My Advice to Klout

Posted by on Dec 26, 2011 in Social Media | 32 comments

By now you’ve probably heard about Klout. In the unlikely event you’re not familiar with Klout, here is what they do, according to their own website:

Our friendships and professional connections have moved online, making influence measurable for the first time in history. When you recommend, share, and create content you impact others. Your Klout Score measures that influence on a scale of 1 to 100.

I’ve been a conscientious Klout objector for a long time now. Initially fascinated by the subject, I developed a hearty objection to the business model; an objections I’ve not heard most people talk about.

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Reflecting on 2011 with Gratitude

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 in Career & Networking, Social Media | 66 comments

A year ago, I was sitting in my office in downtown Chicago minding my own business when I decided to get more involved in social media. What a strange (and wonderful) year it’s been. Somewhere around November 2010, I decided to ramp up my social media activity. I liked it so much I decided to get even more involved and *gasp* attend a tweet-up in December.

The last year has changed my life. Dramatically. In ways both small and large; profound and mundane. I’ve met hundreds and hundreds of people online; taken dozens of those relationships to the level of real life trusted friendships by meeting, consulting, collaborating and kibitzing with a great many generous, smart and hungry people.

During the past year, I’ve come out of my shell a little bit. I still don’t blog nearly as much as I would like, but I hope to change that in the coming year. I marvel at those who are great writers, big thinkers and prolific bloggers. I’m grateful for so much and for so many people who have taught me so many things in the last 12 months.

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The Benefits of Triberr

Posted by on Jul 25, 2011 in Social Media | 42 comments

As you may be aware, Triberr is a new service that’s been getting quite a lot of press these days, both good and bad. As a pretty early adopter on the Triberr train, I thought I’d share with you my experiences with the service. As you can tell from the title of this blog post, I’m a pretty big fan of Triberr today. Admittedly, that might change over time.

What is Triberr?

Triberr is a social sharing service that allows you to share your posts and other content between and among small groups within existing social networks. Here’s how it works.

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The Problem with Klout

Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Social Media | 55 comments

I’ve been holding off on writing anything about online influence or Klout for some time, despite having some pretty strong feelings about both. A few weeks back, I was shooting the breeze with Daniel Newman and he made a comment that I agreed with completely. I’m paraphrasing here, but the crux of the statement was this:

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How a Total Stranger Saved My Life – Interview with @AngelaMaiers

Posted by on May 1, 2011 in Social Media | 16 comments

Good morning!

It’s an amazing day here in Chicago. It’s Sunday May 1st and I’m decompressing from a terrific SOBcon this past weekend. SOBCon stands for Successful Online Business Conference. It’s hosted by the incomparable Liz Strauss and Terry Starbucker. Amazing energy and ulifting stories shared by some of the biggest and most authentic names on the web.

I wanted to share one story in particular with you that happened to a dear friend of mine Angela Maiers (it’s funny to say that because we only just met in real life this weekend, but I know I speak for us both when I say we were dear friends long before that). When I first heard the story unfold I asked Angela if she’d be willing to share it with me on video, and thankfully she agreed to a brief interview.

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