Are you stalking me?


Social Media Success Summit 2011


I had an amazing time at the Social Media Success Summit 2011.  I learned a ton and met alot of great tweeps during the month long webinars.

In one of the last sessions I was having some fun with a fellow attendee:  Eli Ingraham.  I had to leave early due to a daycare pick up and was whining in my usual fashion about how hard it is to leave my computer, when I was learning a ton and having a great time.

Me:  must…. break away… from… computer…..  and go……. soooo…. hard……. #smss11

Eli:  NOOOOooooo! dont;t goooooo! RT @LaurindaShaver: must…. break away… from… computer…..  and go……. soooo…. hard……. #smss11

Me:  @EliIngraham child standing alone at daycare with Tshirt: My mom is a social media addict & abandoned me. #smss11

Then… we got an outsider piping in, who was not part of the session:

xxxx_xxxxx_xxx @eliingraham @LaurindaShaver HA!  That is a fantastic shirt idea!

I didn’t think much of it, so I decided to continue on….

Me:  @eliingraham tshirt:  #smss11 stole my mom. Please being her back. #smss11

JackiJames@LaurindaShaver @eliingraham tshirt from down under: #smss11 stole my sleep! I can’t get it back 🙁

Eli:  excellent! party is at your house! RT @JackiJames: @LaurindaShaver @eliingraham tshirt from down under: #smss11 stole my sleep!  #smss11

All in the fun… but then xxxx_xxxxx_xxx came back:

xxxx_xxxxx_xxx:  @eliingraham @LaurindaShaver I know a guy #shamelessplug

I dismissed it at the time, but it kinda bothered me.  I have never met Eli or Jacki, but we were joking in the context of the summit.  This guy appeared out of no where and interrupted the conversation.  Its kinda like you are in a party, standing around with people having a discussion about a specific topic and some guy interrupts the circle with an out of context statement.

There are many reasons why this outsider’s tweet felt wrong:

  1. It was obvious he was just searching for the word “T shirt” and jumped in without any context.  If you are going to speak up, you need to listen first.  Understand what is going on and then jump in.
  2. He was a stranger who wanted to sell something to me.  Not build a relationship first or even add value to my life.  Its a twitter cold call.
  3. I never heard from him again.  Twitter is not a drop in and drop out kind of platform.  You need to be consistent in your relationship building.
  4. Frankly, it felt creepy.  Like I was being stalked by my words.

What do you think?



Are you funny looking or funny ha ha?


Today I had the pleasure of participating in Social Media Success Summit’s session with Guy Kawasaki.

His session about How to Use Social Media to Enchant People was not only full of interesting facts, but his delivery style was easy to understand and enjoyable.  Why?  Because Guy has a sense of humour.

So much so that I tweeted:  The only point that @GuyKawasaki missed in his list was: Have a Sense of Humour.  Which he has in spades. #smss11.

Guy responded:  @LaurindaShaver But humor cannot be taught so why mention it? 🙂

If humour can’t be taught, is it essential in Social Media?

Humour is not just about making you laugh.  It is also about not taking yourself too seriously.  We all have those moments where we write a tweet and press SEND and walk away.  Only to come back later and realize that you wrote “asses” instead of “assess”. Or is that just me?

What do you do?  I laughed.  I laughed so hard it hurt.  Why?  because I made of ass of myself (pardon the pun) and I can just picture the looks on people’s faces when they read it.

So I believe that not only do you provide info, insight, and assistance as per Guy’s presentation, but you also need to do so with a sense of humour.

What do you think?


Dude, where is my library?


There seems to be alot of buzz lately about libraries.   Remember those.  As a student that I would wander through desperately trying to find the one piece of info for my essay. (Yes.. pre-internet days)

In Ontario, the Windsor-Essex Catholic is dismantling all its libraries.  It has started to divvy up the library books in its elementary schools and distribute them to individual classrooms instead.  Imagine that…  no more hiding out in the library.  No more discoveries of a cool book on a shelf.  But more importantly, what message does this send to youth?  Sorry guys.. books are not important anymore, so we are closing shop.  Farewell and good luck.

Why have we arrived at this state?

I LOVE books.  I own many.  The biggest threat I have ever received is in a heated non-logical exchange with an ex who threatened to burn all my books.  He might as well ripped out my soul and danced on it.

Laurinda's KindleI own a Kindle.  Marvelous thing it is.  Holds up to 3,500 books. It has actually increased my reading (yes, it is possible) and its light.  My friends say “I would miss the feeling of the book.”, but somehow I don’t.  My biggest complaint is how it lands with a huge thump on my chest as I fall asleep reading in bed.

eBooks in their sexy electronic package is changing the hardware of books.  The Association of American Publishers says that ebooks are the single best-selling category in U.S. publishing. Amazon says that ebooks are its most popular category of book format.  Why?  because its cheap and easy.  It cost me less than $200CDN with a nice book cover and a light. From what I have seen, the average price of a kindle book is $10. Then, there are over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are available.  The real advantage for me is the WAY TOO EASY one click purchase at  I find a book I like, I click and in seconds its on my kindle.  Just like that.  Amazon has way too much of my money.

On April 20, 2011 Amazon announced that later this year it will launch library lending for Kindle books, from over 11,000 libraries in the U.S.  Imagine how easy that is going to be.  And its free! You hop on a WiFi service or 3G and in seconds you can “borrow” a book.  No library building, no stacks, just data transferred from one point into your hands.

So, what is the future of Libraries?

Seth Godin had a great post today entitled the future of the library. His perspective is that the library is still a place.  Not a warehouse of books (that is your ebook), but rather a meeting place.  Instead of looking for information, people will “come together to do co-working and coordinate and invent projects worth working on together.”

My library of the future is a place where I can go to study and to have meetings with others.  A physical manifestation of google.  Where info is organized and accessible.  A place that provides information that is organized to help me.  Imagine that!

So, like everything else, libraries need to evolve to be relevant.  Ok… back to reading Do the Work by Steven Pressfield on my Kindle.

What is your vision of the library of the future?