Archive - Social Media RSS Feed

"Blind Leading The Blind"

blind leading the blindToday I am writing this post for another blogger Ben Davis, who had a host of bloggers writing leadership posts for what he’s calling Leadership Week.  He asked me to share something about leading in the world of Social Media.

My post is below, you can check it out, as well as posts from other bloggers here.

When you read the phrase “Blind Leading The Blind” what generally comes to mind?  The general thought is that people who don’t know what they’re doing leading people who don’t know what they are doing.  I’d like to look at this phrase from a totally different perspective.

In the world of social media there are leaders that grow to have a strong voice and garner a specific following.  These leaders establish themselves through their daily blog posts, daily tweets or daily facebook updates.  They develop a voice that people want to listen to.   Many of the people who follow these social media leaders have never physically met or seen them and vice versa.  Blind Leading The Blind!

Leading in the world of social media can sometimes be more difficult than leading in a traditional leadership/work setting.   The social media leader has to lead purely through relational and content equity.  There is no positional equity, hierarchical leadership or formal boss.  The social media leader has to answer this daily question from each of their followers: “Why should I listen to, or follow you?”  In other words, what are you providing that makes people want to follow you; especially when there are thousands of others who are only a click away.

Here are 5 Quick thoughts to be a successful Blind Leading The Blind social media leader:

  1. Can You See What I’m Saying? Find your voice.  Online voice should be a natural overflow of your IRL (In Real Life) voice.  They should not be mutually exclusive, but rather one in the same.
  2. When You Look At Me Who Do You See? Don’t try to be a copycat or phony.  Authenticity is crucial, so Keep it Real!  “Do You! It’s A Statement… Not A Question.”
  3. Can I See You? Be accessible, helpful, respond to tweets, write a guest post for someone, remember that your online success is based upon those who choose to follow you.  Key word… choose!
  4. Can You See My Muscles? Be willing to flex your leadership muscle by tackling the tough issues and providing overall value to the online community.
  5. Can You See Me? People can’t follow you if you don’t give them anything to follow.  Just like the newspaper, you need to deliver regular content.  You don’t have to be hyperactive, just active.  Write something, tweet something, share something!

Share your thoughts on any these 5 Blind Leading The Blind thoughts or add some additional to the list.  Why do you follow social media leaders?

This Social Media Video Will Blow Your Mind!

Is Social Media the vehicle to truly make the world smaller, or is it just a fad? Share your thoughts on these compelling stats and the overall impact of Social Media! ?

All Bloggers & Twitterers Should Do More Of This…

thxFor those that Blog, Twitter & Facebook it’s always nice to receive e-mails, messages or notes like the random one’s below.  I appreciate both the critical e-mails/comments/messages, as well as the encouraging ones…  although, the encouraging ones are always nice to receive.  Below are a few random notes that some of you have sent me over the last month.  I want to personally say Thank You for reading BigIsTheNewSmall, following my tweets and for the kind notes.  Maybe in the not so near future I will do a post outlining the not so kind e-mails.  Actually, I don’t know that I have even saved them, they probably go directly to the I Don’t Care Folder. 🙂 

Here are a few of the e-mails/messages: (Disclaimer- I omitted names and location to protect the innocent.)

  • Good Morning Scott, I wanted to send you a Thank You for all you do and the ways you have reached out to the world through Twitter and FaceBook. I am following you on twitter and have your updates sent to my phone. I am so encouraged when I see an update come from you. I look forward to your good morning hello’s, it’s a great way to start the day off on a positive note. Your blog posts allow me to break away from the daily grind and refocus on what’s important. Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I know they are doing the same for others as they are for me.  Have a great day.
  • Discovered you on Twitter. Luv BigIsTheNewSmall. You’re an inspiration as I just starting my business, website, blogging, etc. It is always great to connect with people who can add to my level of understanding, especially from a Christian perspective.
  • Just wanted to drop you a line and say I love your heart, your tweets, and your blog! Great website, by the way! I’m a pastor/web developer type and agree with your thoughts on social media being a GREAT tool for Kingdom work. Keep it up, brother! Blessings

As I’m reading back through these notes, I’m reminded that All Bloggers & Twitterers Should Do More Of This.  Just think of how much better the Social Media World and The World in general would be if we took the time to encourage people daily.   I personally try to send encouraging notes to individuals who inspire or challenge me in the world of Social Media; however I need to do more.  There is something subtly powerful about taking the time to simply say Thank You.

Do you send encouraging notes or Thank You’s to those that encourage, challenge or inspire you in the realm of Social Media?  Can we all do better… Do these notes matter? Share your thoughts!

