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  • cqwww 5:34 am on October 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #ptbo, , , social media   

    Project – Help someone out 

    This post is about my latest project idea – Help someone out.

    Version 0.2 – Oct 24th 10:08am EST. Check back regularly, as I’ll be updating this post based on your feedback.  I’m writing this from Peterborough, Ontario, where I’m less likely to be recognized and hope to run this project. Feel free to replicate the project in your community. Here’s my idea so far:

    I pick someone at random. I find a way to have them trust me, and confide in me their biggest non-financial challenges in life. The current plan to to suggest this is a research project, and in exchange for answering a few personal questions, I can provide them a gift certificate that has to be used the same evening.

    I will take this information, and put it out on social media, for my social network, and the community, to see what we can do to resolve these issues.

    In exchange for trusting me to answer these vulnerable questions, as a surprise I give them a great experience which would include perhaps a great meal (any local restaurants interested in donating?) and a new wardrobe (any local clothing stores interested in helping out?). If you’re a local business, and would like to help, drop me an email. I’ll do a follow-up post listing all the local businesses that participated along with the experience.

    Other local business ideas: hair cutting? theatre/concert? spa type treatments? What could your business donate?

    During this time the individual is having this great experience, the participating community would see how much of the surprised individual’s issues we could resolve, as a surprise. I was initially thinking of asking them to let me video record some of it, but I don’t the project to be exploitative from the perspective of making them feel uncomfortable… the goal is to have them leaving impressed and hopefully amazed at what a community can do when it comes together.


    Questions I’d love your feedback on:

    1. How should I choose someone? It was suggested I take submissions and pick someone, but I’m leaning towards picking someone at random, as it seems less popularity based, and would be more challenging. What do you think?
    2. What would it take for you to trust a stranger (such as me) to propose something like this and you to open up with your biggest life challenges? How do we have them not wonder what the catch is, or that we expect something?
    3. If you’re willing to help, how can you help
    4. What should the outcome be? Is a follow-up post with the story adequate? (I like the idea of the individual remaining pseudo-anonymous, other than the local businesses and myself that help them out)

    You can comment below, or contact me on email or Twitter using #ptbohelps


    • cqwww 2:46 pm on January 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
      Tags: clique, , , groups, klout, reputation, , social media,   

      Use social media as you want to 

      I see a lot of  unsolicited directions on how to use social media contextually; don't be negative with social media! Don't auto-DM! Give original credit when you retweet!

      I don't agree with this. If you're never being negative, you're being fake. Also, under what conditions do you feel you have the right to tell a stranger to be social in real life? Why is the online world different?

      I don't mind people who auto direct-message, as they reveal themselves early as someone I should unfollow. My brain space is limited, so the more people who use twitter, or any social media, in ways I don't like, I don't follow them. Simple!

      Let people use the tools as they wish, they'll learn quickly what works and what doesn't.

      It was brought to my attention a few days ago that some of those with the highest klout/reputations in social media seem to be the biggest dividers; they try to enforce rules around usage, and build cliques. They are sometimes not as social in real life, either. Remember, a leader is someone who is always connecting others and building bridges, online and off. You can't please everyone, so don't try to; simply be yourself.

      Things change a little when you use social media in a work context, in which case you should have a strategy. Should you even be on twitter? Maybe not. If you determine you should, what are your goals there, and how do you audit your usage to determine if you are achieving those goals? If your target market (customers) are talking about you, great. If not, perhaps it's time to try something else.

      No one mandated how you should act on the playground in school, just as no one controls how you act using digital social media, so do what feels comfortable to you, and see how well that method works for you!

      • cqwww 2:52 pm on December 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
        Tags: , , Facebook, networking, , social media, social networking, twtter   

        Your social network 

        As people are justifiably upset with the privacy issues around Facebook, and several friends have left that network altogether recently, I’ve been wondering how the ideal social network would work.

        I decided instead of trying to change Facebook to be better, I’ll just create my own. I had the domain name peeper.ca registered for a video (not dirty videos as some have alluded by the name) website that never took off, I decided to create the social network there for now. Give it a try, join us, and post on “the wire” on the website on how we can make the site awesome, for you!

        Get a peep into the lives of those in your social network: peeper.ca


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