29 August 2008

The Friday Top 5

Top 5 Uses of Fogdirog:
  1. A made-up word usually consisting of an improper prefix or suffix, but which is clearly understandable by root word and context. (E.g. He used the fogdirog "inclusionary" in a blog post.)
  2. To confuse or perplex. (E.g., I tried to explain the merits of Social Networking to my board but it made them all fogdirogged.)
  3. Of great social significance, value, or importance. (E.g., The YAP 80s/90s Dance Party was so fogdirog. Now YAP is kind of a big deal.)
  4. One's friends, peeps, homegirls/boys, clique, or posse. (E.g., Where my fogdirog at?)
  5. One who blogs with the sole purpose of being #1 in Technorati ranking in a particular category. (E.g., That guy is such a fogdirog and he hasn't even cracked the top five.)
Happy last weekend of summer, y'all!

3rd anniversary

With all the excitement of the Democratic National Convention and the post-ASAE AM glow, it's easy to forget that three years ago today, Hurricane Katrina made landfall, wiping out entire towns along the Gulf Coast, taking over 1800 lives, and causing $110 billion in damages along the Gulf Coast. Three years ago today, the levees broke in New Orleans, flooding the city, while the Bush administration sat on its hands.

People are still suffering. The population of New Orleans, bracing now for a possible Hurricane Gustav landfall, is still down over 100,000 from summer 2005.

The Bush administration wants you to forget. The Republican party wants you to forget.

Don't forget.

And, while you're at it, do something to help.

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28 August 2008

ASAE AM Conversation 6: Pecha Kucha

Maddie Grant and Jeff De Cagna helped us wrap up what we all learned in 3 days in San Diego in a highly interactive session Tuesday afternoon that was based on the Pecha Kucha model.

My Pecha Kucha lessons include:
  • It's all about membership engagement, and engaged members renew, volunteer, give, and evangelize.
  • Fear holds us back from trying new things.
  • If you can change the way you look at the world, you can change the world you're looking at.
  • Control is an illusion of control, and recognizing that makes it a hell of a lot easier to give it up.
  • Once you do, you're open to the possibility of doing extraordinary things.
  • Committee meetings are bullshit - what are you going to DO?
  • No matter how old I get, Philly sports teams will continue to disappoint me.
  • Don't believe your own hype.
  • Don't overschedule yourself.
  • Nothing tastes as good as a jumbo slice at midnight.
  • You can never know in advance what "the" event of the event will be - you can only hope to be lucky enough to be there when it happens.

27 August 2008

ASAE AM Conversation 5: Collaborative Content at Your Fingertips

aka, my session (with Amy Hissrich).

"So how did it go?"

What are you asking me for? I'm not objective.

It seemed OK - we were full but not packed, the conversation was lively, and I can project well enough that people could hear me even in the Sails Pavilion with no mike.

I can point you to the Associapedia entry we created about the session and our handouts.


(Like my rockin' YAP gear?)

And I can tell you that someone who entered the session not knowing what a wiki was made his very first edit to an Associapedia entry after the session ended (with next to no help from me).

26 August 2008

ASAE AM Conversation 4: The Lunchtable Twilight Zone

As you'll note if you read Confessions of a Justified Meeting Attendee, I mostly avoided the ASAE Exhibit Hall. However, one day, I made the mistake of having lunch. No it wasn't the food - I mean, it was typical conference food, but it was edible. And I wasn't assaulted by exhibitors pushing troll bobble heads or anything.

But I had two of the strangest conversations of the entire meeting in the space of 10 minutes.

And I hang out with the YAPstars, so my standards for what constitutes a strange conversation are pretty forgiving.

