The Human Touch


Tinkering with Tweetbot

Wednesday was kind of a big day for me.

Raise, promotion? (No.) New baby? (Got two, all good in that department, thanks.) Bought a house? (Got that covered too, with the mortgage to prove it.)

Then what was it?

I hit 1,000 followers on twitter (Proceed with the eye rolling).

What’s important to me on this watershed occasion is HOW I crossed that magical threshold: human contact.

Yesterday morning I attended a terrific seminar on crowd-funding (thanks Karma411, Social Media Association and Hilary Topper) and in the evening I spoke to a class of aspiring PR professionals at Hofstra University (thanks Laurie Bloom for the invite).

As a result of being in those rooms, with other real people, 15 people subscribed to my twitter feed (and a few even signed up to read this blog). Hardly on the scale of Beyonce or Bieber, but more than I’ve acquired in a single day since.. well, ever.

It reinforced for me how important it is to get out from behind our computer screens and meet people face-to-face on a regular basis. To catch up with the old friends and make new acquaintances. To explore possible collaborations and learn new things.

Social media is great. Just remember there’s a world out there that uses more than two thumbs to communicate.

Beyonce, “Superbowl” and Friday ShareDay


Beyonce Referee Super Bowl

This was an interesting week of introspection for me. I’ve had a ton of thoughts tumbling around my head since Tuesday, inspiring my earlier post and some great comments from you all. Thanks for chiming in and sharing what is on your mind! Keep it coming!

I’ve also been working and away from home far too much in the evenings, so I am looking forward to some time with my family in the next couple days.

And it’s Super Bowl Weekend! I am willing to bet that there will be more time devoted to discussion of the ads, Dan Marino and whether Beyonce is lip-syncing during halftime more than what’s on the field, but I will be honest: I’m just looking forward to what my wife is cooking.

And this great Ad Age article from this morning is a nice guide to how to own whatever party you’re attending.

But before we get to the perfect storm of sports, food and tasteless advertising, let’s stop to mark Friday ShareDay with this great post from Michelle Darnell (Virginia Plantation here on wordpress), who earlier this week quit her job to run her new bed and breakfast full time. Her story and her conviction to remake her life makes me want to visit! Congratulations and good luck, Michelle!

Happy Weekend!