A recent status update on Facebook: "Kneale Mann wonders how the social web has helped your career and business".
It generated some good emails and wall responses.
Nila "Expanded connections. I've been able to branch out beyond the network of people and resources I had before diving into the social web. The outcome has been expanded a stable of collaborators, additional business opportunities and greater access to information that helps me help clients better."
Alison "Not helped career but has sure helped through another move and the transition of isolation in a new town. Always someone to talk to here."
Jon "I was so leery at first. I wondered about privacy issues then time issues then revenue issues. Now I'm disciplined with my time online and can point to three clients all because of that."
Pat "It gave me a new start personally and a new career that turned into a passion, and great people all over the world to call friend and mean it."
Kelly Ann "Can I just "second" the previous comments? It's how I met you Kneale!"
Sheila "I can directly track $100,000 in sales to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, all have different audiences and different relationships. Blogging allows me to share useful info with clients. Socmed gives me immediate contact with hotels, cruise lines, airlines and travel agents around the world."
Sean "It change my life. I found a gig, met my wife and a bunch or great colleagues, clients and friends. But it takes time. Don't expect it all to come together in a few days or months. And you don't have to allow it to become a time suck."
Carol "Allows me to reconnect and stay current with friends around the world who I've met and don't see often enough. Had a Hungarian colleague comment that he'd also attended a Leonard Cohen concert last year after I posted about it (albeit I attended the Tampa concert, he attended in Hungary). Connected life is good!"
Joanna "It allows me to be a real person with people in my area that I would never normally talk to on a regular basis. Lets them get to know me as a person as opposed to just an advisor or neighbour."
How has the social web helped you?
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