After collecting my pasta and Diet Coke, I sat down at a table occupied by a couple health care association execs. Now, for those of you who didn't see me, I was rockin' the badge flare: CAE pin, Future Leaders pin, Decision To pin, ASAE Volunteer pin, and about a mile of badge ribbons, including "I Wiki" and "I Blog." So these execs proceeded to tell me that their organizations had decided that they weren't going to do online education because they "believe in face-to-face networking." First of all, I hadn't said anything more than, "May I join you?" and "I'm Elizabeth. And you are?" But whatever. What I don't understand is why it has to be one or the other. Why can't you have some face to face events for people who like that, can afford it, and can get time away from their other responsibilities, supplemented by some online events for people who prefer that method of learning and interacting? I think it's pretty unlikely that these execs had done a survey of their entire universe of constituents (because non-members take advantage of our educational programs, too), gotten a 100% response rate, and not had a single person indicate any interest in virtual events. But I could be wrong. I also don't understand what it was about my very existence that caused them to attack the idea of online ed so energetically, but maybe I put out a subtle pro-virtual education vibe.

But the really weird conversation happened about 5 minutes later.

A prominent speaker and ASAE meeting perennial joined us next. Without even introducing himself (because of course I would know who he was) or asking my name (probably because he didn't consider it important), he asked, "Are you attending my session tomorrow?"

"That depends - when is it?"

"8:30 am."

"Sorry, no, I'll be presenting on wikis in the Social Media Lab then."

"Oh, you mean that Facebook stuff."

"Well, the Social Media Lab has had sessions on a variety of technologies - blogs, Twitter, virtual worlds, social networking tools. My session is on wikis."

"I was on a conference call, and I asked if anyone had generated any business from Linkedin. Silence. Not a word. Heh-heh-heh."

"Um, that's not really the point. I'm a consultant, and I wouldn't expect someone to want to hire me just because she saw my profile on Linkedin. It's about keeping track of people you know professionally, and, increasingly, about getting work-related questions answered."

"Oh, so you can use it to launch your Amway business by annoying people you worked with 10 years ago? That's my profound thought for the day."

And then he split.


(And keep in mind, this guy has spoken at every ASAE conference I've attended for at least the last 8 years.)

But that's not the point. The point is this: what do they have in common? Narrow vision. Thinking inside the box. Refusing to look at things differently, even if someone else does the heavy lifting for you. Lack of innovation. Lack of willingness to explore potential. Fear. Of change, of the unknown, of not being in control.

25 August 2008

I've Looked at RFPs from Both Sides Now...

I've just posted Part 1 of a two-part series on writing and responding to Requests for Proposals to BFWire. Part 1 is from the perspective of a potential client writing an RFP. Go check it out and tell me if I missed anything. Part 2, from the vendors responding side, will likely go live after Labor Day.

ASAE AM Conversation 3: BloggerCon and BloggerUnCon

This year was my first BloggerCon. It was also the first year that BloggerCon was part of the official program. So it was kind of a mixed group: long time bloggers about associations like Jeff, Mads, BMart, and JNott (aka McLovin), new bloggers about associations like, well, your truly, and lots of people whose organizations are blogging or thinking about starting blogs about the profession, industry, or issue they represent. So it was a pretty mixed bag.

