Social Media Research to Make You Smarter

A huge part of learning more about the Web 2.0 revolution is staying informed about the trends and developments. The following is a research list of sites I read to stay up to date as much as possible. Are you reading about social media? Here’s where I began.

Top Social Media Web 2.0 Research & News

#Hashable the Future of Connecting Now

Who are you connecting? What promises to be the next generation way to connect people with synergy, former Quigo entrepreneur Michael Yavonditte launched #Hashable.com. Hashable, according to Techcrunch’s Erick Schonfeld, “lets you introduce any two people via Twitter or email, and then follows up to see whether those intros were successful.”

How’s it work with Twitter?

Simply include the Twitter handles of the two people you want to introduce as well as @hashable, and the hashtag “#intro.”

If  I want to introduce maverick wine industry veteran winemaker Cathy Corison to innerarchitect.com CEO Susan Hanshaw I would:

  • You tweet: “@CathyCorison meet @SusanHanshaw I think you both have common interests and synergy #intro cc @hashable”
  • Hashable would tweet to both parties with a link to their Icebreaker page with bio information for both people and fast way to reply on Twitter

How’s it work with email?

  • Send email: email both parties and Ccing post@hashable.com
  • Private introductions: email both parties and CC dontpost@hashable.com

Game Changer

The real fun begins as you accrue points for each introduction you make. The more people you introduce “successfully the more HashCred you get.” HashCred is a point system that rewards you for particular actions that lead to a successful introduction. Hashable will provide incentives and rewards like Foursquare but with a true altruistic intention.

For more information watch Michael’s interview on Techcrunch TV.

Top 11 Twitter Social Media Resources

Don’t end up like the Fail Whale! Are you are an aspiring social media marketer, looking to learn and leverage social networks, and interested in enriching your knowledge base? If you are utilizing Twitter as the information engine it has evolved into, following  the best social media people and companies is a great place to begin your education.

11 Top Twitter Social Media Resources

  • Mashable: incredibly rich source of social media information
  • Jeremiah Owyang: the former Forrester analyst “fire” starter is one of the most important voices in social media
  • Brian Solis: another stalwart in social media with an anthropologists mind and gunslingers reflexes
  • Hubspot: creators of Twittergrader and tools for social media strategists; include Mike Volpe in your follow
  • Pat Kitano: social media strategist, former Wall St. investment banker, thought leader behind Domus Breaking News Project
  • Tim O’Reilly: true thought leader of Web 2.0 movement, social media maverick
  • Peter Kim: Peter Kim’s blog is full of incredible resources and ideas
  • David Armano: a big part of Dachis success and a true pioneer in social circles
  • Kevin Marks: Oxford educated Google’s expert in emerging technologies and their cultural impact
  • Robert Scoble:  self deprecating passionate blog pioneer and technology social media strategist
  • Tech Crunch: I am not a Michael Arrington fan but I am a fan of his site’s relevance and breaking news power

What is your take? Did we miss anyone? Is there a less than worthy person on the list? Give us your feedback