WBEZ | Social networking http://www.wbez.org/tags/social-networking Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en More of SXSW Day Two: Social networking and the music of Pumcayo http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2013-03/more-sxsw-day-two-social-networking-and-music-pumcayo-106110 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1networking.jpg" style="height: 429px; width: 620px;" title="" /></div><p>AUSTIN, Tx&mdash;While finding one&rsquo;s own voice as a musician was the noble theme of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2013-03/foo-fighting-dave-grohl%E2%80%99s-keynote-address-106099">Dave Grohl&rsquo;s keynote address</a>, the words I&rsquo;ve heard mentioned far more often than any other during the daytime panels at South by Southwest 2013 are &ldquo;creating your brand.&rdquo;</p><p>The more calculated side of this endeavor includes potentially troublesome things like selling your music to advertising, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2013-03/imaging-jingle-crafting-crowdfunding-and-%E2%80%98born-chicago%E2%80%99-106087">as chronicled yesterday</a>. But there&rsquo;s a benign and human aspect to this meaningless jargon, too, as was made clear by the tirelessly fan-friendly <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2013-03/imaging-jingle-crafting-crowdfunding-and-%E2%80%98born-chicago%E2%80%99-106087">Amanda Palmer</a>, as well as by the super-social networking-savvy participants in a Thursday afternoon session entitled <strong>&ldquo;Internet: How to Not Go Crazy Being Everywhere.&rdquo;</strong></p><p>Any band that&rsquo;s the least bit ambitious in 2013 absolutely needs the following, and in this order, the panelists agreed: a Facebook page; a YouTube page; a SoundCloud page; a Twitter account and a Tumblr account. Optional but also potentially useful: SonicBids, BandCamp, BandPage... and Pintrest, but only if you want to reach moms in the Midwest. Oh, yeah: You also need an old-fashioned Web site, and maybe a blog.</p><p>To maintain all of this Internet presence, an artist should spend about an hour a day online&mdash;though how that can be accomplished while juggling a day job, eating, sleeping, slacking and, you know, making music was left unaddressed.</p><p>All of that seems daunting, if not depressing. But at its core it just means reaching out to people who might be interested in your music and then developing a relationship with them by staying in touch. Most artists have been doing this instinctively for centuries, long before Al Gore invented the Internet to house all of these platforms and apps.</p><p>Case in point: A few weeks before the festival, I got an email from Federico Díaz de León, a musician in Guadalajara, Mexico, a fan of <em>Sound Opinions</em> and an astute fellow who knew how to push my buttons: &ldquo;We play [psychedelic] prog-infused Mexican folk-rock,&rdquo; he wrote. With the band playing three official showcases here, and who knows how many other gigs, how could I not check that out?</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1pumcayo.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="" /></div><p>The pitch and social networking only will get you so far, however: A band must then deliver the goods, or someone will tune out quicker than they can hit &ldquo;delete.&rdquo; But Díaz de León&rsquo;s band <strong><a href="http://pumcayo.com/">Pumcayó</a> </strong>absolutely lived up to his promises during a showcase at the International Day Stage, rising above the challenges of sound problems and another schedule running way too late to hypnotize with an unexpected magic mushroom idyll.</p><p>With a Spanish name roughly translating as &ldquo;thump! it fell,&rdquo; the group merges the genteel, folkie beard-rock sounds of indie heroes such as Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear with an older, freakier psychedelic/progressive-rock fondness for elaborate arrangements and virtuosic solos (think Renaissance, the Incredible String Band, or very early Genesis) and here and there the occasional spice of native Mexican folk music. It&rsquo;s a rich and mighty musical mole&mdash;and I really need to go like all of their pages and accounts right now.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/M8qLJkbciiU" width="560"></iframe></p><p><strong><u>My complete coverage of SXSW 2013</u></strong></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2013-03/foo-fighting-dave-grohl%E2%80%99s-keynote-address-106099">Foo fighting: Dave Grohl&rsquo;s keynote address</a></strong></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2013-03/laura-stevenson-holydrug-couple-foxygen-and-more-106090">Laura Stevenson, Holydrug Couple, Foxygen and more</a></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2013-03/imaging-jingle-crafting-crowdfunding-and-%E2%80%98born-chicago%E2%80%99-106087">Imaging, jingle-crafting, crowdfunding and &lsquo;Born in Chicago&rsquo;</a></p></p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2013-03/more-sxsw-day-two-social-networking-and-music-pumcayo-106110 The changing Face(book) of friendship http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/changing-facebook-friendship-103776 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/facebook%20grid%20flickr%20dan%20taylor.jpg" style="height: 732px; width: 620px;" title="What does friendship mean in the age of Facebook? (Flickr/Dan Taylor)" /></div><p>Recently, I attended the funeral of a friend I had known for more than 50 years. I went to the funeral out of respect for my old comrade, but also out of respect for the concept of friendship itself.