You Can Take Your Reputation With You

I only rarely re-post from other blogs I write but wanted to share this one with you because, well, it’s a bit of a thought piece about online reputation that I’m a bit proud of. So yes, I’m using my blog as a scrapbook of stuff I like to keep but thought you might find it interesting.

Below is the first part of my post. The really good stuff comes after. For the full thing, click here.

You Can Take Your Reputation With You (from The Social Marketplace blog)

Question: “If you have invested time building your reputation on eBay, why would you want to start from scratch on a new platform?” (Rachel Botsman, AFR BOSS)

Answer: “Because users deserve a higher level of trust and interaction in the community.” (Dave Kasriel, Shoplist)

This question is rhetorically posed at the end of an article in the November issue of BOSS magazine (Australian Financial Review publication) titled The Reputation Economy’ by Rachel Botsman (page 54-56).

It is about reputation and trust online and what this means for transactional activity where decisions are influenced by peer review, in this article the example is buying and selling on eBay.

I asked Dave to comment. He is building a new platform – Shoplist – from scratch. He says, “eBay is becoming less transparent, particularly with the feedback options. Ratings don’t mean the same as they used to. Sellers can’t even leave negative feedback anymore. They can choose between a rating of ‘Positive’ and ‘I’ll leave Feedback later’.”

Social networking is part of the Shoplist experience, opening up the channels of transparency where “users will be able to trust that there is someone at the other end” (Dave). Members will be encouraged to bring across their online reputations from eBay and other sites in their profiles.

Social activity will be as much a key component of Shoplist as the actual buying and selling. Community members can connect with one another. Some may like to find people and form groups based around similar interests, and others may like to keep in touch with those they sell to or buy from.


Discolure: Shoplist is a client.


How Will CEOs Use Social Media in the Future?

Hundreds of articles pass my eyes each week. Usually I read the headline and the first paragraph or two to see if the story resonates and compels me to read further. Today, this Mashable article did: How CEOs Will Use Social Media in the Future.

It is about the younger generation slowly taking over the positions of our business leaders and the impact of the changing nature of communication for the ‘Next Generation of CEOs’.

There is a massive divide between the ‘closed corporate’ mentality of most (not all, there are some with the social media mindset) CEOs and the open, transparent practices of the younger connected generations. Will our big corporates become open companies promoting sharable brands and encouraging consumers to appropriate their content?

—- break to attend a Viocorp webcast about the future of social media: see twitter stream here – lots of great content from the crowd —-

Ok, so I’ve just come from the webcast and the ‘age thing’ was raised. Thinking about this further, it is easy to point to the generation gap but it’s not really and ‘age thing’, it’s more about mindset. Younger generations have grown up with constant change and new technologies so yes, it may be easier for them to adapt to new social networks. But I’ve met and heard of some gun ‘mature’ people forging ahead in the space.

I think the major difference between leaders now and in the future will be that a social media culture will be influenced and encouraged from top down, rather than bottom up or from a small department of social media crusaders as in companies now.

I hope there will be a greater understanding of the value of open and social brands that will filter through the culture and thinking of companies. It will be interesting to see what kind of role CEOs and business leaders will have in contributing to the social nature of the companies they keep.

Which social media tools and networks do you use?

Thought I’d do a bit of an inventory of all the online social media tools I use and the social networks I am in (vague order of signing up). I’ve also assessed how active I am as per how often I access the sites.

Which are you active in? What do you find the most valuable?

  • MySpace (sporadic use)
  • Facebook (daily)
  • LinkedIn (around 4 times per week)
  • WordPress (aiming for twice a week)
  • Twitter (daily and frequently!)
  • YouTube (weekly)
  • Delicious (well, I started off a few times per week but I’ve been using the parkyoung account around 4-5 days per week)
  • StumbleUpon (3-4 times per month)
  • ShareThis (use it often to share other people’s content)
  • Posterous (around 3 times per week)
  • Digg (monthly)
  • Tumblr (rarely)
  • Wikipedia (monthly for work purposes)
  • Dropbox (on a needs basis – so far once only but I like this tool for sharing large files)
  • Evernote (fortnightly)
  • Alltop (daily)
  • FourSquare (daily)
  • A Small World (3-4 times per week)

I have only joined most of these in the past six months. I am addicted to the sharing of content and the feeling of community and connectedness with the wide world. My latest social network addition, A Small World, looks to open up my experiences to a global network. Very exciting!

Finding the value of Foursquare

I’ve been on Foursquare for a couple of weeks now and actively (read: remembering) to check in during the last two to three weeks. I am now finding the value in this app, a geo-tagger and my way of keeping track of the places I visit in Melbourne as well as seeing where other people go for recommendations. As a new(ish) kid in town with plenty to see, Foursquare is becoming a novel way to log the cafes and restaurants I visit.

At this stage I have only checked in to food places but I would like to start checking in to some other places as well, such as galleries, theatres and other places that aren’t based on feeding one’s face.

Now that I am finding the value-add in the sharing of community knowledge via Fourquare I am sure I will become a keener, more avid user. Although I am wary of the stalker potential this has so perhaps I’ll”check out” instead and log my presence as I’m leaving…

Find me on Foursquare: kimberleyl

PS: here is the pic I have added to my Foursquare profile just then but it looks kind of squashed on the profile …. this is the original!

Foursquare Photo

Operation relocation – Day 7 in East Melbourne

It is a week today since I moved into my apartment in East Melbourne, exhausted and a little overwhelmed and emotional but all this was overridden by excitement. The past seven days have flown by and yet I am still on my airbed on the floor. However, a lot of other accomplishments have been achieved and, though I don’t want to bring religion into it, I confess that I understand why God rested on the Seventh Day.

Embracing the decision to try new things in a new city and new challenges in new environments I have since gained myself a fantastic apartment with car space, gym and pool which serves as a convenient base for traveling to the city or any other suburb one should wish to visit. I have a library card, new appliances, new friends and a new job, all of which I am very thankful for and appreciative to have secured so soon in the game.

The library card has made given me a chair and desk to use until mine arrives, not to mention a host of books, DVDs and knowledge at my disposal just ten minutes brisk walk from The Apartment. New appliances have given me the ability to cook, one of my passions and comforts. New friends have given me support, encouragement and hope. And new job has already inspired and given me the drive to further push myself to succeed.

I should also give special mention to Twitter. Well, not Twitter per se but the amazing network of people who have shared and supported and advised me on a great many number of things. I can’t help thinking that online social networks have made this relocation more pleasant than it would have been without the constant connection they provide to others. The first nights alone in The Apartment were not as lonely when you have a constant online chatter and host of emails just a click away. Of course, this will never, for me, replace the value of face to face chatter but online social networking has enabled me to translate this online chatter into coffee with friends.

In the coming weeks I will be meeting more new Tweeple which I am very much looking forward to.

Fresh flowers and appliances