Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 7:00 AM on April 30, 2010:
Cartoon by Daniel Yowell
Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 7:00 AM on April 30, 2010:
Cartoon by Daniel Yowell
Posted by Z. Kelly Queijo at 3:43 PM on April 29, 2010:
What's the number one mistake a newbie makes during a Twitter online chat?
Forgetting to add the hashtag to the post.
Think of a Twitter chat as an online flash mob where a group of people convene at a certain time and engage in a form of choreographed mass communication before a group of unsuspecting bystanders. It's exciting, interesting, and captivating. At times, you don't know where to look! You can either choose to stand by and watch or, in the case of a Twitter chat, join the insanity.
The easiest way to join or follow a chat is to use a Twitter tool to track the tweets by the chat's designated hashtag (ex: #blogchat or #campuschat). The most important thing to remember to do is to use the chat's hashtag when you want to join the dance - contribute to the conversation.
Here are 3 ways to keep in step when chatting:
Use TweetChat to stream tweets by the designated hashtag for a particular chat. For example, to join #blogchat, go to TweetChat.com, sign up with your Twitter account id, enter the name of the hashtag to follow (blogchat) and converse in real time. All of the related tweets will appear in a TweetChat Room on your screen. When you submit a post/tweet, TweetChat will automatically append the chat's hashtag so you don't have to remember to do so.
The steps to join the conversation are pretty much the same as for TweetChat. Connect using your Twitter id and begin tracking or contributing to the conversation. The chat's #hashtag will be included with your Tweet. For hashtags registered through WhatTheHashtag, transcripts and statistics are provided for any date range and hashtag.
3. Desktop & Web/Twitter Conversation Management Tools such as TweetDeck, HootSuite, or Seesmic
Any of these tools for managing and tracking multiple Twitter users can also be used to follow conversations via hashtags. I have used all three and am currently using Hootsuite. I like to define a tab for the hashtag and under that tab, add columns for the hashtag, the organizer or moderator(s) of the chat, and one or more key contributors I want to follow closely during the chat. If I post to the chat from any of these environments, I have to remember to add the hashtag.
Newbie or not, Twitter chats are a great way to connect with people with whom you share an interest. The list of Twitter chats you can join or follow exceeds 100. If you have a passion or interest not yet represented and want to connect with others or start a conversation around a particular subject, follow the suggestion by Mack Collier, founder of #blogchat and start your own chat.
***Z. Kelly Queijo, founder of SmartCollegeVisit and frequent contributor to Handshake 2.0, will host #campuschat on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 9 PM ET. #Campuschat was started by @collegevisit to discuss topics related to college-bound students and their families.
Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 7:22 AM on April 29, 2010:
Barry Welch, founder of Internet Databases and developer of FurnishWEB, a portal for the home furnishings industry, and Anne Giles Clelland, president of social media public relations agency Handshake Media, share a Handshake 1.0 at Our Daily Bread in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Photo credit: A really nice guy at Our Daily Bread :)
Internet Databases is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.
Posted by Donna Dilley at 6:00 AM on April 29, 2010:
Black and White Strike Gold is a mine overflowing with solid business advice from Sandi Webster and Peggy McHale. After being laid off from American Express in the aftermath of September 11, Webster and McHale, racially-mixed female business partners, launched Consultants 2 Go, a multi-million dollar consulting firm providing marketing and professional services to Fortune 500 and mid-size companies.
While these two budding entrepreneurs were building their company, they had the keen foresight to keep track of their mistakes and triumphs. They share these nuggets of wisdom with engaging voices so that those wishing to expand their businesses or launch new ones can do so without suffering the boredom that typically comes with reading a traditional book on business management and marketing.
A top ten list of nuggets (selected from a list of 51) for every business owner and potential entrepreneur from Black and White Strike Gold are shared below:
Donna Dilley is a business etiquette consultant based In Roanoke, Virginia. She writes a business etiquette column for Valley Business FRONT.
Handshake 2.0 thanks Wendy Roberts of Orca Communications for the gift of a review copy of Black and White Strike Gold.
Posted by Maureen Carruthers at 6:30 AM on April 28, 2010:
If you've logged onto Facebook since April 21, 2010, you've likely noticed Facebook fans are a thing of the past. Now, instead of becoming a fan, page visitors click the thumbs-up button to "like" a page. The good news is this lighter-weight action could mean more connections for businesses - after all, it's easier to "like" something than to "love" it. That having been said, some adjustments may be necessary for businesses to make the most of this change.