</p><p>I&rsquo;m &ldquo;old school.&rdquo; Calling someone a friend is a big deal to me. In my mind, friendship doesn&rsquo;t simply result from knowing someone. It isn&rsquo;t based on growing up in the same neighborhood, attending the same church or even being college roommates, nor is it the byproduct of working together, singing in the same choir or being someone&rsquo;s regular doubles-partner at the tennis club. You may do all of these activities with people you like. They may be people you sometimes casually refer to as friends, but they are, in fact, acquaintances, people you simply know.</p><p>To me, friendship is about intimacy, trust, mutual caring and responsibility.&nbsp;Calling someone a friend is analogous to telling someone you love them. Both pronouncements should be a mixture of reason, emotions, affection, empathy, simpatico and joy. And the key ingredient, the bonding principle, the social cement for all these attributes and feelings, is time: time spent together getting to know each other, time spent getting to know what you like and dislike about each other. Time enough to decide, &ldquo;OK, now I know a lot about you. And, I know a lot of things that I don&rsquo;t like about you. Yet, I still choose to call you friend.&rdquo;</p><p>In <em>Twentysomethings: Why do Young Adults Seem Stuck?</em>, authors Robin Marantz Henig and Samantha Henig explore some of the pitfalls of social networking and modern friendship. Simply put, they argue that having 500 Facebook friends should not be associated with true friendship. Constant contact can be exciting, efficient, fun, and challenging; but, they argue, creating virtual bonds &ldquo;can&rsquo;t quite take the place of real ones.&rdquo; Real friendship, like dancing, is a more intimate, face-to-face relationship.</p><p>As I said, I&rsquo;m &ldquo;old school&rdquo; when it comes to friendship. Aristotle wrote on a number of topics during his lifetime, including some of his best work on the nature of friendship. I can do no better than leave you with a few of his thoughts:</p><ul><li>&ldquo;What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.&rdquo;</li><li>&ldquo;Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.&rdquo;</li><li>&ldquo;A friend to all is a friend to none.&rdquo;</li><li>&ldquo;The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.&rdquo;</li><li>&ldquo;Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods.&rdquo;</li></ul><p><em>Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chairman of the Management Department in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.</em></p></p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/changing-facebook-friendship-103776 Volunteers drum up support for mayoral candidates http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-18/volunteers-drum-support-mayoral-candidates-82514 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Emanuel with volunteers AP.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>There are four days left until Chicago&rsquo;s municipal election. The candidates have been out in full force - stumping hard for votes. But behind the scenes, it&rsquo;s the army of volunteers that have helped really make the difference. So who has recruited the most &quot;will work for free&quot; folks?</p><p>WBEZ Pritzker Journalism Fellow Icoi Johnson went out to discover whether volunteer turn-out might be a bellwether for overall interest in the race:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>At a Rahm Emanuel campaign office in Hyde Park, volunteers put out calls to voters. The South Side office is small but busy with supporters. Armed with a list of names, staff used cell phones to reach out to voters.</p><p>&quot;My name is Clinton and I&rsquo;m a volunteer with Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s office and we were wondering if we could count on your support for the upcoming mayoral election,&quot; an Emanuel volunteer said.</p><p>The Emanuel campaign has roughly 6,000 Chicago residents signed up to volunteer. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/pols/faculty/dicksimpson.html">Dick Simpson</a> thinks it's an impressive number. Simpson&rsquo;s head of the political science department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.</p><p>&quot;There are approximately 3,000 precincts in the city of Chicago. You need about 9,000 workers to be able to simply deliver messages door to door. Having the volunteers to do the phone banking and to do the other steps in the campaign is a major resource and will have an affect in voting,&quot; Simpson said.</p><p>One volunteer, Fred Thomas not only volunteers for Emanuel but also stumps for him in his personal life.</p><p>&quot;I always try to speak up for Mr. Rahm Emanuel. Everybody that I meet I try to convince to vote for Rahm,&quot; Thomas explained.</p><p>Over in Gery Chico's camp in the Loo, volunteers also reached out to voters.</p><p>&quot;Hi, Sylvania, my name is David. I&rsquo;m a volunteer for Gery Chico who&rsquo;s running for mayor&hellip;&quot; a Chico volunteer said.</p><p>Chico volunteers worked late into the night to show their support. Vanessa Allmon works of the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.americanbar.org/aba.html">American Bar Association</a> explained that while it&rsquo;s not easy to volunteer after a long day at work, she believes Chico is worth it.</p><p>&quot;It&rsquo;s tough but because I do believe in Chico and believe he&rsquo;s the best for Chicago I make the effort to come here after putting in about 8 &frac12; hours at my regular job. Usually I&rsquo;m here for about two-three hours in the evening but he&rsquo;s worth it,&quot; Allmon said.