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Fast Brain Life for Wiseman Jeremiah Owyang

Friend and Forester Researcher Jeremiah Owyang sits down with Intel Insider Sarah Austin and shares his daily routine, ambitions, amazement and travel wishes.

Last week, Jeremiah gave me a quick shot out (I’m not worthy!) in this Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal story that offers even more insight into what keeps the social computing wiseman movin’ ahead of things.

Riffin’ on Storytelling @ Community Roundtable

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This is a photo by Jeremiah Owyang, who invited me to the Online Community Roundtable gathering he hosted at Forrester. Bill Johnson put on this wonderful event with very engaged people who were sharing their wisdom and online audience building experiences. Jeremiah made sure I got up and spoke. Nothing prepared, I started with my favorite topic of storytelling and tried to connect with what everyone in the room was talking about. The audience pulled me in and along we went, having fun playing with the role of storytelling in social media, social networks, online communities…and our personal lives.

A presentation highlight for me was Forrester’s Charlene Li’s “I am social when I…” Use IM, email, social network, bookmark…   More of us are getting more social every day.

Here’s Bill’s even summary and a post with photos and a video by Jeremiah.

This would be a great event for a few pals who are helping grow the Intel’s  Open Port online community for IT pros. This is a creative, open model that could replace regular weekly meetings at work.  Just get three people to share what they’re working on and get the live feedback from a concentrated, open-minded group.  Who would you invite?

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Find Social Media Jobs & Make Connections

Jeremiah Owyang not only helps show us how to use new communications tools and how to measure social media, he let’s us know who’s movin’ and shakin’ in this blog post.
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Seeking Social Media Professionals?
If you’re seeking to connect with community advocates and community managers there are few resources

  • Start with my community manager group in Facebook
  • Check out Jake McKee’s community portal for jobs
  • See Chris Heuer’s Social Media Jobs
  • SimplyHired aggregates job listings, as does Indeed
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    If you’re seeking candidates in the social media industry, many of them are within arms reach, feel free to leave a link to a job description (but not the whole job description, or I’ll delete it.

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    Pearls of Wisdom Come From Mind Crunching Reality

    Lots of talk about Microsoft’s $44.6 Billion bid for Yahoo!  Most of it focuses on search and online advertising.  But I bet we’ll start hearing more about the social computing value of Yahoo! and how its people have been excerising their brains and buying plug and play social media assets for many years now.  Flickr, Upcoming and are a few names in teh Yahoo! family of aquisitions.  These tools help people interconnect their online activities form photo sharing to bookmarking articles to managing their calendar of fun community activities.

    In a Forrester Research blog post by Jeremiah Owyang on this subject, I really liked this pearl of wisdom about the future of media companies:

    A new definition of media.  My colleague Charlene Li has written before about the transformation media companies are undertaking due to the rise of social computing.  As syndication replaces aggregation, a media company becomes one which assembles an audience, not necessarily a firm which creates content (think Facebook v. CNN).  In light of this acquisition, I’d add one more dimension to this observation.  With Yahoo gone, the two remaining online media powerhouses:  Google and Microsoft are both technology companies.  These are firms who specialize in creating tools and innovations to facilitate the user experience of the Web and marketer access to customer data.  I think this acquisition signals for both marketers and media firms that the trend of Left Brain Marketing – a data-driven approach to marketing – is irrevocably changing who we call a media firm.  Tomorrow’s media companies are technology innovators who can connect audiences with marketing messages, not content creators.

    Here’s Charlene Li’s Growndswell take on the bid.

    Twitter Vote for Favorite Super Bowl TV Ads

    Jeremiah Owyag ignited a Super Bowl Twitterthon and many are stepping in to use social media to engage more with the Super Bowl. Join the fun and Twitter your take on the TV ads hitting you on Super Bowl Sunday.

    Instructions below and pre-game buzz here.

    There’s just three steps:

    1) Sign up:
    Get a twitter account, got that? Good.

    2) Send your vote to @superbowlads: When we’re watching the game in real time, simply send a reply to superbowlads. I created this Twitter account just for this virtual event. Reply to the superbowlads account, name the commerical, and give it a rating of 1-5 stars, 5 being the best.


    “@superbowlads That Pepsi commercial was funny 4 stars”

    “@superbowlads The Hillary Clinton advertisement was bunko 2 stars”

    “@superbowlads Bud-wise-er, that was so 10 years ago, weak. 1 star”

    3) See what others rated: You can then see everyone who’s rated the ads by doing a search on any of the Twitter search tools, I like Terraminds. See this example, it’s showing all the people who have replied to superbowlads.

    My friend Rohit also is rallying people to engage online in new ways with the Super Bowl.

    There’s a Time for Everything: Consume, Digest, Excercize & Create

    Tom Foremski has been saying this to me and many others for years:  we’re in conversation overload.  I agree, but I still see many people feeling like they’re in information overload.  Both leave you starving for time to “get away” and “think.”

    Today reading his “IMHO” ZDNet blog “We live in the conversation age and not the thinking age,” I felt the wonderful blend of new world desires tempered with old school reality.  He does that so well.  This got me thinking, “How do people do it?”  “How am I staying on top of my game…of life?”

    There are prolific people like Robert Scoble (coverage from Davos — even this YouTube brush with Bono paraphrasing writer Thomas Friedman: “don’t change your lightbulbs…change your leaders!”), Jeremiah Owyang (just spoke at Intel’s sales conference) and others who quickly, regularly consumer tons of “content,” blog posts, news, videos…then they make sense of what’s valuable, put it into context for themselves and share it.  This is a creative process that require a wondrous metabolism.  On top of that, they’re out meeting people, talking at events and helping, inspiring friends and business acquaintances to learn and move ahead.

    I don’t have the wondrous metabolism, but I have changed some things in the past few years.  I’ve pulled passion up front and center.  I’ve opened up more and tried to help more people — more willing to make mistakes and more eager to include others who can help me.  Although I’ve been temporarily separated from my wife and kids for 18 months, I dedicate time for talking, thinking, praying and taking care of necessities for them.  I’d like my efforts to be more thoughtful and trusted by those I’m with, but this requires self enlightening time, time for dreaming and securing one foot on the ground.

    So I’d agree that we’re swarmed by many conversations.  Rather then duck and cover, I try to suck it up!  Run with it.  Remember my principles and build my character every chance I get.  Whether its information or conversation or creation overload, what we do for ourselves and one another is only as good as our minds are sharp, spirits are alive, bodies are in motion and hearts are pumpin’ with love.

    I better get more slim moleskin notepads!! By the way, I agree that Portland is a place the lets you think…or not think when you want.  Love that city!