Twitter Vs. Facebook… 50 Reasons The Debate Is Settled!

twitter-vs-facebook

The Twitter vs. Facebook debate has finally been settled…  well not really but it makes for a good blog title.  I shared a simple tweet last week and asked the following question: Twitter vs. Facebook “Which do you prefer Twitter or Facebook & Why?” Answ. in 140 or less @replies  will be a blog post. thx

The majority of the reponses overwhelmingly favored Twitter; as a matter of fact only 8% of those who responded had a specific preference for Facebook.   Several of those who responded liked them equally and feel as though they both serve a different purpose.  Twitter fans prefer the here and now quick response and streamlined interaction.  Facebook fans feel that Facebook is more personal; therefore allowing them to share family photos and more personal information.  

I personally feel that @GodsMac hit the nail on the head by stating “Twitter for sure. Facebook is like a shopping mall, and Twitter is the Apple store. Chaos vs. productivity and progress.” Productivity and progress are definitely appropriate adjectives; @ChrisClayton  chose to use a more descriptive analogy with his tweet stating “Twitter is like sex. I can tell you how great it is but until you do it together you’re just not going to get it.”  I don’t know if I would go quite that far; however hands down Twitter is the new Social Media King and you can either choose to recognize that reality now or you will be forced to recognize it later.  (Disclaimer) I orginally posted this about 6 months ago before Twitter was Oprahtized. I’m curious if the responses would still be the same if I asked the the question today?  Sounds like a blogpost for next week stay-tuned!

 Check out the responses below and share any observations or additional thoughts:

  1. @scottwilliams  I digg TW it’s quick, easy, potential & feeds FB.  FB is fine but I don’t understand half the requests, causes, confirmation words…
  2. @GodsMac Twitter for sure. Facebook is like a shopping mall, and Twitter is the Apple store. Chaos vs. productivity and progress.
  3. @tmoran777 I dig ’em both. It seems like twitter is better for networking and business, facebook is good for friend type stuff.
  4. @ardentvox – Facebook = social media to the masses, linking friends. Twitter = real-time social microblogging, connecting strangers.
  5. @SWMorris I use twitter more than facebook, but I also have it set up so when I post to twitter it updates my facebook status.
  6. @vinceparker  twitter vs. Facebook and the winner is twitter. Don’t get it twisted up 725%
  7. @SloweThinking both, facebook is the gateway to general info on everyone I know. Twitter is the peeps I want to follow closely day to day
  8. @djbyron Twitter: daily communication current friends and networking. FB: Communication with friends who have not yet found Twitter.  
  9. @ChrisClayton Twitter is like sex. I can tell you how great it is but until you do it together you’re just not going to get it. 
  10. @peacemeals Facebook + Twitter are used for such different things! Hard to prefer one without first answering “for what?” 
  11. @Johnwsnyder I think both are great. It depends on how you are using. They can both be used totally differently, especially for ministry.  
  12. @focusvision I prefer Twitter. It is more like having a conversation. FaceBook is good, but Twitter is great.  
  13. @jasoncurlee Twitter…cause it’s simple…just plain communication.  
  14. @dwightwatson Twitter. Have ACTUALLY connected w/ far more people than on FB & no constant requests for causes or games I don’t have time 4  
  15. @Murphy24p Twitter for short, broad communication and networking and Facebook for more detailed interactions and catching up w/ friends.  
  16. @VanceWalker Ur comparing apples and ..er.. Cherrios. My Twitterverse & FB World don’t intersect. They fill different functions for me.
  17. @Stillrockin Twitter is more portable, more interactive, easier, funner! I find FB awkward in it’s navigation. Still better than MySpace
  18. @shoestringing I must admit that I prefer Facebook (although Twitter is wonderful). I am a big Facebook Fan 🙂  
  19. @kevinbussey equal I follow twitter updates more but when I need to see or give more info I use FB 
  20. @chuckazooloo when i was linking up last week, and did my little “experiment” some FB people got really mad at me. 
  21. @seanmurphy07 I tweet to my Facebook. I kind of like FB better because there seems to be real interaction. Lots of tweets don’t respond.  
  22. @AD_hoc twitter, less commitment  
  23. @allboutworship hi twitter and who is tom Is that the guy from myspace who didn’t have any friends so came up w/ idea 2 b everyones friend
  24. @lynseleanne Twitter. It takes all of the catching up away and it is brief and to the point. You know what is going on with people lives. 
  25. @AdamLehman facebook is way more practical. but twitter is more of an obsession. if i had to give up one, it’d be facebook. 
  26. @MichaelMcMinn I do however like that thru twittersync my tweets pregenerate interaction w/ my FB friends for when I’m on FB
  27. @DavidTCopeland Like FB best for connecting w/people I know now by sharing pics and updates. It is more personal an no one there to sell me 
  28. @RichHopkins – I prefer Twitter – much more streamlined, easier to deal with day to day, particularly with Tweetdeck. 
  29. @andylie twitter – quicker connectivity using mobile device (like Blackberry) – near instant communication among a larger group 
  30. @jeremydbaldwin facebook, upload photo albums, videos, write over 200 charectors, more people are on it. 
  31. @VoteMikeJones twitter can’t have apps 
  32. @PastorScott Both/And – Twitter for immediacy & networking, Facebook for reconnecting w/old friends & longer form notes, messages.
  33. @benkomanapalli both 4 diff reasons. Twitter 2 connect with new people, get fastnews. FB 2 have a more detailed relationship/conversations.
  34. @mstrategiesinc Twitter. Wild horses can’t drag me to Facebook. It’s just a social hour. Twitter is for early adopting, SM-biz-minded folk
  35. @chuckazooloo I prefer Twitter because the culture is less “uptight”! There is an expectation for you to update! People on FB get miffed!
  36. @iChilly I see them so totally different – Twitter is NOW but Facebook is cool for connecting with people (past & present).
  37. @AmandaSims I like both. Twitter for the variety of people & resources, Facebook for the interesting apps.
  38. @bennysalas Facebook! More networking opportunity, connect with way more people. Twitter off the chain too but less personal.
  39. @BrianAyers FB = better for old friends & people I already know. Twitter = better for networking & meeting new people.
  40. @robgt2 Twitter because it’s immediate & lets you get to know other people. Facebook lets you talk to people you already know. 
  41. @StephyBarlow i like both!! Twitter for every day connections and Facebook for pictures and groups!
  42. @gideony They do different things. Facebook for people I know, Twitter for people I don’t. 3
  43. @Yochanan I like Twitter the best because it’s straight and to the point. No “fluff” and distraction on Twitter.
  44. @jasonstover Overall, Facebook because it has way more features. BUT, I LOVE the twitter feature that lets me update both at the same time
  45. @rnsheets I like Facebook better. You can do more activities like YoVille on there, lol
  46. @gregatkinson  hah – you know it’s Twitter hands down
  47. @Bpirt Twitter- it’s the only way that I can keep up with people without being all up in their business. Tweet faster than a text!
  48. @steveharrison Twitter! simple.short.saweet!..n Tulsa cuz of Twitter we saw Fee Band & just yesterday blessed 2 see @mathewbarnett share
  49. @corechurchtroy twitter: easier to manage
  50. @Twitter Twitter is better, why else would Facebook offer us $500 million (Disclaimer: not really but If I was @Twitter  that would be my response) 

