Another day, another Quick-n-Dirty podcast show. Oh, I mean that in a positive way. It’s always good when you feel like you’ve hit your groove with a blog/podcast show. Obviously you need to keep it fresh but understanding what’s working and whats not comes from practice. It also allows you to try new things like our surprise guest dial in at the end of the show from friend, Bill Johnston of Forum One (more on that below).
- Featured Social Network: Aardvark. While Jennifer and I haven’t used this service a ton, both of us have answered the e-mail requests that have come from our friends. One of the main reasons we like Aardvark (in addition to the awesome t-shirt Aaron received), is that it’s old world (e-mail) meets new world (social networking). It’s also a clever use of geo-based social networking without the intrusivness of being gps-discoverable which Jennifer doesn’t like.
- Special Guest & Case Study: Dan Schawbel, “leading personal branding expert for Gen-Y,” author of Me 2.0, and social media specialist at EMC. It was pleasure having Dan although I will say that he sure does know how to talk (and that comes from a guy that’s pretty darn good at talking himself).
- Featured Twitterer: Rachel Happe. For the second straight week, Jennifer and I picked someone that we both knew and respected (last week, we had Ryan Kuder). I worked with Rachel at Mzinga for a few months — something that just deepened my great respect for her. In addition, Rachel is part of the group, Technically Women, an organization that Jennifer also belongs to (and something we covered back in week five). Oh yeah, Rachel is a former IDC analyst and is currently a principal at The Community Roundtable along with close friend, Jim Storer.
- Point / Counterpoint: The Speaker’s Group neglecting to include any women on it’s “top 10 social media speaker list.” I’ll spare you the details as Jennifer covered it thoroughly in a post over on her ZDNet blog (Geoff Livingston also shared some thoughts here). Bottom line, Jennifer (who is repped by the Speaker’s Group) thought it was most effective for her to work with the SG to help find a solution to their initial faux pas of not including ANY women on their list of top ten social media speakers. My position was, “shame on them for not getting it right in the first place.” To that end, our friend Bill Johnston — our surprise guest caller — who runs events for ForumOne said that it was B.S. because if anything, he found it easier to land great women speakers to talk about social media and community at his events. Yay Bill!