Let’s Connect for Social Media Week

This article was doing the rounds of social networking sites recently (just look how many likes and shares it got!) and so I bookmarked it to read when I had some time to give it more than a cursory glance.

One of the greatest pleasures I have found since starting blogging and getting involved in social networks has been watching how my network of friends and contacts have grown, and even more so, how I have been able to link up people who can help each other in some way.

Until I read this article, I didn’t know that there was a name for this – connectors.

Reading what Maryam Banikarim, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Gannett, publisher of USA Today had to say was a real a-ha moment of recognition for me:

I like people and am genuinely curious..I like stories and want to make connections. But I didn’t know the word for it until my husband read Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point and said, ‘I finally have a word for you — a connector.’

Ah she just described what I love so much about social networking – the people, the stories, the connections!  Gladwell describes connectors as having an ability to span many different worlds, subcultures and niches. Traits such as energy, insatiable curiosity and a willingness to take chances seem to be the common thread among connectors.

It doesn’t take much for me to reflect on the power of social media (I’ve written many times about it on the blog) but I want to take another opportunity to celebrate its remarkable ability to empower and connect us globally this week.

This week is Social Media Week 13th – 17th February (check out the events that are happening across the world here) and so to celebrate the event, I have started a Pinterest Board for my wonderful #BCSM (breast cancer social media) friends – hopefully I will be able to connect you with someone new this week (just get in touch with me via e-mail if you are looking for a personal recommendation or introduction to anyone in my network).

If you would like to add content to this board to help others connect with you then just leave a comment and I will add you as a collaborator.

Not sure what Pinterest is?

Check out this explanation of the new social media platform sweeping the world. If you aren’t already on it, you will need an invite, so leave a comment below and I will sort one out for you.

Not interested in Pinterest but still interested in being a connector?

Then why not leave a comment below and introduce us to one new blogger this week 🙂

Happy Social Media Week, Happy Connecting and Happy Pinning everyone!

Related:

How social health networks will change medicine in 2012

How social media is an ally in fight against cancer

A tribute to cancernet friendship