Since this post was published in 2010, the worldwide map of social media has changed dramatically.
For example in Brazil Facebook has replaced Orkut and in Russia, the number of social media users is growing at a very fast pace, mostly on their own local sites Vkontakte and Odnoklassniki.
Read more :
→World Map of Social Networks : http://sco.lt/5wsYJl
→ 4 Fascinating Facts on the Social Media Landscape in Russia http://sco.lt/5Bq5bd
-> China: 600 Million Social Media Users. China’s Web in 2013, http://sco.lt/8rPz8r
Tag Archives: Social Networking
There’s a growing body of evidence supporting the idea that your friends’ friends wield tremendous power over you without you even knowing it.
Social networks are the groups of real friends that we all share and interact with.
“Birds of a feather really DO flock together”
In the article, the negative effect of social networks is shown with obese people who tend to connect with other fat people on many levels of connection.
Emotions are the tools people use to connect with social network friends usually faster than in the real world where people tend to be more inhibited to expose themselves in person.
The phone works two ways though and the positive effects of your online friends may outweigh the negative impacts.
For example you can join people who have common goals and interests such as losing weight, staying fit and healthy, aging, raising kids or living abroad etc. Social networks can sometimes help you get extra motivated and less isolated.
What do you think ?
See on networkedblogs.com
What is Content Curation ?
A content curator continually seeks, makes sense of, and shares the best and most relevant content on a particular topic online (extracted from Beth’s Blog ) . So “content curation” requires analytic skills, critical thinking and a scientific approach on how to search and check article’s references you publish. It is not about collecting links and sharing as much as possible. When well done, “content curation” provides a lot of value by helping people learn about the current state of the art in a particular topic.
The curator is like a magnet extracting needles hidden in haystacks.
There are many ways to curate and share your favorite online news and article, see here the 50+ “content curation” tools
So far my favorite is Scoop.it
“Scoop.it’s first mission is to help people publish gorgeous magazines by means of curation – and by doing so, make their passion and expertise be heard and recognized on the web” ( Be Discovered )
Scoop.it has a visual magazine format and allows you to share your content to other social networks or blogs such as StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google +, Tumblr, WordPress and Pinterest.
It is very easy to create an account and start collecting information from other curators on Scoop.it or post your own content such as your blog posts or other articles you find relevant on the web.
Here is mine, Scoop.it Global Leaders it is about : Global Leadership, Intercultural Team Building and Effective Communication on Social Media:
If you have a Scoop.it Account, Post the link in the comment section so we can learn about your expertise
Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions is Guy’s tenth book. In it, he explains how to influence what people will do while maintaining the highest standards of ethics. The book explains when and why enchantment is necessary and then the pillars of enchantment: Likability, Trustworthiness, Great Cause.
If you want to change the world — or even part of the world, this book is for you. To interact with the Enchantment community, go to the Enchantment Facebook page
- Book Review: Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment (hubspot.com)
- The Guy Kawasaki Guide to Rocking Your Online Marketing (kissmetrics.com)
- 10 Intriguing Business Books for Entrepreneurs to Read on Vacation (entrepreneur.com)
There is no recipe to make an expatriation a great moment in your life but meeting new people from totally different backgrounds in term of culture, profession, religion, social status, is one of the best things about living abroad. Of course for most people it is really hard to meet new people when moving to another location leaving behind close friends and family.
In general women are good at networking but expat women are particularly good to create brand new relationships with other expats, co-workers or other women. I lived mainly in Europe, Japan and the United States and each country or region has its specificity but globally here the five main reasons why expat women makes friends with people they don’t know much quicker than people who live in the same place for long periods of time.
1-A sense of urgency: When you arrive in an unknown place the first thing you need is to set up a good medical support: Family physician, pediatrician, dentists, OB/GY, emergency room etc. Expat women usually either don’t know the language, don’t trust the local medical practices or won’t turn to the yellow pages and ads in local newspapers. In most cases it is easier to meet other expat women who can explain the healthcare system and recommend the doctors that speak your language or English. If you have children in international schools you usually meet people coming from all over the world and feel included more rapidly than if your kids go to local public schools with very few foreigners living in your town. This motivates even the most shy person to ask for help and search the internet for local support groups. I have been doing that for 20 years and I am lucky to be French and lived in big cities like Tokyo or New York where the French expat communities are very active. Even in suburban New Jersey I found such a group of about 100 french speaking families organizing monthly networking events.
2-Expats never know how long they will stay: on average I have moved every three years for 20 years so I have to make friends quickly but this is the hardest part of being an expatriate. No matter how friendly or understanding people are in your local community, they have no idea what you are going through what is called “culture shock”. It can be really frustrating to be ignorant about what other people take for granted and don’t even think that you are not aware of local customs, unspoken rules and habits. It takes a good 6 months to one year even for the most seasoned expat to make really good friends and adopt a new culture. Hopefully for the last 5 years or so, the growing usage of social networking and the internet in general has helped expats tremendously to connect on a global scale. I have made many friends virtually on expat forums, through blogs,Twitter or Linkedin sometimes having virtual conversations for years before even knowing my next destination. I am always amazed and thrilled when I finally meet face to face the person with whom I feel emotionally connected already, it definitively helps feeling at home faster.
