Your Personal Infographic

    Do you like infographics? I do
    Would you like to create your own personal infographic based on your data? I would

Thanks to Kathy Jacobs from Vitamin CH I was able to find helps you to create visualization of data.

story + data + design _ twitterize

    This is just the beginning because guys from are preparing something way much better
    So far you can create very simple Twitter personal infographic like this one:

klaudia_infographic_aug 2011

    I believe that as long as images/visualization/videos have more “power” to get to us than words – we will see more and more applications which allow us to create infographics, etc. I hope we will be able to use application which connect data from (at least) few biggest social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, WordPress.
    I can’t wait.

Listen to Social Media Conversations

listen to social mediaI just read a book Likeable social media by Dave Kerpen

    Social media is like the world’s largest cocktail party, where anyone can listen others talking and join the conversation with anyone else about any topic of the choice.

Social Media can and can’t do (by Dave):

  • social media cannot make up for a bad product, company –> if you think that presenting your brand, your products via social media will help you with promotion, think again. If your products or service is not good enough – social media users will eat you alive
  • social media won’t lead to overnight sales success –> oh so you thought (or even better – your boss thought) that setting a Facebook page and Twitter account will lead to sales success for the next day? e.g. “Hello world. Here I am.”, what social media world might answer is “bite me”. It’s a hard work day by day like everywhere else.
  • social media is not free –> stop right there. If you think that only because Facebook/Twitter/Linkedin accounts are for free you won’t have to spend money on social media, think again. First of all you are spending your (or your employees) time. And as we know time is money, right? After few months you will notice that you need to pay for some more advanced applications to manage your social media presence.

Listen…listen…listen but how to listen? You can use some on-line tools for that:

you need to pay:

  • vocus – on-demand software for public relations management
  • sysomo – business intelligence for social media, instant and unlimited access to all social media conversations
  • radian6 – listen, measure, and engage with your customers across the social media
    I ask myself a question – “and what’s next?” I was listening and using social media tools to monitor on-line conversation. And now what? What can I do to make my products and services more visible and at the end – sell more.

think outside the box


  • negative comments –> If people are talking bad about our products/services I should tell (via Twitter, Linkedin, etc.) that we did important changes (because we are listening to what people have to say).
  • positive comments –> promote those comments by publishing them on your social media accounts, blog, company website
  • questions –> if your clients/potential clients have some questions – answer, don’t wait too long. People want to know and you are the one who can say a lot about your products/services. If you won’t answer, someone else might and you don’t know what they will say.
  • requests –> if your clients/potential clients have some requests regarding your products/services, e.g.: they want some new features, etc. Listen to that, take it under consideration. Maybe there is a chance that you might change something. And of course let people know what you are doing: answer to those request (whether you will change something or not).

7 Ways How to Improve Your Resume?

…a lot!

    Did you check how your resume look like? When was the last time when you updated your resume? (and it doesn’t matter whether you have a job or you are looking for a job).

Did you google yourself? Not yet? Try it, find out what other people (potential employers or recruiters) can find about you on-line.

7 ways what you can do with your resume:

  • create it –> that’s good start, right? that’s just in case if you didn’t write one. Why you should do that? It’s good to collect all important information about your career (you never know when you might need it).
  • paper version –> classic. Do you know that some people do not have the paper version of their resume – why? because they don’t need to. But they still have resume – just in electronic version
  • .pdf / .doc files –> when you wrote your resume, remember to save it in few different type of files: .pdf – looks most professional (and you know that the recipient of your resume will see it exactly in the same layout as you) .doc (Microsoft Office Word) – some companies/recruiters ask for .doc version.
  • infographic –> yes it’s true, you can create your resume in different way. Here’s some great resumes (I found them via Mashable:


  • on-line resume –> on Linkedin profile, where you can contact with many other professionals from your area + all over the world
  • on-line resume –>, your on-line business card, which can looks like this:
  • video resume –> ohh yes, yes you can record your own video resume. And you don’t have to be graphic designer nor movie director to create your own video-resume. You can simply do it yourself using applications available, e.g. videoBIO or use free apps like: youtube video or Windows Live Movie Maker, or many other apps.

Maybe you should think about adding charts to your resume – think what kind of charts/graphs you can create (and I believe you can). Don’t worry, it should be something simple. The reason why it’s good to add some charts is to drag someone’s attention. They won’t remember all the details you wrote but they will remember that chart where you presented some information, etc.

