Your answers to the following questions determine what is the best way for you to use social media that you feel comfortable with, whether you are a software developer, drama queen, social butterfly, creative geek, business consultant, entrepreneur (serial or not)... Do you think people are basically good? Evil?
Do you want to change the world? Do you want to take over the world? Or you like it the way it is? Or do you think it is past hope? Or you don't care, you're just in it for whatever money you can make out of it?
Do you like to be the center of attention and your interaction tends to be one-sided... you talking and them listening? Do you tend to feel vain or modest? Do you notice more what other people are doing as opposed to what you are doing? Do you just want to observe and study? Do you like to take risks, love challenges?
Or do you prefer everything being as predictable as possible? Does eclecticism inspire you or do you want to only associate with sameness always? Cookbook approach or hodge podge or carefully constructed but constantly changing based on ongoing research? Answers to these questions, truthful answers will enlighten you.
Can you name popular social and/or business networkers and accurately state how they use and why they use social media the way they do? I'm sure you can. Check out these in different industries who use social media and are quite popular with certain groups of people: Geoff Livingston, Mari Smith, Jeff Pulver, Guy Kawasaki, Rich Tehrani, Tinu Abayomi-Paul, Om Malik, Jehan Ara, Nakagawa Shouko, Afrigator, Tariq Mustafa, Lance Armstrong, Jean Wyclef, and so on.
I'm looking forward to some discussions and debates here, on Facebook, Twitter, for podcasts and also in person at 4G World, CTIA Wireless and Entertainment, IIT's VoIP Conference, ITU Telecom World, and SUPERCOMM on many social networking, technical and business development mix of topics.
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