First, drop the word "fan." If you ask website or blog readers to become a "fan on Facebook," it's time to update your language. The official phrase Facebook uses is "like this page." Unfortunately, there is no easy way to refer to the people who like your page as a group. The word "likers" is gaining some momentum, but it is too early in the transition to know what the final word will be.
Next, be ready for bigger changes. Facebook has more updates in store, including a universal like button and seamless integration of pages into the interests section of user profiles. This could mean greater exposure for a company, but only if the page fits the new paradigm. Pay special attention to your Facebook account over the next couple of weeks to make the most of the shift.
A word of caution. "Liking" might be a lighter action, but it doesn't mean customers will suddenly start flooding your page. An effective social media strategy, including Facebook, focuses on building relationships, listening to customers, and expanding networks. By providing useful content, responding to questions and concerns, and being your authentic self, you can continue to create true fans through your Facebook page, no matter what the button says.
Posted by Z. Kelly Queijo at 5:00 AM on April 27, 2010:
Anyone who follows me on Twitter (@zkellyq) has probably seen my Sunday night flock of Tweets containing the phrase “#blogchat.” #Blogchat is an online exchange of questions, ideas, and commentary that takes place every Sunday night at 9 PM ET (8PM CST) on Twitter. This event, known as a Twitter chat, was founded by Mack Collier in March of 2009, and has grown from a few hundred tweets to thousands. (A hashtag - # - is used to designate and organize Twitter updates, or "tweets.")
Just how did #blogchat get started and why is it so successful? Here's the story behind Mack Collier's #blogchat:
ZKQ: Mack, tell us about yourself.
Mack: I am a social media consultant, which means I help companies use social media to better connect with their customers and grow their businesses. I am also from Alabama, which means I tweet with a Southern accent.
ZKQ: What's the story behind #blogchat? How did you come up with this idea?
Mack: #Blogchat kinda happened by accident. In March of last year I was on Twitter one night and tweeted a question about blogging to my followers. I decided to add the #blogchat hashtag to the original tweet, as a way to track the replies I'd get. It turned out that the original discussion lasted for a couple of hours and, about 15 minutes into it, people started asking if this was a weekly chat. I decided to do it every Sunday night at that same time, and now it's grown to well over a thousand tweets and a couple hundred active participants.
ZKQ: What makes #blogchat so popular?
Mack: The popularity, I think, is driven by the fact that I am smart enough to get the hell out of the way of the participants. It has a very informal structure compared to some of the other Twitter chats. We just start out with a general topic and the participants take it from there. My hope is that active participants feel as if #blogchat is 'theirs' and that helps drive the community.
ZKQ: What do people need in order to participate?
Mack: They need a Twitter account, but they can still 'watch' the chat even if they aren't a member of Twitter. Probably the best way to follow #blogchat is either at TweetChat or WTHashtag.com.
ZKQ: The chats I've been on seem wide open, meaning they are like a huge, unstructured party. Is it really like that or, as a moderator, are you lending structure to the group event?
Mack: Bingo, that's it. I want #blogchat to be like a coffeehouse, where everyone in the coffeehouse is discussing the same general topic, but each table will have a slightly different take on that topic - so there's just enough structure to give the chat a SENSE of structure, but it's pretty open, as you said.
ZKQ: Can anyone host a chat?
Mack: I don't see why not! I really wish more people WOULD host chats, around more topics. Anyone with a passion, interest, or hobby can start a chat around that topic.
ZKQ: Has being the host of #blogchat helped you in business?
Mack: When someone contacts me, about half the time they mention #blogchat, so I think it's exposing me to a slightly 'new' audience than my blog alone. But honestly, I never viewed #blogchat as being something that would generate business for me. I really view it as something I enjoy doing, and as a way of 'giving back' to others, especially to new bloggers who are looking for guidance and help. Any business benefits I get are strictly a happy byproduct.
#Blogchat is held Sunday evenings at 9 PM ET (8PM CST). You are invited to follow @mackcollier for announcements about featured topics and guests.
From Handshake 2.0:
Z. Kelly Queijo covered the biggest blogchat ever in her interview with Mack Collier.
Z. Kelly Queijo also wrote Drink Up - The Morning After Blogchat with Amy Africa.
Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 6:15 AM on April 26, 2010:
You're invited to "Shake Hands with Handshake 2.0," a networking mixer at Bull & Bones Brewhaus and Grill, Blacksburg, Virginia, Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 5:30 PM.
We're taking Handshake 1.0 photos!
Free beverages for the first 50 people who pose!
