ChatterBachs hosted the first-ever #SMfastfwd on Wednesday, November 3rd. Here is a recap of that tweetchat. I’ve tried to put in a format where the actual flow is easier to follow and makes sense, background chatter has been minimized, and so that the most valuable information and insights from #SMfastfwd are presented without this blog post getting too long. In the process of putting together this summary, I was amazed at how many tweets I had missed, especially with the flurry of activity in the second half-hour. A special thanks to the following guest panelists/participants for making the first-ever #SMfastfwd a great success: Keri_Mellott, JohnFMoore, and BSStoltz!
#SMfastfwd– Q1: What is the one thing you do differently in #socmedia than you did 6 months ago?
Keri_Mellott: I’ve taken better advantage of the real-time factor of social media for live events.
JohnFMoore: Better manage all channels in a more consistent fashion with each having their piece of the larger engagement effort
#SMfastfwd– Q2: How do you keep up with the latest in #socmedia?
ChristinaatHP: Twitter for all my news on what’s hot in #socmedia.
JohnFMoore: Constant reading, regular conversations (on #SM and in person), and avoiding sleep. Also, use Google Instant, Tweetdeck searches, Facebook pages (there are some good ones) and a few LinkedIn groups
BSStoltz: Read, read, read and keep my eye out for new tools to try. #socmedia. Share what I know and learn from others. #socmedia
#SMfastfwd– Q3: What 3-5 Twitter profiles do you follow most closely for #socmedia info?
E5V: @digiphile and @Scobleizer are great sources to emulate in regards to social media use
stevecbriggs: @mashable, @techcrunch
Keri_Mellott: For profiles to follow – I add qualified peeps to my #socialmedia twitter list: http://www.twitter.com/Keri_Mellott/socialmediatweeps
samallgood: @ChatterBachs , @JohnFMoore
#SMfastfwd– Q4: What #socmedia blogs are a must-follow for you?
E5V: I find Mashable to be great for #socmedia I find even better info through forums though
#SMfastfwd– Q5: What #socmedia events do you find worthwhile?
JohnFMoore: I tend to avoid #socialmedia only events. Focus on biz-related events with #socialmedia component
ChristinaatHP: TweetUps – it’s great to meet in real life. Social Media needs to be social to work
DKRex: lunchtime chats like this doable; wish there were live SM groups here in SJ – they seem scarce
samallgood: This is the second regularly scheduled tweetchat in which I have participated, the other being #localgovchat. Both helpful!
ArcadiaPD: Participated in #140conf & upcoming #SMILEconf #socmedia Few good webinars too!
kikilitalien: I loved BlogWorld Expo #bwe10 & I’m attending #GrowSmartBiz on Fri… of course, Association Chat #assnchat 😉
janlgordon: @140conf, @getstoried, #blogchat, awarenessinc all have virtual events if I’m not able to attend, great!
Keri_Mellott: #socialmedia events – the BEST are the #140conf, hosted by the amazing @jeffpulver. All over the world. Just had one here!
#SMfastfwd– Q6: What is the one #socmedia tool/resource you could not do without?
E5V: Hands down The Archivist is the best tool I’ve found for taking in tweets. Also automatically creates charts
stevecbriggs: definitely tweetdeck! indispensable
kikilitalien: Just 1 tool? Eek! Tweetdeck…maybe pack.rati 2nd…
DKRex: twitter & govloop at the top of my list
LoAshley: I could not do without a blog reader! Delicious is a close second; it really helps me organize my bookmarks
BSStoltz: What I can’t live without? Love #nimble and tweetdeck, twidroid for Droid.
Keri_Mellott: For my #iPhone it’s #TweetDeck usually. Love the columns to track tweets during live events
#SMfastfwd– Q7: What is the #socmedia tool/resource you’ve been meaning to try out but just haven’t gotten around to it yet?
TomMartin: u mean the 20 or so that are in my “to review” file 😉 I’m wanting to play with Closely a bit more – interesting option to things like Groupon
kikilitalien: Hmmm…I want to play with Tungle more. I want to go check out Archivist now…
E5V: O’Reilly Media was using a beta #socmedia tool that builds an article based on Twitter feeds. I really want to test that out
BSStoltz: Looking forward to seeing what @twitsprout does with analytics.
janlgordon: I love the #reinventionsummit, storytelling & social media, ck it out! http://bit.ly/9DuiBK, great tool!
#SMfastfwd– Q8: What will the biggest trends in #socmedia be in 2011?
TomMartin: 2011 SocMe Trends: organic digital presence by brands… less contrived, more real time, random and real
JohnFMoore: by end of 2011 we’ll stop calling everything #Social. Also, #geosocial will become “real” through #Facebook #Socialmedia and #gaming is coming together. It is a key for social communities
BSStoltz: Continued adoption & integration. Lots of M&A activity. It’s only the beginning.
samallgood: A blog on #govloop today suggested that expanded use of gaming techniques was the next big thing http://bit.ly/935ioH
E5V: I’m still blankly looking at trends for 2011. I’m still tracking all of the memes of 2010
The following comments were not in direct response to a question but were too insightful and/or entertaining to not include in this blog post.
DKRex: SM has helped me relay hot info & totally impresses my boss
Keri_Mellott: I was SO happy when #twitter launched their Lists feature. That’s really the power here. Organization.
LoAshley: @kikilitalien I just checked out pack.rati and oh my god it is going to be my new favorite! Thanks for changing my life 🙂
LoAshley: Amen. I’m writing a list from this chat to add to my huge list RT @BSStoltz A7: So many #socmedia tools, so little time…
What else did you learn from the first-ever #SMfastfwd?
We look forward to having you join us on Wednesday, November 10th at 12:00 p.m. ET for the next #SMfastfwd tweetchat. Let me know if you plan to participate.