The Advocate Speaks: "What's On My iPad"

 

I subscribe to the most excellent iPad-centric blog iPad Insight and have been enjoying their series called “What’s On My iPad.” The posts are interviews with a wide variety of iPad users and get into some details on how these people use their iPad and their favorite apps and such. iPad Insights is authored by Patrick Jordan, a friend of mine from Friendfeed and Google+. So, the other day, when Patrick asked if I would agree to participate as an interviewee, I jumped at the great opportunity.

 

If you would like to see “What’s On My iPad”, hit the jump here to see the post. If you want to get great iPad-related information, you might want to subscribe to this great blog. And big thanks Patrick for the fun.

 

Give Yourself An Interview

Not content with the “exposure” you can get for your professional skills in the usual online haunts? Tired of simply pasting your name, email address and social site URLs in yet another directory? Need something that sets you apart from the maddening crowd?

How about giving yourself an interview and posting the results for all to see? New site Whohub allows you to do just that. On the surface, Whohub is a social network, geared to professional interests. But Whohub does this one better: it guides you through a series of interview questions designed to help you promote who you are, what you do, and what you can bring to the table, professionally. Whohub also optimizes your interview answers for search engines, helping you convey your information to the virtual world. Or, use Whohub’s script to embed your interview in your website or blog site of choice. Use your Whohub personal URL as another social link and use the Whohub site itself to discover other professionals and connect with them.

When you start on Whohub, you designate your field of work. Whohub then presents you with questions that relate to that field. There is a “law” category in the list.  There are at least a dozen unique questions to choose from – you can pick one or all or any number in between to answer to create your interview transcript. Choosing your questions and answers carefully will result in a tight “give and take”-type description of who you are and what you can do.

You can expand your profile with your current projects and, as noted, search for other professionals and connect on the site. Or check out the site’s job board – searches are free, postings are paid. Visit the forums and answer some questions to highlight your expertise, LinkedIn-style.

It never hurts to leverage a professional social network’s reach. And, at Whohub, get a little souvenir in return – your own, personal interview!

The Internet Is Over?

Oh, heck, it only just started! According to the man who originally was Prince, then became a symbol (I just learned it’s called “Love Symbol #2) and is now back to being Prince, the Internet is over. Context, please – Prince was being interviewed (link here) by the Mirror and was discussing “internet abuses” relative to his content. He also was talking about the anticipated release of his newest album, 20TEN, for free, exclusively, in the UK via the Daily Mirror newspaper. Via CD. No downloads. None of that pesky, problematic Internet stuff for Prince. Here is the quote:

“The internet’s completely over. I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it.

“The internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good.

“They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”

I am guessing that if you are reading this, you might not share the same view about the internet. But rather than chuckle at Prince’s apparent backwards approach to modern technology, consider that this 52-year old pop icon is only one of many others that share a similar perspective. Maybe he had a bad experience on the internet, maybe she is completely unsure how to negotiate it. Whatever the reason, they just don’t GO there.

Maybe these Prince-lings are in your own firm or are your own clients. How do you deal? As you set up your on-line presence, hoping to grow the conversation in that venue, you may be alienating or, at the very least, not reaching the ears of a sizeable number of potential audience members.

Because we have yet not fully adopted the internet and related techn0logy to the same extent as the car or the telephone, the needs of non-Web-based colleagues and customers must be considered. Keep a real life presence, but don’t miss an opportunity to introduce and educate Web tools. Positive experience is the best motivation for adoption.

Maybe you could even show Prince that the internet isn’t such a bad place. Look what it did for Lady Gaga.

Disclaimer: despite my joking tone, let it be known that I am a HUGE Prince fan, eccentricities and all. And I urge you to hit the jump and read the interview – it’s very entertaining. What else would you expect?

"Make It So, iPhone."

I feel so vindicated. Patrick Stewart, one of my absolute favorite actors and general persons of interest, loves his iPhone. What’s not to love? If Jean-Luc Picard can’t live without one, who am I to question my own obsessions?

But the actor of Shakespearean depth does not love Twitter. Could have guessed that one.

Fantastic bit of interview on DigitalNation (PBS), via Just Another iPhone Blog, The Escapist.

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