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Linkedin: Boosting Or Damaging Your Networking Results ?


So you have 500plus connections with people you don’t really know. Is that how you build your network

Anne Egros‘s insight:

I don’t agree with the opinion shared in this article: “5 WAYS LINKEDIN GETS IN THE WAY OF NETWORKING” about posting updates and recommendation to limit the number of people you connect with.

First Linkedin updates help you boost your presence online and build your expert reputation better than any other content marketing tools. Second, when you connect with people you don’t know but who share your interests, you increase the likelihood to meet interesting people you would never had the opportunity to meet in real life.

I think you get the most of Linkedin by using their search tools to see who are the players in your industry, specific countries or companies. With group discussions and updates from experts as well as company insights you can stay up to date with new trends and get new ideas.

Being a serial expat moving every three years, I frequently contact people I don’t know who live in my future “home”. Very often people kindly share their tips. Thanks to those preliminary online exchanges, I have a list of people to meet in person when I arrive in my new place and it is really the best way to find like-minded people and speed-up my network building process.

So, in short, LinkedIn is enhancing my networking capability and get me closer to people I need to know not only for my business but also as a content curator to build knowledge and get inspired by new ideas.

See on www.fastcompany.com

Get A Personal Brand Assessment On Twitter Using Twylah


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You Are What You Post  Online !

If you are looking for a job or you are starting a business, it is time to consider Twitter to build your personal brand. If you are already using Twitter for building your reputation online, it’s time to look at the value of your brand.

Based on the frequency and date of your tweets, Twylah creates a dynamic, engaging, navigable website of your Twitter content, organized by topic.

Have a look at my page : http://www.twylah.com/AnneEgros

Most recently Twylah has launched a “Brand Assessment and Action Plan” to understand how your tweets are aligned with what you want to be known for, in other word with your personal brand.

  • Is your Content Focused ? Choose the right key words for the rig audience
  • Are You Consistent ? Maintain visibility requires you to tweet frequently about  your top brand messages
  • Is what you post has resonance ? You have high resonance when your content fits your target audience

Watch the video from Eric Kim, CEO at Twhylah for more details:

I also discovered WeFollow, a utility created by Digg creator Kevin Rose that helps users find online experts  who have same shared interests providing you a source of relevent content for your brand.

What Do You Think About Twitter To Build Your Reputation ?

Why I’m quitting Facebook


See on Scoop.itGlobal Leaders

Douglas Rushkoff says the social networking site used to be useful, but has lost his trust with a feature that misrepresents his “likes” without his consent

Anne Egros‘s insight:

While I agree with many of the author’s arguments against Facebook, it is still a precious tool for people like me who are expatriates and have fiends all over the world.

However it is important to realize what is going on behind the Facebook scene that is not really pretty.

I have selected from this article the problems I think are true and some are clearly unacceptable:

1-Facebook has never been merely a social platform. Rather, it exploits our social interactions the way a Tupperware party does.

2-We Facebook users have been building a treasure lode of big data that government and corporate researchers have been mining to predict and influence what we buy and for whom we vote.

3-The true end users of Facebook are the marketers and we the users are the product. And we are its workers. The countless hours that we — and the young, particularly — spend on our profiles are the unpaid labor on which Facebook justifies its stock valuation.

4-More recently, users — particularly those with larger sets of friends, followers and likes — learned that their updates were no longer reaching all of the people who had signed up to get them. Now, we are supposed to pay to “promote” our posts to our friends and, if we pay even more, to their friends.

Facebook is not the Internet. It’s just one website, and it comes with a price.

Before privacy violation get worse at Facebook,  I already advocated for quitting it without losing your friends : Read more about the recommendations on keeping the good part of FB : 

Dump Facebook, Keep Your Friends: A Step-By-Step Guide 

To be honest I did not quit my FB account yet but I have reduced significantly the time spent on it and I cancelled all my FB notifications by email. I have also reduced the number of people who can see my information by using specific groups.

Are You In Control Of How You Spend Your Time ?


Are You In Control Of How You Spend Your Time ?

1-What have you done since you read this article ?

2-What tips did you find useful ?

3-What other strategies did you use ?

Examples of what I did for saving time for my business:

I tracked my time on Social Media Platforms and concluded:

#1: I spent too much time learning about Facebook pages and other social media tools in details, now I know more than enough to be able to make a distinction between what works and what don’t  and more importantly I have now in my network a bunch of very good social media experts and online marketing professionals I trust whom I can use for myself or recommend to my friends and clients.                             

#2: Time zones and geography: To be effective I have to post when my clients are active on the Internet. I learned how to use some automatic tools that post for me when I sleep on Twitter for example but it was not really efficient. I also dug deep into cultural preferences and clearly saw that Facebook was not used for business in most of my target countries but used for casual family and friends contacts.

#3: Linkedin authorize you to follow 50 groups (and more if you use sub-groups), I found this is way too many, so I just kept the groups but stopped all the notifications by email. That way I don’t have too much distractions in my inbox. I also leave some groups and join others based on my interests at a specific moment. 

#4: Use Email Filters and Folders. I try to automatically put incoming emails in folders by topics or people. I have one  for all notifications from Facebook, one for Twitter and one for each client or important people, one for blogs and newsletters I follow etc..

#5: I started to use Scoop-it a magazine-like curation tool that help me keep interesting articles that stay there so I can search certain topics and save me time when I need to write an article or a blog. It is better than Twitter for that purpose.

