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Ian Kennedy

Hi Beth,

Love the quote on this post about personally getting to know your readers. I found your blog while doing some research for an interview with the folks from NetSquared who were interested in finding out how non-profits are using MyBlogLog. A simple search on "nonprofit" in the MyBlogLog search box turned up your site.

Cheers,

Ian
Product Manager, MyBlogLog

Karyn Romeis

I'm doing a dissertation for my MA on how the use of social media has transformed my professional practice.

I will confess, though, that I don't have any fixed goals regarding my use of the various spaces. I'd rather just see where that rabbit hole goes and, particularly in respect of Facebook, I am making a concerted effort not to influence the outcome too much. I don't feel I have a strong enough handle on where it's going to be able to predetermine what I want to get out of it.

If I receive a friend request from someone with whom I'm connected in some other virtual or physical space, I tend to accept it. However, I do push back on strangers who send friendship requests: why are they looking to link with me? Unless I get a satisfactory answer, I opt to reject those requests - much to the horror of my teenage sons who are concerned for the hurt feelings of the rejected requester. I was interested to note the extent to which they were aware of the human being on the other end of these requests and how anxious they are not to cause hurt/offence. This is an issue I need to address with them, in the interests of their own online safety.

Beth Kanter

Hi Karyn:

I tend to jump in without a goal at first to learn and then surface back to set them. That may be feel like a waste of time to others, but it is part of my process. Many nonprofits don't have the resources to be learning organizations and can't often dedicate the time to action learning experiments even on a small scale. Even the approach described above will probably look like too much - and my sense is like, Micah's -- if they can't dedicate the time resources to the exploration and person-to-person networking.

When I get a request from a stranger, I do screen. If it is someone I don't know at all and I don't have any friends in common and I don't see a connection and their response isn't adequate - I might just give them access to my limited profile - which has less information on it.

Beth Kanter

Ian,

Thanks for stopping by. I haven't heard a lot about mybloglog since its launch and subsequent acquisition by Yahoo. I did wrote something about in the early stages and Eric was really helpful.
http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2006/11/creepy_cool_or_.html

Ian Kennedy

Thanks for the pointer to the earlier post. As Scott mentions in the comments, we have added that ability for both users and site owners to selectively block their userpic or visitor userpics from appearing on a site. While it's a manual process that adds another step, hopefully it strikes the right balance of providing maximum benefit with a tool to prevent occasional unpleasantness.

As you point out, this is new territory. We're alwasys open to new approaches. There have been other tools that I've seen that operated as browser plugins with an on/off button but I would always forget to turn them back on and they eventually they were forgotten. L

Surfing with a MyBlogLog cookie is like publishing a blog, at first it makes you feel exposed but eventually you learn to appreciate the benefits which ultimately outweigh the annoyances.

Roger Carr

Hi Beth,

I have also developed some great friendships online through social networking. Just as in person, the friendships have developed over time.

I tend to accept most people requesting to be "friends." However, I read their profile page before accepting and reject most who have not written a profile or who appear to have ethics that are 180 degrees from mine.

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