The internet is called many things: the web, the 'net, and even "internet explorer". Others refer to it as the greatest reference book... or the greatest waste of time. But given the popularity of Social Media, it is also the world's greatest conversation. You can listen in, ask a question, or answer someone else's. For entertainment this interaction is addictive. If you're hoping to achieve something specific - for your business or in your career - your interaction needs to be specific, and intentional.
To test an idea or to find the answer to one of your questions, here's where you might start:
Then, check the various question sites:
- Tweet your question
- Ask your Facebook friends
- Participate in a LinkedIn discussion group
Finally, let your community know what you've found:
- Research existing answers on
Yahoo answers, Askville, etc.
- Search within LinkedIn Groups and LinkedIn Answers
- Search on Google
- Search on YouTube, Vimeo, Blip.tv, etc
- Blog about it in your personal or corporate blog
This week's action item:
The beauty of the internet is that it is both a place where conversations take place - as well as a searchable repository for those conversations. When you want to test an idea this week, don't immediately bring up Google. Instead, use your Social Media connections to get more direct perspective. Not only will you get a more meaningful perspective, but you when you "report back" your findings to your network, you'll be adding value - to the internet, and to yourself.
Randall Craig is an expert on Social Media, Networking, and Career Planning; to find out how his workshops, webinars, and keynotes can help your team or add to your event, contact him through www.PersonalBalanceSheet.com, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Publication Date: April 20, 2010
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