Again, share your thoughts and comments…

Don't Be An iPhony

big phonyThere is a lot of discussion about the Internet and social media and whether or not they are creating Illegitimate Experts, Gurus, Leaders… or iPhony’s.  Lets’ look at the definition of Illegitimatenot in accordance with the principles of valid inference.  By this definition the Internet and social media may be creating illegitimate experts, but that’s the beauty of the Internet; a person does not have to be in accordance with a “valid inference.” 

In the www. world you have to create your validity and my thought is “If people are listening and if you have an audience, influence, a voice, knowledge, experience, personality, talent, information… that people want to hear, you have just been legitimized” and therefore are not an iPhony

Let’s take a look at a recent product that in my mind was not legitimate and it’s a product that everyone has seen, The Snuggie.  Seriously a backwards robe is not a legitimate product and doesn’t serve a legitimate need.  The Snuggie has sold over 4 million backwards robes; therefore legitimizing them.  “So who am I and what do I know?”

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure…  One woman’s phony is another woman’s expert.

Do you think the Internet and Social Media is Creating Illegitimate Experts, Gurus, Leaders… or iPhony’s?   Share Your Thoughts!

9 Reasons Online Relationships Are As Real As Offline

online-relationshipsLast week had a conversation about Social Media with Tony Steward who in my opinion is one of the most brilliant Social Media Minds that I have interacted with.  Our conversation really got me thinking and challenging the fact that Online relationships are as real and meaningful as Offline relationships. 

