Day 15: Make Some Friends

The winding Sea-to-Sky Highway

Back from vacation, and on with the writing challenge! Happy Summer, everyone.

We’ve invested some time by now in getting ourselves involved in social networks – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and most recently, Google+ (which I confess I haven’t revisited since). Well, let’s break down the big network of society into the individuals woven into said net.

Namely, friends.

Day 15: Connect with at least three new people on one of your social network sites.

So, where to begin?

Twitter would be the simplest and most straight-forward path – the 140-character profile usually drives users to stick to the important stuff, which is handy when you’re looking for specific interests that relate to your own. And it’s easy to follow said users. And in my experience, 8 times out of 10 said users will follow you back.

Facebook, on the other hand, could be a little trickier. Facebook users tend to be more oriented toward keeping up with family and friends, and depending on the user, could be resistant to connecting with strangers. Then again, depending on how active they are, Facebook could be a lot moreĀ  likely to yield meaningful interaction if you’re allowed into the inner circle.

LinkedIn connections used to be impossible to make without a bona fide acquaintance with the object of your socialization. Or at least an email address (if you fibbed and said you were friends), but now supposed ‘friends’ don’t need any proof of friendship, and if you don’t want to be that dishonest, you can just click the option for ‘I don’t know this person’. So chances are, if you rewrite the automatic “Dear blank, I’d like to add you to my network on LinkedIn” invitation copy into something that actually introduces you and why this person might want to know you, it could work out well.

Again, it all depends on how active your prospective connections are on each site.

I’m brand new to Google+ so I don’t even know how connections are made there. Anyone want to chime in on this?

So having weighed all the options, I think I will go with Facebook. There are a few friends of friends I’ve wanted to meet, and this is a good kick in the kiester to give it a try. What’s the worst the can happen? They’re totally turned off by my charming self-introduction and proposed invasion of their Facebook privacy, and forever think black thoughts at the very mention of my name.

Big deal.

Let’s go make some friends!

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Day 8: Get Linked In

More social media! Facebook: check. Twitter: check. LinkedIn… up next.

Day 8: Create a LinkedIn profile

Robert doesn’t have a lot to say about LinkedIn, other than to recommend getting on it, and then he asked for advice from readers. In my experience, LI is one networking site that seems to have a split opinion. Half the people love it and extoll the multitudinous ways for industrious folk to do business by connecting with friends of friends and answering questions about which they have expertise. The other half is there because they feel they should be.

But now what?

I’ve been on LinkedIn for a few years, and have taken the time to fill out my profile pretty completely. I have 129 connections, 5 endorsements for my work, and when I have new episodes of the chocolate show I post links there.

I’ve connected with a few folks I wouldn’t have met otherwise, and had one interesting email from a cable station (which didn’t go anywhere), but otherwise it’s been a pretty dry fount.

I’m sure it is beneficial for the sake of legitimacy to have a profile on LinkedIn. It’s kind of an online resume with accountability from all your connections to back it up. Plus there are lots of professional groups to participate in, and new job opportunities within your network are emailed to you regularly.

All that to say, I’m on the fence.

Any thoughts? Have you played with LinkedIn and found it a helpful tool? Let us discuss.

Join the link!


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