"I'd just love to pick your pocket"

Here are some of the things I learned via Twitter this past week:

QUOTE: @JeffElder: “I’d just love to pick your brain.” Saying that to a consultant is really saying: “I’d just love to pick your pocket.” – via @techherding

Mimi & Eunice: Precious Sacred Idea

Kelly Craft (@acLuser) reflects my own feelings about Follow Fridays on Twitter, and why I decided two years ago to start Friday’s Finds instead:

I’ll also bust the ‘secret’ vault wide-open and admit I’m not a fan of #followfriday in many respects.

  • Truth be told, I really don’t want a bunch of random new followers who I might not share any common interest with.

Internal culture shows you to everyone. – What happens on the inside gets seen by the outside – via @igotan

We live in a world where it’s very difficult to keep secrets anymore.  We communicate very freely, and this causes the walls to turn into veils, and the veils to be more and more translucent.  Imagine the shower in the photo above — it’s symbolic of a new reality, so go to the gym.

Melissa Pierce (@melissapierce) creator of the film Life in perpetual Beta, discussing social media on Chicago Live

Leaderless groups” are a myth if taken literally” ~ Rosabeth Kanter – via @minutrition

“Leaderless groups,” a phrase I heard stated with pride at Cisco in the early days of councils and boards, are a myth if taken literally. No group is actually leaderless, although it might be highly collaborative. The group might distribute and rotate leadership roles and responsibilities. There might be open discussion of decisions, even if there is a person who declares when it’s time to decided and breaks ties — in short, has the authority. But when everyone is responsible, no one is responsible.

2 Responses to “"I'd just love to pick your pocket"”

  1. Kelly Meeker, OpenSesame

    I do enjoy the #ff tradition if it’s done properly (not that I have not been guilty occasionally of improper tweets in my day). When someone tweets something like “#ff to @HJarche because he shares insight into collaborative learning” or something like that, I do often find new people to connect with.

    Conversely, it’s not very helpful to see just #ff followed by a slew of twitter handles, and I can understand why that practice might be grating to people.

    • Harold Jarche

      Good point, Kelly. My own experience is that after I see a dozen #ff with just lists of names in my stream, I usually ignore them. Adding context sure would help.


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