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.
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 email@example.com
Private introductions: email both parties and CC firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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