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Putting the Me in Social Media

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If you are posting media that isn’t social, then you are completely un-cool. All media needs to be social! I’m happy to report that I’m going to be featured in the Seattle Social Media Profiles! Sadly, I didn’t get to wear a crown for the day or anything. They do, however, want me to answer a series of questions, so here goes!

  • Name – Seriously? If they don’t know it, how did I get nominated for this gig? Ok, ok – I’m Chris Pirillo.
  • Occupation or company – I don’t know what my occupation is, really. I’m a Geek, and work for myself. I’m lucky enough to have made a career out of a personality disorder.
  • What is the best part of your job? – The commute time! I roll out of bed into this room, and I’m there, dude!
  • When and how did you end up in Seattle? – I originally started out in Iowa. I ended up here because I wanted to be here. I love the weather here in the Northwest, and the outdoors (even though I’m the Great Indoorsman).
  • How can people find you on the Web? – Google the word Chris. You’ll find me.
  • What is it about social media that attracts you? – The babes! Dude – seriously – have you seen the social media babes? They’re very attractive, except for that one that we won’t talk about.
  • How do you utilize social media? – I tickle it with my pinger! I use Ping.fm to sneeze out updates to sites such as Twitter, Facebook and more. I honestly feel that social media is using me, instead of the other way around. Maybe I’m just paranoid, but I feel like I’m being followed by thousands and thousands of people!
  • What is the one thing that the mainstream population should know about social media? – They should know it’s happening, whether they’re using it themselves or not. People are talking about you (or your company) whether you know it or not.
  • If people are following you on Twitter, what can they expect to read? – They can expect pithy quotes. Sometimes, I can be a little blue. I post links from people who post on Geeks and Lockergnome, or ones that others send to me that I like.
  • How would you describe the social media scene in Seattle? – Sometimes it’s very stinky, and other times it’s beer-y. In any sense, it’s a hot scene. If there’s a social media event, there will be hundreds of people who show up!
  • Do you remember your social media “WOW!” moment? What was it? – Uhm… I really don’t know. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a “WOW!” moment. It kind of just came upon me before I even really knew it, and I was off. I was doing social media before that even became a term!
  • What is one piece of advice you give to new users of social media? – Be yourself, and understand that transparency applies to you. It’s important. Don’t ever think you’re the exception to that rule.
  • Are you currently working on any projects that involve the use of social media? – Yes! I’m recording this as a video for YouTube right now!
  • Are there any social media events or conferences in the future that you would like people to know about? – Well, at the time of this recording we were getting ready for Gnomedex! That’s my annual tech/social media conference. I definitely recommend it, of course.
  • What are your hobbies? – I build LEGO sets!
  • Favorite vacation spot and thing to do there? – My favorite vacation spot is Costco, actually. I love their hot dogs with a large drink. It’s only $1.50!
  • Favorite restauraunt in Seattle? – Costco, of course! I love both the hot dogs and polish sausages.
  • Favorite thing to do in Seattle in the summer? – Well if it’s meal-time, I like to just go to Costco!
  • Favorite Quote? – I’d have to say the curly one!
  • Guilty Pleasure? – On a rare occasion, I will go to Costco, get a hot dog, and add sauerkraut!
  • Favorite actor/actress? – My favorite actor is Harrison Ford. I’ve modeled my entire career after him. I’ve been told I am the Harrison Ford of Geeks! I’ve worked very, very hard to attain that title.
  • “I really like it when…” – Someone goes out and gets a Costco hot dog for me! That’s the best, because I don’t like to leave my home environment!
  • “One day, I would love to…” – Finish this video! How long has it been already? Is anyone still reading/watching?
  • “If I could meet anyone, alive or dead, it would be…” – Someone alive! I wouldn’t want to meet a dead person. Can you imagine the awkward conversation? It wouldn’t go anywhere!
  • What would you like everyone to know about you? – What do you want to know about me? I’ll answer any question! I would like you all to know that I don’t take myself seriously, and that’s something I’ve been accused of on occasion. Does that make sense at all?
  • Who would you like to see featured on Seattle Social Media Profiles, and why? – I really don’t know. I’d like to see the person who has not been featured yet… because in social media, everyone is important. Just because a person is only followed by 10 people, it doesn’t make them any less important than someone who is followed by thousands. I’d like to see the person you’d least likely expect to be featured be the next one featured!

