Headlines for Tuesday:

  1. Edgy (113 words)
  2. Much progress! (75 words)
  3. At the social media and public relations event (260 words)



1. Edgy: 09:33

I think I left my phone in my room. At least I hope it did - my desk is a far better place for it than the subway. I'm also a little edgy about the fact that the form I got from PCFinancial wasn't actually my financial statement, but rather some data I need for filing my taxes. I'll keep an eye out for the financial statement in the mail, but I'm cutting it a bit close to the deadline. I'll also ask Quinn's backup to keep an eye out for the fax. x The timing of this week is a little delicate...

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2. Much progress!: 13:50

I was stressing out about hooking up the back end of my metasearch engine to the front end that I'd prototyped in Ruby on Rails. Progress was much smoother than I'd expected! I'm happy about the work I did today, and I'm looking forward to going to the Wikinomics event later. =) Life is good.

And yeah, Facebook is addictive... ;)

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3. At the social media and public relations event: 23:18

I attended the Social Media and PR meetup at the Bier Market. It was great meeting people from the public relations side of things, especially as I was still buzzing from a good day at work. =) Networking on a sugar high!

I'm thinking of adjusting a liiiittle bit more towards longer, deeper contact instead of just finding reasons to follow up with people, but it's hard to have good conversation over the din of other busy conversations and loud music.

The five minutes I spent putting together a printed nametag and the seven pesos I spent for a business-card-sized pin-and-clip reusable nametag definitely paid off, though. More than five people asked me about it, and it launched some pretty good conversations. I was the only person wearing a nametag at the event!

I asked the coauthor of Wikinomics if he'd found some best practices for starting communities, but no go...

Good conversation with Dave Forde, Tom Purves, and the rest of the people I occasionally bump into in the Toronto technology scene. A couple of new people I really want to keep track of, and maybe even a few possible friends out of the deal. Not bad, not bad at all... =)

Take-away lessons: always, always, always carry a nametag with you. =) Oh, and position yourself near the front, and be animated. People will remember you and introduce themselves, which saves you the trouble of standing around trying to break into conversations. =)

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