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Dangers of Social Media – ask, experience, measure, understand or feel?

This is a personal insight as a social media trainer. I hope you can gain some enlightenment from it.

As the world of social media has accelerated in the past few years, we have been begun to see what I refer to as the ‘wisdom of fire.’

To begin to analyze social media and derive value from the metrics being generated- you have to understand all of the invisible things happening right in front of you.

You also need to understand the inherent dangers of social media. Read more

Social network management, its about relationship perspective

As someone who works with multiple projects and hundreds of social audiences: social network management  requires me coordinate a multi-faceted personal brand and engage with hundreds of different conversations.

Clients I work with are often in the same boat, especially when I work with executives who need to maintain a “face of the company” and a personal life as an executive.

I personally believe we all have the right to have our own relationships, to make personal decisions on how we mix our ideas, ethics, morals, and relationships into our conversations.

The problem with this is that we no longer have singular conversations; we now have mutated conversations that possibly stem from thousands of conversations that happened before them.

With Facebook and Google collecting mixing together everyone you know, you suddenly have an influx of viewpoints from different groups. The core problem is that all of these people don’t have the same backgrounds and beliefs, nor do the have the relationship in place to balance singular statements that may seem simply seem inappropriate, or even appear racist, sexist, or “off the deep end” extremist.

Most of us would like to live in a world that is devoid of prejudice and negative assumptions, but the simple fact is that people online have only a few seconds to perceive who you are… and only a fraction of a second to make an observation about who is in your network. Read more

Background Checks Part II – discrimination, privacy, accuracy and compliance

As a professional, many of us are troubled by the notion that we may be judged by our actions, our history, our lifestyle, or the people we associate with.

In some cases we go through great lengths to create separation between our personal or public lives, even creating multiple silos within our personal and professional lives to create harmony and goodwill in our conversation.

Using myself as a personal example: I am the person who can have almost any conversation on almost any topic. I have a thick skin that is supported by a multi-faceted personality with humor, morality, and respect at its core. I have had the benefit of dealing with life and death crisis situations, personal tragedy, and industry changing business problems. With that said, I can talk to almost anyone on any subject.I know when to admit to things I do not know, and when to ask the hard questions.

The social media world creates a strange track history of my interactions with these conversations. I have a personal poetry site that doesn’t have a thing to do with my business life, and like every other person: my friends have a myriad of personal beliefs ranging from extreme religion to activism.

With such a varied personal and professional background, the web audience at large could dig into any particular silo and eventually find something they do not agree with… but they can also see a breadth of experience. Read more