If you made it this far into the video, good for you! You’re a Geek just like the rest of us.

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Hawaii Weather is Beautiful (Even Without the Sun!)

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I took this short clip while riding in a car during my recent trip to Hawaii. The day was a little overcast and even kind of foggy. However, it was still just absolutely beautiful there – both the scenery and the weather itself. Living in Seattle, I’m used to clouds and rain… and even prefer them to the sunshine!

What’s your favorite type of weather? Where have you traveled to that had your perfect type? Leave me a follow-up comment here on the blog and let us know! Or, you can leave a video response of your own on the YouTube channel!

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Getting Out is a Good Thing

As you may have noticed, I’ve been out and about a lot more recently. I’ve discovered that there are times when going outside, seeing people and doing things isn’t always such a bad thing. I’m still my Geeky self. I still prefer solitude sometimes. I still prefer the company of my dogs and my computers to humans much of the time. However, having been dragged to several local events and attractions by various friends lately has actually been fun. I’ve managed to do and see some things that I’ve said for years now I’d “get around to one day”.

It’s no secret that I’m most comfortable in my house, within my own little Geek world. I have made many amazing connections over the years online. My knowledge and my mind-set have been expanded due to the people I know on the Internet and in our community. I often view things differently due to the way others look at them – helping me to think outside the box.

However, I’m learning all over again that there are connections to be made outside of my comfort zone. There are so many people out there who have interests and thoughts similar to mine – and *gasp* – not all of them can be found on Twitter or Lockergnome or even Geeks! It’s good to get out there and connect with them, and expand my world even further.

Don’t worry, my grasshoppers. I’ll never forget about you. And, no matter what I may go and do during the day, I still have time to keep track of all of you!

Top 10 Things to Do in Seattle

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Yes I am online, but I’m coming to you courtesy of my house in the Seattle area. I really am happy here. I love the weather, the people and the lifestyle. A member of our chatroom emailed me recently, asking about places to visit in Seattle. She and her family will be visiting here in November. I’m going to give my top ten places to go, but I challenge all of you who live (or have visited) here to submit your own recommendations, as well! Heck, why not tell us where you live – even if it’s not in Seattle – and share your favorite local places to go!

  • The Fremont Troll – This is a sculpture of a troll underneath a bridge! The Fremont troll has been lurking under the north end of the Aurora bridge since 1990. He was sculpted by four Seattle area artists for the Fremont Arts Council. The head-and-shoulders sculpture is 18-ft. tall. It’s really cool, I swear it!
  • Olympic Sculpture Park and Gas Works Park – Both of these places were former industrial areas that were turned into parks. They are both very neat places to visit, and you will enjoy hours of just relaxing and looking around.
  • The Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum – This place is definitely worth a visit. Experience Music Project is dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in popular music. They have combined interpretive, hands-on activities with modern technology to give music a whole new experience. The Science Fiction Museum is the world’s first museum devoted to the thought-provoking ideas and experiences of science fiction.
  • XXX – This isn’t what you think it is! It’s the last historical root beer drive-in. They have classic car shows quite often. You can, of course, order yourself a (really yummy!) bite to eat, and a huge frosty root beer. This place is the home of the best patty melt I’ve ever had. LOVE THEM.
  • Bruce Lee and Brandon Lee’s Grave Sites – The graves are located in a beautiful cemetery, and their final resting place is just gorgeous. If you were ever a fan of either of these two men, you’ll not want to miss this.
  • Seattle Bug Safari – Seattle Bug Safari is a bug zoo and gift shop where Seattle tourists and kids-of-all-ages can experience the exotic, behind-the-scenes world of insects.
  • Argosy Harbor Cruise and Ride the Ducks – Both are great tours, and an absolute must-do when you visit.
  • The Original Starbucks in Pike Place Market – It’s worth visiting, if only to be able to say that you did.
  • The Seattle Asian Art Museum – There is a lot of culture to be found in this area, and most specifically in this museum. It’s a great way to spend a rainy day.
  • Seattle Museum of the Mysteries – This place is awesome! It’s a museum after my own heart, with exhibits about Bigfoot, UFOs, ghosts and more!