3-Women are better at nurturing relationships. With men, when you buy something even a house, once the deal is done, you cannot really count on extras like recommendations for where to shop, a hair salon, gym, schools and children-related topics. For example for the last move I met great american women and good service providers through my local real estate agent who is not an expat but she is such a great listener and connector I can really call her a friend.
4-Great listeners and communicators. living abroad makes expat women great listeners and communicators. When you don’t know the culture and the language well, you need to make special efforts to understand what people are saying to you both verbally and with body language. You have to ask questions or rephrase to clarify the messages. You also have to be creative and test various strategies to get yourself heard and become assertive.
5-Natural collaborators: Expat women can be corporate managers, entrepreneurs or stay-at-home moms, the are successful at what they do because they love doing project together. As expats we search other like-minded people we enjoy to be with to accomplish something by combining our talents. A collaborative spirit reign among expats and if you search expat women resources you will see more collaboration than competition.\ even among entrepreneurs such as expat coaches or cross-cultural trainers.
Being a great networker makes you a better leader, marketer or entrepreneur and an effective communicator to thrive in non-familiar, complex environments.
Are Expat Women Good Friends ?
What do you think ?
I previously posted quite a lot on how to create virtual bonds for expats moving to a new place during the preparation phase. Now I am going to share how to meet real people, how to introduce yourself everywhere you can possibly make new friends and get good tips and recommendations for great services in your new town.
Since I just moved one month ago from Belgium to USA, New Jersey, I am going to focus on the American way of meeting new people and some basic communication “faux pas”. There is also one thing that is very typical American: If you live in the U.S. you are American, no excuse for expats who don’t know the rules!
!- DONT SAY YOU ARE SORRY if you have not offended anyone! I have a bad habit I got from working almost 10 years in Japan to say sorry as an introduction or when asking something at a store. Americans will consider you as weak. I some cases some people will eventually think they can take advantage of you and will give you a real reason to be sorry, especially service providers.
2-BE DIRECT AND COMPLIMENT: Although there are quite few unspoken rules like tipping for example, people in America are usually very straight forward. So introduce yourself first with your name and a “Nice Meeting You”, a firm handshake and a compliment. Say for example, “your hair style is amazing” or “your shoes look really great on you” or whatever is appropriate. Be sincere though avoid excessive flattering, usually the person will spontaneously give you their best kept secrets about their beauty salon or shops in your neighborhood. In general in conversation, people use a lot of superlatives: ”Awesome”, “Great”, “Fantastic” are the three words I heard the most here. So use them without moderation.
3-TIPPING BEFORE AND AFTER for best service especially if it is your intention to ask something extra or become a regular customer. I put that tip in the networking section as I think this is quite specific and not real usual for some expats like Europeans or Asians. For example, the first day the movers came to my house 2 weeks ago, I was alone with 6 men and they were quick to say that it was impossible to move the sofa that was already in the house because it was not their responsibility in case of damages blah blah blah. So the first day, the sofa was not moved. Then at lunch they asked if I knew a restaurant that will deliver food at my house. I search on the internet a couple of options including the classic Pizzas and Chinese. Then they chose a place for take-out. I drove the boss to the restaurant and he told me he forgot his wallet and if I could lend him 50 bucks, I gave them to him and back at home he gave my money back. So far I did not know that I was guilty of major “faux pas” : #1: if you ask extras, give some money with your request, cash is king! #2: I should have paid the food, I thought providing plenty of fresh drinks was a nice thing to do but I did not get that they did not care about the food as long as I paid for it. As a result, with my “I am sorry”, my first day unpacking was quite tough. I only got those clues on the evening after discussing with my husband. So next day my husband gave the money to the boss and told him I will pay for the food and the movers became zealous! I went to the Burger King for the first time but there the guy who served us refused my tip saying he was the boss ! Quite complicated ! Tipping is mandatory in restaurants, taxis etc. as service is not included in the bill as it is in most European countries. As a rule give 15% to 20% if you found the service was good, 25% if excellent. Get a free tip calculator App for your iPhones, iPads or Androids.
4-BE A MEMBER OF YOUR LOCAL YMCA. YMCAs are not only providing sports facilities, fitness classes or swimming pools for adults and children at affordable prices, you will also find a lot of activities supporting the local community. For example our Somerset Hills YMCA is offering career forum and a Toastmaters Club I believe is a great place to build confidence in your networking skills. YMCAs are rooted in Christian values but people from all faiths and social status are members. If your children are going to the local public schools, this is a great place for them to meet friends and for you to meet their parents. I already met two women there very nice with kids same age and same grade than my son.
5- JOIN LOCAL SUPPORT GROUPS. If you want to meet in person other expats or people who share your interests search Meetup by key words and by distance from your home. Meetups are well developed in the USA and you will find everything and anything. Check also your local newspapers, register to the library and search for more on Linkedin groups or Facebook pages.
In America people are very casual and easy to talk to even perfect strangers in the street. So don’t be shy, I guess America is the easiest place to learn how to network effectively both for personal and professional reasons.
WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS ?