Amybeth Hale – Research Goddess

Listen and Learn
March 13, 2008, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Article Reviews, Networking/Social Media

I just read this wonderful post by an acquaintance, Nathan Gilliatt, whose posts I have reviewed before, and I’m hoping that at some point in time our physical paths will cross because I am impressed by the topics he writes about. This particular post discusses a forgotten art, not only in social media, but in real life as well – LISTENING.  With all the information that we are bombarded with on a daily basis with our social media platforms – through blogs, RSS feeds, social networking sites, Twitter, etc., it’s tough to take it all in and make sense of it. Nathan’s post gets into some of the basics of how to do this from a strategic standpoint of monitoring reputation. He discusses the importance of FIRST listening and learning about the topics, and THEN engaging and speaking. I am reminded of a quote from Abraham Lincoln regarding this practice:  “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

This is a good read for those of us out there who work in a research, sourcing, and/or competitive intelligence capacity and have been tasked with keeping up with our competitors’ moves in the marketplace.

Bravo, Nathan! I wish you could squeeze the ICWSM into your schedule after all…


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You’re very kind, Amybeth. Thank you. I wish I could make it to ICWSM, but I’ll be running Camp Daddy:Spring Break that week, instead.

Comment by Nathan Gilliatt


Thanks for posting this. Nathan Cilliatt captures the basics very well. I appreciated his perspective, format, and structure. But Sourcers need much more.

In my mind the next the basics topic in this genre is “Elicitation.” Looking forward to it.

Thanks again. All the Best!

Ray (a.k.a. Virtual Sourcer) Towle

Comment by Ray Towle

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