Hug a Social Media Curator!

(This post is the 4th part of a five part series about participation in the world of Social Media)

It’s a zoo out there!

I’ve got 45,000 unread emails, 1,750 unread notices in facebook, and countless tweets that come flying by me each day.

The Social Web is a crazy place.  Everywhere you look, “Creators” are busy creating content and “Consumers” are seeking the latest and greatest.  Who makes it all work?

The Social Media Curator.

The word Curator normally applies to a museum executive or someone who manages a collection.  Going back to when I studied Latin, it comes from the word cūrā, meaning to care for or attend to.

Social Media Curators care for and attend to the best of the Social Web.  They save us all time.  They make Web 2.0 worthwhile.

It’s time to hug a social media Curator!

When others click away from something they like and move on, the Curators among us share it, retweet it, bookmark it, list it, or forward it.  When they find people that serve niches, they follow them, list them, and introduce them to the world.

They are the only reason that my twitter stream and Flipboard app actually work. (hint, if you don’t “get” twitter, it’s because you don’t know any curators)

Without Curators, we are stuck digging through the billions of updates each month just to find something worth reading (besides family or celebrity updates).  With curators, the best of the best in our field rises to the top.

It’s time to thank the curators!

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Here are some different types of curators I’ve relied on.  Who are yours?  (Please share and I’ll check them out)

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Your End Game

Warriors, what will you do when you finally “make it”?

  • Will you retire to Naples?
  • Sail around the world?
  • Buy a home in Telluride?

Help people?

Lately, I’ve been discussing the idea of making a difference in other people’s lives by being “the water” for those thirsting or stuck in the mud.  Not surprisingly, it has sparked quite a discussion on Facebook, Twitter, and the 8pm Warrior blog.

However, many are struggling with whether or not they can do something now.  Not at the end.

I agree.

The end game is tricky because no one knows when the end will come. There are no two month, two day, or two minute warnings.

Instead of waiting until you “make it’, why not go out and make something great happen today.  Make a difference.  Be the water.

Tonight.

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert

PS.  Don’t think you can do it?  Andrew Syiek reminded me of Scott Harrison’s story. Check it out below and join me by committing yourself to doing something now.

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Nearly the Ultimate Gift

There is little debate that the ultimate gift is one life for another.

However, for most of us, that isn’t really a gift often requested or needed.  So what’s the next best alternative?

Giving a piece of your life.

Ask the adult children of many ultra-successful 8pm Warriors what they really wanted growing up, and it wouldn’t be another BMW or horse.  What do most people truly want from their mentors, parents, spouses, children, friends, or advisors?

They want your time.

Attention.

Life.

Basically, they want the stuff you can’t buy, fake, or transfer.

Next time you’re wondering what to get the “person who has everything”, try giving them a piece of your life.  Even a smallest amount is appreciated.

Since yesterday was my birthday, it was heartwarming to see the emails, text messages, facebook wall posts, cards, tweets, and blog comments.  It took time and thoughtfulness and it was very much appreciated.

Thanks for nearly the ultimate gift!

I am thankful tonight,

Aaron@Biebert

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