Making New Online Connections

Only so many hours in a day, and if we are spending some of the precious time online, using social media to connect and build relationships, we should learn to getter better at it.

When I first joined Ryze, it was a very active network, I learned much. One discussion was about drive by networking. People who never say a word to you, never had a conversation with in any of the network forums, never even left a guestbook message, but you suddenly get an invitation to connect and be their friend. And many of these same people, when you reply, they spam you with their stuff.

YouTube had a hilarious video (sorry I can’t find it) about the same thing on FaceBook. Guy knocks on the door, “Will you be my friend?” Who are you? I was in your physics class many years ago and sat 3 rows behind you. “Will you be my friend” etc.

There are more effective ways to spend your time. I do like the general rule, would you do this in a real face to face sitting?

Always open to learning ways to network more effectively, I appreciated Dean Hua’s post on how he used LinkedIn as a follow up tool. Thanks Dean!

Now if I can just figure out how my blog went from a google PR 4 to gray in the last update and how to fix it.

Thinking Blogger Award

Thinking Blogger Award I’ve been tagged as a thinking blogger by Kathie Thomas of Australia. Double whammy, hit by Beverly Mahone. Thanks!

Thanks for the Thinking Blogger Award, it is an honor.

The participation rules are simple:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’.

And I’ll have to agree, there are many bloggers whose blogs make me stop and think, many I’ve seen tagged by others, and they truly are thinking bloggers. Instead of repeating what others have said, here are 5 new ones I’m tagging today, visit their blogs and enjoy their wisdom.

1. Christine Kane check out her thoughts on “A New Earth”, her songs, organizing your life and much more.

2. Bea Kuntz Did you know that dandelions were once used as a coffee substitute? Our food choices should not be limited to what we find at Walmart, there is a much better way, learn about sustainable living and other bits of wisdom from Bea.

3. Susan Loughrin I remember Susan a short time ago just learning what a blogging was, look at her go! Enjoy her creativity.

4. Jeanie Marshall Keep it simply by connecting with nature. Yep, I need to spend more time with nature. It has been too long since we’ve connected Jeannie, I hope all is going well with you.

5. Dean Hua is another thinking blogger who is good making connections with others. I love what he does with his Dean’s list each year. Almost forgot about Dean as we don’t hang out in the same places online right now.