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#lateraltwits 07 Twitter as a social network open

In the "LateralTwits" series we've talked about Twitter as a communication medium, Twitter as a platform for dialogue, Twitter as a means of information , Twitter as a means of contact, Twitter as a public forum and Twitter as a means of complaint.

Today we talk about Twitter as a social network open. We actually already above that in the last post, but I think it is worth noting the difference between Twitter and other platforms that exist.

Facebook It is a closed network, to access a friend, it must authorize. The same goes Netlog, Tuenti or FourSquare.

In the field of professional social networks, we are the same. To access a contact, it must authorize. It is the case Linkedin, Xing, Viadeo, Plaxo

Twitter does not happen in. You follow who you want. And who wants to follow you. No need to ask permission, just follow (follow). Under this prism, We can follow our favorite gurus, whether singers, football players, politicians, journalists, consultants, poets. I have to warn you that they will not automatically follow, many do not. The sports Twitter asks you to follow your followers, but I can understand that some people with millor public of fans do not return the follow.

A great way to follow people who may be interested is to follow Twitter lists. Twitter allows us to classify our lists followed. for example: journalists. These lists can be public -that usual- the private. A ways to follow related issues is to follow a list of other; that way we do not follow the followers list, but the twits who publish.

I think the fact of being open network Twitter is a great advantage, given all the freedom to follow who want. But you have to manage it well, since we can also follow whoever. We must be consistent with the audience we have and with which we have, answer the questions, retiuitear what we find interesting and answer direct messages.

Anyway, the measure of success of Twitter is not follow you 2.000 people, It is to achieve a balance between followers and followed, and that people or companies that we remain relevant to eachother, we can contribute something.

#lateraltwits 05 Twitter as a public forum

In the series “LateralTwits” We have already discussed Twitter as a communication medium, Twitter as a platform for dialogue, Twitter as a means of information and Twitter as a means of contact.

Today the approach we do to Twitter as a public forum.

Twitter is becoming a great forum. Possibly never will replace the thematic forums that are on the network, but being a single medium is easy for someone with a good number of “followers” (followers) lanze a question, and also it is easy to get answers.

You can do the test. With questions as diverse as:

  • Does anyone know the name of the Secretary of State for Sport?
  • Any recommendation theater in Madrid in early 2011?
  • Is there any university that addresses personal brand studies?
  • Can someone pass me a link about using social bookmarking?
  • Does anyone know if there's football league this weekend?

And all you can think. Surely you shall answer, and in many cases it will be better than offering a seeker, as they often also involved the subjective component (theatrical recommendation, for example).

If you want the answers are not lost on Twitter, you can always create a hashtag, tags Twitter, to follow the subject more easily. For example:

Does anyone recommend me a software for backup? #softcopy

I think we have a utility over Twitter, very practical, do not forget to follow the series, which has a total of 27 posts with different utilities.

I take this opportunity to wish you the best for 2011… HAPPY NEW YEAR!

What is personal branding?, What is it for?

It seems interesting to repost this article montse Taboada, personal branding coach de soymimarca. In it we find the essence of personal branding.

According Wikipedia, Personal Brand (in English Personal Branding) It is a concept of personal development consisting consider oneself as a brand, that as trademarks, It must be made, transmitted and protected, a spirit of differentiate and achieve greater success in social and professional relationships. Personal brand pursues the impression made durable and suggest the benefit of the relationship between the trademark holder and the observer.

In the times, create one Personal Branding It is more than necessary, It is hardly win an asset that can be assessed.

Like the great trademarks, those who want to be known and respected for our work, we need a clear strategy to develop and position our brand. Who does not know Bill Gates, asked, Michael Dell, Porter,... they are all great brands ... The concept of personal branding does not try to convert people into material objects, but on the contraty, is that the person is not listed as a curriculum vitae, Like other, but the person is seen as different and able to make its unique value and unrepeatable.

Unlike other approaches to professional improvement techniques that tend to improve personal characteristics, This approach tends personal brand personal promotion through the perception that others have one.

Personal branding and sellers of smoke / 2 (by Andrés Pérez Ortega)

Following the thread of the post published last week on the personal brand and sellers of smoke / 1, this time we act Amplifier post published this morning's blog sherpa personal brand Andrés Pérez Ortega. Here's the content:

Coopetidores, looters and converts

A few months ago, in the event that was organized on Branding Personal, I met Guillem Recolons already Jordi Collell. It had long since the Google Alerts informing me of his work on topics Personal Brand, and I was thrilled to meet you personally. Yesterday launched a new project on Personal brand And I think worth comment here.

I suppose some will think I'm an asshole to speak well of my "competition". I'm not saying it is, but, of course, Yes I am, it's not because of that. I think a personal brand or business is strengthened if those are part of your market have a good level. A professional or a company can not rejoice for being the only market. That only it weakens and numbs.

When I worked in distribution, I learned that the best way to grow a category is with quality products, and the more, better. If someone is dedicated to meter "shit" in the market, just hurting everyone. Because, It has emerged whenever someone has tried to make things right in this matter, like my friend Mark Thomas or people I am my brand, I've made available.

For the project I'm commenting, just look at the level of professionals to realize that they will help professionalize this concept and bring it to a good level. And that's good for everyone. In addition, they have clearly understood that the Personal Branding is much more than a nice avatar or a Twitter account. It is a combination of Marketing, Coaching, Communication, Image, Company management ... and that is reflected in their profiles.

So I think that in this world of networks, some things have changed. What makes one affects the other. If you do things right, reinforces the position of others. We can no longer talk about competitors, but COOPETIDORES.

All this is especially important because one of the things that we agree is a vision of Branding Personal that requires effort, work and strategy.

Now that the websites that speak of multiply get rich with the Personal Brand, it is important to hear the voice of serious professional. You can identify vendehumo for their websites with huge red letters and exclamations in which things like "Lose 'are promised 15 kilos in three hours!!!”.

Each time a new interesting and attractive concept emerges as occurs when there is a catastrophe, multiply the "looters”. The same applies here. Of nowhere lots of sites that are dedicated to prostituting a concept not know and do not believe that clearly emerge.

Although these vultures ideas are not the only ones who have smelled money. Even worse are the "conversos”. Normally it is R2H2 people who until two days ago Personal Brand despised and considered myself a antisistema to talk about it.

Headhunters, outplacement professionals or executives of R2H2, They have suddenly started talking about Personal Branding as if they had invented them. Because that if, do not expect any of them to cite the work of those who came before and paved the way they now use.

Both the "conversos" somo "looters" are opportunists. Seize the moment, prey on and then switch activity. They are mutants such as influenza virus. When they have destroyed all, They seek a new "guest". That has happened with the coaching, with dospuntocero or any interesting trend.

I think we live in a world that no longer worth all. It is therefore essential to support and collaborate with those who do good things and who raise the level and reporting to weaken.

Came the day: Presented today SOYMIMARCA, a generator of personal brands

We are announcing that we were coming from this blog, from Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook… has arrived.

Today is presented soymimarca, an ambitious project that aims to become a benchmark in operational creation of personal brands.

The project, promovido by Jordi Collell and William Bone, who Recolons escribe-, It is aimed at both businesses and individuals, and among its differential tools we are combining coaching with other tools of personal brand visibility.

Deis is best to look at the web, www.soymimarca.com, but here we insert your welcome video.