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Hi Maddie, a couple of thoughts: 1) Social learning is not starting to happen, it's already here and has been for some time. (See, for example, The Teaching Firm report on how people in large companies learn, published in 1998!) Most adults these days learn the vast majority of what they need to know to do their jobs _socially_, not in the classroom. 2) At the risk of repeating myself, the kinds of participant-led peer learning conferences I've been running and promoting for twenty years now are the perfect way for associations to respond to the disruptions that Clay so eloquently describes. Providing great ways for association members to learn what they want to learn when they want to learn it from their peers is what associations need to do in order to serve their members' education and connection needs.

2 years, 4 months ago on MUST READ: Clay Shirky on Disruption


Lara, I do indeed have another method for calculating my fees, a method  which has saved me countless hours of worry over the years. I learned it from one of my mentors, Jerry Weinberg, and have posted about his Ten Laws of Pricing (of which this is one) on my blog:


Here's the simple method, which he also calls "The Principle of Least Regret".


"Set the price so you won’t regret it either way."


I guarantee this works!

3 years ago on How do you decide what to bill for your time?


I deleted my Klout account long ago, around the time the service became less about finding other interesting people close to you on your social graph and more about monetizing via marketers a single score social media number. I don't understand why anyone would stay on the service these days except to crow about how influential they are or receive Perks.

3 years ago on Here We Go Again: Klout Targets Minors With #CCMorningBurst Perks Promotion [Updated]


Today I deleted my Klout profile. I realized that Klout is nothing but a distraction to me—my Klout "score" doesn't even mean anything that I can understand. My personal success metric is the amount of traffic driven to my blog and website via social media and the resulting requests for my services. Both have been rising very nicely, and that's all I really care about. #OptOutOfTheMeaninglessSocialMediaScoreRatRace

3 years, 5 months ago on From Snake Oil to Selling Air


Klout's recent scoring changes are the straw that breaks the camel's back. I've disconnected my accounts and asked Klout via email to delete my profile information (hey Klout—providing no web interface to opt-out is SLEAZY).

My social media day-to-day connections and conversations are what's important to me, not a Klout number.

Ultimately, the metric that concerns me is how many people visit my website and blog, and that number has been rising very nicely regardless of what Klout says about my popularity on social media.

3 years, 5 months ago on Enough With The Opt-Out BS, Klout


@MattieTK I'm not sure that the ability to make some circles public will do what Twitter does so well in its crude but simple fashion. (Won't that potentially lead to some privacy conflicts between the people in a circle that you want to make public?) I'd worry that the implications would be complex and hard to predict—rather like the byzantine privacy settings in FaceBook which get changed without warning every once in a while.

There's a lot to be said for the simplicity of everything-I-tweet-is-public. For everything else, there's Google+.

3 years, 9 months ago on Why Twitter Should be Very Worried About Google+


Here's why I think Twitter doesn't have to worry.

Tweets are public.

The core beauty of Twitter is that anything you write can be read by anyone. Granted, 99.9999% of what is written is of interest to a small audience, if anyone, but no other service can supply the ability to search the current utterances of millions of people about subjects of interest, whether they be pinpoint or broad.

There are (at least) tens of thousands of recognizable communities on Twitter. Because Twitter is public, these communities often blur into each other and allow us to discover interesting people at the edges of our spheres of interest, constantly redefining our own sphere as a result.

Most of the new professional contacts I have made and work I've received over the last eighteen months has occurred through Twitter, and my involvement in the #eventprofs, #engage365, #assnchat, #speakchat, and other communities. Through them I've made many online connections that have then turned into face-to-face connections, some of which have led to solid business relationships.

I don't see how this kind of osmosis will happen with Google+, though I think it will be very useful for maintaining *existing* relationships (the hangouts look very promising in that regard).

Just my 2¢.


3 years, 9 months ago on Why Twitter Should be Very Worried About Google+