A few thoughts:
  • This session really demonstrated to me the importance of the social aspects of social media.
  • The typical question about moderating came up. Andy couldn't be there, since he was giving his own session at that time, so I represented and brought up his/RIMS's practice of allowing members to self–moderate through “mark as inappropriate.” The truth about moderating is that pretty much any level of control from absolute to wild west free-for-all can be appropriate, as long as you're consistent and have a reason for choosing what you choose. (But personally, I'm in favor of writing a strong disclaimer and then letting the chips fall where they may.)
  • I kind of feel like we should be past the "what is all this stuff?" questions at this point. But as was demonstrated in all the social media sessions (including many of the Social Media Labs), we're not. Educate yourselves people!
  • Participants also asked if an organizational blog won't result in diluting attention and interest in the organization's other properties. And the answer is really no. Different audiences are going to want to get information in different formats. If you, as you should, think of at least 3 ways to use anything you write/produce, this is just one more method to get the word out. And it can provide nice cross-promotional opportunities.
  • Voice is key. (This came up in my Social Media Lab session, too.) Your CEO/ED doesn't need a blog just to have a blog. Only start one if you can make the commitment to write frequently and authentically. Having your PR firm write pieces "from your CEO" is going to come off as fake. Sometimes it's more useful to see what's already out there - like maybe some fab member blogs on your profession or industry - and link to them rather than trying to force the creation of community where it doesn't naturally exist.
  • And it's OK to mix up format of your posts. It’s not the same as writing articles. Some posts can be be long, some can be short, some can be links, whatevs. They key is QUALITY CONTENT. If you can make it good, everything else is icing.
BloggerUnCon was a completely different experience. It wasn't part of the official program, and it took place in the out-of-the-way CAE Lounge at the end of the program day on Monday. The information was only in the association blogosphere, too, so it was mostly the people doing the heavy lifting of association blogging. I definitely got the sense that this session was more like previous years' BloggerCons.

Bob Wolfe kicked us off with a really great question: Why do we blog?

The answers were fascinating.
  • Ben talked about starting his blog to help him when he was studying for the CAE in 2004. Then he realized that he was helping other people, too, and just kept going. And helping people.
  • Matt spoke about how much he enjoyed hearing about other young association execs' experiences and wanting to contribute to the conversation.
  • Jeff launched his blog as the original Principled Innovation website, after he'd been running the business for over a year, in order to "initiate the converation I wanted to have with the association community about innovation."
  • Jamie indicated that blogs are better than resumes for getting a sense of who a person really is, as the cleverly named Get Me Jamie Notter would attest.
  • Bob himself pointed out that "thought leaders blog."
In fact, several people mentioned the importance of blogging in creating a personal brand as an association professional and as a source of professional opportunity. It's about creating a personal body of work.
Shifting employment patterns means that there are increasing opportunities for those thought leaders who work in or with associations to create and market personal expertise and a personal brand while still keeping their day jobs.

That was a huge driver for me in starting T4P. When I found out with 3 weeks notice that I was going to be laid off this spring, I considered - briefly - kicking off my own consulting firm. And I realized that I wasn't known in the association community, at least not well enough to start consulting on my own without having to KILL myself to get clients. It was a real eye opener. (Also, I really, really love to write. And have for a long time.)

The conversation then shifted to the idea of voice, audience, and focus. What are you writing about and for whom? The participants had a variety of focuses (focii?) within the association space, but the common theme was the idea of the conversation, and participating in it.

We then drifted into a discussion of some of the technical details of the newly-launched A List Bloggers, in preparation for our plans for (association) world domination, before talking about what role we can - and should - play in convincing The Powers That Be of the power of social media.

The problem is, we aren't where they are, and we're not speaking with them in ways they understand. Which I think is a really valuable lesson in member engagement. You can't expect people (CEOs/EDs or members) to come to you, and you can't expect them to speak your language.
We have to learn to use terms that are meaningful to the people we want to convince - things like “engagement,” “community,” “collaboration,” and “attracting younger members.”
Even the medium of a Social Media Lab or socnet sessions may be the wrong way to go about this. What we need is to get social media experts on panel sessions about board relations and advocacy and creating vital educational experiences and recruiting and engaging members. Which is why every social media session ends up being a 101 session on "this is a blog, this a wiki, this is a social network" and it's really, REALLY hard to focus the conversation on the "so what?" We have to get out of the social media ghetto and into the executive suites, the membership departments, the publications areas, the meetings teams.
As Ben put it, "It’s a simple calculation: engagement increases the likelihood of renewal. Renewal increases the likelihood of creating organizational evangelists. And virtual communities are an increasingly popular form of engagement."
So I leave you with a question: what would your organization look like if your individual staff members didn't focus specifically and exclusively on your journal, or getting out the renewal notices on time, or managing the membership database, or creating press releases, or your legislative fly in day, but instead worked as fluid team of engagement specialists on increasing engagement in your organization, your industry, your profession, for your entire universe of constituents? What would that world be like?

