Addicted to Social Media, Anyone?

Every year I go to a fun relaxed day of learning called Podcamp, where we learn from each other about the latest in social media.

As I think about what social media topics most interest me, the one that rises to the top is how to stay out of the addictive nature of social media. So I decided to sort out my thoughts about it here and then maybe I’ll lead a session on this topic.

I think I’ll even ask everyone in the session to power down their technology, and find out what happens. Withdrawal? Real connections?

Here are my thoughts about the problem and some solutions. And don’t miss the fun Muppets video that will give you some relief right away.  Continue reading

Are Introverts Better than Extroverts at Online Networking?

I can make a case for why the answer could be Yes.

Discussing Introverts and Extroverts at Podcamp Western Mass 2013

Discussing Introverts and Extroverts at Podcamp Western Mass 2013 (Click to view my photo album on Facebook.)

At the recent Podcamp Western Mass (an unconference about social media), I led a session with this exact same title. I got both introverts and extroverts to give their opinions.

To make it easy for both introverts and extroverts to participate equally, I had folks move to a spot in the room that represented their opinion on questions like “Introverts should become more extroverted.”

Here’s a hint about the discussion outcome. One of the extroverts said something like this at the end: Continue reading

Unconferences Are the Ultimate Networking Experience

Photo: Connecting at PodCampI love a good “unconference.” Have you heard of this idea? They are taking place all over the world on every topic.

The peer-to-peer structure of an unconference makes for the ultimate learning and networking experience — even for an introvert like me!

Here’s my ode to unconferences (“BarCamps”) and the one I recently attended, called PodCamp Western Mass. Continue reading

My Head Is Full from PodCamp

I just got back from Western Mass PodCamp.  Thanks everyone for sharing your social media knowledge at this incredible unconference so we could all pretend to keep up on the latest technology. Whew, I think my favorite technology is still pen and paper.

If you’re like most people in 2009, you’ll enjoy this humorous video about Internet Overdose which was the perfect ending to our last PodCamp session.

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