Category: Social Media

What Arianna Huffington Might Have To Say About Building Spiritual Movements

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Michael Hyatt recently blogged about his experience at last month’s O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference. A highlight for Hyatt was Arianna Huffington’s keynote address, entitled, “Publishing is Dead; Long Live Publishing!

I admire Huffington’s leadership in creating the amazing vortex of information, opinion, and celebrity that is Huffington Post, one of the world’s most popular and dynamic websites. So when Hyatt mentioned her speech was posted on YouTube, I took the opportunity to listen to it.

Although she spoke in the context of book publishing, I found many things she said quite applicable in the context I work in: Building spiritual movements among college students.

My favorite quotes:

  • “The more we try to go back to the Golden Age of publishing that doesn’t exist, the more we miss the Golden Age that does exist right now—the Golden Age of Engagement.”
  • “Often book reviews are conversation-enders. What people want is conversation-starters.”
  • “Self-expression is now more important than ever. Self-expression is the new entertainment. This is why millions of people blog.”
  • “People want to be part of the times we are living in. They want to be heard. We need to celebrate that moment rather than question it.”

To listen to Huffington’s address yourself, click here. Her speech is only 10 minutes long, with an additional 7 minutes of Q&A.

Are We Ourselves?

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How much do we self-edit in social media?

I’ve always assumed that everyone put their best foot forward when representing themselves on say, Facebook.

That’s why I was fascinated by Sarah Perez’ recent article at ReadWriteWeb, entitled, “On Facebook, You’re Really You.” From the article:

“Are people who they really say they are online? Conventional wisdom tells us that social networking sites, blogs and other social media outlets have allowed people to carefully craft online “personas” – essentially idealized versions of who they are in real life. Are you wittier online? More outgoing? More social? Friendlier? For those hiding behind the keyboard and computer screen, personality traits like these are easier to fake. Or are they?

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I Twit

Twitter Fail!

I’m a social media girl
Living in a social media world;
But the truth of the matter
Has slowly unfurled:

Facebook I love
And blogging is fine;
But Twitter, I’m afraid,
Was a pain in the behind.

I gave it a shot. I thought
It might be fun; yet
Twitter turned out to be
Mostly redundant.

So don’t look for me
In the Twittersphere;
To find me online
You’ll have to click here

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Tehran, Tornadoes, and Twitter

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This is one of the first pictures I saw of the “tornado” that went through my neighborhood last week, posted instantly on Twitter by someone who lives a few blocks from me.

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I’m still fighting off the forces seeking to suck me into the Twittersphere…but it may be a losing battle.

I’m still not convinced Twitter will replace Facebook as my social networking system of choice any time in the near future. (Heck, I’m still working on getting more of my similarly-aged friends on Facebook; Twitter is pretty much out of the question for them.)

But the aspect of Twitter really tipping the scale for me is Twitter Search—it just can’t be beat for tapping into real-time, up-close news coverage.

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