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24 August 2008


It's avatar-me!

Make avatar-you?

Shout out to BMart for pointing this out.

22 August 2008

The Friday Top 5

The Top 5 Awesome Things about the 2008 Summer Olympics.
  1. Michael Phelps. 8 golds in one Olympics is INSANE.
  2. Usain Bolt. Holding the record in the 100 and 200 meter sprints at the same time is also INSANE. Whatever he's doing is different than what the rest of those guys are doing out there on the track.
  3. The Jamaican women's track & field team. They can do anything.
  4. Misty May and Kerri Walsh. They can also, apparently, do anything.
  5. Constantina Tomescu, the 38 (nearly 39) year old Romanian women's marathon winner.

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ASAE AM Conversation 2: Starts with "S," Rhymes with "Urvey"

No offense to BMart, but I found the Membership Section Council meeting largely a waste of a day that I could've been out enjoying the gorgeous San Diego weather. It was an awful lot of talk with very little talk of what are we actually going to DO?

And the thing is, it's not a factor of Ben, DJ, or the MSC crowd. I think it's a factor of the entire standing committee system. ASAE has started asking for ad hoc volunteers. Most committees have not done a particularly good job of using them, us included. And that's a real shame. Because standing committees mostly deal in inertia. I can't say for certain whether ad hoc volunteers will do any better. But at least they won't deal with: "Well, we're here whether we need to be or not. Now what?"

Also to my MSC cohorts: surveys are lovely, but perhaps we shouldn't propose a "major membership survey" unless we have questions that actually merit a "major membership survey." It smacks of a solution in need of a problem. And it has application to my continuing theme of social media technologies. If I had a dollar for every time I heard an organization talking about starting a blog (or a wiki, or a socnet, or twittering, etc.) because they thought they should - not because they had something vital to say - I would've been able to stay in lovely San Diego and send for the spouse & cats to join me. Start with the what, start with the content, start with the message, start with what you need to say, start with the data you need to gather. Then figure out how you're going to get there.

On the up side, the Association Social Technologies survey executive summary is out. The full version will be out in October. Check it out.

ASAE AM Conversation 1: Law of Unintended Consequences

In common with most attendees, I began my San Diego odyssey on a plane: a US Air flight from DC. I'm a platinum elite muckity-muck member (or whatever it is), so I've mercifully been shielded from much of the current unpleasantness in travel. I check in first class even when I'm not flying first class, so my lines are never long, I never pay overweight charges, and I never pay for extra bags.

My high muckity-muck status could not, however, protect me from the latest indignity: no free beverages. Not even a glass of water. Isn't that illegal, given that the water in the bathrooms is not potable?

So of course one of the topics of conversation at the Membership Section Council dinner Friday night at the lovely Canela's restaurant in San Diego was everyone's travel horrors. Outgoing chair Greg Fine of the Association Forum of Chicagoland and I got talking about the second level consequences.

It's no shock to say that airline travel is becoming increasingly unpleasant. It's also becoming increasingly unsustainable. Just look at what your annual flight total does to your carbon footprint. It's not pretty.

So Greg and I got chatting about what that might mean for the association industry. How much longer is a big meeting of 6000+ people coming in from all over the country - and the world - going to possible? If the era of cheap air travel ends (as it seems likely to), does it also mean the end of the era of annual meetings? And what does that mean for our organizations?

Greg postulated that it would result in a return to the era of smaller, regional meetings. And he's probably right. But the association execs who are still resisting social media technology might want to start thinking about what they're going to do if their members can no longer gather face to face. Sure, Cisco offers telepresence (and from what I hear, it's frappin' amazing), but can your organization really afford MULTIPLE telepresence studios at $300K EACH? Isn't it time to embrace the change?

21 August 2008

That's SOOOO DC - Ben's Chili Bowl

Dear Ben's : happy 50th anniversary!

