The day before I left for vacation I received a reviewer copy of Allison Fine's new book, Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age. I've finally posted my review over at blogher. Check it out!
While poking around Allison's Blogs, I came across her 100 Women blog which she describes as "a community of women who are interested and willing to share ideas, gadgets, how-tos. It is not a tutorial or self-help book, but it is women helping their girlfriends, sisters, colleagues to stay connected and relevant in this new Connected Age."
I love the idea because it is such an effective way to learn these new tools. Informal learning from your peers is one of the best ways to get comfortable with using these new tools.
I know from first-hand experience. I've had the good fortune of participating in several similar online communities where women are supporting one another to learn how to use social media and other issues - blogher, Cyber Yenta's Boston TechnoBabes, N-TEN Affinity Group/TechnoBabes,GIGI (girl geeks of the world cafe), as well as mentoring young women bloggers.
I've also found that events that use the "unconference" approach and informal learning and sharing like Boston Podcamp have also helped me learn.
Thank you everyone!