Community Members are asking

For community members, social media can be a powerful new route to self-expression, connection and collaboration. Every day seems to bring yet another tool offering big promises (and a bigger learning curve). These questions help you sort through the technology, understand what works for you, and put it all in the context of how these new tools can help you achieve your goals and make a difference.

What's the best way to manage my tasks and schedule online?

If you're a fan of the social web, you've probably noticed that it has two very different faces: the having fun side: (Facebook, Flickr, YouTube) and the Getting Things Done side (delicious, Basecamp, Remember The Milk). In fact, the more you spend time on the fun side, the more you need the GTD side to make up for all the time you've spent watching videos of cute, cuddly puppies.

What's the best way to keep track of all my notes?

The social web includes more and more options for tracking personal information and sharing knowledge. If your work (or life) involves keeping notes, brainstorming, or collaborating with others on document creation, it's worth taking the time to find the tools that support your personal style and collaboration needs. Our own toolkit includes software for producing documents together, creating and sharing mindmaps, and keeping our personal notes organized and accessible from anywhere.

How can I keep track of my favorite web sites?

With more and more content available online, everyone needs help staying on top of the flood of information. The two essential tools you must have in your toolbox: an RSS reader, and a social bookmarking tool.

How can I get started with the social web?

If you're diving into social media for the first time, you have two equally important jobs to do: acquiring some technical skills, and getting to know web culture. The technology is the easy part, since most "web 2.0" applications focus on simplifying the user experience to get people participating as quickly as possible.

How can I use social networking to help my career and develop professionally?

Social networks shine a light on the inextricability of personal and professional relationships. Your career is as strong as your personal network; and these days, with people spending more and more time at work, your personal life may only be as vital as your professional network.

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