Allen J. Fuller, III will snap a photo of you shaking hands with a colleague. In a post on Handshake 2.0, we'll feature your photo, your name, your company's name, and a link to your company's site for posing for the camera - and you'll receive a ticket for the Bull & Bones beverage of your choice.
Allen is in charge of the free beverage tickets!
Feel free to bring business cards!
Looking forward to shaking hands with you at Bull & Bones!
Shake Hands with Handshake 2.0
"It's still who you know!" Networking Mixer
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Bull & Bones Brewhaus and Grill
First & Main on South Main Street
Want to extend an online handshake from your company to a global audience? Shake hands with Handshake 2.0's Warm Handshake!
The Handshake Video premiered at Bull & Bones Brewhaus and Grill on Tuesday, December 1, 2009, from 6:00 PM to 6:03 PM, EST.
"Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts..."
- William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 3, Act 4, Scene 6
Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 6:00 AM on April 26, 2010:
Valley Business FRONT is the monthly magazine for in-depth business news in the Roanoke Valley and the New River Valley of Virginia. You're invited to read moreFRONT and to follow Valley Business FRONT on Twitter, @vbFRONT.
Photo credit: Dan Smith
Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 5:45 AM on April 23, 2010:
I felt "show and tell" school day amazement when I learned that several clients of InteractiveGIS offer guest access to portions of their InteractiveGIS-created Web-based GIS systems. ("GIS" stands for Geographic Information System or Geospatial Information System.)
I've written that when I tell the story of InteractiveGIS making what we believe is the world’s first GIS sale on eBay, I'm asked, “What’s GIS?”
For a way to answer that question, you're invited to put on your own "GIS Show and Tell."
The Web-GIS InteractiveGIS created for New Market, Virginia was featured in the March 2010 issue of Virginia Town & City. For more information about the article with links and images, feel free to visit InteractiveGIS on Facebook.
I like the Map Layers tab (top left in red below) with the Details radio button selected (in red below tabs) so I can see differentiated features by color. If I click the Zoom In tool button on the tool bar (far right in red), I can then draw a box around an area of interest and it will zoom in to the extents of the box I drew.
As we've discussed in many of our posts about GIS on Handshake 2.0, GIS is about way more than maps. It's about unimagined ways to synergistically relate data. We're particularly interested in business data. And killer apps. Our latest formulation looks like this:
Game Mechanics + Social Networking + GIS + Business Data
+ Algorithm, Formula and/or Idea + Mobile = Killer App
We're hoping your "show and tell" experience with this GIS from InteractiveGIS will show and tell you new ideas about your own business data - maybe even a killer app!
InteractiveGIS, a custom, Web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) solutions provider, is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, of which Handshake 2.0 is an enterprise.
Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 7:30 AM on April 22, 2010:
From Margaret Galecki, General Manager of Coldwell Banker Townside in Blacksburg, Virginia:
We are honored to announce that for the second consecutive year, Coldwell Banker Townside, REALTORS (R) was voted the "Best Real Estate Company in the NRV." Three of our agents were in the top 5 “Best Real Estate Agents in the NRV": Mike Eggleston, Dana Orr, and Jeremy Hart.
Regional economic development is a frequent topic of discussion on Handshake 2.0 and we wanted to let you know one way we contribute to corporate development in the New River and Roanoke Valleys of Virginia.
As a full service real estate firm, we are able to provide top real estate service for you in our region. We also have the additional ability through our association with Cartus Corporation's relocation network to provide businesses with relocation services for incoming employees and transferees alike.
The Cartus relocation network handles over half of the relocation needs of Fortune 500 companies and only 1% of all real estate firms are qualified for an association with them. We're very proud to be included in that group.
Not only can we find your newest employees the most professional agents locally to make sure that your new “family” is taken care, but we can also make sure that your valued associates are taken care of when they need to find a new home in another location. We hope to help you take the guess work out of “who you gonna call” when your employees need real estate help. We hope that you will choose to call Coldwell Banker Townside for any of your real estate or relocation needs.
Coldwell Banker Townside, REALTORS (R) is a full service real estate agency specializing in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Roanoke, and Salem, Virginia real estate and homes. Coldwell Banker Townside, REALTORS (R) strives to be the best online source for real estate listings in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Roanoke, Salem and all of the Roanoke Valley and New River Valley. Experienced agents are available to provide expert real estate advice and quality customer service. You're invited to view this week's featured properties, learn the latest on CBT's blog, Keepin' It Real Estate, and see more CBT on Handshake 2.0.
Coldwell Banker Townside, REALTORS (R) is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.