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Social Media: Age vs Experience, does it really matter?

There is great debate that takes place among those who work online and its premise is that the younger you are, the better you ‘get’ social media. I’d like to consider and challenge some of the basic assumptions that this attitude creates.

On the 20th July 2012 a young student called Catherine Sloane published a blog post entitled ‘Why Every Social Media Manager Should be Under 25’. The post achieved notoriety among many different demographics and across a variety of sectors. I really don’t feel a need to link to it as it was designed to be great link bait, that is its sole purpose was to get people linking and sharing a piece of content in a viral nature, with the result that the website hosting it gets a better result on the search engines. What is perhaps more interesting is that searching for that specific title doesn’t bring up the article itself, but rather a whole host of articles about it.

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LinkedIn Endorsements vs Recommendations

There has been a lot of activity on LinkedIn recently with the introduction of their brand new feature, endorsements. It’s the logical extension of a profile that now lists the skills that people have. But what exactly are skills (as understood by LinkedIn), and what are the endorsements that go with them? And how do they compare with Recommendations?

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Creating a Social Media Schedule

By the time this post goes live I’ll be part way through the presentation that inspired it. I promised several weeks ago that I’d share with you the very simple scheduling tools I use to try to make my life easier and here they are. You can view the presentation I’m giving at the BusinessXchange Creative Cooperation event in Dorset today below and I’ll try to distill the main points within the post. If you’d like to download my example sheets then you can find links to them at the end of the post.

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Please help me to help you get your message and writing to a wider audience

I’m going to make a huge assumption here and that is that you are hoping that your writing will eventually pay off in some way and that you aren’t doing this just for the love of writing. I could be wrong but writing for the sake of writing, without any sort of recognition of ‘success’ (whatever that may mean to you) will eventually pale alongside the need to do other things that are considered more important.

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Focus, that’s what needed to make an impact!

People arriving at my little bit of the blogosphere could be forgiven for being completely confused about what it is I’m doing when I’m writing here.  I flit about from subject to subject, sometimes I’m thinking business, sometimes I’m thinking LinkedIn and networking and sometimes I’m just plain ‘Linda’, thinking almost and sharing a few of the oddities that sometimes strike me when I’m doing nothing in particular.

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What is Business Social Intelligence?

Business Social Intelligence is a phrase I’ve coined that mixes Social Intelligence with Social Networking for Business.  Daniel Goleman certainly didn’t intend that this mix be created when he first wrote his book Social Intelligence.  In that book it refers principally to one’s personal relationships in the real world and how one interacts with others socially.  He talks about their being seven different aspects to Social Intelligence and over the next few weeks I’ll be demonstrating and explaining how you can take your Social Intelligence online and into networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Social Media Recruitment Report

Well, Michelle and I have finally completed the report and you can download it from the website to read at your leisure.  It threw up some very interesting findings as well and certainly lays down a challenge to the Recruitment industry about how they could (or is that should) be taking the opportunities that seem to be developing around Social Media far more seriously than they may well be doing.

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The Final Day of the 30 Day Challenge

Well what a 30 days it’s been.  To say that I have been seriously challenged myself would be an understatement and I have learnt an amazing amount about a great many different things, some of them are personal and some of them are business and marketing focused.  I have however, not managed to reach my target of £400,000 in 30 days, in fact I’m just a shade short of it …. by just about £399,660 🙂

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