So I'm Dutch and I'm in no way a native English speaker. I do ok, get myself understood and can even be relatively 'witty' in my Social Media responses. It has allowed me to interact and connect to numerous people around the world and it has even given me some new friends. Ok, yes, I know. How can you call them friends without ever meeting them?!? But with some of them they really do feel like friends.
And in about 48 hours I'm flying out to Lotusphere to actually meet them....
I can't wait! I look forward to really meeting these people but at the same time I'm a bit apprehensive too. Truth is that connecting over the internet really isn't the same as connecting in real life. Apart from the obvious facts that Social Media allows you to filter out the less attractive and boring elements of your personality it also helps eliminate language borders.
Again, as a non-native English speaker I think I do pretty well, but I do mess up.... regularly.... This has lead to several funny (and embarrassing) instances and confusions where I tried to express something which actually came out as something totally different.
My Dutch colleagues would now argue I don't just do that in English, bytheway...
Saving factor here though is that as Social Media is mostly a 'written' form of communication it has something of a grace period. Allowing you to at least
think for two seconds and read back that post, tweet or chat message (as
well as having a spelling control) before clicking the 'send' button. Believe me, I've become a regular speed-Googler over the last few months and have Urban Dictionary bookmarked as a favorite. Problem is though, these don't yet come as build in options for my mind and so I will have to do without my regular safety nets next week...
....So that's why, even with all my enthusiasm about going to Lotusphere I'm also still feeling a bit apprehensive about talking to all of you with whom I've been chatting, Tweeting and Facebooking. Not knowing, whether I will be able to actually have the same kind of spontaneous interaction without having Google & spell checker at my fingertips is daunting....It almost feels like sitting my high school exams again.
Luckily for me I'm also pretty sure most of you guys will forgive me for my little language-mishaps. And if I do 'confumble' my English and mess up I can only hope you guys will look through it and have a laugh with me about it. It's all in good spirit!
Times are changing so are the names…!
Sun, Dec 8th 2013 4:10p Femke Goedhart The anticipation for Connect 2014 is growing. The yearly conference in Orlando that brings together the best of our technical IBM community and an opportunity to meet with experts, build or renew friendships and learn about upcoming changes and improvements in the IBM Collaboration Software stack. I’m not planning on being there this year due to other circumstances (breaking my foot being one of them) but I look forward to reading all the updates and post that are sure to come!
What I most [read] Keywords: collaboration
Social marketing… what’s in it for me?
Wed, Nov 13th 2013 7:46a Femke Goedhart Monday morning someone in my network tweeted a link to a site called “#UncoverPhilips“. A promotion by the large multinational we all know quite well to get some social buzz around their new logo that they are announcing today (Nov 13th 2013). The site was quite simple and showed a gray image hiding the new logo. Users could uncover a pixel of the image and so uncover the logo before it’s actual launch on Wednesday the 13th of November. Catch: you had to do so by signing in wit [read] Keywords: email
Update.. it has been a while!
Wed, Nov 6th 2013 6:10a Femke Goedhart It has been a while since my last post and a lot happened.
After attending the great ICONUK in Brighton in September and the Leadership Alliance in Boston two weeks ago I went back home to train for the Zevenheuvelen loop. A 15k race in November that Silverside traditionally competes in with a company team. This year would be even bigger as we have 3 teams of employees, customers and relations lined up. People who know me know that I love running even though I’m an absolute lousy runner (w [read] Keywords: connections
ICONUK Session slides: “Requirements Gathering or the secret art of mindreading”
Thu, Sep 12th 2013 3:09p Femke Goedhart Session slides for our session on Requirements Gathering as given by Tim Clark & me on September 2nd at ICON UK in Brighton.
Often forgotten or trivialized, good requirements gathering can make or brake your project. This session will give you techniques and tips on how to effectively get to the core of the requirements, identify ways of prioritizing them and explains some core concepts of Functional and Technical design elements. Based on years of experience gathering req [read] Keywords: application
Social Connections – Zurich
Tue, Jun 11th 2013 6:16a Femke Goedhart Online Ticketing for Social Connections V – Zurich powered by Eventbrite
I know I’ve been less than forthcoming with posts these last few weeks, my apologies for that. It has just been crazy busy.
First of all with work, second of all with achieving my CIP (Certified Information Professional by AIIM) certification and lastly by Social Connections.
After a very successful Social Connections IV in Amsterdam the International IBM Connections user group is about to decent on Zurich f [read] Keywords: connections
How to prevent the community manager from exploding
Fri, Apr 26th 2013 2:19p Femke Goedhart To all organizations who think they’ve got it all sorted out so nicely because they have a community manager MANAGE it all…
Calling them ‘manager’ doesn’t mean they can control everything their community does or say unless you actually:
give them managerial rights over their community members (which you can’t if the community is comprised of customers or external parties);
inform them of the things you are doing BEFORE you are doing them instead of just dropp [read] Keywords: community
From describing to applying – user training taken seriously
Fri, Apr 12th 2013 10:17a Femke Goedhart It still is one of the most common mistakes made ever… Implementing new or updated software without providing user training as the reasoning is: “Oh, we don’t need to train our users. They have been using this (or similar) software for years, surely they know by now how to use it“.
Well, do they really? I’ve recently been involved in several adoption projects where we trained both new users as well as users who had been using collaboration tools for years on how com [read] Keywords: collaboration
IBM Connections 4.5 and Connections Content Manager available
Fri, Mar 29th 2013 11:14a Femke Goedhart As announced the IBM Connections 4.5 release and the Connections Content Manager add-on were made available for download today through the appropriate channels. The following sites give information on features, links to relevant content and pricing:
blog by Luis Benitez with relevant video’s and links
Official IBM Connections 4.5 product page
Official IBM Connections 4.5 documentation wiki
Official CCM product page & pricing (US)
Enjoy! [read] Keywords: connections