Case Study – how Social Media helped me this week

This has been a week of catch-up work in my home office. And it has provided several opportunities to gain real-life benefit from social media tools. Here’s how:

1. I’ve had an ongoing problem with my iPhone creating static-y noises over my computer speakers. Not the end of the world, but annoying. Out of the blue, on Twitter, I noticed that someone posted a simple fix for this (so I wasn’t the only one with the issue!) – just place the iPhone on a piece of aluminum foil, and voila! – problem solved. Now my kids tell me that the device looks like a half-unwrapped candy bar, but I don’t care – the static is gone.

2. I needed to find a service that could be used to create bound printed handouts for an upcoming conference, in which I’ll be presenting a workshop. I put out a call for recommendations on Twitter; my friend Jane Chin recommended Mimeo. So far I’ve been very impressed – they have a fully on-line system for uploading files and building the print product, and even spend 1/2 hour walking you through the system on the phone for the first run. Bonus – they ship a sample overnight (no charge!) of your first job so you can make sure it’s just what you want. Exactly the kind of service I wanted.

3. I’m planning to start incorporating some video clips into my blogging. Through Jim Kukral’s blog (The Daily Flip) I got to see how the new Flip video camera works, and decided to order one (even using Jim’s Amazon affiliate link, so he gets a little tip for the tip!) Hopefully next week I can give it a test drive.

Now, here’s a little bonus: someone else’s career-changing adventure using MySpace. The 70’s rock group needed a replacement lead singer, and they found a Home Depot employee named Tommy DeCarlo in North Carolina who had posted his vocals of Boston songs (sounds incredibly like the original lead singer, Brad Delp) on MySpace. The story is here; you can hear the amazing samples here.

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About Steve Woodruff
Steve Woodruff is a blogger, a Connection Agent, and a consultant in the pharma/healthcare industry. He specializes in helping people and companies make mutually beneficial connections.

4 Responses to Case Study – how Social Media helped me this week

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  2. I just received my Flip a few days ago. Let’s keep in touch about services, hosting, etc. I’m going to be testing out blip.tv and perhaps vimeo. I think YouTube is a must, but only for the SEO and traffic. Any video you upload will be starkly further compressed (no look good). Besides, WP and YouTube don’t get along anymore…there’s alternative to embedding that blip.tv has and I have to check it out.

  3. Nice post. Good tips.

    My iPhone is plugged into it’s dock.

    My computer speakers get strange staticy noise every once in a while.

    Going to get aluminum foil now.

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