Few more How-tos upgrade your resume you can find on Mashable:


    Give your resume a boost and be more visible in professional world.

4 Social Media Platforms You Should Use

    How many social media applications/platform are you using?

ohhh…do you have problems to count all of them? Let me guess, some of those applications you are using on your mobile, some on your computer.

    Pick a number:

Lets think how many (really) social media applications/platforms we can use and be up-to-date:

  • Google –> google docs, google reader, gmail, google voice, google search, Picasa, google maps, etc. – covers a lot of our needs
  • Facebook –> instant communication, sharing photos, status updates, videos, etc.
  • Twitter –> another way of text messages, great for networking, etc.
  • Linkedin –> network application for professionals

Big trio and google

    That’s a great beginning, isn’t it?
    Ask yourself a question:
  • how many applications do you really need?
  • haw many applications do you have but didn’t use for last few weeks?

3 Steps of Smart Networking


  • What does networking mean to you?
  • What kind of techniques do you use to find new connections?
    Lets start from the definition of Social Network from Wikipedia

A social network is a social structure made up of individuals (or organizations) called “nodes”, which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, common interest, financial exchange, dislike, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige.


Social network analysis examines the structure of relationships between social entities. These entities are often persons, but may also be groups, organizations, nation states, web sites, scholarly publications.


Business networking is a socioeconomic activity by which groups of like-minded businesspeople recognize, create, or act upon business opportunities. A business network is a type of social network whose reason for existing is business activity.

Networking is about making connections and building relationships and not just collecting numbers on Linkedin, Facebook or Twitter. I found on Colleen Sharen’s blog Thinking is Hard Work information regarding networking – why people need that. Colleen quoted Robert E. Kelley from his book How to be a Star at Work:

Kelley’s premise is that networking is about an exchange of favors. You earn your way into a network by doing favors for those in the network, and eventually the people in your network will do favors for you.

I really like this part because it makes me think that making new connections/meeting new people it’s about exchanging knowledge/information/etc.

Making new connections I should ask myself: what can I give to the person I meet? How will they remember me and how will I remember them?. And asking myself those questions I think it’s a good start for smart networking and not just networking.

3steps of smart-networkingI created a 3 steps smart networking guide:

  • why? –> why I want to meet that person?
  • what? –> what can I give them? + what can I get?
  • what’s next? –> how I will keep that connection active?

After I ask myself those questions – it’s not that easy to just send another Linkedin/Twitter/Facebook invitation. I don’t have thousands of followers/connections but I try to work on what I have and working on it takes more time and efforts than ‘click and go’.

Maybe it’s time for quality and not quantity? Well, everything depends on the social media and networking strategy you have, right?

Social Media in Numbers

social media signEvery year there is a new edition of Social Media Revolution .

    Have you wonder how many users use Facebook?
    or how many tweets are published every minute?
    or maybe how many companies are using Linkedin as recruitment tool?

After watching those videos (btw.: those numbers are way much higher right now) I start wonder if we should still separate those two worlds – virtual world and so-called real world? 10-15 years ago maybe but right now…we sink into on-line world. We are using internet to communicate/do business/have fun/etc. basically – everything. So is there a reason to talk about two worlds?

After last 10 years I think we can say that on-line and off-line worlds are very much connected.

    Here are few videos:

What’s the Social Media Big Trio?

Have you ever wonder where should you ‘be’ in social media? which social media application you should use? We all know that there are a lot of social media application: SocialMediaLandscape2011
image by fred cavazza

Did you know where exactly you should start your journey with social media?

Maybe the best way is to start from setting your accounts on Big Trio: social media big trio

  • Facebook
  • Linkedin
  • Twitter

Those are (so far) the biggest and most popular social media platforms. You can stay connected with your friends/family/business partners via those three.

You should ask yourself a few questions before you set up your accounts/profiles:

  • private or business or both — will you use those applications to communicate with your friends/family or business partners/customers
  • will you use your mobile or computer or both to access to your social media accounts
  • how often will you update your profiles? — if you want to build the number of followers on Twitter, or make sure your Facebook fans are checking your Facebook page status often

Whether you will decide to have private or professional profile on one of those three platforms – make sure you are consistent. Start from that and then discover more social media platforms.

How to Increase Number of Your Twitter Followers?

dogs sleep…so you want to become a big player on Twitter and drive traffic to your business?