#6:Un-following  people on Twitter:  I am using “ ManageFlitter to eliminate accounts I followed in the past that are no longer active and I want to focus on people who share my interests.

                                                                                                                                               

Anne Egros, Intercultural Executive Coach

Are you always busy, yet not finishing all you want to do or enjoying the way you spend your time ? Time is the most precious asset we have that once spent is lost forever, unlike other precious things we may lose such as money, a job or even love, as we can always replace them. So why most people don’t think about time as an investment and don’t choose wisely how to spend it  as they do about their own money ?

Most people have to go to work because they need money for their families to buy food, clothes and have a roof over their heads not because they love their jobs. Ironically, for money we trade most of our waking hours, minimum 5 days a week for 40 or 50 years, giving away our youth and often our health, until we are too old to enjoy activities we really love…

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Dump Facebook, Keep Your Friends: A Step-By-Step Guide


When you are a long-term expatriate like me (20+ years in the air), Facebook is a fantastic tool, mainly for two reasons:

1-To stay in contact with friends and family from all over the world, who can provide emotional support when you feel lonely and experience “culture shock”

2-To contact other expatriates and people you don’t know who can give you vital information such as schools, neighborhoods, medical support etc. to help you make an informed choice regarding your next International assignment and make contacts even months before your move. Read more about “5 Tips on how to connect with people yo don’t know”: 

However there is a big problem,especially  when you work from home. In my case Facebook takes more time than it should and it kills my productivity and I cannot stay focused on important things. I can always argument that it is for the reason #2,  I mentioned above,  but it is not 100% true.

I have tried various tools such as a simple kitchen timer or switching my PC on only after the main tasks were done, which is not practical when your clients are communicating online with you. I even try something more sophisticated like  “StayFocusd” a great application but you can always delete it if you feel frustrated that the 60 minutes you allocated on social media for ” not-so-important stuff” is over.

So when I came across the title of this article from FastCompany.com, I saved it on  Scoop.it  Global Leaders my online magazine, which is an excellent tool to keep important educational articles and ultimately save your time.

Then I started to  experiment some of the basic tips:

You don’t have to say goodbye to your friends in order to keep the good parts of Facebook and avoid the constant distraction.

I started to look at the information on my news feed and deleted many pages that were just noise, I sometimes just liked pages to please others but completely out of my sphere of interests. I realized I liked 600 pages in 4 years ! Way too much and the pruning will be a long but necessary process.

Then I have changed my email notification to keep getting “Semi-important Stuff Coming Via Email” as recommended in the article.

The ultimate step is the  weaning process that keeps you away from Facebook website. I know one friend who did it and I will see if I really need it.

How do you stay focused, productive AND keep the best of social networking ? 

See on www.fastcompany.com

The Twitter Trap


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The Twitter Trap By  Published: May 18, 2011 : What thinking in 140 characters does to our brains.

This article is providing good perspectives on how Twitter and other social media may have an impact on the way you learn or how you make connections with people.

The predominant criticism for Twitter is making us having shorter and shorter attention span like calculator did with our ability to memorize math facts. However blaming technology won’t help bad parenting or bad teachers not able to captivate the students’ attention and inspire them.

If children are obese because they eat junk food and drink sodas, it is the parents’ responsibility to educate and be a role model, set boundaries and say no. If you eat while watching TV you are basically saying to your kids that it is OK to multi-task and not focus on either the food or the news!

My point is this : technology has evolved since the first Homo sapiens used a stone as a tool to break a coconut. Nowadays you cannot stop the wave of new electronic technologies but you can learn to surf on it. Twitter and Facebook do bring great features helping making real connections and bring people together from all over the world for good causes. For example we saw the great role of social media to support the Japan earthquake victims or allow free speech in non-democratic countries.

Is Twitter addictive ? Absolutely yes, for some of us, like tobacco or alcohol. Drinking good wines does not make you automatically an alcoholic!

Does Twitter make your children stupid? certainly NOT !  Kids learn different things that will help them thrive in their increasingly fast-paced, global world. Generation gap always existed with or without Facebook. By the way the fastest growing segment for Facebook is baby-boomers who are retiring.

So don’t blame Facebook if your kids don’t communicate with you but ask yourself questions: Are you a role model ? Do you set clear rules and consequences ? Do you truly listen and focus on what they say, not checking emails or watching TV at the same time ?

Read the original article:  The Twitter Trap

Related Video:  Twitter at School

My Clients Are Not On Twitter Should I Tweet ?


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If you want to learn why and how people use Twitter there is a small  but very relevant conversation on the Linkedin group  Social Media Today (to read discussions you must join the group, just click on the previous link ).

The  Original Title of the Discussion is :

“My clients are not on Twitter should I continue to tweet to build my online reputation ?”

I wanted to share what I received from 62+ comments with very great insights, interesting perspectives, advises and other tips that convinced me that I should continue  to be active on Twitter.

Here  some answers

  • How do you know if your clients are not on Twitter ?
  • Maybe your clients are not on Twitter now but they will be
  • Twitter is better than sending emails to reach your target audience
  • You can learn key trends
  • You can meet experts who share their knowledge for free
  • You can make friends, meet partners and create JVs

You can also read this Linkedin group discussion directly if you are already a member:  http://ht.ly/2SIC2 .

For those who could not find the group on Linkedin click Social Media Today . Here an overview of the group:

Social Media TodayBecome Part of The Conversation… Up Your Game And Join The Web’s Best Thinkers on Social Media and Web 2.0, Owner: Jerry Bowles | 30,827 members

 

See you there

Anne

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