I’m a performer at heart and don’t mind being the center of attention. So when Josh James announced the #domosocial experiment, I immediately started to think of how I was going to attract some attention in the social sphere.
Having studied social media in college, I’m fully aware of the positive mojo it can bring to a company. However, I was trained from the perspective of a company — not as an individual. This is going to be different.
Although my initial reaction to #DomoSocial was mixed, I’m way excited about how it’s going to help me create a better user experience. But the performer in me wants to take the freedom this challenge gives me and jump all around in this “social world” of ours. I’m getting into Foursquare, Klout score, and Twitter. I am even attempting to start DomoTuesday.
Now that I’ve jumped in with both feet and got all wet, it’s time to stop splashing around and start to swim. Here’s what I’ve learned so far…
Social Needs Focus
The Internet is too huge to consume and it’s easy to chase after every shiny social platform out there. Trying to grab the attention of the entire Twitter sphere doesn’t work. Social is about being authentic and relevant. And besides getting some time back in your life, focusing will help you achieve why you are using social tools. Which brings me to…
Remember the Why
Why are you joining the social world? What got me excited about the #domosocial experiment was learning what all the high-tech, social companies were doing. I want to find out what works and what doesn’t. When someone asks me a question about a new company mentioned on Mashable, I want to sound informed and intelligent.
Domo is going to be the best business intelligence experience out there and as a fellow Domosapien, I better be the best too.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. You eat an elephant one bite at a time. Pick your favorite phrase about patience and realize there is some truth to it. Don’t expect to be the social king and all-knowing in everything. That’s what Google’s for. 🙂
Do one thing until you got that down. For me, I want to find the top 5-10 tech sites and make sure I read them every day to stay up-to-date with the latest in technology. Once that’s in my schedule, I want to take some time and do some deep analysis on the hottest software services out there so I know how to create the best user experience. All the while, I want to become a better writer through my personal blog.
So why are you doing this experiment? Haven’t started yet? What are you waiting for? Take some time and figure out your why. Once you do, it doesn’t matter how you engage socially on the internet. You’ll become a rock star!