I recently had the opportunity to connect offline with a friend of mine @helloheady  for the very first time at a Poetry Night that he hosts.  It felt like I’d known @helloheady  forever, as we have connected in the online world via Blogs, Twitter and Facebook  for well over a year.  Here are 9 reasons Online Relationships Are As Real As Offline:

  1. When someone visits/comments on your Blog, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter etc.; that interaction is as meaningful as you seeing/interacting with someone at your office, the coffee shop, the gym…
  2. People can be more authentic and vulnerable in an online environment than an offline environment.  You can be sitting right next to someone and not know their having a bad day, while they are blogging and twittering about the bad day they’re having.
  3. It’s easier to connect with people of similar interests in an online environment than in a offline environment.  Everyone is one click or one search away.
  4. A person has the ability to overcome interpersonal struggles as they can be an online extrovert, even though they may be an offline introvert.
  5. You can evaluate individuals daily interaction, lifestream, thoughts, dreams, perceptions, struggles… through online sharing in a shorter amount of time.  It may take twice as much time to capture the same information in an offline environment.
  6. Candor is acceptable and encouraged in the online world; not always the case offline.
  7. It’s much easier to overcome demographic barriers in an online environment as compared to the offline world.
  8. Relationships are more convenient in an online environment; which can be a huge benefit in our fast-paced microwave world.
  9. You can impact lives daily in an online world without ever knowing knowing you had an impact: through your posts, your tweets, your comments, your online presence…

I am a huge  believer in genuine face-to-face offline relationships; however I am truly embracing the value of online relationships.  Online relationships are making the world smaller and smaller.  This Big ol’ World is getting Smaller and Smaller:  One Tweet, One Comment , One E-mail and One Post at a time.  BigIsTheNewSmall 

I know there are people who totally disagree with this line of thinking and I respect their opinion… My only thought challenge is please prove otherwise.

Are Online relationships as Real and Meaningful as Offline?  Is there anything that you would like to add to the list?  Share your thoughts and experiences?

Twitter Vs. Facebook… 50 Reasons The Debate Is Settled!

twitter-vs-facebook

The Twitter vs. Facebook debate has finally been settled…  well not really but it makes for a good blog title.  I shared a simple tweet last week and asked the following question: Twitter vs. Facebook “Which do you prefer Twitter or Facebook & Why?” Answ. in 140 or less @replies  will be a blog post. thx

The majority of the reponses overwhelmingly favored Twitter; as a matter of fact only 8% of those who responded had a specific preference for Facebook.   Several of those who responded liked them equally and feel as though they both serve a different purpose.  Twitter fans prefer the here and now quick response and streamlined interaction.  Facebook fans feel that Facebook is more personal; therefore allowing them to share family photos and more personal information.  

I personally feel that @GodsMac hit the nail on the head by stating “Twitter for sure. Facebook is like a shopping mall, and Twitter is the Apple store. Chaos vs. productivity and progress.” Productivity and progress are definitely appropriate adjectives; @ChrisClayton  chose to use a more descriptive analogy with his tweet stating “Twitter is like sex. I can tell you how great it is but until you do it together you’re just not going to get it.”  I don’t know if I would go quite that far; however hands down Twitter is the new Social Media King and you can either choose to recognize that reality now or you will be forced to recognize it later.

 Check out the responses below and share any observations or additional thoughts:

