So, I recently started using my Facebook page.  I say using because I have had an account for a while, but never did anything with it until recently.  Now I am obsessed…  But I am also amazed. I am amazed at how many people I know who are using this “networking medium.”  And more so, they are really using it!  My friends post daily and I am more in touch with them now, when they live all over the country, than I was when they lived next door.  Amazing…  But it doesn’t end at Facebook.  There is MySpace, Plaxo Pulse, LinkedIn, Flicker, Google Groups, Craigslist, YouTube, countless blog sites, etc.  I have an account on a few of these and I try to keep them current, but it takes time and perseverance.  I am afraid to use other mediums, such as Twitter, as I do not need another technological addiction.  My RSS feeds keep me busy enough, thank you very much.

So my question for all of you is: how do all of these great networking sites affect all of us in the meeting community?  Do you use the technology?  Does it help you do your job more efficiently and effectively?  Would you use them for business purposes?  Right now I have a separation between my personal life and my professional life, but I am seeing that line being blurred. We at the SCTB have been talking a lot lately about how to use these tools to the advantage of our members and clients and we want to hear from you!  So, do you tweet?

Heather McElhiney, Convention Sales Manager