For those of you NOT from DC, Ben's Chili Bowl is a local institution. Owned and operated by the Ali family since 1958 on U Street NW, Ben's has survived the 1968 riots after Dr. King's assassination, the crack epidemic of the 1980s that decimated the neighborhood, the construction of the U Street station on Metro's green line that made it nearly impossible to get into Ben's for years, and, more recently, changing neighborhood demographics. And it's still the same delightful greasy spoon where you can get a rockin' banana shake and a chili half-smoke at 3 am after a Friday night at the 9:30 club or Bohemian Caverns, all while listening to a lil' Trouble Funk on the jukebox.

I even have my own Ben's story. I had been a vegetarian for 10 years. I had lived in DC for 7 years. I had never been to Ben's. I had recently started lifting weights. My bod was crying out for a major infusion of protein. I was going to a double bill at the aforementioned 9:30 Club - Chuck Brown opening for James Brown. The Godfather of Go-Go and the Godfather of Soul, together for one night. It was time. Time for Ben's. Time for a half smoke. Time for my first animal flesh in 10 years. Oh yeah. Best meal of my life: chili half smoke, chili cheese fries, and a chocolate shake. It doesn't get more DC than that night. And I'll remember it forever.

Confessions of a Justified Meeting Attendee*

I was a bad ASAE & the Center Annual Meeting attendee. I did not visit the exhibit floor.

In all fairness, I'm a consultant/vendor. They really don't want to see me. I'm really just going to take up their time and drink their free booze. The exhibit floor is for 3 groups of people: AMS vendors, CVBs, and the people who need them. Not me.

But I did feel guilty. Part of the way ASAE pays for all the free food and booze and great locations and free wifi and all that good stuff is the exhibit floor. And what keeps the exhibitors coming back is a busy floor, whether or not a particular person stops in their booth. I remember. I was an exhibitor last year (hated it, but that's a story for another time).

Of course (another continuing theme), I have to wonder how sustainable this all is. At the very least, with the visible push towards "social responsibility" at ASAE, wouldn't it have made sense for the exhibitors to dispense with all the cheap plastic swag that people are just going to throw out when they get home? Now mind you, I'm not encouraging the Austin CVB to do away with the free Shiner Bocks. I'm not crazy.

*With all apologies to James Hogg.

20 August 2008

What I'm Reading

It's (almost) all about ASAE and the annual meeting this week:
  • Blogoclump has been relaunched in version 2 as A list bloggers. I'm not worthy yet, but I aspire to be.
  • Acronym has been going CRAZY with meeting-relateed posts. You should definitely check it out, at least to learn about the stuff you couldn't get to.
  • The Association Social Technologies Survey executive summary. The full results will be out in October.
  • asaecenter08. I may finally cave to the twitter pressure, but if so, I'm waiting until AFTER the meeting so I can jump into the pool without drowning!
  • The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova. Because I can't resist a good vampire tale!

18 August 2008

Slideshare - 25 Basic Styles of Blogging

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Always the Last to Know - Elgg

Not much posting right now because of the ASAE AM (although I have notes for several potentially interesting pieces I'll have to fully write later), but I did see this come across the transom and wanted to pass it on: Elgg, a new open source socnet platform, has just graduated out of beta.I haven't checked it out yet, but it came recommended by someone whose opinion I respect.

15 August 2008

The Friday Top 5

Top 5 Cool Things about the ASAE Annual Meeting:
  1. Bloggercon, UnBloggerCon, the Secret Session, and the Social Media Lab
  2. Free wifi!
  3. The Twitter back channel
  4. The YAP Dance Party
  5. Hangin' with my peeps in sunny San Diego!
Not sure what posting is going to look like over the next few days. On the one hand, free wifi! On the other hand, it looks like I'll be pretty busy. There will be lots to blog either way. With a little luck, I'll blog some of it live. I'm sure I'll blog more of it when I get back to DC. See y'all in Cali!

