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Follow Friday (#FF) on Twitter

In blogging, social media on February 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Twitter Followers Lining up For Follow Friday

What the “Hashtag” (#) is this all about?

Do you use Twitter and see the #__________ (fill in the blank) all over the place and wonder , is that even useful? The short answer is sometimes. To get an idea of just how much there is to know about click this Hashtags. The signifigance of the #ff is that it is about people promoting other people on Twitter. The best part about it is that it is actually useful.

I have been working hard at “mastering” my use of Twitter. I’ve been figuring out different ways to follow, manage following/unfollowing, using my phone, and other twitter applications, but I’ve also been learning the art of engaging other people. The fact is that there is an active community on Twitter that is on Twitter to really share and connect. There are others just pouring in information, and many more just lurking trying to figure it all out.

The #FF is a great way to find active engaged communities on Twitter. I look forward to Friday for so many reasons, and now follow Friday is a new reason. I have found so many great people, with cool blogs, strong networks, and great businesses that are local, and this promotion also builds a bit of karma.

How often in our real lives (not Twitter lives) do we really give someone an appropriate call to attention? Do you ever walk into a work and say, “Hey I just like to mention Jerry over there is doing a great job, and you all should pay more attention to him.”, or something like that? I doubt it.

How I like to Use Follow Friday
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Conversations with the Dog

In blogging on January 24, 2010 at 2:36 pm

A Lesson in Language

Dog on Keyboard Using Headset

This isn't Roscoe but you get the picture

I’m sitting on the couch blogging away, and then I hear the clinging sound of my dog Roscoe’s water bowl. Without really thinking I put down the laptop, and go to the kitchen to refill it. I suddenly realized that my dog has effectively turned the tables on Pavlov’s research. I am now the conditioned subject, and my dog is the bell ringer.

This role reversal made me think of how challenging communication can be in a new language or on a new medium. I instantly thought of the fear that many people have expressed to me recently about social media. The fear is the fear of being misinterpreted by their audience because they don’t know how to speak the language. Read the rest of this entry »