Facebook just released to the press a new initiative to wrap android phones with their own 'home' page experience. Really? I have found my Facebook usage declining precipitously over the past few years.
The title of this post is so often repeated in the media — all the way from college students who have just graduated to middle managers who have lost their job to workers in the sunset of their career. You need to TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE.
How is your job hunting going? Maybe you need to reassess how you look on the web — it's not just your resume anymore.
How many text messages do you send in a day? How many emails? Tweets? Foursquares? How many quotes/photos/links do you post on Facebook? Pinterest? How many sites do you surf to learn about the world around you?
All of this is GOOD. But it shouldn't be the end-all of what you do to communicate every day.
Do you interact with strangers anymore? Your neighbors? The shopkeeper down the street? The man at Starbucks who makes you that perfect coffee every day?
As we stretch out via the web, we are slowly and subtly closing out many people around us. Not our friends, but those people I call "Strangers". You know, the people you DON'T know and unfortunately, they don't know you either.
As we entwine our lives with more and more social media outlets, it allows us to forgo the opportunity to reach out to people we touch everyday — the waitress, the auto mechanic, the crossing-guard at the school — and have a meaningful conversation with them.
Honestly, we don't even have to talk to them anymore — they are not only strangers, they are 'non-people' in our lives.
You might say — so what? But you might be missing out on your new best friend, your new boss, or your new life partner.
A better title for this post should be "Start A Conversation".
In the next few days, start a conversation with 3-5 strangers whom you wouldn’t normally talk to:
Ask them a question, make them laugh, or give them a compliment (I really like how your arranging those oranges - how do you do that?). You also need to get a response back — and if the opportunity presents itself, have a conversation.
But this is my charge to you — you have to do it this week. Make it happen.
As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview.
TED presents Eli Pariser, who argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.
There's so much written out there on Social Media. There are experts, seminars, books, etc. all on this topic on how to learn it and leverage it for your business.
Experts believe social media presents good opportunity for businesses to connect with their customers.
More employers than ever are researching job candidates on sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter in order to find out more about their activities and character. And, it turns out, many candidates are doing a great job of showing their potential bosses poor communication skills, inappropriate pictures, and even how many workplace secrets they can leak.