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In the end a social tool is just a tool - twitter, G+ , facebook, LinkedIn essentially do the same job, which is letting people connect and exchange information. Although they have different bells and whistles, what counts is who you find there.
The guilt thing is interesting. I wouldn't unfollow an individual who was following me, because it might hurt their feelings. Surely that is part of our human wiring, the thing that allows us to be a social animal? It's not really about whether the individual is directly providing value to me - it's more about the network as a whole having a value to everyone who is in it.
1 year, 2 months ago on Guilt
CraigTaylor74 @stevebatchelder Glad you like the shared space idea - it would be really nice to get this sort of genuine sharing going. I find that when I attend these events there is a great pressure to hand over my email address, which inevitably ends up with the sales team, who then send endless spamfantastic emails. Mutual sharing is much more attactive in so many ways.
1 year, 7 months ago on I got it wrong….. Or did I?
Maybe if it is a trust issue then we need to figure out how to tackle that - both as presenters and as attendees. How about:
1. attendees - eyes-up often enough to keep 'in touch' with the presenter
2. organisers - screens with # backchannel comments streaming by
3. presenters - a space for sharing - that goes both ways - i.e not just the presenters notes, but everyone else's notes/links too
Any of that grab anyone?
I think it is good to tell the audience at the beginning and remind them at the end - it's interupting the flow to fulfil a non-existant need that is troublesome ... and you've started something here, haven't you?!
I think that it is very true that doing something with your hands does help clear the 'fidgets' from the brain that get in the way of making connections.
I agree that people should take notes, in whatever form they like, on whatever device they like.
I’m still being old school about this – when I go to a conference or a show, I like to ‘dump the tech’ and go back to good old paper and coloured pens. Even this does not guarantee that I will be left to take my notes unimpeded. On a number of occasions I have been scribbling happily away – connecting the speaker’s ideas to my own projects, noting things to investigate further, making mad little drawings that hint at connections I haven’t figured out yet. Then ... there is a deafening hush followed by the speaker telling me, in teddy bear language, that their presentation, notes, white paper etc. will be available on line ... blah blah blah.
But ... I don’t want a copy of their talk, like @CraigTaylor74 with his Mindmap, I am already taking the information to the next level and beginning to apply it to my own needs. Undoubtedly they are trying to be helpful but they have actually: interrupted themselves, distracted their audience and embarrassed me.