  1. @scottwilliams  I digg TW it’s quick, easy, potential & feeds FB.  FB is fine but I don’t understand half the requests, causes, confirmation words…
  2. @GodsMac Twitter for sure. Facebook is like a shopping mall, and Twitter is the Apple store. Chaos vs. productivity and progress.
  3. @tmoran777 I dig ’em both. It seems like twitter is better for networking and business, facebook is good for friend type stuff.
  4. @ardentvox – Facebook = social media to the masses, linking friends. Twitter = real-time social microblogging, connecting strangers.
  5. @SWMorris I use twitter more than facebook, but I also have it set up so when I post to twitter it updates my facebook status.
  6. @vinceparker  twitter vs. Facebook and the winner is twitter. Don’t get it twisted up 725%
  7. @SloweThinking both, facebook is the gateway to general info on everyone I know. Twitter is the peeps I want to follow closely day to day
  8. @djbyron Twitter: daily communication current friends and networking. FB: Communication with friends who have not yet found Twitter.  
  9. @ChrisClayton Twitter is like sex. I can tell you how great it is but until you do it together you’re just not going to get it. 
  10. @peacemeals Facebook + Twitter are used for such different things! Hard to prefer one without first answering “for what?” 
  11. @Johnwsnyder I think both are great. It depends on how you are using. They can both be used totally differently, especially for ministry.  
  12. @focusvision I prefer Twitter. It is more like having a conversation. FaceBook is good, but Twitter is great.  
  13. @jasoncurlee Twitter…cause it’s simple…just plain communication.  
  14. @dwightwatson Twitter. Have ACTUALLY connected w/ far more people than on FB & no constant requests for causes or games I don’t have time 4  
  15. @Murphy24p Twitter for short, broad communication and networking and Facebook for more detailed interactions and catching up w/ friends.  
  16. @VanceWalker Ur comparing apples and ..er.. Cherrios. My Twitterverse & FB World don’t intersect. They fill different functions for me.
  17. @Stillrockin Twitter is more portable, more interactive, easier, funner! I find FB awkward in it’s navigation. Still better than MySpace
  18. @shoestringing I must admit that I prefer Facebook (although Twitter is wonderful). I am a big Facebook Fan 🙂  
  19. @kevinbussey equal I follow twitter updates more but when I need to see or give more info I use FB 
  20. @chuckazooloo when i was linking up last week, and did my little “experiment” some FB people got really mad at me. 
  21. @seanmurphy07 I tweet to my Facebook. I kind of like FB better because there seems to be real interaction. Lots of tweets don’t respond.  
  22. @AD_hoc twitter, less commitment  
  23. @allboutworship hi twitter and who is tom Is that the guy from myspace who didn’t have any friends so came up w/ idea 2 b everyones friend
  24. @lynseleanne Twitter. It takes all of the catching up away and it is brief and to the point. You know what is going on with people lives. 
  25. @AdamLehman facebook is way more practical. but twitter is more of an obsession. if i had to give up one, it’d be facebook. 
  26. @MichaelMcMinn I do however like that thru twittersync my tweets pregenerate interaction w/ my FB friends for when I’m on FB
  27. @DavidTCopeland Like FB best for connecting w/people I know now by sharing pics and updates. It is more personal an no one there to sell me 
  28. @RichHopkins – I prefer Twitter – much more streamlined, easier to deal with day to day, particularly with Tweetdeck. 
  29. @andylie twitter – quicker connectivity using mobile device (like Blackberry) – near instant communication among a larger group 
  30. @jeremydbaldwin facebook, upload photo albums, videos, write over 200 charectors, more people are on it. 
  31. @VoteMikeJones twitter can’t have apps 
  32. @PastorScott Both/And – Twitter for immediacy & networking, Facebook for reconnecting w/old friends & longer form notes, messages.
  33. @benkomanapalli both 4 diff reasons. Twitter 2 connect with new people, get fastnews. FB 2 have a more detailed relationship/conversations.
  34. @mstrategiesinc Twitter. Wild horses can’t drag me to Facebook. It’s just a social hour. Twitter is for early adopting, SM-biz-minded folk
  35. @chuckazooloo I prefer Twitter because the culture is less “uptight”! There is an expectation for you to update! People on FB get miffed!
  36. @iChilly I see them so totally different – Twitter is NOW but Facebook is cool for connecting with people (past & present).
  37. @AmandaSims I like both. Twitter for the variety of people & resources, Facebook for the interesting apps.
  38. @bennysalas Facebook! More networking opportunity, connect with way more people. Twitter off the chain too but less personal.
  39. @BrianAyers FB = better for old friends & people I already know. Twitter = better for networking & meeting new people.
  40. @robgt2 Twitter because it’s immediate & lets you get to know other people. Facebook lets you talk to people you already know. 
  41. @StephyBarlow i like both!! Twitter for every day connections and Facebook for pictures and groups!
  42. @gideony They do different things. Facebook for people I know, Twitter for people I don’t. 3
  43. @Yochanan I like Twitter the best because it’s straight and to the point. No “fluff” and distraction on Twitter.
  44. @jasonstover Overall, Facebook because it has way more features. BUT, I LOVE the twitter feature that lets me update both at the same time
  45. @rnsheets I like Facebook better. You can do more activities like YoVille on there, lol
  46. @gregatkinson  hah – you know it’s Twitter hands down
  47. @Bpirt Twitter- it’s the only way that I can keep up with people without being all up in their business. Tweet faster than a text!
  48. @steveharrison Twitter! simple.short.saweet!..n Tulsa cuz of Twitter we saw Fee Band & just yesterday blessed 2 see @mathewbarnett share
  49. @corechurchtroy twitter: easier to manage
  50. @Twitter Twitter is better, why else would Facebook offer us $500 million (Disclaimer: not really but If I was @Twitter  that would be my response) 

Again, share your thoughts and comments…

Page 11 of 11« First...«7891011

Designed by EightDay Studio. Powered by the Standard Theme. Developed by Milk Engine.