In spite of all the buzz around social media in the last couple of years, many of us have been a little slow to jump in. After all, who has time? And a blog is a commitment to regular writing, which is a lot of work. And who is really interested in what I have to say anyway? And what exactly is the point of Twitter? I’ve said all these things myself at some point, and I hear them every time I’m with a group of communicators — from students to old-timers. And I dabbled, dipping a toe in the water a few times. But only in the last several months did I really jump in all the way. And it’s been such a good experience that I’ve been trying to lure others to join me, including IABC’s international executive board members and senior staff. So if you sensed lots of ripples in the social media waters recently, it might be because so many of them have been jumping in:
Past-Chair Todd Hattori, ABC, who formerly blogged on the IABC Cafe, has launched his eXchange site, A Seat at the Bar, for informal conversations over virtual cocktails (since I’ve shared many real cocktails with Todd, I love this idea).
Irene Monley, ABC, who serves both on the IABC board and as Chair of the IABC Research Foundation, has named her site Seizing Opportunities – Quietly, which reflects her style perfectly, I think.
Silvia Cambie, board member and long-time blogger, didn’t want to create another blog, so she’s used eXchange to create a landing page to make it easy for IABC members to find her, and provide a link to her real blog, XCulture, where she writes about cross-cultural communication.
In spite of a hectic global travel and work schedule, board member Adrian Cropley managed to get started with Think Global – Act Local.
Board member Felicia Shiu, ABC, was one of the first to utilize eXchange, and has been blogging here since last March, pursuing three of her passions with a foodie blog called Food, Drink & Travel.
Chris Grossgart, Sr VP of Education & Information, jumped in with Lobal Warming (a wonderful play on words, not a typo).
Finance Director Marilyn Keyes, ABC, made the leap last week with Afterwords.
Lee Anne Snedeker, IABC’s Sr VP of Membership, has started Membership Musings.
Chief Techonology Officer Chris Hall launched Passing on the Right .
Marketing VP Joseph Ugalde started Twisted Vista (check out the very funny chart in his first post).
Natasha Nicholson, VP of Publishing & Research, has created a site called Communication World, to share “notes & reflections from the editors.”
Other board members and staff have promised they’ll make the leap soon, so I’ll keep you posted as they join us. But please help me welcome the newbies, by visiting their sites, showing them the ropes, and helping them fully embrace this often confusing and sometimes lonely new world.
And if you haven’t yet set up your own eXchange site, please join us. Let’s all make a splash together!
UPDATE: Another one into the water! Board member Erika Ruiz Ramos has just launched her site, Getting Really Global. Welcome Erika!