As you can see, there are one heck of a lot of cool things to see and do in Seattle. You’ll likely want to visit the Space Needle, and it really is fun and interesting to do. But the places I listed are some of the more “non-mainstream” things you may just want to put on your list!

Now, it’s your turn… tell me the places you’ve loved to visit here in the past, or even what cool places I might enjoy seeing in your hometown.

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Gnomedex Questions and Answers

I received an email from Nicole, a lady who is considering attending Gnomedex this year for the first time. She recently started a business based in New York, and had some questions about the conference. The questions are very good ones, and I decided that others may benefit from the answers, as well.

  • What is the overall theme, message or intended take-away of the conference? The theme this year will be the same one I chose last year – Human Circuitry. Interestingly enough, the attendees from last year defined Human Circuitry in many different ways. The common response, though, meshed with what I was trying to accomplish. Human Circuitry, put simply, is the point at which Tech and Humanity combine. We learned how we could raise money quickly for a worthy cause, using nothing more than Twitter. We had a spontaneous – and very moving/powerful – few moments of dancing wildly on stage with Matt, of “Where the Hell is Matt” fame. Another highlight that showed off Human Circuitry at work was hearing Amanda Koster talk about using her camera and the Internet to raise awareness of the plight of people living in Africa.
  • Are the sessions focused on action and strategy – or more theoretical? I’d have to say that they are focused on action and strategy. For instance, one speaker this year will be talking about the top ten ways businesses can and should make use of social media outlets, such as Twitter. We have speakers lined up this year who will talk about everything from social media, business online (and offline!), all the way to using the Internet to raise awareness for a cause.
  • Is there a high focus on innovation, and what’s “new” and “needed”? I’d like to think so, yes. The people who attend this conference are some of the best at what they do. The conversations that take place between and after sessions are usually the highlight of the conference for many people. You will be amazed at the contacts you can make, and the things you can learn from these conversations. A LOT of time is spent talking about what’s on the cutting edge, what we’re hoping to find / create / DO, and what just plain doesn’t work.
  • Is it very jargon-specific with advanced computer terminology and concepts – or understandable to a non-programmer? Gnomedex is not focused on programming. I can promise you that anyone and everyone will be able to understand what is being presented and discussed. Sure, there may be a few people who use big words, but hey! We are a room full of Geeks, after all! We’ve been fortunate in past years (and again this year) to be able to find presenters who are able to talk about their subject in “people terms”, and not “high-tech terms”. We do love developers, though!
  • Since your audience ranges across many field and disciplines, do you have industry-specific break-out sessions or opportunities to learn/discuss/network? Officially, no. Unofficially, yes. Gnomedex is a single-track conference, where everyone attends the same sessions. We work very hard to make sure that our speakers will reach out to every sector of people / business who may attend. Again, I bring up the discussions that take place before / after sessions: this is the time and place where people find others with similar goals and interests. Contact information is exchanged. Ideas are shared. We also have our meet-and-greet party Thursday night, before the conference begins, which is yet another opportunity for you to network.
  • The conference seems clearly beneficial. Due to costs of travel and accommodations, I’m wondering if it’s “nice” to attend… or a “need” to attend. What would you say others have gained in the past from attending? First and foremost, people across the board each and every year have stated that they came away with renewed passion for what they’re doing. They are energized. They look at things from different perspectives than they might have prior to being there. They remember why it is they started on their journey, and have a renewed faith in themselves and their ideas. They come away having made new friends and associates. I’ve been told more times than I can honestly count that Gnomedex is inspiring in many ways. It’s not something that is easy to put into words… but it’s very tangible.
  • Is it very region-specific to the NW/Silicon Valley, or would the networking be on a broad scope, allowing me to benefit easily from my NY base? Ding! Gnomedexers come from literally all over the World! I know for a fact that we have MANY East-coasters joining us this year. Sure, there are several from my local Seattle area. There will also be people coming from Europe, NY, Florida, Chicago, Texas… I think you get the idea. Gnomedex is full of people from all over the World!

For those of you who have attended Gnomedex in the past, I’d love to have your responses to any and all of the above questions. Your insight and experiences are what drives this conference each year, and what convinces others to join you. Help to broaden your own network by taking a few minutes to share with prospective attendees what it is about the conference that keeps you coming back for more!

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