Twitter: Being smart is great but you don’t have to prove it all the time

Message to all the self-promoting Twitter users out there: give it a rest. There’s nothing worse in the old school world of real life than having a conversation with someone that only talks about their own achievements.

In fact, it’s completely hideous: “Did I tell you about the time I achieved something brilliant? Actually, that . . . → Read More: Twitter: Being smart is great but you don’t have to prove it all the time

The five most annoying traits of Twitter users

Do you want to get on Twitter, and get down with the kids, but are you too scared they might LMAO? (That’s cool social lingo for laugh in your face, in case you’re an executive laggard).

For a start, don’t be worried. Research – simply logging into social networks and watching what people say – . . . → Read More: The five most annoying traits of Twitter users

CIOs cannot push their brand value if they are not social media animals

I attended a CIO event recently where attending IT leaders were reminded to use the conference hashtag. The response in the hall? Laughter.

That response is at best embarrassing and at worst negligent. Too many CIOs still fail to recognise the significance of social media.

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Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn: CIOs that don’t get social media should get out

Do you want to know the most redundant debate ever? It goes something like this: “Should the CIO get involved in the use of social media?”

Whether at the personal level, or at a wider organisational remit, experts across the technology industry continue to debate – both online, in print and at conferences – whether . . . → Read More: Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn: CIOs that don’t get social media should get out

CIOs need to get tough if they want to influence people in power

It’s always nice to get involved in a debate about the future of the CIO on Twitter, especially when it’s in response to one of your own comment pieces. Such a debate took place yesterday, when industry commentator Rob Bamforth came back to an earlier piece about CIO control.

He commented on the column, and . . . → Read More: CIOs need to get tough if they want to influence people in power

10 must-reads for a CIO who is creating a social media strategy

Consumerisation is changing your business. Smart CIOs will already be thinking of ways to deal with the influx of consumer-purchased IT, finding ways to connect such devices securely and to let workers collaborate effectively.

Much of this connectivity will be facilitated through a mix of mobile technology and social media networking. Social media retains a . . . → Read More: 10 must-reads for a CIO who is creating a social media strategy

Mobility plus marketing equals a new opportunity for the CIO

How has the last year-or-so been for you? Have you spent time with your head done in the IT department, managing and implementing the latest technology system? Or have you been more adventurous and moved beyond the confines of IT?

I’ve spoken to a number of CIOs recently who have suggested that they now spend . . . → Read More: Mobility plus marketing equals a new opportunity for the CIO

Your silent approach to email and social media is a failure

Imagine the scenario: the phone rings. On the other end is someone you wouldn’t mind hearing from. Not a cold-call salesperson, not an annoying relative, just someone you wouldn’t mind talking to.

So, what do you do? Engage in convesration, telling them how great it is to hear from them? Or just say nothing until . . . → Read More: Your silent approach to email and social media is a failure

Is Quora yet another platform to help the gurus evangelise?

A New Year brings new hype – and top of the shop right now is Quora, “a continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organised by everyone who uses it” (so says the ‘about’ page of its web site).

Founded by ex-Facebook CTO Adam D’Angelo and colleague Charlie Cheever, Quora was started . . . → Read More: Is Quora yet another platform to help the gurus evangelise?

10 common mistakes made by executives on Twitter

It always makes me laugh when people put something in their Twitter description that attempts to provide a break between personal opinion and terms of employment.

You know the kind of thing: “These tweets are personal and are not reflective of my employer.” I mean, is that sort of line legally binding? As a representative . . . → Read More: 10 common mistakes made by executives on Twitter