passed since my last blog post, people begin to wonder if I've fallen off the Earth.
Rod asks: "I see that I'm able to see some people's full LinkedIn profiles when clicking on their link, but when clicking on the link to my own profile, I see very little information. Do I need to have a paid membership to have everything visible"
Learning to maximize the benefits of using social media can easily seem an overwhelming task. Toss in keeping abreast of the constant changes, new tools and applications and the latest tips, and it suddenly feels like a full time job just hunting down the information you need from sources you can trust.
Remember the old days when we began to use email for business communication and to send messages to multiple people simultaneously? Ok, so maybe I'm the only one who remembers when that was a big deal. It seems like eons ago, long before we tweeted and poked to get someone's attention. Not so fast. Email is still as important and relevant as it ever was. Two primary differences between email then and email now for me are: