Whistle Stops on a Wednesday?

You bet...but there's some great conversations going on that we should check out: Designing Conversations in Beta by David Armano at Logic+Emotion (feed): The Cluetrain runs smooth on tracks laid with posts like this one. User Community and ROI by Kathy Sierra at Creating Passionate Users (feed):Kent Blumberg and I discussed a question about business blogging via email … [Read more...]

Hit It or Quit It! Are You Stuck in The Dip?

Seth Godin's post, The Relentless Rush to Be Mediocre, reminds me of the conversation I had with the business man who said, "I Just Want to Be Average." Sometimes, it takes a bit of fanaticism to be the best at what you do. If you've lost that, it's a clear sign maybe you're 'cooked in the squat' or 'stuck in the dip'. But there are other signs, too. Even though … [Read more...]

Conversations Found in Translation

A few days ago, I put a Translate This Page tool on each individual article page, just above the comments. Traffic shows it's getting used a few times each day, so it's a good addition. I'm not sure if the translation is always accurate (there's some English-speaking folks who still don't understand what I'm trying to say), but as Valeria Maltoni writes - translation is more … [Read more...]

Business Blog Workshop: Thursday, Mar 22

During this week's Show Me Your Commitment Blog Workshop, we'll discuss blog reading habits (yes, there may be such a thing as too many).Where: Dahl's, 156th & Hickman, Clive (map)When: Thursday, March 22, 7:00 - 8:00 AM(the doors open at 7:00, so we'll mingle a bit while everyone grabs a cup of coffee or breakfast)As usual, the first 30 minutes will be a workshop format, … [Read more...]

Paris Hilton and ConverStations Buzzin’ Together?

Did you know you can catch a daily roundup of what's hot in the blogosphere with Technorati's Aaron Krane and BuzzTV?   In today's show, Aaron brougt our previous post on Twitter as a virtual business tool together with the buzz on Paris Hilton. Click To Play Never thought anything I did would ever be on the same show as something Paris did...or did she? If you ever … [Read more...]

Twitter As a Business App? Create a Plugin Panel

One way companies can use Twitter, especially virtual companies, is to create a page or panel with each of their team's Twitter plug-ins. If I were on a virtual project with Gavin Heaton, Kate Trgovac, and Becky McCray, maybe we'd create a page like this, or have a sidebar on our wiki with each of these plug-ins. follow servantofchaos at http://twitter.com follow mynameiskate … [Read more...]

How Do You Capture Your Thoughts?

Where and how do you capture your thoughts and imagination? With the multitude of incoming data our brains receive, it's getting tougher for me (no - it's not a sign of age). I've always carried a notebook, though now I call it a WUP. A recent post at Creating Passionate Users motivated me to upgrade my WUP to a productive Moleskine. This has been great for me because it still … [Read more...]

BlogBQ Party w a Geo-Arbitrageur

There's still time (and seats) to join in the fun for today's BlogBQ, hosted by Doug Mitchell. I'm bringing bread. Doug is a geo-arbitrageur. I'm going to try find out what that means today. It doesn't sound Irish or Italian (of which I am both) Happy St. Patricks Day. … [Read more...]

Hire a Social Media Tool Today

A lot of discussion around blogging and social media centers around external conversation, but companies would do well to employ these tools internal as well. I had the privilege of discussing this with Anna Farmery on The Engaging Brand Podcast recently. The most delicious idea from that show came from Anna, an internal linked-in tool. Internal use of social media doesn't get … [Read more...]

Putting Twitter Where My Mouth Is

Time for me to put Twitter where my mouth is...right here on my blog. During last night's BlogTalkRadio show with Wayne Hurlbert, I was asked to "briefly explain Twitter" - and based on my usage thus far...all I could be was brief. This after 40 minutes talking about how smart businesses will find business ways to use social media tools to connect with their … [Read more...]