Social Media 100

Dec 4, 2007

Chris Brogan has started a Social Media 100 series. It’s a series of 100 posts, where he’ll share his thoughts on how to use social media effectively. It’s going to be great, so head over to [chrisbrogan.com] and check it out.

You guys may have noticed that lately I’ve been writing a lot more about social media – stuff like Twitter, Social networks, etc. It’s partly because I’m personally getting really involved in that at the moment. But it’s also something that I think we can all gain from. Social media is a great way to express yourself. It’s a great way to share your thoughts and opinions. And more than that, it’s a great way to build a community.

Those are things that Sui Generis has always been about. Letting your true colors shine through. Expressing yourself. Connecting with others (like-minded and otherwise) . And that the combination of those will enable you to make an impact on society.

Social media is great for that. And that’s why I’ve been writing so much about it, and encouraging you guys to participate.

And on that topic, what tools are you using to help connect with others and build community?

Jazz, Self Expression and Social Media

Dec 4, 2007

There was a really interesting conversation on Twitter yesterday, that start with this comment by Jeremiah Owyang. It was basically about jazz and music, and how that relates to Social Media. Nate Westheimer tied the conversation together with his post Improvisation: Collaboration, Structure and Social Media. I think he makes really good points, but I want to expand a bit more on the idea of jazz and social media.

One thing about jazz and improvisation is the self expression. While there is structure, jazz is largely about self expression and creativity. And I think that also plays a part in why I love social media so much. Social media, things like blogs, podcasting, etc, make it possible for me to express my thoughts. As the name implies, it lets society, average people, create media. And I think that’s a common thread among all of us. I believe that while we all enjoy the community being built and all, we enjoy the opportunity for personal expression just as much.

But even then, we don’t do it purely out of selfish reasons. Jazz is an art form. Musicians play as much for their enjoyment as for the enjoyment and pleasure of the people listening. Same for us bloggers and podcasters, and all the social media folks. We produce media and create content in the hope that it adds value to the people listening to us.

So to sum up, I think that’s another reason that jazz and music is such a common thread between us social media folks. Because social media is about self-expression, and self-expression for the value of our audience.