Some days I feel like I’ve got it all figured out.
I know what I need to do. When I need to do it. How it should be done. Sometimes I even think I know what others should do.
Other days, I remember the truth…I honestly don’t know that much.
What I do know, I will use. When I use what I know, I will learn new things.
What I learn, I will share.
If you share too, we’ll all learn more quickly. It’s the power of team. The power of social media; of “us” versus “me.”
It’s the power of our 8pm Warrior community.
Share something tonight,
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Picture yourself sitting on your porch when you’re 70.
Are you sitting alone?
Will anyone care what you did tonight? Last night? Last year?
One of my biggest fears is that as enter the twilight of my life, I will feel overwhelming sorrow that no one around me cares about my war stories from these “8pm Warrior missions” I fight every night.
I doubt I’m the only one.
You and I put our heart and soul into what we do. I see it every day.
However, if we don’t include enough other people in our adventures, we risk being that old guy or gal sitting on the porch telling stories to people who don’t remember, don’t know, or don’t care.
We risk loneliness when we become so lost in a personal war with it’s private battles, that we let everything and everyone slip away.
It’s Christmas Eve.
Go spend time with family. It’s nights like these when you fill up your future porch with more than your colleagues, partners, and clients. Let others see your battles. Share your world with the people you want on your porch when you’re older.
We sit up every night working, reading, writing, thinking, and dreaming. However, if we don’t share our life and involve others, we’re destined to be the lonely veterans of a one soldier war.
Picture your porch. Then fill it up.
8pm Warriors don’t have to do it alone.
Have a Merry Christmas,
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(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,
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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We need each other to make this work.
Instead of the one-way communications of the “old internet”, Web 2.0 is about each of us contributing to a much more interactive and informative network that consists of blogs, tweets, wikis, facebook posts, videos, pictures, and the comments and follow-up discussions that go with them.
We are the creators of the new internet.
The tools we use for the new web are called “Social Media” (think Social Studies, not Social Hour), and they have changed the world we live in. Instead of sitting in a virtual “lecture hall” listening to a few websites do all the talking (think 1990’s), we are now all in a digital “convention hall” discussing amongst ourselves in one great conversation.
With such a level playing field, the new challenge is not the availability of information, but rather the hunt for the “good stuff”.
- 30,000,000,000 items are shared each month on Facebook.com (official Facebook stats)
- 2,890,000,000 tweets are posted on Twitter each month (official Twitter stats)
- 200,000,000+ blogs had been started by 2009, with many more added each day (Technorati)
That’s a lot of content!
I have absolutely no idea how I would find the best of it without your help. The content I need is a needle in a haystack without your sharing, liking, bookmarking, reblogging, commenting, and linking to it. Obviously search engines are part of the solution, but they need your help too.
That’s why “Sharing is Caring.”
Share something great tonight,
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