The Spotlight

The Web Is Your Friend(s)

In Lessons Learned, Planning on June 11, 2009 at 2:44 am

How do you choose what to do during your recess and prepare for it?  You can talk to your friends and acquaintances about it, but you may not have the time and access to make this possible.   There are several web options to make an informed decision utilizing all the social elements of the web.  Skip the search engines and find an informed stranger.

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For example, when I was planning on having a photography day… I had a plethora of options from taking a free class, talking to a photographer, reading some books, watching instructional videos but was quickly paralyzed by the options.  After using the social web for advice, I landed on executing a JPGmag.com project to explore my creativity and practice my photography skills.   Here are some tactics I used to leverage the collective knowledge across the web:

Twitter – Search and Ask.  Do a search to see who are the influencers in your specific subject then reach out and ask them for advice.

Facebook – Your friends and family are a major resource.  Let them know you are looking for some info/advice and someone will guide you in the right direction.

Make it Public – Put it out there for the world to know. Status updates, profiles, tweets, email signature, whatever is at your fingertips to distribute your request.  The man sitting next to you on the train may end up being a wealth of wisdom and expertise.

Aardvark – Great new service that connects you to people that are experts on specific topics.  Check it out at vark.com…this was really helpful when I had specific questions.

Forums – This space is a bit strange but is a true community of indiviuals with a wealth of knowlegdge that want to share. Take advantage.

If you have additional suggestions, let me know.  Thanks.

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