It seems like over the last several months and especially weeks I have been meeting a ton of new people. I have gone through times like this in the past (moving to a new city, starting a company, etc) but this time is different in that it is all largely based off of social media (think Facebook, Twitter, blogging, etc). My new friends vary hugely in age, occupation, geography and pretty much other thing you could think of. Some are still only friends through one forum yet others have transcended most of the forums and now can actually be considered “real world” friends (whatever that means now). Whether it has been one off business/networking lunches with people I meet online or attending whole events focused around it I am really enjoying this new social experience. Looking forward to connecting with tons more of you in the near future.
Wow! What an amazing time. I only got to attend for the first day but I really had a blast. Also to give credit where it is due, I dont think the experience would have been quite the same without Twitter. I wound up chatting and eating with some folks that I have followed for a while and others that I literally started following while we were chatting. I continue to be amazed at the power of this simple application to forge new connections and avenues for discussions.
Anyways, big kudos to Chris Brogan, Chris Penn and all the rest of the Podcamp organizers. Definitely well worth it!
As a follow up to my Facebook post I am amazed at the last week or so that I have spent online. Since starting the blog I have had over 100 individuals visit the site. A lot of those have come through referrals from other sites or social networks (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and MyBlogLog primarily).
Since starting to Twitter I have made 111 updates. I have 50 some odd people I follow and about 30+ who follow me. Some I know directly, some only online and some not at all outside of Twitter.
On Facebook I have just about 60 friends ranging from folks I went to elementary school with to VC’s that I pitched for our last round of funding. I am seeing pictures of friends and their families, writing on their walls, laughing with my cousin. Amazing interactions considering that last week there was next to none between us.
LinkedIn which was my primary online network before I started this blog a couple weeks ago is still the largest for me with well over 150 connections. I have used it to find jobs, reconnect, get advice amongst other things.
I know the Twitter and Facebook numbers are pretty low compared to a lot of online folks but it is still mind boggling to me. With a little bit of effort I have been able to use these tools to not only seek out but in many cases connect or re-connect with a large number of people in very short time. Whats also really interesting to me is that it seems to be snowballing with many of my Facebook and Twitter connections having recently joined. Should be interesting to see how this all evolves.
Wow. It took me a while to get on board with this one but my network on here seems to be spreading like wildfire.
I am finding people on there who I honestly had never expected to hear from or know of again. People from South Park Elementary, Oak Bay High School, my work time in Vancouver and even more recent friends like Jeff Pulver. And for whatever reason it seems like more and more people from way back are jumping online. Heck I even found a group of people planning a 13 year reunion for my HS grad class. Freaking amazing!
Now I just need some tighter integration between WordPress, Twitter and Facebook. Seems like that is coming along with the Facebook Apps.
Came across Grace Piper of Fearless Cooking on Twitter. Anyone who knows me knows I love cooking shows. Definitely well worth a watch.
That is some good spatchcocking right there.