14 August 2008


Hat tip to Mads for pointing this out....

Always the Last to Know - Barrier

David Maynor, CTO for Errata Security, says the company plans to release a browser toolbar plugin called Barrier that will check sites for 20 of the most common security flaws.

It's due to come out Monday, August 18. Might be worthwhile grabbing it and running it on your association's site to double-check for vulnerabilities.

Always the Last to Know - Social Source Commons

What tech tools do nonprofits use? Here's your answer: socialsourcecommons.org

13 August 2008

Famous Bloggers I Have Known

Know what the Top Five Association Blogs (according to Technorati) are?
  1. Principled Innovation, aka Jeff's blog
  2. Certified Association Executive, aka Ben's blog
  3. Acronym, aka the ASAE blog
  4. Get Me Jamie Notter, aka Jamie's blog
  5. Diary of a Reluctant Blogger, aka Maddie's blog
Congratulations to all! (You're making the rest of us look like the bunch of slackers we are!)

"It's About Delight"

Seth Godin recently had a sort of silly story about a recent experience at Whole Foods. Which is all well and good. But one thing particularly struck me:
"It's not about charging less. It's about delight."
I want to emphasize that.
It's about delight.
Stop and think about that for a minute.

I think we don't focus enough on the concept of creating delight when we're creating member experiences. We think about being polite on the phone, spelling their names right, getting the renewal invoices out on time, delivering the journals to the correct address, and putting together solid conferences and useful networking events. Tactical, mundane stuff that keeps the association running smoothly, but isn't exactly earth-shattering.

I recently blogged about a Bridge Conference session on breaking out of your creative comfort zone. Everybody knows changing your perspective and seeing things differently can help us come to new, more creative conclusions.

So what have you done not to serve, not to handle, not to shut up, but to delight your members lately?

When - if ever - was the last time you even gave that concept consideration?

What would the world look like for your organization and constituents if delight was your focus?

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12 August 2008

Vista "security" - game over?

This article has generated quite the firestorm on the ASAE tech listserv in the past few days.

I have to confess that I haven't really dug into Vista yet, and since I'm no longer doing day-to-day IT support, I probably won't get into it from the sys admin side.

I do however know two things that are relevant:

The problem seems to originate with MS's .NET technology. Which underlies most of today's AMS systems. Might want to have a chat with your vendor.

It's not so easy to even get XP any more. Uh-oh.

OK, Real Geeks, break it down for me. What does this all mean for users?

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Prepping Your "Out of Office" Notice?

As many of us will be heading to San Diego in the next few days, it seemed like an appropriate time to provide some inspiration for your out of office responder.

09 August 2008

A little cross promotion...

I've been writing about the NFL since 2005.

I finally have a public blog about it.

Check it out at Snarkin' the NFL.

Bookmark me. Add me to your RSS feed. Buzz me up, Digg me, and confirm that I'm Del.icio.us. Help make me famous!

08 August 2008

The Friday Top 5

Top 5 Fun, Non-Related-to-Renovating-My-Kitchen Things I Plan to Do This Weekend:
  1. Have dinner with Rachael at Locanda or Rasika.
  2. Have brunch with my posse at the Tabard Inn.
  3. Have brunch with Sarah somewhere on H Street.
  4. Port the past THREE years of NFL reviews from here to here in preparation for being syndicated here.
  5. Maybe go for a nice OUTDOOR run - the weather's supposed to be fab!

SxSW panel picker opens

SxSW, the mega music, media and technology conference that takes place in Austin each spring, has just opened their panel picker process.

"What's the SxSW panel picker process?" you ask. SxSW creates their program by a combination of community voting and an advisory committee.

Why am I bringing this up? Because I want you to go register and vote for the session a team that includes Beaconfire submitted, of course!

Always the Last to Know - GoodSearch

Yahoo! GoodSearch allows you to donate to your favorite charity while you search. OK, it's not a LARGE donation, but every little bit helps, and there are literally hundreds if not thousands of charities registered.

