SQLPeople: An Interview With Andy Leonard

The thing that I most enjoy about going to conferences, SQLSaturdays, and user group meetings is the people I get to meet or see there. That’s why I was intrigued when SQLPeople was announced a few months ago.

Recently I had an opportunity to spend time with Andy Leonard (twiter | blog) when he came to Nashville to deliver SSIS training for a client. I truly enjoyed the afternoon we spent savoring hot beverages on the porch of a local coffee shop.

More recently I talked with Andy about SQLPeople. Here’s what he had to say.

JW: Tell me a little about yourself, Andy.

AL: I’m a believer, husband, dad, and grandfather; a farmer, author, and blogger; a SQL Server database developer and SSIS architect. I’m an engineer at heart and I’ve been honored to be a SQL Server MVP for four years.

JW: Professionally speaking, how do you spend your day?

AL: Tweeting. Seriously, I schedule many tweets about a week (or more) in advance – especially the stuff announcing blog posts and Andy Leonard Training, Inc. courses. My days are divided between billable work, business development, and community activities.

JW: You’re known as one of the top SSIS people in the world. How did you get started?

AL: I think there are lots of really smart SSIS people in the community – plus me! I was fortunate enough to be working for Brian Knight when writing began on the Professional SSIS 2005 Wrox book. Brian found himself needing authors and was kind enough to give me an opportunity to work on the project.

JW: How did you learn SSIS?

AL: When we started working on that book, the only people that knew anything about SSIS were the developers building it. They put out Channel 9 videos and blog posts and we gobbled them up while the bits were still warm. I also built relationships with members of the SSIS team at Microsoft. Folks like Donald Farmer, Matt Masson, Ashvini Sharma, and Kirk Haselden were very patient and transparent with me as I bugged them via email. Donald and Matt remain patient with me as I continue to learn. As you know, the SQL Server Community is awesome. I continue to learn SSIS from Jamie Thomson, Adam Machanic, Brett Flippen, Rob Farley, Todd McDermid, John Welch, Jessica Moss, Rafael Salas, Julie Smith, and many others (too many to name!).

JW: How has the SQL community helped you in your career?

AL: Gosh, I wouldn’t have a career without the SQL Server Community. Or I would, but I can’t imagine it would be this cool. I first interacted with the Community via books and newsgroups (remember newsgroups?). I was in a temp-to-perm position (still a temp) trying to get my first big data warehouse to perform when I ran across a post from Kalen Delaney about the impact of Where clause field order in VLDB tables. Everything else I’d read talked about selectivity and density, and I’d tried just about everything to get this one query to perform. Since the reporting tool generated T-SQL semantically, the Where clause was always ordered the same way – which just-so-happened to be the inverse selective/dense order! I took Kalen’s advice and the warehouse started returning results. I got to meet Kalen and Ken Henderson at the PASS Summit 2004 (“The Year of the Storms”). I went into that conference suffering from a serious case of Imposter’s Fear – I kept thinking “someone is going to figure out any day now that I don’t know what the heck I’m doing. Then I’ll get fired.” I left the Summit thinking “I’m a database professional.” That was the beginning of what the SQL Community has done for me.

JW: What is SQLPeople?

AL: That’s a good question! I have an evolving blub posted on the About page. SQLPeople is more defined by what it’s not than what it is, so I’ll start there. SQLPeople is not a bureaucracy. There’s no hierarchy, administrative staff, or leadership in the sense of a board; rather Brian Moran and I bounce ideas around and implement the stuff that survives our strategic thinking email chains. Right now, SQLPeople is a series of interviews to help the SQL Community get to know each other better. Some of the people interviewed are recognizable industry names. Some are not, or at least not yet! I’m learning things about our peers right along with everyone else. I find each interview fascinating and really appreciate the support from the SQL Community. There’s also an upcoming SQLPeople Event in Richmond Virginia 9 Apr. Brian and I have a few ideas worked out that we’ll be announcing this Spring, and we’re always thinking about cool new ways to serve the Community. We believe the key to Community is serving others. Hence the name: SQLPeople – people are first.

JW: How did you come up with the idea for SQLPeople?

AL: Ok, this is weird but true: I had a dream. In the dream I was sitting on a stage interviewing someone and there was this banner hanging from the front part of the stage with the SQLPeople logo. I woke up – it was around 4:00 AM – went to my office and used Word to capture that logo from the dream. I saved it and went back to bed. When I woke up a few hours later, I honestly thought I’d dreamed the whole thing – getting up and everything. But when I checked Recent Items I found SQLPeople.docx. The idea for interviews and SQLPeople Events started there. Serving the Community is something I’ve enjoyed doing for a long time. I hope to continue.

JW: Who is currently involved?

AL: Brian Moran and I are shepherding the vision. Chuck Boyce is working with us on media ideas. Everyone contributes to “visioneering.” We seek – and take – advice from lots of people in Community leadership. We listen, we do not discriminate, and attribute anything we use.

JW: You’ve been involved in other SQL communities. How is this one different?

AL: The “flatness” of it all is very appealing. You don’t have to be elected to be heard (and receive a response / attribution), bureaucracy is non-existent; this combines to allow more focus on serving individuals and the Community. Preserving the “brand” is often a consideration for organizations (as it should be). We preserve the SQLPeople brand by serving people – first.

JW: Are there different aspects to SQLPeople?

AL: Yep. There are the Interviews, of course. There’s the SQLPeople Person of the Year. There’s SQLPeople Events. And there’s more to come – look for an announcement in April and another in the September timeframe. And that’s just the stuff we’ve thought of so far!

JW: What’s the main emphasis of the group? Networking, education, community, something else?

AL: Inspiration is at the top of the list. We believe the items you list flow from inspiration. I know a lot of database professionals. I’ve taught a lot of folks SSIS, and I’ve learned the number one issue isn’t that people don’t know SSIS; it’s that they don’t know what’s possible. With all the information available online, if I can show you something is doable, you can figure out a way to do it. If, while showing you it’s possible, I can inspire you so that you want to do it – there’s no stopping you. Networking, education, and community are very important and all of them have a place in SQLPeople’s endeavors. But they all start with Inspiration.

JW: Tell me about the inaugural SQLPeople event.

AL: It’s in Richmond Virginia on 9 Apr 2011. Scheduled speakers include Michael Coles, Gray Proulx, Jeremiah Peschka, Kendra Little, Brian Moran, and Scott Currie. The format is a 20-minute presentation followed by a 20-minute interview (by me) with questions from floor. We’ll do two speaker sessions/interviews followed by a networking session of 30-minutes; rinse and repeat. Chuck’s recording everything and the goal is to host the videos at SQLPeople.net. Folks can learn more and sign up at the website </ShamelessPlug>.

JW: If you could accomplish only two things with SQLPeople in the next 24 months, what would it be?

AL: Wow, that’s a good question. My first wish is for two more wishes! Seriously, though… The SQL Community is huge and growing. First, I hope SQLPeople refocuses the global conversation in the SQL Server Community on serving individuals and our community. My personal motto is: I am Here to Help™. I see that reflected in SQLPeople already. There’s too much fear, self-preservation – and frankly, selfishness – demonstrated in the recent actions of organizations within our community. Watching it has been personally wrenching. I understand the logic behind the tragic decisions, made even more so by allowing (insisting, even) that people serve process instead of the other way around. SQLPeople isn’t against anyone or any organization. SQLPeople is for people. Second, I’d like to facilitate ideas, projects, and events that inspire database professionals while remaining what Umair Haque describes as a Meaning Organization. As such, we think about significance, outcomes, harmony, purpose, peace, love, and ambition.

JW: What’s your long-term vision for SQLPeople?

AL: Long-term specific goals are really fuzzy at this time. Brian and I have put a lot of thinking into framework-type strategy (the aforementioned Meaning Organization, for example) and thought experiments. We’re in the “what if?” business. Patterns are emerging. Sometimes we bring templates to the table from experience – things that have worked well and things that have not. Sometimes the patterns emerge organically and we grab our boards and start surfing. SQLPeople has less vision than you’d expect from an idea focused on bring inspiration, but it has a purpose. And that purpose is to serve the SQL Community.

JW: What about the project makes you really excited?

AL: I sound like a broken record: Serving the SQL Server Community is really exciting stuff! There are so many ideas out there – so many visions – that need a little initiative applied. I haven’t mentioned this previously: the writings of Seth Godin serve as a pretty cool source of execution ideas. As do the writings of Andy Warren and some guy named Joe Webb. The thing about executing visions is it requires work, trust, and respect. I’ve seen volunteer organizations struggle with this – inside and outside of the SQL Server Community. Rather than try to collect all the initiative under a large umbrella called SQLPeople, we’re hoping to inspire and facilitate folks with good ideas. Brian and I have no illusions: the potential of SQLPeople lies not with us – it lies with the Community, with the people.

JW: How can others participate in the project?

AL: I tried to think of everybody when I sent out the interview questions, but I left out a bunch of cool and interesting people! If you’d like to be interviewed for SQLPeople, please email me (andy@sqlpeople.net). Folks are welcome to read and comment on the interviews and coming-soon content on the SQLPeople.net website. For people interested in attending, the SQLPeople Event in Richmond should be a blast. Also, our announcements scheduled for April and September 2011 will provide more ways for (SQL)people to join in the fun.

I really appreciate the time that Andy dedicated to this interview. He’s a quality guy. If you have an opportunity to spend some time with him, don’t pass it up. You won’t regret it.

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An Outpouring From The Twitter Community

Last week, I was in Redmond, Washington, for the Microsoft MVP Global Summit. This was my fourth time attending the Summit; it’s a great opportunity for networking and providing feedback to Microsoft about their products.

I love catching up with people that I only see once or twice a year.

A Change Of Plans

I arrived late Sunday evening. Monday and Tuesday were packed with technical sessions and energizing keynotes. I learned a lot about the direction Microsoft is considering for future versions of their products.

Everything that’s discussed at the Summit is covered under a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). I cannot even share the names of the sessions or the speakers who presented. But it was good stuff. I learned quite a bit and hopefully provided some insightful feedback to the product teams.

I was expecting to spend Wednesday, my final day at the summit, doing more of the same. I had signed up to attend sessions on particular technology that I haven’t used much.

But that all changed with a text from my wife telling me that my six-month old was sick; she was taking him to the doctor. An hour later, another text arrived saying that the doctor was sending them to the Emergency Room!

I Gotta Go!

I had to get home. So I packed my stuff and called a cab to take me from the Microsoft campus to my hotel room and then on to the airport.

I also called the airline to rebook a flight for that day. The average wait time was 37 to 51 minutes! I wanted to be on a plane in that time frame, not waiting on hold.

I headed to the airport anyway, without a reservation.

An Outpouring Of Community

As I was doing these things, I shared my trials with the Twitterverse. I tweeted that I need to leave early to be with my wife and six-month old at the hospital.

The well-wishes came pouring in from my Twitter friends. Prayers were offered. Help was offered. Words of comfort were expressed.

A couple of friends searched the web for airline flights to get me home that afternoon.

Another friend shared a premier services telephone number for the airline.

Several friends offered to be the single point of contact for me during my travels, providing me with their cellphone numbers.

One friend even offered to have a meal delivered to my home to help make sure the older four kids had something to eat while my wife and I were occupied with the little one.

I was amazed at the support that came pouring in through my Twitter feed.

A very special thank you to each of you who shared the burdens with me that day and in the days that followed. There are far too many to name specifically or individually, but you know who you are. And please know that I truly appreciate it, more than you know.

David spent three days in the hospital with RSV, a viral infection in the lungs. Thankfully, he’s home now and has fully recovered.

What is Twitter?

Some people say that Twitter is a complete waste of time, that it’s idle water-cooler chat that distracts from real work. It can be.

Others say that it’s a great way for businesses to promote and protect their brand. It can be that too.

But to me, Twitter offers people a chance for community. In a time when the world is getting smaller and faster, Twitter is community. People can interact and invest in each others lives in a way like never before. Does it replace the local community? No, not even close. But it can extend your reach and broaden your community.

So, my Twitter friends, I’m going to have a barn-raising soon. Any takers?

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Twitter: The Next Best Thing To Being There

Why do DBAs want to go to PASS, TechEd, or SQLConnections? If asked, I suppose that many would point to the great technical content that’s available there. Others, when out of earshot from their employers, may admit to going solely to visit the city in which the event is held. As for me, I’ve known for years that the number one reason I go to a conference is the people.

It’s A Small World After All

The SQL Server Community is a close-knit community. It’s not small mind you; there are hundreds of thousands of SQL Server professionals from around the globe. But still, it’s close-knit. People in the community know and regularly exchange emails with others in the SQL Community from all over creation. We don’t get to see each other often, but we’re still close.

Conferences are one place where we do get to see each other. When I’m attending a conference, I love catching up with members of the SQL Community. I would gladly forego many a technical sessions – as good as they are – to sit and have coffee with a friend from another part of the world. To me, that’s what makes a conference great, it’s the people who are there.

You Can Be In Two Places At Once

But alas, sometimes you simply cannot make it to a conference. You can only travel so much, you can only afford a certain number of trips out if the office, or other obligations get in the way. That doesn’t mean you have to completely miss out on the event. You can still be there from the comforts of your own home or office through the wonder of Twitter.

This past weekend at SQLSaturday #51 in Nashville, I monitored the #sqlsat51 hash tag on Twitter. There were lots of tweets from attendees throughout the day. Some asked questions, others made jokes, and others still shared what was taking place. Tweets made the day even more enjoyable.

A nice byproduct of event tweeting is that they open up the event to others who couldn’t be on-site. Twitter allows people who couldn’t make it to the event to still participate, to still interact, and to still network with those at the event. From afar, friends can crack jokes, ask questions, and add to the conversation.

Is it really as good as being there? No, but it sure beats missing it altogether.

Twitter can also be leveraged by the speakers to extend their reach and include an even wider audience. I first saw this at PASS last year when Paul Randal tweeted during Kim Tripp’s pre-con. He tweeted major bullet points and answered questions in the Twitterverse. Very cool! I know Brent Ozar has done similar things. I’ve used a plug in to PowerPoint that will automatically send tweets as I progress through my slide deck.

How Do I Get Started?

If you’re not familiar with Twitter, it’s free. Just go to the Twitter site and sign up. Then download Brent Ozar’s short ebook and read it in one sitting. It’ll give you the information you need to know to get started.

A Book Review of Tribes by Seth Godin


Tanning beds, video rentals, and tax preparation seemingly have little in common. Yet many businesses in the great state that I call home have all three of these under one roof. Stop by, get your taxes done while you soak in some artificial rays, and go home with the latest Reese Witherspoon movie. Is that convenient or what?

Unfortunately, many technical communities operate in much the same way. They try to be everything to everyone instead of focusing on the core group of people that are passionate about the focus of the community

In his book, Tribes, Seth Godin takes a fresh look at the importance and dynamics of community, or as he calls it “a tribe”. “A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.”

Although this book isn’t written specifically for nor about the SQL Server community, there is much we can learn from his perspectives.

A Call to Action

Much of the book is a “call to action”. Godin believes that there are lots of people out there looking for a good community to join. He also points out that those same people are very tired of the status quo. They have grown weary of large sluggish communities that seem content to just survive. They want something new, something fresh, something empowering.

He encourages everyone, regardless of their current position within an organization or community to start acting boldly and to challenge the status quo. He proposes that we should all begin thinking like what he has termed a heretic. He believes that to continue going along in the same manner is to accept a slow and certain demise. People are looking for new and better, not more of the same.

He recognizes that it takes courage to step out and be willing to try something new, to think differently.

At the same time, Godin states that “the largest enemy of change and leadership isn’t a ‘no.’ It’s a ‘not yet.’ ‘Not yet’ is the safest, easiest way to forestall change. ‘Not yet’ gives the status quo a chance to regroup and put off the inevitable for just a little while longer. Change almost never fails because it’s too early. It almost always fails because it’s too late.”

Leading a Community

51AaZmgbjLL._SL160_.jpgIn Godin’s eyes, leadership of a community is rather straightforward. As he puts it: “The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there. People will follow.”

That, of course, must be balanced with sound decisions and a demonstrated love for the community. Otherwise “people won’t follow you if they don’t believe you can get to where you say you’re going.”

Further he believes that leaders of a community must be transparent, completely transparent, because tribe members are savvy and know when something is amiss.

People don’t believe what you tell them. They rarely believe what you show them. They often believe what their friends tell them. They always believe what they tell themselves. What leaders do: they give people stories that they can tell themselves. Stories about the future and about change.

Growing the Community

Godin challenges many of the traditional ideas that have underpinned much of the thoughts around building and sustaining a community over the years. He pointedly asserts that a growth strategy for the sake of growth is short-sighted and leads to a community with little passion and endurance.

Instead he contends that community leaders should “focus on the tribe and only on the tribe”. When you focus on growth, you neglect the existing community.

He purports that a true leaders provide the community with a platform for spreading good ideas. Leaders exist to enable the tribe. When you are doing the right things, when you are focusing on the tribe, you’ll create an active and engaging community. And those kinds of communities grow naturally. “Tribes grow when people recruit other people.”

It’s tempting to make the tribe bigger, to get more members, to spread the word. This pales, however, when juxtaposed with the effects of a tighter tribe. A tribe that communicates more quickly, with alacrity and emotion, is a tribe that thrives.

In Conclusion, My Fellow Community Members

If you are a member of the SQL Server community, and you are if you know that you use SQL Server, reading this book will serve you well. I’m not suggesting that you’ll agree with it all or that something on every page will jump out at you and make you scream “Well, yeah!”

But a vibrant community is in all of our best interests. And this book will help spur ideas for running better user groups, SQLSaturdays, and even PASS.

Book Review: Crush It!

Not long ago, I read a review of Gary Vaynerchuk’s book, Crush It! The reviewer, Michael Hyatt (Twitter | Blog), liked the book so much that after listening to the audio version, he bought the printed version so he could read it and make notes. This is significant because Michael Hyatt knows a good book when he reads it. He’s the CEO of Thomas Nelson and this is not one of Thomas Nelson’s books. As a regular reader of Michael Hyatt’s blog I thought “If he likes it, I’ll probably like it.” So I bought the book.

As I began reading the book, my expectations were high. In addition to Hyatt’s glowing recommendation, the subject of the book is right up my alley, so to speak. Although I had initially resisted getting involved with social networking sites such as FaceBook and Twitter, over the past couple of years I’ve come to embrace the concept.

We Need to Talk

One of the first things many people tend to think of when asked about social media is the amount of time you can easily spend just idly chatting away with friends from around the world. And that’s certainly true. You can waste a lot of time doing that if you are not careful. But in moderation, a bit of water cooler type conversation can be healthy, particularly for those of us who regularly work from a home office.

But despite the potential time sink that these social networking sites can become, I believe that they can be of great benefit when used properly.

On many occasions, I’ve used Twitter to help SQL Server professionals from around the world who have reached out to the SQL community 140 characters at a time. I’ve even hooked up a PowerPoint slide deck to my Twitter account to have it automatically tweet key points during presentations I’ve delivered at conferences and user groups.

And it’s a two-way street; I’ve learned a ton from following Twitter conversations from the likes of Paul Randal (@PaulRandal), Buck Woody (@BuckWoody), Brent Ozar (@BrentO), Jonathan Kehayias (@SQLSarg), and Aaron Bertrand(@AaronBertrand) to name but a few.

It’s Social Networking with a Purpose

And that is Gary Vaynerchuk’s point. When used with intention and focus, social networking sites can be used to find and generate interest about most anything your passionate about.

In Crush It!, he proposes that anyone with “hustle” can take something they are passionate about and turn that into a revenue generating business using social networking sites and blogs. He outlines a pretty straightforward approach. In short (and I’m doing a bit of a disservice by distilling the book down to just these five points):

  1. Find something you are passionate about.
  2. Create a blog about it (audio podcasts, videos, or the written word.)
  3. Generate good content daily.
  4. Promote it by participating in the social networks.
  5. And finally monetize your blog through advertizing.

He doesn’t suggest that this is easy. In fact he repeatedly writes that this will be a lot of hard work and long hours.

A Good Primer

Gary Vaynerchuk comes across as a very dynamic individual with a big personality. He shares some of his background and how he created a very popular wine tasting site with lots and lots of visits each day.

The book starts out by outlining how social networking has changed the way business is done, how it levels the playing field for small businesses with limited promotional budgets.

He then lays out the five points that I’ve already mentioned, encouraging the reader with each step.

The book also provides some specifics about which online services will help you to more easily spread your reach. For instance, Ping.fm, will automatically distribute your status updates to a multitude of different social networking sites, eliminating the need to update each one individually. The same exists for video blogs as well.

Parting Thoughts

Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it. It was a short and easy read and really reinforced some of the concepts I had already learned from other sources on the internet. If you’re just getting started with social networks or you have a penchant for starting an online business, this book is well work its cost.

But to provide an honest and complete review, I’ll share a few minor negatives I had with the book.

Unfortunately in my case, my prior experience with social networks combined with my high expectations for the book left me wanting more. The book was very much premised on how Gary Vaynerchuk built his successful wine tasting site and didn’t explore other related topics.

