My Three Goals for 2009

goalWhat do you think of new year’s resolutions? I for one am not a big fan, but Chris Brogan had a good idea for setting goals in the new year. Since 2006, he has been using a few simple words to guide him towards achieving his goals.

The simplicity of such a strategy makes it easier to keep focused on the tasks at hand. It also makes it easier to know whether or not you have even reached your goals, because the measuring stick is very easy to read. I’ve decided to implore his strategy with these three goals in mind: listen, engage, and develop.
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How To: Find People Online The Social Media Way

The following is a guest post by Ann Smarty. She is an SEO consultant blogging on search engine optimization, search engine news and social media. She is also interested in all kinds of (free) Internet tools and apps and loves to discover new unique ideas.

With the wealth of social networking sites where people can register, specify their interests and find friends that share common hobbies, it is sad to admit that people search is still quite messy. Popular networking sites (Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn) offer surprisingly limited search abilities: you can only search by name or by location or by company or school.

What if you need to find an expert in your area? In this case you will have to (at least) specify the key term (e.g. area of expertise) and city. Let’s see what tools can be used use to get connected with people based on different types of search options.
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New Social Network for Gamers

Bwana put together a nice video about Raptr, the new social network for gamers. As Bwana will tell you, Raptr is similar to other clients that will track what you’re currently playing on different gaming platforms.  Raptr supports XBox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, and Mac.  Any of your friends that have the client installed will see what you’re playing.  In addition to having a client, it will also tie into other social networks such as Twitter, FriendFeed, and Facebook. It also outputs an RSS feed for integrating with blogs and news readers.  I signed up and started checking it out, and so far I like what I see.  If you join and you want to be my friend, my nickname is GeekLad.