You can also register an additional charity, and the eligibility list includes:
"schools, charities, hospitals and clinics, volunteer services, political organizations, fraternal organizations, professional associations, religious organizations, governmental agencies, etc."

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In honor of the 2008 Summer Olympics

Which start today, the NY Times has a really fun interactive graphic showing results from various summer games. Of particular interest are 1980 (when we boycotted) and 1984 (when Soviet bloc countries boycotted).

07 August 2008

What Comes After Web 2.0?

A prescient question posted by one of my colleagues this morning.

My answer, of course, was Web 3.0!

From whatis.com:

The idea of the Semantic Web was created by World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee. Berners-Lee’s concept is that the web as a whole can be made more intelligent and perhaps even intuitive about how to serve a user's needs. Although search engines index much of the web's content, they have little ability to select the pages that a user really wants or needs. Berners-Lee foresees a number of ways in which developers and authors, singly or in collaboration, can use self-descriptions and other techniques so that context-sensitive programs can intuit what users want.

From Wikipedia:

Web 3.0, a phrase coined by John Markoff of the New York Times in 2006, refers to a supposed third generation of Internet-based services that collectively comprise what might be called 'the intelligent Web'—such as those using semantic web, microformats, natural language search, data-mining, machine learning, recommendation agents, and artificial intelligence technologies—which emphasize machine-facilitated understanding of information in order to provide a more productive and intuitive user experience.

From my colleague:

I ran across something interesting this afternoon that might be heading in that direction. Actually, it's not all that different from 2.0 because it still builds on information sharing and collaboration - but it is cool and it is down the road.

So what do you think? What comes next?

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06 August 2008

Always the Last to Know - Alltop

Alltop, the site for All the Top sites on particular topics, aka "your digital magazine rack."

Or, in pictures. Or, from ReadWriteWeb.

What I'm Reading

Catch Me at ASAE!

I'll be in San Diego next week at the ASAE & the Center for Association Leadership annual meeting. Following Jeff's lead, my schedule includes:

Friday, August 15
  • Membership Section Council dinner
Saturday, August 16
  • Volunteer Leadership Breakfast
  • Membership Section Council meeting
  • ASAE Author Reception
  • Opening Celebration
Sunday, August 17
Monday, August 18
Tuesday, August 19
  • My own session about wikis in the Social Media Lab with Amy Hissrich, Director, Knowledge Initiatives at ASAE from 8:30 am – 9:45 am. Come hang out with us!
  • Maddie & Jeff's Pecha Kucha session
  • Closing Block Party Event
And when I'm not other places, I'm likely to be found hanging out in the Social Media Lab, in the CAE Lounge, in the Decision To... Lounge, or by the pool at my hotel.

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05 August 2008

Always the Last to Know - Zemanta

Wish you had time to look up cool links, Flickr photos, and other blog posts for your blog? You don't have to - Zemanta will do it for you. I just installed it and will let you all know how it goes....

SocNet Surveys

A couple of interesting surveys on socnet use have recently been released:

Association Global Services (AGS) has released preliminary findings of their Social Networks and Associations Survey. I quote: "The initial returns show that while over 80% of respondents indicate that their association views Social Networks as an 'opportunity', less than 1/2 of organizations have a plan on how to use social networks. "

The results are going to be shared at the Secret Session at the rapidly approaching ASAE annual meeting. You are coming, aren't you?

McKinsey Quarterly has also released the results of two surveys:
Among the findings:
  • According to more than 75% of executives, adoption of Web 2.0 technologies is accelerating.
  • Executives said they should have acted faster in adopting new technologies.
  • Executives offer insights into where Web 2.0 technologies could provide a sustained competitive edge.
  • But fewer than 25% are satisfied with the way their organizations are using Web 2.0 technologies.
  • There are a number of internal barriers to adoption.
Register (free) to read the full surveys.