Using Social Media to make something great

Addicted To Social MediaOkay well I hope it’s going to be great, but still I’m finding that using Social Media is a great way to organize people and share ideas and items. Myself and two other Social Media junkies, Neal Wiser and Phil Baumann are tossing around the idea to start a podcast for a small side project we’re doing together. This is still very much in the planning stages, because we only decided to do something last night. What struck me and gave me inspiration to write this post is how I’m using Social Media and cloud computing to get things off the ground (sorry for the pun).

There are a few tools that I’m using that hit a chord with me this morning.

First off Twitter. This is the main avenue of communication between the 3 of us (that and Skype too). Direct messages are a life saver and much easier than writing short emails to each other. I’m currently using Seesmic Desktop which really keeps my Tweeting in order and helps me organize this project and my life in general.

Second, I’m using a service called Dropbox to host files that we want to share amongst the three of us. This allowed me this morning to share an mp3 of a preliminary intro to the podcast with the other two members. Very neat.

Third, Google Docs. Google is a great resource, especially their Google Docs application. It allows us to collaborate in real time. A must for getting a project together.

Fourth, Delicious. Delicious is a social bookmarking cloud program/site that allows you to easily bookmark stories and sites that you want to go back to later and even share. This will be indispensable for sharing links to the stories we talk about in the show.

Fifth, Evernote. This is my brain online. Any Web page or online article I want to read or keep and read later goes in here. I couldn’t live without it.

Sixth, Facebook. This Social Media platform allows for Pages, we have an A2SM page (not too impressive yet) that will allow us to build a community around the blog and podcast. Very helpful and neat.

These are just a few of the items in the Social Media universe that I’m using to start this project. Do you use any of them? I’d like to hear what you have to say. Post your thoughts in the comments below.

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