LinkedIn Gives Users the Ability to Follow Companies

This is good; follow companies in LinkedIn!!

LinkedIn Gives Users the Ability to Follow Companies: http://bit.ly/cQV3Nv

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Do We Overshare?

According to Webster’s New World Dictionary, the word of the year for 2010 is Overshare.  Here is their definition:Overshare (verb): to divulge excessive personal information, as in a blog or broadcast interview, prompting reactions ranging from alarmed discomfort to approval.In preparation for an article in the Roanoke Times on Facebook etiquette, one of the areas that I was compelled to address is how much information we share. This specific article is more for high school and college age students that will enter the job market; but I believe we can all learn to NOT overshare our information. Citing multiple survey’s for the article, the lessons learned included being cautious in what you share because executives and hiring managers are making decisions based upon what they find out about you online.The rise and popularity of social media has lead to the smallest, most mundane details of our lives being published for the world!  Do we do this because we believe people want to know what we are doing, every moment of the day?  Do we overshare so that we can gain approval from our friends or soon to be friends; or, are we changing how we communicate and feel like we have to share these details?  How many times have you read an update from a friend or follower and thought, “why are they sharing that” with me and the world?I believe there is a saturation point; a point where we can share too much information.  However, I like knowing what my friends are doing, and I have actually met friends for lunch or coffee unexpectedly due to both of us checking in on Foursquare.  Sharing can be good and can lead to opportunities you may not have realized. Oversharing can cause problems or potentially lead to situations that could have been avoided just by using discretion.Social media and everything it includes should be approached with two simple words: common sense.  Those are my thoughts; what say you?

Social Media Resources

Very good post from Mashable; catching up on resources you may have missed during the week.

21 Essential Social Media Resources You May Have Missed http://bit.ly/cpgjuh

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Consolidated Construction Services

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Follow Everyday

If you are a regular participant on Twitter, you know all about #FollowFriday. The day a lot of Twitter users recommend people that others should follow.For the past several months, I have chosen a different route: I recommend people to others when I think its appropriate, plus I use a page on my site to recommend friends and colleagues that people should follow and get to know via Tweets and conversations. Click on the Follow Everyday page; connect and engage with these professionals.  You will be glad you did!That’s what I say; what are your thoughts?

Facebook email + iPhone OS 4.0?

Facebook Integration Coming to iPhone OS 4.0?: http://bit.ly/cK43li

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Consolidated Construction Services
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Essential Social Media Resources

20 Essential Social Media Resources You May Have Missed: http://bit.ly/baNxYN

John Lusher
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Consolidated Construction Services
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540-314-7145

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Roanoke 4Square Day

Join us TODAY for the Roanoke 4Square Day!  This is a great way to promote Roanoke and a local business while networking and relaxing!

What is it??  Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to “check in” on National Foursquare Day at the same location as 50+ other people.The date?Friday, April 16, 2010The location?Fork In The City at 6th and Marshall – http://www.forkinthecity.com/The time?5p-7pAnd the rewards?Drink Specials… They’ve created a drink, the “swarm” just for us…Food Specials… check in and receive 20% off your food purchaseSomething special for the Mayor of Fork In the City… a free appetizer!and?The opportunity to win the coveted “swarm” badge.oh and bragging rights, since there’s now a swarm challenge between Richmond and Roanoke… so let’s bring it…We’ll see you there!(Not sure about foursquare? Come anyway! We’ll be there to help you get set up, talk to you about it and answer any questions that we can!)

More Info: http://www.roanoketweetup.com/…

Roanoke 4Square Day

Join us today, in Roanoke for 4Square Day – Help us get a Swarm Badge, 5-7PM at Fork in the City! http://twtvite.com/rke4sqday #Rke

So what is it? Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to ???check in??? on National Foursquare Day at the same location as 50+ other people.

The date?

Friday, April 16, 2010

The location?

Fork In The City at 6th and Marshall

The time?

5p-7p

And the rewards?

Drink Specials??? They’ve created a drink, the “swarm” just for us…

Food Specials??? check in and receive 20% off your food purchase

Something special for the Mayor of Fork In the City??? a free appetizer!

and?

The opportunity to win the coveted ???swarm??? badge.

oh and bragging rights, since there’s now a swarm challenge between Richmond and Roanoke… so let’s bring it…

We???ll see you there!

(Not sure about foursquare? Come anyway! We’ll be there to help you get set up, talk to you about it and answer any questions that we can!)
More Info: http://www.roanoketweetup.com/...

Banning Social Media a good idea; or not?

Why Banning Social Media Often Backfires: http://bit.ly/cJhmKx

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Consolidated Construction Services
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Things I Learned at the NIR Conference

In a previous, My Words – My Plan for 2010, I spelled out my plans for this year; one of the words I committed to for the year was Education.  I will continue to learn, to be educated and to educate others this year.It is with that in mind that I reflect on my recent attendance of the National Institute of Restoration‘s (NIR) 2010 Executive Leadership Conference and the Things I Learned.

  • I learned, through a series of interviews with member companies and consultants that work with the NIR, that integrity is a big part of their business philosophy and daily work.
  • I learned that the restoration industry is made up of family owned businesses that are genuinely concerned with the well being of their clients, the homeowners.
  • I learned that renovation companies work for the homeowners and at times are advocate for the homeowners in negotiations with the insurance companies.
  • I learned that these companies, the owners and employees do not need to be told how to network or the value in developing relationships.
  • I learned that some so called experts truly do not understand the power of relationships.  This particular lesson is one that I have unfortunately seen repeated over and over again.  I witnessed a professional blow off a potential contact, just because that person was not in the renovation industry.  Did I mention that this contact works for one of the largest health care companies in the southeast?

We all attend conferences, training sessions, networking events and socials with different agenda’s and plans. I encourage you to approach these events with open minds, and open eyes.  Spend some time observing what people are doing or not doing.  You may be surprised!