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“Just a minute,” I told a 4-H meeting as I tapped a message on my phone.

“If you would quit texting, we wouldn’t have to wait,” my 16-year-old daughter (who was running the meeting) complained.

“I’m not texting. I’m tweeting.” I explained.

That inspired me to explain what I tap on my phone during the meeting. It’s not just texting. 

My phone is my calendar, pencil, and paper.  I use it to take notes during the meeting.  If it’s during a live presentation, I’ll probably tweet those notes so I can go back to them later.  My attention span is limited, and having to focus on a talk intensely enough to absorb it and re-interpret it into 140 character tweets makes me focus better on the subject at hand.

When my daughter admonished me, I was corresponding with Robby Slaughter, author of a recent book on Failure: The Secret to Success. He gave an example of a failure game to try, which we used as recreation during our meeting.   After we did it, I was tweeting him feedback on how the game went. (It went well.)

Where could I listen to a meeting and correspond in real time with an author of a book whose idea I have just tried in a meeting with 27 students?  Twitter!

If I’m in a meeting and you need pronto information, I’ll use my phone to search for it. If we set a meeting, I’ll enter it into my calendar.  If there is only 1 copy of a handout, I’ll take a photo of it with my phone and let someone else have the paper copy.  I can take photos of the experiment or other pertinent info to either post online, email, or refer to later.

If I can’t find it on google, I’ll probably tweet out to my lifeline of hundreds of followers and ask them if they can help me find the right answer.

If I’m at a meeting and you see me punching quickly into my phone, don’t automatically assume I am zoned out, living more inside the phone than I am in the real world.  It could very well be I’m using that phone as my personal transporter, to pull the rest of the world into our meeting so we can dialogue in new ways, with new people, in ways we never imagined.

Have  phone, will tweet.

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Case study in how real people solve real problems faster via social media.

One week ago, I attended the Social Media Club of Evansville monthly meeting, where Robby Slaughter of BlogIndiana spoke about building business productivity with social media.  I met a new mom there, Talina, and we began to follow each other on Twitter.

Through Twitter, we learned of common ground as coffee lovers.  Then we learned we both blog, enjoy Excel, and try to be environmentally friendly parents.  She has a baby, and my kids are now teens. We commented on each other’s blogs and became friends via Facebook.

Last night, I saw her tweet she was trying to figure out what kind of spider she found in her house.  I asked her to post the picture on Facebook.  She posted it, and then I shared the photo, asking my friends who are pest control experts to ID the spider.  Within an hour, two competing local pest experts ID’d the spider.

Not only did they ID the spider – they had a civil conversation about spiders in general. By this morning, a 3rd pest pro had posted.  Among the 3 of them, they had ID’d the spider, discussed where it was usually found, assured us it was not poisonous, and given a quick way to get rid of the spider.

What did I learn on Facebook today? This varied color orb spider is large – they are usually this big in the fall.  It is an outdoor spider, usually found in soffets and on porches, spinning large webs by which it catches other insects.  Sometimes they eat so much when they fall to the ground, they are so full they “burst” on impact.

Oh – & what did I learn about social media? Last week, Robby Slaughter asked for a good definition of social media.  I said it’s a tool by which real people build and enhance relationships in the real world. 

Along came a spider and sat down beside her and proved the point.

This could be a case study in how companies on Twitter can be first responders to potential customers. 

But that is another blog altogether…

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