Blah Bla Bla… we hear this all the time from our clients, excuses from the permitting offices, etc. It gets old. I have a way, I think, I’ve actually been doing more with less: Internet networking and using online resources such as FaceBook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
I’ve joined FaceBook primarily to keep in contact with family and friends. I joined LinkedIn as my colleagues invited me. I joined Twitter at the request of the AIA to use during the upcoming AIA convention in San Francisco.
So far, I’ve found more business opportunities using FaceBook (after all, we like our friends; let’s work together and have more fun!). LinkedIn has actually expanded my resources when trying to “find answers” to some issues I’m searching.
Twitter – hmmm, the jury’s still out on that one. I’ll play but don’t know what good it will actually do. I’ll report back after the convention. Look for me on Twitter. Apparently you need to “follow” someone to receive their postings. I’m MustangDory or www.Twitter.com/MustangDory
To avoid the “technology searching for a solution” pitfall, I’ve limited my time on any/all of these media to 15 minutes in the morning (yes, I’ve been tracking it on my time sheet). I have logged into LinkedIn when I have a specific question/discussion to start with one of the groups (i.e., LEED 2009 questions).
So far it’s working. How about you?
—Lisa Stacholy, AIA