</p><p>The Chico campaign has over 1,000 volunteers citywide. That may be far less than what the Emanuel campaign but supporter dedication is still the same. John Franklin, a retired police officer said when he&rsquo;s not spending time with family and friends, he&rsquo;s out supporting Chico.</p><p>&quot;I&rsquo;ve supported him at press conferences, working the phones to drum up support, and just trying to get the vote out,&quot; Franklin said.</p><p>Acoording to Simpson, there&rsquo;s a reason why this upcoming election has resulted in more engaged voters.</p><p>&quot;I think the fact that it&rsquo;s a real contest and that we&rsquo;re in some ways beginning to choose the future of Chicago in the post Daley era is extraordinarily important,&quot; Simpson said. But in the end, Simpson went on, what will really matter for the candidates is who shows up on the big day.</p><p>&quot;The public opinion polls so far don&rsquo;t really matter. What matters is who shows up on Election Day. And if your campaign can get out all your potential supporters, even if it&rsquo;s not a majority, you will win because more people will have shown up on your side,&quot; said Simpson.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><em>Music Button performed live by The Opus: &quot;Eye of God&quot; (unreleased)</em><br />&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-18/volunteers-drum-support-mayoral-candidates-82514 How to get a job without having experience http://www.wbez.org/ltalleyatcpr/2009/08/how-to-get-a-job-without-having-experience/7391 <p>Wait, what? How can I do that? Larry Stybel at the <a href="http://blogs.harvardbusiness.org/hbr/hbr-now/2009/08/how-to-get-a-job-without-exper.html" target="_blank">Harvard Business Review</a> tells us it's possible. You could be fresh out of college or newly unemployed, but Stybel tells us we can beat that old Catch-22: "You can't get a job without experience, and you can't get experience without a job." He says it takes a little "creativity and humility" and he even tells readers what he did (clinical psychology) to get to where he is now (business consulting). <blockquote>I couldn't get business experience without getting hired. I couldn't get hired without business experience. What to do?</blockquote> Stybel decided to help out an organizational psychologist who wanted to market a new product. The man had a solid idea but no money so Stybel offered his resources in return for a job title, a good reference and contacts. Although the business proved unsuccessful, Stybel's experience landed him a job at a talent management-consulting firm. Here's what he says you can do: 1.‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Look for a company with a great idea and no money to do it. 2.‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Be specific about what you will provide. Stybel said he'd make calls and set up appointments. He didn't say he'd generate sales because he didn't think he could. 3.‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Be specific about what you will receive. Stybel wanted a job title, references and introductions to potential employers. 4.‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Be specific about time frame. Be sure your commitment doesn't hinder your job search or present job performance. In Stybel's case, he willingly went from one financially unrewarding job to a new, better paid job. We at Hard Working know that won't always work these days.‚  However, his tips can help you out, especially when you add <a href="http://wbezhardworking.wordpress.com/2009/06/29/social-network-your-way-to-a-new-job/" target="_blank">social networking</a> to the mix. The important part is that you put your best foot forward and be flexible and open to other markets. Take a look at these <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124952701913210043.html" target="_blank">people</a> who changed fields. All three left their jobs to try something different and Alexandra Levit of the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124952701913210043.html" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a> answered their career questions. Did the recession take your career on a different path? Tell us. We want to know what you did and how you did it.</p> Thu, 13 Aug 2009 13:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/ltalleyatcpr/2009/08/how-to-get-a-job-without-having-experience/7391 Tweet This http://www.wbez.org/ltalleyatcpr/2009/07/tweet-this/7385 <p>Here's something to tweet about: small-business owners are looking at <a href="http://twitter.com/" target="_blank">Twitter </a> to increase sales and reach out to customers. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/23/business/smallbusiness/23twitter.html?scp=2&amp;sq=twitter%20claire%20miller&amp;st=cse" target="_blank">The New York Times writes</a> some small businesses use the digital word-of-mouth site as their sole marketing tool. That's not surprising; the Web site's free access and flexibility makes it easy for small-business owners to maintain. Anita Campbell at <a href="http://smallbiztrends.com/2009/01/the-ultimate-small-business-twitter-list.html" target="_blank">Small Business Trends</a> compiled a <a href="http://smallbiztrends.com/2009/01/the-ultimate-small-business-twitter-list.html" target="_blank">list </a>of Twitter users who tweet small business issues. Once you set up an account, you can start following these people and organizations who regularly post information by, about and for small businesses. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/30/business/smallbusiness/30reputation.html?pagewanted=2&amp;em" target="_blank">The New York Times also posted</a> a guide to developing an online reputation: -Set up automatic alerts to notify you when your business is mentioned in a review or blog. -Local search sites are the new Yellow Pages - make sure your business is listed. The more complete your listing, the more likely you are to get good search results. -Respond to reviews to show readers that you are listening and that you care about customer service. -Online reviews are a gold mine of business intelligence. Analyze metrics to get a better sense of your customer demographics. -Don't write false reviews to puff your business or trash a competitor. You can severely damage your reputation...and look really silly. Suggested reading: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/business/review_response" target="_blank">Tips from Yelp</a> on responding to positive or negative reviews. <a href="http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/how_to_manage_your_online_reputation.php" target="_blank">A guide to Web tools</a> to track your online reputation. Not sure what to do next? Start by setting up a <a href="http://twitter.com/" target="_blank">Twitter </a>account. Create a name that reflects your business. Keep it casual: write your updates like you'd say them to give your customers a feel for the business. Start following other small-business owners and regular customers and watch your popularity grow.</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2009 10:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/ltalleyatcpr/2009/07/tweet-this/7385 Social network your way to a new job http://www.wbez.org/ltalleyatcpr/2009/06/social-network-your-way-to-a-new-job/7368 <p>Network, network, network. In the age of the Internet, networking is stepping away from coffee with Potential Employer #5 and sprinting toward social networking Web sites -- including online job posts. Dawn Rasmussen at <a href="http://www.recessionwire.com/" target="_blank">Recessionwire.com</a> wrote about how to use online job posts to reach one goal -- getting a job. She <a href="http://www.recessionwire.com/2009/06/22/hot-to-really-get-a-hired-through-a-job-listing-site/" target="_blank">writes</a>: <blockquote>You're trolling job listings, clicking on openings in your target field, when you see The Dream Job. Your pulse starts racing. You look more closely. You are a perfect fit. You are such a perfect fit that it was like you had written the job description yourself. So you spend hours editing, proofing, tweaking and finessing your resume and cover letter. You hit "send" confident you'll be contacted right away. You never hear a peep.</blockquote> Rasmussen says that while this may be common, you shouldn't write-off all online job searches. Instead, use online job postings as a research tool. You can find out companies who are hiring and pick up on company lingo and keywords to use in your resume. Sign up for professional sites like <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/" target="_blank">LinkedIn.com</a> and <a href="http://www.plaxo.com/" target="_blank">Plaxo.com</a> and social networking sites like <a href="http://www.facebook.com/" target="_blank">Facebook.com</a> and <a href="http://twitter.com/">Twitter.com</a>. Nowadays, the Internet is everything so make your presence known by starting a blog with observations and insights about your specialty. Make sure to link your blog to your online profiles and make note of it in your resume.</p> Mon, 29 Jun 2009 13:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/ltalleyatcpr/2009/06/social-network-your-way-to-a-new-job/7368 Are you there, LinkedIn? It&#039;s me, the Aspiring Professional. http://www.wbez.org/ssargent/2009/04/are-you-there-linkedin-its-me-aspiring-professional/7309 <p><p>Every recruiter, consultant and job expert says the same thing: Maximize networking sites!</p> <p>Whether it's Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, <a href="http://www.brightfuse.com/" target="_blank">BrightFuse</a> or MySpace, put up your resume and connect with prospective employers and like-minded professionals. If you already have a job, do the same; head hunters troll sites like LinkedIn looking for talent (a friend of mine was contacted by a recruiter after he saw her profile).</p> <p><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/chi-wailinwong,0,7614121.columnist" target="_blank">Wailin Wong</a>, who writes the Chicago Tribune's Digital Life column, could not agree more. In <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/chi-thu-digital-life-legal-netwoapr09,0,247556.column" target="_blank">her article today</a>, Wong praises the virtues of professional networking sites. She mentions the traditional avenues--like those listed above--and also draws attention to the demand for industry-specific sites. She notes that there are already social networks organized around specific industries including law, information technology and the airlines.</p> <p>During our coffeehouse last month, many of you expressed an interest in gathering with other individuals in your specific field. This could be a way to do it. If you're a lawyer, an aspiring lawyer or an out-of-work lawyer, the LexisNexis-run <a href="http://www.martindale.com/" target="_blank">Martindale-Hubbell</a> can help you find other lawyers in your area. I can't be certain what's out there for other fields, but it would definitely be worth your time to find out.</p></p> Thu, 09 Apr 2009 09:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/ssargent/2009/04/are-you-there-linkedin-its-me-aspiring-professional/7309