Over the last few days as I communicated my new job role I also went out and updated all of my social profiles (or at least the ones important enough to update) with my new information. It turns out this is quite a big task that required a few hours this week. To be honest that’s something I didn’t quite expect.
Just to give you an idea here’s what I changed:
- IBM Bluepages (our internal directory)
- IBM Connections (internally)
- IBM Connections (externally)
- LinkedIn (and I really only just put a placeholder into my current job description)
- WordPress (this blog, about me page, title of the blog)
- Twitter (including a new background for my Twitter page)
At the same time I reassessed the groups that I belong to in LinkedIn and on IBM Connections. I dropped a few of the Social Business groups (while keeping a few that I find really engaging) and added quite a few Cloud related groups.
One of my friends recommended a great shared IBM Cloud Blog (Thoughts on Cloud) and just reading over the list of Contributors gave me a really good list of IBM folks to follow both internally and externally. Some have great Twitter feeds and I added them to my new Cloud Twitter list.
Finally the IBM Institute of Business Value just published a paper on The Power of Cloud which I read cover to cover immediately. As expected this paper is extremely well written and explains various forms of business model innovation that the Cloud makes possible.
While it’s certainly been more work to update all my social spaces – the payoff of being a member of all of these platforms and network is already tangible. I have found experts to connect to, content to read and groups to participate in and learn from.
What did we ever do when changing jobs before social?