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Make Me Smarter…AND…Just Be Awesome!

I am a creature of habit.

I use the web to make me smarter. If I am reading you consistently it’s because of the leverage you help me with in my life. I also partake in a little humor, but other than that I live a boring web life. I let others do the exploring and most of my discovery, which is probably why I love Twitter and started Stocktwits.

My pal Phil Pearlman says the following :

You want to be awesome by generously providing the best information in a way that is captivating and to do so consistently over time.

It doesn’t matter what you are selling, if you have an area of expertise then share it and then keep on sharing it. If you can’t communicate effectively then find someone in the organization who can.

Twitter provides the potential to impart information with a global audience for every vertical no matter how narrow and as a result organically promotes meritocracy.

Just being awesome will bring you credibility and trust and everyone who is interested in your field from customers to potential customers to journalists to prospective employees will become aware of your awesomeness and seek you out over the long run.

You will build brand.

I don’t use Facebook, I have not leveraged myself through Linked-in, I rarely just surf the web and never used Google Reader. I blog on WordPress, am diligent about my email and use Twitter to discover other voices.

The web is deep and vast, but it still does not have to be complicated and all consuming.

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    Phil’s “pearl” shows how great, currently-usable insights may be found in “older” writing

  • http://bobbrill.net Bob Brill

    Phil's “pearl” shows how great, currently-usable insights may be found in “older” writing

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  • http://twitter.com/AGORACOM AGORACOM – George

    This is exactly why sites like Yahoo will eventually become irrelevant (unless they change their ways). Howard isn’t alone in his process. Spectators will always outnumber the contributors in any media. The difference until now is that we were all forced to funnel into a few media sources.

    Now, people aren’t impressed by flashy sets on a cable channel. They simply want the best information on a particular topic and the web now provides both the publishing and reputation tools to find them. Yes, everyone can publish but if you want to be RT’d by Lindzon, gain 1,000 followers on Twitter or gain a reputation score above 3.75 on AGORACOM (I had to throw that in), you have to publish the good stuff.

    Any individual in the world is one great post away from being discovered / RT’d / followed / ranked and gaining their big niche audience. The more discovery that takes place, the greater the erosion of traditional info “buckets” such as Yahoo and CNN.

    Regards,
    George

  • http://twitter.com/AGORACOM AGORACOM – George

    This is exactly why sites like Yahoo will eventually become irrelevant (unless they change their ways). Howard isn't alone in his process. Spectators will always outnumber the contributors in any media. The difference until now is that we were all forced to funnel into a few media sources.

    Now, people aren't impressed by flashy sets on a cable channel. They simply want the best information on a particular topic and the web now provides both the publishing and reputation tools to find them. Yes, everyone can publish but if you want to be RT'd by Lindzon, gain 1,000 followers on Twitter or gain a reputation score above 3.75 on AGORACOM (I had to throw that in), you have to publish the good stuff.

    Any individual in the world is one great post away from being discovered / RT'd / followed / ranked and gaining their big niche audience. The more discovery that takes place, the greater the erosion of traditional info “buckets” such as Yahoo and CNN.

    Regards,
    George

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  • Anonymous

    I tried this past year to conquer the universe, attempting to blog, use Twitter, use Facebook, and do the normal things I do. I know I am a good writer as I get a look of views with limited exposure in my trading blog.

    I have decided, based on the many mistakes I have made this year in blogging, that I am going to conentrate on that medium first. Though I reference things through Facebook, I find it getting polluted even faster than Twitter. When one sees a fan page for a heartburn medication, you know something is out of whack.

    Too many external projects were dumped on me this year and focusing was difficult. Working on trading efficiency (including cloud computing) and blogging are about all I am going to work on in 2010. Writing and communication efforts need to be concentrated to the audience and be effective in delivering content. I hope that I can do a better job at both in the future. We shall see…

    • http://www.howardlindzon.com howardlindzon

      You are doing fine. Thx for all your contributions

  • IRON100

    I tried this past year to conquer the universe, attempting to blog, use Twitter, use Facebook, and do the normal things I do. I know I am a good writer as I get a look of views with limited exposure in my trading blog.

    I have decided, based on the many mistakes I have made this year in blogging, that I am going to conentrate on that medium first. Though I reference things through Facebook, I find it getting polluted even faster than Twitter. When one sees a fan page for a heartburn medication, you know something is out of whack.

    Too many external projects were dumped on me this year and focusing was difficult. Working on trading efficiency (including cloud computing) and blogging are about all I am going to work on in 2010. Writing and communication efforts need to be concentrated to the audience and be effective in delivering content. I hope that I can do a better job at both in the future. We shall see…

  • http://www.ivanhoff.com ivanhoff

    Never before in human history, a regular guy has had so close access to the insights of the greatest minds in the world. Never before, the greatest minds in the world have had so close access to each other. If that doesn’t solve all the world problems and makes it a better place to live for everyone, I don’t know what will.

    • http://www.howardlindzon.com howardlindzon

      Like it

    • Guest

      great point here, the world’s getting faster, more open, and barriers are getting broken down like never before. love the quote about stocktwits being one of the few places on the net where the cream consistently rises to the top. same w/ twitter – and it’s not limited to geography, age, experience, or anything superficial. game always recognizes game.

    • http://www.victusspiritus.com/ Mark Essel

      I totally agree, but just a note I came here via an RSS reader. While Twitter is a great connector, it would be an even more powerful protocol (open & distributed).

      I can’t imagine restful link sharing will stay bottled forever.

  • http://www.ivanhoff.com ivanhoff

    Never before in human history, a regular guy has had so close access to the insights of the greatest minds in the world. Never before, the greatest minds in the world have had so close access to each other. If that doesn't solve all the world problems and makes it a better place to live for everyone, I don't know what will.

  • http://www.howardlindzon.com howardlindzon

    Like it

  • http://www.howardlindzon.com howardlindzon

    You are doing fine. Thx for all your contributions

  • http://twitter.com/sayemislam sayemislam

    great point here, the world's getting faster, more open, and barriers are getting broken down like never before. love the quote about stocktwits being one of the few places on the net where the cream consistently rises to the top. same w/ twitter – and it's not limited to geography, age, experience, or anything superficial. game always recognizes game.

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  • http://www.victusspiritus.com/ Mark Essel

    If you follow lists or want to see quickly who shares your interests, check http://imm.victusmedia.com Howard. Your limited time perspective would be great for a tool(s) we’re building.
    Just oauth into Twitter in the upper right.

  • http://www.victusspiritus.com/ Mark Essel

    If you follow lists or want to see quickly who shares your interests, check http://imm.victusmedia.com Howard. Your limited time perspective would be great for a tool(s) we're building.
    Just oauth into Twitter in the upper right.

  • http://www.victusspiritus.com/ Mark Essel

    I totally agree, but just a note I came here via an RSS reader. While Twitter is a great connector, it would be an even more powerful protocol (open & distributed).

    I can't imagine restful link sharing will stay bottled forever.

  • http://www.victusspiritus.com/ Mark Essel

    If you follow lists or want to see quickly who shares your interests, check http://imm.victusmedia.com Howard. Your limited time perspective would be great for a tool(s) we're building.
    Just oauth into Twitter in the upper right.

  • http://www.victusspiritus.com/ Mark Essel

    I totally agree, but just a note I came here via an RSS reader. While Twitter is a great connector, it would be an even more powerful protocol (open & distributed).

    I can't imagine restful link sharing will stay bottled forever.

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