Coding Horror is one of my favorite blogs to read. Jeff Atwood writes about so many different and cool things. For me, he almost always writes about something useful, helpful, or at the very least, thought provoking. In this blog post he describes 5 things that "make a great front page".
After reading this article I immediately redesigned my front page.
What do you think of my front page? Did I do well on the 5 items? Let me know!
I read this blog post from ADWKDC 2011 and Anna Steely has nailed many of the aspects of social media.
From her post: "In social media, your brand is in the clients’ hands. You don’t create the content but, instead, your audience builds the content. You are only there to amplify it and stimulate your audience. Being social is not a new thing. The new thing is having the option of 30 different outlets to connect with people and share your digital world. Social benefits all brands by giving them the power to listen to what people want. It’s an unfiltered way to understand and hear how people feel."
Her last sentence is the most poignant, it's about how people feel. The true point of social media is connecting with your customers, donors or supporters at an emotional level.
This is the point of one my favorite quotes: "At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
Very soon I'll be giving my first talk/speech/seminar (TSS) on the ins and outs of social media and networking. I LOVE talking about this, learning about this and sharing this.
I have to admit I was fairly late to the game for being a web nerd, but still earlier than the general public. I literally make websites for a living but just starting getting into Flickr, Yelp, Facebook and twitter about 4 years ago.
I started with Flickr, basically looking for a photo group here in Houston. Through a quick search I found a couple of groups and joined one. I went on a photo shoot and met these people in person. Through that I found out about Yelp and twitter. With each connection on those networks, my network grew exponentially.
I had originally created a Facebook account before any of the others, but I didn't get it. I didn't really know anyone else that was on Facebook so I guess it was lonely. I only "got" Facebook after my personal network grew through Flickr, twitter and Yelp.
Since then, I've been hooked. I plan to help/teach/share anything I can on what I know about social media and networking. My aim is at small businesses but anyone is welcome.
My next blog post will be about some of the topics I plan to cover in my TSS. See you then!