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Social media is all the rage. All the cool kids are using it; at least, that's what the cool kids on the internet are telling us. The number of businesses on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and YouTube is mind-boggling, but the real question is how many of them are using the tools wisely?
I've been in pain for the last month. At first, the pain in my hand would come and go. Gradually, the pain moved to my wrist up my arm and eventually to my shoulder. I spend too much time on the computer, there's just no way around it. Between email, blogging, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, my fingers are constantly tap-tapping away.
With a two-day program filled with tech thought leaders and innovators, there was one subject which seemed to consistently rise about the rest and dominate so many of the conversations at LeWeb. What was it? Wikileaks. While I didn't go into LeWeb expecting to hear so many opinions about Wikileaks - it's mission, it's founder, it's future - it shouldn't have been a surprise. The issues surrounding Wikileaks and it's release of mountains of sensitive information exist at the intersection of privacy, safety, security, technology, social media and politics. With such a smart, savvy and international crowd, seemingly everyone had and interest and strong opinions on the matter.
In addition to all of the presentations and workshops, one of the many wonderful aspects of the recent LeWeb conference in Paris is the opportunity to connect with others who are working on innovative projects and developing new applications which make our lives easier or more productive. As I was listed as one of the LeWeb Official Bloggers, I received a few requests to meet from those interested in obtaining coverage for their product or for one of their clients
Has it been a year already? It's hard to believe that I'll be heading to Paris in just a few days. I'm thrilled that I've once again been selected as an Official Blogger for LeWeb, Europe's largest and most exciting tech event. It's an honor to be included among such a diverse group of multinational bloggers.
For any normal person, not connecting online for a short while doesn't seem odd. In fact, it makes sense. When I notice that someone hasn't posted in a few days, I assume they are out and about living their lives. When a social media geek like myself doesn't post updates to Facebook or Twitter and too many days have passed since my last blog post, people begin to wonder if I've fallen off the Earth.
I'm torn at the moment. Ethically speaking, I made the right decision. Practically speaking, I'm disappointed. You may be aware that journalists and bloggers are sometimes offered free stuff in exchange for media coverage of some sort. This free stuff may come in the form of anything from products to services to tickets.
Learning to maximize the benefits of using social media can easily seem an overwhelming task. Toss in keeping abreast of the constant changes, new tools and applications and the latest tips, and it suddenly feels like a full time job just hunting down the information you need from sources you can trust.
Over the next couple of weeks, you may be hearing and reading a lot about SXSW (read: South by Southwest). In the real world, it may not be that big of a deal, to many in the tech, film or music worlds, it is a must place to be to see the latest and coolest things happening and mingle with those making it happen.