My Social Goodies list is back! For those of you who missed my first one, Social Goodies are new tools, tips, tricks and websites I've recently discovered (and probably have tried). I hope these help you, your business and/or your understanding of Web 2.0!
A few months ago I noticed that I was added to a Twitter List, so I clicked to check it out; in the description, it mentioned that @formulists generated and auto-updated it. Curiousity lead me to their website, which lead me to sign in with Twitter; in a few minutes, I had a self-updating List linked to my account. There are several options for how to generate yours; for example, here are mine:
Now, every new person I follow on Twitter and every person with whom I've recently interacted is added to one of these Lists. Cool and time saving? I think so! One thing to be aware of: Formulists wants you to sign into their website every so often (every 30 days I think?), so if you notice something is wrong with your lists, just login and they should auto-update.
Social Media Sobriety Test
This one is partially hilarious, partially seemingly silly but somehow completely necessary in certain situations. If you're a serial Under-The-Influence Facebooker, Twitterer or any other -er online, you probably want to try out this tool. Webroot, the makers of various computer software, created the Social Media Sobriety Test to help protect intoxicated individuals from themselves in the wee hours.
Here's how it works:
- Install the program on your computer from their website
- Specify the hours of the day/night and the social networks you want it to monitor
- When you go to a social network you've selected, during the hours you've specified, the program will require you to take the Sobriety Test: a moving finger that you follow with your mouse, and the key is to keep the cursor on the finger.
- If you pass, access is granted. If not, no access for you, but no embarrasing posts, either!
Like I said, it seems funny at first look, but after recognizing the reality of today's blended social networks (friends+family+co-workers+bosses etc), it's a pretty good way to preserve your own personal brand. (By the way, has anyone tried this one? I've often thought that I might not be able to pass a real sobriety test, even sober, so I'm wondering if this is also more difficult than it looks!)
LinkedIn Labs recently released a tool called InMaps, which graphs your current LinkedIn network by color. For the visual learners/readers out there, this tool is especially helpful; the color-coded web of connections allows you to see all of your connections and how they're related to each other. It also allows you to label all of your connections by color; for example, all of your co-workers from your last job might be blue, and a cluster of prospective clients you know from the local Chamber of Commerce could be red.
Visualizing your LinkedIn network could help you discover, for example, that you aren't connected to enough co-workers at your current company. Those resources could be very valuable in the future, in the form of recommendations, introductions to their connections and more.
Side note: if you're not on LinkedIn yet, click on over today and sign up. It's the biggest professional social network on Planet Earth. Enough said. Oh, and your company can have a profile, too.
Have fun browsing these tools!