Six Types of Social Media Tools

Six types of social media tools:

  1. Blogging
  2. Podcasting
  3. Creating Online videos (including sketch casting and Screen casting)
  4. Social networking (participating in popular ones like LinkedIn and Facebook as well as creating your own using Ning)
  5. Message boards and comment forums (like Disqus)
  6. Using Wikis (both public as well as private) to share knowledge externally and internally

Source:A Study of Inc.500 Companies‘ use of Social Media

For the third consecutive year, the Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has conducted a study that looks at the usage of social media among Inc. 500 companies. The 2009 results confirm that America‘s fastest growing private companies adopt social media marketing initiatives at much higher rates than other companies, and that interest in social media has grown since the first study was conducted in 2007.

Blogs – Keeping Content Current

I watch my blog stats once in a while (used to be a daily routine once). I notice that there are lots of readers for some of my old posts even though some of them may be outdated. When I noticed this, I stopped covering news on my blogs. I even wrote a post titled Does Currency of Information Matter?

Once in a while, I feel compelled to revisit a post and make some minor adjustments – add some new links or add a comment to updated information. I have been thinking about keeping my posts (at least a few of the popular ones) updated. Here are some ideas.

  1. Keep updating the posts with current information when relevant, but keep a copy of the old version. Obviously we need to use the same permalink (so that people see the latest version), but does that violate the concept of a perma link?
  2. Keep the old blog but change the beginning to link to a new version of the blog
  3. Write a new blog and give a new version number with a link to all the old versions (in case people want to follow entries and comments)

I may try all these different techniques. I am sure that some one already solved this problem. If you did, can you share it here? If not, any thoughts?

Musings: More News Than Comment

Every time I write a blog post, I think about this. Am I posting more news than comment?

The urge to share is a powerful one. I do it in different ways – del.icio.us, posting to Facebook and a bit of twittering. I still, have not figured out my urge to blog. Most of the time it is news with an occasional comment. Sometimes there is more comment than news.

I like the way Peter Suber says it.

This blog is more news than comment. For more comment than news, see my writings on OA.

Bloglets: The World has lots of Smart People

Everyday you read a bunch of stuff. I like to keep the links around to share with others. First I used to bookmark them. Then social bookmarks (like del.icio.us) came along. So I started putting them up there. It became a habit. Now I book mark things I want to read (tag: readinglist, to:read). Some material is so compelling that I have to read. Like Khalid says, if you think like me, you will like these links. Even if you don’t think like me, you may find something useful.

bloglets are little blog entries with a link and less than one para of text.  Here is one:

Learning shouldn’t hurt. Let’s share the insights that made difficult ideas click from Khalid’s Better Explained.

I guess I think like him – a bit. But I did not when I was his age. Hence the fascination. The world has lots of smart people. Some of them blog. Which is a blessing. It is also an inspiration.

Blogging Has Changed My Life

From Vaibhav of Technofriends in a Blogr Tools interview.

Definitely blogging has changed my life a lot. My blog is like a baby to me. After starting this blog, I have kind of started being more research oriented. The vital questions which I ask myself have made me become more focused in my approach. It clearly helps. Apart from all this, its also about a brand image called YOU. I have also got more focus/attention from open communities / individuals because of my blog.

I connected with Vaibhav only a few months ago when I saw a link to my blog from Technofriends. Nice to see that his efforts getting some visibility.

Blogging has changed my life too.

  • It gave me a way to share what I know
  • It got me an anchor on the web where I can point other people to when they ask me what I do
  • It let me keep track of topics I learn and am interested in
  • It got me lots of friends around the world
  • It made me introspect a lot more than I used to

Looking for Ideas for Blogging?

Here is a nice list from 100 Blog Topics I hope you write. The nice thing about this list is that you and I can take the same topic and may end up writing very different things. I wonder whether there is a way to track how many of these  ideas get blogged about.

In fact, it may be a good idea to have a blog for each idea with a link to all the blogs about the idea.

Another idea is to add to this list of Ideas for Blogging.