I’ve been a proponent of quality over quantity when it comes to my social circles for years now. And as Malcolm Gladwell highlighted in “The Tipping Point,” 150 has shown to be the magic number for most people when it comes to counting the number of quality connections one can have that truly matter.
In this same vein, I came across a very clever video from Shimi Cohen titled, “The Innovation of Loneliness” which just might get you to reframe what you likely think about social media, creating a real connection and being lonely. Brilliant piece!
And here’s one of my favorite replies to a comment Shimi received:
….The Idea isn’t that we are more lonely because of social media. It’s that we feel more lonely because of social media. Being alone, which in the past was bearable for at list a while, today becomes unbearable at all even for a few minutes. whenever we sit alone, or finding ourselves waiting in line / red light or even before going to sleep, today we automatically reach to our phones to connect. So i’m not saying that being alone will make us less lonely, I’m just saying that we shouldn’t be afraid of being alone from time to time, as when we will, we will see that being alone won’t make us feel so lonely once we understand it.
I was told it was time to create an Events calendar on my website and this is the month! I know, finally.
I thought I’d send out this post first, as a preview. The new calendar appears on the bottom footer of the Home page and in the right navigation on the other pages of belladomain.com.
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I’ll be at WeWork on June 20th and am speaking on behalf of the SFPCN’s new professional development series. This event will be both a learning and networking event, so you can apply some of what you learn immediately after my presentation.
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I’ll be in Chicago for two private and two public speaking engagements, including BlogHer and a learning event for Constant Contact. Details coming soon!
BTW, I’m always on the lookout for additional opportunities to inspire and motivate others via speaking opportunities for which I’m paid. I do make myself available for one promotional/free speaking gig per quarter too though, so please send any requests for speakers you may come across my way. Thank you!
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Like most things, it’s not surprising to learn that women utilize social media differently than men do, but what I like about this infographic is that it shares some interesting insights on how men use LinkedIn and the average amount of time people spend on each platform in any given month.
How do you use social media differently than this infographic indicates? Would you rate your LinkedIn usage in the same order as above?
With the recent changes to the LinkedIn profile causing a seismic shift in the social networking universe (kidding! totally exaggerating), I thought I’d take a minute to comment on one of the things that has now taken center stage as a result of the change; your LinkedIn profile Summary.
An opportunity to share your POV
I’ll start by sharing what a first-person narrative is and why it matters.
The Summary section on your profile is one of the few places where you get to share your point of view (POV), which means you are the narrator and can give this section your “voice.” It’s not a cover letter or bio written by your corporate communications department, a copywriter or maybe a LinkedIn profile makeover consultant. This is your opportunity to speak normally and give people a sense of who you are and what makes you tick.
Pretend you’re in an elevator (or having coffee) with a FOAF (friend of a friend)
I think it’s safe to say that you can even consider the Summary section a place to share an online version of your elevator pitch, which is supposed to be a quick, succinct summation of what your business is and who you are in relation to it. I know that’s a simplified version of one, but let’s just go with this. Approach writing the summary as if you’re speaking to a friend of a friend so you don’t sound as stiff as you might with a complete stranger or prospect in an elevator. (This is what I tried to do in mine below, but it definitely needs a bit more work.)
Also worth noting is that when LinkedIn redesigned the profile they hid the website links and other contact info (Twitter handle, email, etc), which essentially shifted the Summary section up, so it’s more visible than ever. Here’s a screen grab with the Contact Info section opened below:
I recommend spending some time working on your Summary so you can take advantage of this valuable “real estate.” And, please stop referring to yourself in third-person so you can begin sharing your unique POV with those that visit your profile in the future.
Please comment here if you’ve noticed any other changes to the profile layout that will affect us all going forward.
What’s the big whoop about the latest announcement re: the changes in Twitter’s policy of sharing tweets on LinkedIn?
The official word from LinkedIn is below, and my take on this is that it’s a welcome user-experience change, and basically a very good thing. Why? I always cringed when I saw a tweet show up in my LinkedIn updates stream from a former co-worker or new contact that clearly was meant for the less professional subset of their network. Frankly, I always found those type of tweets a distraction (i.e., noise) which would cause me to then tune them out. You know, things like, “HELLS YA! Germany you just got spanked by my Italian paisanos!!!” (This was about soccer, btw.)
Granted, it will be even better once LinkedIn offers the ability to schedule status updates (just MY prediction), which will probably be free at first, and then they’ll charge for them (i.e., maybe 10 each month for $25/qtr or you’ll have to upgrade for get the feature). I, for one, do hope they decide to make some form of a scheduling feature available soon.
BTW, I used to advise all my clients not to link their Twitter stream with LinkedIn anyway, and explained that if they wanted a professionally relevant tweet to show up in their LinkedIn status update, all they had to do was tag it using the hashtags “#in” or “#linkedin” and it would appear on LinkedIn, but sadly, this appears to now be dead as well.
LinkedIn and Twitter have worked together since 2009 to enable you to share your professional conversations on both platforms. Twitter recently evolved its strategy and this will result in a change to the way Tweets appear in third-party applications. Starting today Tweets will no longer be displayed on LinkedIn.
We know that sharing updates from LinkedIn to Twitter is a valuable service for our members. Moving forward, you will still be able to share updates with your Twitter audience by posting them on LinkedIn.
How can I continue to share updates on both LinkedIn and Twitter? Simply start your conversation on LinkedIn. Compose your update, check the box with the Twitter icon, and click “Share.” This will automatically push your update to both your LinkedIn connections and your Twitter followers just as before.
What changes can I expect to see on LinkedIn? Any conversation you start on Twitter will no longer be automatically shared with your LinkedIn network, even if you synced your LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.
If you would like more information about what this means for your synced LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, please visit our related Help Center topics.
To be fair, here’s a link to the official Twitter post about this.
UPDATE: I’m still predicting LinkedIn will soon offer scheduled updates (for free or w/updgrade), but until we see if I’m correct or not, here’s a workaround I found and tweeted soon after the above was posted: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-tweet-to-linkedin-2012-6Read More