I attended a really interesting and ‘fast’ webinar by Chris Plourde from Insomnia Marketing Group

Chris explained how we can drive traffic via Twitter or more specific: what we need to do to get more followers on Twitter.

few of Chris’ tips:

  • follow people who follow you — if you won’t follow those who follow you, they might un-follow you
  • Twitter Direct Message — remember to send ‘thank you” DM to those who follow you + add link to your Linkedin/Facebook account to stay connected in the rest of Big Trio (Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter)
  • use Twitter search — to find more people to follow
  • Twitter counter — provides statistics of Twitter usage and tracks. Free application
  • twittercounter.chart_may 2011

  • follow people from your niche — follow people who follow your “Twitter superstars’ from your niche
  • use 3rd party apps — e.g. TweetDeck, HootSuite, etc. – help you to organize your social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, wordpress, Linkedin)
  • TweetAdder — Automate Twitter Promotion & Marketing application. All Prices are one time (Lifetime Updates on Program)

Are Social Media Users Really Nice People?

birds in a parkThe Next Web published an article “Does Social Media Make Us Nicer People?” by Martin Bryant.

Let’s Heal – company from Amsterdam complied research. A study of 24k consumers from 16 countries (US, UK, Russian, Japan, Germany, Italy, etc.) found that:

those who are most connected, living on the cutting edge of social media tend to be more ‘prosocial‘ than average, being more likely to do volunteer work, offer their seats in crowded places, lend possessions to others and give directions.

Have you ever wonder what ‘social media’ is all about? I think it’s about sharing, about making connections and communication. Before “social media’ we didn’t feel that comfortable with sharing or making so many connections…and now we feel that it’s natural to share information for free, to share knowledge for free or at least part of it. Free ‘samples’ are everywhere. It’s natural to connect with others all over the world/internet no matter whether you are CEO or unemployed – what you have to do is simply send an email, invitation on Linkedin, follow on Twitter, or ‘like’ on Facebook.

If you want to learn something, you don’t have to go to school and pay for courses, all you have to do is search online for free webinars. Although I am not saying school is bad. Year or two years ago Bill Gates said that the future of education will be on-line – that school as institution won’t be that important, that knowledge is everywhere and people will search for it on-line.

I think that because people are sharing data/knowledge/information all over the internet (whether it’s something simple or complicated) we feel that we should pay it forward/share something with others too. If I got something for free I feel I should give something for free to somebody else…and that’s how all that sharing on-line starts. And sharing something with others and receiving something from others makes us maybe just a little bit nicer, more open to others. Whatever it is – it’s good. arrows_refresh

How to find a job using social media apps?

zoom_inAll of you how are looking for a job probably already signed up to jobing, jobankusa, monster or dozen other job-search-sites but do you really think that this is enough? How many of you didn’t find anything for last few months? Although you updated your profile all the time.

What to do???

Maybe you should think about adding other options/other places where you can ‘follow’ job offers or just use other tools to be more visible for potential employer:

  • tweetmyjobs — you can set your profile (for free), chose job channels to get instant notification of jobs (email + tweets). Big plus – you can get that job notification much faster than looking for those jobs on other job-search-sites
  • ‘follow’ companies on Twitter — if there are companies you want to work for, try to find them on Twitter and ‘follow’ them. Companies (often) post job offer on Twitter, so you are able to get the information asap
  • wopodo— reinvent your job search. Good tips how to write your resume, job offers
  • advanced Twitter search — you can search for companies/job offers/ etc. which can give you more information what’s going on (don’t forget to use @ and # while searching, e.g.: #jobs, #hiring)
  • Linkedin profile — you should concider to set a professional profile which can help you to connect to business world (other professionals, recruiters, companies). It will help you to check the job offers, connect to other professionals which can help you to find a job. Don’t forget to ‘complete in 100%’ your profile which means: uploading your photo, ask for min. 3 recommendations. Join groups and try to be active (ask questions, answer to some questions, keep communication with others).
    hint: you can use Google search box to look for job offers posted on Linkedin – in a google search box type “ jobs+location” and you can search directly from google
  • wordle — tool for generating ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide. The clouds give greater view to words that appear more frequently in the source text. It good to test your resume and check what ‘word cloud’ will generate out of your resume
  • professional email — remember to have professional-looking email address
  • maybe you take under consideration to start your own blog — you are an expert in something, so maybe you would like to share that knowledge with others and at the same time you are building your own reputation as an expert. At the same time it will be even easier to find you on-line
  • Google yourself‘ — check what you and others can find on-line about you. If there is something you don’t like, you better try to change it