For example the book did not touch on how to balance being personable in your online approach with staying focused and on subject. It also didn’t consider ways to monetizing your social networking without advertising. And finally I didn’t discuss how and when to create multiple online accounts for specific purposes.

At times during the book Gary Vaynerchuk came across like many of the late night paid advertising shows. “Using my system, you too can make $218,000 a month and live the life you deserve.” (That’s not an actual quote from the book by the way.)

Now some questions for you:

  • Have you read the book? If so, what are your impressions?
  • What other social networking resources have your found worthwhile?

SQLSaturday #29 Give-Aways

BigEarBunnyAward_2010_03_27.jpg Actor and comedian Jerry Seinfeld once quipped “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”

I used to be in that majority. I used to fear public speaking but then I realized that I’m really just getting together with some other people and chatting about something that we all enjoy.

Thats why I really love a very interactive crowd; it’s more like a conversation than a monologue. I’d much rather speak to a group of folks who actively listen, who ask questions, and who bring up new ideas.

So when I talk, I look for opportunities to solicit audience participation. For example, at SQLSaturday #29 in Birmingham, Alabama, this past weekend I awarded prizes. The prize? A “Bunny Big Ears” to represent their active listening and then asking a good question. Congratulations to the two people who received them!

The other prize, though admittedly not quite as nutritious as Bunny Big Ears, that I promised to give-away was a free copy of Windows 7 Professional. Just as I did with the sessions, I wanted to reach out and engage the Twitterverse for the prize. So rather than selecting the winner from a hat at the end of the sessions, I randomly selected a winner from the comments left on my blog post.

And the winner is: Michael Cherry!

Congratulations Michael! I hope you enjoy the software.

Goodbye Twitter/FaceBook Integration, Hello Readability

I’m me. At least I try to be. I’m not one to put on airs or to be pretentious about things. I’m pretty much a simple what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of guy. I guess that’s why I once ended up at a fairly exclusive, by-invitation-only, leadership training event in Chicago a few years ago with chicken poo on my shoe, but that’s another story.

Being yourself is easy, despite what Rodney Dangerfield may have said. It’s much easier than trying to be someone else. Or trying to be several someones at different times. As amateur philosopher Kurt Cobain once quipped “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” And while I certainly don’t turn to Cobain’s works for issues of life guidance, that axiom does make a certain amount of sense.

Social Media

I guess that’s one reason why, when I finally started getting involved with Social Media, I didn’t want to create multiple persona’s, each with a distinct group of friends. I didn’t want to have one outlet for my SQL Server Professional colleagues, another for my Church family, yet another for my Scouting friends, and still another for my farming/prepping friends, and who knows how many more. Who has time for all that? Not me!

So, as I joined Twitter and FaceBook and LinkedIn and Plaxo I looked for ways to bring those independent and disparate worlds together. I sought ways to participate in all of them without having to spend a lot of time duplicating my efforts.

After trying a number of different ways to integrate my experiences in the different sites, I found one that seemed to work. I could tweet with Twitter and have those messages automatically become status updates for all the other Social Networking sites. Perfect! Or so I thought.

When Worlds Collide

But I slowly realized (much slower than most of my FaceBook friends would like, I suspect) that what seemed like a good idea at the time, really wasn’t.

Conversations I had with my Twitter friends were automatically finding their way to FaceBook, LinkedIn, and Plaxo status messages. Seeing one side of a conversation was definitely confusing to my non-Twitter friends. When combined with the hash tags, the non-intuitive reply nomenclature, and the technical acronyms of my chosen profession, most of my FaceBook statuses were utterly nonsensical.

Separate But Equal

So at long last, I’ve decided to completely sever the Twitter to other Social Media links in my Social Networking endeavors. My FaceBook friends will no longer have to put up with partial conversations, incoherent techno-babble, and strange looking, comic-book-cussing-like status updates. My tweets will be tweets and my status updates will be status updates and never the twain shall meet.

An Exception to Every Rule

Every rule has an exception (except that rule, right?). I have found a way to post status updates to all of my Social Media sites using one source – Ping.fm. When I feel that a single status update is relevant everywhere, I’ll use my Ping.fm acount to send it to all sites simultaneously. But rest assured that will be few and far between.

What about you?

I’d like to hear how you’ve tackled this modern day Chinese finger trap known as Social Media.

  • Are you active in more than one Social Media?
  • Have you tried to integrate them in some way?
  • What have your experiences been?